Honours for Scotland’s top outdoor and leisure businesses

Loch Tay Highland Lodges was presented with the prestigious award for ‘Best
Scottish Self Catering Accommodation’ as well as runner-up in the award for ‘Best
Scottish Glamping site’ at the Scottish Outdoor and Leisure Awards ceremony held
in Glasgow at the end of October.

Jo Barrie, General Manager for Loch Tay Highland Lodges was there with her team
to collect the award:

‘We are delighted to win this award in such a strong category of finalists as well as
defending our title of ‘Best Glamping’ accommodation. We have worked hard this
year to improve our site and the accommodation on it, as well as striving to deliver
the best customer service and experience to everyone who visits our site. This
award is testament to the whole team at Loch Tay Highland Lodges and we are
delighted.”

The very best of Scotland’s outdoor and leisure industry was showcased in the
glitzy award ceremony at Glasgow’s Marriott Hotel on October 29th.

Thousands of public nominations were received across 17 categories including
Scotland’s Best Glamping and Scotland’s Best Self Catering Accommodation.
Over 25,000 votes were received in support of favourites across the country to
create a shortlist of 115 finalists. Each business was asked to take stock of their
business and provide a submission in support of their win, before an independent
judging panel performed assessments of the customer-facing elements.

Hosted by Des Clarke, the Scottish Outdoor and Leisure Awards Gala Final was a
celebration from start to finish. Warren Paul, CEO and founder of the Scottish
Outdoor and Leisure Awards is also delighted with the reception in only year two.

He said: ‘The inaugural awards created firm foundations to develop SOLA into an
annual competition and a mainstay event of the industry and now we are seeing
new businesses from across the country engage in year two. It’s a fantastic
opportunity to celebrate the businesses that help to showcase our beautiful
Country; Well done to all our finalists and congratulations to our 2017 winners. I
look forward to an even bigger event in 2018!’

Loch Tay Highland Lodges
www.lochtay-vacations.co.uk

Dog poo on beaches

Hundreds of bags of dog poo have been found on the UK’s beaches according to the Marine Conservations Society’s 2016 research; with 792 bags recorded at 364 beaches by volunteers over the Great British Beach Clean weekend in September last year. However these numbers don’t show the full scale of the problem; beach clean volunteers do not record unbagged waste therefore the total amount of dog poo left by some owners on our beautiful beaches remains unknown.

Dog poo on beaches

Many people believe that leaving dog poo on the beach is OK because the tide washes it away, however this natural disposal technique isn’t the best thing for our beautiful beaches and seas. Bacteria present in dog poo is potentially harmful to beach users and can affect water quality.

That’s why organisations and campaigns from across the UK are uniting this week for #binit4beaches; a campaign focused on reducing pollution and litter at the beach and calling for dog owners to help with ongoing improvements.

Millions of people head to the UK’s beaches to relax, paddle and swim every year and we want water quality to be the best it can be. Last year 98.5% of the UK’s bathing waters met the tough minimum standards. By working together, we can continue to help protect and improve water quality. So, if you visit the beach with your dog please do your bit to help by bagging and binning your dog poo, making the beach safe for everyone to enjoy.

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5 Handheld Vacuums Pet Owners Will Just Love to Own

If there is one thing that we, as pet owners, dread it’s the amount of fur we find from our animal companions on a daily basis – especially during moulting season. The clean-up can take a lot of time and effort to complete, leaving you tired and frustrated with the situation – especially when using a full size vacuum cleaner. However, with one of these five handheld vacuums you are sure to find the task a lot easier and will be saying goodbye to pet hair and smell in no time at all. Your home will be unrecognisable.

Dyson V6 Animal
Dyson are well known for their excellent quality vacuum cleaners, and since they released the Animal range it has been sending pet owners straight to the store to get their hands on one – and right so. It is perfect for removing fur from carpets and hard floor.

The V6 is handheld and cordless, so you don’t need to worry about getting tangled up. It can extend and retract, depending on where you are cleaning, offering versatility. The batter life lasts twenty minutes, and the suction is very powerful. No need for bad, it empties easily into the bin using it’s mess-free canister.

Dirt Devil Scorpion Quick Flick
This handheld vacuum cleaner works a dream on pet hair, and it is very easy to use. With seven amps of power, it provides excellent suction and is also the perfect size for reaching into every nook and cranny in your home. It is very lightweight, making it easy to handle, and it has several hose sizes – including a special pet brush for all of the excess fur. It also works great on furniture – no pet hair will be safe.

Black and Decker Pivot
With cyclonic action and powerful suction, it works well on embedded hair that is stuck in your carpets. It is high performance for this very purpose, and the nifty pivotal head makes cleaning every type of surface a whole lot easier. Handheld and cordless, it is also completely bagless. With a great battery life and short charge time, it is perfect for furniture, all floor types, and even your kitchen counter.

Eureka Handheld 71 B
Lightweight and exceedingly popular, this yellow wonder has two motors – one for suction and the other for optimal cleaning. There is also a nifty visor that rises when you come to carpeted areas or the upholstery of your car/furniture. There is a long cord provided and the hose is the perfect length for reaching around the house. It’s powerful, small, and incredibly efficient at its work. When you buy it, you won’t want to let go.

Bissell Pet Hair Eraser
This small yet might vacuum cleaner is ready to take on the pet hair that is littering your home. With a rubber nozzle for a soft touch on your furniture and upholstery, it also comes with a tougher one to suck up the most difficult messes, such as cat litter and embedded fur lumps. With a HEPA filter to protect those with asthma and allergies, it also sports bagless technology and a very long cord. Compact and portable, it is also easy to store away.

To Conclude
What did you think of the handheld vacuum selection? Are there any you would have added to the list? We’d love to hear from you, so let us know in the comments below.

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Are you Worried about the Two Poo Bag fine?

Brand dooup has the answer…

The dooup walk-ease is now available, and just as the fine for being caught without at least two poo bags may be coming into play near you.
So far, the feedback has been great from those who have purchased but we are also interested in hearing from anyone who may feel it’s not ideal for their dog walk.

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We’ve thoroughly tested the concept for the short and long walk. From the perspective of the leisurely walker, through to the busy working mum, and the active, trendy chaps amongst you.

The important thing about this product is that you won’t even know you’re carrying it. You especially won’t feel conscious of carrying a scoop! The roll of bags inside are conveniently positioned so you can grab one without even needing to open the bag! So, the two poo bag rule will never be a problem for The dooup walk-ease owner!

This comfy and discreet chest/shoulder bag attaches to the lead and is ready to leave the house when you are. Packed with treats, hygiene pouch (including a reminder tag), sanitiser and some with a ball thrower and a torch which is well positioned for those darker nights. This means you are always equipped with what you need. It even allows you to let go of your dog’s lead if you wish to.

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We’ve already made a success of the garden dooup which was voted Best for the Garden by Dogs Today magazine. The majority who have one love how it sanitises and stores a week’s worth of dog waste before auto sealing the bag upon removal. Simple, hygienic and convenient for the home.

Many assumed we’d do something similar for the dog walk but when you consider the needs of the dog walker, it’s far more important to provide benefits such as a hands-free walk, easy, compact scoop and a place to store the waste if you need one. The poo part ends there but the benefits of The dooup walk-ease will mean you’ll never be caught without poo bags.

These fines, perhaps necessary, are rather harsh as we all know there are days we forget things. The dooup walk-ease means that can never happen to you.

We’d love to hear from you – any suggestions about what to add, takeaway, or just general observations on how The dooup walk-ease would or wouldn’t fit into your doggie life, would be much appreciated.

Some have already expressed the need for a longer scoop which we can provide should you wish to try it. However, we have fully tested the current small scoop and found they are not only extremely effective with variations of waste size and consistency, they also fit very nicely and discretely inside the poo pouch, so we would urge you trial it. There may be no need to carry anything bigger.

Dooup

10 Things All Dog Owners Should Know About Lungworm

You may have heard lungworm being discussed by other dog owners in the park or even seen posters in the vet waiting room. But what actually is lungworm, what are the symptoms of lungworm in dogs and what is the best treatment for lungworm?

1. Lungworm (Angiostrongylus vasorum) is a parasite that can cause serious health problems in dogs and can even be fatal if not diagnosed and treated early enough.

2. Slugs and snails carry the lungworm larvae which means dogs can become infected when they accidentally eat these common garden pests, or their infected slime.1

3. A recent survey of UK vets by Bayer, experts in parasitology, indicates that the vast majority (66%) have experienced a case of lungworm in their practice within the last year.2

4. Dogs of all ages and breeds can become infected with lungworm, but younger dogs are more likely to contract the parasite, due to their inquisitive nature and new owners not knowing enough about the risks of the parasite. The average age of affected animals is between just 10 and 14 months.3,4

5. If your dog likes to rummage through undergrowth, eat grass, drink from puddles or outdoor water bowls then speak to your vet about preventative treatment. Be careful about leaving your dog’s toys outside too as slugs and snails can be attracted to them.

6. Spring and autumn are peak times for slugs and snails due to the wet and mild conditions. It is important to be extra vigilant around these times.

7. Lungworm infection can result in a number of different signs in your dog which may be confused with other illnesses. However, some dogs will not show any signs.

8. Not all worming treatments cover lungworm. Only monthly prevention with products available on prescription from your vet will protect dogs against the parasite; use only every three months leaves dogs at risk of disease and even death.

9. Lungworm is now endemic throughout much of the UK, according to a study by researchers at the Royal Veterinary College, one in five veterinary practices in the UK have reported at least one clinical case in a dog.

10. To find out whether lungworm is in your area, search by postcode at http:/www.lungworm.co.uk/lungworm-map/

1. Conboy et al. WAAVP 2015
2. Survey of 300 UK Vets, conducted by Bryter in March 2017.
3. Angiostrongylus vasorum infection in 23 dogs (1999-2002), P. S. Chapman et al., Journal of Small Animal Practice (2004) 45, 435–440
4. Spatial, demographic and clinical patterns of Angiostrongylus vasorum infection in the dog population of Southern England, T. R. W. Blehaut et al., Veterinary Record (2014) doi: 10.1136/vr.102186

PetStay – The Five Star Franchise!

PetStay, The Alternative to Kennels have announced that they have won the
5* Franchisee Satisfaction Award run by Smith & Henderson.

Carole Davy, Managing Director and PetStay founder said “We are incredibly proud to have won this prestigious award and to be recognised for our franchise model, training and on-going support along with our branding and the excellent relationships we have formed with our franchisees. It is such an important award for PetStay as it comes from our franchisees. Although 5 stars have been achieved we are always looking to continuously improve and develop further to help the franchisees to successfully grow their businesses.

Smith + Henderson, an independent research agency, coordinate the 5 Star Franchise Satisfaction programme. Steven Frost, CEO, said PetStay was awarded 5 Star Franchisee Satisfaction based on positive feedback from their franchisees. They rated it above average across all five key areas that we measure in our industry benchmarking programme, such as training and support and the relationship with their franchisor.

PetStay

Compared with the industry average PetStay were scored higher with head office support 18% above average, franchise system 10% above average, proven system 16% above average, respect 13% above average, trust 17% above average, do It again 18% above average.

Overall PetStay came out at 8% above the industry average score
PetStay have been established since 2005 but franchised the home-based business in 2012 and now have 35 branches nationwide with over 500 home checked, licensed & insured dog carers. Over the years PetStay has established an excellent reputation for providing a home from home environment for dogs, using hand-picked local carers who provide the best possible care for dogs while their owners are away on holiday.

Each of our franchisees have their own team of dog carers. After an in-depth consultation with the customer they then match the dog/s to one of their carers, next they organise a meeting for the customer to go visit the carer to make sure everyone is happy, this is a good time for the holiday dog/s and carer to bond and hear all about their routines. PetStay have a policy of not mixing dogs from different households so the service is exclusive to them.

We aim to grow to 50 branches by 2019 and are interested in hearing from anyone who would like to join one of the leading pet franchises in the UK.

We are looking for hard working, self-motivated individuals with a passion for dogs and the drive and determination to succeed. If you enjoy giving excellent customer service and want to provide the very best home dog boarding service in your area, we would like to hear from you. You’ll have a head start with PetStay, we want to work with people who believe in our service and have a genuine love for dogs.

Please email info@petstay.net for our franchise prospectus or call Carole on 01482 307684 for an informal chat with a member of the PetStay Team.

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Barking Mad Dog Care achieve ISO 9001 certification

Quality Recognition for UK’s Leading Dog Sitters

Barking Mad Dog Care has achieved ISO 9001 certification, in a first for the dog sitting industry! This is a huge achievement which demonstrates the effectiveness of our quality management system and our capability of satisfying the rigors of an external, independent audit.

The ISO 9001 standard provides the assurance that the organisation can demonstrate compliance with proven business practices and appropriate standards. Certification proves commitment and the right attitude to providing a high level of customer satisfaction and willingness to improve efficiency.

Barking Mad

Helen Shaw (Barking Mad Head Office and lead support on the project) said,

“The process leading to ISO 9001 certification has been extensive and to achieve accreditation with zero non-conformances is a huge pat on the back, which confirms the high quality service we offer to our franchise network and their customers. Maintenance of the ISO 9001 quality systems will be a continual process which will allow us to retain the high quality of support we offer and grow together with our franchise network.”

Managing Director and founder, Lee Dancy, delightedly said,

“Achieving this certification is a proud moment and reflects the excellent systems we have developed over the past seventeen years. We continue to lead with another first in an increasingly competitive industry. Credit must go to our franchise network and support team for their consistently high implementation of a robust quality system.”

We were delighted to work on this project with the fantastic Rosewood Keen Management Services, specialists in integrated management systems and business improvement. Mike Smith, Compliance Consultant said,

“As an external quality consultant, I sometimes come across organisations that have a real clarity of purpose, some that live and breathe their values and others that are run and owned by really nice people, rarely do I find a company that manages to be all three. Barking Mad is one such company. I have always received a warm welcome from people who genuinely care about what they do and how they can continue to support and develop the business of their franchise partners, I wish Lee and her team all the best in everything they do.”

The quality of the dog home boarding service we provide has always been our number one priority. It is of utmost importance to us, that we provide an unrivalled, dog sitting customer experience and we are delighted to have achieved independent certification which confirms this. We adore what we do and we love our customers’ dogs just like our own!

www.barkingmad.uk.com

Barking Mad

PetStay have launched their NEW sparkling website this month.

Managing Director Carole Davy says, “After many months of meetings, creativity and ideas flying about we are happy to announce the launch of our new website. We wanted to make sure we designed it with our customers in mind who are all dog lovers.”

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“We wanted to make sure we got our message across with a new clear and bright website that is simple to read and easy to navigate.”

“PetStay are a growing home dog boarding company and we are always looking to improve our online presence. We feel we have achieved this with the new website. ”

You can visit the new and improved PetStay website at www.petstay.net, we would love to hear what you think!

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Dog Friendly Pembrokeshire Tourism Awards Winners Announced

Pembrokeshire’s Dog Friendly businesses have been recognised and celebrated in the county’s first Dog Friendly Tourism Awards held on the Slebech Park Estate. The Dog Friendly Awards initiative was created by Pembrokeshire Tourism and Burns Pet Nutrition and are designed to champion responsible pet ownership, whilst recognising the efforts of outstanding local businesses throughout the county who help to make Pembrokeshire a dog friendly destination for visitors. Following the launch of the Awards in January, over 400 entries were received across the six categories giving the judges from the Burns By Your Side Reading Dog Teams plenty to consider!

dog friendly award winners

The award for Best Dog Friendly Beach went to Amroth. With plenty of sand to play on, rock pools to investigate and waste bins easily accessible, the judges felt this was a great place to enjoy some seaside fun.

The judges in the award for Best Dog Friendly Town or Village looked for evidence of the whole town or village being a welcoming venue for four-legged visitors and their owners! In this closely fought category Saundersfoot came out on top over the twin towns of Fishguard & Goodwick and Amroth.

The Best Dog Friendly Day Out award took into consideration factors that enabled everyone to enjoy a great day out in Pembrokeshire’s attractions. With so many great places to visit and explore the judges had their work cut out to pick just one winner, before ultimately deciding on Carew Castle as their top choice.

The Best Dog Friendly Pub, Restaurant or Café category judges were keen to find a warm welcome for all visitors along with provision for those not using cutlery to eat! Having visited all three finalists including the Brewery Inn, Cosheston and the Hope Inn, Pembroke, the winner was named as the Temple Bar in Amroth.

For the Best Dog Friendly Campsite or Caravan Park award judges looked at how venues were able to go the extra mile to make pets welcome and safe whilst on holiday. Coastal Wood Camping was the winning campsite who offer plenty of space for all to enjoy their holiday, and great dog friendly facilities.

For those not so keen on camping, the Best Dog Friendly Holiday Accommodation award looked at hotels, guesthouses and B&B providers throughout Pembrokeshire the judges were keen to find providers who were clearly committed to welcoming dogs to their premises. Cwm Connell Coastal Cottages beat off tough competition from Fron Fawr Holiday Cottages and Coastal Wood Holidays to win in this category.

dog friendly award

John Burns of Burns Pet Nutrition explained how much he and the Burns By Your Side Reading Dogs Team had enjoyed the judging saying, “It’s been great to see first-hand the incredible work that these businesses are doing to make Pembrokeshire a dog friendly destination”. Echoing this, Dennis O’Connor, Tourism Liaison Manager at Pembrokeshire Tourism said, “Pembrokeshire is a very special place for visitors and we are delighted to have been able to recognise the work of dog friendly businesses throughout the county as well as our fantastic towns and beaches. Increasingly visitors are looking for dog friendly destinations to avoid the distress of leaving their pets in kennels, so the wonderful coast and countryside that Pembrokeshire offers is particularly appealing”.

pembrokeshire dog friendly tourism awards

How to Stop Your Dog from Peeing on the Carpet Now

Dogs may be adorable creatures and keeping them indoors can be such a joy. Giving them food through an automatic pet feeder would be convenient too. So, even when you are out, you don’t need to worry that they will get hungry.
While dogs are great security guards for your home, they can be naughty from time to time though, so you need to prepare yourself for when they misbehave. There are times when it’s hard to keep them in control. Sometimes, they will mess up with the pet water fountain or run around your home like crazy in the name of fun.
There are times, however, when their antics become destructive. Some dogs love peeing in the wrong places like your carpet. The last thing you want to end up with is a carpet that is stinking of dog urine.
If your dog thinks that the carpet is the perfect place to pee, you need to do something about it quickly or else you will tolerate this bad habit. What’s the best way to discourage your canine to do answer the call of nature by peeing on the carpet?

Here are 4 things that you can do to address that behavior:

Potty Training
There’s no denying that a dog needs to be reminded that it should be peeing in the right place. One way to make sure that your dog knows this is to start potty training. Teaching your canine about proper behavior is a must if you do not want to end up cleaning the carpet over and over because your pet considers it as his bathroom.
Potty training will help your dog realize that there is a right place to pee. This means that it would be easier to teach your dog about the right place to poop. So, if you have a dog that has not been housebroken yet, this may be a good choice.
Potty training is all about teaching your dog that there is a place to poop. The most effective way to accomplish this is through positive reinforcement and by rewarding your pet. Taking your pet outside to a regular spot to pee or poop is the best choice to do this so that next time, they will know what to do.

Crate training
Another choice for making sure that your carpet will not suffer from more accidents is through crate training. Keeping your pet in a crate and letting them out when they have to go is easier and less dangerous when they are in a crate. Just a word of caution, this is not the magical answer to all dog problems.
Housetraining is best done using crates although there are differences in opinion about that among dog owners. Some people find this to be an inhuman way to treat canines since the animals are placed in captivity. Although you can put a dog in a crate when you are out, it’s not recommended since dogs tend to feel depressed when you leave them alone for long periods of time.
Crate training is a means of making sure that the newest addition to the canines in your family will not destroy your house. However, you should never consider this as an option when you are dealing with puppies that are less than six months old. The maximum number of hours that you can leave your pets in a crate is just four hours, so always keep that fact in mind.

dog peeing on carpet

Clean carpets to remove any trace of pee
Dogs have a good sense of smell. This is one of the reasons why they are such a valuable companion when you are hunting and tracking. This same ability can backfire when you are training your dog to stop peeing on the carpet.
Once your dog already peed on your carpet, they will leave their scent in there. If they get a whiff of that smell and they get the urge to pee, they tend to do the deed in a place that smells just like pee to them. So, if there are still traces of pee smell on the carpet, they will love to pee in there as much as they want.
You also need to keep in mind that just because you can’t smell the pee, it’s not there. Make sure that the carpets are cleaned thoroughly so that your dog will not get the urge to continue peeing on it. Although it’s good to use homemade solutions, always make sure to get the scent totally gone or else your carpet could still be in danger.

Hire professional dog trainers
If you have done everything that you possibly can but your dog is still peeing on your carpet, you might be feeling quite frustrated by now. Don’t worry, there are still choices that are open to you. You can always look to professionals for help. These people are the best choices that you have when it comes to understanding dogs and their behavior.

When things seem to be too hard to handle and your dog just won’t budge, there could be a bigger problem. Professionals can help you in this aspect and they might even assist you in handling your dog and making it obey you. This may be a costly option but it would totally pay off.
Dogs that keep on urinating on the carpet can be a huge source of frustration. If this is one of your struggles, try to look into these suggestions.
Did you ever own a dog that kept on urinating on the carpet? What did you do? Tell us all about it in the comments section and be sure to share this with your friends if you found it useful.

BIO:
My name is Diana Hutchinson. I am the founder of Tinpaw.com.
I have more than 10-years’ experience in nurturing and caring cats & dogs. I love them. Since long ago they had been become important members of my family.