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Dangerous Foods for Dogs

- Dog Life, Health

When you have a dog, particularly one that eats literally everything (cue Ember) it’s important to know foods that are dangerous for dogs to ingest. Fortunately for us, Go Compare have created a useful infographic to display the foods that are dangerous for our dogs.

They have created this is an effort to not only save dogs from getting ill, but also saving owners from hefty vet bills. See it here

A lot of foods poisonous for dogs are seasonal and with the seasons changing and the holiday period coming up (how did that happen so fast?) there are a lot of hazards to look out for. Here are a few particularly bad ones to avoid:

Conkers: while cases of serious poisoning are rare, ingesting these seeds can cause an intestinal blockage and can also cause a dog to fall pretty ill.

Oaks/acorns: acorns contain tannic acid which is known to cause damage to the kidney and liver if they are eaten regularly. Due to their size, acorns can also cause an intestinal blockage.

Luminous necklaces: these are the ones you snap to glow, they were popular circa 2006. It is the chemical mixture in these necklaces that are dangerous as it can cause problems with gums and their stomachs.

Traditional Christmas food: chocolate, nuts, fruit cakes, puddings, mince pies etc can be toxic to dogs. Turkey bones can cause choking and damage to dogs intestines too.

Traditional Christmas plants: Christmas trees, holly, mistletoe and poinsettia are toxic to dogs, so it’s important to keep those out of your dogs reach.

Decorations: tinsel and electrics can be dangerous if ingested, as well as batteries which are toxic.

Anti-freeze: due to antifreeze tasting sweet and being palatable, this makes dogs more likely to want to eat it. Unfortunately, only a small quantity can cause damage to your dog’s kidneys and can sadly be fatal.

 

Other all year round dangerous foods include:

Bones                                   Bread dough

Dairy products                     Garlic and onion

Xylitol                                  Avocado

Tomato                                Caffeine

Dried fruit                            Fresh fruit

Nuts                                     Grapes

Walking a Reactive Dog

- Dog Life

The simple task of walking Ember can sometimes be quiet a challenge. We’ve made a lot of progress with some tips that I have learnt.

Walking a reactive dog can be an anxious and stressful experience, you’ve put in so much effort avoiding all situations, that you’re worn out just halfway through the walk. However, there are ways to make it easier, just remember that it is going to take some time and you need to be committed to the process. If you are not able to control your dog on a walk, it might be worth seeking a professional behaviourist, I am not a trained professional, these are just some tips I have learnt through having a reactive puppy.

 

1. Repeat until your dog believes
Remain consistent with the praise, treats or clicks you use when nearing a potential situation.

 

2. Turn fearful things into a positive experience
When your dog is being reactive, they are feeling a lot of stress, so communicates with them that nothing bad is going to happen. Hold some treats or have your clicker handy. If your dog is being particularly calm, don’t be afraid to use some extra praises.

 

3. Understand failures will happen
It takes a lot of time and patience to desensitise a dog, so don’t become discouraged if it doesn’t always work. Failures help us improve.

 

4. Teach target or watch
I use watch a lot with Ember, making her look me in the face or watch a treat in my hand when we are coming up to a potential situation. Make sure you have their attention and they are focused on something positive, be it you, a treat or even a toy.

 

5. Use a front clip harness
This is something I have been looking into for Ember. Front clip harnesses are great for teaching a dog to walk nicely on a lead. As well as belong them walk more calmly, they give you more control to steer and turn your dog.
Do you use a front harness? Would you recommend them? 

 

6. Avoid situations if you don’t feel in control
Sometimes you feel so unsure about some situations it is best just to avoid them, some situations are not worth the effort. If you don’t feel your dog will be able to manage the situation and you don’t feel confident controlling your dog, safety should always come first. It doesn’t mean you have failed, some battles are just not worth fighting. I personally use this technique when I am walking Ember by myself in an environment I am unsure of.
Remember patience and consistency is key.

 

Do you have a reactive dog? Do you have any more tips or experiences you can share with us? 

Social Media Tricks to Learn from Your Dog

- Social Media

Basic Needs

Just like food, water and walks for dogs, social media profiles have basic requirements in order to survive:

1. A complete profile – This should contain your information: name, photo, email and description.  The more people know about you, the more they relate to and follow you.

2. Constant activity – Participate in the network, post content, like other profiles content and get involved in the conversations.

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Peach and Pooch

- Review, Style


When I first saw Pooch and Peach on Instagram, I fell in love, both with Emily’s cute and unique designs and her adorable Duck Tolling Retriever, Margo.

All of the designs are hand drawn and the accessories are handmade in Yorkshire and are exclusive to Peach and Pooch. Emily sources only the best supplies to ensure all of the products are the highest quality they can be. I can vouch for that, these products are strong and hardwaring, whilst also being soft and comfortable.

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Cruelty Free and Animal Testing 101

- Cruelty Free

When I first decided to go cruelty-free I did a lot of research.  This helped me find out exactly what animal testing involves, identify which brands were really not testing on animals and ensure that I remain cruelty-free as it is such an inhumane and unnecessary process.

 

What does Cruelty-free mean?
Cruelty Free means a company conducts no tests on animals in the process of making their products.  this includes the finished product, ingredients used and if it is required by law. Read More

Top Collar Box

- Review, Treats

Top collar are a fortnightly or monthly subscription box which contain a pack of homemade, tasty dog treats. With flavours including bangers and mash, fish pie and full English breakfast, the doggy chef, Sophie hand makes the treats with love and care.

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