Strictly Come Crufts – Tess Daly visits as world’s largest dog show celebrates 125th anniversary

Watch our video featuring celebrity Tess Daly as she returns to Crufts to raise awareness of the dangers of lungworm

Crufts is one of the largest dog events in the world, originally staged in 1891 by Charles Cruft, which this year celebrates its 125th anniversary.

For prospective dog owners and dog lovers, Crufts is a great opportunity to talk to Kennel Club Assured Breeders, rescue charities and breed experts about how to responsibly buy, train and enjoy life with a dog, not to mention an exhibition of all things cute and fluffy.

We caught up with dog lover, Tess Daly, who is appearing as part of her role as ambassador for the Be Lungworm Aware campaign.

After being involved in the campaign in 2015, Tess became increasingly convinced that her golden retriever, Sam, may have died of lungworm.

As a result, Tess is attending this year’s event to encourage other dog owners to be alert to the dangers of lungworm and look-out for signs their dog could have become infected the deadly parasite.

For all this and more watch our informative video as we catch up with Tess and get some sneak peaks of the event itself.

How dogs can contract the lungworm parasite?

Ingesting Larvae: Slugs and snails carry the lungworm larvae and dogs can become infected when they eat these common garden pests whilst rummaging through undergrowth, eating grass, drinking from puddles or outdoor water bowls, or pick them up from their toys

Faeces: Infected dogs and foxes spread the parasite into the environment as the lungworm larvae are excreted in their faeces, slugs and snails that come into contact with the faeces can become infected, increasing the chances of other dogs becoming infected

Foxes: A study from the University of Bristol published in 2015 which examined the fox population, whose faeces can spread lungworm larvae, suggested that the overall prevalence of lungworm in foxes is 18.3 per cent in the UK, which is significantly higher than in previous years

Travel: With more people travelling in the UK with their dogs, and foxes roaming up to 50km, the risk of the parasite spreading around the country will continue

Do you know what the signs of lungworm in your dog are?

This canine disease is most commonly caused by swallowing slugs and snails carrying the lungworm larvae but it is preventable and treatable so it is vital people know how to spot the symptoms

Once the lungworm parasite is inside dogs’ systems, it can cause symptoms such as breathing problems, tiring easily, coughing, persistent bleeding, vomiting, diarrhoea and, in some cases, death for beloved canine companions.

Evidence from the Royal Veterinary College confirms the lungworm parasite has spread across the UK, from its traditional habitat in the south of England and Wales, now being widespread in Central England and also reaching northern regions and Scotland, with one in five vet practices reporting at least one case of the parasite1 A year ago animal health experts Bayer launched a Lungworm Mapping Tool to assist with plotting the prevalence of the disease across the UK, as part of a wider research programme to better monitor and document the spread of the potentially fatal disease. Vets are continuing to report cases of lungworm in their practices to be added to the interactive map, helping them to see where dogs could be at risk.

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Who Can Look after Your Dog When You’re on Holiday?

Your summer holiday has finally been booked and you’re looking forward to spending some quality time relaxing in the sun with close friends and family.

But whilst you’ll be away, have you stopped to consider who’s going to look after your other family member – your beloved pet dog, of course?

If not, don’t panic: we’ve compiled a list of safe and sensible suggestions so that your four-legged friend is left in good hands.

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Option 1 – Dog Kennels

Your first option is to house your dog in kennels until you return from your much-needed summer break.

There are plenty of kennel services to choose from, but it’s worth opting for one based on reputation, so ask other dog owners and friends and search online to check reviews.
Some kennels will be more luxurious than others, but essentially they all offer a similar service.

Remember to ask how much exercise your dog will receive each day and whether this comes at an additional cost.

It’s also worth finding out how much space they will have available. If you own a large dog, they’ll require a sufficient area to roam around in.

Be sure to visit the kennels as well. You’ll get a good indication of how the staff will treat your dog, the condition of the premises and how many people will be interacting with your pet.

Option 2 – Dog-Sitting
If kennels are off the cards, what about getting someone you know to stay at your house and dog-sit whilst you’re away?

In this instance we’d recommend choosing someone with whom you have a good relationship – and if they own dogs, or have owned them before, even better.

This might be a sensible option if you know your pet will feel more comfortable staying in the environment they’re used to as opposed to moving to new premises.

If dog-sitting sounds right for you, just make sure that the person looking after your pet will be with them at all times.

Getting someone to call in at your home and check on your dog every now and again is the wrong approach and could even be deemed animal cruelty.

Option 3 – Home Dog Boarding

Slightly different to the above, home dog boarding means that your pet will stay with someone else in their own home while you’re away.

Think of this as your dog’s very own holiday or getaway where they get to unwind until they greet you with a wagging tail upon your return.

Just as you would for dog-sitting, make sure the people looking after your dog are reliable and trustworthy and understand the needs of your pet.

Recommendations, reviews and ratings will also play a key part in determining which home dog boarding option to choose, so once again, don’t forget to ask around.

Always make sure you meet the sitter in advance before you go on holiday so that you know you’re making the right choice. This will also give your dog a chance to become familiar with their surroundings before they end up staying there.

According to The Kennel Club, you should also check references and insurance cover and leave the sitter your contact details.

Finally, if it is a legal requirement in your local area for the individual or business to have a licence to provide this type of service, you should check this as well.

Which Option’s Right for Your Dog?

As each and every dog has their own individual requirements, try and pick the best service to meet their needs.

You know your own pet better than anyone else, so think through your options and go with a choice that you’re confident your dog will enjoy.

Ideally, you want to cause your dog as little distress as possible while you’re away so that they have their own holiday too.

If you get it right you’ll know for next time and both you and your dog can reunite after a well-earned break.

This post was written by GJW Titmuss, a leading online pet supplies, food and accessories store.

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Crufts 2016- highlights from the world’s biggest dog show

Watch our video to see TV star Mark Wright, and world famous double act Ashleigh and Pudsey, as they visits Crufts 2016

It’s the world’s biggest dog show and this year Crufts is celebrating its 125th birthday.

For over a century the famous canine event has seen dog lovers and owners come together to celebrate their precious pooches, and speak to Kennel Club Assured Breeders, rescue charities and breed experts about how to responsibly buy, train and enjoy life with a dog.

We caught up with dog loving celeb Mark Wright who is on a mission to help dog owners keep their pups happy and healthy this spring.

Mark is urging dog owners to make sure their pets are up to date with all their worming and flea treatments as warmer weather approaches and is appearing at Cruft as part of his role as ambassador for The Inseparables campaign.

Also on hand to show just what a healthy, happy dog can really do is BGT double act, Ashleigh and Pudsey.

Grimsby Pet Treat manufacturer lands home another “Big Fish”

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Grimsby Pet Treat manufacturer lands home another “Big Fish” for the Pet sector! Grimsby based pet treat manufacturer Tower Pet Products UK Ltd (TPP) are launching this week at Crufts 2016 the Worlds 1 st Aquaculture Stewardship council (ASC) certified Salmon Jerky dog treat.

Under the umbrella of parent company Tower pet Products UK Ltd the companies award winning Sea Treats fresh fish based dog treats brand has now achieved ASC certification for its 100% Natural Salmon Jerky Dog treat. The  Sea Treats range of Salmon Skin Jerky treats for dogs are made using fresh salmon skins which are sourced from Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) certified sustainable fisheries. This means that the treats can be traced back to an independently verified sustainable source.

Tower Pet Products are well known within the pet sector for their Marine Stewardship council (MSC) Whitefish Jerky range and are now really excited to add the ASC certification to its Salmon Jerky product range . The fish skins are a fresh nutritious product from salmon left over after processing for human consumption and make a good use of an otherwise underutilised part of the fish. The product is high in essential fatty acids and omega oils – and really good for the animal as a treat. Along with the MSC range the new ASC certification will be displayed on the Sea Treats packaging.

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Mike Dillon, Managing Director comments “We are immensely proud to land another big fish! It is great news to be announcing yet another World’s 1st for the pet sector and Great Grimsby! We have had an amazing year, Sea treats were voted best UK pet product 2015 by UK Pet retailers which followed our launch at Crufts in 2015 of the World’s 1st Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certified Whitefish Dog jerky treat. As a group of seafood experts and championship show dog exhibitors, breeders and judges we know we have excellent 100% Natural products delivering fantastic health benefits for our pets.  We’re delighted that Sea Treats will now also supply under the ASC Chain of Custody Certificate.  A world first! Our Sea treats brand is built on quality and trust and we run our factory the same as any human seafood approved factory would run giving our pets high quality products you can trust.”

Alongside the Sea Treats brand the company is well known for its Challenge Brand which is a premium fresh salmon based Dog food which feeds Championship winning Dogs.

Good luck to all of our team and customer at Crufts 2016. Have a great Crufts 2016.

To find out more about Sea Treats, visit or visit Hall 1 stand 108 at Crufts at the NEC Birmingham.

Further information on ASC chain of Custody can be obtained from

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Bake at Home with Olive’s Larder

Olive’s Larder have launched a NEW and healthy bake at home kit and gift jar selection!

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Perfect for all dog lovers out there who want their little pooches to have nothing but the best!

Made with 100% natural ingredients and promoting good health for dogs Olive’s Larder baking kits make it easy for you busy pawents out there to give a homebaked treat where all the hard work has been done for you! With just an egg and your love to add you can bake perfect healthy treats every time.

The flavour cominations in these baking kits are just delicious, including the Olive’s Larder Mint Canine Cookie Kit available as a gift jar £9.95 or as a baking bag kit £4.99

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Packed with delicious flavours the mint cookie kit promotes fresh breath and can be soothing too. Mint is naturally very soothing for digestive problems in dogs and historically, this aromatic herb has been used to reduce gas, nausea, motion sickness, and stomach aches as well as naturally freshening breath.

The Olive’s Larder Carob Canine Cookie Kit available as a gift jar £9.95 or as a baking kit £4.99 is also packed full of delicious flavours and real health benefits!

Carob is naturally sweet, low fat & protein packed. With a naturally sweet and pleasant flavor, carob is packed with nutrients. It is rich in vitamins A, B, B1, B2, B3, B6 and D, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, manganese and protein.

Carob is also rich in fiber and pectin, which helps eliminate toxins from the body. This super food improves digestion, lowers cholesterol, and can be used to treat diarrhea. The vitamin E content in carob helps to treat coughs, flu, and anemia. It can even be used to fight against osteoporosis because of it allows better absorption of calcium.

These delicious treat kits are packed with this low fat wonderful superfood carob and soothing breath freshening mint – flavours that that your four legged friend will just love and enjoy and even more so because it was baked by you!

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Our top 5 dog-friendly holiday cottages in North Wales.


North Wales ticks all the boxes for a pet-friendly holiday.  Wide open spaces, miles and miles of walks, dog-friendly beaches, welcoming restaurants and cafes….the list goes on.

All you need to do then is find somewhere to stay!  Here’s our top 5 dog-friendly North Wales holiday cottages where both you and your pets can relax.

Bron y Foel Bach – Porthmadog (Sleeps 5)
Just THE most perfect spot! Breathtaking sea views, a rural setting, open fire and close to restaurants and shops in nearby Porthmadog and Criccieth.  A great location for exploring both Snowdonia and the Llyn Peninsula, with some excellent dog-friendly beaches nearby including Black Rock Sands.


Saron – Cwmystradlyn, Snowdonia (Sleeps 6)
This converted chapel has to be dog heaven.  Tucked away in a remote valley in Snowdonia, with mountain footpaths and valley trails leading in every direction from the door.    The peaks of Moel Hebog and Moel Ddu are just waiting to be conquered – or perhaps a gentle stroll around the Cwmystradlyn lake instead?!


Cae’r Borth – Lligwy, Anglesey (Sleeps 12+2)
If you are looking for some wow factor – then here it is.  Built by the 8th Lord Boston, and still owned by the family today, Cae’r Borth is the ideal venue for a family gathering or special occasion.  Private beach, direct access to the coastal footpath, beautiful paintings, fabulous dining room, not to mention the seaviews. Oh yes, and a kennel too!


The Bay – Trearddur Bay, Anglesey (Sleeps 4)
If you prefer something a little more contemporary, then this beachside ground-floor apartment in Trearddur Bay on Anglesey’s west coast will fit the bill.  Dog-friendly pubs, walks and a great expanse of beach are all on your doorstep. Walk along the coastal path, pass Bwa Gwyn (the White Arch) towards Rhoscolyn where you can enjoy a leisurely lunch on the decking at The White Eagle, with views across the bay, before heading home – a great walk, and apartment, year round.

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Ty Capel – Rhoscolyn, Anglesey (Sleeps 4)
Colourful and quirky.  This characterful holiday cottage is super cosy. Just imagine coastal walks and pub lunches, lazy days on the nearby beach, stopping off to buy locally caught lobster and crab for supper, before returning home to spend an evening by the fire here? I do…..regularly!


Find a Pet Friendly Cottage for your next holiday
Menai Holiday Cottages has over 150 dog-friendly holiday cottages in North Wales, including  Anglesey, Snowdonia and the Llyn Peninsula. Many have sea views, enclosed gardens, scenic walks from the door or are tucked away in the heart of the mountains. Many will also accept more than one pet

Everyone at Menai Holiday Cottages lives in (and loves!) the area, and many are dog-owners themselves – so if you need any advice, from dog-friendly beaches to the nearest shop for your Sunday paper, just ask.

Tips for Leaving Your Dog Home Alone

Just like we humans have adapted to the changing lifestyles around us – longer workdays, smaller outdoor spaces – our furry friends also have had to adjust to the modern life. Gone are the days, where we could just leave our dogs outdoors to run in the fields, as most of us live in smaller apartments in the city.

Unfortunately, dogs can get anxious spending all of their day indoors alone. The good news is you can help your dog feel just a little less anxious at home with the below tips.

Leaving your dog at home


A trained dog feels more comfortable
Most dog owners are responsible for training dogs to do all sorts of tricks and behave well, but when it comes to training the dog to be alone, we aren’t always so good. It’s important to ensure your dog never has to adjust to a new situation unexpectedly, but has more time to get used to the situation.

This means you should slowly start training your dog to stay home alone. Dog training books often provide great tips on how to achieve this. The main thing to remember is to advance slowly and to reward good behaviour.

In addition, if your dog has ended up destroying furniture or leaving a mess while you were out, don’t punish the dog. To your dog, the punishment would relate to the thing they are doing at the time you punish them – a dog won’t understand you are punishing him for chewing your dogs four hours ago.

A tired dog is a sleepy dog
You’ve all been resting for the night, the alarm goes off and you rush through your morning routine, while your dog eats his breakfast. You are running a bit late and so the morning walk is just a minute-long brisk visit to outside.

Sounds familiar? It should also sound awfully boring, as your dog will be left at home, full of energy while you go to work. Energetic dogs in an empty home with not much to do equal certain chaos.

It’s essential you get your dog as tired as possible in the morning, to ensure they are happy to stay home alone with only a few things to occupy them. Depending on your dog’s breed and size, a long walk is a fantastic idea for the mornings.

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A selection of things to do
If you had to sit in a relatively empty room for eight hours every day, you’d most likely end up going crazy. So, you shouldn’t be surprised if your dog entertains himself by chewing the sofa while you are away.

Provide your dog with something fun to do, such as food-dispending toys, or other chewy toys. Dogs love foraging, so you can hide pieces of dry food around the home for the dog to search and find. There’s a wealth of great dog toys available at various pet stores like MedicAnimal, Zooplus, Pet Supermarket, and more at VoucherBin UK.

You could also experiment with things such as radio or TV. Most modern models can be timed to go on and off at a specific time and the dog might find these sounds soothing during a long day.

A friendly face to keep company
Finally, your dog isn’t required to spend the whole day on its own. You got a range of options available from a full doggie day care to a doggie walker to add a small change to the dog’s daily routine. The Good Dog Guide has a list of options around the UK for both day care and daily walks.

A sign of deeper trouble
Most dogs can present some naughty behaviour and signs of boredom after long days alone. But if your dog is extremely restless and whiny, as you begin to leave and you are constantly met with gnawed doors and items, the dog might be suffering from genuine separation anxiety.

If you suspect this is the case, it might be a good idea to film your dog a bit while he is home alone. If the dog behaves anxiously, talk to your vet about the issues. Separation anxiety can be treated with behavioural training and in some instances with medication.

Dog behaviours explained

In order to really understand what your dog is trying to tell you, it’s important to observe their body language and listen to the noises they make.

You may think you know exactly what your dog is saying by wagging its tail, for example. But were you aware that this can signify a number of feelings – from excited, playful or attentive, to apprehensive and even slightly nervous?

Our visual guide offers an overview of some common dog behaviours and expressions, to help you understand what exactly your dog is trying to communicate.

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Tips for keeping pets happy and healthy over the festive season

Watch our video with Steve Backshall and vet Paul Manktelow to get clued up

While most of us love the festive season, for pet owners it can throw up some unique challenges and pitfalls.

Routines such as walking and feeding times, and many of the things we do regularly with our pets at certain times can go out the window when the festive season hits, which can be unsettling for pets.

There are also plenty of new ‘toys’ around the house that can actually be dangerous to our pets such as Christmas trees, Christmas tree decorations and even pine needles.

And that’s not to mention all the tasty Christmas treats which can be toxic to pets. And while many pet owners may be vigilant when it comes to what they feed their pets, many of our guests could end up feeding our pets things we don’t want them to have.

So how can you keep your pets happy and healthy over the festive season? To find out more, watch our video for key advice from Steve Backshall and vet Paul Manktelow.



The Best Ways to Get Pet Hair Out Of Your Carpets


Best ways to get Pet Hair out of your carpet

Your family pet is sure to give you lots of joy over the years, but he may also give you a few problems when it comes to keeping the house clean. No matter how much you get him groomed, his hairs could still find their way onto your furniture and carpet.

Pet hair getting stuck in carpets is one of those things that can be a real headache for a family. If you are at your wits end trying to work out how to clean it up then the good news is that there are some simple solutions to help you out.

Use the Right Vacuum
You might not know that there are some special pet vacuum cleaners around that have been designed specifically with the removal of pet hair in mind. With one of these vacuums you will be able to clean up more quickly and also far more efficiently.

The design of these cleaners and the type of brush used means that they simply work far better on pet hair than other vacuums do. You also get to choose from a wide mixture of types of cleaner, from powerful upright models to nimble little canisters.

Of course, you can still use this pet vacuum cleaner to clean the rest of the house efficiently as well. There is no need to have one of these and a conventional vacuum as well.

Do It Regularly
As with any type of household cleaning chore, the more regularly you do it the easier it is. This is because you run the risk of the hair being trampled into the carpet if you leave it too long without cleaning.

The best idea is to set up a regular routine in which you vacuum up those pet hairs often enough for them to not become a problem. If you do this, and use the right kind of vacuum, then life will become a lot easier for you.

On the other hand, if you let the pet hairs get stood on repeatedly then there is the risk that they go deeper and deeper into the carpet, making it really difficult to get them out.

Use a Fabric Softener Solution
In really difficult cases you may need a helping hand to get out the hairs that have been trampled into your carpet. This can be achieved by using a fabric softener solution to make it easier.

In this case, the first step is to gather together the two different parts of the mixture; liquid fabric softener and water. You then mix three parts water with one part fabric and put the resulting mixture into a spray bottle.

The next step is to lightly mist the soiled area of the carpet and then let it dry. It will then be easier to clean it with your vacuum and remove those difficult hairs.

Use Baking Soda
Another interesting idea for cleaning the pet hair from your carpet more easily is to use baking soda on it. With this method, all you need to do is lightly sprinkle baking soda onto the area of carpet where the hairs are.

Let it sit there for a few minutes and then vacuum it up in the usual way. This approach has the added benefit of giving your home a lovely smell afterwards, while you can also add vinegar for really stubborn stains.

There is no reason to think that having a pet means having to struggle with a dirty house. With the right approach you can clean up those pet hairs easily and effectively.