Here are some top tips for getting fit and having more fun with your dog
Here are 3 top tips to help you keep fit and have more fun - and your dog will thank you for it too!
1 Keep up the regular grooming routine -
or if you don't already regularly groom then now is the time to start!
Brushing your dog has untold benefits, not only keeps the coat clean and in good condition, helps loosen excess hairs but it also means that you will be checking your dog over regularly and so more likely to notice any skin problems or cuts or ticks at an easier-to-deal-with stage. Grooming can also help you to remember to keep up to date with preventative care such as regular worming and vaccinations. And for when you need your dog groomed, we have Lela's grooming parlour on-site for you here at Little Revel End.
2 Aim to include just 10 minutes of dog training time every day
Training your dog in short sessions at home, with plenty of positive reinforcement can be a great way to build rapport,, grow your dog's confidence, and help mentally stimulate your dog's mind. You can introduce some fun to the training session by adding in hunt the treats, hide and seek (dog sit's and stays whilst you call from another room) as well as the usual sit, stay, take and leave and recall.. If you need help with behaviour training - we offer 1:1 dog behaviour training sessions either here at Little Revel End or you can ask for a home visit.
3 Get started with Dog Agility!
Dog agility is a lot of fun and a great way to increase fitness and exercise for you and your dog. Meg offers various group classes at Little Revel End suitable for older puppies and beginners right through to advanced and competition level as well as 1:1 agility taster sessions throughout the year. For more information click here to see our Agility page and keep up to date by liking our Facebook page.
These 3 challenges should all help you to have more fun with your dog and if you would like anymore help or advice, we are only a phone call or an email away. Or why not pop into our shop and catch up there - you will be very welcome!
. Agility can be a lot of fun for both you and your dog. It helps build strong rapport between you and in turn the mental stimulation as well as the exercise can help lead to a better behaved dog. But most of all - its FUN!
If you would like to learn more about agility please see our Agility section on this website under What we offer, and give us a call to find out which classes can suit you best.
Did you know that many human treats are not good for our dogs - in fact some of them are actually poisonous to dogs and must be avoided at all costs:
Here is a short list of the top offenders:
Grapesand Grape derivatives such as raisins, currants, sultanas. This includes Fruit pudding, Fruit Pies and Traditional Fruit Loaf or Cake. It is not yet known how many or why GRAPES are poisonous to dogs - some dogs can eat just one or two grapes and be very ill and some dogs can eat many grapes with no apparent problems. But it is best to keep your dog safe and avoid the risk to the dog's health by avoiding GRAPES and all GRAPE DERIVATIVES.
CHOCOLATE - Many people already know to keep chocolate bars and boxes well out of the dog's reach but please also remember to be careful that your dog does not discover chocolate coins, other novelty chocolate shapes wrapped in foil. The chocolate can make a dog very ill and the foil wrapper can cause problems as it moves through the dogs digestive system so is best avoided.
Alcohol - even the smallest amount of alcohol is very dangerous for your dog. It has the same effect as it does on humans only a lot worse. Alcohol hides in unsuspecting places such as trifle, Rich Fruit Cake, Dundee type cakes, chocolate mousse, Lemon posset and chocolate liqueurs.
If your dog does eat something that it shouldn't, call your usual vet, even if it is outside usual vetenary hours.
Our advice is generally to make sure you keep your dog away from human treats - much better to keep them safe so you can enjoy them yourselves!