Creating Canine Comfort

Ellie-Bo dog cage with a dog sat in cage

Best practice & safety when using a Folding Dog Cage for your puppy

**Please note, prior to purchasing any cage for your Dog, it is best practice to measure your Dog both length ways and height. IF you are purchasing with a puppy in mind, please be mindful that Dogs grow up quite quickly and a larger crate will be required at some point in the near future. IF you are shopping for an adult Dog, if fully grown, I would still recommend you take a look at the manufacturers instructions and guidelines, just to be sure you get the correct size. **Safety- please don’t leave any collar on your Dog while left unsupervised in the Dog cage. **Please be mindful that some dogs will & do chew bedding etc. So with that being said, whether you have a young dog/puppy or an adult dog, please give thought to what you leave inside the cage unattended, with your dog.

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A Closer Look at the Ellie-Bo 30-inch Deluxe 2-Door Folding Dog Puppy Cage

Introduction:

As a pet owner, ensuring the comfort and safety of your companion is of utmost importance. The Ellie-Bo Deluxe 2-Door Folding Dog/Puppy Cage is designed to provide just that – a secure and cosy space for your beloved dog.  In my review, I delve into the features and benefits of this dog/puppy cage, to help you make a more informed decision when shopping for a Dog cage/crate and as I’ve owned and trained a good few dogs in my time, I hope you find my article informative and helpful.

Features and Benefits

  1. Sturdy and Secure Construction: The Ellie-Bo 30-inch Deluxe Cage is constructed with durable materials that ensure long-lasting performance. Its robust metal frame is well-constructed & the welds help give peace of mind, that your pet is **safely contained.  This cage is great for both puppies and adult dogs.
  2. Two-Door Design for Convenience: The inclusion of two doors is a standout feature of this crate. It not only provides easy access to your pet but also allows you to position the cage in various places around your home. The double-door design is particularly useful for accommodating your dog’s preferences and the layout of your living space.
  3. Easy to Assemble and Fold: Setting up the Ellie-Bo cage is a breeze. It comes with clear instructions, and no special tools are required. The folding feature is a real game-changer, making it a cinch to store or transport when not in use. This is especially handy for pet owners on the go or for those with limited space.
  4. Removable Tray for Hassle-Free Cleaning: Maintaining a clean environment for your pet is essential, and this cage makes the process easy and straightforward. The removable plastic tray at the base of the cage is a practical addition, as it allows for quick and easy cleaning, minimizing the mess and odour. (Replacement trays can be purchased & metal ones are also available)
  5. Safety Features: Safety is paramount, and the Ellie-Bo Deluxe cage delivers in this aspect. It features rounded edges and a non-toxic, lead-free paint coating, ensuring that your pet is protected from sharp edges and harmful materials. The dual slide-bolt latches on each door provide added security and help prevent any accidental escapes.
  6. Size and Versatility: With its 30-inch dimensions, this cage is suitable for various dog breeds and sizes. It offers ample space for your furry friend to move around comfortably. Whether it’s for crate training, a cosy nap, or containment during travel, this cage proves its versatility.

Conclusion:

The Ellie-Bo 30-inch Deluxe 2-Door Folding Dog Puppy Cage is a stellar choice for pet owners looking for a safe, comfortable, and versatile enclosure for their dogs.  Its sturdy construction, easy assembly, and thoughtful features make it an excellent investment in your pet’s well-being. This cage is a testament to Ellie-Bo’s commitment to providing high-quality pet products. If you want a reliable and convenient solution for your dog, this cage is undoubtedly worth considering. I personally have used Ellie-Bo cages throughout my dog owning years, and currently have a very large one for my Working Line Gsd. He has had a crate/cage from the day we brought him home, and he loves being in his cage. If the door is open he can be found in there having a snooze. I have nothing but good experience of owning this Brand of Cage, and I I mentioned, we have had various sizes. We also find them easy to fold for if we are going to stay with family, they are easy to assemble and our dog stills has his home comforts too! (Ellie-Bo Cages are available in more than one colour too – Silver,Black and Gold. Different colour options may be available based on the cage specifications.)

Here is just a small selection of more of my favourite Dog Products

Thank you so much for reading my Dog Blogs. I hope you find them really helpful and informative.

Here are a few Dog products which I use/have used, as a Dog Trainer and/or Dog Owner. I hope you will also find helpful. These are affiliate links. (refer to my full disclosure throughout my website)

If you do use them I may receive a commission at no extra cost to yourself.

However, these products are a selection of those which I use with my own Dogs. I have no problem at all in recommending them to like-minded Dog owners. Some of the items you can also see on my YouTube channel like the one above.

Tough Dog ToyKONG Extreme Dog Toy – I love these so much. I can put my Dogs food in them and freeze it. It becomes a fab way to feed and has so many uses, we even play hide ‘n’ seek with them! (I also have used the Classic Red Kong toy with my Dog’s who have now passed)

DINGO GEAR Bite SleeveDINGO GEAR Atos Black Nylcot Bite Sleeve – My Working Line German Shepherd Dog, loves this Bite Sleeve. I’ve had it almost a year now and it’s fair to say it’s certainly taken some serious use. We use it at least twice each week but often it’s much more. I have no problem recommending this sleeve as it’s standing up to the durability that Dingo Gear are renowned for. I love the brand as it is in my own opinion, top quality.

Tough Dog Muzzle Dingo Gear Dog Training Muzzle – This Dog Muzzle is Tough! It is handmade from leather and has reinforced Muzzle and Herm Sprenger buckle. Make no mistake when I say this is Top Quality. There are different sizes available, however, for my Working Line German Shepherd Dog I have size 2. When the muzzle arrives, it may feel quite stiff. But, bear in mind that leather does get softer with use, just like leather Dog leads, they become more subtle.

Dog Grooming/Bathing The AquaPaw Pet Bathing Tool. OMG! This Dog Grooming product has been a game changer for me. Do you experience difficulty when it comes to Bathing your Dogs, due to dexterity issues with your hands? (like me, I have arthritis) This product can make it so much easier. I have videos going into detail of how easy this product makes bathing my Dogs. I always recommend this product to anyone and everyone I come across who owns Dogs.

Dog Cage Ellie – Bo Dog Cage The use of Dog cages/crates, is always a contentious one in the Dog owning world. However, I do believe it’s a personal choice. There are many reasons as to why someone may choose to use a Dog cage. For example, if their Dog needs surgery or is recovering and is on restricted exercise. Or if you want to utilise a cage while toilet training your Dog.

All that aside, there are 2 main brands of Dog cages I use.

First up is Ellie – Bo. I have a huge Dog cage in the house for my working line Gsd to sleep in. That is an Ellie – Bo Dog cage. It has been a great Dog cage. I’ve had it for a fair few years now and it sure has given me my monies worth. Recently I purchased an Ellie – Bo Dog Cage cover for it, and it fits absolutely spot on. I can’t fault it at all. I love the products and love the Brand.

The second brand of Dog Cage I use is Savic.

For many many years I used Savic Dog cages in my vehicles. They are the most robust, sturdy cage I had come across on the market at the time. (in terms of foldable, portable Dog cages go) They fitted my Dogs (at that time) and my vehicles with ease.

I would tether the cage to the anchor points in the boot of my vehicles. So they were secure and didn’t move. They may cost a few quid more, but they are so worth it in my view. Especially if they are going in a vehicle. (There are now many specific companies that manufacture cages etc to fit in vehicles, right now I’m talking about foldable cages.) These are just a few of my current fav’s that I’d like to share with you. I thank you for reading my DogBlog. To view some more of my recommendations, you can check out my other DogBlogs by clicking here!

Health Supplement Gold Label Brewers Yeast I feed my Dogs a Raw Diet. I endeavour to ensure they are getting all the nutrients etc that they need in their diet.

However regardless of whether it’s Raw or Kibble, there’s some vitamins & minerals that are a tad harder to find. That is why I supplement with Brewers Yeast. It has so many benefits: It’s a natural prebiotic for a healthy gut. It’s recommended as a skin and coat conditioner for show stock. It’s a natural source of B group vitamins, which are essential for growth & healthy nervous & digestive system. There are many more benefits, too many to list here. However, I have noticed an improvement in my own Dogs condition. Especially one which is on long term steroidal medication, so I intend to keep adding it to their food. (The 300g tubs last ages!)

Tick Remover O’Tom Tick Twister Yeah, those awful pests that can spread disease.

TICKS! I live in an area of beautiful countryside in Scotland, however, so do many many thousands of Ticks (and Deer). It’s inevitable that my Dogs will get them, and they do!

So, I use this Tick Twister. It doesn’t seem like much, but they are effective. They only thing I would change about them is the size of the handle/grip, but we manage. They are easy to use. It tends to be more of a case of getting the Dog to sit still while we get the Tick. That is the biggest problem, not the actual Tick removal! These come in a 2 pack, though the largest of them seems to be easier to use for me. Again, I do have a video on my YouTube channel showing me use these. I think they are a must for every Dog owner.

Flea and Tick Spray – Barrier Natural Flea and Tick Spray – The main selling point for me, with this Flea and Tick spray, is the fact that is uses 100% natural ingredients.

I have used this Flea and Tick Spray for many years now. None of my Dogs who I’ve used it on have had any problems with it. (Always read instructions before using of course.)

The odour seems a tad strong at first when I apply it to my Dog. However, it calms down very quickly & it isn’t an unpleasant odour at all. The odour doesn’t appear to unduly affect my Dog in any way. I apply it before my Dog is to have off leash exercise.

It’s guaranteed, that my Dog will at the very least, brush past bracken, or be around where Deer or livestock have been.

(*Disclaimer – Please consult with your Dog’s vet or Vet nurse prior to using this product. Especially if you use prescribed Flea and Tick medication for your Dog/s. I don’t know about the ingredients compatibility with prescribed medications etc. Always better to be over-cautious.)

Dog Agility & Hoopers Callieway® – I love the Callieway Brand of products. We have never had any issues with the equipment/product quality and it is such great value for money. Great products, whether it’s to practice at home or at a Dog Training Club!

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What is a Tough Dog Product?

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What’s a Tough Dog Product For My Dog?

My gsd eating from a kong extreme toy on a green blancket also a photo of a Kong extreme in just the image format.

A Tough Dog Product is a type of dog accessory or equipment designed to provide durability and safety for your furry friend. These products are made to withstand wear and tear, and they are often created with features that provide support and comfort, depending on the specific product. Some common examples of tough dog products include harnesses, collars, leashes, toys, and beds. These products come in various sizes, styles, and designs to cater to different dog breeds and their unique needs.

How to Choose the Best Tough Dog Product for Your Dogs Needs

Choosing the right Dog product for your needs can be a daunting task.

There are so many different types of Dog products on the market, Dog food, Dog toys, even Dog beds.  To help you narrow down your choices and find the best product for your Dog, here are a few suggestions to consider when choosing a Tough Dog toy/product:

1. What type of toy does my Dog like?

Does your Dog prefer something they can simply parade around and show everyone what they’ve got?  Or do they prefer something they can chew on all day or bite onto?  Or a more interactive product such as a ball, something they chase after?

2. How much does a Tough Dog Product/Tough Dog Toy cost?

Of course the cost is a big decider in any purchase.  However, it’s worth considering that many of the Tougher Dog Products on the market today, will outlast numerous of their cheaper counterparts.

3. How long will this Tough Dog Toy last?

Many of the Tough Dog products on the market today, will outlast numerous of the cheaper versions and to be honest that is a huge selling point for me when I look to purchase a new or replacement product for my own Dog/s. One other factor to consider is how long your Dog is likely to have access to it each day etc, as if it’s only likely to be once a week, then it’s really going to last isn’t it?  Then if it’s something to use each day, then considering what is “normal use” I would say depending on type of product (e.g. a chew toy) it would be reasonable to expect it to last many many months at least!

4. What material is a Tough Dog Product made of?

The material a Tough Dog Product is made with, really does depend on which particular Dog category we are looking at. For example, a Dog Bed will of course be manufactured using different materials compared to what a Dog Toy is manufactured with. (Please refer to number 5 below .)

5. What’s a Tough Dog Toy?

Personally, I strongly believe that a Tough Dog Toy is a product that is not likely to be destroyed as soon as the Dog plays like a Dog with it. Meaning most Dogs will at some point, have something in their mouths that they will ‘rag’ about and shake their heads with. Fact. As this emulates the innate behaviour of a Dog when it’s caught prey. (For example a terrier when it catches a Rat. Not pleasant I know but then much of nature isn’t. ) I feel a disclaimer to all Dog Toys is needed here: If you read the packaging on most Dog Toys, it does state that the Dog shouldn’t be left alone with that product ( that the Dog should be supervised) and that at the first sign of damage it should be discarded. Therefore the responsibility is on the owner to ensure the Dog is safe with the product.

Having said that, there are Tough Squeaky Dog Toys available, which I class as being a Tough Dog Toy, which still squeak even if the squeaky has been punctured. My Dogs have loved them. They are by OUTWARD HOUND and it’s their INVINCIBLES range of Tough Dog Toys. These Tough Dog Toys are stuffing free which leaves more room for more large square (ish) shaped squeakers and helps make them even more durable. The INVINCIBLES GEKO even has a “Chew Shield layer and Strong Binding”, to make it Tougher for those Dogs who love to play hard. Please refer to number 7 to view an example of the Invincibles Range

6. What are the Benefits of Using Tough Dog Products?

The benefits of using a Tough Dog Product can of course be open to suggestion & debate, however, I feel that overall quality etc as mentioned in this Dogblog, can go along way to helping keep your Dog safe from harm (whilst following manufacturers guidance) along with enrichment for our Dog and being value for money.

7. Examples of Tough Dog Products

Below are just a small selection of examples : Please click on the image to view latest prices. (these are affiliate links and will open in a new window.)

Plush multi coloured Gecko Dog Toy
Outward Hound Invincibles Green Gecko Plush Dog Toy
Kong Extreme Dog Toy
Kong Extreme Dog Toy
Luxx Airline Approved Carrier/Kennel
Luxx Airline Approved Carrier/Kennel

8. Why I Feel We Should All Use Tough Dog Products

It is important to keep our pets safe. They are a part of the family and should, I feel, be treated as such, along with not forgetting of course that they are Dogs!

There are several reasons why using children’s soft toys for dogs is not recommended. Firstly, baby soft toys are not designed to withstand the strong jaws and sharp teeth of dogs, and they can quickly become torn apart, presenting a choking hazard for your pet. Secondly, soft toys made for babies often contain small parts, such as buttons or beads, which can also pose a choking risk.

Additionally, some children’s soft toys may be filled with stuffing or materials that are very harmful to dogs if ingested. Many of the fillings/stuffing, in those children’s soft toys is a Poly fill, chemical treated filling & many have an anti bacterial agent. There are horror stories online of dogs eating some of the stuffing from inside these children’s toys, and it has turned into a sticky glue like texture, doing permanent damage to the dogs stomach etc. (simply ask the majority of search engines and they will bring up details for you to read)

Lastly, dogs may become attached to soft toys intended for babies, and this can lead to confusion and accidents when a baby attempts to play with the toy. Therefore, it’s best to choose toys that are specifically made for dogs and are designed to be safe and durable for their use.

Conclusion,

In conclusion, it’s important to avoid using children’s soft toys for dogs due to several reasons. Not only are these toys not designed to withstand the strong jaws and sharp teeth of dogs, but they may also contain small parts that can pose a choking hazard. Furthermore, the filling or stuffing in some children’s soft toys may be harmful to dogs if ingested. Additionally, dogs may become attached to these toys, which can lead to confusion and accidents when a baby attempts to play with them. To ensure the safety and well-being of your furry friend, it’s best to choose toys that are specifically made for dogs and are designed to be safe, durable, and appropriate for their use.

Here is just a small selection of more of my favourite Dog Products

Thank you so much for reading my Dog Blogs. I hope you find them really helpful and informative.

Here are a few Dog products which I use/have used, as a Dog Trainer and/or Dog Owner. I hope you will also find helpful. These are affiliate links. (refer to my full disclosure throughout my website)

If you do use them I may receive a commission at no extra cost to yourself.

However, these products are a selection of those which I use with my own Dogs. I have no problem at all in recommending them to like-minded Dog owners. Some of the items you can also see on my YouTube channel like the one above.

Tough Dog ToyKONG Extreme Dog Toy – I love these so much. I can put my Dogs food in them and freeze it. It becomes a fab way to feed and has so many uses, we even play hide ‘n’ seek with them! (I also have used the Classic Red Kong toy with my Dog’s who have now passed)

DINGO GEAR Bite SleeveDINGO GEAR Atos Black Nylcot Bite Sleeve – My Working Line German Shepherd Dog, loves this Bite Sleeve. I’ve had it almost a year now and it’s fair to say it’s certainly taken some serious use. We use it at least twice each week but often it’s much more. I have no problem recommending this sleeve as it’s standing up to the durability that Dingo Gear are renowned for. I love the brand as it is in my own opinion, top quality.

Tough Dog Muzzle Dingo Gear Dog Training Muzzle – This Dog Muzzle is Tough! It is handmade from leather and has reinforced Muzzle and Herm Sprenger buckle. Make no mistake when I say this is Top Quality. There are different sizes available, however, for my Working Line German Shepherd Dog I have size 2. When the muzzle arrives, it may feel quite stiff. But, bear in mind that leather does get softer with use, just like leather Dog leads, they become more subtle.

Dog Grooming/Bathing The AquaPaw Pet Bathing Tool. OMG! This Dog Grooming product has been a game changer for me. Do you experience difficulty when it comes to Bathing your Dogs, due to dexterity issues with your hands? (like me, I have arthritis) This product can make it so much easier. I have videos going into detail of how easy this product makes bathing my Dogs. I always recommend this product to anyone and everyone I come across who owns Dogs.

Dog Cage Ellie – Bo Dog Cage The use of Dog cages/crates, is always a contentious one in the Dog owning world. However, I do believe it’s a personal choice. There are many reasons as to why someone may choose to use a Dog cage. For example, if their Dog needs surgery or is recovering and is on restricted exercise. Or if you want to utilise a cage while toilet training your Dog.

All that aside, there are 2 main brands of Dog cages I use.

First up is Ellie – Bo. I have a huge Dog cage in the house for my working line Gsd to sleep in. That is an Ellie – Bo Dog cage. It has been a great Dog cage. I’ve had it for a fair few years now and it sure has given me my monies worth. Recently I purchased an Ellie – Bo Dog Cage cover for it, and it fits absolutely spot on. I can’t fault it at all. I love the products and love the Brand.

The second brand of Dog Cage I use is Savic.

For many many years I used Savic Dog cages in my vehicles. They are the most robust, sturdy cage I had come across on the market at the time. (in terms of foldable, portable Dog cages go) They fitted my Dogs (at that time) and my vehicles with ease.

I would tether the cage to the anchor points in the boot of my vehicles. So they were secure and didn’t move. They may cost a few quid more, but they are so worth it in my view. Especially if they are going in a vehicle. (There are now many specific companies that manufacture cages etc to fit in vehicles, right now I’m talking about foldable cages.) These are just a few of my current fav’s that I’d like to share with you. I thank you for reading my DogBlog. To view some more of my recommendations, you can check out my other DogBlogs by clicking here!

Health Supplement Gold Label Brewers Yeast I feed my Dogs a Raw Diet. I endeavour to ensure they are getting all the nutrients etc that they need in their diet.

However regardless of whether it’s Raw or Kibble, there’s some vitamins & minerals that are a tad harder to find. That is why I supplement with Brewers Yeast. It has so many benefits: It’s a natural prebiotic for a healthy gut. It’s recommended as a skin and coat conditioner for show stock. It’s a natural source of B group vitamins, which are essential for growth & healthy nervous & digestive system. There are many more benefits, too many to list here. However, I have noticed an improvement in my own Dogs condition. Especially one which is on long term steroidal medication, so I intend to keep adding it to their food. (The 300g tubs last ages!)

Tick Remover O’Tom Tick Twister Yeah, those awful pests that can spread disease.

TICKS! I live in an area of beautiful countryside in Scotland, however, so do many many thousands of Ticks (and Deer). It’s inevitable that my Dogs will get them, and they do!

So, I use this Tick Twister. It doesn’t seem like much, but they are effective. They only thing I would change about them is the size of the handle/grip, but we manage. They are easy to use. It tends to be more of a case of getting the Dog to sit still while we get the Tick. That is the biggest problem, not the actual Tick removal! These come in a 2 pack, though the largest of them seems to be easier to use for me. Again, I do have a video on my YouTube channel showing me use these. I think they are a must for every Dog owner.

Flea and Tick Spray – Barrier Natural Flea and Tick Spray – The main selling point for me, with this Flea and Tick spray, is the fact that is uses 100% natural ingredients.

I have used this Flea and Tick Spray for many years now. None of my Dogs who I’ve used it on have had any problems with it. (Always read instructions before using of course.)

The odour seems a tad strong at first when I apply it to my Dog. However, it calms down very quickly & it isn’t an unpleasant odour at all. The odour doesn’t appear to unduly affect my Dog in any way. I apply it before my Dog is to have off leash exercise.

It’s guaranteed, that my Dog will at the very least, brush past bracken, or be around where Deer or livestock have been.

(*Disclaimer – Please consult with your Dog’s vet or Vet nurse prior to using this product. Especially if you use prescribed Flea and Tick medication for your Dog/s. I don’t know about the ingredients compatibility with prescribed medications etc. Always better to be over-cautious.)

Dog Agility & Hoopers Callieway® – I love the Callieway Brand of products. We have never had any issues with the equipment/product quality and it is such great value for money. Great products, whether it’s to practice at home or at a Dog Training Club!

**Disclaimer : Toughdogproducts.co.uk does not provide veterinary advice, nor does it claim to be an alternative to seeking professional advice. All content is therefore for informational purposes only.

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The best Dog bathing tool

The Best Dog Bathing Tool - Aquapaw

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What is The Best Dog Bathing Tool?

Using the AquaPaw bathing tool is The easiest way I have found to bath a Dog…if like me, you have Arthritis /Painful Hands, then you may find yourself asking why you didn’t have this product months ago! 

Check out video below of me using the Aquapaw bathing tool on one of my own Dogs, and see for yourself how much easier it can be to bath your Dog!

What is the Best Dog Bathing Tool?

So many Dog owners & pet owners in general, struggle when it comes to bathing their beloved companion, that they can end up spending hundreds of pounds each year taking them to groomers, to get a straight forward bath/shower and dry their coats.

Don’t get me wrong, certain breeds of Dog, and Cats, do require professional grooming services, however, us owners really ought to be able to do a straight forward bath/shower right? 

So why does bathing my Dog become such a battle?

Well, I think we fall head over heels for the soft sorrowful eyes so much, we forget that they have just “conditioned” us.

Yep, that’s right, we give in too easily.  “Oh, Fido doesn’t want to go out in the rain…never mind, we can go when it stops…”  “Oh, Fido doesn’t have to get down off the couch, he’s comfy…leave him there…”, “Fido isn’t growling, he’s just telling me he doesn’t like something…”

Do you see where I am going with this?

We’ve all done it at some point.

This is why bathing our Dog becomes such a battle.

We know we should set the standard when our pets are tiny, when we bring them home we should start as we mean to go on, instead of the age old excuse of “he’s only a puppy, its fine…”  “Don’t worry about bathing him; he’s going to the beach…  In the sea, that will clean him…”

By not being consistent enough when they are young, we are basically letting them dictate whether or not they are going to be bathed!

Now, I can look at this from two points of view really:

From a Dog owner point of view

From a Dog Trainer point of view

Like the majority of Dog Trainers, I was a Dog owner first.

Right from a young age my family home included a Dog.  After I left home and had a family of my own, I had multiple Dogs at a time.

 However, when I think about it, when it came to the Dogs needing a bath (generally due to rolling in the unpleasant out-comings of farm animals), there was never any “Come on Fido bath time” being yelled, and definitely never any kind of baby talk to the Dogs.  It was a straight forward process of

  • Sort the garden hose pipe
  • Hold Dogs collar
  • Clip on the lead
  • Wet the Dog use a bit of Dog shampoo (if we had any, otherwise is was soap)
  • And to quote a famous Hairstylist, “Rinse and Repeat”

That was all there was to it!  Simple. 

And the Dogs never growled, they accepted the fact that they were having it done, no “what if’s or maybe’s”.

The Dogs were then towel dried and left in the garden to dry off.  Never a thought about using a hairdryer to dry the Dog … wowser, my parents would have gone berserk with using electricity for the “Dog”!

So you see, everything seemed very matter of fact.  “This is what is happening to you Fido, not up for discussion”. And it was the same when it came to grooming our Dogs.  We didn’t have nor need a pocket full of Dog treats.  The task was done, end of. 

And when I now look at it all from a Dog Trainer’s point of view, yes, I am still methodical with my own Dog’s.  However, when I hear the stories of owners who’s Dog’s would rather bite them, than be bathed, that is unnerving and downright dangerous.

Yet when I talk to those owners, there is always a common denominator, and that is how they treat their Dog like a human/child.  (Instead of treating it like a Dog.)

Many people call it “humanisation”.  However, the correct term is “anthropomorphise”. It is causing behavioural issues with those Dogs, but the Dogs are merely reacting to how they have been raised.  It’s a symptom of their environment, nature versus nurture.

What advice is there for bathing a puppy?

I offer this advice to take away from this: (paraphrased from a fantastic Pet Dog Trainer in the USA, whom I think more of us should be like with our Dogs)

“Remember, that when you purchase a puppy, you are not raising a puppy.  You are raising a DOG.” 

Only accept behaviour from a puppy that you would be happy to expect from an adult Dog.  It’s not cute or fun to have a 50kg German shepherd try to bite you when you try to bath it, so don’t let a puppy mouth you when you try to bath it.  I’m sure you get the gist of it

It’s not very often a new Dog grooming/bathing product comes onto the market that I get excited about.

 However, I can honestly say, hand on heart, that I have got excited with this one.  It is a game changer in regard to bathing pets.

In all my Dog owning life, I can honestly say I have never had a problem with my Dogs when it comes to them needing to be bathed.  However, none of them have had sensitive skin issues either! Up until recently.

 So, that it’s self gave me a challenge, trying to keep my Dogs skin from being too itchy, and trying to make sure that my Dog doesn’t get any kind of yeast issues. 

So after addressing the issues internally, with diet etc, I was then looking for an easier way to address the sensitive skin externally.  My Dog was OK IN a bath but it was not practical given our bathroom and the size of my Dog…  (Very big).

And the other challenge I was finding, was that when trying to use the hose on my Dog, the shower type adapter for the garden just made the water come out way too fast for my sensitive Dog and it actually felt like a bit like a power shower.  Good for us, just not for my Dog. 

(It’s worth adding here, that my other Dog, a Sprocker, loves any kind of bath….even if it was coming straight from a hydrant, he would be there, waiting for the water)

What is the easy way to bath your Dog?

So while searching the internet for a possible adapter for the garden hose, I was thrilled to bits to find what I can only describe as a HUGE BREAKTHROUGH in Dog Bathing/Grooming.

THIS is the easy way to Bath your Dog!

Let me introduce you all (if you don’t already know …) to the Aquapaw Pet Bathing Tool.

  OMG!!

  This beauty is a whole new game changer when it comes to bathing/showering Dogs/pets. 

Why?  Let me explain to you what makes the AquaPaw special, in my opinion:

What are the best points about the AquaPaw?

My top 10 selling points for the AquaPaw Pet Bathing Tool

1) It is so easy to use (even with my small sized hands

2) It is easy to regulate the water flow

3) It has a brilliant on/off switch in the palm of your hand

4) Multiple tap adaptors

5) Feels like a rubber Dog Grooming brush

6) Doesn’t startle the Dog

7) Has plenty of hose to it

8) Very Sturdy

9) The strap on the back of your hand is easy to adjust

10) Ergonoic

I could carry on listing the AquaPaw plus points.

What are the negative points of the AquaPaw?

To be bluntly honest, I can’t find any negative points about the AquaPaw.  I have had mine for over 6 months now, and in that time it has had plenty of usage, I can tell you.  In fact I am purchasing another one to have as a standby, as I couldn’t imagine not using one to bath my Dogs now!

It’s not very often I can’t find any negative things to say about Dog products, especially within the Grooming sector, however this product has come out on top for me and my Dog.  So I say a big thank you to AquaPaw for creating this.

I have Arthritis, What can I use to bath my Dog that won’t hurt my hands?

Another reason I like the AquaPaw is because it doesn’t take much dexterity to use it. 

You don’t need to use much force in order to activate the on/off switch, so if like me you happen to have sore joints around your fingers etc, you would still be able to use it with ease. Please watch my videos in this blog of me with one of my own Dogs, it shows you how easy it is to use the AquaPaw.

 I strongly recommend giving this Pet Bathing Tool a try.  Being able to turn the water off, with a clench of your fist on the bathing tool, so you can add shampoo etc to your pet, without wasting water, without getting soaked to the skin yourself, is just brilliant.

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Here is just a small selection of more of my favourite Dog Products

Thank you so much for reading my Dog Blogs. I hope you find them really helpful and informative.

Here are a few Dog products which I use/have used, as a Dog Trainer and/or Dog Owner. I hope you will also find helpful. These are affiliate links. (refer to my full disclosure throughout my website)

If you do use them I may receive a commission at no extra cost to yourself.

However, these products are a selection of those which I use with my own Dogs. I have no problem at all in recommending them to like-minded Dog owners. Some of the items you can also see on my YouTube channel like the one above.

Tough Dog ToyKONG Extreme Dog Toy – I love these so much. I can put my Dogs food in them and freeze it. It becomes a fab way to feed and has so many uses, we even play hide ‘n’ seek with them! (I also have used the Classic Red Kong toy with my Dog’s who have now passed)

DINGO GEAR Bite SleeveDINGO GEAR Atos Black Nylcot Bite Sleeve – My Working Line German Shepherd Dog, loves this Bite Sleeve. I’ve had it almost a year now and it’s fair to say it’s certainly taken some serious use. We use it at least twice each week but often it’s much more. I have no problem recommending this sleeve as it’s standing up to the durability that Dingo Gear are renowned for. I love the brand as it is in my own opinion, top quality.

Tough Dog Muzzle Dingo Gear Dog Training Muzzle – This Dog Muzzle is Tough! It is handmade from leather and has reinforced Muzzle and Herm Sprenger buckle. Make no mistake when I say this is Top Quality. There are different sizes available, however, for my Working Line German Shepherd Dog I have size 2. When the muzzle arrives, it may feel quite stiff. But, bear in mind that leather does get softer with use, just like leather Dog leads, they become more subtle.

Dog Grooming/Bathing The AquaPaw Pet Bathing Tool. OMG! This Dog Grooming product has been a game changer for me. Do you experience difficulty when it comes to Bathing your Dogs, due to dexterity issues with your hands? (like me, I have arthritis) This product can make it so much easier. I have videos going into detail of how easy this product makes bathing my Dogs. I always recommend this product to anyone and everyone I come across who owns Dogs.

Dog Cage Ellie – Bo Dog Cage The use of Dog cages/crates, is always a contentious one in the Dog owning world. However, I do believe it’s a personal choice. There are many reasons as to why someone may choose to use a Dog cage. For example, if their Dog needs surgery or is recovering and is on restricted exercise. Or if you want to utilise a cage while toilet training your Dog.

All that aside, there are 2 main brands of Dog cages I use.

First up is Ellie – Bo. I have a huge Dog cage in the house for my working line Gsd to sleep in. That is an Ellie – Bo Dog cage. It has been a great Dog cage. I’ve had it for a fair few years now and it sure has given me my monies worth. Recently I purchased an Ellie – Bo Dog Cage cover for it, and it fits absolutely spot on. I can’t fault it at all. I love the products and love the Brand.

The second brand of Dog Cage I use is Savic.

For many many years I used Savic Dog cages in my vehicles. They are the most robust, sturdy cage I had come across on the market at the time. (in terms of foldable, portable Dog cages go) They fitted my Dogs (at that time) and my vehicles with ease.

I would tether the cage to the anchor points in the boot of my vehicles. So they were secure and didn’t move. They may cost a few quid more, but they are so worth it in my view. Especially if they are going in a vehicle. (There are now many specific companies that manufacture cages etc to fit in vehicles, right now I’m talking about foldable cages.) These are just a few of my current fav’s that I’d like to share with you. I thank you for reading my DogBlog. To view some more of my recommendations, you can check out my other DogBlogs by clicking here!

Health Supplement Gold Label Brewers Yeast I feed my Dogs a Raw Diet. I endeavour to ensure they are getting all the nutrients etc that they need in their diet.

However regardless of whether it’s Raw or Kibble, there’s some vitamins & minerals that are a tad harder to find. That is why I supplement with Brewers Yeast. It has so many benefits: It’s a natural prebiotic for a healthy gut. It’s recommended as a skin and coat conditioner for show stock. It’s a natural source of B group vitamins, which are essential for growth & healthy nervous & digestive system. There are many more benefits, too many to list here. However, I have noticed an improvement in my own Dogs condition. Especially one which is on long term steroidal medication, so I intend to keep adding it to their food. (The 300g tubs last ages!)

Tick Remover O’Tom Tick Twister Yeah, those awful pests that can spread disease.

TICKS! I live in an area of beautiful countryside in Scotland, however, so do many many thousands of Ticks (and Deer). It’s inevitable that my Dogs will get them, and they do!

So, I use this Tick Twister. It doesn’t seem like much, but they are effective. They only thing I would change about them is the size of the handle/grip, but we manage. They are easy to use. It tends to be more of a case of getting the Dog to sit still while we get the Tick. That is the biggest problem, not the actual Tick removal! These come in a 2 pack, though the largest of them seems to be easier to use for me. Again, I do have a video on my YouTube channel showing me use these. I think they are a must for every Dog owner.

Flea and Tick Spray – Barrier Natural Flea and Tick Spray – The main selling point for me, with this Flea and Tick spray, is the fact that is uses 100% natural ingredients.

I have used this Flea and Tick Spray for many years now. None of my Dogs who I’ve used it on have had any problems with it. (Always read instructions before using of course.)

The odour seems a tad strong at first when I apply it to my Dog. However, it calms down very quickly & it isn’t an unpleasant odour at all. The odour doesn’t appear to unduly affect my Dog in any way. I apply it before my Dog is to have off leash exercise.

It’s guaranteed, that my Dog will at the very least, brush past bracken, or be around where Deer or livestock have been.

(*Disclaimer – Please consult with your Dog’s vet or Vet nurse prior to using this product. Especially if you use prescribed Flea and Tick medication for your Dog/s. I don’t know about the ingredients compatibility with prescribed medications etc. Always better to be over-cautious.)

Dog Agility & Hoopers Callieway® – I love the Callieway Brand of products. We have never had any issues with the equipment/product quality and it is such great value for money. Great products, whether it’s to practice at home or at a Dog Training Club!

**Disclaimer : Toughdogproducts.co.uk does not provide veterinary advice, nor does it claim to be an alternative to seeking professional advice. All content is therefore for informational purposes only.

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“As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.” (At no additional cost to customers) Thank you if you use the links within this website, I really appreciate it. To read my Full Affiliate Disclaimer click here.

How can I calm my Dogs during Fireworks season?

Fireworks exploding in night sky

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Well folks, it’s that time of year again.. Summer has been and gone, (quite abruptly it would seem too!) the children are back at school & the Fireworks are being advertised already!

You may be one of the lucky Dog owners who has a Dog that doesn’t care about loud noises and bangs, thunder etc, and not had to give a second thought to Fireworks etc, or you may be a Dog owner that has owned Dog’s previously, and this time around started early on with getting your beloved pooch used to the loud noises like Fireworks or shooting (if you have a working Gundog). 

Either way, please spare a thought for the thousands of NEW Dog owners, who may not have the experience of Dog’s not liking loud noises or Fireworks, or those owners who DREAD the Firework season, as it can mean months of misery and walking Dogs at different times to try and avoid being out and about when the Fireworks start..

As a Dog owner, and Dog Trainer myself, i have experienced Dogs who have had severe anxiety with both Thunder & Fireworks, and also owned Dogs who have not given a second thought to the noises associated with either Thunder or Fireworks.

How are my Dog’s with Thunder & Fireworks?

Firstly, i will tell you about a German Shepherd girl i had the pleasure of having in my life for approx ten years..( a rescued German Shepherd girl, her name was Bracken, who i originally fostered & went on to adopt, she was aged 10 months. I was her 4th owner.. can you believe it at such a young age having already had 3 owners?

I loved to volunteer for that particular rescue centre, and had not felt such a pull on my heart before.)  So, my experience with this Dog, Bracken, and Fireworks was one of initial caution.

Though in hindsight, I need not have felt that way.  By the time we first had a Thunder Storm, with her living with us, she had settled in, and ensured that our other German Shepherd, an entire male, knew his place, and that he wasn’t getting any puppies with her. (she was spayed, but he kept trying bless him..)

The Thunder was very loud, so i tried not to make a sound each time it Thundered & flashed with lightening, with it making me jump, as i knew that could possibly set Bracken off, her watching me.  Bracken was also keeping an eye on my other Dog, (named Max) to see how he was reacting.  Thankfully, he was as calm and chilled out as ever, he had a very placid, easy going nature to him. 

The Thunder storm passed, without any problems, though i knew there may still be a slight chance she could react to the Fireworks, when Bonfire night/Fireworks time arrived.

And so October time arrived, and the local shops started to sell the dreaded Fireworks .. I knew the loud bangs would be starting at any point from then onwards.

When the Fireworks did start, it was constant bangs and loud booms, and because of where we lived at that time, within a street of houses in a large circle, the noises where constantly reverberating off each of the houses, so it seemed never ending.

I found my Dog Bracken, to be as laid back and placid with the Fireworks, as she was with the Thunder.  Thankfully.  She would carry on playing with Max or snoozing. Nothing appeared to phase her at all, and given her history prior to her living with us, this was a huge deal.  A true diva Dog.  Max was also a rescue German Shepherd, for want of a better phrase.  He came to live with me approximately 14 months old.  Horrible things had happened to him in his young life bless him, thankfully he ended up back with the breeder, and they contacted me to assess him..the rest is history and one of the best decisions of my life.

Max bless him, was not deterred at all by any sounds.  Not Thunder, not Fireworks not even loud drilling work or jet planes.  I feel very strongly that he had a very calming impact on Bracken.  We never needed to use any calming remedies from the vet with either of them.  However, they may be of help to your Dog if you feel they are very anxious or frightened.

Sasha, a German Shepherd girl, i had the pleasure of owning.  Again, a rescue, for want of another phrase.  Sasha used to be a bit jumpy with traffic, though never had trouble with loud noises like Thunder or Fireworks.  Whether that was due to her having Bracken and my sprocker for company, i’m not 100% sure.  Sasha was a wonderful girl and she is missed dearly, sadly we only had her in our lives for a couple of short years.

Misty was a whole new ball game when it came to being afraid of Fireworks.  Yes, you guessed it, she was also a German Shepherd girl.. she was my very first German Shepherd, however, she was the most extreme around loud noises i have known to this very day.

Misty, whom i had from being approximately 9/10 weeks old, I don’t know why to this day,  to start off with, developed a very strong dislike of heavy rain.  It got to the stage where she would hide under the table to get away from the noise.  Now we never did anything, nor witnessed anything that may have triggered this reaction to the rain, and to this day i am perplexed by her behaviour.  Well, along side this aversion to heavy rain, one day we had a really bad Thunder storm.  Misty went berserk, I mean a whole new level of “get me away from this”.  It was sad to see.  She would try to open up doors to go and hide, and also try to go upstairs to the bathroom.. even blew her anal glands, nothing we tried ever alleviated her fear/phobia. 

Then Fireworks started getting louder, and louder.  On one occasion in particular, i recall not being able to find her.  We looked all over the place, no Misty to be found.  All the time the Fireworks were booming away.  Can you guess where we found her? She was literally wrapped around the upstairs toilet.  I mean she ( a large German shepherd girl) was right behind the pipes and everything.  She was snug in there to say the least.  I was heartbroken. 

I recall at the time, feeling a tad useless and upset as i didn’t know what to do for the best for her.  After a short while, i decided i would leave her in the bathroom..with the light on, so the flashes weren’t so prominent to her, and i fetched a radio up onto the landing area, to try and distract away from some of the Firework noise. 

What did I do with my personal Dogs? & what did I recommend clients do to get their Dog’s ready for Fireworks?

The best thing I have found to help get Dogs used to loud noises & bangs, are de-sensitisation / sound therapy CD’s, like this one here.. click on the image to view more details. (and view the current price with Amazon) While Takoda and Breeze were very young, I had the loud noises playing in the background, and after a few hours, I would turn up the volume a little bit. I did this for a few days, then I started to play it while it was dark outside too. And I never drew attention to anything or even the Dog’s, I simply kept doing what I was doing.  Then I turned it up a tad more, and I had mentioned what I was doing to my neighbours, so they were aware of the noise for a little while. By now, if we had the door to the garden open, we could here the Firework noises out side..so we used this time to play with the Dogs and make it a pleasant association. (no, I don’t suggest playing with your Dog outside while the fireworks are going off..) We did this for approximately 4-5 days, and the last day and night, it was quite loud.  The Dogs didn’t pay any attention to it at all what so ever.. which = fantastic result!

When Bonfire night arrived (and New Year’s Eve) they were great, never flinched or whined. These noise Discs are brilliant. 

The main points to remember, are to start as soon as you can getting your Dog used to noises. If you have a Dog which you have adopted, of course, let your Dog settle in and do things slowly. 

Just make sure you give yourselves plenty of time. Don’t start 2 days prior to Bonfire night, give yourselves and your Dog plenty of time.  Remember, the bangs aren’t just on the 5th of November, they last so much longer now and then there is New Years Eve & other festive celebrations

Check out my Top Tips For Dogs & Fireworks below..

How do I calm my Dogs down during Fireworks season? 

10 Top Tips to help your Dog get through Fireworks season

Bonfire night & New years Eve

1. IF your Dog gets really stressed, chat with your Dog’s Vet, they may prescribe something to help calm them down .  (There are products on the market which use pheromones to help calm pets.  These are often a Plug-in type device called a DAP Diffuser, or a DAP Spray which can be applied to bedding etc, or a DAP Collar. You may need to implement these DAP products a few days prior to the actual main evenings/events where the Fireworks will be more intense in order to have full benefit of the product for your beloved pet. Another pet product worth looking into is the Anxiety/Thunder Jacket. These tend to be quite a snug fit on the Dog, to work by applying a constant but gentle pressure to the Dog, which can help to calm anxiety which may be caused by a variety of environmental factors.)

2. Exercise your Dog before dark. (Sounds obvious, however we tend to take our routines for granted and it’s easy to forget. Maybe aim to exercise your Dog before Dusk, that way the Fireworks probably won’t have started yet.

3. Close the curtains/blinds.  This may help to block some of the noise out, along with reducing the sight of the flashes from fireworks.

4. If your Dog has a Space he/she loves, away from the hustle and bustle of busy tea times, make sure they have a snug comfy place they can go IF they wish to.

5. Routine – If you tend to have a routine, try to stick to it as much as possible. 

6. Music/TV – you could play music or turn up the TV to help muffle the sounds

7. If your Dog is stressed out by fireworks, DON’T leave them home alone.  Ask someone to pet sit for you, if you won’t be home.

8. IF your Dog is scared of fireworks, try to avoid having fireworks at home. Maybe  consider going to an organised event..(if there is someone to look after your Dog of course.)  

9. Make sure your Pet is IDENTIFIABLE.  Make sure microchip details are kept up to date, especially mobile phone numbers, and also check details on any Identity tag on your pet’s collar to make sure they are still correct.  Just in case your Dog gets away from you.

10. Try not to react to the loud noises yourself.  If your Dog is stressing, I find that by remaining calm and not paying attention to the noises helps to show that there is nothing to react to.

Remember, there will be Fireworks again around Christmas and New Year, it helps to be prepared where ever possible. 

 It’s also worth noting that, many pet insurance companies now offer a vet phone type service, where you can obtain advice…without it affecting your premiums, utilise this service if you have it, and it may help give you peace of mind too.

Here is just a small selection of more of my favourite Dog Products

Thank you so much for reading my Dog Blogs. I hope you find them really helpful and informative.

Here are a few Dog products which I use/have used, as a Dog Trainer and/or Dog Owner. I hope you will also find helpful. These are affiliate links. (refer to my full disclosure throughout my website)

If you do use them I may receive a commission at no extra cost to yourself.

However, these products are a selection of those which I use with my own Dogs. I have no problem at all in recommending them to like-minded Dog owners. Some of the items you can also see on my YouTube channel like the one above.

Tough Dog ToyKONG Extreme Dog Toy – I love these so much. I can put my Dogs food in them and freeze it. It becomes a fab way to feed and has so many uses, we even play hide ‘n’ seek with them! (I also have used the Classic Red Kong toy with my Dog’s who have now passed)

DINGO GEAR Bite SleeveDINGO GEAR Atos Black Nylcot Bite Sleeve – My Working Line German Shepherd Dog, loves this Bite Sleeve. I’ve had it almost a year now and it’s fair to say it’s certainly taken some serious use. We use it at least twice each week but often it’s much more. I have no problem recommending this sleeve as it’s standing up to the durability that Dingo Gear are renowned for. I love the brand as it is in my own opinion, top quality.

Tough Dog Muzzle Dingo Gear Dog Training Muzzle – This Dog Muzzle is Tough! It is handmade from leather and has reinforced Muzzle and Herm Sprenger buckle. Make no mistake when I say this is Top Quality. There are different sizes available, however, for my Working Line German Shepherd Dog I have size 2. When the muzzle arrives, it may feel quite stiff. But, bear in mind that leather does get softer with use, just like leather Dog leads, they become more subtle.

Dog Grooming/Bathing The AquaPaw Pet Bathing Tool. OMG! This Dog Grooming product has been a game changer for me. Do you experience difficulty when it comes to Bathing your Dogs, due to dexterity issues with your hands? (like me, I have arthritis) This product can make it so much easier. I have videos going into detail of how easy this product makes bathing my Dogs. I always recommend this product to anyone and everyone I come across who owns Dogs.

Dog Cage Ellie – Bo Dog Cage The use of Dog cages/crates, is always a contentious one in the Dog owning world. However, I do believe it’s a personal choice. There are many reasons as to why someone may choose to use a Dog cage. For example, if their Dog needs surgery or is recovering and is on restricted exercise. Or if you want to utilise a cage while toilet training your Dog.

All that aside, there are 2 main brands of Dog cages I use.

First up is Ellie – Bo. I have a huge Dog cage in the house for my working line Gsd to sleep in. That is an Ellie – Bo Dog cage. It has been a great Dog cage. I’ve had it for a fair few years now and it sure has given me my monies worth. Recently I purchased an Ellie – Bo Dog Cage cover for it, and it fits absolutely spot on. I can’t fault it at all. I love the products and love the Brand.

The second brand of Dog Cage I use is Savic.

For many many years I used Savic Dog cages in my vehicles. They are the most robust, sturdy cage I had come across on the market at the time. (in terms of foldable, portable Dog cages go) They fitted my Dogs (at that time) and my vehicles with ease.

I would tether the cage to the anchor points in the boot of my vehicles. So they were secure and didn’t move. They may cost a few quid more, but they are so worth it in my view. Especially if they are going in a vehicle. (There are now many specific companies that manufacture cages etc to fit in vehicles, right now I’m talking about foldable cages.) These are just a few of my current fav’s that I’d like to share with you. I thank you for reading my DogBlog. To view some more of my recommendations, you can check out my other DogBlogs by clicking here!

Health Supplement Gold Label Brewers Yeast I feed my Dogs a Raw Diet. I endeavour to ensure they are getting all the nutrients etc that they need in their diet.

However regardless of whether it’s Raw or Kibble, there’s some vitamins & minerals that are a tad harder to find. That is why I supplement with Brewers Yeast. It has so many benefits: It’s a natural prebiotic for a healthy gut. It’s recommended as a skin and coat conditioner for show stock. It’s a natural source of B group vitamins, which are essential for growth & healthy nervous & digestive system. There are many more benefits, too many to list here. However, I have noticed an improvement in my own Dogs condition. Especially one which is on long term steroidal medication, so I intend to keep adding it to their food. (The 300g tubs last ages!)

Tick Remover O’Tom Tick Twister Yeah, those awful pests that can spread disease.

TICKS! I live in an area of beautiful countryside in Scotland, however, so do many many thousands of Ticks (and Deer). It’s inevitable that my Dogs will get them, and they do!

So, I use this Tick Twister. It doesn’t seem like much, but they are effective. They only thing I would change about them is the size of the handle/grip, but we manage. They are easy to use. It tends to be more of a case of getting the Dog to sit still while we get the Tick. That is the biggest problem, not the actual Tick removal! These come in a 2 pack, though the largest of them seems to be easier to use for me. Again, I do have a video on my YouTube channel showing me use these. I think they are a must for every Dog owner.

Flea and Tick Spray – Barrier Natural Flea and Tick Spray – The main selling point for me, with this Flea and Tick spray, is the fact that is uses 100% natural ingredients.

I have used this Flea and Tick Spray for many years now. None of my Dogs who I’ve used it on have had any problems with it. (Always read instructions before using of course.)

The odour seems a tad strong at first when I apply it to my Dog. However, it calms down very quickly & it isn’t an unpleasant odour at all. The odour doesn’t appear to unduly affect my Dog in any way. I apply it before my Dog is to have off leash exercise.

It’s guaranteed, that my Dog will at the very least, brush past bracken, or be around where Deer or livestock have been.

(*Disclaimer – Please consult with your Dog’s vet or Vet nurse prior to using this product. Especially if you use prescribed Flea and Tick medication for your Dog/s. I don’t know about the ingredients compatibility with prescribed medications etc. Always better to be over-cautious.)

Dog Agility & Hoopers Callieway® – I love the Callieway Brand of products. We have never had any issues with the equipment/product quality and it is such great value for money. Great products, whether it’s to practice at home or at a Dog Training Club!

**Disclaimer : Toughdogproducts.co.uk does not provide veterinary advice, nor does it claim to be an alternative to seeking professional advice. All content is therefore for informational purposes only.

Affiliate Details:

“As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.” (At no additional cost to customers) Thank you if you use the links within this website, I really appreciate it. To read my Full Affiliate Disclaimer click here.

How to cut black Dog nails

Dog paws with a pair of nail clippers next to them

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How do I cut black dogs nails?

How to cut black Dog nails – I would go so far as to say, that the majority of Dog owners at some point or another, will have had a Dog which needs at least one of its nail’s clipped.  This can be an anxious time, for you and your Dog. Which is very Understandable.

Do Dogs Nails Need Clipping?

Your Dog’s nails will more than likely need clipping if you don’t tend to walk on concrete, or other hard surfaces very often. 

 Many Dog owners exercise their Dogs in fields, woodland or the beach, which is all great; however it isn’t always enough to keep the Dog’s Nails short on it’s own and they can get quite long.  It is definitely worth noting that long Dog Nails can be very painful for your Dog and can also lead to the Dog becoming lame.

What happens if my Dogs nails do get too long?

If your Dogs Nails do get too long, as I mentioned above, it can cause your Dog to become lame, and it can affect their paws, their wrist and inevitably it can lead to joint problems.  So it is better to aim to keep them short.

 A veterinary professional or a groomer will be able to show you how to keep your Dogs Nails at a good length.  (If you feel comfortable clipping your own Dogs nails)

What is a “Quick” in my Dogs nails?

Within your Dogs Nail is a blood vessel (often referred to as the Quick) and nerve.  If the Dog’s Nail is cut too short, this can lead to bleeding and pain for the Dog.

 How can I tell if I am close to the “Quick” when I cut my Dogs nails?

If you have a Dog with light coloured Nails, it is often easier to see the quick in your Dogs Nails as they are slightly transparent.  The quick will show as either a pinkish type hue to the Dog Nail, or can show as slight discolouration.  If you are unsure of how close you are to the quick, you could either:

  • Try taking a smaller amount of nail off to avoid risking clipping the quick

Or

  • You could take your Dog to the groomer or vet nurse, and let them show you the best way forward.

**If you have a Dog with Dark Nails, you can sometimes see the Quick by shining a torch on the nail.  (Or have someone do that for you or use a head-torch like we do)**

Click here to view my own German Shepherd Dog having his Black Nails Cut, on our YouTube channel.

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Then it is a case of clipping a little bit of Nail off at a time.  

Don’t be tempted to take a bigger bit, just small bits Often with Dark/ Black Dog Nails, after clipping some of the Nail away, you can see a hint of the Quick line, and I don’t recommend going further.  As above, if you are in any doubt at all, please do seek advice from a professional.

Will the Quick grow to the end of the my Dogs Nail?

If your Dogs Nails are long and haven’t been trimmed for a while, it may be the case that the Nail Quick has grown further down the Nail.  Caution is needed if this has occurred. 

How can I stop the Quick from growing in my Dogs Nails?

You can’t stop the Quick from growing in your Dogs Nails.  However, you CAN help it to recede back.

By trimming a small amount off your Dogs Nails each week or so, the Quick will slowly start to recede.

What should I do if I clip my Dogs Quick?

If you clip the Quick in your Dogs Nail, it may well bleed quite a lot and cause your Dog pain.  If it is bleeding, & you have a First Aid Kit for your Dog

you may already have a styptic pen/powder that you can use to help stem the bleeding.  (The First Aid Kit shown in the image is the one we use. Please click the image for detailed contents of the kit.)

If you don’t have a styptic pen then I would advice that you call the vet to check what would be a suitable alternative that would be safe to use on your Dog.  (Some people recommend using corn flour or ordinary flour, however, I would check first) Click the image for  details of the first aid kit included contents.

** IF your Dogs bleeding doesn’t seem to be slowing at all, please seek assistance from the vet as soon as possible.  It could be that your Dog has a condition which affects blood clotting, know as Von Williebrand disease This condition is often undetected until the Dog has a situation where he/she is bleeding, and then it comes to light due to the blood not clotting as it should.  It is often referred to as vWD. ( Please ask at your Dog’s veterinary clinic for further information about this.)

**Please click this link to Kennel Club for further information on this condition.**

And let’s not forget, if you do clip the Quick, try to remain calm.  As your Dog will react to your panic, as well as its own.

When should I start to clip my Dogs Nails?

Ideally, we should be starting to clip our Dogs Nails the first week or so that we have our puppy.  Many breeders clip the puppy’s nails prior to them going to new homes.  When you first go to see the Dog you are looking to bring into your family, it is well worth asking the breeder to show you how to clip the puppies Nails. Most will gladly show you.

When they are small, the breeders tend to use baby nail clippers, (like the ones we use on our babies) as the Nails are tiny and soft.  However, by starting them young, they get used to the clipping noise and sensation.  And once completed without fuss they can have the occasional treat for being calm.  This process will stand you and the Dog in good stead for the years ahead.

What clippers do I use to clip my Dogs Nails?

There are different types of Nail clippers for Dogs Nails.  

There are:

Guillotine Clippers – These sound a tad harsh. Basically the Dog Nail goes into the clippers and your squeeze the handles to cut the Nail.  I am not a personal fan of these, however I know many owners who have always used them without problems. 

Guillotine Pet Nail Clippers

Grinder Tools These I have used, and I found that with larger Dogs, I took me a long while to get the Nails down, as the part of the tool that the Nail goes to in order to grind it down, tends to get warm, and smells like burning.   My other concern with grinders is that they do tend to make a noise, not always a loud noise, however couple it with the vibration on the Dogs nails and it could take a while to desensitise them enough to not have a  Dog trying to get away from having nails filed.  However, there are no doubt owners who also swear by them.  I can only tell you my personal experience with them.

Grinder Pet Nail Cutter

Scissor Type Pet Nail ClippersI have only ever used one pair of Scissor type clippers, and they didn’t seem strong enough to work on my big breed Dogs Nails. They didn’t cut the whole nail, and broke before I could try to redo most of the Nails.  They may be more suitable for smaller breed Dogs. 

Scissor Type Pet Nail Clippers

Pliers Type Pet Nail Clippers These are the ones I always refer back to as I have never had a problem with them. All our Dogs Nails have been cut great with these Pliers type of clippers.

Plier Type Pet Nail Clippers

If you check out our YouTube videos, you will see one of our Dogs having his Nails cut with a pair of Mikki Nail clippers.  

Click on the YouTube button below to view our own German Shepherd having his Black Nails Cut.

**Dislcaimer :Toughdogproducts.co.uk does not provide veterinary advice, nor does it claim to be an alternative to seeking professional advice. All content is therefore for informational purposes only.

Thank you for reading my blog, I hope you find it informative and the products mentioned of quality and fit for purpose.

Here is just a small selection of more of my favourite Dog Products

Thank you so much for reading my Dog Blogs. I hope you find them really helpful and informative.

Here are a few Dog products which I use/have used, as a Dog Trainer and/or Dog Owner. I hope you will also find helpful. These are affiliate links. (refer to my full disclosure throughout my website)

If you do use them I may receive a commission at no extra cost to yourself.

However, these products are a selection of those which I use with my own Dogs. I have no problem at all in recommending them to like-minded Dog owners. Some of the items you can also see on my YouTube channel like the one above.

Tough Dog ToyKONG Extreme Dog Toy – I love these so much. I can put my Dogs food in them and freeze it. It becomes a fab way to feed and has so many uses, we even play hide ‘n’ seek with them! (I also have used the Classic Red Kong toy with my Dog’s who have now passed)

DINGO GEAR Bite SleeveDINGO GEAR Atos Black Nylcot Bite Sleeve – My Working Line German Shepherd Dog, loves this Bite Sleeve. I’ve had it almost a year now and it’s fair to say it’s certainly taken some serious use. We use it at least twice each week but often it’s much more. I have no problem recommending this sleeve as it’s standing up to the durability that Dingo Gear are renowned for. I love the brand as it is in my own opinion, top quality.

Tough Dog Muzzle Dingo Gear Dog Training Muzzle – This Dog Muzzle is Tough! It is handmade from leather and has reinforced Muzzle and Herm Sprenger buckle. Make no mistake when I say this is Top Quality. There are different sizes available, however, for my Working Line German Shepherd Dog I have size 2. When the muzzle arrives, it may feel quite stiff. But, bear in mind that leather does get softer with use, just like leather Dog leads, they become more subtle.

Dog Grooming/Bathing The AquaPaw Pet Bathing Tool. OMG! This Dog Grooming product has been a game changer for me. Do you experience difficulty when it comes to Bathing your Dogs, due to dexterity issues with your hands? (like me, I have arthritis) This product can make it so much easier. I have videos going into detail of how easy this product makes bathing my Dogs. I always recommend this product to anyone and everyone I come across who owns Dogs.

Dog Cage Ellie – Bo Dog Cage The use of Dog cages/crates, is always a contentious one in the Dog owning world. However, I do believe it’s a personal choice. There are many reasons as to why someone may choose to use a Dog cage. For example, if their Dog needs surgery or is recovering and is on restricted exercise. Or if you want to utilise a cage while toilet training your Dog.

All that aside, there are 2 main brands of Dog cages I use.

First up is Ellie – Bo. I have a huge Dog cage in the house for my working line Gsd to sleep in. That is an Ellie – Bo Dog cage. It has been a great Dog cage. I’ve had it for a fair few years now and it sure has given me my monies worth. Recently I purchased an Ellie – Bo Dog Cage cover for it, and it fits absolutely spot on. I can’t fault it at all. I love the products and love the Brand.

The second brand of Dog Cage I use is Savic.

For many many years I used Savic Dog cages in my vehicles. They are the most robust, sturdy cage I had come across on the market at the time. (in terms of foldable, portable Dog cages go) They fitted my Dogs (at that time) and my vehicles with ease.

I would tether the cage to the anchor points in the boot of my vehicles. So they were secure and didn’t move. They may cost a few quid more, but they are so worth it in my view. Especially if they are going in a vehicle. (There are now many specific companies that manufacture cages etc to fit in vehicles, right now I’m talking about foldable cages.) These are just a few of my current fav’s that I’d like to share with you. I thank you for reading my DogBlog. To view some more of my recommendations, you can check out my other DogBlogs by clicking here!

Health Supplement Gold Label Brewers Yeast I feed my Dogs a Raw Diet. I endeavour to ensure they are getting all the nutrients etc that they need in their diet.

However regardless of whether it’s Raw or Kibble, there’s some vitamins & minerals that are a tad harder to find. That is why I supplement with Brewers Yeast. It has so many benefits: It’s a natural prebiotic for a healthy gut. It’s recommended as a skin and coat conditioner for show stock. It’s a natural source of B group vitamins, which are essential for growth & healthy nervous & digestive system. There are many more benefits, too many to list here. However, I have noticed an improvement in my own Dogs condition. Especially one which is on long term steroidal medication, so I intend to keep adding it to their food. (The 300g tubs last ages!)

Tick Remover O’Tom Tick Twister Yeah, those awful pests that can spread disease.

TICKS! I live in an area of beautiful countryside in Scotland, however, so do many many thousands of Ticks (and Deer). It’s inevitable that my Dogs will get them, and they do!

So, I use this Tick Twister. It doesn’t seem like much, but they are effective. They only thing I would change about them is the size of the handle/grip, but we manage. They are easy to use. It tends to be more of a case of getting the Dog to sit still while we get the Tick. That is the biggest problem, not the actual Tick removal! These come in a 2 pack, though the largest of them seems to be easier to use for me. Again, I do have a video on my YouTube channel showing me use these. I think they are a must for every Dog owner.

Flea and Tick Spray – Barrier Natural Flea and Tick Spray – The main selling point for me, with this Flea and Tick spray, is the fact that is uses 100% natural ingredients.

I have used this Flea and Tick Spray for many years now. None of my Dogs who I’ve used it on have had any problems with it. (Always read instructions before using of course.)

The odour seems a tad strong at first when I apply it to my Dog. However, it calms down very quickly & it isn’t an unpleasant odour at all. The odour doesn’t appear to unduly affect my Dog in any way. I apply it before my Dog is to have off leash exercise.

It’s guaranteed, that my Dog will at the very least, brush past bracken, or be around where Deer or livestock have been.

(*Disclaimer – Please consult with your Dog’s vet or Vet nurse prior to using this product. Especially if you use prescribed Flea and Tick medication for your Dog/s. I don’t know about the ingredients compatibility with prescribed medications etc. Always better to be over-cautious.)

Dog Agility & Hoopers Callieway® – I love the Callieway Brand of products. We have never had any issues with the equipment/product quality and it is such great value for money. Great products, whether it’s to practice at home or at a Dog Training Club!

**Disclaimer : Toughdogproducts.co.uk does not provide veterinary advice, nor does it claim to be an alternative to seeking professional advice. All content is therefore for informational purposes only.

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Do I Have To Microchip My Dog?

Microchip scanner for Pets

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Do I have to Microchip my Dog?

Yes, you do have to Microchip you Dog in the UK. (You can ask your Dog breeder, rescue centre or at your local Veterinary clinic) Microchipping your dog has become an important part of owning a pet. In April 2016, it became illegal to not microchip your Dog.

Yes.  Microchipping your dog has become an important part of owning a pet.In April 2016, it became illegal to not microchip your Dog.

Microchips act like a collar I’D tag, in that they hold unique identifiable details, like the Dog’s name, breed and colour of the Dog and all the details of the registered owner, in case it runs away or gets lost/ stolen.  It can be used to identify the Dog and reunite him/her with their registered owners. However, that is where the similarities to a collar I’D tag end. 

It is now illegal to not microchip your Dog in England, Scotland and Wales.  Not having your Dog micro-chipped could lead to a fine of up to £500.  The only EXCEPTION to this is if a Vet deems a Dog not suitable to have a microchip due to health reasons. 

What is a Microchip?

The Microchip itself is a tiny transponder, roughly the size of a large grain of rice.

The Microchip is implanted into the Dog, roughly at the base of the neck, between the shoulder blades.  It stays in that particular Dog for the whole of its life. It doesn’t require batteries. 

What age should I Microchip my Dog?

It is possible to microchip a Dog at any age.  However, it is suggested to be better and more comfortable for the Dog if you do it at an age no younger than 7 weeks.

This is due to the skin being firmer around the puppy’s neck and this can make for an easier insertion of the microchip and make it less painful for the puppy.

When inserting/implanting the microchip, many Dog breeds have thicker skin around their neck at younger ages, but universally it is accepted that between 7 to 8 weeks of age is the minimum age for microchipping a Dog, as this is a time when they will not feel as much pain and it will be more comfortable for them

What Date did Dog Microchipping become law in UK? 

Having Dogs microchipped became law/compulsory on the 6TH April 2016. 

This is to help the welfare of Dogs around the UK.  It also benefits stray/stolen Dogs, as Dogs which are found, can be scanned by the Dog Wardens, Vet’s, Police and various charity or Dog rescue centres that help deal with lost Dogs.  The microchip number, which is unique to that Dog, is then entered into a database, which will return details of the Dogs registered owners.  From there go they can go on to be reunited.

Puppies that are being sold and those from registered breeders, now need to be microchipped by the time they are 8 weeks old and ready to go to a new home by law.

 This means that the details of both those who are breeding them as well as the family, who purchase the puppy, have their details registered to them as well.  However the “breeder” or person you purchased your puppy from should be the first registered name on the microchip documentation.

How long does it take to Microchip my Dog?

The actual process of microchipping your puppy is very simple and quick.  It takes literally as long to insert the microchip as it does to have an injection.

How is the Microchip inserted into my Dog?

Once the paperwork has been done, and relevant questions asked, for safety, it merely involves a needle being inserted into the scruff of the neck of the Dog, usually, and the microchip is inserted using a pre loaded instrument which nowadays looks just like an injection needle.  The transponder/chip is already inside the instrument, and sterile, so the implanter simply gives an “injection” type procedure, and that is it…  All done!

Can anyone microchip my Dog?

No.  Not just anyone can microchip your Dog! 

Like myself, you need to successfully complete a microchip implanting course, in order to be able to microchip an animal. I completed my course in 2009. I am a registered microchip implanter and I am registered as an implanter on PetLog. Once you successfully complete a microchip implanter course, you will receive an implanter code, unique to you, which is required in order to purchase microchips etc.

There are courses available throughout the UK, for people to learn how to microchip Dogs and Cats, themselvesAnd these are often courses which last only a couple of days, so they can be fitted into most hectic schedules.

Dogs used to be microchipped by only veterinarians or qualified vet nurses.  However, nowadays, many Dog groomers, Dog trainers along with Dog breeders and Dog/Cat rescue centres (along with volunteers) also carry out Dog microchipping.  Providing an all round service/package.

How much does it cost to microchip my Dog?

The cost of microchipping your Dog will vary, depending on where in the world you live.  However, here in the UK it can cost roughly between £10 and £15 to get your Dog microchipped.  Sometimes is can a bit more to have it done by a vet or vet nurse, often depending on whether or not any other services are purchased at the same time.  Sometimes, if you have more than one Dog, you can get a discount, especially if you are having a litter of puppies’ microchipped.  Also, some rescue charities have microchip discount days, so it’s worth checking this out too…

Many people now offer microchipping as a service. From Dog walkers to pet sitters, however it is important to make sure that the person to who is going to microchip your Dog is qualified to carry out the procedure. 

You can also check their details by asking them if they are a registered microchip implanter, and if so, which implanter code do they have.  Different companies that sell microchips have a different prefix to their implanter codes, which the implanter needs to register any implants they do, and also they need this in order to lawfully purchase microchips.  It is your Dog at the end of the day, and you are well within your rights to ask for proof they can implant.

What is a Microchip Scanner?

A Microchip Scanner is a portable, handheld device which picks up the transponder signal which is emitted from the Microchip inserted into the animal.

When a handheld scanning device, is passed over the length of your Dog’s body, if they have a microchip implanted, the scanner will pick it up and emit a loud beep, notifying that a chip is present.  The screen of the scanner will show a long number, with a couple of letters.  These together, make a unique microchip number, your Dog’s unique microchip number.

All the information about the Dog, including breed, and any unique identifiable marks, or scars, is electronically stored on a database paired with that unique microchip number.

The database covers the whole country, and in some cases that information may actually cover all Europe.  Depending on the microchip company and the database they use, and applicable data laws.  (Please refer to your microchip paperwork  for details of where the information is stored)

I have both types of these Microchip scanners. The Mini RFID reader type, I got back when I completed the microchipping course I took. The HALO scanner I got when working as a volunteer for a Dog rescue charity,

There’s a huge variety Microchip Scanners available, with differing price points.  (This Halo Microchip Scanner, has option of with or without carry case & a variety of colours. Please click the image for further product information)

One thing to bear in mind when you are looking to purchase a Microchip scanner, is it’s ability to read different types of transponder/Microchip.   The majority of Microchip scanners available to purchase in the UK are only able to read the Microchips which are known as FDX-B (ISO compliant, 15 digits).  Some, not all, can read the FDX -A (10 Digit) Microchips & then there are models which can read both FDX -B & FDX-A Microchips.  As if that isn’t enough information to get our heads around, for those animals here in the UK that had a Microchip implanted in the USA, notably the Friendchip, then they would need to be scanned with a Scanner which covers ALL protocols.  If your reason for purchasing a Microchip Scanner is for your own pet, then models like those in this Dog Blog should suffice, (please check on your pets paperwork prior to purchase to see which type of Transponder is implanted, FDX-A or B) 

Thank you for reading my DogBlog. I hope you have found it to be informative and answers any questions you may have around microchip implanting your Dog.

Here is just a small selection of more of my favourite Dog Products

Thank you so much for reading my Dog Blogs. I hope you find them really helpful and informative.

Here are a few Dog products which I use/have used, as a Dog Trainer and/or Dog Owner. I hope you will also find helpful. These are affiliate links. (refer to my full disclosure throughout my website)

If you do use them I may receive a commission at no extra cost to yourself.

However, these products are a selection of those which I use with my own Dogs. I have no problem at all in recommending them to like-minded Dog owners. Some of the items you can also see on my YouTube channel like the one above.

Tough Dog ToyKONG Extreme Dog Toy – I love these so much. I can put my Dogs food in them and freeze it. It becomes a fab way to feed and has so many uses, we even play hide ‘n’ seek with them! (I also have used the Classic Red Kong toy with my Dog’s who have now passed)

DINGO GEAR Bite SleeveDINGO GEAR Atos Black Nylcot Bite Sleeve – My Working Line German Shepherd Dog, loves this Bite Sleeve. I’ve had it almost a year now and it’s fair to say it’s certainly taken some serious use. We use it at least twice each week but often it’s much more. I have no problem recommending this sleeve as it’s standing up to the durability that Dingo Gear are renowned for. I love the brand as it is in my own opinion, top quality.

Tough Dog Muzzle Dingo Gear Dog Training Muzzle – This Dog Muzzle is Tough! It is handmade from leather and has reinforced Muzzle and Herm Sprenger buckle. Make no mistake when I say this is Top Quality. There are different sizes available, however, for my Working Line German Shepherd Dog I have size 2. When the muzzle arrives, it may feel quite stiff. But, bear in mind that leather does get softer with use, just like leather Dog leads, they become more subtle.

Dog Grooming/Bathing The AquaPaw Pet Bathing Tool. OMG! This Dog Grooming product has been a game changer for me. Do you experience difficulty when it comes to Bathing your Dogs, due to dexterity issues with your hands? (like me, I have arthritis) This product can make it so much easier. I have videos going into detail of how easy this product makes bathing my Dogs. I always recommend this product to anyone and everyone I come across who owns Dogs.

Dog Cage Ellie – Bo Dog Cage The use of Dog cages/crates, is always a contentious one in the Dog owning world. However, I do believe it’s a personal choice. There are many reasons as to why someone may choose to use a Dog cage. For example, if their Dog needs surgery or is recovering and is on restricted exercise. Or if you want to utilise a cage while toilet training your Dog.

All that aside, there are 2 main brands of Dog cages I use.

First up is Ellie – Bo. I have a huge Dog cage in the house for my working line Gsd to sleep in. That is an Ellie – Bo Dog cage. It has been a great Dog cage. I’ve had it for a fair few years now and it sure has given me my monies worth. Recently I purchased an Ellie – Bo Dog Cage cover for it, and it fits absolutely spot on. I can’t fault it at all. I love the products and love the Brand.

The second brand of Dog Cage I use is Savic.

For many many years I used Savic Dog cages in my vehicles. They are the most robust, sturdy cage I had come across on the market at the time. (in terms of foldable, portable Dog cages go) They fitted my Dogs (at that time) and my vehicles with ease.

I would tether the cage to the anchor points in the boot of my vehicles. So they were secure and didn’t move. They may cost a few quid more, but they are so worth it in my view. Especially if they are going in a vehicle. (There are now many specific companies that manufacture cages etc to fit in vehicles, right now I’m talking about foldable cages.) These are just a few of my current fav’s that I’d like to share with you. I thank you for reading my DogBlog. To view some more of my recommendations, you can check out my other DogBlogs by clicking here!

Health Supplement Gold Label Brewers Yeast I feed my Dogs a Raw Diet. I endeavour to ensure they are getting all the nutrients etc that they need in their diet.

However regardless of whether it’s Raw or Kibble, there’s some vitamins & minerals that are a tad harder to find. That is why I supplement with Brewers Yeast. It has so many benefits: It’s a natural prebiotic for a healthy gut. It’s recommended as a skin and coat conditioner for show stock. It’s a natural source of B group vitamins, which are essential for growth & healthy nervous & digestive system. There are many more benefits, too many to list here. However, I have noticed an improvement in my own Dogs condition. Especially one which is on long term steroidal medication, so I intend to keep adding it to their food. (The 300g tubs last ages!)

Tick Remover O’Tom Tick Twister Yeah, those awful pests that can spread disease.

TICKS! I live in an area of beautiful countryside in Scotland, however, so do many many thousands of Ticks (and Deer). It’s inevitable that my Dogs will get them, and they do!

So, I use this Tick Twister. It doesn’t seem like much, but they are effective. They only thing I would change about them is the size of the handle/grip, but we manage. They are easy to use. It tends to be more of a case of getting the Dog to sit still while we get the Tick. That is the biggest problem, not the actual Tick removal! These come in a 2 pack, though the largest of them seems to be easier to use for me. Again, I do have a video on my YouTube channel showing me use these. I think they are a must for every Dog owner.

Flea and Tick Spray – Barrier Natural Flea and Tick Spray – The main selling point for me, with this Flea and Tick spray, is the fact that is uses 100% natural ingredients.

I have used this Flea and Tick Spray for many years now. None of my Dogs who I’ve used it on have had any problems with it. (Always read instructions before using of course.)

The odour seems a tad strong at first when I apply it to my Dog. However, it calms down very quickly & it isn’t an unpleasant odour at all. The odour doesn’t appear to unduly affect my Dog in any way. I apply it before my Dog is to have off leash exercise.

It’s guaranteed, that my Dog will at the very least, brush past bracken, or be around where Deer or livestock have been.

(*Disclaimer – Please consult with your Dog’s vet or Vet nurse prior to using this product. Especially if you use prescribed Flea and Tick medication for your Dog/s. I don’t know about the ingredients compatibility with prescribed medications etc. Always better to be over-cautious.)

Dog Agility & Hoopers Callieway® – I love the Callieway Brand of products. We have never had any issues with the equipment/product quality and it is such great value for money. Great products, whether it’s to practice at home or at a Dog Training Club!

**Disclaimer : Toughdogproducts.co.uk does not provide veterinary advice, nor does it claim to be an alternative to seeking professional advice. All content is therefore for informational purposes only.

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“As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.” (At no additional cost to customers) Thank you if you use the links within this website, I really appreciate it. To read my Full Affiliate Disclaimer click here.

The Ultimate Guide to Dog Agility Sport in the UK

Dog jumping through a round agility tyre
"Dogs lying in playground in a Dog Agility Tunnel"

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What is Dog Agility?

Dog Agility Sport is a popular canine activity that involves the dog and its handler navigating an obstacle course together. The sport is designed to test the dog’s speed, agility, and accuracy while also showcasing the teamwork between the dog and its handler. In this blog, we’ll discuss the rules and regulations of Dog Agility Sport in the UK.

Overview of Dog Agility Sport in the UK

In the UK, Dog Agility Sport is regulated by the Kennel Club, which is the governing body for canine activities in the country. The Kennel Club organizes a range of events and competitions for Dog Agility Sport throughout the year, with the most prestigious being the Kennel Club Agility Championships.

What breed of Dog can do Agility?

The sport is open to all breeds of dogs, although certain breeds may be more suited to the activity than others.

How old does my Dog need to be to start Agility?

To compete in Dog Agility Sports, the Dogs must be at least 18 months old and have a good level of physical fitness.

The Dog Agility Course

A Dog Agility Sport course consists of a variety of obstacles that the dog and handler must navigate in a specific order. The obstacles include jumps, tunnels, weave poles, A-frames, and seesaws, among others. The course is designed to test the dog’s speed, agility, and accuracy, as well as the handler’s ability to guide the dog through the course.

What is the Scoring system for Dog Agility?

The scoring system for Dog Agility Sport is based on the time taken to complete the course and the number of faults incurred by the dog. Faults can include knocking down a jump or missing an obstacle altogether. Time penalties are also incurred for exceeding the course time limit.  The dog with the fastest time and fewest faults is the winner.

A brown and white border collie dog going over the "A" frame in Dog agility with handler stood next the the frame.

Dog Agility Classes

Dog Agility Sport is divided into several classes based on the level of experience of the dog and handler. The classes are as follows:

  • Beginners/Novice
  • Elementary/Intermediate
  • Advanced/Open
  • Championship

The Beginners/Novice class is for dogs and handlers who are new to the sport, while the Championship class is for the most experienced competitors.

What are the Rules and Regulations for Dog Agility in the UK?

Rules and Regulations

To compete in Dog Agility Sport in the UK, there are several rules and regulations that must be followed. These include:

  • Dogs must be at least 18 months old and have a good level of physical fitness.
  • Handlers are not allowed to touch the dog or the obstacles during the course.
  • The dog must complete the course in the correct order.
  • Handlers are not allowed to use food or toys to encourage the dog through the course.
  • Dogs must be under control at all times and not aggressive towards other dogs or people.
  • Handlers must not interfere with other competitors.

How do I Qualifying for Competitions?

To compete in higher-level competitions, dogs and handlers must first qualify by achieving certain results in lower-level competitions. The Kennel Club sets out specific rules and regulations for qualifying, which vary depending on the level of competition. The highest level of competition, is the Kennel Club Agility Championships, which takes place annually and features the best dogs and handlers from across the country.

Training for Dog Agility Sport

Training for Dog Agility Sport requires time, patience, and dedication from both the dog and the handler.  It’s important to start with basic training and gradually progress to more challenging obstacles and courses. Many dog training schools and clubs now offer classes in Dog Agility Sport and these can be a great way to get started and to meet other like-minded dog owners aswell.

Does Agility Build Confidence in Dogs?

Dog Agility can certainly help to build confidence in your Dog and strengthen the bond between handler and their Dog. Going under, over and through obstacles can be a fantastic way of incorporating confidence building in to your Dog Training sessions too!

What about Safety in Dog Agility Sports?

Safety is of utmost importance in Dog Agility Sport and all obstacles must be set up and maintained to a high standard. Handlers should also ensure that their dogs are in good physical condition and not at risk of injury. Dogs doing Agility, must wear appropriate safety gear and should be checked for any injuries or health concerns before competing.

In Conclusion

Dog Agility Sport is a thrilling and exciting activity for dogs and their handlers, and the UK has a thriving community of competitors. The sport is regulated by the Kennel Club, and competitions are held throughout the year. If you’re interested in getting involved in Dog Agility, be sure to check out the Kennel Club website for more information on how to get started & you and your Dog could be competing at the highest levels of this exciting Dog Sport!

Take a look at some Dog Agility Product Recommendations by clicking the links below:

*See Saw

*Professional Agility Tunnel

*Dog Agility Jumps

*Soft Blocks

*Weaves

Good reference points for further information about Dog Agility:

The Kennel Club UK Agility Net UK Agility.com

Here is just a small selection of more of my favourite Dog Products

Thank you so much for reading my Dog Blogs. I hope you find them really helpful and informative.

Here are a few Dog products which I use/have used, as a Dog Trainer and/or Dog Owner. I hope you will also find helpful. These are affiliate links. (refer to my full disclosure throughout my website)

If you do use them I may receive a commission at no extra cost to yourself.

However, these products are a selection of those which I use with my own Dogs. I have no problem at all in recommending them to like-minded Dog owners. Some of the items you can also see on my YouTube channel like the one above.

Tough Dog ToyKONG Extreme Dog Toy – I love these so much. I can put my Dogs food in them and freeze it. It becomes a fab way to feed and has so many uses, we even play hide ‘n’ seek with them! (I also have used the Classic Red Kong toy with my Dog’s who have now passed)

DINGO GEAR Bite SleeveDINGO GEAR Atos Black Nylcot Bite Sleeve – My Working Line German Shepherd Dog, loves this Bite Sleeve. I’ve had it almost a year now and it’s fair to say it’s certainly taken some serious use. We use it at least twice each week but often it’s much more. I have no problem recommending this sleeve as it’s standing up to the durability that Dingo Gear are renowned for. I love the brand as it is in my own opinion, top quality.

Tough Dog Muzzle Dingo Gear Dog Training Muzzle – This Dog Muzzle is Tough! It is handmade from leather and has reinforced Muzzle and Herm Sprenger buckle. Make no mistake when I say this is Top Quality. There are different sizes available, however, for my Working Line German Shepherd Dog I have size 2. When the muzzle arrives, it may feel quite stiff. But, bear in mind that leather does get softer with use, just like leather Dog leads, they become more subtle.

Dog Grooming/Bathing The AquaPaw Pet Bathing Tool. OMG! This Dog Grooming product has been a game changer for me. Do you experience difficulty when it comes to Bathing your Dogs, due to dexterity issues with your hands? (like me, I have arthritis) This product can make it so much easier. I have videos going into detail of how easy this product makes bathing my Dogs. I always recommend this product to anyone and everyone I come across who owns Dogs.

Dog Cage Ellie – Bo Dog Cage The use of Dog cages/crates, is always a contentious one in the Dog owning world. However, I do believe it’s a personal choice. There are many reasons as to why someone may choose to use a Dog cage. For example, if their Dog needs surgery or is recovering and is on restricted exercise. Or if you want to utilise a cage while toilet training your Dog.

All that aside, there are 2 main brands of Dog cages I use.

First up is Ellie – Bo. I have a huge Dog cage in the house for my working line Gsd to sleep in. That is an Ellie – Bo Dog cage. It has been a great Dog cage. I’ve had it for a fair few years now and it sure has given me my monies worth. Recently I purchased an Ellie – Bo Dog Cage cover for it, and it fits absolutely spot on. I can’t fault it at all. I love the products and love the Brand.

The second brand of Dog Cage I use is Savic.

For many many years I used Savic Dog cages in my vehicles. They are the most robust, sturdy cage I had come across on the market at the time. (in terms of foldable, portable Dog cages go) They fitted my Dogs (at that time) and my vehicles with ease.

I would tether the cage to the anchor points in the boot of my vehicles. So they were secure and didn’t move. They may cost a few quid more, but they are so worth it in my view. Especially if they are going in a vehicle. (There are now many specific companies that manufacture cages etc to fit in vehicles, right now I’m talking about foldable cages.) These are just a few of my current fav’s that I’d like to share with you. I thank you for reading my DogBlog. To view some more of my recommendations, you can check out my other DogBlogs by clicking here!

Health Supplement Gold Label Brewers Yeast I feed my Dogs a Raw Diet. I endeavour to ensure they are getting all the nutrients etc that they need in their diet.

However regardless of whether it’s Raw or Kibble, there’s some vitamins & minerals that are a tad harder to find. That is why I supplement with Brewers Yeast. It has so many benefits: It’s a natural prebiotic for a healthy gut. It’s recommended as a skin and coat conditioner for show stock. It’s a natural source of B group vitamins, which are essential for growth & healthy nervous & digestive system. There are many more benefits, too many to list here. However, I have noticed an improvement in my own Dogs condition. Especially one which is on long term steroidal medication, so I intend to keep adding it to their food. (The 300g tubs last ages!)

Tick Remover O’Tom Tick Twister Yeah, those awful pests that can spread disease.

TICKS! I live in an area of beautiful countryside in Scotland, however, so do many many thousands of Ticks (and Deer). It’s inevitable that my Dogs will get them, and they do!

So, I use this Tick Twister. It doesn’t seem like much, but they are effective. They only thing I would change about them is the size of the handle/grip, but we manage. They are easy to use. It tends to be more of a case of getting the Dog to sit still while we get the Tick. That is the biggest problem, not the actual Tick removal! These come in a 2 pack, though the largest of them seems to be easier to use for me. Again, I do have a video on my YouTube channel showing me use these. I think they are a must for every Dog owner.

Flea and Tick Spray – Barrier Natural Flea and Tick Spray – The main selling point for me, with this Flea and Tick spray, is the fact that is uses 100% natural ingredients.

I have used this Flea and Tick Spray for many years now. None of my Dogs who I’ve used it on have had any problems with it. (Always read instructions before using of course.)

The odour seems a tad strong at first when I apply it to my Dog. However, it calms down very quickly & it isn’t an unpleasant odour at all. The odour doesn’t appear to unduly affect my Dog in any way. I apply it before my Dog is to have off leash exercise.

It’s guaranteed, that my Dog will at the very least, brush past bracken, or be around where Deer or livestock have been.

(*Disclaimer – Please consult with your Dog’s vet or Vet nurse prior to using this product. Especially if you use prescribed Flea and Tick medication for your Dog/s. I don’t know about the ingredients compatibility with prescribed medications etc. Always better to be over-cautious.)

Dog Agility & Hoopers Callieway® – I love the Callieway Brand of products. We have never had any issues with the equipment/product quality and it is such great value for money. Great products, whether it’s to practice at home or at a Dog Training Club!

**Disclaimer : Toughdogproducts.co.uk does not provide veterinary advice, nor does it claim to be an alternative to seeking professional advice. All content is therefore for informational purposes only.

Affiliate Details:

“As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.” (At no additional cost to customers) Thank you if you use the links within this website, I really appreciate it. To read my Full Affiliate Disclaimer click here.

Best Muzzle For A Reactive Dog

Gsd wearing a tough dog muzzle

I’d like to start this DogBlog by stating that my opinion regarding Reactivity in Dogs, has been moulded through my experience as a Dog Owner AND as a Dog Trainer. Now, depending on which country you reside in. the law in relation to Dogs, Dog ownership and what is acceptable in general as far as Dogs are concerned, will undoubtedly differ. However, as I am in the UK, the law here is what I am familiar with, so I ask that you please bear that in mind if anything I discuss seems different to what you may be familiar with.

“As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.” Thank you if you use the links within this website, I really appreciate it.

The topic of Reactive” Dogs, is one which I feel will be debated and discussed and disagreed with until the end of time. I believe that “Reactivity” is a result of over Arousal and I believe this can be when a Dog is more likely to make the wrong choices in that moment. That said, the same can apply to “Aggression“. There are many types of Aggression, including Fear Aggression and similarly, can also result in the Dog being incorrectly labelled without a Dog Trainer assessing them and helping the owner and Dog and the Dog being given a one way ticket to the Veterinary Clinic sadly. This is a topic close to my heart, however this DogBlog isn’t about that for now, it’s about being an advocate for your Dog and the general public and their Dogs to keep all as safe as possible.

What’s The Best Muzzle For a Reactive Dog?

If you have a Dog that presents with reactivity, it is your duty to ensure the safety of other people and their pets. No what’s if’s or maybe’s.

So, the first thing to check, is that the Muzzle is going to be fit for purpose. Now that to ME, means that the Dogs teeth have no way of biting a person or pet while they are wearing a Dog Muzzle. (Some Dog Muzzles have big gaps in them that to be honest, In my own opinion, wouldn’t stop a Dog from biting if it was intent on doing so.)

So in my opinion, The Best Muzzle For a Reactive Dog is The Dingo Gear Dog Training Muzzle. There are two size options available. Click Here to view the product or click the image.

This is the very same Dog Muzzle I have for my own Working Line German Shepherd Dog. I can tell you that this Dog Muzzle is an investment in a quality piece of equipment that is durable and definitely fit for purpose.  It is made from leather and as you may already be aware, the more you use leather the more supple it becomes too.

Dingo GEar Leather Dog Muzzle which covers the Dogs whole mouth while letting the dog be able to breath etc

The Dingo Gear has fully adjustable straps and once they are fitted comfortably to your Dog and fastened, the Buckle is a Herm Sprenger Buckle, renowned for quality and this allows you to fit and remove the Dog Muzzle quickly and easily once the correct adjustment has been made when you place it on your Dog. One more fantastic feature of this Tough Dog Muzzle, it also has a reinforced panel in the front of the muzzle. As you can see from the pictures, the Dog has plenty of room to breath, pant and possibly give a treat (if the circumstance permits) and the nose is not pushing against the end of the Dog Muzzle, so there is no friction to the Dog. I love the quality of this Dingo Gear Dog Muzzle, however, one main selling point for me is that there is no way (unless not fitted correctly in my opinion) my Dog can bite while he’s wearing it and that for me and my family and everyone else and their pets, is the best reason to invest in quality from Dingo Gear. (please read my more indepth review below..)

Review for Dingo Gear Muzzle

The DINGO GEAR Dog Training Muzzle is a high-quality, handmade leather muzzle designed for use in a variety of training and service scenarios.  As someone who has worked with dogs extensively, I was impressed with the craftsmanship of this product, which is evident in its design and construction.

Why purchase the Dingo Gear Muzzle?

One of the things that stood out to me about this muzzle was how lightweight it is.  Despite being made of high-quality leather, it doesn’t feel bulky or heavy so when it’s on the dog, it’s comfortable.  This is important because it allows the dog to move freely which is crucial in many training and service scenarios, as well as everyday life like a walk through town etc.

What is the fit like?

The fit of the Dingo Gear Muzzle is also excellent.  (although there are different sizes available to purchase, and I advise you measure your dog prior to ordering one, as even though the straps are adjustable, there are differences sometimes with the heads/noses/muzzles on large dogs, like distance from nose to just under the eyes etc)

It’s clear that a lot of thought went into the design to ensure that it fits securely and comfortably on the dog’s head.  The adjustable straps allow for a customized fit, which is essential for a product like this; while accompanied by the Herm Sprenger secure clasp, making it extremely difficult to “accidently” undo/unclip the muzzle.

Is the Dingo Gear Leather Dog Muzzle fit for purpose?

In terms of its functionality, the DINGO GEAR Dog Training Muzzle is excellent.  It provides ample protection for the dog’s mouth & nose and prevents them from biting or mouthing (or eating rubbish from the floor on walks) and ideal muzzle for protection sport work.  Additionally, the muzzle has a padded metal plate at the front (which really ensures that there is protection in place and also helps keep the frame of the muzzle in shape.)  & has a section of padding across the nose band area, making it a comfortable for the dog to wear.

In conclusion

I highly recommend the DINGO GEAR Dog Training Muzzle to anyone who is looking for a high-quality, durable, and functional muzzle for their dog.  It’s clear that a lot of care and attention went into the design and construction of this product, and it shows in the final result.  I am very happy with it and my Dog doesn’t try to remove it when we are walking him with it on.  On a more serious note however, when my Dog is wearing his Dingo Gear Muzzle, there is no way his mouth or teeth are able to come into contact with another person or Dog – UNLESS the muzzle is removed.  Unlike some muzzles on the market today, that allow your Dogs teeth to get through the gaps and the Dog is able to at the very least give a nasty nip, the Dingo Gear Muzzle doesn’t allow this to happen.  This is huge as far as we are concerned.

(We got the Dingo Gear Muzzle for our working line (DDR) German Shepherd Dog.)

How Do I Measure My Dog For a Muzzle?

When it comes to measuring your Dog for a Muzzle, It is important that when you are purchasing a piece of equipment like this, that you measure your Dog correctly. *It is worth noting that different types of Dog Muzzle may require you to measure the way they themselves stipulate in their own product guidelines so the method with the Dingo Gear Muzzle may vary slightly. Please check prior to purchasing, which ever Muzzle you choose to go with.*

Personally, I measure down the length of my Dog’s nose ( from about 1/2 inch below the eyes) to the tip of the nose and then around the circumference of the Dogs nose again from about 1/2 inch below the eyes. Most Dog Muzzles have adjustable straps for around the back of the head, with some also having the additional strap which goes up over the head in-between the Dog’s eyes – some types of Dog Muzzle also attach that strap to the collar too but not all.

Of course, there are many different types of Dog Muzzle on the market today. However, this short Dog Blog is simply about the best Dog Muzzle for a reactive Dog. I will add the other types of Dog Muzzle later to this Dog Blog. In the interim, I hope my Dog Blog has given you something to think about and has been of help to you. Take care & thanks for reading.

Here is just a small selection of more of my favourite Dog Products

Thank you so much for reading my Dog Blogs. I hope you find them really helpful and informative.

Here are a few Dog products which I use/have used, as a Dog Trainer and/or Dog Owner. I hope you will also find helpful. These are affiliate links. (refer to my full disclosure throughout my website)

If you do use them I may receive a commission at no extra cost to yourself.

However, these products are a selection of those which I use with my own Dogs. I have no problem at all in recommending them to like-minded Dog owners. Some of the items you can also see on my YouTube channel like the one above.

Tough Dog ToyKONG Extreme Dog Toy – I love these so much. I can put my Dogs food in them and freeze it. It becomes a fab way to feed and has so many uses, we even play hide ‘n’ seek with them! (I also have used the Classic Red Kong toy with my Dog’s who have now passed)

DINGO GEAR Bite SleeveDINGO GEAR Atos Black Nylcot Bite Sleeve – My Working Line German Shepherd Dog, loves this Bite Sleeve. I’ve had it almost a year now and it’s fair to say it’s certainly taken some serious use. We use it at least twice each week but often it’s much more. I have no problem recommending this sleeve as it’s standing up to the durability that Dingo Gear are renowned for. I love the brand as it is in my own opinion, top quality.

Tough Dog Muzzle Dingo Gear Dog Training Muzzle – This Dog Muzzle is Tough! It is handmade from leather and has reinforced Muzzle and Herm Sprenger buckle. Make no mistake when I say this is Top Quality. There are different sizes available, however, for my Working Line German Shepherd Dog I have size 2. When the muzzle arrives, it may feel quite stiff. But, bear in mind that leather does get softer with use, just like leather Dog leads, they become more subtle.

Dog Grooming/Bathing The AquaPaw Pet Bathing Tool. OMG! This Dog Grooming product has been a game changer for me. Do you experience difficulty when it comes to Bathing your Dogs, due to dexterity issues with your hands? (like me, I have arthritis) This product can make it so much easier. I have videos going into detail of how easy this product makes bathing my Dogs. I always recommend this product to anyone and everyone I come across who owns Dogs.

Dog Cage Ellie – Bo Dog Cage The use of Dog cages/crates, is always a contentious one in the Dog owning world. However, I do believe it’s a personal choice. There are many reasons as to why someone may choose to use a Dog cage. For example, if their Dog needs surgery or is recovering and is on restricted exercise. Or if you want to utilise a cage while toilet training your Dog.

All that aside, there are 2 main brands of Dog cages I use.

First up is Ellie – Bo. I have a huge Dog cage in the house for my working line Gsd to sleep in. That is an Ellie – Bo Dog cage. It has been a great Dog cage. I’ve had it for a fair few years now and it sure has given me my monies worth. Recently I purchased an Ellie – Bo Dog Cage cover for it, and it fits absolutely spot on. I can’t fault it at all. I love the products and love the Brand.

The second brand of Dog Cage I use is Savic.

For many many years I used Savic Dog cages in my vehicles. They are the most robust, sturdy cage I had come across on the market at the time. (in terms of foldable, portable Dog cages go) They fitted my Dogs (at that time) and my vehicles with ease.

I would tether the cage to the anchor points in the boot of my vehicles. So they were secure and didn’t move. They may cost a few quid more, but they are so worth it in my view. Especially if they are going in a vehicle. (There are now many specific companies that manufacture cages etc to fit in vehicles, right now I’m talking about foldable cages.) These are just a few of my current fav’s that I’d like to share with you. I thank you for reading my DogBlog. To view some more of my recommendations, you can check out my other DogBlogs by clicking here!

Health Supplement Gold Label Brewers Yeast I feed my Dogs a Raw Diet. I endeavour to ensure they are getting all the nutrients etc that they need in their diet.

However regardless of whether it’s Raw or Kibble, there’s some vitamins & minerals that are a tad harder to find. That is why I supplement with Brewers Yeast. It has so many benefits: It’s a natural prebiotic for a healthy gut. It’s recommended as a skin and coat conditioner for show stock. It’s a natural source of B group vitamins, which are essential for growth & healthy nervous & digestive system. There are many more benefits, too many to list here. However, I have noticed an improvement in my own Dogs condition. Especially one which is on long term steroidal medication, so I intend to keep adding it to their food. (The 300g tubs last ages!)

Tick Remover O’Tom Tick Twister Yeah, those awful pests that can spread disease.

TICKS! I live in an area of beautiful countryside in Scotland, however, so do many many thousands of Ticks (and Deer). It’s inevitable that my Dogs will get them, and they do!

So, I use this Tick Twister. It doesn’t seem like much, but they are effective. They only thing I would change about them is the size of the handle/grip, but we manage. They are easy to use. It tends to be more of a case of getting the Dog to sit still while we get the Tick. That is the biggest problem, not the actual Tick removal! These come in a 2 pack, though the largest of them seems to be easier to use for me. Again, I do have a video on my YouTube channel showing me use these. I think they are a must for every Dog owner.

Flea and Tick Spray – Barrier Natural Flea and Tick Spray – The main selling point for me, with this Flea and Tick spray, is the fact that is uses 100% natural ingredients.

I have used this Flea and Tick Spray for many years now. None of my Dogs who I’ve used it on have had any problems with it. (Always read instructions before using of course.)

The odour seems a tad strong at first when I apply it to my Dog. However, it calms down very quickly & it isn’t an unpleasant odour at all. The odour doesn’t appear to unduly affect my Dog in any way. I apply it before my Dog is to have off leash exercise.

It’s guaranteed, that my Dog will at the very least, brush past bracken, or be around where Deer or livestock have been.

(*Disclaimer – Please consult with your Dog’s vet or Vet nurse prior to using this product. Especially if you use prescribed Flea and Tick medication for your Dog/s. I don’t know about the ingredients compatibility with prescribed medications etc. Always better to be over-cautious.)

Dog Agility & Hoopers Callieway® – I love the Callieway Brand of products. We have never had any issues with the equipment/product quality and it is such great value for money. Great products, whether it’s to practice at home or at a Dog Training Club!

**Disclaimer : Toughdogproducts.co.uk does not provide veterinary advice, nor does it claim to be an alternative to seeking professional advice. All content is therefore for informational purposes only.

Affiliate Details:

“As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.” (At no additional cost to customers) Thank you if you use the links within this website, I really appreciate it. To read my Full Affiliate Disclaimer click here.

You should read this Kong Dog Toy review BEFORE you buy

Dog with Extreme Kong toy

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Classic Red Kong Dog Toy

How to Choose the Right Classic Kong Toy for Your Dog

How to Choose the Right Kong Toy for Your Dog

Choosing the correct size Kong Toy for your Dog is hugely important. As I recently found out with my own Dogs.

The Kong Classic & Kong Extreme are great interactive Dog Toys for Dogs of all sizes. I have two Dogs, one is a medium size breed of Dog and the other is a large breed of Dog. The Kong Dog Toy size which I almost chose, turned out to be way off the size they needed.

The breeds of Dog I own, are a Working line German Shepherd Dog & a Sprocker Spaniel (Working Cocker Spaniel cross with a English Springer Spaniel for those of you who aren’t quite sure or who haven’t heard of a Sprocker).

Now the German Shepherd Dog is a very large Dog & the Sprocker is I would say, a medium sized Dog. (My Sprocker is the same size as his Dad, a full Springer Spaniel, however I am aware that many Sprockers are smaller than this)

Now, before I get into this, I would like to start by saying that I think the Kong Dog Toy is one of the best creations in the Dog Toy industry…EVER! I love them from a Dog Trainer point of view along with from a Dog owner point of view, and my Dog Blog about Kong Dog Toys is in no way intended to discredit them in any way shape or form. My intention is purely to inform that it is a good idea to look into the actual sizing of the product prior to purchasing.

Check the size of the KONG toy before you purchase!

I honestly thought that the Kong Dog Toy size I would need would be LARGE for my German Shepherd & MEDIUM for my Sprocker- but NOPE, this isn’t the case at all. I was very surprised by this finding.

What size Kong Toy do my Dogs require?

I found that the Kong Dog Toy size my German Shepherd Dog requires needs to be at LEAST XL size, in order for him to be able to use the product safely. The Kong Extreme which my own German Shepherd Dog has in this image to the right, is size XXL.

(Anything smaller than XL and my Dog could, In my own opinion as far as my own Dog is concerned, swallow it.)

The size Kong Dog Toy I would need for my Sprocker would need to be at LEAST LARGE size, in order for him to be able to also use the product safely. (As above, anything smaller than this and my Dog could, in my own opinion as far as my own Dog is concerned, swallow it.)

Yeah, it has surprised me, that is for sure. So I felt I had to share that information with all of you too.

Kong Dog Toys, is there a big difference in sizes?

I found a HUGE difference in the size of Kong Dog Toys, especially the Kong /Classic LARGE and Kong Classic XL sizes.

Please take a look at my YouTube video on the link below .. it will give you a better idea of the exact size difference, by showing you exactly what I’m talking about.

Kong Dog Toys Extra Large v Large size

Thank you for reading my Dog Blog & I hope you found it to give a better insight into the size difference of Kong Dog Toys. If you have friends with Dogs, please let them know also.

Here is just a small selection of more of my favourite Dog Products

Thank you so much for reading my Dog Blogs. I hope you find them really helpful and informative.

Here are a few Dog products which I use/have used, as a Dog Trainer and/or Dog Owner. I hope you will also find helpful. These are affiliate links. (refer to my full disclosure throughout my website)

If you do use them I may receive a commission at no extra cost to yourself.

However, these products are a selection of those which I use with my own Dogs. I have no problem at all in recommending them to like-minded Dog owners. Some of the items you can also see on my YouTube channel like the one above.

Tough Dog ToyKONG Extreme Dog Toy – I love these so much. I can put my Dogs food in them and freeze it. It becomes a fab way to feed and has so many uses, we even play hide ‘n’ seek with them! (I also have used the Classic Red Kong toy with my Dog’s who have now passed)

DINGO GEAR Bite SleeveDINGO GEAR Atos Black Nylcot Bite Sleeve – My Working Line German Shepherd Dog, loves this Bite Sleeve. I’ve had it almost a year now and it’s fair to say it’s certainly taken some serious use. We use it at least twice each week but often it’s much more. I have no problem recommending this sleeve as it’s standing up to the durability that Dingo Gear are renowned for. I love the brand as it is in my own opinion, top quality.

Tough Dog Muzzle Dingo Gear Dog Training Muzzle – This Dog Muzzle is Tough! It is handmade from leather and has reinforced Muzzle and Herm Sprenger buckle. Make no mistake when I say this is Top Quality. There are different sizes available, however, for my Working Line German Shepherd Dog I have size 2. When the muzzle arrives, it may feel quite stiff. But, bear in mind that leather does get softer with use, just like leather Dog leads, they become more subtle.

Dog Grooming/Bathing The AquaPaw Pet Bathing Tool. OMG! This Dog Grooming product has been a game changer for me. Do you experience difficulty when it comes to Bathing your Dogs, due to dexterity issues with your hands? (like me, I have arthritis) This product can make it so much easier. I have videos going into detail of how easy this product makes bathing my Dogs. I always recommend this product to anyone and everyone I come across who owns Dogs.

Dog Cage Ellie – Bo Dog Cage The use of Dog cages/crates, is always a contentious one in the Dog owning world. However, I do believe it’s a personal choice. There are many reasons as to why someone may choose to use a Dog cage. For example, if their Dog needs surgery or is recovering and is on restricted exercise. Or if you want to utilise a cage while toilet training your Dog.

All that aside, there are 2 main brands of Dog cages I use.

First up is Ellie – Bo. I have a huge Dog cage in the house for my working line Gsd to sleep in. That is an Ellie – Bo Dog cage. It has been a great Dog cage. I’ve had it for a fair few years now and it sure has given me my monies worth. Recently I purchased an Ellie – Bo Dog Cage cover for it, and it fits absolutely spot on. I can’t fault it at all. I love the products and love the Brand.

The second brand of Dog Cage I use is Savic.

For many many years I used Savic Dog cages in my vehicles. They are the most robust, sturdy cage I had come across on the market at the time. (in terms of foldable, portable Dog cages go) They fitted my Dogs (at that time) and my vehicles with ease.

I would tether the cage to the anchor points in the boot of my vehicles. So they were secure and didn’t move. They may cost a few quid more, but they are so worth it in my view. Especially if they are going in a vehicle. (There are now many specific companies that manufacture cages etc to fit in vehicles, right now I’m talking about foldable cages.) These are just a few of my current fav’s that I’d like to share with you. I thank you for reading my DogBlog. To view some more of my recommendations, you can check out my other DogBlogs by clicking here!

Health Supplement Gold Label Brewers Yeast I feed my Dogs a Raw Diet. I endeavour to ensure they are getting all the nutrients etc that they need in their diet.

However regardless of whether it’s Raw or Kibble, there’s some vitamins & minerals that are a tad harder to find. That is why I supplement with Brewers Yeast. It has so many benefits: It’s a natural prebiotic for a healthy gut. It’s recommended as a skin and coat conditioner for show stock. It’s a natural source of B group vitamins, which are essential for growth & healthy nervous & digestive system. There are many more benefits, too many to list here. However, I have noticed an improvement in my own Dogs condition. Especially one which is on long term steroidal medication, so I intend to keep adding it to their food. (The 300g tubs last ages!)

Tick Remover O’Tom Tick Twister Yeah, those awful pests that can spread disease.

TICKS! I live in an area of beautiful countryside in Scotland, however, so do many many thousands of Ticks (and Deer). It’s inevitable that my Dogs will get them, and they do!

So, I use this Tick Twister. It doesn’t seem like much, but they are effective. They only thing I would change about them is the size of the handle/grip, but we manage. They are easy to use. It tends to be more of a case of getting the Dog to sit still while we get the Tick. That is the biggest problem, not the actual Tick removal! These come in a 2 pack, though the largest of them seems to be easier to use for me. Again, I do have a video on my YouTube channel showing me use these. I think they are a must for every Dog owner.

Flea and Tick Spray – Barrier Natural Flea and Tick Spray – The main selling point for me, with this Flea and Tick spray, is the fact that is uses 100% natural ingredients.

I have used this Flea and Tick Spray for many years now. None of my Dogs who I’ve used it on have had any problems with it. (Always read instructions before using of course.)

The odour seems a tad strong at first when I apply it to my Dog. However, it calms down very quickly & it isn’t an unpleasant odour at all. The odour doesn’t appear to unduly affect my Dog in any way. I apply it before my Dog is to have off leash exercise.

It’s guaranteed, that my Dog will at the very least, brush past bracken, or be around where Deer or livestock have been.

(*Disclaimer – Please consult with your Dog’s vet or Vet nurse prior to using this product. Especially if you use prescribed Flea and Tick medication for your Dog/s. I don’t know about the ingredients compatibility with prescribed medications etc. Always better to be over-cautious.)

Dog Agility & Hoopers Callieway® – I love the Callieway Brand of products. We have never had any issues with the equipment/product quality and it is such great value for money. Great products, whether it’s to practice at home or at a Dog Training Club!

**Disclaimer : Toughdogproducts.co.uk does not provide veterinary advice, nor does it claim to be an alternative to seeking professional advice. All content is therefore for informational purposes only.

Affiliate Details:

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(You can click here to go directly to the KONG company website for THEIR Kong Dog Toy sizes and suitable Dog breed sizes/weights. )

Dogs Can Be Natures Medicine For Us

Dog laid down in leaves with a harness on

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Nature has shown us how beautiful she can be and with the varying seasons, gives us a chance to enjoy her beauty. But as we are more and more disconnected from it, we need to find ways to reconnect with nature. One way is by getting a dog.

Dogs have been shown to have significant effects on human health, improving mental health and reducing stress levels. We tend to feel unconditional love and support which can be a huge help for those who are struggling with emotional, mental or physical issues. (Many places now allow owners to take their dog along and there is call in the UK for emotional support animals to be legal. Click here to view petition.)

Dogs can be nature’s medicine for us. The different seasons that come with the changing of the year and the beautiful scenery that nature offers us, is a great way to get our minds off of any worries and just enjoy life.

For us humans, Spring tends to bring along with it also, the age old saying of “Spring Cleaning” or “out with the Old and in with the New..” and many of our families have handed down to us and instilled in us, that we really should “Spring clean” our houses from Top to Bottom..”  as soon as Spring arrives! Welcoming in the lighter, brighter mornings and evenings and the fresh air drifting through our homes, now that sounds great..

I’m all for Spring Cleaning, however, my Dog’s have other ideas of what clean is …. and I’m sure clean doesn’t have a muddy colour, texture or wet Dog smell!

I love to be out with my Dog’s, especially around this time of the year, Spring.  The weather may still be a tad unpredictable, however, it’s not too hot, not too wet, (unless we go to the Loch or the Sea) it’s just nice, good old Dog walking weather.

Dog wearing a Drying Towel with Hood

And for those of you who are as passionate about their canine pals as we are, early morning strolls and late evening chuckit sessions are a god send in this technology driven age. As daft and wappy as our Dogs may be, they too can be natures Medicine for us – they give us reason to get up and exercise, they are a great companion for us, especially if we live alone or are on our own for a large part of the day, and they help us more than they will ever know. There are many studies around the internet which show the research that has gone into the subject of The Health Benefits of Owning a Dog.

I personally chose my Psychology research paper on this very topic & the findings were clear, majority of owners who participated in my study said that they had health benefits due to owning a Dog. Both on a physical and mental health level.

I truly believe that the health benefits of Dog ownership are under valued. The old saying of ” Unconditional Love” goes much deeper in my opinion.

Dogs Sleeping Area – Dogs can be natures medicine for us

So, while we unwind after a late meal, and peruse the world wide web, please take a second to have a look over there… right where your Dog sleeps, does the Dogs sleeping area need a Spring Clean too?

Has the old Dog bed had a few too many washes or been chewed into a totally random shape, no longer resembling a Dog bed? Click here to take a look at these fantastic raised Dog Beds ( Dog cots as they are sometimes known) ? They are so easy to keep clean and your Dog will sleep like an angel…

 Go on…spread a bit of love to your beloved walking partner and treat them to some thing special.. they’ll adore you even more for it.. #UnconditionalLove

Here is just a small selection of more of my favourite Dog Products

Thank you so much for reading my Dog Blogs. I hope you find them really helpful and informative.

Here are a few Dog products which I use/have used, as a Dog Trainer and/or Dog Owner. I hope you will also find helpful. These are affiliate links. (refer to my full disclosure throughout my website)

If you do use them I may receive a commission at no extra cost to yourself.

However, these products are a selection of those which I use with my own Dogs. I have no problem at all in recommending them to like-minded Dog owners. Some of the items you can also see on my YouTube channel like the one above.

Tough Dog ToyKONG Extreme Dog Toy – I love these so much. I can put my Dogs food in them and freeze it. It becomes a fab way to feed and has so many uses, we even play hide ‘n’ seek with them! (I also have used the Classic Red Kong toy with my Dog’s who have now passed)

DINGO GEAR Bite SleeveDINGO GEAR Atos Black Nylcot Bite Sleeve – My Working Line German Shepherd Dog, loves this Bite Sleeve. I’ve had it almost a year now and it’s fair to say it’s certainly taken some serious use. We use it at least twice each week but often it’s much more. I have no problem recommending this sleeve as it’s standing up to the durability that Dingo Gear are renowned for. I love the brand as it is in my own opinion, top quality.

Tough Dog Muzzle Dingo Gear Dog Training Muzzle – This Dog Muzzle is Tough! It is handmade from leather and has reinforced Muzzle and Herm Sprenger buckle. Make no mistake when I say this is Top Quality. There are different sizes available, however, for my Working Line German Shepherd Dog I have size 2. When the muzzle arrives, it may feel quite stiff. But, bear in mind that leather does get softer with use, just like leather Dog leads, they become more subtle.

Dog Grooming/Bathing The AquaPaw Pet Bathing Tool. OMG! This Dog Grooming product has been a game changer for me. Do you experience difficulty when it comes to Bathing your Dogs, due to dexterity issues with your hands? (like me, I have arthritis) This product can make it so much easier. I have videos going into detail of how easy this product makes bathing my Dogs. I always recommend this product to anyone and everyone I come across who owns Dogs.

Dog Cage Ellie – Bo Dog Cage The use of Dog cages/crates, is always a contentious one in the Dog owning world. However, I do believe it’s a personal choice. There are many reasons as to why someone may choose to use a Dog cage. For example, if their Dog needs surgery or is recovering and is on restricted exercise. Or if you want to utilise a cage while toilet training your Dog.

All that aside, there are 2 main brands of Dog cages I use.

First up is Ellie – Bo. I have a huge Dog cage in the house for my working line Gsd to sleep in. That is an Ellie – Bo Dog cage. It has been a great Dog cage. I’ve had it for a fair few years now and it sure has given me my monies worth. Recently I purchased an Ellie – Bo Dog Cage cover for it, and it fits absolutely spot on. I can’t fault it at all. I love the products and love the Brand.

The second brand of Dog Cage I use is Savic.

For many many years I used Savic Dog cages in my vehicles. They are the most robust, sturdy cage I had come across on the market at the time. (in terms of foldable, portable Dog cages go) They fitted my Dogs (at that time) and my vehicles with ease.

I would tether the cage to the anchor points in the boot of my vehicles. So they were secure and didn’t move. They may cost a few quid more, but they are so worth it in my view. Especially if they are going in a vehicle. (There are now many specific companies that manufacture cages etc to fit in vehicles, right now I’m talking about foldable cages.) These are just a few of my current fav’s that I’d like to share with you. I thank you for reading my DogBlog. To view some more of my recommendations, you can check out my other DogBlogs by clicking here!

Health Supplement Gold Label Brewers Yeast I feed my Dogs a Raw Diet. I endeavour to ensure they are getting all the nutrients etc that they need in their diet.

However regardless of whether it’s Raw or Kibble, there’s some vitamins & minerals that are a tad harder to find. That is why I supplement with Brewers Yeast. It has so many benefits: It’s a natural prebiotic for a healthy gut. It’s recommended as a skin and coat conditioner for show stock. It’s a natural source of B group vitamins, which are essential for growth & healthy nervous & digestive system. There are many more benefits, too many to list here. However, I have noticed an improvement in my own Dogs condition. Especially one which is on long term steroidal medication, so I intend to keep adding it to their food. (The 300g tubs last ages!)

Tick Remover O’Tom Tick Twister Yeah, those awful pests that can spread disease.

TICKS! I live in an area of beautiful countryside in Scotland, however, so do many many thousands of Ticks (and Deer). It’s inevitable that my Dogs will get them, and they do!

So, I use this Tick Twister. It doesn’t seem like much, but they are effective. They only thing I would change about them is the size of the handle/grip, but we manage. They are easy to use. It tends to be more of a case of getting the Dog to sit still while we get the Tick. That is the biggest problem, not the actual Tick removal! These come in a 2 pack, though the largest of them seems to be easier to use for me. Again, I do have a video on my YouTube channel showing me use these. I think they are a must for every Dog owner.

Flea and Tick Spray – Barrier Natural Flea and Tick Spray – The main selling point for me, with this Flea and Tick spray, is the fact that is uses 100% natural ingredients.

I have used this Flea and Tick Spray for many years now. None of my Dogs who I’ve used it on have had any problems with it. (Always read instructions before using of course.)

The odour seems a tad strong at first when I apply it to my Dog. However, it calms down very quickly & it isn’t an unpleasant odour at all. The odour doesn’t appear to unduly affect my Dog in any way. I apply it before my Dog is to have off leash exercise.

It’s guaranteed, that my Dog will at the very least, brush past bracken, or be around where Deer or livestock have been.

(*Disclaimer – Please consult with your Dog’s vet or Vet nurse prior to using this product. Especially if you use prescribed Flea and Tick medication for your Dog/s. I don’t know about the ingredients compatibility with prescribed medications etc. Always better to be over-cautious.)

Dog Agility & Hoopers Callieway® – I love the Callieway Brand of products. We have never had any issues with the equipment/product quality and it is such great value for money. Great products, whether it’s to practice at home or at a Dog Training Club!

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