Our Favourite Accessories For Day Trips With Your Dog
18.04.21 April 18, 2021 Owning a Dog

Our Favourite Accessories For Day Trips With Your Dog

This week in England, the lockdown restrictions have been relaxed a little more and we can now enjoy a drink or meal in an outdoor space at restaurants and cafés. This gives us even more chance to get out and about and means we can now spend longer periods of time outdoors. This is great news for our dogs too as they will be able to come with us on ever longer walks. Picnics in the park, ice cream on the beach and lunch in the gardens of dog friendly pubs will all be possible. We can’t wait to get out about and enjoy some socialisation with friends we haven’t seen in a while, whilst spending some valuable time with our dogs as well. With this in mind we thought we’d share with you some of the products we like to take out with us at this time of year. These are our favourite essentials for dog walks and outings that we couldn’t live without   Travel Feeding Sets One of the things that we’re most excited about at the moment is the thought of a coffee or lunch in an outdoor restaurant or café. With the weather becoming milder (despite the odd flurry of snow that we’ve had recently!), the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors with some refreshments is hard to turn down. And our dog’s shouldn’t miss out on the fun, which is why travel feeding accessories are high on our must-have list of products. Whether it’s a small set of travel bowls for a short trip to the beach, or a larger backpack of items with space to pack other things for a day trip, we have a host of brilliant accessories designed to make on-the-go meals a breeze. For a quick lunch in town - We’d suggest a Beco Travel Bowl teamed with a small H2O flask. If you want to add in a snack for your pup then try the Dexas Popware Snack Duo. When you stop for a coffee break or a sandwich, you’ll be able to serve your four-legged friend a drink of water or small portion of food too. For a daytrip to the park or the beach - If you’re going somewhere for the afternoon or even the day, you may need some extra provisions for your pup. The Backpacks by Mobile Dog Gear come with travel bowls for both food and water, and also have space to fit any other dog accessories you may need such as wipes, toys, a drying coat, poo bags and any other essentials.   Outdoor Toys At this time of year when the weather is pleasant, dog walks can easily be turned into playtime! There are loads of fun throwing toys that will make a day at the beach or park super fun. Here are some of our favourites: Chuckit Sport 18M Ball Launcher - Sometimes the simplest games are also the most exciting and that definitely applies to games of fetch with a dog-safe tennis ball. Give the game a little extra distance with this throwing launcher by Chuckit. You’ll be able to send the ball flying way further than usual and your dog will get tons of exercise as they retrieve it. Ideal for games of fetch on a quiet dog-friendly beach. KONG Tag-A-Long Ball - If you don’t have the space for throwing the ball long distances, a regular ball thrown by hand might be a better option. This one in particular is great for taking on walks as it can be attached to your dog’s lead leaving your hands and pockets free for other things.   Dog Poo Bags No dog owner should leave the house without poop bags and we have some practical solutions for storing them and taking them on your travels. Beco Pocket Poo Bag Holder - This is a super popular item at Lords & Labradors, combining practicality with sustainability. It’s really easy to use and clips to your dog’s lead so you don’t have to worry about remembering it when you leave the house. It’s also made of eco-friendly biodegradable materials, so it’s good for the environment too. Don’t forget to stock up on spare poo bags to put inside when it’s empty! Cocopup London Poop Bag Holder - Cocopup is brand new to our ranges at L&L and we cannot get enough of their delightful prints and practical accessories. Their poop bag holders have a handy clip so it can be attached to a lead and there’s even a zip pocket so you can pop your keys or a bit of change inside. Discover the other matching accessories here.   Dog Training Treats It’s important for us to treat our dogs for good behaviour even when we’re out on a walk. It could be a reward for good manners crossing the road or it might be for trying hard in a game at the park. Make sure you always have a treat or two to hand so you can show your dog your appreciation.   Collars, Leads and Harnesses Of course you can’t leave the house without a walking set. A harness that fits well is our walking accessory of choice as it gives more comfort and support than using just a collar. If the weather looks like it might take a turn for the worst you may want to consider a dog coat as well. Take a look at our recent article, The Best Dog Coats for Spring to see which styles we recommend for this time of year.

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This week in England, the lockdown restrictions have been relaxed a little more and we can now enjoy a drink or meal in an outdoor space at restaurants and cafés. This gives us even more chance to get out and about and means we can now spend longer periods of time outdoors. This is great news for our dogs too as they will be able to come with us on ever longer walks. Picnics in the park, ice cream on the beach and lunch in the gardens of dog friendly pubs will all be possible. We can’t wait to get out about and enjoy some socialisation with friends we haven’t seen in a while, whilst spending some valuable time with our dogs as well.

With this in mind we thought we’d share with you some of the products we like to take out with us at this time of year. These are our favourite essentials for dog walks and outings that we couldn’t live without

 

Travel Feeding Sets

One of the things that we’re most excited about at the moment is the thought of a coffee or lunch in an outdoor restaurant or café. With the weather becoming milder (despite the odd flurry of snow that we’ve had recently!), the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors with some refreshments is hard to turn down. And our dog’s shouldn’t miss out on the fun, which is why travel feeding accessories are high on our must-have list of products. Whether it’s a small set of travel bowls for a short trip to the beach, or a larger backpack of items with space to pack other things for a day trip, we have a host of brilliant accessories designed to make on-the-go meals a breeze.

For a quick lunch in town - We’d suggest a Beco Travel Bowl teamed with a small H2O flask. If you want to add in a snack for your pup then try the Dexas Popware Snack Duo. When you stop for a coffee break or a sandwich, you’ll be able to serve your four-legged friend a drink of water or small portion of food too.

For a daytrip to the park or the beach - If you’re going somewhere for the afternoon or even the day, you may need some extra provisions for your pup. The Backpacks by Mobile Dog Gear come with travel bowls for both food and water, and also have space to fit any other dog accessories you may need such as wipes, toys, a drying coat, poo bags and any other essentials.

 

Outdoor Toys

At this time of year when the weather is pleasant, dog walks can easily be turned into playtime! There are loads of fun throwing toys that will make a day at the beach or park super fun. Here are some of our favourites:

Chuckit Sport 18M Ball Launcher - Sometimes the simplest games are also the most exciting and that definitely applies to games of fetch with a dog-safe tennis ball. Give the game a little extra distance with this throwing launcher by Chuckit. You’ll be able to send the ball flying way further than usual and your dog will get tons of exercise as they retrieve it. Ideal for games of fetch on a quiet dog-friendly beach.

KONG Tag-A-Long Ball - If you don’t have the space for throwing the ball long distances, a regular ball thrown by hand might be a better option. This one in particular is great for taking on walks as it can be attached to your dog’s lead leaving your hands and pockets free for other things.

 

Dog Poo Bags

No dog owner should leave the house without poop bags and we have some practical solutions for storing them and taking them on your travels.

Beco Pocket Poo Bag Holder - This is a super popular item at Lords & Labradors, combining practicality with sustainability. It’s really easy to use and clips to your dog’s lead so you don’t have to worry about remembering it when you leave the house. It’s also made of eco-friendly biodegradable materials, so it’s good for the environment too. Don’t forget to stock up on spare poo bags to put inside when it’s empty!

Cocopup London Poop Bag Holder - Cocopup is brand new to our ranges at L&L and we cannot get enough of their delightful prints and practical accessories. Their poop bag holders have a handy clip so it can be attached to a lead and there’s even a zip pocket so you can pop your keys or a bit of change inside. Discover the other matching accessories here.

 

Dog Training Treats

It’s important for us to treat our dogs for good behaviour even when we’re out on a walk. It could be a reward for good manners crossing the road or it might be for trying hard in a game at the park. Make sure you always have a treat or two to hand so you can show your dog your appreciation.

 

Collars, Leads and Harnesses

Of course you can’t leave the house without a walking set. A harness that fits well is our walking accessory of choice as it gives more comfort and support than using just a collar.

If the weather looks like it might take a turn for the worst you may want to consider a dog coat as well. Take a look at our recent article, The Best Dog Coats for Spring to see which styles we recommend for this time of year.

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Brush their coat at least once a week to remove loose hair and prevent matting. Use a slicker brush or grooming mitt to gently remove tangles and distribute natural oils throughout the coat. Invest in high-quality grooming products such as shampoo, conditioner, and grooming tools designed specifically for long-haired breeds like Red Setters. The Bugalugs all in 1 shed control shampoo is perfect for Reed Setters, the formula cleans, soothes and nourishes, reducing shedding with essential oils such as aloe vera, wheat proteins and oat kernel oil. Be sure to check their ears regularly for signs of infection and trim their nails as needed to prevent overgrowth and discomfort. In conclusion, Red Setters are wonderful companions known for their beauty, intelligence, and loving nature. By providing proper care, training, and attention to their needs, you can enjoy a fulfilling and rewarding relationship with your Red Setter for years to come. Remember, each Red Setter is unique, so take the time to understand your dog's individual personality and preferences. With love, patience, and commitment, you'll be rewarded with a loyal and devoted companion for life. To shop the best picks for your Red Setters check out our Red Setter collection - we’ve hand selected the best products specifically for them.

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  • English Setter Ultimate Guide
    13.03.24 March 13, 2024 Dog Breed Guide

    English Setter Ultimate Guide

    Are you considering welcoming an English Setter into your home? Or perhaps you already have one and want to learn more about caring for this elegant and energetic breed? Look no further! In this comprehensive guide, we'll delve into everything you need to know about English Setters, from their personality and traits to health considerations, training tips, grooming advice, and more. English Setter Facts and Information Before we delve into the specifics, let's cover some basic facts about the English Setter. The English Setter's origins can be traced back to England, where it was selectively bred in the 19th century. Developed as a specialised hunting dog, the English Setter played a vital role in locating and retrieving. This breed is renowned for its stunning feathered coat, distinctive setter gait, and friendly demeanour. English Setter Fact File Kennel Club Breed Group Gundog Size Large Weight 29-36kg Daily Exercise 2+ hours a day Coat Type Medium length, flat and wavy Coat Colours Black and white (blue belton), orange and white (orange belton), lemon and white (lemon belton), liver and white (liver belton), tricolour, that is blue belton and tan or liver belton and tan Lifespan 10-12 years English Setter Personality and Traits The English Setter is celebrated for its gentle and affectionate nature. These dogs thrive on human companionship and are typically excellent family pets. They are known for their playful and sociable disposition, making them great companions for both adults and children. English Setters are also intelligent and eager to please, traits that make them highly trainable. English Setter Health Issues Like all breeds, English Setters may be prone to certain health issues. Among the most common health concerns for this breed are hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, progressive retinal atrophy (PRA), and hypothyroidism. Responsible breeding practices and regular veterinary check-ups can help mitigate the risk of these conditions. As with any pet, it's essential to provide proper nutrition, regular exercise, and preventative healthcare to ensure your English Setter leads a long and healthy life. Raising an English Setter Raising an English Setter requires dedication, patience, and consistency. Early socialisation is crucial to help your puppy develop into a well-adjusted adult dog. Expose them to various people, animals, and environments to help them become confident and well-mannered companions. Establishing a routine for feeding, exercise, and training will also help set the foundation for a happy and harmonious relationship with your English Setter. English Setter Training English Setters are intelligent dogs that respond well to positive reinforcement training methods. They thrive on praise and rewards, so be sure to use plenty of treats and verbal encouragement during training sessions. Consistency and patience are key when teaching your English Setter basic obedience commands such as sit, stay, come, and heel. Enrolling in puppy classes or working with a professional dog trainer can also be beneficial, especially for first-time dog owners. English Setter House Training Toilet training is an essential aspect of raising a well-behaved English Setter. Establishing a consistent routine for bathroom breaks and rewarding your puppy for eliminating outdoors can help expedite the house training process. Crate training can also be a useful tool for teaching your English Setter to hold their bladder and bowels until they are taken outside. Crate Training an English Setter Puppy Crate training provides your English Setter puppy with a safe and secure space of their own. Introduce the crate gradually, using positive reinforcement to create a positive association with the space, our crate training guide has all of our top tips on how to successfully crate train your English Setter puppy. With patience and consistency, your English Setter will learn to view their crate as a cosy retreat rather than a confinement. Shop our deluxe dog crates here and our cosy & calming puppy crate bed here for the perfect crate set up. Best Bed for an English Setter When choosing a bed for your English Setter, opt for a sizeable, durable bed that provides ample support and comfort. Look for beds with orthopaedic foam or memory foam to cushion your Setter's joints and alleviate pressure points. Consider a bed with a removable, machine-washable cover for easy cleaning, as English Setters can be prone to shedding and dirt. Our Rhino Tough beds are wipe clean so are perfect How Much Exercise Does an English Setter Need? English Setters are an active breed that thrives on regular exercise and mental stimulation. Aim for at least an hour, if not 2, of physical activity each day, which can include brisk walks, runs, games of fetch, or off-lead play in a securely fenced area. Engaging your Setter in activities that tap into their natural hunting instincts, such as scent games or agility training, can also help keep them mentally and physically fulfilled. Best Walking Accessories for an English Setter When it comes to walking accessories for your English Setter, invest in a sturdy lead, collar and harness. For harnesses we love the Ruffwear front range harnesses, they come in a big range of sizes and are adjustable at both the neck and chest so you can get a good fit. Best Food for an English Setter Providing a nutritious and balanced diet is essential for maintaining your English Setter's overall health and well-being. Choose a high-quality dog food formulated for active breeds, the PRO PLAN Dog Large Adult Athletic Dog Food is a great choice for your English Setter with its high nutrients levels it’s great for keeping them fit and healthy. Best Food for an English Setter Puppy During the puppy stage, it's crucial to feed your English Setter a diet specifically formulated for growth and development. Look for puppy foods that contain essential nutrients such as protein, fat, vitamins, and minerals to support healthy bone and muscle growth, like the Acana puppy food. Divide your English Setter puppy's daily food allowance into several small meals to prevent digestive upset and maintain steady energy levels. Best Toys for English Setters English Setters are playful and energetic dogs that enjoy a variety of toys to keep them mentally stimulated and entertained. Look for toys that cater to your Setter's natural instincts, such as interactive puzzle toys for stimulation, plush toys for comfort, and durable chew toys to satisfy their urge to gnaw. For hunting dogs like English Setters we particularly love the Nerf interactive range of toys, they’re designed for dogs who love to hunt and retrieve and our own dogs have had hours of fun with them. English Setter Grooming Tips Maintaining your English Setter's coat requires regular grooming to keep it healthy and free from mats and tangles. Brush your Setter's coat several times a week using a slicker brush or grooming rake to remove loose hair and prevent matting. Pay special attention to areas prone to tangling, such as behind the ears, under the legs, and around the tail. Bathe your English Setter as needed, using a gentle dog shampoo formulated for their specific coat type, such as the Bugalugs shed control shampoo which has a formula that cleans, soothes and nourishes, reducing shedding with essential oils such as aloe vera, wheat proteins and oat kernel oil. In conclusion, the English Setter is a magnificent breed known for its beauty, intelligence, and loving nature. By understanding their personality, addressing their health needs, providing proper training and socialisation, and maintaining a consistent grooming regimen, you can ensure that your English Setter thrives as a beloved member of your family. Whether you're a seasoned Setter enthusiast or a first-time owner, the bond you share with your English Setter is sure to be one of a kind. Shop our handpicked English Setter collection here.

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