How do you and your dog like to get your exercise?

How do you and your dog like to get your exercise? With one in three dogs being overweight, it is so important to keep your dog healthy. Sainsbury’s Bank have put together an infographic to showcase the weird and wonderful types of exercises for dogs. The activities range from canicross, disc dog, dog diving and even skijoring! Take a look at the infographic to see what you and your dog could get up to today.

Pet Care 101: How to Ensure That Your Dog Does Not Overheat This Summer

The UK is a nation of pet-owners, and this rather sweeping statement is supported by statistics produced by the PFMA. Dogs are a particular favourite among British residents, as an estimated 25% of all UK households include a canine as a member of their family. While there are a large number of dog owners throughout the nation, however, it is fair to say that there remains concerns about welfare and whether or not every individual takes full responsibility for the well-being of their pet. Owning and caring for a dog should represent a learning process, however, and one which drives constant improvement and dedication.

The Importance of Keeping your Dogs cool during the summer
One of the most important things to note is that there are many breeds of dog, each of which have various subtleties in terms of their behaviour and genetic make-up. There are some universal traits which all dogs share, however, with a tendency to overheat during the summer been one of the most prominent. You must take steps to avoid this, including the following…

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Ensure That Your Dog Drinks Plenty of Water
As a human, one of the key issues caused by extreme heat is dehydration. This can be negated by the consumption of water and fluids, and the same principle can loosely be applied to canines during the heat of summer. While a dog’s genetic make-up differs wildly from humans, enabling them to have regular access to water will help them to remain cool and keep the heat at bay. To assist this process, you may even want to add ice cubes so that the water remains below the existing room temperature.

Use Wet and Damp Towels Where Necessary
During the summer, dogs enjoy nothing more than basking beneath the glare of the sun. While this enables them to benefit from any available breeze, however, it may not prevent them from panting excessively and struggling to stay cool. You can help them to feel more comfortable by covering them in a towel that has been soaked in cold water, as this will help to reduce their body temperature. While your dog may become restless and resist this initially, they will soon welcome it once they feel the benefits.

Create Shade and Shadows Within The Home
You can invest a fortune in pet and dog ownership, from the procurement of bedding to a high quality collar from a reputable supplier such as Collars and Tag. Although these purchases represent a key part of caring for an animal, sometimes all you really require is an eye for detail and an ability to think creatively when dealing with issues. In terms of cooling your dog down when they are inside during the summer, for example, you should strive to move furniture and create a space that is well protected by shade and shadows. This will give them plenty of space to rest, play and escape the heat of the sun when required!

Would you give a dog a home?

There are many ways to find a good dog; friends, breeders guides and local press adverts are just a few. One method which can sometimes be forgotten is the option of looking at a rehoming kennel. Sainsbury’s Bank has produced a comprehensive Guide to dog rehoming for those looking to rehome their own dog or provide a home for one. The guide gives step by step advice around the whole rehoming process. Who knows, it might just inspire you to give a dog a home.

border collie puppy sitting in the dandelions

Ticks and Fleas: how to spot, treat and protect your pet against them

Ticks and Fleas

After the wettest winter on record, ticks and fleas are certain to be a big issue for cats and dogs this summer. Log on to our live clinic to find out how to spot ticks and fleas on your pet, how to treat them, and how to avoid them in the first place

 Show date: Thursday 1st May

Show time: 8:30pm

As pet owners, we know that we’re meant to treat our dogs and cats for ticks and fleas but surveys show that most of us don’t do it regularly or properly. In fact, many of us don’t really know what we’re supposed to be looking for and because of this, most of us don’t realise that our pets may be carrying unwanted passengers. And these unwanted passengers can present a health risk to our pets, our homes and even ourselves.

In this tick and flea live clinic broadcasting live from the School of Biological Sciences at Bristol University we will be joined by Richard Wall, a Professor of Zoology at Bristol University; Paul Sands a leading dermatologist and veterinary advisor Renata Turlej.

We’ll also visit a veterinary practice to see how ticks and fleas can be identified, and we’ll learn what simple checks we can make on our dogs and cats to see if they’re carrying ticks or fleas.

At the end of the show you’ll be left in no doubt on how you can spot ticks and fleas on your pets, how you can treat them and how you can avoid your pets catching them in the first place.

The live tick and flea clinic is part of  initiative to highlight The Big Flea Guarantee this summer and as part of this vet practices across the country will be offering free flea and tick checks for our pets. But what does the test involve? Find out more in our live clinic.

Richard Wall, a Professor of Zoology at Bristol University; Paul Sands a leading dermatologist and veterinary advisor Renata Turlej join us live online at  on Thursday 1st May at 8:30pm

Click here to submit questions before the show and to watch live from 8:30pm


Spreading the word for PDSA

You can find a video about PetCheck here:

Here is the dedicated PetCheck 2014 microsite:

You can find your nearest PetCheck 2014 event here:

Here is a video about the Petcheck mobile:

You can find the tours itinerary here:


You find out all about the PetCheck 2014 project here: You can find FAQ’s about PetCheck 2014 here:

Here is a video about the PAW report that inspired the Petcheck campaign:

Celebrities line up to star on UK’s first 24 Hour radio station exclusively for dogs and their owners

Watch our video to see which household names will be hitting Hound Waves on 7th March 2014

Hound Waves radio, part of the Be Lungworm Aware campaign from Bayer, will run for 24 hours on March the 7th and is backed by celebrities and animal charities such as the Blue Cross, Hounds for Heroes, The Retired Greyhound Trust, Wood Green – The Animals Charity and Hearing Dogs for the Deaf.

The station will feature ‘dog’umentaries, live link-ups to Crufts, dog fashion tips and bedtime stories as well as advice for dog owners on keeping their precious pooches happy, healthy and safe.

A number of celebrity supporters and organisations have already pledged their support to the station including Huey Morgan who features in a Doggy Island Discs segment, Blue Peter’s Peter Purves, comedian Sean Hughes, finance expert Alice Beer and Gok’s Fashion Fix’s Brix Smith-Start.

Other specially commissioned ‘dog’umentaries include the work of Hounds for Heroes; a ‘Day in the Life of The Blue Cross’; an insight into charity ‘Mission Rabies’ featuring TV Vet Luke Gamble; and special features on the vital work of the Pet Blood Bank, Medical Detection Dogs and Pets as Therapy.

The station programming will also include hourly dog related news bulletins focused on the lungworm Angiostrongylus vasorum as well as slots dedicated to pet owner problems featuring the ‘Canine Angel’ as Hound Waves agony aunt; pet finance; health and sport.

It will air on multiple platforms – streamed on the Bayer Jungle for Pets Facebook page ( and via the Lungworm website ( The programming will also be broadcast at Crufts and feature live link-ups from the NEC.

The station, a UK first for dogs and dog lovers, aims not only to raise further awareness of the potentially fatal lungworm but moreover deliver the strongest call to action to date to ensure the public ‘ACT’ on the threat it poses to their dogs; as well as celebrating British pet owners’ unique relationships with their four legged friends.

Watch our video for a preview of the celebrities that will feature on Hound Waves


Hound Waves - Lung worm aware

Dog collars and tags

Good Dog
Dogs are popular pets the world over and with so many shapes, sizes, colours, breeds and temperaments to chose from it is easy to see why so many people find a dog to suit their needs. Dogs make fantastic pets for families as they are active and attention
seeking, needing frequent exercise and love which a doting family can usually provide in bucketloads.So if you are considering getting a pooch as a pet what sort of things do you need to ensure that you are set up adequately for when you bring him home for the first time.
Food & Drink Station
Dogs respond well to routine so it is important that food and drink is offered at the same time every day and in the same place. Often dog owners have specific feeding stations with bowls raised at the right height for the size of the animal to minimise the risk of neck strain. It is a sensible idea to have the feeding station away from human food so that the temptation for them to eat human food is away from them when they are hungry. It is also a good idea to make sure that your food station is on an easily
wipe able floor as spills do happen. An ideal location would be a utility room or similar.1

It is important that you are clear about your dogs identity from the start as changing names can cause massive confusion for the animal. Chose a name well in advance for your dog coming home and get a collar and tag made so that in those inevitable moments when your dog decides to run away across the field, you know he can be returned safely if someone else catches up to him first!
Dogs are active creatures and it is essential that you keep their minds and their bodies active as much as possible. If you do not stimulate your dog enough you run the risk of him becoming sullen, bad tempered and even depressed. If you leave your dog indoors whilst you are at work and they become bored, your furniture and carpet may not last very long.To avoid these situations make sure that you are getting appropriate toys for both indoor and outdoor play. There are many toys on the market so do make sure that it is an appropriate
size and construction for your particular breed, a poodle and a
bulldog play with quite different toys.

New BBC2 documentary is looking for people getting puppies in feb/march.

The Puppies (working title) will explore the extraordinary relationship between man and man’s best friend as we follow a number of households taking in a new puppy. It will also reveal the science of dog development and discover what’s going on in the puppies’ bodies and minds over the first year of their lives.

Picture of puppy

We want to film with people from all over the country and all sorts of different breeds of dogs- from sheepdogs to family pets, to disability assistance dogs.

If you, or anyone you know of is getting a puppy please don’t hesitate to contact me on:

Email: or Tel: 02070134053

Eurotunnel Le Shuttle Pet Reception makeover in France

The Pet Reception on our Calais terminal has been wrapped in a colourful and joyful style that both owners and pets enjoy when traveling back from Calais.

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Eurotunnel Le Shuttle Pet shuttle

To commemorate our one millionth pet, as market leaders in pet travel across the Channel, we have decided to wrap one of our shuttle to celebrate our love of pets.

Look out for the sausage dog and his furry four legged friends when you next travel!

Pet shuttle

Eurotunnel Le Shuttle pet service honoured again in National Awards

For the second year running we have won the Special Recognition Award for a business that offers a fun and unique dog friendly service in the Kennel Club Open for Dogs Awards 2013.

We are honored and delighted to be recognised by the Kennel Club as a business that truly pulls out all the stops for its canine customers.

Our dog friendly terminals and modern facilities have helped us make every dog’s journey as smooth, fun and hassle free as possible.

Award winning

A BIG thank you to all pet owners who have voted for us this year again as this clearly demonstrates how they value the dedication of our teams to make the experience of traveling as fun and relaxing for dogs.

Eurotunnel Le Shuttle