Puppy School Training Classes

Do you want to give your puppy the best start in life?

Puppy School is an established network of puppy training class tutors. We offer a comprehensive training and socialisation programme designed to give owners a good foundation for life with their new puppy. Logo - colour.SMALLAt Puppy School, only kind, effective reward based training techniques are used.

We want to give your puppy the best start possible so we ‘educate’ puppies to have good manners, be friendly with adults, children and other puppies and to respond basic commands.

In addition to all the usual basic training such as “sit”, “down”, “wait” and “come” when called, your puppy will learn important life skills such as how to accept handling from the vets and groomers, how to greet adults and children without jumping up, as well as how to greet and play with other dogs in our all-important off-lead puppy play and socialisation sessions.

LOCAL TO GLOUCESTERSHIRE

Alice Crick Puppy School Tutor.JPGYour experienced Puppy School tutor  Alice Crick  of Puppy School Berkeley & South Gloucestershire will be on hand throughout the course to help you with any behaviour problems that you may have.

Visit www.puppyschoolsouthglos.co.uk for more details or visit our Facebook page by clicking HERE: 

Product Review: The Pet Business ‘Cotton Collar Scarf’.

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With thanks to Rebecca from The Pet Business for sending us this product for review. Here’s ‘Olive’ posing very nicely in this beautiful Cotton Collar Scarf – Well, we think she’s looks gorgeous, don’t you? 

The Pet Business search for new, innovative, unique, ethical products from around the world to offer their customers something a little bit different and out of the ordinary. Produced by Dutch brand ‘Dogs Department’, this Cotton Collar Scarf is made from high quality soft leather, and we would say that it is extremely well made. We couldn’t find a stitch out of place! The band width of the collar was not too wide for Olive’s little neck but wide enough to look and feel secure. Olive walks very well on the lead and does not pull, and we found the leather collar very sturdy and durable and it suited our needs well. The clasp attachment points for both tags and lead were very practical; holding fast and allowing a nice amount of room to fit comfortably with plenty of space for adjustment if necessary.

We found the bandanna itself is not only attractive in design and colour (without being too over-the-top in glitz and glamour) but also actually quite practical. At present, Olive has just had her summer haircut but when her winter coat does grow back and the collar itself will be concealed under her rough; the bandanna will still be well visible. We’ve had some lovely compliments from people when out and about and as Olive loves to be made a fuss of; this product makes her look ten times as cute as she usually does!

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The only downside we have is that the collar did of course get dirty very easily. (Olive is not a couch potato and she does love to race about the woods and jump in muddy puddles). This said, a quick wipe of the collar and a soaking of the bandanna in warm soapy water seemed to do the trick. A little upkeep and you can get this product looking as good as new even after general wear and tear.

The very unique little dogtag charm is a design which certainly stands out. Quirky yet contemporary, we preferred this charm tag to the likes of others that we have seen on the market. The dogtag charm seemed neither heavy nor uncomfortable and did not seem to bother Olive when out walking nor snoozing on the sofa. It didn’t seem a hindrance for her even when hurtling through the woods at top speed. We would say that the dogtag did ‘clink’ against her metal food bowl when eating but again, this didn’t seem to phase Olive – she loves food nearly as much as she loves her walks! 

Packaged well and arriving with it’s own special little storage bag, this Cotton Collar Scarf really is something special. We found this product much smarter and more robust than previous bandana collars that we have looked at. Without going over-the-top with glitz and glam, this product is what every stylish dog needs.

We highly recommend.

From The Pet Business:

About Us: We are a retailer, wholesaler and distributor of high quality pet products. Our focus is on quality, ethical, innovative products that also represent great value for money. Our products are primarily sourced from American and Canadian companies.We are a business dedicated to providing top quality pet products to fellow pet owners. We are a dedicated friendly team dedicated to ensuring that our customers are totally satisfied with every aspect of their shopping experience with us.

We are all passionate about pets and we are all pet owners who bring a wealth of animal experience to the business. Our office dog Rosey can often be heard greeting visitors or delivery men at our office- so please excuse her if you happen to call when she is on duty as she takes her role very seriously indeed!The business was launched as we were often frustrated when we searched for pet products to discover that we were unable to find the product we wanted in the UK. We also found that on single items the shipping cost to the UK was very high and often more than the products. We wanted to provide UK customers with these high quality products, developed by companies who love pets and are dedicated to innovating and product development.

Every product we sell has been tried and tested by our own pet panel and approved by them. We are always looking for guest testers to contribute so please email us your product review and picture so that we can include it on our site.We are always expanding the range of products that we offer to our customers. We welcome your feedback, comments and suggestions. Please contact us as we would love to hear from you.

We have always owned pets and these have been rescued from different organisations. Our pets are an integral part of our family. We contribute to charities associated with animal rescue and raising funds for animals in need.We wanted to be able to assist these charities and have set up partnerships with them to raise awareness of the work that they do and to raise funds for them.

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The Pet Business search for new, innovative, unique, ethical products from around the world to offer their customers something a little bit different and out of the ordinary. We strongly recommend that you head on over to www.thepetbusiness.co.uk to see what other great products Rebecca and the team have to offer

Roses are red, violets are blue, a Hearing Dog puppy, says “I love you!”

Hearing Dogs for the Deaf have kindly sent us the following information. It’s mad to think that the average Brit spends £50 on flowers and over £100 on dinner for Valentine’s Day, but national charity Hearing Dogs for Deaf People is encouraging couples to ditch the expensive flowers this year, and sponsor an adorable puppy for their loved one instead – FANTASTIC idea!

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DITCH THE FLOWERS AND HAVE A HEART THIS VALENTINES DAY!

The big–hearted charity that transforms the lives of deaf people, is asking couples to use the money usually spent on disposable red roses to share some ‘puppy love’ with their sweetheart.

Hopeless romantics can give their valentine a long lasting and selfless gift, by sponsoring a cute and cuddly puppy throughout their journey to become a fully trained hearing dog. Their loved one will receive gifts and a certificate from their puppy, as well as regular updates throughout the year.

Facebook friends and Twitter followers can also share some ‘puppy love’ online! Lovebirds and singletons alike can send their nearest and dearest a pawfectly personalised online e-card, by using the free Hearing Dogs Valentine’s app. With four moving puppy images and heart shaped designs to choose from, Hearing Dogs promise to play cupid for you this Valentine’s Day! So, it’s not too late – here’s the link to get started:  http://goo.gl/jESiaQ 

With hearing loss on the rise and one in six people in the UK suffering from some form of deafness, the charity is training more hearing dog puppies than ever before. Deafness can be a lonely and isolating disability, yet each hearing dog offers their partner more independence, confidence and companionship. Hearing dogs are life-changing, and sponsoring a puppy as a gift starts from just £3 a month. The welcome pack includes a Certificate, a ‘Pennies for your Puppy’ collection kennel, gorgeous photos, a pen and other exciting gifts. Sponsors donating £5 or more per month will also receive a cuddly soft hearing dog toy.

Search @HearingDogs on Twitter or find out more about Puppy Love at http://www.facebook.com/hearing.dogs

About Hearing Dogs for Deaf People

Hearing Dogs for Deaf People is a registered charity that trains dogs to alert deaf people to household sounds and danger signals such as the doorbell, telephone and smoke alarm – providing life-changing independence and confidence. Hearing Dogs provides a national service and no charge is made to recipients. Since its inception in 1982, Hearing Dogs for Deaf People have placed more than 1830 hearing dogs.

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Have I told you lately that “I Woof You”?

Dog-loving community, BorrowMyDoggy, launches Valentine’s I Woof You competition across the UK and Ireland.

BorrowMyDoggy, the unique website that connects dog owners with local dog borrowers when they need a helping paw with their doggy, is on the lookout for your Valentine’s pooches. 

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Rikke Rosenlund, BorrowMyDoggy co-founder, said of the competition:

“Our four-legged furry friends show us unconditional love all year round and here at BorrowMyDoggy we hear so many heartwarming stories of doggy devotion that we thought what better time to showcase them than at Valentine’s Day?  By sharing your tales with us in the run up to Valentine’s Day, you can spread that love across the country and be in with a chance of winning some wagtastic prizes.”

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The winner of the competition, which closes at midnight on Valentine’s day, will receive some wagulous prizes courtesy of HOUNDWORTHY, purveyor of quality dog goods, and a professional photoshoot for you and your doggy pal thanks to Alex Macro of Happy Camera.  Alex has taken of photos of dogs for many years, and for a number of adverts for Pal dog food and has a boundless passion for photography. His photographs are absowoofly gorgeous and you can have your very own of you and your doggy pal to cherish forever.

And that’s not all – the winning Valentine’s Pooch will help to leave even more “Pawprints of Happiness” as BorrowMyDoggy will donate £500 to Dogs Trust on their behalf.

The competition will be judged by doggy-loving blogstar Maloy, on behalf of Lee-Loy; the wagulous blog of Maloy and her international superstar friend, Leona Lewis. Both Maloy and Leona have dogs of their own and know all too well the happiness and love that doggies can bring to our lives.

You know that if our doggies could say “I woof you” back, they would!

To be in with the chance to win simply follow the entry details here: http://www.borrowmydoggy.com/i-woof-you

Further details about this wonderful company can be found at: http://www.borrowmydoggy.com

Open to residents of the UK and Ireland only

Competition closes on Monday 14th January 2014 at midnight

The above text is © of BorrowMyDoggy

 

Product Review: Hungry Hector’s ‘Christmas Cracker: Chicken & Chestnut’ Dog Treats

We are lucky enough to review this product for Chelsea Dogs Online Boutique. Here is ‘Mr. Bear’, one member of our pack waiting patiently to taste and try Hungry Hector’s ‘Christmas Cracker: Chicken & Chestnut’ Dog Treats. ★★★★★

EDIT 3‘Christmas Cracker: Chicken & Chestnut’ Dog Treats are soft, healthy treats are the perfect Christmas treat to spoil your dog through this festive season. This innovative and exciting product is free from salts, sugars and colourants which nutritional and health conscious dog owners are guaranteed to give a huge thumbs up.

Hand baked to perfection and vacuum packed to keep the product extra moist, ‘Christmas Cracker: Chicken & Chestnut’ Dog Treats are as fresh on the day they are opened as they were on the day Hungry Hector packaged them.

Sealed in two handy double pouches, these treats are best kept in the fridge after opening but they do have a shelf life of six months.  We found that these treats could be easily broken down into smaller bite size pieces and make a superb training tool for the food-focussed dog.

Hungry Hector specialise in fresh, quality products which are locally sourced. Hungry Hector are firmly committed to producing naturally healthy treats for your dog as they do not use any animal or vegetable derivatives nor artificial ingredients in their products. Hungry Hector do not outsource any of their production. Their meat suppliers are Freedom Food registered and their fish suppliers are part of the Sustainable Fishing Scheme. Even their kitchens meet human grade production standards to ensure the highest possible quality.

hungry_hector_dog_treats_liver_and_aniseed_03From Hungry Hector:

Hungry Hector was conceived from the belief that the pet industry was dominated from large multi national companies, all selling with profit being the key for their business model.

The huge band of quality independent retailers throughout the UK were desperately wanting fresh natural quality products which their customers wanted and would bring them back to their shops time and time again.

From our love of dogs and understanding of the pet industry we wanted to bring an innovative and exciting new treat to the UK pet market.

Recommended by Vet, Katherine Davies who oversees and helps out with the nutritional content of Hungry Hectors products, I cannot complement these treats enough.

Both Hungry Hector and Chelsea Dogs are to be commended for their superb ethos and fresh attitude to dog food.

 Ingredients

  • Doves rice flour
  • R J Trevarthan’s chicken
  • Chestnut puree
  • Sage

 Typical Nutritional Analysis:

  • Nitrogen 1.8%
  • Protein 11.1%
  • Moisture 45.0%
  • Ash 2.4%
  • Fat Content 5.2%
  • Carbohydrate 32.7%
  • Energy in Calories 222 kc/100g

Weight: 150g in two handy size pouches

Hungry Hector dog treats are available from Chelsea Dogs Online Boutique

Margot here would like to take some time to say a special thank you to Alexandra from Chelsea Dogs who took the time and the care to package our review products so well. Beautiful

Margot here would like to take some time to say a special thank you to Alexandra from Chelsea Dogs who took the time and the care to package our review products so well. Beautiful

For Free Delivery on many products visit: http://www.chelseadogs.com

Chelsea Dogs Online Boutique are a luxury retail company based in the UK. Sourcing around 80-90% of their high quality products from Britain, Chelsea Dogs have firm beliefs in looking after the environment and cutting down their carbon footprint and host a beautiful range of collars, leads and coats as well as a fabulous range of gorgeous dog beds which complement the home. With baked to order pupcakes and donut gift boxes as well as luxurious linen dog bone toys covered in a choice of Emily Bond fabric, you will find only the finest accessories and products at Chelsea dogs. See more at: http://www.chelseadogs.com or why not pop on down to their superb Blog for all the latest canine

Product Review: Alpha & Ruby’s ‘Christmas Pupcake’

With thanks to Chelsea Dogs Online Boutique for sending us this product for review on our blog. Here’s ‘Olive’, the smallest member of our team waiting patiently to get her paws on Alpha & Ruby’s delicious ‘Christmas Pupcake’.

EDIT.2christmas_pupcakeAlpha & Ruby’s ‘Christmas-Pupcake’ looks scrumptious to human eyes! But honestly, we could eat it if we wanted to as Alpha & Ruby take a fresh approach to dog food and source only 100% human-grade ingredients to make their treats.  You will find no preservatives, artificial colours, flavours or gluten in any Alpha & Ruby products.

These handmade peanut butter flavoured pupcakes make a gorgeous gift for either your dog, or your friends dog, as they come complete with a built in gift tag which make it the perfect little stocking filler.

From Alpha & Ruby:  “Having tried numerous brands of dog treats out there, we weren’t satisfied with the ingredients that went into them.  Many of them are bulked out with cereals and fillers, and what little protein they do contain comes in the form of unidentified parts of unidentified animals often labelled “meat and animal derivatives. We only use the finest ingredients because we’re committed to you and the health of your best friend.”  

 “We promise that you will never see such generic labelling on any Alpha & Ruby’s products.  We believe in simple and transparent labelling that you don’t need a degree to understand.  All of the ingredients we use have been carefully researched and tested before they are included in our products.”

christmas_pupcakechristmas_pupcake_labelPacked with wholesome, natural ingredients and bursting with the tantalising flavours, these moist cupcakes are a perfect for dogs of all sizes. Our much larger Border Collie’s also thoroughly enjoyed a slice! For the gluttonous hounds, we would recommend small slices to be fed every now and then, simply to savour the taste!– Why not even share a cup of tea and a slice of cake with your dog?

Chelsea Dogs also supply other Alpha and Ruby Pupcakes – Buy a little candle (whilst taking care not to singe your dog’s nose and/or ears when lighting) and it is the perfect birthday present! – See more Alpha & Ruby products here.

Composition

Gluten Free Flour

Free Range Eggs

Honey

Yoghurt Power

Peanut Butter

Olive Oil

Turkey Stock

Mixed Flaxseeds

Typical Analysis per 100g

Protein (10.3g)

Fat (15.1g)

Crude Fibre (9.3g)

Moisture (17.7g)

(Ash 1.7g)

Margot here would like to take some time to say a special thank you to Alexandra from Chelsea Dogs who took the time and the care to package our review products so well. Beautiful

Margot here would like to take some time to say a special thank you to Alexandra from Chelsea Dogs who took the time and the care to package our review products so well. Beautiful

For Free Delivery on many products visit: http://www.chelseadogs.com

Chelsea Dogs Online Boutique are a luxury retail company based in the UK. Sourcing around 80-90% of their high quality products from Britain, Chelsea Dogs have firm beliefs in looking after the environment and cutting down their carbon footprint and host a beautiful range of collars, leads and coats as well as a fabulous range of gorgeous dog beds which complement the home. With baked to order pupcakes and donut gift boxes as well as luxurious linen dog bone toys covered in a choice of Emily Bond fabric, you will find only the finest accessories and products at Chelsea dogs. See more at: http://www.chelseadogs.com or why not pop on down to their superb Blog for all the latest canine news.

“1 in 5 Spend More on their Dog than Their Partner at Christmas”

Oscar, chief taster at Muddy Paws  © Muddy Paws

Oscar, chief taster at Muddy Paws
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How many of you claim that your dog is “part of the family?” We certainly do! But to what extent is your dog “part of the family?” When it comes to Christmas shopping, do you favour your four-legged family members over your two-legged family members?

Well, dog specialists Muddy Paws have recently carried out a new survey called ‘Your Dog at Christmas’ in which dog owners confess to where their dogs rate in the pecking order by stating how much they treat their canine companions during the festive season.

And the results? Astoundingly, 1 in 5 respondents will spend more on their dog this Christmas than their two –legged partner! Well, dogs are part of the family –right?

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© Muddy Paws

Muddy Paws subscribers were asked 10 questions to find out about their Christmas dog shopping habits. The results showed that 92% of respondents will be buying their dog a present this Christmas, with the majority spending between £21 and £50. Friends and relatives are also generous at this time of year, with the majority reporting that their dogs usually receive 2 presents from friends or relatives at Christmas.

But it’s not only the one day on 25th of December that see’s our canine companions doted upon.  32% of respondents’ dogs have waggy tails every day from the 1st to the 25th of December as they enjoy a scrumptious treat from their doggy advent calendar. When the big day arrives, a huge 84% of respondents’ dogs will be tucking in to a doggy Christmas dinner and as for stocking, well, 64% will make sure their dog has a Christmas stocking to open, packed full of tasty treats and toys.

The survey results show that dogs all across the country will be doted upon in the run up to Christmas, and on the day itself with presents and dinner. Muddy Paws know how much dogs enjoy joining in with the festivities; and we agree. One thing is for sure, as a nation of pet lovers, we consider our canine companions to be truly “part of the family”.

The data based on responses from 100 people, carried out using Survey Monkey from 25/11/13.

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We are delighted to welcome the Muddy Paws team to the Dog Blog – great survey, really interesting insight! For your chance to take part in future surveys, sign up for the Muddy Paws newsletter here:  www.muddypaws.co.uk (the link is just underneath the top banner on the home page).

Muddy Paws is a dog product supply company based in the heart of the Dorset countryside. Founded in 2008 by husband and wife Rupert and Emma Brown, Muddy Paws prides itself high quality dog products from top brands including Hugo & HennieRuffwear, and Hurtta.

Oscar the Cocker Spaniel is chief tester at Muddy Paws HQ, nothing goes onto the website without getting the paws up from Oscar. When not hard at work, Oscar can be found chasing tennis balls or in the photo booth modelling the latest doggy products.

With over 30,000 orders shipped to dog lovers both in the UK and overseas every year, there’s nothing you won’t find for you four-legged friend at Muddy Paws.

From Rupert and Emma: “Our aim at Muddy Paws is a simple one. To provide you with the best possible range of products that are great looking, superb quality, and yet still represent excellent value for money. Muddy Paws was borne from our own frustration of simply not being able to find this elsewhere on the web and from our rapidly growing list of happy Muddy Paws customers we know that we were not the only ones!

We pride ourselves on our first class customer service and if you need to get in touch we can assure you of a speedy response, friendly voice and team who are as passionate about dogs as you are.

We are constantly sourcing new and exciting products and really welcome your feedback so if you have any comments, questions or suggestions we would love to hear from you.”

For more information visit the Muddy Paws website http://www.muddypaws.co.uk/ or contact Rupert or Emma Brown on 0845 362 9663.

Why not check out Muddy Paws on Face book: https://www.facebook.com/MuddyPawsUK and on Twitter @MuddyPawsUK

We also heartily recommend Muddy Paws’ great blog which can be found here: http://www.muddypaws.co.uk/blog