Fireworks - now is the time to get ready - while there is loads of time to prepare

Help your dog or cat to cope with the noises of fireworks

So many people have problems with pets at firework time and think this is just something we have to cope with. Unfortunatly as firework season gets longer and longer we can't really just leave it and wait for the nosie to stop we need to what we can to help our pets cope. 

Dog treats that are not only tasty but healthy as well :)

In recent years there has been a lot of bad press about commercial dog food and we are more aware than ever before about the negative effects of additives and colourants, not only in our own food but also in the food we feed to our animals.

I try to eat a healthy diet and when my children were growing up I also tried to make sure they ate good quality food made from fresh tasty ingredients. It was not long before I began to think about the diet of my pets, especially my dogs…

Toys are fun

Stan loves to play and we enjoy lots of different games. The photo shows him playing tug with one of his favourite toys. Tug is a very popular game and as you can see it is one Stan always takes part in fully but a word of caution - games are a very important part of bonding with your pet but tug games do get your furry pal excited and wound up so if you have a dog that is susceptible to stress problems play rough games like tug in moderation and mix with some calm problem solving ones as well. Stan's shape sorter is a firm favourite in our house.

Dog food and the importance of making informed choices

I think pet owners really need to put some more thought into what they feed their animals. 

My dogs have home cooked dinners so I can ensure that they don't get any of the nasty things that can be found in commercial dog food. Not everyone can do this, I do sell my dog meals but I accept that they are too expensive for many people.

If you are going to feed commercially produced food at least read the packet and know what is in there. If there are ingredients that you don'trecognise do some research and find out what you are serving up to your best friend.

Puppy training

Puppies learn fast so it is good to start training when they are very young so they are learning good manners as they grow. This is Leia who is our youngest dog training customer at only 8 weeks old.

Crufts is about to begin

Today will be a busy one for all the dog walkers and pet sitters at team Stan's Pals as a small group are in Swad working hard to make sure all our dogs have great adventures while the rest of the team head off to Crufts to raise cash4collies. ......

Look out for pictures later :)

This is Border Collie Trust GB stand where we will be working - the curtain comes down to reveal the inside later this morning :)

Crufts 2016 preparation

Stan's Pals dog walking team are keen to do what we can to help rescue dogs so this week we have been busy baking dog treats ready to sell at Crufts to raise funds for Border Collie Trust GB. If you go to the show come and say hello, we are in hall 2.

Stan has been in charge of quality control - here he approved a big batch of our famous liver cake.