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My dog is obsessed with food…help!

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Todays topic, Nero and his obsession with food.

We all know Labradors can be pretty food driven but I can honestly say I have never met a dog like Nero (my, let’s say brother).

Nero is now a 4 year old rolly polly little Labrador with a nature as soft as butter and a food obsession like you wouldn’t believe. The back story is, Nero was a surprise for my dad when he decided he wanted another dog. Upon visiting his wonderful breeder, I came across the smallest pup in the litter but by far the most loving. That was it, from that point I knew he was going to be part of our family.

From the moment he arrived at his new home, his head very rarely left the food bowl. He was ravenous all the time.

The saga continued and summer was a fiasco. Bbq’s in the park, picnics, Nero was in his element. If you have a food focused dog, you get the idea. One day that springs to mind is a cool summers afternoon when the park was surprisingly quiet. As always we did our checks to make sure there was no food debris or potential fails in close proximity (our moto was prevention is better than cure). Given the all clear, I let Nero off the leash and focused on his favourite frisbee. Within 5 minutes everything had changed, his nose went up, his tail was straight…he was literally making himself aerodynamic, this meant only one thing….FOOD!

He was off, the fastest I have ever seen his little legs move. He makes his way approx 200 yards in the opposite direction. I could hear faint wails in the distance. Being less than athletic, I finally arrived to what was devastation. There was a group of around 15 lovely ladies enjoying a picnic. By the point I arrived, there were onion bhajis, sandwiches and sweet treats thrown in the air. Nero is wrapped up in a picnic blanket and his face immersed in a red velvet cake. This was neither of our finest moments!

At this very point we realised, Nero had a very big problem…he was a food-oholic.

I am sure so many pet owners have the same issue and yes, this may be more specific to certain breeds. Labradors, we are looking at you!

After much research here are some of the reasons I found:

  • Most dogs over eat for the exact same reasons humans do, food is delicious!
  • Dogs will eventually be sick but generally, assuming they aren’t eating toxic foods, there will be no further damage done.
  • It may be worth digging a little further to ensure there are no underlying health concerns that is causing the increase in their appetite.

Now the important part, how to change the pattern and prevent this behaviour:

  • Check if they are getting enough food for their weight
  • Are they getting the proper nutrients
  • Don’t feed them at the table
  • Do not give into begging
  • Be strong with your boundaries
  • Teach them all food comes from their food bowl, nowhere else.
  • Ask friends and family to follow the rules
  • Be consistent and try not to give into their puppy dog eyes

I speak from experience when I say, this is a marathon and not a sprint. We wish you luck!

DD x

The Dog Lover Show 2023

As most of our loyal customers may know, we are also the organisers of The Dog Lover Show.

After an amazing few years, we are returning for 2023!

The Dog Lover Show is a day of fun for all of the family. It is the perfect opportunity to learn more about specific breeds, training, grooming and more. Not to mention you can shop till you drop, and who doesn’t love to treat their furry friends.

Our 2023 show will be bringing you some super exciting feature including;

Meet the breeds 

Here you will meet some of the UK’s favourite breeds and learn about their characteristics and whether or not they could be a good fit for your family.

Perfect Match 

Meet our charity partner and find your perfect match. With thousands of dogs needing to be rehomed, you could find your perfect match!

Paws and Prosecco 

Nail painting and prosecco! Treat your self to something a little special and enjoy a manicure and prosecco. We have special nail art available for owners who want to make a statement and celebrate their furbabies!

Q&A Stage 

Learn form the best in the industry at our Q&A Stage. This stage is where we get to the nitty gritty and learn more about all that is dogs.

Live Grooming Stage 

This new feature is super exciting! Watch dogs get groomer live on stage and learn the tip and tricks form the trade professionals.

And so much more!

We cannot wait to return and hope to see you all there. Don’t forget to bag your early bird tickets now!

http://www.thedoglovershow.co.uk

 

Let’s Talk Dating! (You heard right)

Calling all the single dog owners!

Ever tried dating with your dog? It isn’t a pawfect science but there’s an exciting new concept, The Bark & Spark.

Meeting a partner you and your dog like can be pretty challenging and let’s be honest, if the dog doesn’t approve then there really is no future (are we right?). The UK is a nation of dog lovers however that doesn’t mean it’s easy to find that special someone. Tinder, however, have tapped into this golden market and are pairing dog owners with other dog owners, and we think its genius!

Tinder have launched a pop up pub experience where owners can bring their dogs along on their dates for the ultimate seal of approval. Daters will meet at the Hair of the Dog in Edinburgh to see if spark fly.

Stats released by Tinder shared that members who include a picture of their furry friend would receive 5% more matches than those who did not. This is some serious pulling potential.

So the question stands, would you avoid a potential match if they didn’t like your dog? 91% of 18-25 year olds stated, liking their dog is a deal breaker. And we agree!

Daters stated some of the most desirable breeds for their potential love interest to own were; German Shephard. Golden Retriever and Husky.

 

Let’s Talk Furry Business

Let’s Talk Furry Business

Calling all furry monsters!

Hoovering every day, de-fluffing your clothes, dog fur in your food…we have been there. Depending on your dogs coat, you may find you are more often than not trying to manage their never ending shedding. We have found some handy products that may help with the process –

YuDERM Moulting Dog

YuDERM Moulting Dog, previously YuMEGA Dog, is a premium quality coat and skin supplement that’s full of natural essential Omega 3 and 6 oils. YuDERM Moulting Dog’s premium cold-pressed Golden Flax and Starflower (Borage) oils help reduce moulting and support healthy skin. It helps to boost coat growth and condition to reduce moulting.

The FURminator deShedding Tool

The FURminator deShedding tool reduces loose hair from shedding up to 90% with regular use. Unlike brushing and combing, deShedding is done to remove the loose, dead undercoat from the pet without cutting or damaging the topcoat.* Undercoat deshedding reduces the shed hair in all pets and also can help reduce hairball formation in cats.
*When used as directed

Doggy Daycare, is it for your dog?

Doggy Daycare can be a fabulous experience for dogs and an excellent way for them to socialise, burn off steam and work on separation from owners. This being said, it is not the best solution for every dog and it is our duty to identify this. If we force a dog into an environment that doesn’t suit their temperament, we run the risk of doing worse than good. Daycare should be a fun experience, and if not then it’s fair to say it’s not a good fit for your dog.

Our initial assessment allows us to meet your dog, understand their personality, likes and dislikes and whether or not daycare is a good fit. As dogs mature, they may be less likely to enjoy daycare, even if they have in the past. Similar to humans, dogs will change as they mature and may prefer a slower pace. Daycare hours can be adapted to allow for your dogs requirements. Perhaps your dog has bundles of energy in the morning but prefers a snooze in the afternoon, if so, why not opt for a half day option.

Due to the pandemic, we are meeting more dogs than ever and many of these dogs are suffering from separation anxiety and lack of socialisation. This does not mean daycare isn’t for your dog but it does mean the process has to be slow and always a positive experience. Your dog may only be able to venture into the reception or the office initially and it is important we do not push this any further until they are ready. Part of this process is building bonds with the handlers, this will gain trust and reassure your dog. Once we feel they are ready for the next step, we will begin to introduce dogs, again this is a slow pace.

With anything new, it is important we to understand our dogs feelings and support them. They are venturing into the unknown so we must encourage them and make all experiences positive.

Things to consider when deciding if daycare is right for your dog;

  • Your dogs temperament; are they a couch potato or do they love to play. Couch potatoes may prefer lazy day at home. We have lots of rest areas however many dogs may prefer to be snuggled up at home.
  • What are you using daycare for; socialisation or work commitments. If your dog is not sociable, daycare may not be the environment for them. We cannot expect dogs to integrate without patience and consistency. This takes commitment from owners and daycare to ensure the best outcome.
  • Does your dog have a high prey drive? If so, this is something you must alert your daycare to. This will allow them to alter groups and decide whether or not daycare is suitable.
  • Does your dog have a high play drive? If so, this could well be a great option. Dogs love to play in daycare. With investigation, daycare can understand your dogs play style and which dogs they should be grouped with to ensure balanced play.
  • Is your dog toy possessive? If so, this could be tricky. Our dogs in daycare are offered toys and ball at set play times. To avoid competition in the pack, we have enough toys to allow all dogs to have their pick of toys. If your dog is possessive of toys, we recommend working with a behaviourist before using daycare.
  • Is your dog reactive to other dogs? If so, there is a reason for this and you should seek a behaviourist to understand the cause. Bringing your dog to daycare is not a good idea and will not help with their reactivity. Work with your dog and invest time with professionals and you and your dog will reap the rewards.

If you think daycare could be a good fit for your dog, please contact a member of the team, You will receive our brochure and application form. Our forms are extensive and may take some time to work through however this provides everything we need to know about your dog before their assessment.

Dog Days

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Let’s talk dog thefts

Let’s Talk Dog Thefts
Due to the pandemic, inflated prices and high demand, we are now seeing more dog thefts than ever. The demand for dogs outweighs the supply which has now created an unthinkable black market.
This topic really does bring a tear to my eye and we need to work harder than ever to keep our dogs safe.
The Dogs Trust have reported over 2,000 dogs stolen and 60% of those are never found. These number are only increasing and it is our duty to our pets to ensure their safety.
Dogs are currently being taken from inside homes, gardens, cars or even on the street whilst on walks.
So, what can we do to stay alert?
Look out for tags
Dog nappers have been reported to use tags. They are targeting an area weeks in advance and tagging or marking gates and doors where vulnerable pets are living. If you notice this it should be reported immediately.
Be vigilant
Be aware of your surroundings and who is around you. Dog theft can happen when on a walk so it’s important to be vigilant of anything or anyone suspicious. You can also vary the route and times of your walk.
Do not leave your dog unaccompanied out of your home
Gone are the days when you could leave your dog tied up outside a shop. This is the prime opportunity for a dog theft to take place. This also applies to leaving your dog in a car.
Please don’t stop walking your dog or enjoying being out with them. It is important we exercise our dogs properly and cherish every moment but we should be aware of what is going on around us.
If you notice anything suspicious or have had your dog stole please report this to the police as soon as possible. This is a criminal offence and offenders will be prosecuted.
There are also a number of Facebook pages that can assist in the search for a missing dog.
Stay Safe x

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