You’d be forgiven for thinking that by deciding on a greyhound pooch for your family means deciding on a lifestyle of midnight runs and endless hyperactivity; something akin to a high intensity training session at your local gym. Every day. But surprisingly, although they may be the fastest dog breed
around, a Greyhound is one of the laziest, low-key, little slender slothful best friends that you could ever add to your family.
Making appearances in the bible as well as throughout ancient Egyptian art, Greyhounds have featured strongly throughout historical texts and references. Reaching speeds of 40 to 45 miles per hour, they were originally bred as hunting dogs, and set of task of chasing down hares, foxes, rabbits and deer. Given their sharp, quick speeds and their agile sleek bodies, they quickly got a name for themselves as the racehorses of the dog world and made their debut on the race track in 1912 when the modern day oval track and artificial hare was introduced in America. Highl...
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...
I am the proud owner (or parent) of two cheeky and adorable pugs. Like children, they have their own individual personalities and can drive me absolutely crazy.
One is a Pug crossed with a Shiatzu (although I’m quite convinced the breeders lied, as he’s now a year old and is changing all the time). He’s called Willy, he’s black and fluffy. The other is a pug with a tiny percentage of Jack Russel. She’s called Fanny, she’s just four months old but I’m hoping, when she reaches 18 months, she will marry Willy. They’re the yin and yang of my life but they do come with some problems.
Whoever invented the term “puppy dog eyes” definitely had a pug in mind. They’re inescapable, not least because one often wanders while the other stays completely still. There’s little those eyes don’t do for me, they turn me into a puddle of generosity. “Oh Fanny, you missed your puppy pad again, never mind darling, don’t be upset!”
My friends love the sounds my pugs make, as it’s quite li...
We’re increasingly living in a food obsessed world right? Paleo, gluten-free, lactose-free, vegan, macrobiotic diets.... the list goes on with an increasingly growing number of diets and nutrition regimes that we try out to see if we, as humans, “feel” the difference. But what about when it comes to our beloved four-legged friends and their diet?
As a loving dog owner, we only want to provide our doggy’s with the best that nature has to offer (and that is still affordable of course). But let’s face it, there are A LOT, and we mean A LOT, of different options out there on the shelves that could be on the menu for your dog’s daily meals. What is best though? A rising trend right now in the doggy culinary world is raw dog food. Not surprising considering it’s also a hot topic in regards to human diet and nutrition as well.
The Bones and Raw Feeding Diet (funnily enough abbreviated to BARF) was first brought to the table in 1993 by Australian vet Ian Billinghurst. Centred on the concept that...
Experts reckon dogs can master up to 165 words. Chaser, a border collie demonstrated recognition of 1,000 words. Who’s a clever boy?! But, do their human pets really understand what they are trying to tell them? Wish you could know exactly what your pup is thinking?
Learn to read your dog’s actions and body language and you can figure out what is going on in their head.
‘Me Love You’
It is pretty easy to tell if your dog is happy (spoiler; look for relaxed ears, a soft pant and soft eyes). Are they staring right in to your eyes?! This is your pup telling you not only are they happy but this is a powerful way for them to show affection to you and creates oxytocin (the love hormone). Ahhhh...
‘This is my SUPER excited face!’
Tail up, excited running, extreme tail wagging, excited barking, grinning, spinning in circles and jumping. All easy to spot signs your pup is interested and excited. Getting tackled as soon as you walk through the door might not be ideal when you have your...
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...
1. Fill Kongs with delicious treats and freeze them to give your pup while you are out. It will keep them entertained for hours, and give you piece of mind they are occupied (and not destroying the house!) while you are out.
2. Horrified by the price of some toys? Get inventive. A tennis ball with a small slit will turn it into a delicious treat dispenser. And dogs can see the yellow colour, which makes it stand out even more to them as an exciting treat time.
3. Protect your pup’s paws with Vaseline. Paw balms will set you back around £8+, but Vaseline will provide the same protection and for a quarter of the cost. You probably already have some lying around in the house...bargain.
4. In fact, if it can be used on a baby it is usually dog-friendly. This includes Sudocream that can be used for rashes and small cuts. And baby wipes for when they need a quick freshen up are much cheaper than dog wipes.
5. Home is where the dog hair sticks to everything but the dog? Use washing up gloves to r...
You know how it goes. You’re breezing along together, and always looking for a word that’s bigger than boyfriend or girlfriend and yet not as formal as ‘partner'. Before you know it, things develop to the point where you’re co-signing a lease or mortgage, and looking at a joint bank account.
And then it suddenly hits you...only the pitter-patter of tiny feet will make your relationship complete!
So which is it to be – do you get a dog or have a baby?
Before you let your mummy and daddy friends browbeat you into passing on your DNA or adopting a Mini-Me, consider the following pro-dog arguments.
Unlike babies, you can quickly teach your dog to poop and pee in an orderly fashion. Once they know the right spot/s you just need a consistent routine. Incidentally, a baby will cost around £7,000 in its first year. Unless you’re Paris Hilton, your four-legged companion will cost considerably less.
2. Dogs can fetch things from a young age, even children! Keys, sticks, balls, newspapers and s...