Choosing a Collar

Choosing a collar for your dog is an important part of dog ownership. There are many different types of collar and they serve different purposes. Here, we will go through a few of the different collars and how they can benefit your dog.

 

  1. The Martingale Collar

 

Martingale Collar.

The Martingale collar is also known as a limited-slip collar. It is designed for dogs with narrow heads such as Greyhounds and whippets (as well as other sighthounds). It consists of a length of material with a metal ring at each end with a separate loop of material passing through the two rings – this is where the lead is attached. When your dog tries to back out of the collar it tightens around the neck, but will not choke him/her. This makes it an excellent alternative to the inhumane choke chain and pinching collars. While it is traditionally used for sighthounds, it can also be used for dogs who are prone to slipping out of their collars.

 

  1. The Standard Collar

 

Standard Collar.
The standard collar is as it says. It’s not made to stop your dog slipping nor does it have any special attachments. They are made for comfort and style and are the most commonly used dog collars. They come in a massive range of colours and styles, such as the Love My Dog collars found at Philomena London. Made from Harris Tweed they are lovingly made in the UK and give your dog a stylish appearance while allowing them comfort during use. Find these and our range of comfy standard collars here.

 

  1. The Vibration Collar

 

Vibration Collar.

It can be difficult to train dogs that are deaf, and this is where the vibration collar comes in. If your deaf dog cannot hear your voice or a clicker then it is worth investing in a vibration collars. These collars are controlled by a button that will cause the collar to vibrate when pressed. As a result it assists in training your dog to respond to commands via vibration.

 

  1. The GPS Collar

 

GPS Collar.

If your pet gets lost or runs away they are easy to find if they are wearing a GPS collar. Using global positioning satellite technology you can track your pet from your phone and find them with ease. This type of collar has had an excellent success rate when it comes to locating and retrieving run away cats and dogs.

 

  1. The Harness

 

The Harness.

Finally, we have the harness. The harness straps around the dog’s chest and behind the front legs. It’s particularly useful when it comes to powerful dogs that tend to pull as it puts less stress on their necks and instead pushes against the chest, which can make it easier for you to hold them but also for the dog to learn better lead walking. Often harnesses are padded on the underside which provides an excellent level of comfort for them while they are out walking. Harnesses can also make it easier to grab your dog when you’re trying to catch them!

 

 

Don’t forget to check out our wide range of dog and cat collars on our website. Thanks for reading!

Sleep and Your Dog

It’s been said that the way a person sleeps can be indicative of their personalities, and it so happens that the same is true for our canine companions. Your dog’s sleeping position can actually tell you a lot about a dog’s personality, and we tested it on our three to see if it actually gave accurate results. It did, and now we’re here to share this fun information with you.

 

  1. The Side Sleeper
Inky the Sidesleeper.
Inky the Side Sleeper. He uses his paw as a pillow.

So many dogs love to sleep on their side. This is considered to be a peaceful, rested position. If your dog tends to sleep on the side, it means that they’re incredibly comfortable with their surroundings, are secure with themselves, and are in not high-maintenance animals. This position allows for peak comfort and an incredibly good rest. Dogs who sleep in this position tend to be very laid back, easy going, and fiercely loyal. When it comes to our dogs, this is definitely Inky’s favourite sleeping position.

 

  1. The Nutshell
The nutshell. Image from Huffington Post.
The nutshell. Image from Huffington Post.

The curled-up position is probably the most common for dogs who sleep outdoors. Their paws will be comfortably tucked away under their bodies, and the tails will wrap all the way round until it touches the face. By curling up, your dog is naturally conserving their body heat and protecting her limbs, face, throat, and all vital organs. However, this sleeping position does not allow for a very restful sleep as the muscles remain very tense. Dogs who sleep in this position are gentle, easy-going, and have a naturally sweet disposition. When it comes to our dogs, Finn tends to sleep in the nutshell position and he is one of the sweetest dogs we know!

 

  1. The Superman (or the Pancake)
Philomena sleeping like a Superdog or Pancake.
Philomena sleeping like a Superdog or Pancake.

Many dogs sleep on their stomachs, but the Superman dogs are a whole new level of adorable. With all of their four limbs stretched out and heads level on the ground, they look like they’re flying through the air, or a bit like a pancake. This position makes it easy for pups to spring up and get moving, as soon as you call them, or as soon as they’ve woken up. Pups who sleep in this position are super high-energy and very easily motivated. Of our three, Philomena tends to sleep in this position and it’s certainly true that she is a dog who is incredibly energetic and ready to go!

 

  1. The Flake
The Flake. Image from Google.
The Flake. Image from Google.

Even though this position looks slightly odd, it’s nothing to be concerned about — this just means that they’re very confident and secure with themselves, and with their home environment. This makes sense considering sleeping on the back translates into being the most vulnerable position for a dog. As a result, this position is seen most commonly in dogs that sleep indoors. Dogs who assume this sleeping position usually tend to be very laid-back and often have an independent streak. A pooch in this position is an incredibly happy one!

 

  1. The Belly Curl
Belly Curl. Image from Google.
Belly Curl. Image from Google.

Many dogs choose to sleep on their tummies in almost a “down” like position. Not only is this a comfortable position but it also enables them to be ready to pounce to their feet at any form of threat or opportunity for fun. Dogs that sleep in this position may not be as relaxed, since the muscles are still too tense to enable them to drift into the REM stage of sleep. Don’t worry though, this doesn’t mean that your pup isn’t relaxed in real life. Dogs who curl up on their bellies while they sleep tend to be very gentle, but slightly timid and shy.

 

  1. Passed Out
Passed Out. Image from Google.
Passed Out. Image from Google.

Many dogs who sleep indoors opt for this position. A dog will lie on its back in order to help themselves cool down as quickly and efficiently as possible. Most of the time, dogs who have used up a lot of energy during the day, or who are overheated, will sleep flat on their backs. In addition, really happy, secure, and relaxed dogs will tilt their legs in the air during their sleep. Dogs who sleep in this position are highly confident in themselves, and they also tend to be very adaptable to different and new situations.

 

  1. Snuggles
Finn and Philomena enjoying snuggles.
Finn and Philomena enjoying snuggles.

When a dog wants to feel close to another dog or human they create a stronger bond with each other by sleeping back to back or even just simply touching. This shows great trust and loyalty to each other as they’re not only showing affection but also protecting each other. Our three love to sleep like this and they are incredibly close. It’s lovely to know that they can strengthen their bond even in sleep.

 

How does your dog sleep? Let us know!

Information from Bowow Times and Dog Sleeping.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4 Ways to a Healthier Pet

The holiday season has, sadly, come to an end. With the new year come resolutions and the inevitable diet and exercise regimes from indulging just a little bit too much. Of course, it often goes that pets have a little too much to eat as well over the Christmas period and so your exercise regime also becomes theirs. As a helper to you and your pet, we have compiled a little guide to help you and your pet get fit not just over the new year but in general.

  1. Walking

Every dog needs a walk at least once each day. Taking your pooch for an hour long trot is incredibly beneficial for both of you. Your dog gets to run and work off some of their energy, and you get a low level cardiovascular workout. Not only that, but you both get to socialise with other dogs and owners – which is great for your mental health and your dog’s. If you get bored of the same walking spot be sure to mix it up and find new and exciting places to explore. Beaches and woodland are great in terms of a change of scenery but also exercise (especially the beach, walking in sand is hard work!).

2.  Running

If walking is a little too slow paced for you, or perhaps you are looking for the next step then give running with your dog a try. There are so many places to run, from open fields to quite riversides. In fact, when it comes to riversides it can be an ideal place for you to take a rest and let your pooch have a swim  – swimming is incredibly good exercise for your dog. It’s excellent cardio for you, and it’s a lot of fun for you both.

Our three are fans of the running part...
Our three are fans of the running part…

3. Agility

Agility training is active and fun for both you and your dog. It presents a mental and physical challenge for your canine companion, and it’s one that many of them enjoy. There are quite a few agility centres across the country where you can train your pet and it makes an enjoyable activity. It’s great for that extra physical activity but also makes a brilliant bonding exercise between you and your dog as you improve on communication and teamwork.

4. Eating Healthy

It may seem like the most obvious one, but it is important to stress the important of a healthy diet – both for humans and animals. While you may be cutting out the junk in your diet, make sure you are doing the same for your pet. Are you prone to feeding our dog the slightly more than occasional treat? It might be worth giving the Natural Dog Food Company’s natural dog treats a try. Chicken flavoured and shaped like little hearts they make a good and healthy alternative to general doggie treats. You can find them here. Of course, however, be sure to give your dog treats in moderation!

Loved by dogs everywhere

 

We hope that 2016 has started wonderfully for you and that these little tips for you and your dog have been of help to you.