The Dog Blog

  • Looking After Your Dog's Teeth

    Posted on March 19, 2012 by Lizzie

    Dog's Teeth

    Looking after and maintaining your dog’s teeth is important. Human teeth and canine teeth are very similar in that they will have two sets of teeth during a lifetime. We aren’t as lucky as sharks who can replace their teeth over and over again!

    Like most mammals, puppies are born without teeth, as it is not necessary to have them during the suckling stage of their lives. These come in much later at around three to six weeks. Although this may seem exceptionally hasty, it is important to remember that in the wild, survival is the key objective for any animal, so a good set of gnashes is imperative. This is also why it is merely a matter of months until adult teeth begin to emerge along the gum line.

    Teething

    During this time of a dog’s life it is important to remember that like human babies, teething for puppies can be just as painful so you may expect the odd bit of nibbling amongst your furniture and possessions. Most people may regard this as bad or unruly behaviour but it is merely your puppy trying to aide his teeth along their painful process. If you are worried about your favourite slippers getting chewed up during this time period, you will be glad to know that there are a variety of dog toys available online especially for this purpose; to help aide your puppies teeth along and divert his attention from your brand new sofa.

    Once your youngling has chomped his way through his last slipper, he should have around 42 fully formed teeth and now that they are there, it is time to start looking after them. Around 80% of dogs have some form of dental disease that can not only lead to smelly problems, but can also affect key organs such as the heart and kidneys.

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  • Learn More About: Pugs

    Posted on March 13, 2012 by Lizzie

    About

    The pug is a small breed of dog (often known as a “toy” dog) characterised by its wrinkly face, short muzzle and curly tail. Pugs have small stocky square bodies with tightly knitted muscles with a broad, round head. They have large round eyes that have been compared to a monkey's due to their deep, expressive nature. Pugs have one of two types of ears; “button” ears, the standard size of pug ears with a folded front edge against the side of their head and the “rose” ears, which are slightly smaller. They come in a range of colours including black, fawn, silver and apricot.

    History

    The pug is known for its huge personality despite its small size. Bred as lap dogs during the Shang Dynasty at around 400 BC in Eastern China, they are tough little dogs. Even though they originated in China, the Netherlands, UK and US have also contributed towards their breed development. Before they arrived in England, the Pug was Dutch and they often arrived in England with orange ribbons around their necks to signify the official dog of the House of Orange, due to the fact that in 1572 a pug called Pompey saved the life of the Prince of Orange by alerting him to the fact that assassins were approaching.

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  • Learn more about: Guide Dogs

    Posted on March 1, 2012 by Lizzie

    What Guide Dogs Do

    Guide dogs (can also be called seeing-eye dogs) are dogs trained specifically to guide the visually impaired and blind around obstacles through life. Although these dogs are taught to navigate a variety of objects and obstacles, they are however colour blind and therefore cannot distinguish the colours red or green, making them unable to interpret street signs.
    In most countries guide dogs are allowed anywhere in public to allow them to help their owners go to any place they might want to be. Guide dogs need to learn selective disobedience – one of the most impressive things they ever learn. With selective disobedience a guide dog must be trained to disobey any command given to them that may put their owner in danger. This is an incredible feat for them to be able to balance their own obedience while assessing a situation.

    Where Guide Dogs Come From

    Guide dogs have to attend a guide dog school to complete their training before they can be passed on to a handler. Most guide dog schools use Golden retrievers, Labrador retrievers or German shepherd puppies to train up as these breeds are characterised by their friendliness, obedience and intelligence among other traits.
    Not all puppies are suited to the role of a guide dog however, and puppies are usually screened by trainers for their guiding aptitude. Around 20% of puppies will be released by the school and instead are seen to be more suitable for other dog services such as the police or to help those that are wheelchair bound. The other 80% go into a gruelling training scheme where they work really hard to help change someone’s life later on.
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  • Choosing The Right Breed Of Dog

    Posted on February 21, 2012 by Lizzie

    When you make the big decision to get a dog, whether you are buying one from a breeder or adopting one from a dog shelter, it is important to get the right breed for you. Often when people are deciding what kind of dog they want they just base their decision on what the dog looks like or perhaps a breed that they are already familiar with.

    There are a few questions you need to ask yourself about the dog you are after:
     

    • Do you want a pedigree dog or a mix breed?

     

    • Have you owned a dog before or will this be the first time?

     

    • How often will you be able to walk your dog?

     

    • How much space do you have in your house and garden?

     

    • What size dog are you looking for?

     

    • Does any one in your household suffer from allergies?

     

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  • Win Premier Club Tickets to Crufts

    Posted on January 27, 2012 by Lizzie

    To get 2012 off with a bang, we are giving you the chance to win 2 Premier Club Tickets to Crufts 2012.
     

    Crufts

    There is no better place to experience and delve into the world of dogs than Crufts. As one of the largest dog events in the world, Crufts celebrates everything about our four legged friends and the great role they play in our lives.

    The show celebrates working dogs such as Police dogs and Gamekeeper dogs as well as hero dogs and rescue dogs. For all dog owners and dog lovers out there this is the place to be in March 2012. There are hundreds of stalls that sell everything you could ever imagine to be doggy related and there are Breeders and charity representatives for you to engage with and learn from. There are even trainers available to teach you how to responsibly train your dog to help you enjoy your life together.
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  • Charity Dog Bed Giveaway

    Posted on January 17, 2012 by Lizzie

    Due to the fact our first charity dog bed giveaway went so well, we have decided to do another one :)

     

    We feel that it is important to help shelters and charities that look after homeless and stray dogs who do not have a home to go to.  In the past 12 months over 126,176 dogs have been rescued by local shelters and authorities. This means that around 345 dogs are being found every day. These dogs need toys and beds and most importantly love and care.

     

    To get 2012 off to a cracking start, we are offering eligible dog shelters and dog charities in the UK £30 worth of free doggy goods * from our website to treat their lovely four legged friends this year.

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  • Famous Dogs in Films and TV Shows

    Posted on January 12, 2012 by Lizzie

    We all know that actors and actresses make themselves famous from starring in films and TV shows, but what about the famous dogs that have featured on the big screen? We think they deserve acknowledgement too, so here is a list of the most famous doggy stars.

     

     

    1. Beethoven - A St Bernard (named after the composer), the slobbery, lovable pet of the Newton family. The family vet however wants to use Beethoven for animal experimentation.

     

     

     

    2. Lassie - A collie, undoubtedly the most famous dog in the world, he starred in books, movies and TV shows in his time. All the collies that played Lassie were male and descendants of the original Lassie.

     

     

     

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  • Top 10 Dog Names from 2011

    Posted on January 10, 2012 by Lizzie

    We all know how hard it can be to find the right name for your pet, as it becomes part of your family and the name needs to fit just right.

    So to give you a bit of help and inspiration we’ve found you the most popular dog names from 2011: 

    1.   Buddy (15,184)
    2.   Max (13,810)
    3.   Daisy (12,948)
    4.   Bella (11,773)
    5.   Lucy (11,418)
    6.   Molly (11,049)
    7.   Charlie (10,607)
    8.   Jack (9,949)
    9.   Sadie (9,232)
    10. Rocky (8,475)

    The study of pet names has found that people are rejecting traditional pet names for their dogs, such as Rover or Spot, in favour of those normally given to children.  Families are more likely to call their dog names such as Max and Millie.

    Cultural influences seem to effect the choices for pet, as the name Bella has gone up the ranks, which may have something to do with the surge in popularity of the Twilight series of books and films this year.

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  • Top 10 Dog Facts

    Posted on January 7, 2012 by Lizzie

    Dogs are the most popular pets in the world hands down, so it might surprise you that there are many facts about dogs that you might not be aware of. It is estimated that there are on average 400 million dogs in the world so here are our top interesting facts about dogs you might not know:

    1. Dogs descend from wolves - Dogs are genetic divergences of wolves, and so were reclassified as a subspecies of the Canis Lupus (grey wolf) in 1993.

     

    2. Dogs have an incredibly good sense of smell – Dogs can determine a smell at concentration levels 100 times lower than humans can. They have nearly 220 million smell sensitive cells, humans have only 5 million!

     

    3. Dogs have a cooling system – Dogs use their tongues as a form of air conditioning. In hot weather a dog will pant to help evaporate heat from their body. This helps to keep the dog’s body temperature down. Their sweat glands are located only in their paws.

     

    4. Dogs have amazing hearing – They can detect sounds miles beyond the capacity of a human or a cat. With a frequency range of between 40 Hz and 60,000 Hz they can point their ears towards the exact direction of the sound.

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  • Top 10 Dog Beaches in the UK

    Posted on January 6, 2012 by Lizzie

    There is nothing nicer than strolling along a beach with dogs running around you along the sand and in the shallow waves playing and having a great time. Some beaches however do not allow dogs and some are next to busy roads or pebble beaches (not nice on the paws!). Now Christmas is over every dog will be wanting to take their new frisbee or ball to the beach to chase around and splash in the sea with, so we have compiled a list of the top 10 dog friendly beaches in the UK for you.

     

     

    Top 10 Beaches:

     

    1. Perranporth, Cornwall - This beach is a great for a bit of rest and refreshment. 3 miles of surf for your dog to play in.

     

    2. Babbacombe, Devon - This is a small sheltered beach with a beautiful little path winding down to the sand and shingle below.

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