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5 freezing cold day activities to enjoy with your dog

5 freezing cold day activities to enjoy with your dog
Black and white dog wearing a scarf and smiling against a white wall

 

It's a cold start to 2024 and we're definitely feeling the cold here at PetBuddy. These chilly days can be tricky for both you and your pup and make walks very brisk and not necessarily enjoyable.  

We’ve pulled together a few ideas for some bonding time during those miserable freezing cold days:

1. Master some new tricks

A super cold day is the perfect time to learn some new tricks indoors. It's amazing for keeping brains active, relieving boredom and great for bonding time between you and your pup, what could be better that that?! We have an amazing range of natural training treats to help with this.

 

Small fluffy white puppy giving their paw to their owner

2. A Pamper Day 

Who doesn't love a good pamper! Why not give your dog a lovely bath, a little pawdicure, a relaxing brush and a spritz with a little doggy pawfume to keep them smelling fresh. If your dogs are anything like mine, they love nothing more than a lovely long snooze after after a bath! 

3. Let's Go Shopping!

Why not treat them to some new snacks and toys? A quick look on our website and you'll see a huge range of natural treats and ethically produced toys for every dog. Big, medium or small, we've got every dog covered. I'm certain you'll find the perfect gift for your pup!

4. Host a playdate with your dog's pawpals! 

If your dog isn't out seeing their pals because of the cold, you could host an indoor play date! Give your dog the chance to show off all their toys and best places to play at home. Could you take turns with the pawrents of your dog's besties so they can enjoy new environments, smells and places to explore. 

 Two dogs playing tug with a toy inside a home

5. Pimp up your dogs meals and snacks!

Bored of the bowl? Why not make meal and snack times much more interesting for your pup?!  Hide their kibble around the house, use a Lickimat to create a varied and enriching meal, use toys to stuff with their snacks.  Take a look around your house and see what you can use.. tea towels to wrap up kibble, old toilet roll holders, old milk bottles, you'd be surprised what you can use! 

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The Top 5 Long Lasting Treats For Your Dog.

The Top 5 Long Lasting Treats For Your Dog.
A question we get asked a lot is "What is the best long lasting treat for my dog?" Here are 5 of our best Long Lasting Chews, learn here what's so good about them and why they'll soon be your dog's fave snacks!  Continue reading

Using positive reinforcement to train your dog!

Using positive reinforcement to train your dog!

Out with the old and in with the new... positive reinforcement is always a winner over punishing bad behaviour when training your dog. It's all about "Do" rather than "Don't"and we're big fans of this over at PetBuddy. 

There are often very many different undesirable ways for a dog to behave.  Dog training through reinforcement enables us to be very selective, and to chose the exact behaviour that we want.

What exactly is reinforcement?  It simply means encouraging good behaviours to continue and not punishing the bad. Reinforcement is a great training tool if you purposefully reinforce good things your puppy does.

If something you do carries a benefit, then it makes sense to do it again, right?

Positive reinforcement enables you to train your dog while keeping the dog’s confidence and enthusiasm at an all time high. It is the only method of training suitable for young puppies, and the quickest and best way of nailing those good behaviours .

Positive reinforcement strengthens the bond between you and your dog too, and there's not much better than that.

The importance of timing when reinforcing your dog!

We want our puppies to know that the positive reinforcement we are giving them is linked to their behaviour, we wouldn't tell our puppy to sit then reward them five minutes later and expect them to understand the correlation. 

If you are using training treats, you should have them to hand and reward your puppy quickly if you want his behaviours to be reinforced. High value training treats work best and our range of Pure Pates are perfect, they are totally pure and natural and trainer recommended. 

 We call this positive reinforcement, because it involves adding something positive to your pup's environment.

Types of rewards.  

There are many different types of reward for your dog which you can use when practicing their training. Not every dog is treat driven, some prefer retrieving a ball or a toy, some prefer having a fuss made of them or verbal reinforcement, a good enthusiastic "yes, good boy/girl" can go a long way. 

Your happy puppy! 

Positive reinforcement training is the future of puppy and dog training, it builds bonds, rewards your dog, makes them feel good, is amazing for building their confidence as well as yours and is perfect for enriching their lives. A well trained dog is a confident, social and enjoyable dog to have in your family.  

 

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Glucosamine, the secret ingredient for your dog's joints.

Glucosamine, the secret ingredient for your dog's joints.

Did you know there's a way to keep your dogs joints nice and healthy from as young as 12 weeks old?  That's right, the miracle ingredient, Glucosamine is essential in cartilage building and keeping your pup's joints strong, healthy and flexible. 

Glucosamine is produced naturally in your dog's body, it forms the building blocks of cartilage, but it can also be found in lots of tasty foods like chicken feet, mussels, bone marrow, bones, beef and lamb! 

 

        

As dog's age, cartilage erodes (I know, sniff sniff) which means that bones will rub more closely together, causing pain and inflammation. Less Glucosamine is produced as dogs get older as it naturally becomes harder. 

That's why adding extra Glucosamine to your dog's diet is so important, to replace the cartilage building blocks that your dog can't make themselves.

Staying as happy and mobile as possible for as long as possible is the aim for our dogs right, so extra Glucosamine is a must! It reduces inflammation, maintains youthful energy and movement and helps with recovery, contributing to a quicker recovery. When dog's feel better, they are happier, that's what we want right?! 

                  

How can we help at PetBuddy?

You can absolutely give you dog Glucosamine in the form of tablets, but as it's naturally produced in your dog's better, it's believed to keep it as natural as possible.  Chicken Feet are an amazing natural source of Glucosamine and they are one of our most popular cronchy treats. Beef Trachea are great too and we have plenty of these! 

If you know anything about us, you'll know that we believe that natural is best. So why not take a look at what we do and how we can help keep your dog as healthy as possible for as long as possible! 

 

 

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Getting veggies into your dog's diet

Getting veggies into your dog's diet

If your dog is anything like mine, veggies are treated like an alien object never to be consumed.  I aways thought I would have dogs like the ones in the funny videos who gobble up broccoli, cronch down on a french bean and even snap up a sprout.  But alas no, my Mila and Enzo are veg dodgers through and through, eating around sweetcorn when I add it to their good, spitting out bits of peppers however small I chop them. 

But veggies are a crucial part of our dog's diets, they are an important source of fibre and contain lots of vitamins, minerals and antioxidents that are not found in meat.  

Have you ever tried dehydrating vegetables?  Well I have and let me tell you, it's a game changer!  Dehydrating veg makes them chewy and some dogs are all about texture. This way you know exactly what you are giving your pup and know it's 100% natural. 

Also cooking veg changes the texture and also releases lots of yummy smells, dogs work things out through smell so filling the air with the scents of tasty veggies may work a treat! 

Sometimes it's a case of offering nothing else and waiting it out and other times, finding something that your dog will love that already contains lots of vegetables.  

Our Veggie Bakes contain no fewer than 10 different types of fruit and vegetables, including sweet potato, apple, coconut and courgette! These have been a sure fire hit with Mila and Enzo. It gets lots of the right fibres, vitamins and minerals in them and they don't turn their little brown noses up at them! 

 

Try these tips above and let me know how you get on! 

 

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Probiotics and how they can benefit your dog.

Probiotics and how they can benefit your dog.

What are probiotics and why are they so good for your dog's health? 

 Essentially probiotics contribute to the good bacteria in your pup's stomach, the ones that are great for enabling proper digestion, boosting immune systems and promoting a happy tum. 

When your pup has a bad stomach, their bacterias, good and bad, can be off wack, imbalanced, a bit all over the shop... that's where probiotics come in to help re-address that balance and get your pups tum all harmonious and lovely again! 

The main function of probiotics is that they add to a nice healthy gut. But... the good news is that the gut is the home of all things health-related. From a soft and shiny coat, a boosted immune system, better energy levels to better poop and less of those love puffs (farts), probiotics have so many added health benefits.  

Probiotics come in many different types, from powders such as VitaFlora to treats such as our delicious Pooch & Mutt Turkey & Hemp Treats. Why not give them a go today?

 

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Rainy-Day Dog Walk Essentials

Rainy-Day Dog Walk Essentials

Many dogs do not enjoy walking in the rain (I mean who does??). However, making sure your dog gets their daily exercise is also extremely important. We thought it would be a good idea to compile a list of rainy-day dog walk essentials, to make your dog’s rainy-day walk as comfortable as possible.

Raincoat

Just like humans, most dogs also like to be covered up and kept dry and warm when they go for walks in the rain. Buying your dog a raincoat can prevent them from getting sick, which means that you will not have to pay a ridiculous amount at the vet in order to treat them. Raincoats are perfect for dogs who are not keen on walking in the rain, with a raincoat they will feel that bit more protected and ready for their walk.

Use a Safe and Secure Harness

During harsh weather, dogs can become quite stressed and anxious. Convincing them to go on a walk in harsh weather can be quite the task. Once you are on the walk, a lot of dogs can still feel this anxiety that they felt before they left which can make walking extremely difficult and sometimes it can be dangerous. To avoid any of this happening you will want to purchase a safe and secure harness. Having a harness will ensure that you and your dog will remain safe whilst walking in the miserable weather.

Shorter Walks

To ensure that your dog gets enough exercise while the weather is bad, you can do some indoor activities with them such as nose work games or hide and seek. Try some games that will require them to use their brains and need them to move to really tire them out. 

Visible Lead and Harness

When the weather is bad. our visibility can get quite bad and it can be hard for us to see into the distance. Drivers will also have their visibility obscured which means it is important for you and your dog to wear bright clothing, collars, harnesses, and leads in order to stand out in the rain. If you are putting a raincoat on yourself or your dog, make sure to look for one that has reflective stripes on them. Anything that helps you to be seen in the bad weather helps you and your dog to keep safe while on your walk.

Dry Towel

Once you have finally made it home from your walk in the rain, make sure that you have left a dry towel by the door, so you can wipe your dog down and give them a good dry. Drying your dog as soon as you get through the door, lessens the chance of them making a mess of your house, which is the last thing you want after being out in the rain.

These are 5 of our rainy dog walk essentials. At PetBuddy, we offer a range of dog essentials including dog treats, dog harnesses, dog toys and so much more. Visit our website to view our range of pet essentials.

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5 Steps to get your dog to exercise

5 Steps to get your dog to exercise

When you are a dog owner it is important to keep your dogs fit and healthy, this means that they need plenty of exercise. It is crucial for dogs, like humans to have an exercise routine. A lot of the time, dogs tend to be quite enthusiastic when it comes to exercising, however, there may still be times when they need that extra push. Below I have provided some tips on how you can get your dog to exercise.

Play Some Fetch

Most dogs love a game of fetch and this game is a fantastic form of exercise. You can play a game of fetch literally anywhere as long as you have the space (and nothing breakable is nearby). Grab a ball, a stick, or one of your dog’s favourite toys and ask them to go and get it for you. This could take a bit of training at first, so in order to train them, each time they bring their fetch item back to you, you could give them one of their favourite dog treats in order to encourage them at to begin with. Once your dog learns the skill and listens to the command, it will become a fun game for them to enjoy.

Walk or Run

This is the easiest exercise to train your dog to do. When you first begin to walk them, keep the walks down to around 20 minutes and then gradually increase the time. Once your dog is comfortable walking, you can try to increase the pace by going on a light jog or a run. If your dog isn’t doing any other physical activity, you will want to make sure that they are walking for around 45-60 minutes a day.

Nose Work Games

This is a great way to keep your dog active and entertained. Nose work games are fun, versatile, and mentally stimulating for your dog. A great nose work game is chopping up some small treats such as apples and hiding them throughout the house. If your dog hasn’t played this game before, you might want to begin with treats that have a strong smell so they can get the hang of it. To begin the game, have your dog start off in the stay position while you hide treats around the house, again if this is your dog’s first time, start off with some easy hiding spots like in one of our Snuffle Mats or Snuffle Balls.

 

Once you have hidden the treats, release your dog, and keep the game as fun, engaging, and encouraging as you can. Once they get the hang of the game, you can begin to hide the treats in harder spots. This will teach your dog to start relying on their natural smelling abilities to find the treats rather than just relying on their visual ability.

Take Your Dog Swimming

Swimming is a fantastic exercise for dogs. Swimming is more low impact compared to walking or jogging and it is great for their mobility. Swimming is a non-weight-bearing exercise that can help to increase your dog’s range of motion and help to build muscle mass. Have a look online and see if there are any dog-friendly hydrotherapy centres that can help your dog with their swimming. If your dog is new to swimming, remember to take it slow as they may find it overwhelming at first, they need to ease into it.

Agility Training

This is perfect for dogs that are overactive. There are yoga classes that are designed for dogs. This is a great form of exercise for those dogs that are overly active. Have a look around your local area for these types of classes and get your dog registered. These classes can help your dog to remain fit, whilst you are also working out with them. It is a win-win situation.

These are all the ways that you can help your dog stay more active and get more daily exercise. If you are interested in any dog training treats, then visit us here at Pet Buddy. We have a range of treats and toppers that your dog will love. Visit our website to view our range.

 

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How To Choose Dog Treats Suitable For Small Breed Dogs

How To Choose Dog Treats Suitable For Small Breed Dogs

Small dogs have different nutritional needs compared to larger breeds. When you are buying treats for your dogs, there are some questions that you will need to ask yourself:

  • Will it be too big for my dog’s mouth?
  • Will my dog be able to chew through it?
  • Will it upset my dog’s diet?

Here are 5 tips that can help you to choose the right dog treats for your smaller dog.

Check The Calorie Content

Smaller dogs need fewer calories than larger ones, so one of the first things that you need to do is to check the nutritional label to ensure that you don’t choose treats that exceed the recommended calorie intake for your dog’s size. You want to make sure that you are not overfeeding your dog as this isn’t healthy either.

Look For Natural Ingredients

When selecting dog treats for your dog, it is always better to choose treats that contain natural ingredients such as whole grains, fruits, and vegetables. Try and avoid treats with artificial ingredients and preservatives. However it is important to note that just because some treats have good nutritional value, you still cannot feed your dog too many of them as this can be bad for their stomachs. Only feed your dog the recommended amount that is on the back of the packaging.

Choose Treats That Provide Essential Nutrients

You will want to look for treats that offer essential nutrients such as vitamins, minerals, and fatty acids. These can help to support your pup’s overall health. Similar to humans dogs also need their share of vitamins and minerals to help maintain good health, so yes give them treats but also make sure they are getting their nutritional value for the day.

Keep Treats Small

Small dog treats are the key to keeping a training session moving along. For small dogs use tiny pieces or cut larger ones into small pieces. The smaller treats are also kinder to your dog’s waistline, as we mentioned previously you do not want to overfeed your dog as this is extremely unhealthy. Keeping your treats small means that fewer calories are being consumed and your dog will not get too full over their training session.

Pay Attention To The Treats That Your Dog Likes

Whatever treats that you are feeding to your dog it is important to take notice of what treats they do and do not like. A well-fed dog is a happy dog and just because a certain treat works for one dog doesn’t mean that it will for another. Figuring out what treats your dog likes and what is suited to your dog all comes down to trial and error. Dogs rely on us to know what works best for them so make sure to pay attention!

As we have said it is so important to choose treats that are right for your small dog. Just remember to do all of the research that you possibly can. If you are interested in buying some new dog treats for your dog. At PetBuddy we have a great range of treats including Pure SticksTraining Treats, a great Longer Lasting range, and so much more. If you are interested in shopping with us then feel free to visit our website.

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