Friday, 29 January 2016

Top Tips to Survive the Vets

When it comes to the vets, let face it. It's not quite the  same as taking your pooch to the park for a free run. With the worry that your dog is getting itself into a spin due to aniexty, it safe to say it can be a stressful situation for both parties. Vets are often a place of funny smell, slippery floors and vet fingers going place no dogs wants them to go. 

Evidently though, most dogs are going to need to visit the vets at some point of their life. Whether your dog is like Lottie and has a ongoing condition, or they need their yearly jabs, its important that these visits go as smoothly as possible. 

Lottie is a regularly visitor to our vets, so she is very used to it. Now lottie is 5, its safe to say what methods I have found useful to achieve this. These 7 simple techniques can help you to help your dog become tolerant of the vets, and actually enjoy a visit nearly as much as the park. 

1. Take your dog to the vets just to say hello. 
One of the main reasons dogs associate the vets with something negative, is because normal it can involve a procedure which they don't find particular pleasant. Would you really want to go somewhere, when you knew something unpleasant was going to happen. Now I know that theses things have to done for the well being of your pet, but by taking your dog to the vets just to say hello or a weight check can help ease the stress. We started this with Lottie when she was just a puppy, as they are like sponges and soak up all new experiences. We very often take Lottie for a simple weight check, or just for a fuss with the receptionist. This taught Lottie that when we visit it doesn't  always mean a cold object going up her bottom. 

2. Make every visit a positive one! 
This one is very important. Even if your dog has got to have something unpleasant done. Rewarding them afterwards is very important. Once you dog has gotten off the couch, give them a yummy high value treat (such as piece of cheese). We also found when Lottie was a puppy it was helpful to give her treats in the waiting area to make it a nice place to be. 

3. Teach your dog a reliable, sit and stand. 

There is nothing worse than having your pooch cause havoc in the vets whilst all the other pets sit there like angels. Teaching reliable sit (and stay still) will certainly make waiting in the vets a lot less stressful for you and your dog. Teaching a reliable stand will also help when your dog is getting checked by the vets. It also easier to pick your dog off table from a stand. 

4. Practice at home. 

Dogs are usually touched in areas that they are not used at the vets. Their ears, feet, tails are usually a good place to start. Touching the area gently and providing a treat afterwards will build up a positive association of that area being touched. 

5. Keep up the good work! 

Once your dog has become well trained to perceive the vets as a positive place. It's important to keep this up. Regularly going back to step 1 and 2 will help reinforce the behaviour.   And, if your dog is seemingly ok at the vets and then has a negative experience. Don't panic, just go back to the start of the process and work your way through the steps slowly

We hope you find our five tops useful, if you have any of your own tips please feel free to leave them below in the comments. 

Love Jessica and Lottie xx

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Friday, 22 January 2016

Product Review : CANIDAE PURE elements dry dog food

CANIDAE kindly contacted us to see if we would like to review some of their dog food products. Of course we both jumped at chance (especially Lottie). 

Who are CANIDAE ?

PURE Elements Fresh Lamb on the right and PURE Foundations Puppy Formula on the left 

CANIDAE Natural Pet Food Company started out as a family owned company, and they still are today. They are one of the last, true independent companies making pet food—and will continue to be so. CANIDAE pet foods are proudly made in the U.S.A. at their own Ethos Pet Nutrition Research & Development Center in Brownwood, Texas. CANIDAE produce a range of dog food both dry and canned as well as treats, along with a cat version for those feline friends in your life. 

About CANIDAE products

CANIDAE offer two varieties of dry dog food, the first been their Life Stage Dry Dog food for Puppies Adults and Seniors, which is a formula that can be fed to puppies, adults and senior dogs - making mealtimes with multiple dogs much easier!

PURE Elements Fresh Lamb
There second variety is the variety we received for review. The
Grain Free PURE Dry Dog Food comes in a variety of nutritious formulas—all made with only 7-10 key ingredients. Every recipe features fresh meat or fish first, complimented by whole foods like sweet potatoes, chickpeas, and peas. In addition, every bite of kibble features their unique HealthPLUS Solutions™ with
guaranteed levels of probiotics, antioxidants, and omega 6&3 in every bite. These simple recipes are perfect for dogs with or without food sensitivities.They only use quality ingredients that are thoroughly tested. CANIDAE’s products do not contain any grains, vegetable protein concentrates, starches or pomace, and are free from artificial colours, flavours and preservatives, which is brilliant as I am definitely against giving grain product to dogs they also never uses corn, wheat, soy, antibiotics, hormones, or fillers in its foods. Cooking in small batches enables them to ensure the best nutrition and taste.

PURE Foundations Puppy Formula 
They also sent us the puppy variety, which is the same recipe with smaller piece ideal for those little mouths. They do a range of varieties from fresh chicken to fresh wild boar, so there is bound to be something to entice you pooches taste buds

Our Verdict.. 
As Lottie is a Westie I am quite wary about changing her food suddenly as it can upset Lottie skin. although for any dog you should never change there make of food immediately as it can upset their tummy. It is always best to change it gradually over 7 to 10 days. However, I did add a little CANIDAE PURE elements with fresh lamb to her usually food as well as using it for training treats. Needless to say it went down brilliantly. Lottie loved it. She took to it really quickly and even choose to eat it over her normal food. Cheeky monkey! She was just as keen on the puppy variety which also went down a storm. The only bad thing (well not really bad) more of a suggestion is that the bags are not resealable. I do have a food container for Lottie's food but for an owner that hasn't, having a resealable bag would be very handy. We would highly recommended CANIDAE PURE elements dog food, not only does it use the best ingredients, but it is reasonable priced at £12.99 for 1.8kg bag and £59.99 for a 10.8kg bag for the CANIDAE PURE element fresh lamb variety. They also offer a money back gurattenee where if you dog doesn't love it they will give your money back, so whats to lose? 


Adding a small amount to her normal food. 

Love Jessica and Lottie xx


Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Do you want to build a snowman? | Wordless Wednesday

Over the weekend we had some snow so thought we would share our snowy pictures. 

Love Jessica and Lottie xx 

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