Dogs and Humans: Bridging the Gap.

Do you believe in a psychic connection between humans and dogs? Many owners will say that their dog ‘knows’ exactly what they are thinking, or what they are about to do. Some cat owners have this same belief. The question is – how much of this is about the animal picking up on our body language, after all this is how dogs – and cats – communicate with each other, and how much of it indicates a genuine connection? Dog behaviourists have known for a long time that a dog is in constant communication with its owner, even if the owner is not aware of this, and it takes the form of emotional energy. Celebrated dog psychologist Cesar Milan often speaks of the negative and positive energy which our dogs use to interpret our behaviour.

There have been loads of stories over the years about dogs which will sit patiently by the door waiting for their owner to come home from work. Now, if that owner comes home at the same time every day then that is easy to explain away – dogs are excellent timekeepers and sticklers for routine. But experiments have been conducted with the owner returning home at different times of the day to find dog waiting for them.
And here’s another thing: many pet owners will tell you that they have felt the presence of their pet after the animal has passed away. Sometimes it can be the form of a smell or the sound of the animal moving around; sometimes the form of the animal can be actually seen. There’s no doubt that an owner who was close to their pet will struggle to explain the physical sense of the animal being ‘gone but still there’.
If you are a fan of Britain’s Got Talent you’ll know that this year’s winner was an amazing dog act – Matisse the collie with Jules O’Dwyer, following in the pawprints of Ashley and Pudsey. These astonishing acts have been honed to perfection over years of intense physical training but isn’t there something else too? Pudsey and Matisse seem to have that extra unspoken connection with their owners, without which they would not achieve such levels of perfection.

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So how can we explain this connection in wild animals?
Big cats in rescue centres have learned to co-exist alongside their human rescuers despite being the ultimate predators. A black leopard named Diablo, which had been taken to a centre in South Africa, was a fearsome creature with an established fear and hatred of humans. Yet he seemed to develop a trusting relationship with animal communicator Anna Breytenbach. She spent time with the animal, speaking to him on a psychic level, and claimed that the cat told her about his feelings towards humans and about his situation. He told her he didn’t like the name which had been given to him – Diablo – because he didn’t like the connotations it implied. Here’s the most amazing part – she said that Diablo asked about two leopard cubs which had been with him previously; he was concerned about them.

The rescue centre owners said Anna could not possibly have known about the two cubs.
The big cat’s experience with Anna seemed to reassure and relax him to the extent that he was able to leave his cage and explore his wider enclosure for the first time. The rescue centre owner was impressed enough by the transformation of Diablo (renamed Spirit) that he decided to attend a workshop to learn more about how to communicate with his big cats.

Learn how to communicate with your dog. You may learn what he really wants!

The post has been created by a member of Derek Acorah’s team of chosen psychics and mediums at Psychic Ether, picked for their outstanding abilities within their area of expertise.

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Top Training Tips for Your New Pet Pooch

When you get a new dog, it’s natural to want to spend most of your time playing with your pet pooch, but those first few weeks are crucial for training.

The behaviour your dog learns at an early age will stick, and it’s hard further down the line to get them out of any bad habits that they form. As a result, it’s vital that you stay on top of a dedicated training routine for your new dog in these early stages.

To help you out, here are five top training tips that you can follow to get you started.

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1. Positive Reinforcement
Perhaps the most important training tip for a new dog is to use positive reinforcement.

This means that whenever your pet pooch follows an order that you make, you should reward them with affection or a treat so they know they’ve done the right thing.

Psychologically, the dog then learns to associate good behaviour with a treat or a reward, making them more likely to behave well in the future.

When training a new dog it’s easy to become overly focused on the bad things your animal does, but it’s just as important that you remember to show your pet that you appreciate their good behaviour too.

2. House Rules
Being consistent with the house rules you set is very important for your dog’s behaviour, so ideally you want to establish these before you bring your pet home for the first time.
As an example, you might want to keep your dog out of your bedroom, which means you’d need to start closing the door if you usually leave it open.

Dogs will naturally want to explore, so they will see an open door as an invitation, and if they have been to a particular part of the house before they will not understand why they are not allowed there again.

So that your new dog does not get overwhelmed, it’s a good idea to introduce them to your home slowly, perhaps by letting them into new rooms one at a time so they can gradually get used to their new surroundings.

Think about whether or not you mind your dog being on your furniture. If you want them to stay off your chairs and sofas, never encourage them on to your lap when you are sitting down.

If you can, you should give your dog their own private space which they can use for sleeping or whenever they need some time to themselves.

3. Mealtimes
Dogs like a firm routine, so if possible, feed them at the same time every day. This way they’ll know when they can expect food.

Remember to choose dog food that is suitable for your pet pooch. There is no point feeding them a type of food that is particularly high in protein if they are going to be shut inside for most of the day.

Your vet will be able to give you plenty of advice on the right type of dog food to give to your pet pooch. Do not underestimate how important dietary considerations are to the health of your four-legged friend.

Treats are okay, but remember to give them in moderation. Keep them hidden in a place where your pet pooch will not be able to get to them. Keep an eye on whether your pet is enjoying their food and treats, too; if not, you might need to switch to a different product or brand.

4. Body Language
Being able to read your pet’s body language is key, and there are a few signs to look out for when you are training your new dog.

The tail is one of the best indicators of your dog’s mood. Wagging typically indicates pleasure, of course, but a slow wag can instead mean they are angry. If the tail is held low it may mean your pet is scared or nervous.

Raising a paw is usually a sign that your dog is in the mood to play, while it is clear what they want to do if they bring one of their favourite toys to you.

Remember that your pet is learning from your own body language, too, so be aware of how you hold yourself when you are in your dog’s presence.

5. Consistency
Finally, it’s crucial that everyone in the house be consistent when training your dog.

It’s great if everyone joins in with training your new pet, but they need to use the same commands with the same tone of voice, or the animal may get confused.

Make sure everyone is sticking to the same house rules, as your dog will quickly learn what they can get away with from certain family members.

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Now that you’ve taken a look at these top tips, it’s time to put what you’ve learnt into action.
Remember to be calm and patient with your dog and work hard initially so that you can spend time in the company of a well-trained dog later on.

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

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The secret life of fleas

The secret life of fleas – watch our video for a close up look at what fleas get up to on your pet

As new research is released today that shows that pet owners feel embarrassed when their pet has fleas – our video gives a microscopic view of these parasites and even their eggs as they hatch

Fleas can be the bane of pet owner’s lives and are not only an issue for our furry friends themselves, but also for us humans.

New research released today by Bayer Animal Health looks at how many pet owners have found these parasites not only on their pets, but in carpets, beds, sofas and on themselves.

Many surveyed also admitted to not being as on top as they should be of taking preventative measures when it comes to fleas.

But if you’ve ever needed a reason to increase your pet’s flea treatments then watch our video for a very close up look at the secret life of fleas, from how they feed, to the hatching of their eggs.

Celebs and pet owners get the inside word on ticks and fleas at ‘Tick-Nic’ event

In support of Bayer’s ‘No Bite Is Right’ campaign ‘Tick-Nics’ have been held around the country where celebs such as TOWIE’s Lydia Bright and Brendan Lynch former finalist on the Great British Bake Off have mixed with dog owners for plenty of advice on keeping their pets free from pests this summer

This month is Lyme Disease Awareness month, with the disease commonly spread by ticks. It can affect both animals and humans and in the latter symptoms include fever, headache, fatigue and a pink or red circular rash. If left untreated, infection can spread to joints, the heart and the nervous system

TV Vet David Grant has been giving advice to pet owners around the country on the risks of ticks to both pets and their owners, where ticks are commonly found, how to remove them and how to prevent them.

Watch our video where dog loving celebrities Lydia Bright from TOWIE and Brendan Lynch former finalist on the Great British Bake Off, mix with dog owners for plenty of advice from David and other vets on how to keep the creepy-crawlies off their furry friends this summer.

Learn how to protect your dog from ticks with Chris Packham

Watch our show live from the New Forest to learn how to check and protect your dogs against ticks

Show date: Thursday 23rd April
Show time: 2:45pm

Vets across the UK are set to take part in the Big Tick Project, launching on Thursday 23rd April. This will see dog owners collecting ticks from their pets throughout the UK in a bid to help scientists track what is feared to be a growing threat to dogs and people from tick-borne diseases such as Lyme Disease.

Lyme Disease is caused by a bite from an infected tick. Dogs can be bitten while walking through wooded areas or parkland in both towns and the countryside. Symptoms include lameness, lethargy and fever.  If left untreated they can lead to more serious conditions such as kidney disease and heart failure.  Many cases of tick infestation are likely to go unnoticed by owners as they are only detected by a thorough examination.

The Big Tick Project is being supported by TV presenter, naturalist and dog lover Chris Packham, and aims to raise awareness of the risks and symptoms associated with tick-borne disease, and to educate owners how they can reduce their dog’s exposure to ticks and the diseases they carry.

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Throughout spring and early summer when ticks are most active, vets taking part in the Big Tick Project will be giving dogs visiting their practice a thorough tick check.

Tune into our live programme to learn how you can identify and remove ticks correctly from your dogs, as well as highlighting how vets can offer the best ways to prevent and control ticks and fleas, tailored to individual pets needs.

Chris Packham joins veterinary dermatologist Paul Sands MRCVS and dog owners for MyPetonline’s latest web vet clinic on ticks as part of the Big Tick Project and Big Flea Guarantee campaigns.

If your dog could choose their own chew it would be a STAGLER deer antler dog chew every time

As we turn our attention to the spring season the Staglers team is ready for the year ahead. We are all waiting for the deer antlers to naturally fall off the stags after they have completed their mating season.

Fortunately the Staglers Store is holding impressive stocks of whole antlers and cut, prepared deer antler dog chews. We can confidently guarantee not to run out in the Spring of 2015 this gives us a competitive edge over some of our competition who are larger businesses and always struggle to fulfill orders at this time of year.

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Our workshop has prepared deer antler dog chews ready to be shipped to customers and trade suppliers alike.

So what are your choices? You can go to www.staglers.co.uk and buy online in a few easy steps and receive fast, reliable delivery.

If you run one of the below, or know a friend who would like to stock us give them this blog today!

Pet shop – Pet retailer – Pet product supplier – Dog groomer – Dog product supplier – Animal rescue center – Equine stockist – Farm Shop

If you need a reliable supplier, in easy to handle quantities (or big orders too….) give us a call 01202 631734 or 07979 908000 to chat. Rest assured you can get a competitive deal and excellent personal service.

Alternatively come and see John and the family at one of the shows around the country. Yes, we pack up the Staglers van, with lots of orange items and a huge variety of tasty chews onboard. Our  opportunity to meet you and your wonderful pets in person. Book a date in your diary and we will see you there.

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Click on the show name to get all of the latest information and see how you can go too…..

April 11th & 12th – All about Dogs, Newbury, Berkshire

May 3rd & 4th – All about Dogs, Brentwood, Essex

May 21st  23rd – Devon County Show, Exeter, Devon

May 27th to 30th – Royal Bath & West Show, Shepton Mallet, Somerset

June 11th to 13th – South of England Show, Ardingly, West Sussex

July 1st & 2nd – Royal Norfolk Show, Norwich, Norfolk

July 28th to 30th – New Forest Show, Brockenhurst, Hampshire

August 19th – Gillingham & Shaftesbury Show, Shaftbury, Dorset

September 5 & 6th – Dorset County Show, Dorchester, Dorset

DO YOU HAVE A FAVOURITE SHOW? Please let us know by emailing biscuit@staglers.co.uk and we will see if we can get there! This includes Olympia and the brilliant Horse of the Year Show. We aim high to please you. Fingers and paws crossed!

Sleeping Dogs

You’re likely familiar with the phrase “let sleeping dogs lie.” In day-to-day situations, it’s probably a good idea to know when to leave things alone, but did you know that, taking the expression a little more literally, dogs require twice as much sleep as people?

Dogs experience REM (rapid eye movement) and SWS (slow wave sleep) like humans do, though their sleep cycles are much shorter than ours. Slow wave sleep is a less deep of a slumber than REM, and is typically the time when your dog is most easily roused.

Because dogs experience periods of REM, they also have dreams. Many dog owners report their animal kicking, growling and even barking in his sleep! Dreaming occurs during REM sleep wherein the dog’s body is extremely relaxed.

Puppies require even more sleep than their adult counterparts. A large amount of brain development occurs during sleep, so still-developing dogs need some extra shut-eye as they mature to adulthood. Though pups are often quite energetic, it’s not uncommon for them to fall asleep in the middle of play in unlikely places. Some may sleep up to 18 or even 20 hours a day!

Dogs can sleep anywhere, but when choosing a sleep spot owners should consider several factors. Dogs need to be able to both curl up and spread out to correspond with different phases of sleep, and of course animals have preferences just like people do, so it’s important to choose both an area and a bed that your dog seems to be comfortable with.

Your bed: depending on the breed it may be best for your furry friend to have his own area in which to snooze, so if you have a labrador or a dane it may not be best for Fido to bunk down with his human parents.

Dog beds: A dog bed either in the master bedroom where the people sleep is a popular choice, while some families situate their dogs sleeping place in another area of the house. Many owners feel that allowing the dog on the bed is a bad practice, especially in the case where dogs aren’t allowed on couches or other furniture.

Outside: Some owners have “outside dogs” that aren’t kept much in the house. Outside dogs should always have a dog house for shelter from sun and rain, even in temperate climates. Put down blankets or carpeting, and add some extra insulation in the winter; if you live in a northern area with particularly cold winters, consider letting your pooch sleep on the landing or in an in-between area like the sun or mud room when temperatures become too low.

Taking care of your dog’s sleeping habits is just as important as seeing after your own. Make sure you understand your dog’s health needs as well–other help problems can quickly lead to interruptions in rest and sleep, which can in turn worsen your dog’s health. Dogs sleep more than people, and he should have his own space that’s both comfortable and relaxing.

Blog post by Amber Kingsley

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Grimsby company launches world’s first MSC certified sustainable dog treats at Crufts

Grimsby pet treat manufacturer Tower Pet Products are launching the world’s first Marine Stewardship Council certified sustainable dog treats at Crufts this week. The new Sea Treats Fish Skin Jerky pet products for dogs are made using dried fish skins sourced from MSC certified sustainable fisheries. This means that the treats can be traced back to an independently verified sustainable source.

Tower Pet Products are well known in Grimsby and in the dog treat industry for their Mariner’s Choice range.

Seat Treats for your dog

The fish skins are a fresh nutritious product left over from skinning cod and haddock used for human consumption and make a good use of an otherwise underutilised part of the fish. All of them can be traced back to MSC certified sustainable fisheries in the North East Atlantic.

A natural dental aid, Fish Skin Jerky is also low in fat using only the best-managed fresh, raw materials sourced from responsible suppliers.

Tracy George, Business Development Director of Sea Treats explains “As a group of seafood experts and championship show dog exhibitors, breeders and judges we know we have excellent products delivering fantastic health benefits for our pets. We’re delighted that Sea Treats now also carry the MSC’s ‘Certified Sustainable Seafood label’ – a world first – which means we’re also looking after the oceans while we look after our dogs. As a leading pet seafood company we wanted to bring the same health benefits and quality fish to our pets now and in the future, applying the same standards as we expect in the human supply chain.”

To find out more about Sea Treats, visit www.seatreats.co.uk or visit Hall 1 stand 108 at Crufts at the NEC Birmingham and enter a competition for a chance to win a goody bag of the UK’s first MSC certified dog treat.

5 Tips for Safe and Enjoyable Dog Walking

Dog safety is something we’re passionate about and we also care about the owners who walk them. It can be a pretty dangerous world out there, and it’s important, whatever the weather or time of day, you’re safe and well and can enjoy your time with your dog. With that in mind, we’ve put together our 5 top tips for you and your dog to ensure you stay safe at all times when out walking.

1. Walk in well-lit areas
Whilst ‘walking the dog’ might conjure up images of running through golden fields in the morning sunlight, the reality of walking for most of us involves taking our pets out very early in the morning and late at night, before and after work.  Especially in winter, this can mean walking in the dark.  For safety reasons, it’s paramount that you and your dog are as easily visible as possible at all times.  This isn’t always feasible, however, depending on the route you take, and that’s where squeaker.com’s nifty Pooch light LED collar and lead range comes in, which ensures your dog (and you) are visible at all times to other pedestrians, cars and road users, even with the absence of any other light (read more about this in number 5)

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2. Wear warm, comfortable clothing and sensible footwear
Always make sure you wear comfortable clothes that you don’t mind getting a bit dirty. Dress for the weather and layer up in case things change – pack-away macs are great as they’re easily portable but can be thrown on in case of a sudden shower. Comfortable walking shoes, old trainers or wellies are a must. Also make sure your dog is kitted out appropriately, with a coat if it’s chilly. If it’s a hot day, it’s best to take a bottle of water for you and your dog, just in case you get a little dehydrated.

3. Take your phone and let somebody know where you are going
It’s always a good idea to ensure that you have your phone with you (fully charged!) and if possible, let someone know where you are headed in case you do lose your phone or if anything should happen. Always make sure you have credit too should you need to call anyone.

4. Make sure to dispose of dog mess responsibly
It should go without saying, but this one’s a biggie – make sure you take bags with you and always clean up after your dog.

5. Make sure your dog is visible to you and to others
Reflective collars and leads are useful and can be very effective, however sometimes it’s simply not possible to walk your dog where there is sufficient light for them to be fully operational. For cyclists especially (as our director Chris found out!), who don’t often have lights strong enough to show up a reflective collar easily, it’s really important to have your own source of light to make sure your dog is visible at all times. Our light-up LED collars and leads come in a range of bright colours, so even in daylight you and your dog stand out. At night, 2 strips of flashing LED lights ensure your dog stands out from up to half a mile away. Safety is at the forefront of our designs – from the fabric we use to the style of the product – even down to the smallest fixtures and clasps. Easy to use, charging takes 30-60 minutes at any USB outlet so no expensive battery replacements. Keeping yourself and your dog safe and visible has never been easier – or more stylish!

How tailor-made food will change your dog’s life

With different personalities, different lifestyles and different nutritional requirements, no two dogs are the same. In fact, they are the most diverse species on the planet and as such their optimal nutritional requirements vary widely.

So when it comes to their diet, ‘one-size-fits-all’ doesn’t work. Breed-specific foods are already available, however by going a step further and creating tailor-made food that is optimised for an individual dog we can provide the ideal nutrition based on all requirements and preferences: breed (including cross-breeds), lifestage, physical condition, energy level, flavour preferences, health issues and dietary exclusions.

We even gradually adapt the blend over time as your dog ages and his nutritional requirements change naturally.

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HOW TAILOR-MADE FOOD WILL CHANGE YOUR DOG’S LIFE

HOW TAILOR-MADE FOOD WILL CHANGE YOUR DOG’S LIFE

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