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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.

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Dog Blankets For Winter
29.01.24 January 29, 2024 Owning a Dog Featured

Dog Blankets For Winter

As the frosty embrace of winter sets in, prioritising the comfort and well-being of our cherished canine companions becomes paramount. At Lords & Labradors, we understand the unique needs of your furry friends during the colder months. In this expert guide, we will take you on a journey through our curated collection of handmade dog blankets, ensuring your pup stays warm, snug, and stylish throughout the winter season.   The Lords & Labradors Standard: Exceptional Quality and Comfort Before we dive into the specifics of our dog blankets, it's important to highlight our commitment to exceptional quality and canine comfort. Our blankets are not only designed to provide warmth but also crafted with durability, ease of cleaning, and your dog's ultimate comfort in mind. Our blankets are handmade here in our cosy Lincolnshire workshop by our talented seamstresses, so your dog can rest easy knowing they’re sleeping in the best quality snuggliest blankets.   Luxurious Comfort: Faux Fur and Fluffy Dog Blankets Pamper your pup with the pinnacle of luxury through our cream faux fur dog blankets. Beyond providing exceptional warmth, these blankets add a touch of opulence to your dog's resting space, creating a cosy haven during the winter season. They’re made from the snuggliest faux fur and have matching anti-anxiety beds so are the perfect choice for more nervous pups. You can even personalise them with your dog’s name for that extra special touch.   Lords & Labradors Versatility: Dog Blankets for Sofas Got a sofa snoozer? Then you need one of our sofa toppers, they were designed with your dog’s favourite sleep spots in mind. With our own pets we found that we were covering our sofas with blankets to help protect them from. Muddy paws and to give our dogs a cosy spot to sleep on which is why we developed our sofa toppers. They come in our most popular fabrics and have fully removable and washable covers, our sofa toppers sit on top of your sofa and you can even pair them with a matching L&L blanket for the ultimate sleep sanctuary.   Lords & Labradors Core Collection Blankets From stylish Bouclé to classic herringbones or playful spots, our core collection blankets have been designed with both your dog and home in mind. They have our carefully curated fabrics on one side and the cosiest fleece on the other, we just know your dog will love snuggling up in them   Lords and Labradors Christmas Dog Blankets: Celebrate the Season in Style Infuse the holiday spirit into your dog's life with our velvet dog blankets, something about luxurious velvet just feels so Christmassy. Beyond keeping your pet warm, these festive options add a touch of joy to your home during winter festivities, we even have matching stockings which you can personalise with your pets name for that extra special festive touch. At Lords and Labradors, we recognise the importance of investing in a quality winter blanket for your furry friend. Our curated collection, featuring a variety of options, ensures there's a perfect solution for every pup. Elevate your dog's winter experience with the warmth and style of a carefully chosen blanket from Lords & Labradors, providing them with a cosy retreat during the coldest months of the year. Explore our collection today and make this winter your pup's cosiest one yet.

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Best Dog Treats To Keep Them Busy
11.12.23 December 11, 2023 Owning a Dog Featured

Best Dog Treats To Keep Them Busy

As dog owners, we know that keeping our furry friends occupied and engaged is essential for their mental stimulation and overall well-being. One of the most effective ways to keep dogs entertained and mentally stimulated is through the use of treats and toys designed specifically to captivate their attention. Whether you have an energetic puppy or an adult dog with a penchant for play, finding the right treats and toys can make a world of difference. Best Dog Treats to Keep Them Busy: Finding the Perfect Fit When it comes to choosing the best treats to keep dogs busy, it's crucial to consider their preferences, age, size, and chewing habits. Not all treats or toys are suitable for every dog, so here’s a breakdown of the top options: 1. Treat Dispensing Toys Treat-dispensing toys are a fantastic way to keep your dog engaged for extended periods. Products like KONG Classic or KONG wobbler can be filled with treats, offering mental stimulation as they work to retrieve the hidden goodies. 2. Long-Lasting Chews For dogs with powerful jaws or an insatiable urge to chew, long-lasting chews like natural treats, yak cheese chews, or antlers can be a great choice. These treats not only keep them occupied but also help in maintaining dental health. Be careful when choosing a long-lasting dog chew to check that it doesn’t contain rawhide, commonly used in a lot of long-lasting dog chews rawhide is actually really difficult for your dog’s stomach to breakdown and can cause all sorts issues. A great alternative to rawhide is the Earth Animal No Hide chews, they come in a range of flavours and are long-lasting so are perfect for keeping your pup busy. 3. Puzzle Treat Toys Puzzle toys, such as the Nina Ottosson interactive puzzles or Smart Choice S Shaped Puzzle, challenge dogs to solve puzzles to access treats. These toys provide mental stimulation, preventing boredom and promoting problem-solving skills. 4. Frozen Treats During warmer months, frozen treats like frozen bananas or ice cubes made with chicken broth can offer a refreshing way to keep your pup entertained and cool. You can even try freezing some wet food in their KONG classic as a fun way to give your dog their food whilst keeping them busy. Best Chew Toys and Treats for Puppies Puppies, with their boundless energy and curiosity, require specific treats and toys to keep them occupied: 1. Puppy-Safe Chew Toys Opt for durable and safe chew toys specifically designed for puppies. Toys such as the KONG Puppy Teething Stick or the Tuffs Puppy Pastel Fetch & Chew Bar are excellent choices for keeping teething puppies busy as they cater to teething puppies' needs. 2. Soft Treats for Training Soft, small treats are ideal for training purposes with puppies. Treats like The Innocent Hound Puppy Training Treats can be used during training sessions to keep them engaged and motivated. For something longer lasting for your pup why not try some natural treats to keep them busy? Choosing the right treats and toys for your furry companion can significantly impact their mental and physical well-being. Experimenting with different options and observing your dog's preferences will help you discover the best treats and toys to keep them entertained and engaged for hours. Remember, supervision is crucial, especially with new toys or treats, to ensure they are safe and suitable for your dog's individual needs. By investing in the best dog treats and toys that keep them busy, you’re not only providing entertainment but also contributing to their overall happiness and health. Whether it's a puzzle toy to challenge their mind or a long-lasting chew to satisfy their natural instincts, the best treats and toys are those that bring joy and keep tails wagging.

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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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Is Wet or Dry Food Better for Dogs? Exploring the Pros and Cons
06.09.23 September 06, 2023 Owning a Dog Featured

Is Wet or Dry Food Better for Dogs? Exploring the Pros and Cons

When it comes to feeding our canine companions, one of the most common questions that pet owners grapple with is whether to choose wet or dry dog food. The debate over wet vs. dry dog food has been ongoing for years, and there's no one-size-fits-all answer. The decision ultimately depends on various factors, including your dog's age, health, and personal preferences. In this comprehensive guide, we will delve into the pros and cons of wet and dry dog food to help you make an informed choice for your furry friend.   Wet vs. Dry Dog Food: What's the Difference? Before we dive into the pros and cons, let's clarify what distinguishes wet and dry dog food: Wet Dog Food: Contains higher moisture content (approximately 70-80%) Typically comes in cans or pouches Often has a stronger aroma and flavour, which can be enticing to picky eaters Easier to chew, making it an excellent choice for dogs with dental issues or missing teeth Prone to spoilage if not refrigerated and consumed promptly Can be more expensive per serving than dry food Dry Dog Food: Contains lower moisture content (around 10%) Comes in the form of kibble or pellets Promotes dental health by reducing tartar buildup through chewing Offers convenience and a longer shelf life May contain artificial preservatives and fillers The Pros and Cons Of Wet & Dry Food Wet Dog Food: Pros: Hydration: The high moisture content in wet food can help keep your dog hydrated, especially if they don't drink enough water. Palatability: Many dogs find wet food more appealing due to its strong aroma and taste, making it suitable for picky eaters. Digestibility: Wet food is often easier to digest, making it a good choice for dogs with sensitive stomachs or digestive issues. Dental Health: While wet food doesn't promote dental health directly, it can be useful for dogs with dental problems who struggle to chew dry kibble. Cons: Cost: Wet dog food can be more expensive per serving than dry food, potentially straining your budget. Storage: You need to store opened cans or pouches of wet food in the refrigerator to prevent spoilage. Our Wet Food Recommendations Here at L&L we stock a wide variety of wet foods for your dog. For a high quality and high meat content wet food our go to is the Carnilove wet foods. They're all made to appeal to your dog's natural wolf instincts with over 85% wild origin meats and they're all grain free so you can be sure they're the best quality for your dog. Dry Dog Food: Pros: Convenience: Dry kibble is convenient to store, measure, and serve, making it a hassle-free option. Dental Health: Chewing on dry kibble can help reduce tartar buildup and promote better dental health. Cost-Effective: Dry food is often more budget-friendly than wet food, especially for larger dogs. Long Shelf Life: It has a longer shelf life, reducing the risk of food waste.  Cons: Hydration Concerns: Because dry food has lower moisture content, it might not provide enough hydration for some dogs, potentially leading to urinary tract issues. Palatability: Some dogs may be less enthusiastic about dry kibble's taste and texture. Our Dry Food Recommendations We also stock a variety of dry foods, some of the ones with higher meat content and more natural ingredients include Acana, Carnilove and Orijen - these are great for making sure your dog is getting all the nutrients they need.  Choosing the Right Food for Your Dog: When deciding between wet and dry dog food, consider the following factors: Age: Puppies and senior dogs may benefit from wet food due to its enhanced digestibility and hydration. Adult dogs can thrive on a balanced dry food diet. Health Needs: Consult with your veterinarian if your dog has specific health concerns, as they can recommend an appropriate diet. Budget: Evaluate your budget and choose the food that meets your financial constraints while ensuring your dog's nutritional needs are met. Preference: Some dogs have strong preferences for one type of food over the other, so consider your dog's taste preferences. Conclusion: In the debate of wet vs. dry dog food, there's no one-size-fits-all answer. Both options have their pros and cons, and the best choice depends on your dog's individual needs, your budget, and your personal preferences as a pet owner. If you're unsure what to feed your dog why not check out our large range of dog foods. We have lots of speciality dog foods for specific breeds, sizes and health concerns so you can tailor your dog's food to give them everything they need nutritionally. Once you've found the perfect food for your dog why not Subscribe & Save. Our Subscribe & Save service allows you to save up to 15% on your dog's favourite food and have it delivered to your door exactly when you need it so you never run out! Remember to consult with your vet for tailored dietary recommendations, and always prioritise your dog's health and well-being when making this important decision.

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Do Cats Have A Favourite Toy
17.08.23 August 17, 2023 Owning a Cat Featured

Do Cats Have A Favourite Toy

Cats, those enigmatic and captivating companions, are known for their unique behaviours and intriguing preferences. One common question among cat owners is whether these beloved furballs have a favourite toy. As cat enthusiasts, it's natural for us to want to provide the best entertainment for our feline friends. In this article, we delve into the intriguing world of cat play, exploring whether cats have favourite toys and the factors that influence their preferences. The Feline Fascination with Toys Cats, as both domesticated and instinct-driven creatures, exhibit a wide range of behaviours that reflect their ancestral hunting instincts. Play, for a cat, serves as a means of honing skills that were once crucial for survival. Additionally, playtime offers exercise, mental stimulation, and a channel for releasing pent-up energy. Cat toys, therefore, play a pivotal role in keeping our feline friends engaged and happy. Do Cats Have a Favorite Toy? The question of whether cats have favourite toys has been a topic of curiosity and debate among pet owners and experts alike. While cats don't express preferences in the same way humans do, they can certainly show a preference for certain types of toys based on their individual personalities, play styles, and past experiences.   Factors Influencing Toy Preferences Texture and Material: Cats have sensitive paws and mouths, so the texture and material of a toy can greatly influence their interest. Some cats may prefer soft, plush toys, while others might be drawn to toys with feathers, strings, or crinkly materials. Movement and Sound: Cats are natural hunters, and toys that mimic the movements and sounds of prey can be particularly enticing. Toys that dart, bounce, or make rustling noises can capture a cat's attention and keep them engaged. Size and Shape: Cats may have preferences for certain sizes and shapes of toys. Some cats enjoy smaller toys they can easily bat around, while others may prefer larger toys they can wrestle with. Interactive vs. Solo Play: Cats vary in their desire for interactive play with their human companions versus independent play. Toys that can be played with independently, such as puzzle feeders or automated toys, can become favourites for some cats, whereas others will love toys that require their owner to play with them as the bonding time has created a positive association for your cat with that particular toy. Scent: Cats have a keen sense of smell, and toys infused with catnip or other enticing scents can hold their interest. The Best Types of Cat Toys When considering the best types of cat toys, it's important to keep in mind the various factors that influence a cat's play preferences. Some popular types of cat toys include: Interactive Toys: Toys that require the cat to engage with them actively can be rewarding. These can include feather wands, laser pointers, and puzzle feeders. We love the Catit Senses range of interactive toys, they provide hours of stimulating fun. Chase Toys: Toys that move quickly, mimicking the behaviour of prey, often capture a cat's attention. Battery-operated toys that zip around the room can provide hours of entertainment. The Petlibro Pixie Mouse Interactive Cat toy is a great toy for chasing if you have a prey driven cat. Soft Plush Toys: These toys are comforting for some cats, providing a "cuddle buddy" experience that satisfies their nurturing instincts. We love the KONG Enchanted Characters Unicorn for cats who love to snuggle, it’s the perfect size and it’s a unicorn - what more could your cat wish for? Catnip Toys: Catnip can induce euphoric reactions in many cats. Toys filled with catnip can become favoured items for playful interactions. The GiGwi range has loads of catnip toys in which our office felines go crazy for. Why Does My Cat Have a Favourite Toy? A cat's attachment to a particular toy can be attributed to a combination of their individual preferences, their unique personalities, and positive associations formed with that toy. Cats may associate their favourite toy with play, comfort, or even previous positive interactions with their owners. In conclusion, while cats may not express preferences in the same way humans do, they can undoubtedly have favourite types of toys. Understanding your cat's play style, observing their reactions to different toys, and providing a variety of options can help ensure their playtime is both stimulating and enjoyable. After all, a happy and entertained cat contributes to a harmonious and joyful household. So, if you're wondering whether your cat has a favourite toy, the answer lies in their playful behaviours, unique traits, and the careful selection of toys that cater to their individual tastes.

By Megan Willis

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Best Dog Throwing Toys: Elevate Your Fetch Game
17.08.23 August 17, 2023 Owning a Dog Featured

Best Dog Throwing Toys: Elevate Your Fetch Game

When it comes to engaging our canine companions in physical activities, fetch undoubtedly tops the list. The exhilaration of a well-executed throw and the boundless enthusiasm with which our dogs retrieve the thrown object are unparalleled joys for both pet and owner. To elevate this classic game of fetch, investing in the right dog throwing toys is paramount. In this comprehensive guide, we explore the best dog throwing toys on the market, ensuring your furry friend enjoys hours of playful exercise and stimulation. The Significance of Dog Throw Toys Dog throw toys, also known as dog throwing toys or throw and fetch dog toys, serve as a vital component of a dog's mental and physical well-being. These toys facilitate active play that enhances coordination, agility, and endurance in dogs. Additionally, they promote a strong bond between pets and their owners, as the shared activity fosters trust and connection. In the following sections, we delve into a curated selection of the best dog throwing toys, catering to various preferences and needs.   Our Top 5 Dog Throwing Toys 1. Chuckit! Sport Ball Launcher [product] The Chuckit! Sport Ball Launcher is a pioneer in the realm of dog throwing toys. Designed for maximum throwing distance, this device allows you to effortlessly propel a range of compatible balls, from tennis balls to rubber balls.   Its ergonomic handle ensures a comfortable grip, reducing strain on your arm during extended play sessions. With its compatibility across different ball types, the Chuckit! Sport Ball Launcher is a versatile option suitable for dogs of all sizes.   2. GiGwi TPR Bone 'Flying Tug' For pet owners seeking a more gentle and flexible option, the GiGwi TPR Bone 'Flying Tug' is a standout choice. Crafted from durable TPR material, this bone-shaped toy combines the thrill of fetch with an interactive tug-of-war element. The flexible yet sturdy design ensures a comfortable grip for both you and your dog. Its aerodynamic structure guarantees stable flight, making it perfect for outdoor play sessions that involve long throws. What sets the GiGwi TPR Bone Flying Tug apart is its dual-purpose nature – serving as a flying toy for fetching and a tug toy for interactive playtime. This versatile toy not only engages your dog's body but also stimulates their mind, making it a well-rounded option for hours of play. The GiGwi TPR Bone 'Flying Tug' is a superb choice for pet owners who want to cater to their dog's fetch and tug preferences simultaneously.   3. KONG Squeak Air Tennis Ball with Rope Embrace the wonders of technology with the KONG Squeak Air Tennis Ball with Rope. This innovative throwing toy adds a delightful twist to the classic game of fetch. The combination of a tennis ball and an attached rope creates an engaging dynamic that encourages interactive play. The durable tennis ball is designed to emit an enticing squeak, further captivating your dog's attention and enhancing the excitement of the game. The attached rope allows for easy throwing and provides an interactive element for tugging and shaking. This toy offers both mental and physical stimulation, ensuring your dog stays active and entertained for extended periods. The KONG Squeak Air Tennis Ball with Rope is a fantastic option for pet owners seeking a versatile and engaging throwing toy that adds an extra layer of fun to every fetch session.     4. Nerf Dog Tennis Ball Blaster [product] The Nerf Dog Tennis Ball Blaster merges classic fetch with a playful twist. This toy doubles as a launcher and a ball blaster, allowing for exciting solo play. Simply load a tennis ball into the blaster, pull back the mechanism, and release to launch the ball with impressive distance. Its hands-free pickup feature ensures that you can avoid touching slobbery or muddy balls. The Nerf Dog Tennis Ball Blaster is a fantastic option for interactive fun in various outdoor settings.   5. Chuckit! Ultra Ball The Chuckit! Ultra Ball is a must-have accessory for any dog throwing toy collection. This bouncy and durable ball is designed for long-lasting play, with an enticing texture that encourages dogs to fetch and carry it. Its buoyant nature makes it suitable for water-based play as well, adding versatility to your fetch sessions. The bright colors of the Chuckit! Ultra Ball ensure high visibility, even in tall grass or water.   In conclusion, the world of dog throwing toys offers a plethora of options to suit every dog's personality, play style, and size. By investing in high-quality throw and fetch dog toys, you provide your furry friend with not only physical exercise but also mental stimulation and a strengthened bond with you. Whether you opt for the Chuckit! Sport Ball Launcher, the Nerf Tennis Ball Blaster, or any other option mentioned, the joy and health benefits derived from interactive play are immeasurable. So, seize the opportunity to enhance your fetch game and create cherished memories with your four-legged companion.

By Megan Willis

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Best Puppy Collars
17.08.23 August 17, 2023 Getting A Puppy Featured

Best Puppy Collars

Welcoming a new puppy into your home is a joyous occasion that comes with a flurry of responsibilities. One crucial aspect of puppy care is selecting the right collar and lead – a decision that requires careful consideration to ensure your furry friend's comfort, safety, and training success. In this guide, we'll delve into the world of puppy collars, addressing common questions and providing expert advice to help you make an informed choice.   The Journey Begins: Your Puppy's First Collar Your puppy's first collar is a milestone in their development. Most breeders will use a whelping collar whilst your puppy is with them, they come in a variety of colours to help identify the puppies. [product] To ensure a smooth transition, select your puppy’s first collar that is soft, non-restrictive, and lightweight. We love the the Cocopup London collars for tiny puppies due to them being light weight and super adjustable, they also have a solid neoprene padding for extra comfort and support. We recommend gradually introducing the collar to your pup by allowing them to wear it for short periods under supervision until they become accustomed to the sensation, it’s a great activity to start with them from the day you can pick them up so that by the time they can go on walks they are used to their collars   The Adjustable Advantage: Why Opt for an Adjustable Puppy Collar When searching for the best puppy collar, look no further than the adjustable variety. These collars are designed to grow with your pup, accommodating their changing size and ensuring a snug fit throughout their growth stages. The adjustability not only guarantees a comfortable fit but also eliminates the need for frequent replacements as your pup blossoms into a full-grown dog. [product] As we mentioned above we love how adjustable the Cocopup collars are, the Hugo & Hudson collars also have the same great adjustable fit - perfect for puppies   Striking the Perfect Balance: Best Collar and Lead Combo for Puppy Training As you embark on the exciting journey of puppy training, a well-matched collar and lead combo can be your greatest ally. The best collar and leads for puppy training strike a balance between control and comfort. Opt for a collar with sturdy hardware and a lead that allows ample freedom while still enabling you to guide your puppy's movements. Both the Cocopup and Hugo & Hudson collars have matching leads and harnesses which are perfect for puppy training.   Collar vs. Harness: The Debate for Puppies The question of whether a harness is better than a collar for a puppy is a common one. While harnesses distribute pressure more evenly and are ideal for dogs prone to tracheal issues and pulling, collars remain a viable option for many puppies - we recommend trying your puppy with both options to see how they walk best as the best option will vary from dog to dog. When introducing a collar to a puppy, it's crucial to choose one that's lightweight and appropriately sized to prevent discomfort.   Finding the Right Fit: What Size Collar for Your Puppy Determining the right collar size for your puppy requires precision. Measure your puppy's neck circumference and add a small allowance for growth then cross reference with the collars size guide. A collar that's too loose might slip off, while one that's too tight can cause discomfort and potential health issues. Always ensure a two-finger gap between the collar and your puppy's neck for optimal comfort.   When Your Puppy Hates the Collar It's not uncommon for puppies to resist wearing a collar initially. To ease their discomfort, choose a lightweight and soft material. Gradually acclimate your puppy by introducing the collar during enjoyable activities, such as playtime or mealtime, associating it with positive experiences.   Sweet Dreams: Can a Puppy Sleep with a Collar? Puppies can sleep with a collar on, but it's advisable to remove any collars with tags or buckles during bedtime to prevent discomfort. If you prefer your puppy to sleep collar-free, ensure they wear their collar during the day for identification purposes.   Addressing Concerns: Are Collars Bad for Puppies? Collars are not inherently bad for puppies when chosen and used thoughtfully. Select a collar that is lightweight, well-fitted, and comfortable. Avoid leaving collars on unsupervised puppies, and always monitor for signs of irritation or discomfort.   Battling the Itch: When Your Puppy Keeps Itching Their Collar If your puppy consistently scratches or itches their collar, it may just be them getting used to wearing a collar or it could be a sign of irritation or an ill-fitting collar. Check the material for potential allergies, ensure proper fit, and consult your veterinarian if the issue persists.   In Conclusion Selecting the best puppy collar involves careful consideration of your puppy's comfort, training needs, and safety. An adjustable collar that grows with your pup, paired with a suitable lead, can be your perfect training companion. While harnesses offer an alternative, collars can be a great choice when chosen and introduced thoughtfully. Remember that each puppy is unique, so patience and positive reinforcement will go a long way in making collar training a success.

By Megan Willis

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Can Cats Use Cooling Mats?
15.08.23 August 15, 2023 Owning a Cat Featured

Can Cats Use Cooling Mats?

As the summer sun begins to blaze, our feline friends seek refuge from the scorching heat. As pet owners, it is our responsibility to ensure our cats' comfort and well-being during the hot months. One popular solution that has gained traction is the "cooling mat for cats." But do these cooling mats really work? Can cats benefit from a cool cat bed during the summer? In this blog, we will delve into the world of cooling cat beds, exploring their effectiveness, benefits, and how to choose the perfect summer cat bed for your feline companion.   Understanding Cooling Mats For Cats: Cooling mats for cats are designed to provide a soothing and comfortable resting place for our furry companions during hot weather. These innovative beds incorporate advanced cooling technologies that help regulate the cat's body temperature, making them an attractive option for pet owners looking to provide relief from the sweltering heat.   How Do Cooling Mats Work? Cooling cat beds typically employ one of two primary cooling mechanisms: Gel-Based Cooling: Many cooling mats are filled with a non-toxic gel that absorbs and dissipates the cat's body heat. These mats don't require electricity and can be recharged by allowing them to rest in a cool area. Water-Activated Cooling: Other cooling mats utilise a water-activated mechanism. The mat absorbs water, and when the cat lies on it, the moisture evaporates, creating a cooling effect similar to sweat evaporating from human skin.   Benefits Of Cooling Cat Beds: Investing in a cooling mat for your cat can yield numerous benefits, especially during the scorching summer months: Temperature Regulation: Cooling mats help prevent overheating in cats, reducing the risk of heat-related health issues. Comfort and Relaxation: The cooling effect provides a soothing surface for cats to rest and relax, promoting better sleep quality. Stress Relief: Cats might get stressed due to extreme heat, and a cooling bed can offer a calming environment, reducing anxiety. Versatility: Cooling mats are portable and can be used indoors or outdoors, making them ideal for travel or visits to the park.     Selecting The Perfect Summer Cat Bed: When choosing a cooling mat for your cat, consider the following factors: Size: Ensure the cooling mat is appropriate for your cat's size, allowing them to stretch out comfortably. Material: Opt for a high-quality, durable material that is safe for your cat and easy to clean. Cooling Mechanism: Decide between gel-based or water-activated cooling mats, depending on your cat's preferences and your convenience. Reviews: Read user reviews and testimonials to gauge the effectiveness of the cooling mat before purchasing.   Our Favourite Cooling Mats For Cats Here at L&L we sell several pet cooling mats, which are perfect for both cats and dogs - great if you have a multi-pet household! We’ve listed our favourites below!  Smart Choice Pet Cooling Mat - Instant Cooling Effect The Smart Choice cooling mat is perfect for cats, it stands as a pinnacle of technological advancement in cat comfort, activated by pressure from your cat sitting on it to help cool them down. Engineered with innovative cooling materials, these mats actively dissipate heat from your cat's body, preventing overheating and providing a therapeutic respite from soaring temperatures. Its design ensures it remains comfortable even without the need for electricity or refrigeration, making it an energy-efficient and eco-friendly choice. These cooling mats are also great for placing in your cat's favourite spots to help keep them cool.   Scruffs Pet Cool Bed - The Ultimate Retreat A cool cat bed is more than just a mere resting place; it is the ultimate retreat for your feline companion. The Scruffs Pet Cool Bed is crafted with precision and quality materials, made from a supportive foam base it makes a comfy cat nap spot while simultaneously providing a cool surface for reprieve. The cooling non-toxic gel means they are typically 5-10 degrees cooler than room temperature, providing instant relief, whilst the breathable 3D mesh helps with air circulation, which also keeps your cat cool. Investing in a high-quality cool cat bed is a wise choice, considering the long-term benefits it imparts to your pet's health and well-being.   Conclusion: As temperatures rise during the summer, providing a comfortable and cool resting place for your cat becomes crucial. Cooling mats for cats offer an excellent solution to beat the heat and promote your cat's well-being. Whether it's a gel-based or water-activated cooling cat bed, these innovative products can make a significant difference in your cat's comfort and overall happiness during the hot season. Remember to consider the size, material, and cooling mechanism when choosing the perfect cooling mat for your furry friend. With careful selection and a bit of feline-approved testing, you can ensure that your cat enjoys a cool and refreshing summer, all thanks to their cozy and cooling cat bed!

By Megan Willis

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The Best Summer Dog Beds
15.08.23 August 15, 2023 Product Spotlight Featured

The Best Summer Dog Beds

As mercury rises and summer sets in, ensuring the well-being of our canine companions becomes a top priority. Dogs, like humans, are susceptible to the adverse effects of heat, making it essential for pet owners to seek effective cooling solutions. In this blog post, we delve into the realm of cooling dog beds and mats, exploring their advantages and why they are indispensable for our four-legged friends.   Top 5 Summer Dog Beds For Optimal Canine Comfort: Unravelling the Advantages of Cooling Dog Beds and Mats Smart Choice Cooling Dog Mat - A Therapeutic Respite  The Smart Choice cooling dog mat stands as a pinnacle of technological advancement in pet comfort, activated by pressure from your dog sitting on it they help to cool your dog down. Engineered with innovative cooling materials, these mats actively dissipate heat from your dog's body, preventing overheating and providing a therapeutic respite from soaring temperatures.   Its design ensures it remains comfortable even without the need for electricity or refrigeration, making it an energy-efficient and eco-friendly choice. These cooling mats are also great for putting at the bottom of your dog’s crate to help keep them cool. Available in 3 sizes, the Smart Choice Cooling Dog mat is great for dogs of all sizes.   Scruffs Pet Cool Dog Bed - The Ultimate Retreat A cool dog bed is more than just a mere resting place; it is the ultimate retreat for your furry companion. The Scruffs Pet Cool Bed is crafted with precision and quality materials, these beds are made from a supportive foam base which helps to alleviate joint pressure while simultaneously providing a cool surface for reprieve. The cooling non-toxic gel means they are typically 5- 10 degrees cooler than room temperature providing instant relief, whilst the breathable 3D mesh to help with air circulation which also helps to keep your dog cool. Investing in a high-quality cool dog bed is a wise choice, considering the long-term benefits it imparts to your pet's health and well-being. The Scruffs Pet Cool Bed is available in a range of 3 sizes, and is our favourite cooling mat for large dogs due to the support it offers and the size range available.   Henry Wag Elevated Chilled Dog Bed - Elevated Coolness The Henry Wag Elevated chilled dog bed surpasses conventional expectations, elevating the serenity and relaxation your pet deserves  Its innovative elevated design allows the air to circulate which keeps your dog cool in summer and warm and snug during the winter.   The elevated design also helps to support your dog’s back and hips, great for dogs with joint problems. Available in four sizes and for dogs weighing up to 65kg, this bed is perfect for dogs of all sizes. As a pet owner, investing in this bed exhibits your commitment to ensuring the highest standards of comfort for your canine companion.   Cooling Breathable Bedding For Dog Crate - Serenity Within Confinement Even within the confines of a crate, serenity and coolness can be achieved. Our breathable cotton bedding is perfect for summer, our Savanna collection is made from 100% cotton which is one of the best breathable fabrics for summer as it allows air to flow freely through the fabric whilst keeping your dog cool. It’s also handmade here in our Lincolnshire workshop to our exacting quality standards so you can be sure it’s the best for your dog.   Travel Mats - Comfort On The Go Our travel mats are expertly crafted with our bestselling hardwearing fabrics to provide a durable and comfortable solution for summer adventures. Roll up the mat for easy storage, or use the convenient carry handle to take it with you wherever you go. Can be used as a seat cover, boot mat or travel bed in two sizes and three colours.In conclusion, cooling dog beds and mats are essential assets in upholding the health, comfort, and overall well-being of our beloved pets. The advantages they offer, from superior cooling capabilities to enhanced orthopaedic support, make them indispensable additions to every responsible pet owner's repertoire. Prioritising your pet's comfort through these cooling solutions is a testament to the commitment we hold towards our furry companions' welfare.

By Megan Willis

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