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Your dog is your best friend

When I first got my dog, Fenna, we had a few ups and downs before we settled well together. I had to do a lot of research and talk to the vet to learn what I needed to do in order to have a balanced and settled dog-human relationship.

Good food and regular exercise is one of the key factors in ensuring you have a happy dog. They love having a routine and knowing who is the boss and you can establish both through exercise and food. It is important that your dog is house trained quickly and that it understands basic commands when out on walks. The better trained they are the better the quality of time will be that you spend together. Knowing that you will have a clean house and that you can let your dog off its lead and that it will return to you really leaves out a lot of stress of having a dog. And if you are stress free then your dog will be more relaxed as well. A good quality dog food, like Iams dog food, will help keep your dog happy and healthy. Lams dog food contains the highest quality of natural ingredients without added colours, additives or flavourings.

When Fenna was young she was always riddled with fleas and miserable with it. Her previous owners had neglected her and left her infested for weeks if not months. Consequently she had been itching a lot and had a number of scabs and skin problems. We used the flea treatment Frontline to get rid of her fleas and we used some cream prescribed by the vet to help her with her skin. Luckily she recovered quickly and regular flea treatment has kept the fleas at bay. We had to de flea our whole house – carpets, soft furnishings etc. but the lack of fleas since was well worth it! I would highly advise keeping on top of flea treatment, it keeps the animal happy and is worth avoiding the stress of de-fleaing an entire house.

The final thing I have learnt about keeping a happy dog is that it is important to ensure they are not bored. Invest in a good amount of dog toysto keep them entertained when you are not at home. This will help any costly destruction of your house.

So good food, exercise, discipline, routine, no fleas and plenty of toys are my keys to dog keeping success!

Care of the Dogs Coat

It is essential for the well-being of dogs that you take good care of their coats so that you avoid terrible dog dandruff. If you do not have time to brush a dog every day, you should probably not choose to get a long-haired one.

Small dogs are easy to handle when the animal is put on a table on which a slip-resistant surface has been laid. Daily brushing will help remove dirt and at the same time stimulate the growth of new hair.

The cutting or shearing of the hairy coat can be learned, but not without practice under an expert´s supervision. In general, it is easier to dedicate this task to a professional who can shorten the coat of your dog without troubling the animal. Around the anus it is usually advised to keep the hair short for hygienic reasons. Hair on the feet should not protrude beyond pads and nails. It is important to smooth the hair just above the heel and not to cut in between, because otherwise the sensitive skin between the toes might get irritated by hair stubble.

Brushing your dog is usually sufficient to remove dirt and dust. But if the dog has trudged through mud or has walked on salty ways, it is necessary to wash its feet with water and dry them thoroughly.

Your dog does not necessarily need a regular full bath. But in case it has wallowed, you should bath it with warm water and rub a mild shampoo in his coat.

After a short time the shampoo is to be rinsed thoroughly from the coat. To dry the coat, thick towels are most suitable. Short-haired dogs can be rubbed very strongly, whereas long-haired dogs should be treated differently. With a long-haired dog, the water should only be pushed out of the coat and absorbed with a towel. The dog´s hair can be dried by using a hair dryer or by letting it stay in a warm room in case your dog is sensitive to the noise of the hair dryer.

In addition to pure care products, there are also shampoos which are suitable for treating various skin problems in dogs. In addition to that there are also several dog supplements available online which you can buy that will support the physiological growth of hair. 

Man versus Dog

Man versus Dog

Our dog, Jimmy Choo, might not look like the sharpest tool in the box, but when it comes to not taking his worming tablets this dog is a master.

A while back my husband and I had purchased Drontal Plus worming tablets, which we consider one of the best on the market for protecting Jimmy Choo against many varieties of round worms and tape worms. We had the Drontal Plus XL tablet which meant that we only needed to give him one tablet orally, so our first line of attack was to hide it in his doggy food. Five minutes later we checked his bowl and there was the tablet, no food in sight, just one immaculate pill. Every other dog we have had has eaten the tablet without any problems, so we knew there was nothing offensive about the taste or smell!

Second plan of attack was more upfront – we offered him the tablet from our hands to see if he fancied it. He obviously didn’t, so we tried to hide it in some of his favourite dog treats, we used about four different types of treats all of which he loved but he resolutely refused to take in the tablet. By now we had one fat pup filled up on all the delicious food we had fed him but he still hadn’t been wormed.

So we decided to look online for our fellow dog owners’ advice. One video showed a man simply opening his dog’s mouth and popping the medicine in – this seemed a bit optimistic for our liking but we gave it a whirl and sure enough the tablet came out and Jimmy gave us the look of contempt that we deserved. Someone else suggested hiding it in a mars bar – a random trick that he blindly swore would work. However, mindful of the harmful effects of chocolate on dogs, we decided to hide it in some cheese – one of Jimmy’s favourite “human food” treats.

So, with the tablet well-concealed in a small lump of cheese we offered the concoction to Jimmy Choo….and finally with success! Tablet eaten without a clue – Man 1 and Dog 0 – score is to be updated in three months…

Raw Dog Food Diet

Raw Dog Food – Is This A Healthier Diet For Your Dog?

I think we can all agree that the canned and dried food the majority of us serve our dogs is not ‘natural’ no matter what the quality and I have been looking into the possibilities of ‘going truly natural’ and serving up a raw dog food diet to my dogs, maybe just one meal – morning or evening.

Dogs Pine Too - Has Your Dog Lost a Partner?

Dogs Pine Too – Has Your Dog Lost a Partner?

Dogs really do suffer from grief and pining for pack members that have suddenly disappeared from their lives. I always thought that dogs were pretty much OK as long as they had their favorite human – until a few years ago.

Basil's opinion on John Lewis

John Lewis Christmas Ad – how to annoy a nation of dog lovers!

I never cease to be amazed by the seeming stupidity of highly paid people!

Do you know what I mean? A public figure: politician/celebrity/business leader, whatever, says something and suddenly the rest of us realise that this guy is a complete, not to put to fine a point on it, ‘twit‘!