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Dog Sleeping Behaviours: Understanding Your Pet's Sleep Patterns
01.07.24 July 01, 2024 Getting A Puppy Featured

Dog Sleeping Behaviours: Understanding Your Pet's Sleep Patterns

When it comes to dog sleeping behaviours, us pet owners are often curious about the various habits and peculiarities our canine friends exhibit. From preferring the floor over a plush bed to the mysterious twitching during a dream, each behaviour provides insights into your dog’s health, comfort, and emotional well-being. We explore these fascinating aspects, providing you with knowledge on why your dog sleeps on the floor instead of their bed, what it means when you find your dog loving their bed, and the significance behind dogs twitching when sleeping! Why Does My Dog Sleep on the Floor Instead of Their Bed? Many dog owners invest in what they think may be a comfortable, luxurious bed for their pets, only to find them sleeping on the cooler, harder floor. This choice, while seemingly uncomfortable to us, can be influenced by several factors: Temperature ControlDogs often choose sleeping locations based on temperature. On warmer days, the floor might provide a cooler surface compared to a warm, fluffy bed. This is particularly true for breeds with thicker fur or those prone to overheating. If you're concerned about your dog being a hot sleeper, you could offer them a cool mat to sleep on. Health IssuesIn some cases, older dogs or those with joint pain might find it difficult to climb into a bed, especially if it's too soft or too high. The firmness of the floor can provide better support for their bodies, easing discomfort. With our senior dogs, we find they tend to opt for orthopaedic beds over the beds they'd favoured in their younger years.  Personal Preference and ComfortLike humans, every dog has personal preferences. Some might find firmness more comforting and secure than a soft bed. Observing your dog's choices can provide you with clues about what they might find most comfortable. If you're unsure on what dog bed to go for after observing and noting their sleep habit, you can find our helpful guide here. Habit and EnvironmentDogs often stick to a routine, and if a dog has been used to sleeping on the floor, it might continue to do so out of habit. Additionally, the placement of the bed in the environment could influence their choice. A bed placed in a noisy or less frequented part of the house might be less appealing than a quiet corner on the floor. The Significance of a Dog on a Bed When your dog chooses to sleep on their bed, it’s more than just taking advantage of a comfy spot; it’s also about feeling safe and secure in their designated space. Did you know this choice can also be an indicator of their health and emotional state? Security in SleepA bed can represent a safe territory in the landscape of your home. Dogs that enjoy their beds often feel a sense of ownership and security about their designated spots. Health and ComfortChoosing to sleep in their bed can indicate that your dog is free from discomfort and pain, as the softness and support of a good quality dog bed is beneficial for dogs with arthritis or other physical issues. Bonding and TrustDogs that sleep in close proximity to their owners’ beds, or in their own beds in a bedroom, might be expressing trust and a desire to bond. This behaviour signifies a strong connection between the dog and its family. Your Dog's Sleep Preferences Understanding and observing your dog’s sleep preferences can enhance the bond you share. Bonding with your dog goes beyond mere enjoyment of their company; it involves understanding their needs, behaviours, and preferences. Observational BondingTaking the time to observe and learn what your dog prefers during when they sleep can tell you a lot about their personality and health. It helps in creating a deeper bond as you adjust their sleeping arrangements to better suit their needs. Providing ComfortBy recognising what makes your dog comfortable, you can ensure they have a restful and rejuvenating sleep. This might mean upgrading their bedding situation or rearranging their sleep environment. If you're unsure on how often you should be replacing your dog's bed, you can find our helpful guide here. Dogs Twitching When SleepingDogs often twitch, move their paws, or even bark softly while asleep. These behaviours are typically seen during the REM (Rapid Eye Movement) stage of sleep, where dreams occur. It's likely your dog is having a restful, entertaining dream when they display these movements!  DreamingJust like humans, dogs dream. Twitching or moving during sleep is a normal part of dreaming. These movements might reflect activities that occur during their day, like running or playing. Neurological ActivityTwitching can also be a manifestation of the neurological reactions occurring in their brain as they sleep. It’s usually harmless, but consistent or violent movements could be a sign of a neurological disorder and should be checked by your veterinarian. Comfort and ResponseOccasional twitching and repositioning is normal, but if your dog seems to be in distress while sleeping, it could be due to discomfort. Ensure their sleeping environment is comfortable and conducive to restful sleep, if you're worried about your dogs sleeping habits, contact your veterinarian.  Understanding your dog’s sleeping behaviours is crucial for their health and well-being. Whether your dog prefers the floor or a bed, each choice and behaviour can provide valuable insights into their physical and emotional health. By providing a comfortable sleeping environment and paying attention to their preferences and behaviours, you can ensure your beloved pet remains happy and healthy. Do remember, each dog is unique, and their sleeping habits are just one of the many ways they communicate their needs and feelings to us. The complex world of dog sleeping behaviours not only helps us to ensure the comfort and health of your pet but also deepens the bond you share. As always, maintain a watchful eye on any changes in their sleeping patterns and consult with your vet if unusual behaviours persist.

By Laura Rudd

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Outdoor Safety For Puppies
05.06.24 June 05, 2024 Getting A Puppy Featured

Outdoor Safety For Puppies

Welcoming a new puppy into your home is such an exciting time, filled with playful moments and new experiences. However, we know as a new puppy owner you probably have a lot of questions about how to keep your puppy safe and healthy. One of the most frequently asked questions by new puppy owners is about the right time to let their puppies explore the garden or go outside. In this guide, our Pet Experts have given their advice on when the right time is to start letting your puppy go outside and take them on walks. Can I Let My Puppy in the Garden Before Vaccinations? One of the critical aspects of outdoor safety for puppies revolves around vaccinations. A common question many new puppy owners ask is, "Can I let my puppy in the garden before vaccinations?" In the UK, vets generally advise that puppies should not be exposed to public outdoor spaces until they have completed their vaccination course. However, allowing your puppy to explore your private garden is usually encouraged, it will help with their toilet training routine and will start to get them used to being outdoors. Factors to Consider Before Letting Your Puppy In The Garden Cleanliness of the Garden: Ensure that your garden is free from faeces of other animals, which can harbour harmful pathogens. Controlled Environment: A private garden can be a controlled environment where you can monitor your puppy's activities closely. Avoid areas frequented by other dogs. Partial Vaccination: After the first vaccination, it might be safer to let your puppy explore the garden, but always consult with your vet. When Can Puppies Go Outside? Understanding the appropriate time when puppies can go outside is crucial for their health and safety. Typically, puppies can go outside in public spaces after their vaccination schedule is complete, which is usually around 12-16 weeks of age. Key Milestones for Outdoor Activities 8 Weeks Old: Puppies receive their first round of vaccinations. Limited exposure to your private garden is usually safe under supervision. 10-12 Weeks Old: The second round of vaccinations occurs. Consult with your vet to determine if limited outdoor exploration can be extended. 16 Weeks Old: By this age, puppies have usually completed their vaccination course and can safely explore public spaces. When Can Puppies Go Out for Walks? Taking your puppy out for walks is essential for their socialisation and physical health. However, it's vital to ensure they are fully vaccinated before introducing them to public parks or streets. Safe Walking Practices Vaccination Check: Confirm with your vet that your puppy has received all necessary vaccinations. Lead Training: Begin lead training at home and in the garden as soon as your puppy comes home, it’s a really key part of their learning and will make their first walk in wide world a little less daunting. Short Walks: Start with short walks to avoid overwhelming your puppy and gradually increase the duration. Usually it’s recommended that your puppy has 1-2 walks a day for 5 minutes per month of age, e.g at 4 months old this would be around 20 minutes per walk. It’s important to keep their walks low impact whilst they are their bones and joints still developing. Get all your puppy walk essentials here at Lords & Labradors, we spend lots of time hand picking and curating the best essentials for your puppy.  How To Gradually Introduce Your Puppy To The Outdoors Socialisation: Introduce your puppy to different sounds, smells, and sights gradually. Positive Reinforcement: Use treats and praise to make outdoor experiences positive. Safe Environment: Choose safe, clean areas for initial outdoor adventures. Importance of Socialisation For Puppies Young puppies brains are like sponges so getting them used to as many experiences as early as possible will be so beneficial to their development. Meeting Other Dogs: Socialising with other vaccinated dogs in a controlled environment is crucial to your dog’s socialisation. Exposure to Environments: Gradual exposure helps puppies become well-adjusted adult dogs. Meeting Other People: Getting them used to meeting new people and learning to settle around difference people will be so beneficial to your puppy. Enhanced Safety Measures For Your Puppy Sanitised Area: Keep the garden area sanitised and clean. Limit Interaction: Limit your puppy’s interaction with other animals until fully vaccinated. Final Thoughts Ensuring your puppy's safety outdoors requires careful planning and adherence to vaccination schedules. While the garden can be a great place for early exploration, full outdoor adventures should wait until vaccinations are complete. Always consult your vet to tailor a safe outdoor plan for your puppy, ensuring a healthy and happy start to their life. Remember, patience and caution in the early months will set the foundation for a lifetime of safe and joyful outdoor experiences for your beloved pet. Lords & Labradors was starting after our founder, Johanna an experienced puppy breeder, was struggling to find high-quality puppy essentials all in one place. Now we stock luxury products handpicked just for your puppy, explore our puppy emporium and make your puppies dreams come true today. 

By Megan Willis

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Deerhound Ultimate Guide
14.03.24 March 14, 2024 Dog Breed Guide Featured

Deerhound Ultimate Guide

Welcome to the ultimate guide on Deerhounds! If you're considering adding a Deerhound to your family or already have one, you're in for a delightful journey. These majestic creatures are known for their grace, loyalty, and gentle nature. In this comprehensive guide, we'll delve into the various aspects of Deerhound ownership, from their personality and traits to health concerns, training tips, dietary needs, grooming requirements, and more. Deerhound Fact file Kennel Club Breed Group Hounds Size Large Weight 34-50kg Daily Exercise 2+ Hours Coat Type Wiry medium length Coat Colours Black & Grey, Blue Brindle, Blue Grey, Brindle, Dark Brindle, Dark Grey, Grey, Grey Brindle Lifespan 10+ years   Deerhound Personality and Traits Deerhounds are a breed steeped in history and renowned for their noble demeanour. They possess a gentle and affectionate disposition, making them wonderful companions for families and individuals alike. Here are some key personality traits of Deerhounds: Gentle Giants: Deerhounds are large yet remarkably gentle dogs. Despite their size, they are known for their calm and composed demeanour, making them excellent pets for households with children. Loyal Companions: These dogs form strong bonds with their families and thrive on companionship. They are known for their unwavering loyalty and devotion to their owners. Independent Thinkers: While Deerhounds are intelligent, they can also exhibit a streak of independence. This trait requires patient and consistent training to channel their intelligence effectively. Sighthounds: As sighthounds, Deerhounds have a keen instinct for chasing prey. While they may have a strong prey drive, proper training and socialisation can help manage this behaviour effectively. Deerhound Health Issues Like all breeds, Deerhounds are prone to certain health issues. It's essential for prospective owners to be aware of these conditions and take proactive measures to maintain their pet's well-being. Common health issues in Deerhounds include: Gastric Torsion (Bloat): Deerhounds, like many deep-chested breeds, are susceptible to gastric torsion, a life-threatening condition where the stomach twists upon itself. Heart Disease: Dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) is a concern in Deerhounds Bone and Joint Issues: Large breeds like Deerhounds may be prone to conditions such as hip dysplasia and osteoarthritis. Regular vet visits, a nutritious diet, and maintaining an active lifestyle are key components of ensuring the overall health and well-being of your Deerhound. Raising a Deerhound Raising a Deerhound requires patience, consistency, and plenty of love. Whether you're welcoming a Deerhound puppy into your home or adopting an adult, here are some tips for providing the best care: Obedience Training: Start obedience training early to establish boundaries and reinforce desirable behaviours. Positive reinforcement techniques, such as treats and praise, work well with Deerhounds. Their strong prey-drive means they will respond well to working or training for food, try using some of their food as a reward and giving them some every time they display a positive behaviour for the first couple of weeks - this will really help their training! Socialisation: Introduce your Deerhound to various people, animals, and environments to help them develop into well-adjusted adults. Our top tip is start introducing them to lots of different things, places and people from a young age, it will really help their confidence. Consistency: Deerhounds respond best to consistent training methods and clear communication from their owners. Before picking your Deerhound puppy up it’s a good idea to think about the boundaries and training you want to put in place for them so you can hit the ground running Deerhound House Training Consistency: Establish a regular schedule for feeding, bathroom breaks, and playtime to help your Deerhound understand expectations. We recommend taking them outside every hour for the first few days and staying outside until they have relieved themselves and then rewarding them for doing so to help teach them expectations Positive Reinforcement: Reward your Deerhound with praise and treats when they go to the toilet outside, this will help them to associate going outside with positive emotions and means they’re much more likely to keep going outside. Patience: House training takes time and patience. Be consistent and avoid punishment for accident, they’re much more likely to respond to a positive reaction when they do something right. Crate Training a Deerhound Puppy By nature your Deerhound puppy, as with all dogs, is a den animal - meaning their natural instinct is to sleep and rest in a small enclose den space. By providing your Deerhound puppy with a crate you are giving them this den to retreat to, it can really help to settle them and make them more comfortable in their new home. Here at Lords & Labradors crates and crate bedding is our speciality - we’ve put our crate training must haves below to help you make the perfect puppy crate. Crate Training Shopping List Deluxe Dog Crate - Our deluxe dog crates come in three colours, gold, silver and black. We’d recommend an XXL crate for a Deerhound Puppy Crate Bed - Make their crate inviting with a comfy bed; we developed our Cosy & Calming Puppy Crate Beds for this exact purpose. They fill half of the crate and are designed to cocoon your puppy to sleep. They come in all of our most popular fabrics so there’s sure to be one your puppy will love Puppy Pads or Vet Bed - Your puppy won’t be able to hold their bladder through the night at first, encourage them not to go on their bed by giving them space to go with a puppy pad or a piece of vet bed Comforter or blanket - It will be a big adjustment for your puppy to go from sleeping with their mum and litter every night to sleeping on their own so it’s worth giving them something such as a scent blanket which smells of their mum or a heartbeat sheep which replicates their mums heartbeat to help settle in them first few nights! Crate training top tips Safe Haven: Introduce the crate as a safe and comfortable space for your Deerhound puppy. Make it cosy with blankets and toys. Gradual Introduction: Gradually introduce your puppy to the crate, starting with short periods and gradually increasing the duration. Positive Association: Associate the crate with positive experiences, such as meals and quiet rest time. If you want to know more about crate training check out our Ultimate Crate Training Guide, our Pet Experts have put together their top tips and tricks for successfully crate training your puppy. Deerhound Dietary Needs A well-balanced diet is essential for the health and vitality of your Deerhound. Consider the following factors when selecting food for your pet: Nutritional Requirements: Choose a high-quality dog food formulated for large breeds. Ensure it provides essential nutrients, including protein, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, and minerals. Avoid Overfeeding: Deerhounds can be prone to obesity, which can exacerbate joint issues. Monitor portion sizes and avoid overfeeding. Hydration: Provide access to fresh water at all times, especially during hot weather and after exercise. For both puppies and adult Deerhounds we recommend looking at really high quality brands who prioritise a protein rich formula, for this we particularly love brands such as Orijen, Acana and Carnilove. How Much Exercise Does A Deerhound Need? Deerhounds are active dogs that require regular exercise to stay healthy and happy. However, their exercise needs may vary based on age, health, and individual preferences. As a general guideline: Adult Deerhounds Aim for at least one hour of moderate to vigorous exercise per day but preferably around 2 hours. This can include brisk walks, runs in a secure area, and interactive play sessions. Puppies and Seniors Adjust exercise routines to accommodate the age and energy levels of your Deerhound. Puppies may require shorter, more frequent bursts of activity with plenty of interactive activities to stimulate them and a gradual buildup of walking time to help their bones and joints to develop properly. While seniors may prefer leisurely walks and gentle play in their older age. Best Walking Accessories For A Deerhound When taking your Deerhound for walks, consider investing in the following accessories to enhance comfort and safety: Collar and Lead: Choose a sturdy collar and lead combination that provides control without restricting movement. We recommend looking at our padded leather collar and lead sets, the padding in the collars is super comfy for your deerhounds neck, whilst the lead is sturdy and durable due to the fine, Italian leather that they have been crafted in. Harness: If you have a puppy or your Deerhound pulls a lot, a harness can distribute pressure more evenly across your their body, reducing strain on the neck and preventing injuries. We particularly love the Ruffwear Front Range harnesses for big dogs like Deerhounds, they have a strong construction and are adjustable at both the neck and chest so you can get the perfect fit for you dog. Best Toys For Deerhound Deerhounds enjoy a variety of toys that cater to their instincts and preferences. Consider the following options when selecting toys for your pet: Chew Toys: Provide durable chew toys to satisfy your Deerhound's natural urge to chew and prevent destructive behaviour. If your Deerhound is a chewer look at both the KONG extreme range and the GiGwi duraspikes range which have been designed with chewers in mind Interactive Toys: Puzzle toys and treat dispensers can engage your Deerhound's mind and provide mental stimulation. We love the Nina Ottosson range for some really fun interactive toys Soft Toys: Plush toys can offer comfort and companionship, especially for Deerhounds that enjoy cuddling. The KONG cozies are both cute and cuddly! Best Beds For Deerhounds Give your Deerhound the gift of sleep with one of our luxury dog beds. Our Rhino Tough range is perfect for them, the beds come in a large range of sizes and colours. They are stuffed with deep-hollow fibre so are supportive for your Deerhound’s joints, and they come in our 3 most popular bed shapes so your Deerhound can get really comfy however they sleep. Deerhound Grooming Tips and Best Grooming Products While Deerhounds have a relatively low-maintenance coat, regular grooming is still essential to keep them looking and feeling their best. Here are some grooming tips and recommended products: Brushing: Use a soft-bristled brush to remove loose hair and prevent matting. Brush your Deerhound's coat at least once a week to keep it clean and healthy. Bathing: Bathe your Deerhound as needed, using a mild dog shampoo to avoid stripping natural oils from the skin. The PetPlex Dirt Defeater shampoo and conditioner is both gentle on their coat and smells like tropical fruits, it’s our go-to for washing our dogs with. Nail Trimming: Keep your Deerhound's nails trimmed to prevent overgrowth and discomfort. Use a quality nail trimmer designed for dogs. Ear Care: Check your Deerhound's ears regularly for signs of infection or irritation. Clean them gently with a veterinarian-approved ear cleaner. In conclusion, Deerhounds are magnificent creatures that bring joy, companionship, and grace to any household. They are gentle giants so make great family pets and are super easy to love. Looking to shop for your Deerhound? Then look no further than our Deerhound shop, we’ve carefully curated our top picks for your Sighthound to make shopping for them easy - shop here.

By Megan Willis

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Dogue De Bordeaux Ultimate Guide
14.03.24 March 14, 2024 Dog Breed Guide Featured

Dogue De Bordeaux Ultimate Guide

If you're considering bringing a Dogue De Bordeaux into your family or you're already a proud owner of this majestic breed, you're in for a treat! Known for their impressive size, gentle demeanour, and loyalty, Dogue De Bordeaux, also referred to as French Mastiffs, are captivating companions that leave an indelible mark on the hearts of those who welcome them into their homes. In this comprehensive guide, we'll delve into everything you need to know about Dogue De Bordeaux, from their personality and health issues to training tips and grooming essentials. Dogue De Bordeaux Facts and Information Dogue De Bordeaux Fact File Kennel Club Breed Group Working Size Large Weight 45-68 kg Daily Exercise 1+ hours a day Coat Type Short and smooth Coat colours Fawn, Isabella, Mahogany, Red, Red & White, Red With Black Mask, Red With Brown Mask and Tan Lifespan 10+ years   Origin and History Originating from France, the Dogue De Bordeaux has a rich history dating back centuries. These dogs were once employed as guardians of castles, estates, and livestock, showcasing their innate protective instincts and unwavering loyalty to their families. Physical Appearance Dogue De Bordeaux is characterised by its robust and muscular build, with a distinctive wrinkled face and a powerful jaw. Their short coat comes in various shades of fawn, ranging from light to dark, with occasional white markings on the chest and toes. Dogue De Bordeaux Personality and Traits Temperament Known for their gentle disposition and affectionate nature, Dogue De Bordeaux are devoted family companions. Despite their imposing size, they are remarkably gentle with children and possess a calm demeanour, making them excellent family pets. Loyalty and Protective Instincts Dogue De Bordeaux are fiercely loyal to their families and possess a natural instinct to protect their loved ones. While they may appear aloof with strangers, they form deep bonds with their owners and demonstrate unwavering devotion. Gentle Giants Despite their intimidating appearance, Dogue De Bordeaux are affectionately referred to as "gentle giants" due to their loving and docile nature. They thrive on human companionship and enjoy being an integral part of the family unit. Dogue De Bordeaux Health Issues Common Health Concerns Like all breeds, Dogue De Bordeaux may be prone to certain health issues, including hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, heart problems, and respiratory issues due to their brachycephalic (short-nosed) anatomy. Responsible breeding and regular veterinary care are essential to ensure their well-being. Weight Management Due to their large size, Dogue De Bordeaux are susceptible to obesity, which can exacerbate existing health conditions and impact their overall quality of life. Maintaining a balanced diet and providing regular exercise are crucial in preventing weight-related issues. Veterinary Care Regular veterinary check-ups, vaccinations, and preventive care measures are vital for maintaining your Dogue De Bordeaux's health and detecting any potential issues early on. Raising a Dogue De Bordeaux Puppyhood When bringing home a Dogue De Bordeaux puppy, it's essential to create a nurturing and structured environment to promote their physical and emotional development. Socialisation, positive reinforcement, and establishing routines are key aspects of raising a well-adjusted puppy. Crate Training Introducing crate training early on can help provide your Dogue De Bordeaux with a safe and comfortable space of their own while aiding in housebreaking and preventing destructive behaviours. If you’re wanting to crate train your Dogue De Bordeaux, our Crate training guide has all of our Pet Experts top tips and tricks for making it as smooth as possible! Obedience Training Consistent and positive reinforcement-based obedience training is essential for fostering good behaviour and strengthening the bond between you and your Dogue De Bordeaux. Patience, consistency, and gentle guidance are key principles in effective training. Exercise Needs While Dogue De Bordeaux enjoy leisurely strolls and lounging indoors, they also require regular exercise to maintain their physical health and mental well-being. Aim for daily walks and engaging play sessions to fulfil their exercise requirements. Shop our walking accessories here. Dietary Needs Nutrition Providing a balanced and nutritious diet is crucial for supporting your Dogue De Bordeaux's overall health and vitality. Opt for high-quality dog food formulated for large breeds and consult with your veterinarian to determine the appropriate feeding regimen for your pet's age and activity level. Some high quality brands to explore are Carnilove, Orijen and Acana, all three brands are rich in protein content and have specific large breed formulations to support your Dogue De Bordeaux at every stage of life from puppy to adult to senior. Feeding Schedule Establishing a consistent feeding schedule helps regulate your Dogue De Bordeaux's appetite and prevents overeating. Divide their daily food portions into multiple meals to aid in digestion and prevent bloating, a common concern in deep-chested breeds. Grooming Tips Coat Care Dogue De Bordeaux have a short coat that requires minimal grooming. Regular brushing helps remove loose hair and prevents matting, particularly during seasonal shedding periods. Bathing Dogue De Bordeaux’s are prone to skin irritation so we recommend using a sensitive formulation of shampoo when bathing them. PetPlex Derma doctor has been formulated specifically for dogs with sensitive skin, its fragrance, silicone and paraben free and full of mild ingredients so is great for sensitive puppies. Facial Wrinkles Pay special attention to the facial wrinkles characteristic of the breed, as they can trap moisture and debris, leading to skin irritation and infections. Gently clean the wrinkles with a damp cloth or wipe and ensure thorough drying to prevent moisture buildup. Nail Trimming and Dental Care Regular nail trims and dental care are essential aspects of your Dogue De Bordeaux's grooming routine. Trim nails as needed to prevent overgrowth and discomfort, and incorporate regular brushing and dental treats to maintain oral health. Best Beds For Dogue De Bordeaux Invest in a spacious and durable dog bed that accommodates your Dogue De Bordeaux's size and provides ample support for their joints and muscles. Opt for orthopaedic or memory foam beds to alleviate pressure points and promote restful sleep. All of our beds have a deep hollow fibre filling so are super supportive for your Dogue De Bordeaux’s joints, our Rhino tough range is a great choice for your Dogue De Bordeaux! Best Toys For Dogue De Bordeaux Choose sturdy and interactive toys that cater to your Dogue De Bordeaux's size and strength. Look for toys made from durable materials such as rubber or nylon that can withstand vigorous chewing and play sessions. Shop our durable toys here. Conclusion In conclusion, Dogue De Bordeaux are remarkable companions cherished for their gentle demeanour, unwavering loyalty, and distinctive appearance. By understanding their unique needs and providing them with love, care, and proper training, you can cultivate a fulfilling and harmonious relationship with your beloved French Mastiff. Remember, your Dogue De Bordeaux is more than just a pet – they are a cherished member of the family deserving of the best care and companionship. Whether you're considering adding a Dogue De Bordeaux to your family or already have one by your side, embrace the journey of companionship and revel in the joy of sharing your life with these magnificent creatures. With patience, dedication, and a whole lot of love, your Dogue De Bordeaux will undoubtedly enrich your life in ways you never imagined. Shop our handpicked collection for Dogue De Bordeaux’s here.

By Megan Willis

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Red Setter Ultimate Guide
13.03.24 March 13, 2024 Dog Breed Guide Featured

Red Setter Ultimate Guide

If you're considering adding a Red Setter to your family or already have one, congratulations! Red Setters, also known as Irish Setters, are beautiful and energetic dogs known for their stunning red coats and friendly dispositions. In this comprehensive guide, we'll delve into all aspects of Red Setter ownership, from their personality and traits to health concerns, training tips, dietary needs, grooming essentials, and more. Red Setter Facts and Information Red Setters originated in Ireland, where they were selectively bred for their hunting abilities and striking appearance. They are descendants of various land spaniels and setters, with the breed's modern characteristics refined over centuries of breeding. Red Setters are known for their elegant and athletic build, with a graceful yet powerful presence. They possess a keen sense of smell and exceptional hunting instincts, making them valuable companions for bird hunters and outdoor enthusiasts. Red Setters are also cherished for their affectionate and friendly nature, forming strong bonds with their families and enjoying companionship and attention. Red Setter Fact File Kennel Club Breed Group Gundogs Size Large Daily Exercise 2+ hours a day Coat Type Medium length, flat and wavy Coat Colours Red  Lifespan 10+ years   Red Setter Personality and Traits One of the most endearing qualities of Red Setters is their affectionate and outgoing nature. They are known for being friendly, playful, and highly sociable dogs, making them excellent companions for families and individuals alike. Red Setters thrive on human interaction and are generally good with children and other pets when properly socialised. Their energetic disposition means they enjoy plenty of physical and mental stimulation. Red Setters have a keen sense of smell and love to explore, making them excellent candidates for activities like hiking, jogging, and agility training. Red Setter Health Issues Like all breeds, Red Setters may be prone to certain health issues, including: Hip Dysplasia Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA) Hypothyroidism Canine Leukocyte Adhesion Deficiency (CLAD) Regular veterinary check-ups and a healthy lifestyle can help mitigate the risk of these conditions. Responsible breeding practices can also play a significant role in reducing the incidence of genetic health problems. Raising a Red Setter Raising a Red Setter requires patience, consistency, and dedication. Early socialisation and training are crucial to ensuring they develop into well-behaved and balanced adults. Positive reinforcement techniques work best with Red Setters, as they respond well to praise and rewards. Red Setter Training Training a Red Setter requires a firm yet gentle approach. These intelligent dogs thrive on mental stimulation and enjoy learning new commands and tricks. Positive reinforcement training, such as treats and praise, is really effective when training your Red Setter. Red Setter Puppy Training Tips When training a Red Setter puppy, start with short, frequent sessions to keep their attention and prevent boredom. Use positive reinforcement techniques and be patient as your puppy learns. Consistency is key, so be sure to enforce rules and boundaries consistently. Crate Training a Red Setter Puppy Crate training can be a valuable tool for both housebreaking and providing your puppy with a safe space of their own. Choose a crate that is appropriately sized for your Red Setter, with enough room for them to stand up, turn around, and lie down comfortably; we recommend an XXL size in our deluxe dog crates for Red Setters. For a Red Setter puppy we recommend using one of our Cosy & Calming puppy crate beds, they fill half of the crate so are perfect for crate training and are designed to cocoon your puppy to sleep. If you’re looking to crate train your Red Setter puppy our ‘Complete Crate Training Guide’ has been written by our Pet Experts and contains all of their tips, tricks and advice on how to successfully crate train your puppy - read it here. Best Bed for a Red Setter When selecting a bed for your Red Setter, opt for a durable and comfortable option that provides adequate support for their joints. Look for beds with orthopaedic foam or memory foam to cushion pressure points and promote restful sleep, our Twill orthopaedic mattresses are a perfect choice for a supportive bed. Alternatively our Rhino tough range is a great choice if your Red Setter is a chewer, they are made from a durable faux leather and are chew and scratch resistant. How Much Exercise Does a Red Setter Need? Red Setters are a high-energy breed that requires plenty of exercise to stay happy and healthy. Aim for at least an hour, if not 2, of vigorous activity each day, which can include walks, runs, playtime, and interactive toys to keep them mentally stimulated. Best Walking Accessories for a Red Setter Invest in high-quality walking accessories such as a sturdy lead, harness, and collar. For Red Setters we’d recommend picking a durable material such as leather for their collar and lead, our padded leather collars and leads are a great choice as they are handcrafted using the finest Italian leather so are great quality. Best Food For Red Setters A balanced diet is essential for maintaining your Red Setter's overall health and well-being. Choose a premium-quality dog food formulated for large dogs that is rich in high-quality protein, as well as essential vitamins and minerals. For both adults and puppies we recommend looking at the following brands: Carnilove, Orijen and Acana, all three brands are really high quality with good ingredients, and they all have both puppy ands adult formulations specifically designed for large dogs. Best Toys for Red Setters Red Setters are active and playful dogs that enjoy a variety of toys to keep them entertained. Choose durable toys that are suitable for chewing, fetching, and interactive play. Puzzle toys and treat-dispensing toys are excellent options to challenge their problem-solving skills and provide mental stimulation. To appeal to their hunting nature we recommend looking at the Nerf range of interactive dog toys, from the Trackshot launcher duck to the tennis ball launchers, the Nerf toys will appeal to their retrieving instincts. Red Setter Grooming Tips and Best Grooming Products Regular grooming is essential for maintaining your Red Setter's coat and skin health. 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 Featured

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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Miniature Poodle Ultimate Guide
13.03.24 March 13, 2024 Dog Breed Guide Featured

Miniature Poodle Ultimate Guide

If you've ever been charmed by the elegance and intelligence of a Miniature Poodle, you're not alone. These delightful companions have captivated hearts around the world with their striking appearance, lively personality, and remarkable intelligence. In this comprehensive guide, we'll delve into everything you need to know about Miniature Poodles, from their distinctive traits to their unique health needs, training tips, and grooming essentials. Miniature Poodle Facts and Information Fact File Kennel Club Breed Group Utility Size Small Weight  4.5 - 7kg Daily Excercise Up to 1 hour a day Coat Type Medium curly Coat colours Apricot, Black, Blue, Brown, Cream, Red, Silver & White Lifespan Over 12 years   Origin and History Miniature Poodles, like their Standard counterparts, trace their lineage back to the standard poodle breed, which originated in Germany. However, the Miniature Poodle was specifically bred to be a smaller version, likely for companionship and as a household pet. Their exact origins are somewhat mysterious, but they gained popularity in France and eventually became beloved pets worldwide. Appearance Miniature Poodles are characterised by their elegant appearance, intelligent expression, and distinctive curly coats their hypoallergenic coat and non-shedding nature make them a popular choice for individuals and families seeking a low-maintenance yet stylish companion. Temperament Miniature Poodles are renowned for their intelligence, charm, and playful nature. They are highly trainable and excel in various canine sports and activities. Additionally, Miniature Poodles are known for their affectionate and loyal demeanour, making them wonderful companions for individuals and families alike. Miniature Poodle Personality and Traits Miniature Poodles possess a range of endearing personality traits that make them stand out among dog breeds: Intelligent: Miniature Poodles are exceptionally intelligent and thrive on mental stimulation. They enjoy learning new tricks, solving puzzles, and participating in obedience training. Playful: Despite their small size, Miniature Poodles have boundless energy and love to play. They enjoy interactive games, fetch, and activities that engage their minds and bodies. Affectionate: Miniature Poodles form strong bonds with their owners and thrive on companionship. They enjoy spending time with their family members and are known for their loving and loyal nature. Alert: Miniature Poodles are naturally alert and make excellent watchdogs. They have a keen sense of their surroundings and will alert their owners to any potential dangers or intruders. Miniature Poodle Health Issues While Miniature Poodles are generally healthy dogs, they may be prone to certain health issues, including: Hip Dysplasia: Like many other breeds, Miniature Poodles can be susceptible to hip dysplasia, a condition that affects the hip joints and can cause pain and mobility issues. Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA): PRA is a hereditary eye disorder that can lead to progressive vision loss in Miniature Poodles. Regular eye examinations by a veterinarian can help detect and manage this condition. Patellar Luxation: This condition involves the dislocation of the kneecap and can cause discomfort and lameness in affected dogs. Proper veterinary care and monitoring are essential for managing patellar luxation. Dental Issues: Miniature Poodles may be prone to dental problems such as tartar buildup and gum disease. Regular dental care, including brushing and dental check-ups, can help maintain oral health. Raising A Miniature Poodle: Training and Care Tips Raising a Miniature Poodle requires patience, consistency, and dedication. Here are some essential tips for nurturing a happy and well-behaved Miniature Poodle: Miniature Poodle Training Tips Start training your Miniature Poodle early using positive reinforcement techniques such as treats, praise, and clicker training. Focus on basic commands such as sit, stay, come, and heel, and gradually introduce more advanced obedience training exercises. House Training Your Miniature Poodle Establish a consistent routine for house training your Miniature Poodle puppy, including regular toilet breaks after meals, naps, and playtime. Use rewards and positive reinforcement to encourage appropriate elimination behaviour. Crate Training Your Miniature Poodle Introduce your Miniature Poodle puppy to a crate as a safe and comfortable den-like space. Use positive associations and gradual acclimation to help your puppy feel secure in their crate. Our deluxe crates and cosy & calming puppy crate beds make the perfect crate training set up, for Miniature Poodles we’d recommend our medium crate. Our pet experts have written a handy crate training guide for dog owners who are looking to crate train their puppy, it contains all their tips, tricks and advice to make crate training as easy as possible. Miniature Poodle Exercise Needs Miniature Poodles are energetic dogs that require regular exercise to stay healthy and happy. Aim for at least 30 minutes to an hour of daily exercise, including walks, playtime, and interactive games. Make sure you’ve got a good quality collar and lead to walk your Miniature Poodle puppy with; we love our Herdwick walking sets, the wooly texture matches their coat and it comes in three beautiful neutrals. Miniature Poodle Dietary Needs Provide your Miniature Poodle with a balanced diet that meets their nutritional requirements. Choose high-quality dog food formulated for small breeds, like the Acana small breed puppy and dog foods - they contain all the essential nutrients your Miniature Poodle will need. Best Beds For Miniature Poodles Give your Miniature Poodle the perfect place to sleep with one of our luxury dog beds. The Bouclé Luxe collection will look super cute with your Poodles coat, the woolly texture of the Bouclé will complement their curls perfectly. Our Bouclé collection comes in all of our most popular bed shapes so there’s sure to be one your puppy will love. Miniature Poodle Grooming Essentials Grooming is an essential aspect of caring for a Miniature Poodle's distinctive coat. Follow these grooming tips to keep your Miniature Poodle looking and feeling their best: Brushing: Miniature Poodles have dense, curly coats that require regular brushing to prevent matting and tangling. Use a slicker brush or comb to remove loose hair and detangle knots. Our brush guide will help you find the perfect brush for their coat type. Professional Grooming: Schedule regular visits to a professional groomer for haircuts and maintenance grooming. Professional groomers can trim your Miniature Poodle's coat to your desired length and ensure proper hygiene. Bathing: Bathe your Miniature Poodle as needed to keep their coat clean and fresh. Use a mild dog shampoo and thoroughly rinse their coat to remove any soap residue. The PetPlex curl perfecter shampoo and detangling spray is perfect bathing your Miniature Poodle with, they are formulated to professional grooming standards and contain all the best ingredients to keep their curls looking perfect. Ear Care: Check your Miniature Poodle's ears regularly for signs of wax buildup, redness, or irritation. Dental Care: Maintain your Miniature Poodle's oral health by brushing their teeth regularly with a canine toothpaste and toothbrush. Dental chews and toys can also help promote dental hygiene. Conclusion In conclusion, Miniature Poodles are charming, intelligent, and affectionate companions that bring joy and laughter to their owners' lives. By understanding their unique personality traits, health needs, and grooming requirements, you can provide your Miniature Poodle with the love and care they deserve. Whether you're embarking on obedience training adventures or enjoying leisurely walks together, the bond between you and your Miniature Poodle is sure to be a rewarding journey filled with love and companionship. Treat your Miniature Poodle to all of our must haves in our Miniature poodle shop here.

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Maltese Ultimate Guide
13.03.24 March 13, 2024 Dog Breed Guide Featured

Maltese Ultimate Guide

If you've ever been charmed by the elegance and grace of a Maltese, you're not alone. With their luxurious white coats and gentle demeanour, Maltese dogs have captured the hearts of dog lovers worldwide. In this ultimate guide, we'll delve into everything you need to know about Maltese, from their personality traits to health issues, training tips, grooming needs, and dietary requirements. Maltese Facts and Information Originating from the Mediterranean island of Malta, the Maltese breed boasts a rich history that dates back thousands of years. Believed to be one of the oldest toy breeds, Maltese dogs were cherished companions of royalty and aristocrats throughout history. Their diminutive size and endearing demeanour have made them popular pets and show dogs for centuries. Maltese Fact File Kennel Club Breed Group Toy Size Small Weight 3-4kg Daily Exercise Up to 30 minutes Coat type Long Coat colours White, White With Black Points, White With Lemon Markings Lifespan Over 12 years Maltese Personality and Traits Maltese dogs are renowned for their affectionate and loving nature. They thrive on human companionship and are incredibly loyal to their owners. Despite their small stature, Maltese possess a confident and fearless demeanour. They are known for their playful antics and enjoy being the centre of attention. One of the defining traits of the Maltese breed is their intelligence. They are quick learners and respond well to positive reinforcement training methods. However, their intelligence can sometimes lead to stubbornness, so consistent and patient training is key. Maltese Health Issues While Maltese are generally healthy dogs, like all breeds, they are prone to certain health issues. Some common health concerns for Maltese include: Patellar Luxation: This condition occurs when the kneecap becomes dislocated from its normal position. Hypoglycemia: Maltese puppies, in particular, are susceptible to low blood sugar levels, which can be life-threatening if not addressed promptly. Dental Problems: Due to their small size and delicate jaws, Maltese are prone to dental issues such as tooth decay and gum disease. Regular teeth cleaning and using dental treats will help keep their teeth as healthy as possible Respiratory Problems: Their small noses and flat faces can predispose Maltese to respiratory difficulties, especially in hot or humid weather. Regular veterinary check-ups, a nutritious diet, and proper grooming can help mitigate many of these health concerns and ensure your Maltese leads a happy and healthy life. Raising a Maltese: Training Tips and House Training Raising a Maltese puppy requires patience, consistency, and plenty of love. Here are some essential tips for raising a well-behaved and obedient Maltese: Maltese Puppy Training Tips Start Early: Begin training your Maltese puppy as soon as you bring them home. Early socialisation and obedience training are crucial for shaping their behaviour. Positive Reinforcement: Use rewards such as treats, praise, and playtime to reinforce desired behaviours. Be Consistent: Establish clear rules and boundaries from the start and enforce them consistently. Patience is Key: Maltese puppies may take longer to house train compared to larger breeds. Be patient and consistent with your training efforts. House Training a Maltese Puppy House training a Maltese puppy requires dedication and consistency. Here are some tips to help you succeed: Establish a Routine: Take your puppy outside regularly, especially after meals, naps, and playtime. Use Positive Reinforcement: Praise and reward your puppy when they eliminate outside to reinforce good behaviour. Monitor Behaviour: Keep an eye on your puppy's body language and take them outside immediately if you notice signs that they need to go. Crate Training a Maltese Puppy Crate training can be a valuable tool for housebreaking and providing your Maltese puppy with a safe and comfortable space of their own. Our deluxe crates and cosy & calming puppy crate beds are perfect for crate training your Maltese puppy with, they create the perfect cosy den. Make sure to introduce the crate gradually, and make it a positive experience by offering treats and toys inside. Our crate training guide has all of our Pet Experts tips and tricks for crate training your Maltese puppy to help make it as smooth as possible. Grooming Tips and Best Products Maintaining a Maltese's luxurious coat requires regular grooming. Here are some grooming tips to keep your Maltese looking their best: Brush Daily: Brush your Maltese's coat daily to prevent mats and tangles. Bathing: Bathe your Maltese as needed, using a mild dog shampoo to keep their coat clean and shiny. The Animology white wash dog shampoo is perfect for bathing your Maltese, it has a mild, deep cleaning and stain removing formulation so will help keep their coat looking bright and white. Trimming: Regularly trim your Maltese's nails and keep their ears clean to prevent infections. Invest in high-quality grooming products specifically designed for Maltese dogs, including brushes, combs, and shampoos formulated for white coats. Conclusion In summary, the Maltese breed is a delightful companion known for their affectionate nature, intelligence, and elegance. By understanding their personality traits, health needs, and training requirements, you can provide your Maltese with the love and care they deserve. Whether you're considering adding a Maltese to your family or already have one by your side, this ultimate guide serves as a valuable resource for all things Maltese. With proper care and attention, your Maltese will bring joy and companionship for years to come. Don’t forget to shop our Maltese collection which has been filled with our top picks for your Maltese.

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Jack Russell Ultimate Guide
13.03.24 March 13, 2024 Dog Breed Guide Featured

Jack Russell Ultimate Guide

Jack Russells, with their boundless energy and undeniable charm, have captured the hearts of dog lovers around the world. If you're considering adding one of these spirited companions to your family or already have one by your side, this ultimate guide is your go-to resource for everything you need to know about Jack Russells – from their personality quirks to their health needs and training tips. Jack Russell Facts and Information Developed in England in the 19th century, Jack Russells were bred for fox hunting by Reverend John Russell. They were prized for their agility, intelligence, and ability to pursue foxes underground. Jack Russell Fact File Kennel Club Breed Group Terrier Size Small Daily Exercise 1+ hours daily Coat Type Smooth or rough short coat Coat Colours   White With Black Markings, White With Black/Tan Markings, White With Tan Markings Lifespan 10+ years   Jack Russell Personality and Traits One of the most endearing qualities of Jack Russells is their lively and outgoing personality. They are highly intelligent and thrive on mental stimulation and physical activity. Jack Russells are also known for their strong prey drive, which can sometimes lead to chasing behaviour, especially towards smaller animals. Their tenacious nature and bold demeanour make them excellent watchdogs, but it's essential to provide proper socialisation from an early age to prevent any aggression or excessive barking tendencies. Jack Russell Health Issues While Jack Russells are generally healthy dogs, like all breeds, they are prone to certain health issues. These may include: Patellar Luxation: A condition where the kneecap slips out of place. Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease: A degenerative disease affecting the hip joint. Lens Luxation: Dislocation of the eye lens. Deafness: Some Jack Russells may be prone to deafness, especially those with a predominantly white coat. Regular veterinary check-ups, a balanced diet, and maintaining a healthy weight are crucial for keeping your Jack Russell in optimal health. Raising a Jack Russell Raising a Jack Russell requires patience, consistency, and plenty of love. Here are some essential tips for nurturing a happy and well-adjusted Jack Russell puppy: Socialisation: Introduce your Jack Russell to various people, environments, and other animals early on to help them develop positive social skills. Training: Start training early using positive reinforcement techniques. Jack Russells respond well to praise and rewards. Exercise: Provide ample opportunities for exercise and mental stimulation to prevent boredom and destructive behaviour. Jack Russell Training Tips Training a Jack Russell can be both rewarding and challenging due to their independent nature. Here are some training tips to help you establish a strong bond with your Jack Russell: Consistency: Be consistent with commands and expectations. Positive Reinforcement: Use treats, praise, and toys to motivate and reward desired behaviours. Patience: Jack Russells can be stubborn, so patience is key during training sessions. Jack Russell House Training and Obedience House training and teaching obedience commands are essential aspects of raising a well-behaved Jack Russell. Here are some tips for house training and fostering obedience in your Jack Russell: Establish a Routine: Stick to a consistent schedule for feeding, bathroom breaks, and training sessions. Use a Crate: Crate training can help with housebreaking and provide a safe space for your Jack Russell when unsupervised. It also will help your Jack Russell to sleep through the night if you make their crate a cosy safe den for them. Our crate training guide has everything you need to know about how to set up the perfect crate and how to crate train your Jack Russell puppy. Positive Reinforcement: Reward good behaviour and ignore or redirect unwanted behaviour. How Much Exercise Does a Jack Russell Need? Jack Russells have high energy levels and require plenty of exercise to stay happy and healthy. On average, they need at least an hour of vigorous exercise every day. This can include walks, playtime, and interactive games that stimulate both their body and mind. Best Walking Accessories for a Jack Russell Investing in the right walking accessories can enhance your Jack Russell's outdoor adventures. For a sturdy harness look at the Ruffwear front range harnesses, they help to distribute pressure if your Jack Russell is prone to pulling. For a good quality collar and lead our Twill walking sets are perfect, they are handmade in Italy and come in three beautiful colours. Best Food for a Jack Russell A well-balanced diet is essential for your Jack Russell's overall health and well-being. Choose high-quality dog food formulated for small breeds and monitor their portion sizes to prevent obesity. We recommend looking at brands like Carnilove, Acana and Orijen, they are all rich in protein and nutrients so are great for keeping your Jack Russell healthy. Best Dog Bed for a Jack Russell Provide your Jack Russell with a cosy, supportive bed for quality rest and relaxation. Our Jack Russell’s love a high wall bed, it helps them feel cosy and safe when they’re sleeping. Best Toys for a Jack Russell When it comes to toys, opt for interactive toys that challenge their problem-solving skills, like the Nina Ottosson toys which are lots of fun. They will also love durable chew toys to satisfy their natural urge to gnaw, our Jack Russells love the Gnosher toys to chew on. Jack Russell Grooming Tips and Products Despite their short coat, Jack Russells require regular grooming to keep them looking and feeling their best. Brush them weekly to remove loose hair and prevent matting. Additionally, trim their nails, clean their ears, and brush their teeth regularly to maintain optimal hygiene. If your Jack Russells are anything like ours they will go in every muddy puddle on their walks so a good quality shampoo is a must, the PetPlex dirt defeater is our go to because we love the tropical scent! In conclusion, Jack Russells are spirited, intelligent, and affectionate companions that bring joy and excitement to any household. By understanding their unique personality traits, addressing their health needs, and providing proper training and care, you can forge a deep and lasting bond with your Jack Russell for years to come. Shop all of our top Jack Russell picks in our personalised collection here.

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Springer Spaniel Ultimate Guide
13.03.24 March 13, 2024 Dog Breed Guide Featured

Springer Spaniel Ultimate Guide

Springer Spaniels are renowned for their boundless energy, friendly demeanour, and undying loyalty. If you're considering bringing home one of these delightful dogs or if you already have a Springer Spaniel as part of your family, this ultimate guide is tailored just for you. From their fascinating traits to their specific dietary needs and grooming tips, let's dive into everything you need to know about Springer Spaniels. Springer Spaniel Facts and Information The Springer Spaniel originated in England and was bred as a versatile hunting dog, particularly skilled in flushing and retrieving game birds. Springer Spaniels boast a well-balanced and athletic physique, combining strength, agility, and endurance. Their sturdy build enables them to navigate rugged terrain with ease. They have large, expressive eyes that radiate intelligence and warmth. Their pendulous ears are long and feathered, framing their face and enhancing their charming appearance. Springer Spaniel Fact File Kennel Club Breed Group Gundog Size Medium Daily Exercise 2+ hours a day Coat Type Medium length smooth coat Coat Colours Black & White, Black White & Tan, Liver & White, Liver White & Tan  Lifespan 10+ years   Springer Spaniel Personality and Traits The Springer Spaniel personality is characterised by intelligence, enthusiasm, and a strong desire to please their owners. They thrive on companionship and enjoy being an integral part of the family. Known for their outgoing nature, Springer Spaniels are great with children and other pets, making them excellent additions to households of all kinds. Their traits include a keen sense of smell, remarkable agility, and an innate ability to retrieve game. These traits make them exceptional hunting companions and adept participants in various dog sports and activities. Springer Spaniel Health Issues Like all dog breeds, Springer Spaniels may be prone to certain health issues. Among the most common concerns are hip dysplasia, progressive retinal atrophy (PRA), and ear infections due to their floppy ears that can trap moisture and debris. Regular vet check-ups, proper nutrition, and maintaining a healthy weight can help mitigate these risks and ensure a long, happy life for your Springer Spaniel. Raising A Springer Spaniel Raising a Springer Spaniel requires patience, consistency, and plenty of love and attention. Early socialisation is key to helping them develop into well-rounded, confident dogs. Introduce them to various people, environments, and experiences to build their confidence and prevent shyness or fearfulness later in life. Springer Spaniel Training Springer Spaniels are highly trainable and eager to learn, making them a joy to train for both novice and experienced owners. Positive reinforcement methods work best with this breed, as they respond well to praise, treats, and playtime as rewards for good behaviour. Make sure to stock up on training treats before your Springer Spaniel comes home! Obedience training is essential for establishing boundaries and ensuring that your Springer Spaniel understands basic commands such as sit, stay, come, and heel. Consistent training sessions and regular mental stimulation help keep their active minds engaged and prevent boredom-induced behaviours. Interactive toys like the Nina Ottosson range are great for keeping their active minds busy! Springer Spaniel House Training and Crate Training House training a Springer Spaniel puppy requires patience and consistency. Establish a regular schedule for feeding, bathroom breaks, and playtime to help them understand when and where it's appropriate to relieve themselves. Crate training can aid in housebreaking by providing a safe and comfortable space for your puppy when unsupervised, our crate training guide has been crafted by our Pet Experts to help walk you through the crate training process! Exercise Needs of a Springer Spaniel Springer Spaniels have high energy levels and require ample exercise to keep them happy and healthy. Aim for at least an hour of physical activity each day, which can include brisk walks, jogging, interactive play sessions, and retrieving games. When looking for walking accessories why not explore our collection, we’ve hand selected our range to bring you the best of the best! Best Food for Springer Spaniels Providing a balanced diet is crucial for meeting the nutritional needs of your Springer Spaniel. Choose high-quality dog food formulated for their age, size, and activity level, we particularly love the Acana foods for Springer Spaniels as they are both rich in meat and nutrients so keep them in tip top shape! Best Toys and Accessories for Springer Spaniels When it comes to toys, Springer Spaniels enjoy a variety of options to keep them mentally stimulated and physically active. Look for interactive toys, puzzle feeders, and durable chew toys to satisfy their natural instincts and prevent boredom. Fulfil their hunting and retrieving instincts with the Nerf interactive dog toy range, we’re certain that your Springer Spaniel will love chasing after the Trackshot duck launcher! Best Bed for Springer Spaniels Choose a comfortable and supportive bed that accommodates your Springer Spaniel's size and sleeping habits. In our experience Springer Spaniels usually love a donut bed to curl up in, shop our donut beds here. Grooming your Springer Spaniel Grooming your Springer Spaniel regularly helps keep their coat healthy and free of tangles and mats. Brush them at least a few times a week to remove loose hair and prevent shedding. Pay special attention to their ears to prevent infections, and trim their nails as needed to maintain optimal foot health. If your Springer Spaniels are anything like ours they will be in every patch of water and muddy puddle on your walks so will be mucky pups, the PetPlex dirt defeater range is perfect for them! It’s formulated to clean their coat without stripping all of its natural oils and smells beautiful, perfect for freshening them up in between grooms! Conclusion In summary, Springer Spaniels are beloved for their affectionate nature, intelligence, and boundless energy. By understanding their unique traits, addressing their specific needs, and providing proper training and care, you can enjoy a fulfilling and rewarding relationship with your Springer Spaniel for years to come. Looking to treat your Springer Spaniel? Why not check out our Springer Spaniel collection? It's filled with our top picks to keep your Springer Spaniel's tail wagging, shop now!

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