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The Doggy Handbook: The Bare Necessities

In your home, there are a few basic things that you are going to need for your dog. Without these items, you won’t have the right tools to not only care for your pooch, but also to train them. At Philomena London, we strive to provide as many products as possible to make your dog feel right at home. In the Doggy Handbook series, we will be looking at some fantastic training tips, the essential products, and also some great guides on activities and days out that are completely dog friendly. This first chapter will take a look at some of the basic items you need for your dog.

 

Food and Water

Of course, every dog needs food and water – but they also need a bowl for each as well. There are so many different bowls to choose from, as well as a wide price range so you don’t need to feel pressured into spending a fortune. We have bowls ranging from £4 to £60, so make sure to check out the section on our website here.

We also have a great range of food and treats from the Natural Dog Food Company, which is made from completely natural ingredients for a better and healthier food. Plus, dogs absolutely love it. Make sure you stock up on the treats – they will be essential for training!

 

Sleep

Every dog needs a comfy bed to sleep on. After all, chasing rabbits all afternoon and playing with friends can be exhausting work. So when the day comes to an end and it’s time to settle down, dogs want somewhere soft and warm to curl up for the night. We have a fantastic range of dog beds available from Charley Chau and John Whitaker, so that your canine companions can have sweet dreams and a comfy rest. Check out our selection here.

 

Walk

The dog walk is the part of the day every pooch looks forward to the most. When out on the field or in the dog park, they want to look their best, and what better way to express that than with a fantastic new collar and lead? We have an absolutely amazing range of collars and leads available from a range of designers – including us!

If you are looking for something low cost but with amazing designs, then Sweetpea and Boo are the ones you should look at. On the other end of the spectrum, you can take a look at our own line of collars with Charlotte Dujardin that are made from soft English leather. Plus, we have everything in between, with brands like Pioneros and Simba Jones. Take a look at our entire range here.

 

Play

Toys are so important to dogs, both as a form of entertainment but also distraction. We have a great range of Beco toys available, which are made from all natural material and also incredibly durable. The plush toys are double stitched and we have a great character selection, as well as three sizes so that every dog can have one. The rubber bones and balls are really tough, perfect for dogs who like to have a good chew. Plus, the fact that they are all natural means that if they tear a chunk off of one of the bones there is a lot less panic is it ends up being swallowed.

 

Poop

Every dog needs to poop on a walk, and often people are reluctant to clean it up because of the impact on the environment that plastic bags have. Well, we have the answer to your concerns in the form of the Beco eco-friendly poop bags.

It only takes a matter of weeks for these to start decomposing and they are 100% biodegradable, so there are no negative effects on the environment. Plus, they come in two sizes – so the bigger dogs are accommodated for. At an affordable price and with the option to buy an eco-friendly poop bag holder, these are a great buy and essential for any dog walk. Take a look here.

 

To Conclude

At Philomena London, we aim to provide everything we can for your canine companion. We know they are important to you, and so we always ensure that our products are the best possible quality. Hopefully this guide has given you some insight into the basic items you need for your dog, especially if you are about to rescue one or buy a puppy. With so much to offer, we’d love for you to visit our website and check out some of our great doggy products.

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!

Christmas Sale!

We’re having a pre-Christmas sale at Philomena London. With great products like Beco and Love My Dog on sale, it’s an opportunity you won’t want to miss out on. Here are a few of the great items we have on offer, and if you want to browse our full range then just click here to get to our sale page.

 

  1. Adelina Pink Liberty Print Collar

This popular collar from Love My Dog was £42 and is now down to £24. Backed with super soft suede and finished by classic British saddle makers this collar is both brilliant and stylish for your dog. Even better news is that the matching lead is on sale for the same price. If you want to add a little something extra the bow tie completes the set at a mere £12!

Adelina Pink Liberty Print Collar

 

2. Beco Christmas Dog Toys

I’ve talked about these a lot, and they are probably one of the best toys that we stock. While the normal ones remain at full price, the Christmas versions have been reduced to an amazing £3.60 – after all, they are seasonal toys. They’re going fast so it would be an idea to scoop one up as soon as possible! As a note, the cat versions are only £2.10 each so why not treat your feline friend to one too?

Bertie the Budgie
Bertie the Budgie

 

3. John Whitaker International Union Jack Dog Coat

Probably one of our most popular items this year, the John Whitaker dog coat has been flying out of our doors! As a pre-Christmas treat we have cut the price from £20 down to £14.40 – a brilliant price that you won’t get anywhere else! It’s waterproof and has a warm, fleecy lining that is sure to keep your dog toasty in the winter months.

John Whitaker  Dog Coat

 

4. Good Kitty Ceramic Treat Jar

Rae Dunn provides us with some of the most amazing dishes and treat jars, and for our pre-Christmas sale we have a really amazing offer for you. This treat jar was £66 and is now only £24, which is a pretty massive saving on such an amazing hand made jar! Straight in from California, these jars are durable and beautiful to behold.

Good Kitty

 

5. Charley Chau Deeply Dishy Luxury Bed in Raspberry

Finally on our preview list we have the Charley Chau Deeply Dishy Luxury Bed in Raspberry. This offer is rarely seen, and considering this bed was £100 and has now been reduced to £57 it’s certainly one that you might want to consider picking up. These beds are incredibly comfortable and something that your dog may be reluctant to leave this Christmas!

Deeply Dishy

 

Be sure to take a look at the rest of our great savings this Christmas, after all your pet deserves it! The Philomena London team wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

12 Perfect Gift Ideas

It’s the holiday season and everyone has started their Christmas shopping. Everyone in the human family has been accounted for and now it’s just the pet members left to buy for. Here, we have a little Christmas gift guide, highlighting twelve of our favourite gifts for your furry friend. Don’t forget, we have free UK P&P this Christmas as well – something that is sure to help out a little with the Christmas shopping!

  1. Christmas Gift Boxes for Cats and Dogs

Our Christmas Gift Boxes are probably one of the most exciting things we are selling this season. Packed full of exciting gifts and tasty treats, they are something your dog is certain to enjoy and make the ultimate all-in-one gift. There are toys for your dog to play with (and keep them distracted while you open your presents!) and a coat for that chilly pre-lunch walk, as well as some tasty natural dog treats. We have two boxes available; the Millfield Box at £29.95, and the Hyde Park box at £39.95.

Hyde Park Christmas Gift Box

2. Beco Christmas Cat and Dog Toys

Beco,  with their love for the environment and pets, make a perfect combination for the production of dog toys and accessories. Our choice of Beco product for you Christmas gift list are the Beco Christmas toy range for cats and dogs. Beco toys in general are great quality and provide excellent entertainment for your pet, but the festive themed soft toys for cats and dogs are definitely a must for this Christmas, and with prices from £3.99-£8.99 who can resist?

Toby the Teddy…

3. Wilmot Red Cable Knit Sweater for Dogs

Also available in grey, the Wilmot Red Cable Knit Sweater makes a very warm and festive outfit for your dog. Inspired by a 1930’s men’s cable knit jumper, these sweaters are hand knitted in England using only the finest wool. They have an added loophole so that a harness can be worn underneath, and so are great for dry days out with your pooch.  At only £45 this jumper makes a warm and chic gift for your dog this Christmas!

Wilmot Red Cable Knit Sweater

4. Hawkins Organic

Someone that we really love is Hawkins Organic. They create dog and horse grooming products that are completely organic and “free from nasty chemicals.” The products are made in England, and the packaging is mostly made from recycled plastic  – two things that we strongly support here at Philomena London. When it comes to dog shampoo, our favourite has to be the Lemon Drizzle, it left our three lovely and clean after a particularly filthy walk! Definitely give them a look as shampoo can make a great gift for the muddy puppy, and even the muddy horse, in our lives.

Lemon Drizzle Shampoo for Dogs

5. Drink Devour Dog Dishes (Set of Two)

Rae Dunn makes some of our favourite dishes, and this set is definitely in the top three. Handmade in California, Rae Dunn strives for imperfection – in keeping with the Japanese tradition of wabi-sabi (the beauty of things imperfect). These dishes are solid and thick, making them quite sturdy and therefore a bit more durable than your average ceramic dog dish. This particular pair highlight exactly what a lot of dogs do – drink and devour! At £59 they make a lasting gift for your furry friend. Why not have a look at the cat ones too, at £54?

Drink. Devour.

6. Sweetpea and Boo Liberty Print Cat Collar

Hand-crafted in the UK, the Sweetpea and Boo Liberty Print cat collar is just too sweet to resist. The lovely floral themes brings forward thoughts of the coming spring and is sure to look stylish on your feline friend. With an elasticated back and shiny silver bell, this collar will fit the majority of cats, and at only £12 it makes the sweetest Christmas gift. We even have Liberty Print collars for dogs at the same great price.

Sweetpea and Boo Liberty Print Cat Collar

 

7. Love My Dog Hoxton Harris Tweed Dog Collar

This wonderful collar is made from Love My Dog’s signature Hoxton Tweed. Hand-crafted, it is hard-wearing, durable, and strong. Easy to clean and lined with suede it has the power to make any dog look smart. We love the Tartan pattern on this collar, and it feels particularly festive –  a favourite of our own dog, Inky. With prices starting at £56 it’s a must have for your dog. Some have even bought the smallest size for their cats!

Hoxton Harris Tweed Collars.

8. My McDawg Lilac Herringbone Harris Tweed Dog Collar

My McDawg produces fine Harris Tweed collars at great prices for your dog. With a super soft moleskin lining it provides incredibly comfort for your pooch as well as giving them the stylish look that they deserve. Made in the Outer Hebrides, and using only the finest Harris Tweed, My McDawg ensures that your pet receives the quality they deserve from their collars. The Lilac Herringbone (shown) is one of many collars available at our online shop. You can buy it here for £24.95, but if you’d like to see the rest of the line then take a look here. Collars make great gifts for dogs, so why not make it McDawg?

Lilac Herringbone Harris Tweed Collar by My McDawg

9. Charley Chau Silver Fox Faux Fur Blanket

Charley Chau is an award winning pet bed design company. Their beds and blankets are made to make them irresistibly comfortable for your pet.  Featured on our gift list is the medium Silver Fox Faux Fur Blanket at £70. It can be used as a throw for the furniture or perfectly paired with a Charley Chau bed. All Charley Chau products are machine washable, so important to dog owners!

Silver Fox Faux Fur Blanket by Charley Chau

 

10. John Whitaker International Union Jack Dog Coat

John Whitaker’s Union Jack dog coat has definitely been one of our best sellers this year. The only downside is that there is a limited supply as they are a limited edition coat. With a warm and fleecy inside and a waterproof outside they make a perfect, and affordable coat – ideal for the icy winter months ahead. If you want one of these for your pooch it’s best to grab one sooner rather than later because when these are gone, they’re gone for good. Grab yours now for only £20!

John Whitaker International Union Jack Dog Coat

11. The Natural Dog Food Company Chicken Treats

The Natural Dog Food Company is one of our newest suppliers, and we are so glad to have taken them on. Based on the same delicious and wholesome principles as their complete foods, Natural Dog Food Company Treats offer a tasty, low calorie, hypoallergenic treat that your dog will love. Whether you’re looking for an effective yet healthy training treat or simply to pamper your dog day-to-day, Natural Dog Food Company Treats make the ideal choice! At only £3 a bag they are wonderful as stocking fillers for your pets on Christmas morning!

Natural Dog Food Company Chicken Treats

12. Alessi Lula Storage Jar in Black

Alessi is a great brand with original and fun designs filling their pet range. We love carrying them, and we think that you will love buying their products for your pet. On our gift list we have the Lula Storage Jar in Black, a clear jar for filling with tasty treats for your canine (or feline) friend. It’s a great design and at £24 it makes an equally great gift. Pick one up for your dog, or maybe even take a peek at the ones for cats at the same price. If you like the Alessi treat jars then do feel free to browse the rest of their range here.

Alessi Lula Storage Jar in Black

 

So ends our Christmas gift guide for this year. Hopefully you found some great gift ideas for your pets or even pet friends. Didn’t find what you were looking for? Shop everything at Philomena London.

From everyone at Philomena London we wish you the Merriest of Christmases and a happy and prosperous New Year!

6 Ways to Keep Your Pet Safe This Christmas

Christmas is the most exciting time of year. It is a time when we come together to exchange gifts and spend time with the ones we love most – and that includes our pets. However, as with every holiday, we have to remember how to keep them safe as there are so many things that can cause them harm during the festive season.

  1. Deck the Halls

When decorating be careful using glass ornaments for your tree and the house as these are a choking hazard for dogs – especially the round ones as they can be mistaken for balls! If you do have any decorations like this then keep them up in the higher branches of the tree so that your dog can’t reach. If you are using candles please ensure these are also up high to prevent your dog knocking them off the tree and onto themselves.

Tinsel, garlands, and electrical wires also prove to be a risk for dogs. While the tinsel and garlands prove a choking hazard (or risk of poisoning in the case of garlands) the electrical wires could end up giving your pet a nasty shock if they manage to nibble through it!

Image from Google
Image from Google

2. With boughs of Holly

Holly, poinsettia’s, and mistletoe are highly toxic to pets. Be sure to keep these out of reach of your furry friends to avoid an emergency visit to the vets at Christmas time! If, however, you think your dog may have ingested any of these items then look out for these two main symptoms before rushing them to the vet – vomiting and difficulty breathing.

3. O Christmas Tree

There is nothing more wonderful than the sight of a beautifully decorated live Christmas tree. It is something to be enjoyed by the whole family. Please do be aware, however, that when purchasing your live tree you should be careful as some trees carry mould that can cause horrible allergic reactions in cats and dogs. The main symptom of this is repository problems, so do keep an eye on your animal companion.

Some dogs will also take to drinking from the base of your live Christmas tree. The water found in these base pots can make them incredibly sick so do try and keep it covered where possible to prevent mischievous noses from getting in there.

Image from Google
Image from Google

4. Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire

The food is one of the most celebrated things during the festive season. While there is a lot for us to enjoy, and we will be partial to sharing some of our Christmas dinner with our pets, please be aware of some of the foods that are poisonous to them that we eat at this time of year.

Nuts are very toxic to pets, especially macadamia nuts and walnuts, so make sure that any dropped nuts are picked up and none are left on surfaces they can reach easily. Raisins and grapes are also very poisonous and should be kept out of reach as they have been found to cause renal failure in large quantities.

Be sure not to give your pets chicken or turkey bones as these are very easy to swallow and choke on and are also much more prone to splintering than other bones. Please also note that if you decide to give your furry friend some of the Christmas feast that you make sure there are no onions or garlic in the mix as these are also very harmful to pets.

Chocolate and alcohol are also big no’s when it comes to Christmas treats. Chocolate (especially dark) is incredibly poisonous to pets and so should not be consumed by them. However, if you want to give them a chocolate treat there are plenty of pet-friendly chocolates to give your pets that are made from carab.

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5. The Fire is So Delightful

If you have an open fire this Christmas do make sure to have a fire guard up to prevent particularly curious pets from burning themselves on the open flames. After all, there’s nothing a pet loves more than curling up by a warm fire.

6. Presents!(We Love Presents!)

While this list may seem a heavy warning for the festive period, it is important to remember to keep your pet’s safety in mind. Of course, there are plenty of fun things to do with your pet during Christmas, one of which is giving them presents to unwrap! There is nothing that Inky, Finn, and Philomena love more than unwrapping toys and treats on Christmas morning!  It’s great to incorporate your pet in the festive celebrations (and if you’re stuck for ideas then take a look here).

Not only that, but you can always give them their own Christmas dinner – our three love some chicken and Christmas vegetables while we have our festive lunch. It’s a day where everyone gets treated, we just have to make sure we look after our furry friends while we do!

Have a Holly Jolly Christmas!
Have a Holly Jolly Christmas!

Collars From McDawg

One of our latest suppliers is My McDawg, a Scottish designer who provides affordable, good quality, Harris Tweed dog collars from the Outer Hebrides. My Mcdawg combines two passions for designer, Eilidh, “[her] love of animals (especially [her] two cockapoos) and the islands [she] grew up in”, which made Harris Tweed dog collars a perfect choice. We love My McDawg and their amazing products, some of which are shown below. The full range can be found on our website.

To match the quality of the Harris Tweed used,  only the best quality materials including welded D-rings for security, and aluminium clasps which are tested for strength, are used. Moleskin has been chosen for the lining as it offers durability and has a lovely soft velvety feel for comfort.  Webbing is sewn into the middle of the collar for added strength but does not take away from the look of the product.

My McDawg Grey Herringbone Harris Tweed Dog Collar

Sleek and chic. 

This collar has been beautifully handcrafted and is both practical and stylish. Lined in super soft moleskin, your dog will love the comfort of this hard-wearing yet chic collar. Available in two sizes on our website at £24.95 it’s worth having a look for your pooch.

 

My McDawg Red Check Harris Tweed Dog Collar

Simple yet stylish.

This snazzy red check Harris Tweed collar is available in two sizes at £24.95 on our website. With a soft and stylish design there is no doubt that your dog will be feeling incredibly comfortable wearing this collar.

 

My McDawg Lilac Herringbone Harris Tweed Dog Collar

Sweet and subtle.

This Lilac Harris Tweed dog collar is incredibly sweet and sure to make your dog look good! With the soft lining as well as a great design why not have a look at it on our website, and at £24.95 who can resist?

 

Philomena London at Your Horse Live 2015

Tomorrow we will be at Your Horse Live in Warwickshire. We are incredibly excited to be part of this fantastic event and we hope that you will come visit us at stand M70A! With over three hundred tradestands to shop from, live demonstrations, and a rescue village for horses, we are very much looking forward to our arrival on November 14th.

We are here (red circle).
We are here (red circle), in the marquee.

We’ve been working hard all week to get ready for the show, from constructing and painting shelving units to getting in mounds of new stock, the Philomena London team have been swamped with work and busier than ever  – just the way we like it. Even the dogs have decided to get in on the work, even if their idea of helping isn’t exactly what you would consider to be helpful…

Philomena is quite the little 'helper'...
Philomena is quite the little ‘helper’…

 

Natural Dog Food Company

Philomena London are thrilled to welcome  the Natural Dog Food Company. Made from all natural ingredients, the Natural Dog Food Company prides itself on having no artificial colours, flavourings or preservatives; no dairy products; no GM products; no derivatives or by-products; no wheat or wheat gluten, and no added sugars. To top it all off it’s good for teeth and gums making it an ideal treat for your dog.  I haven’t tried one yet but the dogs reckon they are pretty good.

 

Yummy! (Photograph from Natural Dog Food Company).

 

Sweetpea and Boo

We have got some of the most fabulous collars for cats and dogs  from Sweetpea and Boo. From Liberty Print to Cerelean Blue with Stars, these collars are sure to turn a few heads with their vibrant colours and unique design.

Sweatpea and Boo Star Collar (photograph from Sweetpea and Boo).

 

 

John Whitaker

A most popular coat, John Whitaker has put style, comfort, and affordability into one great and cozy package. This raincoat comes in four sizes with an adjustable strap to fit most dogs. These patriotic Union Jack coats are on the website now, you can pick one up here. 

John Whitaker Coat (photograph from John Whitaker).

 

Beco Pets

While we will have a much larger post about new Beco products next week, I could not reist sharing these adorable Beco Christmas toys with you all. They are just so sweet! We are loving the little cat toys too! Watch our blog for a post about these great little toys next week, as well as our website as they will be listed after the weekend! While you wait for these, why not have a little look at our current Beco products online?

George the Giraffe Christmas Edition (Photograph from Beco).

 

Of course, we have all of our other great products there too, such as the Charley Chau dog beds and blankets, Harris Tweed collars and leads, and My Mcdwag collars. If you’re in the area, be sure to come and visit us as we’d love to see you! If you can’t make it up, then hop over to our website and have a look at all our great products online!

NB: Some products will be put on the website after Your Horse Live and so may not be available until Monday.

5 Collars to Make Your Dog Super Chic

If there’s one thing guaranteed to make your canine companion the dog about town it’s a stylish new collar. Struggling for ideas? Here at Philomena London we have the answer. We want your dog to look good, and we want you to feel good about it. Take a look below at out five chic collars that will make all the others dogs simply green with envy!

All the collars here are by our wonderful supplier Love My Dog, and if the name doesn’t convince you that these are great products maybe the pictures will. You can shop our range of collars (and matching leads) on our website – just click here!

The Adelina Pink Liberty Print Collar (£34)

Adelina Pink Liberty Print Collar

If there’s one thing that simply screams good looking it has to be liberty print. How could you resist decorating your dog in this glorious collar? Hand made with super soft suede, this collar is comfortable for your dog to wear, looks good on them, and is surprisingly easy to clean. So don’t worry too much if your dog has a little play in the mud!

Appleby Green Harris Tweed Collar (£35) and the Pixley Harris Tweed Pink Collar (£29)

Philomena and Finn sporting their Harris Tweed collars

As you may have seen in our instagram photos and on our Facebook, Philomena and Finn can be seen sporting these very collars (and looking fabulous while doing so). In fact, I have included a picture of them wearing their collars on their walk. There’s no question that a lot of people ask after their collars, and we think they look pretty great. As with the liberty print collar, these are also very easy to clean and well as comfortable for your dog to wear. They are made from Harris Tweed.

Hoxton Tartan Harris Tweed Collar (£29)

Inky sporting his Harris Tweed collar

Inky isn’t as good at showing off his collar as the other two, but our oldest and most highly regarded member of the pack sports this fabulous tartan collar on his walks. Also made from Harris Tweed it is comfortable like the other collars we stock and easy to clean. As you can see from the photo, Inky not only looks good in his collar but he certainly seems to stride proudly while wearing it!

Daplyn Grey Harris Tweed Collar (£35)

Daplyn Grey Harris Tweed Collar

This great collar will look good on any dog – so why not make it yours? This colour is great for those who like to get a bit muddy – we all know that darker colours don’t show mud as well as light ones! Made from Harris Tweed, this easy to clean and comfortable collar might just be the one you and your dog have been looking for. Why not pick one up and see how your dog likes it?

 

When you have finished browsing our range of snazzy collars, why not take a look at the matching leads? After all, what is a collar without a lead to go with it? Just click the link here and peruse our excellent collection!

5 Places to Walk Your Dog: Kent

Here we are with another week of 5 places to walk your dog. This week, we’re looking at Kent and the wonderful places you can take your furry friend. As we work our way across the country, feel free to suggest the counties you would like to see appear sooner in the comments. Here we go with our list of five places…

1. Mote Park

Mote Park

Mote Park is Maidstone’s largest public park, and consist of 450 acres of land with a 30 acre lake. This location is great for walking the dog, but also for taking your family out while you do so. There are masses of land for you to walk through with your dog, but there is also a large play area, a small gold course, and a model boating lake that your family can enjoy. During the summer months, there is a miniature railway that runs through it, definitely something to consider on a fun day out. Should you require refreshment after your dog walk, there are some quaint little cafes that you can stop at on your way home. Definitely a great place to walk and enjoy yourself!

2. King’s Wood

King’s Wood

This is a beautiful and unique place to walk. Even looking at the pictures of this magnificent forested area you get a sense of grandeur and age. King’s Wood has a variety of different tracks that you can follow – from hard stone paths to small woodland trails – and there is a path for every kind of walker. While it is evident there have been some complaints about the lack of signage across the wood, it really adds to the sense of peaceful solitude and many argue that it adds a certain something, just try not to get lost.

3. Shorne Woods County Park

Shorne Woods County Park

As always, I find it important to include sites that are especially friendly to those who have difficulty walking or are in a wheelchair. Shorne Woods County Park is especially friendly to walkers such as this, with both disabled access and disabled toilets en route. There are 300 acres of land for you to explore with your dog, and if your dog doesn’t enjoy this vast landscape I don’t know what it will. Woodland and rivers have to be some of the best combinations for dogs, and that’s exactly what this park offers you. At the end of your adventurous walk, there’s a lovely little cafe and a restaurant that you can visit afterwards.

4. Jeskyn’s Country Park

Jeskyn’s Country Park

Once again, another great place for walking and exploring. Dogs are very welcome here, and as long as you abide by the rules for certain areas (by keeping your dog on a lead in them) there will be no issues. On top of that, there’s a Jeskyn’s Country Park dog club where you receive a free goody bag on registration, which is a great way to help make dog walkers and visitors aware of the park rules and also aids in educating people when it comes to cleaning up after your dog. This forest is a wonderful place for walking and exploring and is highly recommended, and when you don’t feel like walking through the forest there is a vast field that dog walkers are very much welcome to use – especially for game of fetch!

5. Cobtree Manor Park

Cobtree Manor Park

Featuring a mature woodland, this park makes for beautiful and relaxing walks with your furry friend. Dogs are very welcome here, and for those of you that enjoy plant life, this park has some of the finest and most extraordinary around, it even has it’s own elephant house. The fields that surround the area and the small lakes should be great fun for excited dogs. There is playground equipment available for the younger family members, as well as a cafe for when you start to feel a little hungry or thirsty. Currently, the park is working it’s way towards becoming more accessible, and so those of you who have difficulty getting around may also be interested in visiting this stunning parkland.

So concludes this week’s installment of the 5 great places to walk your dog. When it comes to playing with your dogs in these great places, we highly recommend the Beco Ball on a Rope for long and exciting games of fetch with your dog. Hopefully, you have found an exciting new place to walk either within the area you live or out of it (for those extra long adventures). Next week, we will be looking at the places to walk in Devon, so remember to check back on Friday!