Is your dog looking a bit round around the tum? Does a 20 minute walk take twice as long as it used to? Or maybe it’s you who could be doing with a little reshaping? If so, it’s time for you two to get properly moving.
There’s lots of way you and your dog can exercise as a team of two. Not only are you guaranteed to have fun, be fitter and leaner, but you’ll both also have more energy. What’s not to like? So what are the sports you can do as a twosome? Well, take a look at the following:
A sport for all dog breeds, Cani-cross is running with your dog harnessed to you. He or she goes in pole position (ie at the front) and you shout commands from the rear. There’s a whole dictionary of commands specifically for the sport. Not only is your dog getting exercise, but also using her or her brain at the same time. Just as you would with jogging, start off with small distances then increase as you both start to feel stronger.
Equipment: a dog harness, long bungee-type lead and waist hip...
We’ve heard London is going to the dogs – or rather, the dogs are coming to the capital.
Well, savvy pubs, restaurants, hotels, cinemas and even spas have cottoned on to the fact there’s a whole new market out there for entertaining our canine buddies, and especially in London where singletons, in particular, want to be seen out and about with their pooch. Why, some of those venues are even incredibly decadent – a doggy tea in Claridges, darling?
Here are some of our favourites:
1. Tea at the Egerton, Knightsbridge
It’s total treat time here for you and your pooch, thanks to the fact the staff here dogs. You’ll be greeted on arrival by Milly, the Jack Russell maitre’d. You can tuck into some salmon sandwiches together and afterwards your canine friend can look forward to a delivery of Lily’s Kitchen treats.
2. Brown Dog, Barnes
Pop into this pub and order a pint for yourself and a pig’s ear for Fido. Yes, they really do sell these behind the bar.
Most of us have a good idea about the type of partner we want in life. There are personality traits we put above others such as kindness, sporty, caring, funny etc. But we don’t tend to give as much thought to our pets – and yet they’re living under our roof too.
But don’t worry. There are plenty of apps or online tests these days to help you match the type of characteristics you value in a person to that of a particular dog breed. As you can imagine, some are more helpful than others.
The food manufacturer Iams, for instance, has come up with a series of questions to help match you with the most suitable canine breed depending on how easy-going and independent you are, as well as what you like to do in your spare time.
The Kennel Club test wants to know how big your house/garden are and whether or not you live in the town or country. How active you are is also important in getting the right breed, they insist.
It’s well known that most dogs require regular exercise and fresh air. Of course, this makes the countryside with its wide open fields and fewer traffic streams, the ideal location.
But just because we happen to live in a built-up area doesn’t mean me have to miss out on the fabulous fun of owning a dog. That’s because there are some of breeds of dog – like humans – that actually thrive on city living.
In this article we’ll outline some of the different breeds that are better suited to either city or country living.
Best dogs for city living
We know you expect us to come up with a list here of dogs with little legs who don’t like to walk far but actually, one of the best indoor dogs is actually the Great Dane (yes, you read that right). He or she may be large but that doesn’t mean their capacity for exercise is. These dogs are actually pretty lazy when it comes down to it – and they’re not particularly curious either. In other words, they’d be happy to curl up on the sofa with you and watc...
It’s getting to that time of year again – when you start planning your annual summer holiday. This year you’ve decided to take your four-legged buddy along too rather than put the poor mutt into kennels.
He or she is part of the family, after all, so why shouldn’t they enjoy the good times as well? Here at TheDogApp we’ve checked out what we consider to be some of the best dog-friendly facilities in the UK and here’s a list of them right here:
Visit Cornwall has a whole separate brochure for holidays with your dog. Not only do they advise on which beaches and forest trails welcome your canine friend, but they also provide a list of restaurants and accommodation where your dog will be welcomed with a big bowl of water on meeting, but also a list of dog shows where he or she can compete, if that’s your thing.
Visit Devon have a dog friendly brochure pointing out boat and steam train rides you can take your canine pal on, as well as a list of lead-free beaches they can run around on...
Learning how to work as a team, improving discipline and getting better at communication between you both – you and your canine partner can benefit in so many ways from agility training. But even more importantly – it’s just so much fun! How else can you explain the phenomenal and growing popularity, of the sport?
What exactly does it involve?
Directed by you, your dog runs through, over and under a series of obstacles such as tunnels, hoops and around poles. The aim is for your dog to complete the course without you touching either your canine friend or the obstacles and using only voice or hand signals. The dog with the least ‘faults’ wins the competition. Meanwhile, competitions tend to be split into three distinctive groups, based on dog size.
From this description it sounds as if most of the effort is done by your dog, but that’s simply not the case. Many of the courses are so complicated that he or she wouldn’t have any idea where to head to next; your dog is totally reliant on your...