Meeting other dogs

Meeting other dogs and their owners can be one of the best things about dog walks for your dog if he’s a sociable type. Games, sniffing and general fun can allow you a rest whilst they burn off excess energy together. But recognising the warning signs of when the games might turn into fighting or … Read more

Working dogs lead quite different lives to pet dogs

Do you know how many different types of working dogs we have in the UK? Medical alert dogs are trained to alert when medical conditions become uncontrolled. For instance, unstable blood glucose levels in diabetics, seizures in epileptics, sleep attacks in narcoleptics and other conditions like allergies and even cancer detection. Medical assistance dogs help … Read more

Why do dogs need carbohydrates?

Carbohydrate is a great source of energy for dogs and, if from whole grains, can provide a slow-releasing, sustainable source of energy which can help build stamina and reduce appetite in very hungry dogs. Carbohydrates are also the ingredients that provide fibre in the diet, ensuring good digestion and absorption. Of course there is another … Read more

Dental Health

Teeth and mouth problems can affect all breeds whether large or small. There can be genetic causes but most problems are due to accidents, bad habits (like carrying tennis balls) or a gradual development over time of teeth and gum disease, often called periodontal disease by vets. Approximately 80% of all dogs are thought to … Read more

What dogs understand from their owners

There are often amazing stories on super intelligent dogs in the news, understanding more than we ever realised they could. But in fact our own dogs at home often know more than we think they do. We give them signals unconsciously every day that they learn from and constant exposure to our language and associated … Read more

Breed Post: Cavalier King Charles

For this month’s breed post, we have the Cavalier King Charles spaniel. Known for their constant waggy tails, the Cavalier is a charming and happy-go-lucky little dog that absolutely loves to be with people and thrives on human company.   The Cavalier descended from the King Charles spaniel. In the early 19th century, King Charles … Read more

Recipe: Cinnamon & Papaya Happy Breath Flapjacks

We all know how unpleasant it can be when your pooch suffers from a bad case of ‘dog breath’. If you have a little time and like to do a spot of baking, it might be worth giving this recipe a try for healthy, teeth-friendly flapjacks. Ingredients: * 200 grams of rolled oats * 1 … Read more

Visiting The Vet

January can be a busy month at the vets as aside from the usual reasons to take your dog, such as vaccinations, weight loss clinics and puppy socialising classes, January can also be a great time to take your dog for a health check for anything that became noticeable over Christmas. For a lot of … Read more

Walking The Dog

Getting out for a walk with your dog is one of the benefits of dog ownership but sometimes in the dark, cold and wet winter months, it doesn’t always feel like one! A study in Scotland last year (where it doesn’t get much colder, wetter or darker in winter) found that dog owners were 12% … Read more