Dougal's Den Blog
What a difference a day makes! Last night the DougalTinie ( Ozzy ) was looking like he not only needed a good brush, he did not smell to sweet either. This is him 'relaxing' on the sofa in the very hot snug sitting room - yes I have taken to lighting a roaring fire in there - well it is almost winter in Staffordshire.Luckily we had booked him in with Leah who runs Top Dogs Mobile Grooming. So this morning at about 10am Leah turned up in her "all in one" mobile dog grooming van, parked up on the drive and plugged in to our power supply so she could have some warm water ready for his shower! We had a really good chat about pet business in the Leek area and swapped stories about recent shows that we had attended. We took Ozzy McDougal out into the mobile dog grooming van and I left them all alone for a few hours while I got on with some boring but necessary housework. Mr Tinie was having a hand strip as part of his dog grooming and it was not something which Leah had had the pleasure of performing much in the past, outside of her training. So after a few breaks to let the little boy have a play ( apparently he was quite well behaved and only tried to nibble her a few times during the grooming session) a new and completely gorgeous pup emerged! Doesn't he look lovely? as you can see he even got a cute little bandanna from Leah as a finishing touch. We were amazed by the amount of fur that actually came out and we have vowed not to leave him so long again. Leah has a picture of the fur!! There was so much that the dogs's dad was tempted to salvage it and fashion his own Ozzy Wig from it! I think that finding a good person who knows what they are talking about in the dog grooming world is almost as hard as finding a good hairdresser. I am really happy to say that I am so glad that we found Top Dogs Mobile Grooming. I already know that Mr Ozzy McDougal will be more than happy to see Leah again as evidenced by the way he was more than happy to play with her after the grooming session had finished! (although apparently he did growl a bit at the fur dryer!) . So tonight we are all sitting happily around the fire with a perfectly pampered pup who smells 200% better than the boy we had this morning. All thanks to Top Dogs Mobile Dog Grooming. If you live in the Leek area and need a well qualified dog groomer who is also a lovely lady to have a chat with then do give Leah a call. You can have a complete pamper session like Mr Dougaltinie had today or just a quick bath and nail trim. We will be having another visit from Leah in a few weeks time when oldtimer Dougal has a pamper session - I expect the old guy will be a lot easier for Leah to handle, she worked miracles today with the pup so we can't wait to see how good Dougal will look after a special grooming session. Huge thanks to Leah for all her time and patience with a pup who is only just over a year old and apparently very attached to his dangle berries ( come on you know what I mean) I daren't reveal to him that by the time he has his next grooming session the dangle berries will be no more. But that will be another story for another day...
In case you have not heard about the Love Pets Show which is being held in on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th October at the EXEC in Peterborough we thought we would remind you because we are going to be there! We will be showcasing our Poochie Bells product which is an innovative doggie doorbell used to train your dog to let you know when they want to go outside to take care of some business! We are the only company in the UK who supply this product direct from our online shop. They come in a vast range of colours and designs so you are sure to find one that matches your decor or your doggie personality. We do hope that lots of you will come and see us at the show, but just in case you cannot make it to the event we have teamed up with the smashing Love Pets Show team to let you have a change of winning a set of poochie bells! Prize: One Set of Poochie Bells How To Enter:
- Leave a comment below saying which Poochie Bells design you would like to win, or just that you would like to win the prize!
- Like LovePetsShow on facebook and leave a comment on their wall saying hello.
Deadline: Contest closes September 21st, 11:59 PM BST. Good Luck !! We will be announcing the winner on the Love Pets Show facebook page as well as on our blog. If you are coming along to the LovePetsShow you will have a fantastic family day out, from Pooches to Parrots whatever your favourite type of pet you will see some great displays at the show. You will also be able to ask the pet experts for advice and of course have the change to pamper your pet with all the latest pet products. We hope to see you there.
Hello all we have been trying to do some serious training with our dog Ozzy McDougal or Tinie or barkster as he now likes to be known. What with the house move and website development we have been very bad dog parents and kind of just hoped that he would start behaving himself when he was older! What wishful thinking.... For a long time we have not tackled his barking which he does when he is excited and as a result when anyone came to visit he would just bark constantly from the moment he heard the door bell until he decided he wanted to stop. Telling him to be quiet only made matters worse. So I decided to try him with a rattle tin, to be honest I had heard about this technique before but had completely forgotten about it.So armed with a colemans mustard tin with some coins and a key inside I waited for the barking to start. The first opportunity came when I got back from shopping. Laden with bags I usually open the door to a nice little whimper greeting from old boy Dougal kind of like a little howl of delight that I am home again, and a complete barkfest from Tinie. I had already thought to leave the tin in the hall so that it was at hand for me to use when I got in, so when I entered I said hello and down which Tini will do for a few seconds before he starts barking for attention whilst doing a little skittish run around the place. One sharp shake of the tin..... He was startled even a little scared looking, it stopped him in his tracks and he stopped barking, ran away and when into a down position looking at me in a curious way. He stood and barked again, I said the command "Quiet" and shook the tin once more. Almost immediate result, back into down position and no barking. I praised him and asked him to come, over he trotted looking very happy and greeting me in happy calm way. Next stage was the arrival of Jasmine for work the next morning... usually we have a mad barking half hour as he tries to get to her, I keep him away and usually send him outside until he has worn himself out. He then comes back in but has to be kept out of the office as he barks and barks for attention. So Rattle Tin in hand I answered the door, yes he was already barking having heard the door bell, we both walked in to the room, Tinie gets totally overexcited barking and jumping, cue one sharp shake of the tin. Response stops barking immediately and goes into down position..stays down until he is called to come say hello. Throughout that day he was calmer and did not bark for attention like he usually does. Things were looking good and I though that this was probably enough training for one day, but we had been looking after Scooby - Dougal's brother as he has been a bit poorly so when Karen turned up to collect Scooby with my two godsons I was expecting the usual barkfest. I followed the same steps allowing him to see that we had visitors, he usually goes especially mad when he sees Adam and Ryan, he loves children so to everyone's complete amazement one shake of the tin was all it took for him to calm down considerably and stop barking. Don't get me wrong he was still wagging his little butt like crazy and doing a little howl of delight. But he was only allowed to greet the visitors when he was calm and not barking. So it seems like we may have a solution to the barking, we will continue with the training next week and start to combine it with the "Good Boy Quiet" command after he has been quiet for 15 -20 seconds, with the aim of eventually being able to just use the Be Quiet command ! At least for the moment we have a happier solution all round for the barking boy. We will be posting more about our training journey with the little boy and would love to hear your training tips too!
We are very excited to be stocking the original 100% natural antler dog chew. We have had quite a lot of requests for these new products which arrived on the market earlier this year in the UK. They are made in the UK and are a very long lasting dog chew. They wear down very slowly when your pooch chews on the antler and the dry marrow inside is eventually exposed as a lovely tasty treat. The antler dog chew is from the PureDog brand who are committed to developing a range of natural, hypoallergenic treats, chews and training rewards. StagBars are safe, won't splinter or chip or cause blockages. They are additive and preservative free and are great for dogs who are on a calorie controlled diet as they contain minimal amounts of fat. We could not wait for the delivery to arrive and when they did we were amazed at the different sizes and shapes, and if you think about it because they are a completely natural product they will come in lots of different shapes, some looking like a medium size bone where as others look more like a typical antler! Best of all there is no smell (like with some other 'natural' treats) and they will not stain carpets or floors. So what did the testing team think of them? Well Dougal took his to one side and had a good sniff after he had walked around with it in his mouth while Ozzy has been chewing his constantly since it arrived earlier this morning.I suspect that Dougal will like his a bit more after I have soaked it overnight in some water in the fridge which is recommended if your pooch does not appear to be that fussed about the chews! The StagBar Antler Dog Chew is available in four sizes so you will be able to select the size that is most suitable for your breed of dog.
- Small for toy dog breeds
- Medium for small to medium dogs
- Large for medium to large dogs
- Extra large for giant breeds or dogs who have very strong jaws
As with all chews make sure that you check it for wear and remove the antler dog chew when it gets to a size small enough for your dog to easily swallow, and always supervise your pooch when chewing the Stagbar.
Trust us to take some great pictures of Ozzy McDougal's Birthday on the 11th August and then totally forget to share them. It is hard to believe that it is almost a year since this little bundle of trouble came into our lives. Having forgotten what it was like to have a pup, remember old Mr Dougal is 16 years old this year, we have only just got over the shock of having a new pup! Anyhow we decided to make a fuss of Ozzy who is now sometimes known as Dougal-Tini or Mookie for some strange reason, its funny that even pets seem to get nick names! So we baked some biscuits and let him have one of our great Egg Babies toys as a birthday present.
We tested them on Humans First! Mark actually commented that they would go well with some cheese, they were lamb and mint flavour treats and were really easy to make. Just chuck all the ingredients into a food processor, wizz them up, roll out the dough and bake!
Human testers Ryan, Mark and Adam really did taste them as well as posing for some pictures , and helping out with making the actual treats!
The Tweeting Cat Wand by House of Paws seems to be a hit with our two new gorgeous cat models Oscar and Arthur. The toys that are part of the House of Paws range were a huge success, as these lovely photos show!
For cats that like the sound of a tweeting bird this toy will be like music to their ears. This toy has a black wand to protect your hands and snake skin material to cover the toy itself. Brown and cream feathers are also attached which the cats seem to love playing with.
Oscar and Arthur had hours of fun playing with this toy and a total of 90 photos taken of them!
Everyone at Dougal's Den had a great day on Saturday at Leek Show. It was the first time we ever attended as business and I have to say we were very pleased by all the positive comments we received about the range of products that we brought along.It was a very hot day so we were very busy with the Don't Cook Your Dog Sticker and as we were located right beside the dog show we were able to explain the campaign to lots of lovely dog owners. Our paddling pool was very popular with all of the doggies and at one point we even had a queue of doggies waiting to take a cooling dip. We were surprised that many of the owners said that this was the first time they had seen a paddling pool provided for doggies, in our view it was essential on such a hot day. We had a great time chatting to all the dog owners about our products and some cat owners who were pleased that we had brought along a selection of cat teaser toys and cat collars. Our most popular products of the day were the Pet Head shampoos , the bone bowls and the dogberry squeaky toys. Mr Ozzy McDougal came along with us for part of the day and I have to say he was quite well behaved , I think the number of people and dogs scared him a little, but he had fun saying hello to all the friendly pooches we met. We met a lot of people who live locally so are looking forward to catching up with them at the Holly Bush which is a a very popular dog friendly pub. So a massive thank you to everyone who made a purchase, we hope you and your pets are very happy with your new toys, treats collars and leads. Oh and if you did not manage to get a card from us remember you can get 10% discount off your 1st on line order by using the code LEEK at the checkout. We are all now just about recovered from the show and already looking forward to our next one on Monday 29th August at Heaton House Farm, Rushton Spencer, we hope to see you there.
Dougal's Den are proud to support Beverley Cuddy's Don't Cook Your Dog Campaign and are offering a FREE sticker with every order.
You may have heard the terrible story in media about the deaths of two dogs who were left in a hot car by their police handler. Unfortunately every year similar stories emerge. In an effort to take something positive out of this tragic event Beverley who is the editor of Dogs Today Magazine has launched a campaign to help educate everyone about just how quickly a dog overheat and die if left in a car.
You can read all about the Don't Cook Your Dog campaign on Beverley's Blog which includes information on just how quickly a car can get hot even with the windows open on a cloudy day. You can play your part in spreading the word by displaying one of these stickers in your car. We are expecting supplies of the stickers early next week and we will be sending one out with every order. You can also read the RSPCA advice about dogs in hot weather conditions. Personally I think that if I saw a dog in distress in a hot car then I would try to get the dog out of the car and in to the shade. I understand that I might have an angry dog owner with a damaged car to deal with but that would be easier to live with than a dead dog on my conscience. Please think twice before you leave a dog in a car..... even with the windows open....... even on a cloudy day....... even just for 5 minute....... It could end up being the worst decision of your life. Please Don't Cook Your Dog
Most of the time it is great having the dogs in the office, they bring some light relief from boring accounts and make us laugh at their antics when a new delivery arrives and they are usually more excited about the box and the delivery man than the goodies inside. But just sometimes when we really need to keep our heads down and concentrate like today when we had some overdue expenses to sort out, they can be a real pain. We have had constant barking for attention, rummaging in bins and then some high level window watching....
with some 'help" move packing supplies around .....