Hendrix Being Groomed - The Dog House, Looe

Why Regular Dog Grooming Is Important

Having your dog regularly groomed not only keeps them looking, smelling and feeling great but can actually have longer-term health benefits for your favourite pooch. We’ve compiled 3 reasons why having your dog groomed regularly is important.

1. Catch health issues early

Dog groomers are expected to carry out a quick, non-invasive health check of your dog before they are groomed. This involves checking their eyes, mouth, ears, nose, skin, hygiene and for any unusual lumps and bumps. In most cases there is nothing to worry about and the dog groomer doesn’t find anything, however, occasionally we may find a potential health issue that may require further examination from a qualified vet.

2. Prevent matting & knots

Being groomed regularly from a young age can help to prevent matting & knots from building up and becoming uncomfortable for your dog. Matts and knots can build up over time from where your dog has been out in the wet or if they haven’t had a good brush in a while. Matts and knots can become sore for your dog and can cause blood legions when they are removed. Keeping on top of matts and knots through regular grooming can save your dog pain and discomfort.

3. Less hair around the house

We all love our dogs but what we’re not so keen on is the hair that drops off of them every second of every day. This is known as shedding and is a natural way of your dog controlling their body temperature throughout the different seasons. However, as many of us now have central-heating within the home, our dogs tend to shed their coats all year round. This can cause havoc for dog owners who prefer dog hair free homes. A dog groomer will use specialist tools to remove the excess hair from the coat meaning that it will end up in the bin rather than on your floor.

For more information about our dog grooming services, visit our page about dog grooming in Looe.

5 Rainy Day Activities For You And Your Dog

It’s January, it’s Cornwall so it’s raining outside…Your dog is all ready to brace the wet, cold, winter rain and you take one look outside, turn back around and turn the heating up another two degrees! So what do you do to keep your dog entertained when the weather is so bad?!

1. DIY Agility Course

A great way to keep your dog entertained, not only physically but also mentally, is to build your own agility course from the items around the living room. When we’re in the house and we want to entertain our dogs, we’ll use our nest of tables to create three items to run around and one of our sofas for our dogs to jump over. You can even roll up a rug to create a beam to walk over.

This activity will not only tire your dog out but will also tire you out as you will need to run the course showing your dog what to do. After this, enjoy a lovely nap on the couch – simply bliss.

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2. Stair Ball

This game will keep your dog entertained and enjoying their day. Stair ball is generally only for dogs who are agile enough to play it. To play the game, simply sit at the top of your stairs with a ball and let the ball bounce down the stairs and recall your dog to bring it back to you. Keep playing to give your dog a good bout of exercise until you think they have had enough (although some dogs can never get enough!)

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3. Learn A New Trick

Why not use the rainy days to teach your dog a new trick. We know the saying goes, you can’t teach an old dog new tricks but we don’t believe this – With the right teacher, any dog of any age can learn something new!

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4. Hide & Seek

This is by far our favourite game to play with our dogs. It’s a really simple game! When your dog isn’t paying attention, slope away and hide somewhere in your house. Call them and wait for them to find you! Sometimes our dogs can spend a good while looking for us and sometimes can’t find us at all. I think they love it as much as we do!

Another version of this game is to hide treats around the house and let your dog sniff them out. Make sure you give a mixture of easy-to-find and hard-to-find treats to keep your doggy entertained throughout the day!

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5. Snuggle On The Couch

There is nothing better on a cold, wet, windy day than snuggling on the couch with a good movie, the log fire on and your favourite pooch sleeping soundly on your lap. Play some of the activities above and enjoy a good rest on the couch later with your best pal.

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6. Call The Dog Walker

Come rain or shine, your dog still needs their daily dose of exercise to keep them fit, happy and healthy. Whether you don’t have the energy, can’t physically stand the weather or have other plans, we’re here to give you a helping hand when it comes to walking your best pal. Whilst you’re snug as a bug at home, your dog could be with us walking the beautiful scenic routes around Looe and socialising with other dogs. Find out more about our Dog Walking services in Looe and the surrounding areas.

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Call us now to book your dog’s space:

01503 269251

3 Top Tips To Prevent Poor Oral Health In Dogs

Your dog’s dental health is crucial to their overall well-being and happiness. Poor canine oral hygiene may just seem to you as bad breath and maybe a running joke in the family but it can have serious consequences if not corrected as soon as possible. We’ve compiled our 3 top tips to prevent poor oral health in dogs.

Did you know dental disease affects over 80% of pets over the age of 3

1. Start Brushing Your Dogs Teeth Early

Did you know your puppy has 28 baby teeth when they are born? However, by the time they are 6 months old, these teeth fall out and are replaced by 42 permanent teeth. Starting to brush your dog’s teeth early will get them used to the daily routine and will become a normal everyday thing for them.

2. Save Money

Did you know that once tartar hardens on your dog’s teeth, it can only be removed by a professional? Your canine amigo may need to go under anaesthesia to allow your vet to get in there and make them better again. The best course of action is to clean early and clean regularly! By staying on top of tartar build up, you can save yourself money by avoiding an unnecessary trip to the vets!

3. Use The Right Tools For The Job

Unfortunately, it’s not advised to just grab your toothpaste off the shelf, an old toothbrush and get stuck into the task at hand. Human toothpaste can upset a dog’s stomach so you will need a dog specific oral care toothpaste. Below is a list of things that will help to improve your dog’s dental hygiene.

  • Specific dog toothpastes and brushes
  • Dog teeth wipes (helpful if your dog dislikes the brushing process)
  • Dog chews
  • Raw carrot
  • Apple
  • Rope tug toy

All of which can help to keep your dog’s oral hygiene in tip-top shape and also help to keep the bad breath at bay!

Worried About Cleaning Your Dogs Teeth?

We offer a deep cleaning oral hygiene service for £5 to help keep you on top of your dog’s oral hygiene and their breath smelling fresh. However, this service is not a substitute for brushing your dog’s teeth daily and if you’re really worried about your dog’s oral hygiene, please book into the vet.

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3 Tips To Introducing A Rescue Dog Into Your Home

If you’re anything like us, we like to rescue our dogs and give them a better chance at life. We have two rescue dogs, Lux (left) & Pip (right) and we couldn’t be more happy with them. Lux was abandoned on Luke at work one day and we took Pip in from a foster home.

We’ve managed to raise two very happy rescue dogs and we want to encourage more people to rescue animals rather than buying them. We want to see more people taking in rescue dogs and living happily ever after. In light of this, we’ve compiled 3 tips to get you off to a smooth start with your new dog.

Love, Trust & Space

When you meet your new friend, they are going to want to sniff you, learn your scent and work out who you are. At this time it is probably a good idea to keep the dog separate from any children and just for the adults of the house to meet the dog. As with humans, first impressions mean everything. You really need to show your new dog that they can trust you, this means showing them a bit of love. Stroke them but don’t make them feel claustrophobic. Give them a treat or maybe even some food if they appear hungry. Once they’ve worked you out, they will want to go and explore their new home, you need to allow them time to suss everything out but now is also a good time to set ground rules. For example, if you don’t want your new friend on the couch or going upstairs then this is the time to enforce this rule.

Walkies!

It’s time to explore the neighbourhood. The first walk out with a new dog can be time-consuming as they will be sniffing to learn which other dogs are in the area and also spreading their own scent to let other dogs know they are there. Dog walking is key to having a happy and healthy dog. We believe it is fundamental to a dog’s happiness, not only theirs but a well-walked dog will be a well-behaved dog so you will be happier as well. If you don’t have the time or the energy to walk your dog, have a look at our dog walking page to find out how we can help.

Live near Looe? Check out our guide to our 5 favourite dog walks near Looe.

Consistency is king!

Finally, the most effective method of successfully introducing a re-homed dog into your life is to establish a regular routine. This means getting up at a set time, breakfast & dinner at a set time and walkies at a set time. This can be a struggle but embedding your dog’s needs into your daily routine and keeping that consistent will pay dividends in having a happy life, not only for your dog but also for you.

If you’re interested in re-homing a dog, then why not check out the Dogs Trust website.

We’d love to hear your thoughts and experiences of re-homing your dogs. Please comment in the section below.

5 Tips For Travelling With Your Dog

It’s the time of year where you start to think about getting away for a few days, making the most of the longer days and the sunny weather to visit new places or visit places you love. You may even be going on holiday up country or abroad. If you’re a dog lover, like I am, you’re probably going somewhere your faithful friend can join you. Sometimes our trips take us many miles from Looe and with that in mind, I’ve compiled a list of 5 essential tips of what to think about when travelling long distances this summer.

Pack the essentials

Our first tip for travelling with your dog over a long distance is to make sure you’ve packed the essentials. With the summer weather cars can get really hot, really quickly, so having water and a bowl is absolutely imperative. Also, don’t forget their lead, pack some food and treats. (Another tip here is to avoid giving your dog any human junk food as this could make them hyper and a nightmare to journey with.)

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Exercise Before You Leave

Before you set off on your journey, take your dog for a dog walk, if you can’t, give us a call and we’ll come do it for you. Giving your dog a good bout of exercise will help them to sleep on the journey. They’ll want a good drink when they come in so make sure you allow an early stop in the journey so they can get out and go for a wee.

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Plan Regular Breaks

Our third tip is to make sure you plan regular breaks so that your fellow-canine-road-tripper can get out, stretch his or her legs and go about their business. Remember to pack the poo bags and dispose of them in waste bins provided at service stations. You can view the service stations up and down the UK by visiting motorwayservices.info

Safety First

Think about the safety of your pooch, having them sit on your knee whilst in the passenger seat is not only dangerous for your dog but can put the entire car at risk. Keeping your dog in the back and investing in some seat belts that clip to your dog’s harness is an excellent way of keeping them safe in the car, even if the worst should happen.

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Remaining safe on the journey is the first part but be really careful when you decide to stop if you don’t use the dog seat belts. Your dog may bolt from the car when you open a door, it can happen suddenly and end tragically.

Dogs Die In Hot Cars

Many people still believe it is okay to leave your dog in the car if the window is slightly ajar and you are parked in the shade. This is wrong and can lead to a heart-breaking scenario you never want to be in.

Dogs bodies work differently to humans, they don’t sweat like we do which means their body heat can reach temperatures that can be dangerous to their health and may even kill them.  At 22 degrees, cars can reach 47 degrees within one hour!

If you see a dog left in a car on a hot day, call 999. If you want more information on this, visit the RSPCA website.

 

5 Great Dog Walks Around Looe & The Surrounding Areas

Here at The Dog House, Looe we love getting our dogs out in open spaces so that they can run, discover and sniff the world. We believe strongly that getting your dog out of the house is what keeps a dog happy and also keeps them well behaved. We love walking our dogs, which means we’re always on the look out for great places to walk our dogs and dogs who are staying with us. We’ve put together a list of our 5 favourite dog walks in Looe and the surrounding areas.

5. Seaton Valley Nature Reserve

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Seaton Valley Nature Reserve is Cornwall’s newest nature reserve. This is a nice level walk that takes you up the river and through the beautiful wooded scenery. This makes for a lovely walk and really stimulates the dogs as there is a lot for them to discover.

For a detailed route of this walk, find out more information from The Magic of Cornwall

4. Hendersick & Talland Bay Loop

This is a great dog walk for a free afternoon. It takes around an hour and a half but is a great way to burn off your dog’s excess energy. There are large open fields where you can let the dog off and throw a ball, however, make sure you keep an eye out for any farm animals roaming the fields. Farmers have the right to protect their livestock from your dog and this can end tragically. Also, there is a large part of this walk on the road so make sure you remember to take your dog’s lead with you.

For a detailed route of this loop, find out more information from The National Trust.

3. Looe to Millendreath

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This is a pleasant dog walk along the coast, from here you can see some great views of Looe Island, all the way round to Plymouth on a good day! This walk is only half an hour but a round trip is an hour which is a great walk for any dog. Take a walk down to the beach at Millendreath and let the dogs have a play in the sand.

2. Kilminorth Path

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This is one of our favourite dog walks in Looe. It also has parking which is a great plus. As soon as you get in the woods, let the dogs off their lead. There is so much for the dogs to explore in these woods. Our dogs love going here as it gives them the chance to explore, use all of their senses and discover new scents of the wild. This is a perfect walk for really stimulating your best friend and for also getting yourself a bit of exercise as well.

For a detailed route of this walk, find out more information from The South West Coast Path.

1. West Looe to Polperro

Our number one place to walk the dogs is from Looe to Polperro. You’ll often find one of us along this route, 3 or 4 times a week! This is a great dog walk and we never tire of the great scenery and open fields. Remember, you’ll be walking around the same area as the Hendersick & Talland Bay Loop so if you see any livestock grazing, get your dog on the lead as soon as possible. Before we do this walk, we’ll both drive to Polperro and leave one car in the car park. We drive back in one car and set off from Looe, stop at Talland Bay for a quick rest and then head off to Polperro. A great place to book for dinner is The Three Pilchards, their food is simply amazing and they allow dogs!

For a detailed route of this walk, find out more information here.

Know any other dog walks in the area? Let us know, we’d love to find out about them!