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Dog Collars for High-end Luxury and Comfort

Monday, February 4th, 2013

Pet owners take very good care of their companions and accessorise them to make them stylish and unique. They purchase exclusive pet accessories to make them comfortable and fashionable. Pet lovers not only buy pet jewellery, but also collars for better control and mobility. All such pet accessories make pets look more beautiful. Today, there are different types of pet accessories available in the market for dogs, cats, fish, birds or other pets. You can easily choose the one that suits your pet in a distinguished manner.

One essential aspect to consider is that pet accessory should not harm your pet in any way. It should be according to your pet’s size, health and physical features. The different pet accessories that are available in the market offer high-end comfort to the pets without harming their skin. Pet boutiques commonly offer collars, purses, necklaces, harnesses, clothing, beds, leashes, bracelets for vests and much more.

However, pet lovers should understand the very requirements of their pets and then purchase pet products. In addition, a pet product should be extremely soft and made up of pure material so that it cannot react with the skin or harm pets in any way.

Dog Collars

Dog Collars

One of the most commonly purchased products is dog collars. Dog collars are perfectly adjustable and available in different shapes and sizes according to the size of the dog. These are available in various designs, soft leather material and are usually hand crafted to reflect exclusivity. Most of the people prefer high-end luxurious pet collars that offer extra padding, durable buckles, many hand set crystals and chrome plated hardware. These exclusive looking dog collars give exceptional look to the dogs. Even people feel well from inside after giving such exclusive gifts to their dogs.

In order to exhibit high-end opulence people buy specially made collars that deliver zing like nothing else. Figuratively, it looks ideal for your small companions! You can see class excellence in design, materials as well as craftsmanship in sophisticated collars. These boast latest fashion trends and exhibits unparallel brilliance & perfection.

Designer Dog Collars

If you want more luxurious pet products and specially dog collars, then online super stores or online pet boutiques are the finest option to consider. They not only provide different types of dog collars, but offer discounts, and other free gifts to their customers.

About Author:-

James Smith is a ghost writer and has written various articles on pet accessories, wholesale pet products, online pet boutiques, pet toys, designer dog clothing, and etc. for many years.

 

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A Healthy Start to 2013 for You and Your Dog

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

2013 is in full swing however it is not too late to start planning your new year’s resolutions. Dog owners can take this opportunity to give their pooch the kick-start they need to stay fit and healthy. Whether your dog is already overweight or they have slowly started piling on the pounds, here are some top tips for getting your dog back on track.

 

A healthy start for you and your dog

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  • Ensure that your dog is receiving the best possible nutrition. The dog food aisle may be full of different tins, pouches and dry food bags however finding the right one for your pet can be tricky. Research into the best ingredients for your specific breed, taking into account their weight and their current health needs.

 

  • It can often be tough to acknowledge that your pet needs to go on a diet, those extra few pounds can even make them look cute! However adorable your podgy pet does look, canine obesity can have a serious effect on their health and well-being. The easiest way to tell if your pet needs to switch to diet dog food is by checking if you can feel their ribs easily. If not, it’s time for a change!

 

  • Appropriate exercise is a must and your dog will benefit from regular walks and play time. If your pet is struggling to walk up the garden path, start a gradual exercise programme that will allow them to get back into the swing of things with ease. Introduce fun play activities to keep your dog interested in exercise, playing fetch, tug or even letting them off the leash in save environments are all great choices.

 

  • Along with the internal factors, it is important to also keep your dog well groomed and maintained. Keep watch for any mats in fur, rotten teeth, overgrown toenails or parasitic infections that can lead to further health problems for your dog. Routine care can drastically improve your pet’s lifestyle, keeping you both happy!

 

  • Understanding your dog is the key to ensuring that they receive the best possible quality of life. Take the time to research your specific breed’s personality traits and pay attention to their body language to recognise if they are unhappy or unwell. Once you can pick up on the signs you can start giving them exactly what they need.

This post was written and supplied by Vets Food World. If you would like to contribute to the Dog Walkers City community, please feel free to contact us and submit an article for review.

 

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DWC Members – Your Funny Dog Pictures!

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

Last week we sent an email to all of our members an email asking them to send us the best funny photographs of their beloved dog(s). We have been inundated with emails, which has kept everybody here at Dog Walkers City very amused over the past week! Firstly, we want to take this opportunity to thank everybody for taking the time to send us you pictures – but don’t worry if you missed the boat, we will posting more funny doggy pics in the near future, so keep the emails coming in!

Ok, so here we go…the moment you have been waiting for  – In first place we have a great photo sent in by Julia and Martin Hughes from www.preselianimalhomecare.co.uk– of three dogs with their heads out of a car window, looking as happy as can be! We chose this one as moments like this can not be staged, they just seem to happen! Well done Julia and Martin for capturing this great photo – we hope you all enjoy it.

dogs with their heads out of a car window

Considering we had so many great pictures sent through to us, it seems only fair that we  show a selection of other photo’s that we thought were particularly funny! In second place is a photo sent in by Kim Gallagher from www.petcarers.co.uk – of Tia the dog doing her best Yoda impression! We thought this one was great, and if you can’t quit see the similarities, we have created another version that we hope you enjoy!

Tia the dog doing her best Yoda impression

Tia the dog doing her best Yoda impression

Finally, in third place, we have a great photo of Brix the dog, sent in by Ashley Kennedy from www.therunaroundhound.com. Brix is the coolest hound on the block, and he knows it! We thought this one deserved a spot as we couldn’t resist the leather jacket!

Brix the coolest dog on the block

We really hope you have enjoyed this blog post and the photo’s from our members – again, we want to take the opportunity to thank everyone for participating and taking the time to send in your snaps! Please feel free to send us more funny pics, with the word FUNNY in the subject header. The more pics we receive, the more likely it is we will feature another funny pics blog post!

 

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Pet Name Generator

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

This pet name generator from Confused.com is a lot of fun! Enter a few details and see what names it comes up with…

Pet name generator Widget created by Confused.com

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10 Dog Twitter Feeds To Follow

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

Do you use Twitter? If not, you should! It’s great for quick breaks from whatever you’re working on! Here at Dog Walkers City we ‘follow’ a load of Dog related accounts which provide us with photos, news, deals and tips. Whatever you’re interested in, there’s something for everyone. We’ve decided to compile a top 10 list of our favourite Dog related twitter feeds for you to follow. If you’re not on twitter but love Dogs, sign up and follow these accounts – you’ll soon be hooked!

1. The Daily Puppy (@DailyPuppy)

The Daily Puppy publishes a feed of daily puppy and dog photos, along with the occasional information article.

2. Tails Pet Magazine (@tailsmagazines)

Tails Pet Magazine is a US dog magazine full of great stories, news, photos and more. Their twitter feed is always promoting great articles from the Tails Pet Magazine website.

3. K9 Magazine (UK) (@K9Magazine)

K9 Magazine is another great Dog magazine, this time from the UK. Wherever you are though, the feed is still full of great photos, news and articles.

4. Fetch Dog (@FetchDog)

If you’re in the US, Fetch Dog sells all sorts of Dog related products, including collars, bowls, leads etc. There Twitter feed usually informs you of the latest deal or discount.

5. Dog Milk (@dog_milk)

Ok, Dog Milk is one of our favourites! This blog is all about Dog related design and their feed shows off a load of cool products and designs. Well worth checking out.

6. The Kennel Club (@KCLovesDogs)

The Kennel Club are the U.K’s largest organisation dedicated to the health and welfare of Dogs. Their feed is always full of great information, especially if you’re from the UK.

7. The Dog Daily (@TheDogDaily)

The Dog Daily’s Twitter feed has quizzes, articles, photos, tips and news. An all round great feed to follow, wherever you are.

8. Dog Living Magazine (@DOGliving)

Another great magazine, this time based in North Carolina. Wherever you are though, their feed has great information, and a lot of entertaining posts.

9. Kelly Felstead (@kellyfelstead)

Kelly Felstead is a writer for ‘Your Dog’ magazine. She tweets about the magazine and about various Dog related topics.

10. Dogs Trust (@DogsTrust)

Tweets from one the UK best known Dog charities. Dogs Trust tweets about everything from Charitable events to Funny photos.

Which Dog related Twitter feeds do follow? Have any suggestions? Let us know in the comments!

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Dog Walkers City Survey

Thursday, April 26th, 2012

As we try and improve Dog Walkers City we consider all aspects of the site,  from design and functionality to promotion and advertising. Our aim will always be to help Dog owners find a Dog walker or sitter as quickly and as easily as possible and to achieve this, we need to work with Dog walkers and sitters to keep improving the site in the best ways possible.

We also want to create a resource that Dog walkers and sitters can use to improve their business, in whatever way possible. I suppose our overall goal is to improve the industry as a whole, in whatever small way we can.

With this in mind we have created a Questionnaire with a few basic questions that we hope you will fill out. The Questionnaire only has 10 questions and will literally take a couple of minutes to fill out. If you’ve used our service here at Dog Walkers City, please help us to improve by giving us your opinion.

You can fill out the Questionnaire here:
http://freeonlinesurveys.com/s.asp?sid=ela9imb7p3xdh9243554

 

Thanks in advance!
From The ‘Dog Walkers City’ Team

Female Dogs In Heat

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

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What is ‘heat’?
Firstly, ‘heat’  or Estrus (from the greek ‘sexual desire’) is a recurring period of sexual receptivity and fertility in many female mammals, in this case,  dogs. At what time a female dog or bitch goes into heat can vary greatly from dog to dog. The youngest is about six months of age though sometimes a female will come into season younger. First heat can start as late as 12 or even 14 months of age or later in rare cases. Generally speaking, dogs that aren’t spayed go into season or into heat approximately every 6 months. Again, it can vary from dog to dog, but this is a good estimation as to when you can expect your dog to begin this cycle.

This can be a real annoyance to pet owners and to all other pets in the household, for a number of reasons. The purpose of this blog post is to raise awareness and bring up some important factors that both Dog owners and Dog Walkers & Sitters should be aware of if not already. From our experience, it is a big topic of discussion amongst those who care for other peoples dogs – some people outright refuse to look after dogs in heat, for obvious reasons. Equally, it sometimes goes unnoticed, and owners may be furious to find there dog has been returned to them, albeit pregnant!

Either way, you can understand the risk associated with this, and although sometimes it can’t be helped, remember, it is the owners choice and responsibility as to whether their dog should have puppies. If you suspect a dog you intend to look after is in this stage, it is important to verify with the owner as to how they wish to deal with the situation.

How to Care For a Female Dog in Heat

Two Dogs

The heat cycle for a female dog lasts approximately 3 weeks. During that time her vulva will swell and she will have a bloody discharge. During this fertility period, your dog will be constantly releasing pheromones which is likely to attract male dogs in your neighbourhood. It is advised that you do not leave your dog outdoors on her own, when she is in heat. Male dogs are prone to becoming aggressive towards females in heat, and these behavioural changes need to be managed in order that there are no unwanted mishaps. One solution is to keep your dog inside, as this will help eliminate the fear of unwanted puppies or attacks by other dogs in the area.

However, keeping the female dog inside while she is in heat can also be inconvenient. The discharge can be not only messy but sometimes quite smelly. The best option is to keep your female indoors and confined to an area where the discharge won’t be a problem to clean up, like the bathroom, garage or kitchen – places where the floor is laminated and not carpeted. Baby gates are a cheap and convenient way to confine your dog without putting her behind a closed door.

If you put your dog in a cage while she is in heat, it is important to place it where she will be able to spend time with people familiar to her, as well as let her out for frequent exercise.  Being on heat should never be treated as a punishment, and you don’t want your dog to feel as though she is being unfairly treated or left out. Another common solution is to purchase the equivalent of a ‘nappy’ for dogs, which will contain any potential discharge, avoid mess, and act as a deterrent to curious males.

Your female dogs are also known to display aggressive behaviour, especially amongst other pets in the household, while in heat. This includes a pushy attitude, shouldering aside other pets and humping. As she will be highly hormonal, it is likely that you will encounter a great deal of assertive and dominating behaviour, especially towards other dogs. This should only be temporary, and will subside once she has finished the cycle. It is important to realise that this process is natural, animals interact and deal with each other in a number of ways to find their hierarchy within the ‘pack’, and you can either let them get on with it, or intervene if you feel as though it is necessary.

Other common symptoms of a dog in heat are general agitation, restlessness and often whimpering and panting, so it is important to give them as much love and attention as possible, to ease the nerves of going through this hormonal stage.

Remember, if she isn’t allowed to breed it can be very frustrating for  her and you! If you don’t plan to breed your dog, it is much better for her health and your sanity to have her spayed. Along side the prevention of unwanted puppies, getting your dog spayed can be beneficial for a number of other reasons. It can prevent uterine infections and other disease as well as ensuring consistent behaviour throughout the dog’s life.  You may have heard the myth ‘but I don’t want her to get fat’….this is nonsense, dogs get fat through poor diet and lack of exercise, not through getting spayed.

Making The Correct Decision

Remember, responsible dog owners will consider the options and make the correct decision based on what they feel is right. You could look at it in layman’s terms: do you want to breed your dog (for financial, genetic or any other purposes?), then you must deal with this responsibly. If you don’t think you want your dog to have puppies, then you may as well get it spayed, and eliminate any risk, rather than assuming that it will never happen…because as we all know, it can, and most likely will!

Getting your dog spayed is a pretty basic and routine procedure for modern day vets, even if it seems daunting for the owner! The process generally takes about half an hour, and afterwards, the incision os stitched up and will fully heal in a couple of weeks. It is advised to monitor her after the operation jus to ensure that the stitches are healing correctly, and she is eating and sleeping as normal. Also, it is wise to prevent any excessive jumping or bouncing around for a the first week, just to ensure the healing process isn’t hindered in any way.

For more information about the procedure itself and what it entails, we advise talking to your local vetinary practice to elevate any concerns and help you better your understanding.

This blog post is first in a two part discussion where we welcome any thoughts, comments and opinions our readers may have on the matter. Next time we will look into the pros and cons of neutering a male dog, and advice on how dog owners can deal with the scenario and make the best decision for them and their dog. Let us know what you think in the comments….

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Dog Nutritional Requirements – Size, Calories & Age

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

When it comes to Dogs dinners, making decisions about his or her diet is one of the most important considerations you can make. As you’ll probably already know, certain Dogs require varying diets, depending on their breed, size and age. Of course, you can get puppy food for puppies, adult food for adults and senior food for seniors, but it’s important to know a bit more about who’s bowl you’re putting what in.

Personally, I think your Dogs size and age are the two most important factor to determining his diet. For example, as puppies larger breeds can be prone to ailments and diseases that are result of too much energy, phosphorous and calcium in their diets (eg Hip Dysplasia). This means that because larger Dogs joints move slower than their smaller friends, a less energy dense diet is required. Compare this to smaller breed puppies, who generally move quickly and sharply, they can burn through energy and calories in a meal very quickly, meaning food with more energy in, in smaller amounts is usually more suitable.

The size of the breed is still important as your Dog grows into adulthood. As with puppyhood, your Dogs metabolic rate is what’s important here. Smaller Dogs need to take in more calories per pound than their larger counterparts. This might sound contradictory but remember that smaller Dogs still need less food over all, just more per pound. We can look at an example to put this into practise.

It’s commonly accepted that a large breed Dog needs (on average) 22 calories of food per pound. Smaller Dogs on the other hand need a lot more; around 35 calories per pound. So, if we do a few sums we can see that a larger Dog that weighs 75 pounds needs around 1650 calories per day and a smaller Dog that weighs 20 pounds would need 700 calories per day. Remember, these weights and calories are only averages.

As your Dog reaches his senior years his or her diet becomes even more important. Smaller Dogs tend to live longer than their larger friends and a healthy diet with high levels of nutrients and antioxidants can help ward of illness. On the other hand, larger Dogs almost always suffer from some form of arthritis in their older years, and there are certain Dog foods that cater for this (look for Chondroitin and Glucosamine on the label).

For some Dogs, changing his or her diet can lead to problems. As we all know, most Dogs will eat almost anything! But sometimes a change in diet can lead to ailments including a loss of appetite and diarrhoea. When I switch my Dog to a new diet, I do it gradually so that he can adapt. To do this, start off on day one by mixing 20% of the new food with 80% of the old. Follow up on day two with 40% of the new food and 60% of the old, day three 60/40, day four 80/40 and day 5, 100% of the new food. I’ve found this to be the best way of adapting to a new diet, but if at any point your Dog develops sickness, diarrhoea or loss of appetite, don’t hesitate to visit your vet.

In fact, I think it’s important to stress that it’s always a good idea to consult a vet, no matter how small or insignificant your question is, especially when it comes to your Dog’s diet. Over the last couple of years, the American Animal Hospital Association has made nutritional checks a standard assessment of every patient, the organisation also admits that only 7% of Dogs that could benefit from specialized diets are actually recommended them. Most vets in the UK are also happy to provide nutritional advice.

Have you had any experience with specialized diets? Or do you own or look after an especially large or small Dog? Let us know your thoughts in the comments….

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The More People I Meet…

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

I Like My Dog