Buying a dog bed

by Leanne Thompson on August 14, 2011

Whenever you add a pet dog to your family, the temptation can be to spoil him rotten, particularly when it is a cute little puppy. You will find yourself compelled to buy him treats, dog toys and lavish him with affection as he becomes one of the family.

One expense that is essential to your pet’s wellbeing is a dog bed. A dog likes to have a place to call his own – somewhere comfortable and secure to relax and rest and get away from the excitement of family life.

It can be tempting to splash out on the most expensive dog bed you can find, or something that fits (more…)

Man Receives Shocking Fine for Shocking Dog

by Mark James on July 22, 2011

A man in Wales has been fined by magistrates for using a battery operated ‘shock’ collar in an attempt to train his border collie.

Philip Pool, of Ogmore-by-Sea in the Vale of Glamorgan, was ordered to pay £2,000 and an additional £1,000 costs for using the collar, which was outlawed in Wales in 2010.

Ogmore-by-SeaThe training device uses pain to train a dog, and administers an electric shock to the animal if it strays beyond a certain boundary. Although banned in Wales, the collars are legal in other areas of Britain, and it is estimated that half a million dog owners use them.

Mr Pook’s dog, Dougie, had been wearing the collar when he was found on (more…)

Dogs do their bit for the environment as sales of green dog toys increases

by Leanne Thompson on June 27, 2011

Dogs do their bit for the environment as sales of green dog toys increases

A popular internet site that specialises in selling dog toys has claimed that there is a significant increase in the amount of eco-friendly toys that are flying off their virtual shelves. The green dog toys are becoming easier to sell as dog owners become more aware of dangers to the environment caused by chemicals and production.

In just this year alone, the website Dog Geekz has recorded that 85% of the stock (more…)

Free Micro-chipping scheme to be launched

by Leanne Thompson on June 18, 2011

A free micro chipping scheme is to be launched by a council service.

Micro chipping allows easy identification of dogs that have run away, even if the dog has managed to lose both collar and ID tag. The dog gets a unique number and that is registered on a nationwide database that along with the owner’s details will lead it to a safe return.

Redbridge council is offering a free service throughout June that will (more…)

Chew-toy safety for your dogs

by Vivien Richardson on May 22, 2011

A dog loves to chew things and it is usually a good way for them to keep their teeth healthy too. However, if you are worried about the dangers that chewing certain things may have on your dog, then this should put your mind at ease.

Each pet is different so there is no set plan for your dog and his chew toys. Good judgment and supervision is crucial in order to maintain the protection of your pet. Chewing for a dog is a natural and healthy activity for dogs. The amount of tartar and plaque can be decreased by chewing, and it stimulates a dog’s mind away from other activities. The selection of your dog’s chew toys should (more…)

ROK Straps’ No Jolt Stretch Dog Lead Review

by Leanne Thompson on May 17, 2011

For the last two weeks, we have been trying out the latest innovation from ROK straps – the ultimate No Jolt Stretch Leash, courtesy of a free sample of the small Camo coloured leash tested by shih tzu Bailey.

The ROK Stretch Leash came with a handy information leaflet that lets you know all about its unique quality – and I certainly hadn’t seen anything like it before. First impressions were that it’s very well manufactured and solid; the leaflet says (more…)

Free Samples GJW Titmuss Dog Supplements

by Darren Jamieson on April 8, 2011

Over the last month, our two top dog reviewers have been trying out some lovely free samples of dog supplements from GJW Titmuss Pet Supplies! Shih tzus Bailey and Ouzo report.

We received samples of Immune Aid, Joint Aid and Condition Aid – each of which helps with a different aspect of a dog’s healthy life. Immune Aid helps with digestion and keeping a healthy coat and skin; Joint Aid aims to help with movement and flexibility and Condition Aid designed to keep a dog physically fit and help to keep away any internal parasites that might be picked up. Each packet contains (more…)

Apple unveils iPod for dogs

by Mark James on April 1, 2011

Hot on the heels of the iPad 2’s release in the UK, Apple has announced a spinoff of its portable music players, made exclusively for dogs – the iPawd.

From today, Apple shops everywhere will have the devices in stock and will be preparing themselves for wave upon wave of desperate dog owners wanting to get their hands on it.

The iPawd is similar in appearance to the iPod Shuffle, making it small enough to clip onto any dog collar, and comes with a specially adapted pair of iconic white Apple headphones. Music is uploaded to the device via iTunes in the same way as you would for your regular iPod – you can either purchase songs from the iTunes store, or rip from your own collection of CDs. The latest version of the software includes an option to convert your music to a format specifically designed for your pet – a special 50,000Hz MP3. This is beyond the range of human hearing, but well below the (more…)

Dog tags: small but valuable

by Vivien Richardson on February 28, 2011

It is the law of the land that all dogs must wear an identity tag of some description. Most owners of dogs tend to purchase the standard dog tag; one that is round in shape or one that resembles a dog bone.

dog tagsThe inscription on a dog tag can be a name and telephone number, or the dog’s name and the owners address details.

There are a number of specialised firms that will keep your dog’s details on a register; a telephone call with an identity number will show up the address details required for a speedy reconciliation of owner and dog.

It is important to remember that, if moving home or having changed (more…)

Hairpiece of the dog

by Mark James on January 31, 2011

If you were spurred on by our recent article on National Dress Up Your Pet Day, you’re on a slippery slope, my friend. What starts out as a harmless bit of fun for you and your dog will become an obsession. You will find yourself preparing all year for the big day, scouring the internet for the perfect costume for your pooch, and engaging your rivals in a grisly dance of death where only one can have the perfect Dog Vader costume.

However good your pet’s outfit may be, there will be one thing lacking – hair. The replica Las Vegas (more…)

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