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How Often Should You Replace Your Dog’s Bed?
28.02.24 February 28, 2024 FAQs Featured

How Often Should You Replace Your Dog’s Bed?

Did you know dogs spend 12 to 14 hours a day sleeping? That's a lot of time in bed so it's no surprise that their bed might be looking a little worse for wear. Dogs are creatures of comfort so making sure they have a a clean and supportive bed is essential for their overall well-being. In this guide, our Pet Experts explore the signs that indicate it's time to change your dog's bed and share expert tips on how to care for your canine's cherished sleeping spot. How Often Should You Replace Your Dog’s Bed? Determining how often to replace your dog's bed depends on several factors including the quality of the bed, your dog's size and activity level, and any specific health considerations. As a general guideline, it's advisable to replace your dog's bed every 1 to 3 years, or sooner if signs of wear and tear become noticeable. Signs It's Time to Change Your Dog's Bed: Visible Wear and Tear: Over time, your dog's bed may start showing signs of wear and tear, such as flattened cushions, lumps, or torn fabric. If you notice any significant damage, it's a clear indication that it's time to consider a replacement. Lingering Odours: Despite regular cleaning, dog beds can accumulate odours over time, especially if your furry friend enjoys outdoor adventures or has accidents indoors. Lingering smells that persist even after washing could signal the need for a new bed. Loss of Support: Just like humans, dogs require proper support for their joints and muscles, especially as they age or if they have existing health conditions. If your dog's bed no longer provides adequate support or has become too soft, it's time to invest in a new one to ensure their comfort and well-being. It might be worth investing in an orthopaedic dog bed if your dog’s breed is prone to joint issues. Allergies and Skin Irritations: Dogs can develop allergies or skin irritations from prolonged exposure to dust mites, pet dander, or other allergens that accumulate in their beds over time. If you notice your dog scratching more than usual or experiencing skin issues, a new bed with hypoallergenic materials may offer relief. Preference for Alternative Sleeping Spots: Dogs are creatures of habit, and if you notice your furry friend opting for alternative sleeping spots around the house instead of their bed, it could indicate that they're no longer comfortable or satisfied with their current sleeping arrangements. It’s worth looking at how your dog likes to sleep so you can get the best bed shape to suit their sleeping style, our Information Hub has a guide on how to choose the perfect dog bed for your dog. Top Ways to Care for Your Dog's Bed: Regular Washing: Establish a routine for washing your dog's bed to remove dirt, hair, and odour-causing bacteria. Most of our Lords & Labradors dog beds are machine washable, we have a handy guide on how to wash your dog’s bed here. Use a Removable Cover: Opt for dog beds with removable, machine-washable covers for easy cleaning. Having a spare cover on hand allows you to swap them out while one is being laundered, ensuring your pup always has a fresh and clean place to sleep. We also sell bamboo bed covers which are great for popping over your dog’s bed to help keep them clean especially after a muddy dog walk, they will act as an additional layer of defence against moisture and stains, extending the life of the bed! Vacuum and Spot Clean: In between washings, use a handheld vacuum or lint roller to remove hair and debris from the surface of the bed. Spot clean any stains or spills promptly to prevent them from setting into the fabric. Rotate and Fluff: Just like flipping a mattress, periodically rotate your dog's bed to distribute wear evenly and prevent premature sagging. Fluffing the bed's filling helps maintain its loft and support over time. Sun and Air Dry: On sunny days, take advantage of natural sunlight by airing out your dog's bed outdoors. Sunlight helps eliminate odours and kills bacteria, leaving the bed feeling fresh and revitalised. Inspect Regularly: Take time to inspect your dog's bed for any signs of damage, loose seams, or worn-out stuffing. Promptly address any issues to prevent further deterioration and ensure your pup's safety and comfort. By recognising the signs that it's time to change your dog's bed and implementing proper care and maintenance techniques, you can provide your furry friend with a clean, comfortable, and supportive sleeping environment. Remember, a happy and well-rested pup makes for a happier pet parent too! If you’re looking to upgrade your dog’s bed why not check out our collection of luxury dog beds? Bedding is our speciality, we design and craft all of our bedding here in our Lincolnshire workshop so you can be sure your dog will be getting the best sleep possible in one of our luxury dog beds.

By Megan Willis

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How to Wash Dog Blankets Without a Washing Machine
06.09.23 September 06, 2023 FAQs Featured

How to Wash Dog Blankets Without a Washing Machine

We all know how much our furry companions love their cosy blankets. However, keeping these items clean can be a bit challenging, especially if you don't have access to a washing machine. But fear not, for in this guide, we will share expert tips on how to clean your dog's blankets effectively without the use of a washing machine. Say goodbye to stubborn pet odours and dirt! 1. Gather Your Supplies Before diving into the cleaning process, it's essential to gather all the necessary supplies. Here's what you'll need: Mild Detergent: Opt for a gentle, pet-safe detergent to avoid any skin irritations. Bathtub or Large Basin: You'll need a spacious container to soak and rinse the dog blankets and bed cover. Vacuum: A vacuum is great for helping you to remove any debris from your pet's blanket, we'd recommend using an upholstery attachment if you have one! Scrub Brush: A soft-bristle brush will help you remove dirt and pet hair effectively. Towels: Have some clean towels on hand for drying the items after washing. Sunlight: Natural sunlight acts as a powerful disinfectant and helps eliminate odours. 2. Shake and Vacuum Start by taking your dog's blankets outdoors, if possible. Shake and brush to remove loose dirt, fur, and debris. Consider using a vacuum cleaner with an upholstery attachment to ensure a thorough cleaning. 3. Pre-Treat Stains Inspect the blankets for any stubborn stains or odorous spots. Apply a small amount of mild detergent directly to these areas and gently scrub with a brush. Allow the detergent to sit for a few minutes to penetrate the stains. 4. Soak in a Bathtub Fill your bathtub or a large basin with lukewarm water. Add a small amount of pet-safe detergent and agitate the water to create suds. Submerge the blankets ensuring they are fully soaked. Let them soak for 15-20 minutes to loosen dirt and odours. 5. Hand Washing After soaking, use your hands to gently agitate the blankets in the soapy water. Pay extra attention to stained areas and spots with lingering odours. Continue this process for a few minutes. 6. Rinse Thoroughly Drain the soapy water and refill the bathtub with clean, lukewarm water. Rinse the blankets thoroughly, ensuring no detergent residue remains. You may need to repeat this step a few times until the water runs clear. 7. Squeeze Excess Water Carefully squeeze out excess water from the blankets. Avoid wringing them, as this can damage the fabric and distort their shape. 8. Drying in the Sun Place the wet items outside in direct sunlight to dry. Sunlight is not only a natural disinfectant but also an excellent deodoriser. Allow the blankets to dry completely. This may take several hours, so be patient. 9. Fluff and Fold Once your dog's blankets are completely dry, fluff them up by shaking and gently patting. Fold them neatly and place them back in your pet's favourite spot.Cleaning your dog's blankets without a washing machine may require a bit of extra effort, but it's entirely doable with the right approach. By following these expert tips and using pet-safe products, you can ensure your furry friend enjoys a fresh and clean resting place. Regular maintenance and cleaning will not only keep your dog happy but also contribute to a healthier living environment for both of you.

By Megan Willis

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How to Wash a Dog Bed in a Washing Machine: A Step-by-Step Guide
15.08.23 August 15, 2023 FAQs Featured

How to Wash a Dog Bed in a Washing Machine: A Step-by-Step Guide

As a pet owner, you know how essential it is to keep your furry friend's belongings clean and fresh. Among these items, dog beds are a haven for our beloved companions, offering comfort and security. However, over time, these cosy spots can accumulate dirt, pet hair, and odours, making regular cleaning a must. Thankfully, many modern dog beds come with removable covers or are machine machine washable, making them easy to keep clean. In this guide, we'll walk you through the process of washing a dog bed in a washing machine, ensuring that your four-legged friend's bed stays clean and comfortable.   Are Dog Beds Machine Washable? Before we dive into the washing process, it's crucial to check if your dog's bed is machine washable. Look for tags or labels that indicate whether the bed is machine washable and if there are any specific guidelines you need to follow. Here at Lords & Labradors all of our Core Collection is machine washable, our Core Collection crate cushions and bumpers even have removable covers to make washing easier. Our Essentials Collection, however, is hand wash only. For more information on how to clean your Lords & Labradors Bed why not check out our L&L bedding guide? Or speak to our Customer Care team, who are happy to help.   Preparing Your Dog Bed for Washing: Remove the Cover: If your bed has a removable cover start by unzipping or unfastening the removable cover from the bed's filling. Some beds may have a separate inner liner that encases the stuffing, so make sure to remove both the outer cover and the inner liner if applicable. Shake Off and Hoover Excess Dirt: Before tossing the cover into the washing machine, give it a gentle shake outside use a lint roller or a vacuum cleaner with an upholstery attachment to remove any loose fur, dirt, or debris. If your bed has an inner cushion make sure to take this out and clean underneath, crumbs and hair often end up collecting underneath there! Pre-Treat Stains: If you notice any stains or particularly stubborn spots on the cover, spot-treat them with a pet-safe stain remover or a mixture of mild detergent and water. Avoid using harsh chemicals that could be harmful to your pet.     Washing Your Dog Bed: Read the Care Label: Always read and follow the care label on your dog bed's cover before washing. This label will provide specific instructions and precautions for washing and drying. Select the Right Washing Machine Settings: Set your washing machine to a gentle cycle with cold water. For L&L beds we recommend a 30 degree wash on a gentle cycle. Avoid using hot water, as it may cause the fabric to shrink or fade. Always opt for a pet-safe, hypoallergenic detergent to wash your dog bed. Regular detergents may contain harsh chemicals that could irritate your pet's skin. Additionally, avoid using fabric softeners, as they can leave a residue that may also irritate your dog. Load the Machine Properly: If you’re washing a bed cover to prevent the washing machine from becoming unbalanced during the cycle, balance the load by adding a few towels or other soft items. This will ensure that the cover is cleaned evenly.If you’re washing a bed with out a cover, they often have a removable inner cushion. If the bed is too big for your washing machine you can always try washing the two parts separately to avoid overfilling your machine. Washing The Dog Bed: Place the cover or bed in the washing machine and start the cycle. Once the cycle is complete, remove the cover promptly to prevent wrinkles and avoid over-drying.     Drying Your Dog Bed: Air Drying: For best results and to prevent any damage to your dog’s bed, we recommend air drying. If it’s a cover you can hang it outside on a clothes line or lay it flat on a clean surface indoors, we recommend putting it back on the inner cushion to prevent shrinkage. For dog beds without removable covers, we recommend either putting it outside in a clean spot to dry off or in a warm area of your house whilst it dries. Avoid using a dryer or putting it over a radiator as high heat may cause shrinkage or damage to the cover. Fluffing and Reassembling: Once your dog’s bed is dry, give it a gentle shake to fluff up the filling, it may clump together during washing so will need a bit of a shake to redistribute it evenly.  Reassembling: If your dog’s bed has a removable cover, it’s now time to reassemble, putting the cover back on the inner cushion. If the bed has zippers, ensure they are securely closed before returning it to your pup.   Tips for Maintaining a Clean Dog Bed: Regular Vacuuming: To prevent excessive dirt and hair from accumulating on your dog's bed, make a habit of vacuuming it regularly. A quick once-over with a handheld vacuum or a vacuum cleaner with an upholstery attachment can do wonders in keeping the bed clean between washes. Spot Cleaning: For minor spills or accidents on the dog bed, opt for spot cleaning instead of a full machine wash. Use a pet-safe, mild detergent mixed with water and a clean cloth to gently clean the affected area. Blot the stain rather than rubbing it, as rubbing can push the stain deeper into the fabric. Air Out the Bed: Whenever the weather permits, take advantage of sunny days to air out your dog's bed. The sunlight will help to naturally eliminate any odours, and fresh air circulation can reduce moisture buildup, which can cause mould or mildew over time. Using Pet-Friendly Odour Eliminators: If your dog's bed tends to hold onto odours despite regular washing, consider using pet-friendly odour eliminators. There are various options available, including sprays and powders designed specifically for pet bedding, ensuring a fresh-smelling bed for your furry friend. Invest in Quality Dog Beds: When purchasing a dog bed, consider investing in high-quality options that are designed for easy cleaning. Dog beds with removable, machine-washable covers not only simplify the cleaning process but also provide a durable and comfortable resting place for your pet. Here at L&L our luxury dog beds are made with upholstery grade fabric so you can be sure they will stand the test of time. Regularly washing your dog's bed is essential for maintaining a clean and healthy environment for your furry companion. By following this step-by-step guide on how to wash a dog bed in a washing machine, you can keep your pet's bed fresh, cosy, and odour-free. Always remember to check the care instructions, use pet-safe detergent, and avoid high heat when drying to ensure the longevity of the dog bed and the comfort of your four-legged friend. Happy washing!

By Megan Willis

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Custom Lords & Labradors Crate Bedding Guide
25.07.23 July 25, 2023 FAQs Featured

Custom Lords & Labradors Crate Bedding Guide

Are you looking to upgrade your dog's crate with our crate bedding but have another brand of crate? Although crates are often called the same size, the placement and size of the doors can be a little different. Our bedding is made to fit our L&L metal dog crates. Our customer care team can help you check the sizes of your crate against our own to see if they may fit. If not our talented seamstresses, here in our Lincolnshire based workshop, can bespoke make our crate bedding for any brand of crate, we will just need a few measurements from you to help us get the perfect fit.   Measuring For Your Custom L&L Crate Cover There are 9 measurements we need to help get the perfect fitting custom crate cover, as shown below. These help us to check the placement of your crates doors, as well as the depth, width and height of your crate, so we can make sure your L&L crate cover looks as good as possible. When measuring you will want to use a fabric tape measure and allow the tape measure to fall naturally. Try to avoid pulling the tape measure as this will stretch fabric and give you inaccurate measurements. Please provide your measurements in inches. If you need any help measuring your crate, get in touch and our customer care team will be happy to help.   If you’d like to purchase custom crate bedding please contact our customer care team on +44 (0) 1790 720 900 or email sales@lordsandlabradors.co.uk

By Megan Willis

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How Often Should You Groom Your Dog
18.04.23 April 18, 2023 FAQs Featured

How Often Should You Groom Your Dog

If you’re anything like us you’ll want your furry friend to look their best, we know that grooming is an essential part in achieving that. Frequent dog grooming helps to keep your dog looking nice, as well as improving their overall health and wellbeing. But you may be wondering how often you should groom your dog. In this week’s blog post, we’re covering everything you need to know about dog grooming.   What Is Dog Grooming  Before we look at how often you should be grooming your dog, let’s look at what dog grooming is. If you’re a first-time dog owner or new to dog grooming we know that keeping on top of your dog’s grooming can be overwhelming which is why we’re here to help. Dog grooming refers to maintaining your dog’s physical coat and hygiene, which includes everything you do to maintain your dog’s coat, skin, nails and ears, from bathing & brushing to cutting and clipping. For a more detail guide on ‘what dog grooming is’, check out this article from our Information Hub - it looks at everything from what is involved in dog grooming, why it’s important and how long it takes. It’s a great place to start if you’re new to dog grooming or need a refresher.    How Often Should A Dog Be Groomed Understanding your dog’s coat type is the first step in knowing how often to groom your dog and what the best products to use are. How often to groom a dog, in our experience, will depend on things like hair length, texture, and density of your dog’s coat. The main types of dog coats are: Short or smooth-haired, Long Haired, Double Coated, Curly and Hairless. In this guide, we break down exactly how often each type of coat needs grooming, as well as give you our top tips for looking after their coat and our favourite products.    How Often Should A Long-Haired Dog Be Groomed? Long-Haired Dogs include breeds such as Lhasa Apso, German Shepherd, Long-Haired Chihuahuas, Dachshunds & Shih Tzus.  Long Hair coats need regular grooming to prevent matting and tangles, daily brushing will help with this and will remove any debris. If you’ve got a long-haired puppy it’s a good idea to get them used to being brushed from the day you bring them home so they’re desensitised to it from a young age.  When it comes to bathing your long-haired dog, it’s important to keep them clean but also not strip their coat from any natural oils that are keeping it shiny and healthy. In our experience bathing your long-haired dog every 6-8 weeks helps keep their coat in tip-top shape. You can either do this at home or take them to a professional groomer for a bath. When it comes to cutting your long-haired dog it will depend on your personal taste, lifestyle and season. How short you will want to keep your long-haired dog’s coat will depend on your taste and lifestyle, the typical long-haired cuts you’ll see at Crufts are usually what is considered ‘breed standard’. But if you’re not planning on showing your dog in the show ring any time soon, maybe a shorter more practical cut might suit them more. We’d recommend visiting your groomers for a trim every 2 - 3 months, however, they will advise exactly how often they recommend for your particular lang-haired breed.  For long-haired dogs, we recommend the PetPlex Dirt Defeater collection and a slicker brush. The PetPlex Dirt Defeater collection includes a shampoo, conditioner, and cologne so is perfect for removing any tangles and keeping your dog smelling fresh.   How Often Should A Short-Haired Dog Be Groomed? Short-Haired dogs include Beagles, Boxers, Dalmatians, Great Danes, Pugs & Rhodesian Ridgebacks.  Short-Haired dog breeds typically need less grooming than their long-haired cousins. In our experience brushing their coats once a week is plenty to help keep them healthy and free of debris.  Short-haired dogs will only need occasional baths, every 4-6 weeks or after a particularly mucky walk.  Short-haired dogs likely won’t need regular haircuts with a professional groomer, although some breeds may still need their undercoat stripped away. Contrary to popular belief, short-haired dogs can shed a lot, particularly when the seasons change. Some groomers will offer a specific short-haired dog package which will include a bath and a deshed which will help remove some of that excess hair and keep your short-haired dog’s coat in top shape.  For short-haired dogs we recommend using a gentle shampoo like the PetPlex Dirt Defeater Collection and a good brush, we like the Rosewood 2-in-1 Bath & Groom Brush as you can put shampoo in the top to dispense at bath time making grooming your dog super easy.    How Often Should A Double Coated Dog Be Groomed? Double dog breeds include wire-haired breeds such as Border Terriers, Brussels Griffons, Jack Russel Terriers, and Schnauzers, as well as breeds such as Golden Retrievers, Labrador, Pomeranians, and Border Collies.  A double coat on a dog is simply a coat that has two layers, they have an undercoat of dense short hairs and then a top coat of longer hairs or guard hairs. The double coat is great for keeping your dog’s temperature regulated and repelling moisture and dirt.  Double-coated breeds shed a lot, especially in Spring and Fall. Although regular grooming won’t stop this it will certainly help minimise it and keep their coats looking healthy. We recommend brushing double-coated dogs 2-3 times a week - this will help remove debris, any mats or tangles, as well as help to remove some of that excess dead hair that may be irritating them.  A common misconception is that shaving your double-coated dog will help keep them cooler in the summer, however, the opposite is actually true. A double-coated dog is insulated in the follicles rather than by the hair, so when you cut their hair all the insulation is still there, and when the hair grows back quite often 10-14 hairs will grow in the place of each follicle rather than the 5-7 that was there before, which can change the texture of their hair and cause bald patches.  We recommend bathing your double-coated dog roughly every 8-12 weeks. Bathing them more frequently in the summer is a good idea as they will be shedding more and it will help to get rid of some of that excess hair.  When it comes to how often you should be taking your double-coat, it can vary depending on if they’re a short, medium, or long-haired double-coated dog but typically we’d recommend at least four times a year to help de-shed all that dead hair. Your local professional groomer will be able to advise the best length of time for your specific breed of dog.  For your double-coated dog, we recommend a good brush to help them shed that bottom coat, both a slicker brush or an undercoat rake work well.   How Often Should You Groom Your Wavy Or Curly-Haired Dog Wavy or Curly Haired dogs include a lot of the popular poodle cross breeds such as Labradoodles, Cockapoos, Cavapoo & Cavapoochons, as well as breeds such as Bichon Frise, Spanish Waterdogs, Bedlington Terriers, and Poodles.  Although curly coat breeds are typically low shedding they still require maintenance. The curly texture can be prone to matting and tangling so daily brushing will help keep on top of this, especially after a particularly muddy or wet walk. When it comes to bathing your curly-haired dogs, you want to avoid doing it too often so that their natural essential oils don’t get stripped from their skin and fur. On average, we recommend at most once a month but ideally every 6 weeks or so, the Dexas Mudbuster is perfect for keeping your curly-haired dog’s paws clean between baths.  Curly-haired dogs are more likely to need a regular trim than other breeds, for this, we recommend taking them to a professional groomer every 6 weeks to keep on top of it.  If you want to bathe your dog at home the PetPlex Curl Perfector Shampoo and Detangling Spray work amazingly on both curly and wavy-haired dogs. The shampoo has been specially formulated for dogs with curly coats and has added wheat protein which will strengthen your dog's hair from the root and give instant voluminous results. A detangling spray can either be used on hair wash day or to help freshen up between full grooms, and it will just help to gently tease away knots and tangles. Other grooming kit essentials for a curly-haired dog include a slicker brush and some thinning scissors to help keep the hair round their eyes neat and tidy between trims.    How Often To Groom A Hairless Dog Hairless Dog Breeds include Chinese Crested Dogs, Hairless Chihuahuas, American Hairless Terriers, and Xoloitzcuintli. Needless to say, hairless dogs won’t need brushing or trimming like other coat types but they will still need regular baths and it’s a good idea to brush through any patches of hair they may have. With hairless dogs typically an oily film will form after a couple of weeks, this is a good indication that they’re ready to be bathed. We recommend a really gentle shampoo to bathe your hairless dog with, like PetPlex Derma Doctor which is fragrance-free and full of mild ingredients so it perfect for hairless dogs How often you should groom your dog will depend on their breed and coat type. Regular grooming at home is essential for all coat types to help their coats in top shape. If you would like a little bit more information on how to groom a dog why not check out our recent Information Hub article? It’s a simple guide explaining everything you need to know to groom your dog at home.

By Megan Willis

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How To Choose The Right Collar For Your Dog
03.04.23 April 03, 2023 FAQs Featured

How To Choose The Right Collar For Your Dog

With the weather finally starting to get a little brighter and warmer, if you’re anything like us you’ll be looking to go on some longer dog walks and days out with your furry friends. Collars are an essential for any trip out with your dog but we know that choosing the right collar for your dog can be overwhelming. In this guide, we’ll discuss how to pick the perfect dog collar, how to fit a collar correctly and what the correct tightness should be.   Does My Dog Need A Collar? It’s now a legal requirement for all dogs to wear a collar when they’re in public places with an ID tag attached, so whilst you may not choose to put one on your dog at home they will need one for whilst you’re out and about even if you prefer to walk them on a harness.   How To Choose A Dog Collar When choosing a dog collar there are a few factors to consider Material Style Your dog’s breed Purpose Which material dog collar to choose The main materials dog collars are fabric collars which are usually made from nylon or polyester, leather or faux-leather dog collars, metal dog collars and rope dog collars. Which material you pick will depend on your dog. Nylon collars are lightweight, easy to clean and often come in fun designs, where as leather collars are more durable and often softer on your dog’s coat. If you’re looking for a leather dog collar, our leather dog collar guide rounds up our leather collars and talks you through which one to pick for your dog.   Which style of dog collar to pick Dog collars also come in different styles, some fasten with a buckle whereas others use a clip. The choice of fastening tends to be personal preference, buckles tend to be a bit longer lasting and more sturdy, whereas clips are quicker and easier to get on and off your dog.  The most popular style of collar is a flat collar which sits flush with your dog’s neck. The flat surface helps to distribute pressure evenly on your dog’s neck so is a good choice if your dog likes to pull. Rounded collars, which are usually leather or rope, are great for dogs with long coats or who get irritated by traditional flat collars, the round shape is more gentle on their necks. There are also collars which have been designed especially for hounds and whippets. These are thicker at the back of the collar and fasten with a buckle at the front. They have been designed especially for long necked breeds to provide comfort and support whilst they’re walking Slip Leads, as the name suggests, are easy to slip on and off your dogs. These act as both a collar and a lead and will simply slide over your dog’s head. They’re usually used for gun dogs, however if your dog has a tendency to pull then these might not be the best choice for them as the collar size will tighten as they pull which can put unnecessary pressure on their neck.   Which dog collar to pick for my breed of dog As we mentioned above the breed of your dog can also influence the style of collar you pick, with hound collars being better for long necked breeds and round collars better for long haired breeds. If you have a smaller breed or a puppy we recommend a lighter weight collar like a nylon collar so that it’s not too heavy for them and putting extra pressure and weight on their neck. Whereas for larger dogs you probably are better looking at something more durable such as a leather collar as they will naturally put more stress on the collar if they pull on it at all and are likely to want the support that a leather collar offers.   Dog Collar Purpose Hopefully the above has given you a little more information about what collar to pick for your dog but the last thing to think about is purpose. If you’re just using your dog’s collar to hold their ID tag and are planning to either let them walk off lead or use a harness to walk them, then you’re probably okay with a lightweight collar, perhaps a nylon collar. Whereas if you’re going to use the collar to attach your dog’s lead to then maybe a leather dog collar may be more fit for purpose.    How To Fit A Dog Collar Correctly Once you’ve decided what style and material of collar you want all that’s left to do is pick the right size collar - don’t worry we know that’s easier said that done which is why we have created a guide to help you measure a dog collar. We’ve put the basics below but if you’re looking for a little more information check out our handy guide here  Get a fabric tape measure and place it round your dog’s neck where their collar would usually sit Place two fingers between the measuring tape and your dog’s neck Take the measurement and add one to two inches Use this measurement when looking at size guides for your dog’s collar - if your dog sits at the top of one size range and the bottom of another we recommend picking the one they sit at the bottom of.     How to pick a size of collar for a puppy In the first few months of your puppies lives they’re likely to go through a few collars as they grow so quickly. When it comes to measuring your puppy for a collar follow the same steps as above but keep in mind how quickly they grow in those first few weeks. As we mentioned above we usually recommend lightweight nylon collars for puppies, these are usually super adjustable so are perfect for growing puppies. Getting your puppy used to wearing a collar even before they go out for their first walk can really help them, their first walk will be daunting for them so by getting them used to a collar as early as possible will help it be a little less scary for them. Many breeders use whelping collars, which are brightly coloured lightweight collars, to help identify the pups in the first few weeks but are also great for getting puppies used to wearing collars.   What Is The Correct Tightness Of Dog Collar Knowing how tight to make your dog’s collar can be tricky sometimes, it needs to be tight enough so that they can’t easily escape it but loose enough that it’s not hurting their neck. The general rule of thumb is make sure that you can fit two fingers between your dog’s collar and their neck. We hope this guide has helped you pick the perfect collar for your pooch, don’t forget to check out our range of designer dog collars - we’re sure to have something to suit your dog.

By Megan Willis

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How To Choose A Dog Bed
22.03.23 March 22, 2023 FAQs Featured

How To Choose A Dog Bed

Humans spend a third of their lives in bed, so you probably spent ages choosing the right bed and mattress to make sure that you get the best night’s sleep possible and don’t end up like Goldilocks with a bed that’s not right! But what about choosing the perfect dog bed? A dog can spend a significant amount of time in their bed, and as a beloved member of your family, your furry friend needs a bed that they’re happy and comfortable with. But how exactly do you choose the right bed for your dog? For many dogs, their bed is an important part of their lives that helps with relaxing, unwinding and gaining some personal space away from humans and other animals. It may be tempting as a dog owner to allow your pooch to carry out their naps in your bed or on other items of furniture around the house, but as a dog bed offers suitable support to your dog and a sanctuary for them during downtime, it’s important they have one. In this guide we take a closer look at choosing a dog bed, one that’s perfect for dreaming and sleeping all night long!   Do Dogs Need Beds? On average, dogs spend between 12 and 18 hours of the day asleep, so a bed that’s comfortable, supportive and suits their needs is key for any dog. It’s only natural that your four-legged friend may choose to take power naps beside you on the sofa or even spend moments sleeping in your bed, but a dog bed is an important asset in any dog’s life and it is often recognised as their own environment for having time by themselves, relaxing and unwinding after a long day causing mischief.   Other benefits to dog beds include: Contributing to health and comfort Easing feelings of stress and anxiety Improving the training process Offering quality sleep Preserving condition of human furniture Preventing behavioural issues    How to choose a dog bed  There are loads of dog beds to choose from here at Lords & Labradors but picking the right bed for your dog can be overwhelming. Fortunately, you can use a few key factors to pick out the best option for your dog based on the breed and size of your dog and how they like to sleep.  The key things to think about when choosing a dog bed are Size Sleeping Styles Comfort   How To Choose A Dog Bed Size Size plays an important role in deciding the correct bed for your dog. If you have a Dachshund, an extra-large bed designed for sprawling out may be excessive, just as you would be lucky to fit any part of a Doberman in a small igloo bed. A dog bed needs to be big enough for them to comfortably lie in all their favourite positions whilst still being small enough for them to feel cosy & safe in. All our dog beds, here at Lords and Labradors, have a size guide which will help give you an idea of which bed we’d recommend for your breed. Measuring your dog will help to give you an idea of what size dog bed they will need. To do this, wait until they are sleeping and measure them in centimetres from their nose to their back paws. You should then add around 25 centimetres onto the measurement you’ve taken and a bed with a similar length should be ideal for your furry friend.     How To Choose A Dog Bed Style As well as the size of your dog, how they sleep is also an important factor to consider. Your dog will give you clues about what bed they’d sleep best in and how they like to sleep every single day. Some dogs love to stretch out, whereas other dogs love to curl up with their nose touching their tail. Here we talk you through the different styles of dog bed and what sleep style they suit.   Mattress Beds/Cushions Is your dog a side sleeper? Do they love to sprawl out whilst sleeping? Maybe a cushion or a mattress bed is for them, this will give them the space to stretch out whilst still being super comfy. Our crate cushions also work great as standalone cushions for dogs who love their sleep space.   High Wall Beds The tall squishy walls of a high wall bed are great for dogs who love something to rest their head on whilst still curling up . The high sides will help to keep them feeling safe and secure, so they can really get cosy during nap time. Our high wall beds have a lowered front edge so it’s easy for your dog to get in and out.   Donut Beds Donut beds as the name suggest are a circle shape with a raised ring round the side. These are great dog bed for dogs who suffer with anxiety and like to curl up in their bed to unwind, the cosy sides will cocoon them and make them feel safe. We’ve made our donut beds with the most sumptuously soft faux fur so it’s perfect for snuggling up in for those all important naps.   Box Beds Does your dog like to stretch out but still love something to rest their head on? A dog box bed is a perfect choice for them. The square shape means they’ve got plenty of space to stretch out but the padded edges are soft and perfect for hanging their head off whilst napping.   Orthopaedic Beds Just like we can get orthopaedic mattresses, you can get orthopaedic dog beds. These are a great choice for dogs who have specific health needs, like joint problems or senior dogs who need a little more support. The foam inner on our L&L Orthopaedic mattress has been designed to provide plenty of support for dogs who need it. They’re also low to the floor so they’re easy for dogs with aches and pains to get on and off.   Den Beds Does your dog like to burrow and hide? Breeds such as Dachshunds and Jack Russels were bred to go to ground when hunting so have a natural instinct to tunnel and burrow, so a den bed is perfect for them. Our den beds are round and have a comfy cushions so are perfect for curling up in but the attached blanket means they can hide and burrow before settling down to sleep.     Picking the perfect puppy bed Are you getting a new puppy? You’ll probably want to get them a puppy bed before transitioning to an adult bed. Puppy beds are usually slightly smaller than the adult beds to stop your puppy from feeling lost in their new bed. We have two styles of puppy beds here at L&L, both of which have been tested with our own puppies to make sure they’re fit for purpose   Cosy & Calming Puppy Crate Bed Our cosy & calming puppy beds are exactly as the name suggests, cosy and calming. They have been designed to fill just over half of a dog crate so if you’re crate training your puppy this will help divide their crate and aid their toilet training. The rectangle beds have padded raised walls all the way round for your puppy to snuggle up in and the cushion in the middle is made from the softest fleece, perfect for all those naps your puppy needs!   Grow With Me Puppy Beds Our newest addition to our bed range, the grow with me puppy beds have high walls to create a feeling of security for nervous puppies. They feature a soft removable ring which you can take out as your puppy grows. This means the bed is never too big for your puppy and it can grow with them. This is perfect dog bed to choose for more nervous puppies or puppies who love to be cocooned and curled up    Do dogs need soft beds? Dog beds are available in a selection of different materials, so it’s important you choose the most suitable option for your dog. A dog bed needs to be firm enough to offer support to your dog but comfortable enough to make them feel cosy and relaxed. For puppies, a super soft dog bed with sides to prevent them from tumbling out will make them feel more settled, especially if they’ve recently moved into your home. However, this type of bed may be too small to fit a larger dog, and as older dogs may struggle to get out of a bed that’s particularly spongy, a dog cushion would be more fitting, and it would help to support their ageing joints. For more destructive dogs you might want a dog bed that’s made out of something more hardwearing, like our Rhino Tough faux-leather beds, rather than a soft furry beds!   How Long Do Dog Beds Last? Whether your dog is prone to bringing snacks to bed, walking mud all over their bed or scratching at it and kneading it until it feels exactly right, it’s to be expected that it will become damaged and eventually require replacing. A dog bed’s lifespan could be several years if it’s a good quality or a matter of weeks if it’s not. However, you can extend the time you use a dog bed by washing it as instructed on the label and cleaning away any food or dirt as soon as it comes into contact with it. Dogs are messy creatures by design, but it’s a shame to let them ruin a perfectly good bed, especially if it’s one they’re particularly fond of.   How Often Should You Replace A Dog Bed As dogs are unpredictable, it’s not always easy to anticipate when they will do something that totally ruins their bed. It may be in good condition for several months before they pull out a thread while scratching it and end up accidentally ripping it open and pulling out all the stuffing. Unfortunately, if this happens, it’s unlikely that you will be able to fix it and the best solution will be to replace it entirely with a new dog bed. However, you may be wondering when you should give up on your pooch’s bed and invest in a new one. Situations where you should consider replacing your dog bed include when: It smells and repeated washing isn’t removing the nasty odour It’s infested with fleas and nothing is working to remove them The stuffing is falling out, the material is ripped and it’s totally beyond repair.   How Many Dog Beds Should A Dog Have? All dogs should have at least one bed, but if your dog spends time in different rooms, providing multiple beds can mean that they feel more comfortable in each room and are less inclined to jump on human furniture. If you have more than one dog, it would be advisable to provide a bed for each of them. However, if they tend to snuggle up together, it could make sense to choose a bed that’s big enough to support both of them.   What Dog Bed Should I Buy? So, when it comes to identifying the best dog bed for your furry friend, consider their wants and needs and match it with an option that ticks all the right boxes. If your dog is large, check that they’ll fit in the bed. If they’re prone to scratching and digging in their bed, make sure the material is strong enough to withstand this level of wear and tear. If they’re old, pick a bed that’s designed to support them effectively. If you’re still not sure what dog bed to choose, why not chat to one of our Customer Care team? They’re pet experts with years of knowledge, they can help to advise you on which dog  bed will suit your dog! Still not sure what bed to get your dog? Why not chat to one of our pet experts? They're bed experts and will be able to advise you which bed will be the best fit and shape for your dog, call us on +44 1790 720 900 or email us on sales@lordsandlabradors.co.uk

By Megan Willis

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How To Clean Dog Bedding And Remove Dog Smells
09.03.23 March 09, 2023 FAQs Featured

How To Clean Dog Bedding And Remove Dog Smells

It’s no secret that dog's beds can get dirty sometimes, whether it’s with muddy paw prints or urine. With the right care our dog beds will continue to look beautiful for years to come, however, you may be wondering what the best way to clean a dog’s bed is. In this blog, we look at the best ways to clean your L&L dog bedding to keep them looking as pristine as possible. How To Clean A Dog Bed The first thing to consider when washing your dog’s bed is what type of bed they have, different beds will want washing in different ways. Firstly check your bed for the wash label to see if they are machine washable, then follow the instructions below. How To Clean Machine Washable Dog Beds Vacuum your dog's bed to remove any loose dirt or hair Washing a cushion or bed? These will usually have a removable cover so you can just wash the outside. If you’re washing an L&L box bed, a high wall or a cosy & calming bed, try taking the cushion out of the centre of the bed to help it fit in your machine. You can then wash them in two stages! If you’re using detergent make sure it’s non-toxic and safe for dogs We recommend washing at 20º on a gentle wash, this will help your bed maintain its colour and keep it looking fresh. Always air dry your bed to avoid any shrinkage, they may just need a little shake after being washed to help them return to their normal shape. Whilst your cushion cover is in the wash you can always wipe clean the cushion inner to help remove any stains which may have soaked through your cushion. How To Hand Wash Non-Machine Washable Dog Beds Maybe your bed isn’t machine washable or if it’s too big to fit in your washing machine, these step-by-step instructions will help you handwash your dog’s bed. Hoover your dog’s bed to help remove any loose hair or dirt Fill up either your bath or sink with hot soapy water – you want enough in there so you can submerge your dog’s bed Soak the bed in soapy water for 10-15 minutes – this will help loosen any stains Scrub the bed to remove any stains Rinse thoroughly Air dry your dog’s bed after wringing it out. How To Get Rid of Dog Smells and Urine Stains from Dog Beds Got tougher stains or smells to clean? Don’t worry, we have got some helpful tips which will help you get rid of that dog smell and clean any dog pee stains. Smells – Try using baking soda when you hand wash your dog’s bed, this will help neutralise any smells which should deter your dog from repeatedly urinating on their bed. Stains – Using an enzyme cleaner will help remove any tougher stains like dirt or urine. These work by attaching to the organic matter in the stain, they then begin to break it down from its roots. The stain should then wash out. We recommend the Simple Solutions Stain & Odour remover, it removes both stains and odours at once! How Often to Clean a Dog Bed [product] We regularly wash our own bedding and we don’t get in our beds with muddy paws! So why should we treat our dogs beds differently? Experts recommend we wash our pet's bedding as much as we wash our own, ideally weekly. This helps to stop any bacteria buildup but also will stop stains and dirt from becoming too deeply ingrained in your dog’s bed. Before washing your dog's bed always check the manufacturer's instructions, these will help keep your dog's bed looking as perfect as possible. Still unsure how best to wash your bed? Why not give our customer care team a call on 01790 720900, who will be happy to answer any questions! Or read our L&L bedding wash guidefor more information. Looking for the perfect comfy bed? Look no further than our Luxury Dog bed range. All of our beds are machine washable so are easy to keep clean and are handmade here in our Lincolnshire-based workshop so you can be sure they’re of the highest quality.

By Megan Willis

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How To Measure A Dog Collar
21.02.23 February 21, 2023 FAQs Featured

How To Measure A Dog Collar

A dog collar is an important item for any dog as it can be used as a form of identification if they go missing and makes the process of attaching a lead for walkies a quick, simple and comfortable experience. However, if a dog collar isn’t properly fitted, it could potentially cause pain to your dog or allow them to escape. In this blog, we explain how tight a dog collar should be, offer tips on fitting a collar correctly and look into how to measure your dog’s neck to find the right size.    How Tight Should A Dog Collar Be? When you put a collar on your dog, you will need to ensure that the size is right to avoid causing a feeling of discomfort or even potentially putting your furry friend in danger. Finding the correct fit is a balance between making sure it isn’t too loose, meaning it could fall off, or too tight, potentially causing it to hurt their neck. Whether you’re currently choosing a collar for your dog and need to find the correct size or already have a collar and need to make sure it’s correctly fitted, it’s important that it’s as it should be to avoid harm. Below, we offer tips on getting the size of your dog’s collar right:   How To Fit A Collar On A Dog Even if the collar doesn’t look particularly tight or loose around your dog’s neck, it doesn’t mean that it's correctly fitted. It can be difficult to know how best to gauge the most suitable size on your dog’s neck. However, a tried and tested way that is effective in identifying the correct fit is by using what’s known as the ‘two finger rule’. To do this, simply put the collar on your dog and place two fingers between the surface of the collar and your dog's neck. If your fingers can fit comfortably while still feeling a little restricted, this should be an indication that the collar is a suitable length. If, however, your fingers have a lot of room to move or feel stuck in the collar, you should adjust the length accordingly.   How To Shorten A Dog Collar Dog collars often use a tri-glide buckle, allowing the owner to easily shorten or lengthen the collar. To shorten the length of the collar, move the end of the collar away from the buckle, tightening and making it shorter.   How to Extend A Dog Collar Likewise, extending a dog collar that uses a tri-glide buckle requires the opposite action. Instead of moving the end of the collar away from the buckle to tighten it, push the end of the collar towards the buckle, pass it through the buckle itself and pull both ends to make the collar longer. How To Measure Collar Size For A Dog If you haven’t yet chosen a collar for your dog and are in the process of deciding the most suitable option, you will want to check that you’ve picked the right size. To help with measuring your dog for a collar, we’ve provided helpful tips on carrying out this process: Get your dog to sit in front of you, ideally facing the opposite direction. Place measuring tape around the base of your dog’s neck where their collar would be likely to sit. Place two fingers between the measuring tape and their neck, making the measurement around one to two inches looser. Record this measurement using a pencil and paper and mark it down as their neck measurement. Using the neck measurement you’ve recorded, determine the collar size based on the collars size guide - each brand is sized differently so check the individual products size guide to find the best fit.   Lords & Labradors Essentials Walking Accessories Our L&L Essentials Walking Collection collars come in seven sizes so you're sure to find the perfect fit, we've put our size guide below to help you find the right collar for your dog: Collar Size Neck Size Recommended For XXS 23-27 cm Chihuahua, Yorkshire Terrier XS 28-32 cm Jack Russell, Norfolk Terrier S 30-36 cm Cockapoo, Standard Dachshund, Spaniel M 35-41 cm Bulldog, Schnauzer, English Bull Terrier L 39-47 cm Labrador. Red Setter, Labradoodle XL 44-52 cm Retriever, Great Dane, Doberman XXL 49-57 cm Bullmastiff, Dogue De Bordeaux, Newfoundland   Still not sure on the right size collar for your dog? Why not chat with one of our pet experts? They are available on +44 1790 720 900, sales@lordsandlabradors.co.uk or our live chat on our website - they're always happy to help!

By Laura Rudd

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How To Measure For Your Lords & Labradors Sofa Topper
08.02.23 February 08, 2023 FAQs Featured

How To Measure For Your Lords & Labradors Sofa Topper

Our most stylish sofa protection comes in three different sizes or they can be made to fit your sofa. The sofa toppers are perfect for pets who like to dig or circle to get comfortable when making themselves at home on your sofa. The sofa toppers feature a gorgeous comfy, soft inner (so great for you to sit on too!), as well as being machine washable at 30 degrees. The cover is easily removed for washing so it’ll fit within your washing machine and dries quickly when left to dry flat. If you do require a custom sized sofa topper, just get in touch with our team on +44 (0) 1790 720900 or email us at sales@lordsandlabradors.co.uk if you'd like a custom quote.   How To Measure For Your Luxury L&L Sofa Topper

By Laura Rudd

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