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We understand that deciding to rehome your dog is one of the hardest decisions you will ever make.
Whether you need more space for a new arrival, are unable to keep up with vet bills or don’t feel you can give your dog the time it desperately needs, parting company with your furry friend is always a tough choice. After all, a dog is part of the family so it’s important to take the time to find them the best home.
What Are the Main Dog Rehoming Centres?
There are a whole host of dog rehoming centres across the country. Most are run by registered charities.
The main dog rehoming centres in the UK are:
National Animal Welfare Trust
What Happens Once I Decide to Rehome My Dog?
If you’ve decided that you would like to rehome your dog, it’s important to act fast. Spaces at rehoming centres can fill up quickly so take the time to choose the right centre for you and your dog and then get in touch with them.
You don’t ordinarily have to make an appointment to visit a centre but it’s worth checking ahead of time, just in case. Once you’ve registered your details with the centre they can let you know once a slot opens up. Most run on full capacity so bear in mind that there may be a wait involved. They will always endeavour to help every dog, but sometimes centres may be unable to accept dogs for rehoming.
What Can I Expect When I Take My Dog to the Rehoming Centre?
When a space opens up the centre will make an appointment for you to bring your dog in for a visit. They will ask a series of questions about your dog’s history, their likes and dislikes, habits, medical record and general behaviour in order to get a better understanding of them and find the perfect new home for your dog.
Next, your dog will also be given a thorough medical when they are checked in. They’ll also be given plenty of exercise and playtimes with staff in their first week or so to help staff get to know their personality and to give them a picture of the kind of home environment to aim for.
Only once they fully understand your dog’s needs and requirements will they begin looking for that forever home for your dog.
As most rehoming centres are run by charities there isn’t normally a fee for rehoming; you’ll find that most ask for a donation to their cause instead. It’s always best to check with the individual centres, though, as they made need to charge for administrative and medical aspects of the process.
How Long Does the Rehoming Process Take?
Every adoption is treated as an individual case. It normally takes a few weeks from start to finish. However, it may be shorter or longer depending on a number of factors, so don’t take the norm as a guarantee.
Centre staff will work with you to get a clear understanding of your dog and what makes them happy. Once your dog has been through the necessary checks and has settled in, they will then be entered into the centre’s rehoming system.
Potential owners will be asked a series of questions to assess their current living situation to determine if they would be right for your dog. Some people agree a match on their first visit and are more than happy to take the dog home soon afterwards, pending a home check.
Other people will visit the centre a few times to find a suitable dog and to also let their potential dog get to know them.
Can I Take My Dog’s Bedding and Toys Along?
The majority of rehoming centres will welcome this, although it’s worth checking before you take your dog’s bedding and toys along with you.
The familiar items and smells will help your dog to settle in to their new environment and give them comfort.
Can I Track My Dog’s Progress Once They’re Signed Over to the Rehoming Centre?
Most centres are more than happy for you to phone up and check on how your dog is getting on. They understand that this is a big step for you both.
What If I Change My Mind?
If you have doubts about rehoming your dog, then it’s best to speak to the centre as soon as possible. Giving up your companion is a hard thing to do so it’s important to make the best-informed decision. Please note that if your dog has already been rehomed then it may not always be possible to get them back.
What If My Dog’s New Home Doesn’t Work Out?
Staff at rehoming centres will work hard to match your dog with a new owner that will love them just as much as you. Should the new home not work out your dog will be taken back to the centre where staff will care for them and continue to search for their forever home.
Beautiful holiday properties that welcome pets are hard to find – except in dog-loving North Devon.
This beautiful area’s known for having loads of dog-friendly pubs, attractions and beaches, as well as stunning scenery and walks. Most North Devon beaches welcome dogs, with some such as Saunton and Instow allowing owners and their pets totally unrestricted fun and freedom. In recent years more and more of the area’s holiday properties have started to accept dogs too – including some with hot tubs, amazing views, thatched roofs and beautiful decor. Take a look at this selection of stunning pet-friendly holiday properties in North Devon from Ocean Cottages (who specialise in luxury properties in this area), with ideas for where to take your best friend to walk and eat nearby.
See more dog-friendly holiday cottages from Ocean Cottages www.ocean-cottages.com/dog-friendly-holiday-cottages-north-devon/
See more details on dog-friendly beaches in North Devon www.ocean-cottages.com/pet-friendly-holidays/
Stunning views: Gull Rock, Woolacombe
The pics speak for themselves here … amazing ocean views out to Lundy Island, glass-edged balcony and stylish décor, and secluded Combesgatebeach and endless Woolacombe beaches just a short walk away, with gentle surf that your dog will love to splash through. Gull Rock sleeps 4 in two bedrooms, and has a very large terrace plus lovely master en-suite, which has french doors leading to a further patio and further stunning views.
More about this property www.ocean-cottages.com/woolacombe-holiday-cottages/2-gull-rock/
Walk: the Old Railway Line – an easy stretch of tarmac pedestrian and cycle path that you can follow round to Ilfracombe 5 miles away, or beyond
walk details www.southwestcoastpath.org.uk/walksdb/139/#
Eat: The Red Barn in Woolacombe village – good pub food in this surfy beachfront pub that often hosts live music www.redbarnwoolacombe.co.uk/
Sleeps nine in style: Eden, Croyde
The small, surfy village of Croyde is full of dog-lovers, and lots of beautiful holiday properties. This includes Eden, which has just had a total makeover – but don’t worry, it’s still very welcoming to dogs! It offers open plan seaside living in the heart of Croyde, with a large garden, wood burning stove, huge table football and private, hot outside shower, so there’s no need to worry about any of you walking sand through the house!
More about this property www.ocean-cottages.com/croyde-holiday-cottages/eden/
Walk: Croyde beach allows dogs from October-April, and the less restrictive Woolacombe (see above) and Putsborough are a walkable distance round the headland, taking in spectacular views round Baggy Point along the South West Coast Path www.southwestcoastpath.org.uk/walksdb/26/
Eat: National Trust’s Sandleigh Tearooms at the start of the walk to Baggy Point serves excellent cream teas, snacks and lunches, and welcomes dogs to the pretty garden seating area. www.sandleighcroyde.com/
Thatched and cosy: Chuggs Cottage, Croyde
The owners of cosy Chuggs are open to welcoming more than one dog, which can be hard to find – especially in a cottage as pretty as this. Your dog will love sleeping off those long coastal walks in front of the cosy logburner – then running around again in the garden. Chuggs sleeps up to 6 people and is in the village near its dog-friendly pubs and cafes, but still just a short walk from the beach and dunes.
More about this property www.ocean-cottages.com/croyde-holiday-cottages/chuggs-cottage/
Walk: Saunton beach is around the headland from Croyde in the other direction, and allows totally unrestricted access for dogs on its 3 miles of golden sands – and they love to run in the dunes behind too. It’s an easy walk from Croyde through coast and country from Croyde walk details: www.southwestcoastpath.org.uk/walksdb/106/
Eat: The Thatch, also in the heart of the village, actively welcomes dogs, and serves legendary nachos (and cider, of course!). www.thethatchcroyde.com/
Traditional and spacious: The Long House, Georgeham
With an enormous walled garden and enough room to sleep 10 people, The Long House is a traditional Devon cottage, and a great place for a dog-loving family gathering. It’s in a very pretty hamlet surrounded by countryside but near all the great beaches, and has a large kitchen and choice of dining areas, including alfresco on the patio. The owners love dogs themselves, so will happily welcome yours into their beautiful property.
More about this property www.ocean-cottages.com/georgeham-holiday-cottages/the-long-house/
Walk: Fabulous walks can be enjoyed throughout the surrounding countryside and Croyde Beach, Putsborough Sands and Saunton Beach are just a short drive away (approx 4 miles).
Eat: The King’s Arms in Georgeham village serves excellent food and drink, and very much welcomes dogs, too – there’s always a bowl of water out for them. www.kingsarmsgeorgeham.co.uk/
Hot tub and direct beach access: Amana, Croyde
Ocean Cottages has a number of dog-friendly properties with hot tubs, and Amana is a great example. You’ll love sinking into the bubbles with a glass of wine after long days walking along North Devon’s beaches – and though your dog won’t be able to join you in there, he will be able to enjoy the doggy bliss of an outdoor hot shower! Amana sleeps up to 5, and is just behind Croyde’s dunes, with direct access from the garden to the beach footpath.
More about this property: www.ocean-cottages.com/croyde-holiday-cottages/amana/
Walk: It’s easy to walk or drive to Braunton, then pick up The Tarka Trail, a well-maintained walking and cycle track which runs along the coast and countryside of North Devon for over 30 miles. www.devon.gov.uk/tarkatrail
Eat: On the other side of Bideford Bay the Tarka Trail runs by The Pier House, a great pub-restaurant that not only has stunning coastal views, but welcomes dogs to the extent that it has signs in ‘dog language’ – just for them! www.thepier-house.co.uk/
When you’re looking to book a weekend away, the last thing you want to do is worry about what you are going to do with your pet whilst you are away. Over 46% of UK households have a pet, and we know it can be hard to leave them behind when you go on holiday, so why not take them with you? Whilst we know it’s not really viable to put your pet through the stress of getting on a plane if you’re going abroad a few times a year, a mini-break here in the UK could be the perfect opportunity to take your four-legged friend with you on holiday, as he can be easily packed in to the car with your weekend bag to enjoy some time away from home with his owners.
Booking a stay in a pet-friendly hotel has so many benefits, read on to find out how an overnights stay with man’s best friend in the Lake District could be your best break yet!
In most cases, there will be an extra charge for you taking your pet with you on holiday, this will depend on the kind of hotel you are staying in, and where it is. This cost is usually just to make up for the extra cleaning costs, bedding, bowls etc. that will be utilised by you and your dog throughout the trip. Generally, though, this cost will be much less than what you would expect to pay for booking an extended stay in a kennels, or if you are looking into a dog sitter for the time you are away. Not only does this mean you will be saving money on your trip away, but taking your four-legged friend with you can give you the peace of mind you need to have a really enjoyable break, without worrying about how your pet is doing back home!
A Different Daily Walk
Booking a mini-break in the Lakes gives you a chance to explore an area of outstanding natural beauty; there are so many walks and trails that you know your dog would absolutely love to join you on. Having a stay-cation with your four-legged friend too, means your dog can experience some of the best walks of his life and enjoy spending some time away from home with his family on holiday.
Pet-friendly hotels are becoming increasingly popular, especially in the Lake District. There are so many areas of beauty that you might not be able to imagine spending time in without your four-legged friend. Explore the countryside this year and enjoy an over night’s stay with man’s best friend.
Keswick has been voted the UK’s most dog-friendly town by the Kennel Club, with a number of dog-friendly hotels covering the town allowing you to have your dog join you on your break to the Lake District. The Inn on the Square is located in the heart of Keswick and offers excellent accommodation for the whole family and your dog, get in contact today to book your break!
Travelling can be a stressful time. It can be even more stressful when you have a dog with you. Whether you are travelling locally or abroad this summer make sure you have the essentials that will make your journey much smoother.
Comfortable bedding is a must have. Dogs are like humans, they love to sleep. More often than not summer travel means car journeys, long ones. With a large dog in the boot or a small dog on the back seats of your car, or even both, dog bedding can make travelling with your pet much easier. We recommend if possible taking your dog bedding from home with you. This can make the dog feel comfortable and safe having the scent of home on their travels. There are a wide variety of beddings and dog beds out there. There may be one just perfect for your dog but take time to trial and error. Not every dog likes cushions, thrones or basket beds, they are a very picky animal.
Food and Water
The most important thing to remember when travelling with a pet is food and water. Long car journeys can put extra stress on your dog. He might be sleeping happily in the boot but inside he is probably dieing for a toilet break and a drink like we all are after a long journey. If you are struggling for room when you’ve packed up the car then look into foldable water bowls. These bowls take up no room at all, provide your dog with a drink and are easily washable.
For food, make sure to take treats and chews that will keep your dog entertained throughout your holiday. However, if you are travelling abroad make sure to check what you can and cannot take with you. There is nothing worse than having to leave behind all your dogs treats and food at the airport whilst your dog drools on in the distance.
We have covered the three essentials food, water and bedding. Now all you need is the extras that may be essential, they may not, but they can come in handy on your travels.
First up is the slightly unconventional dog strollers. Suited more towards the smaller dog unless you have the muscles to push your great dane round the park. Strollers can take up a bit of space in the car but if your small dog isn’t that great at long walks and you are planning to do a lot of exploring on your holiday then these are perfect for you. Let your dog see the sites with you without having to carry him or her everywhere.
For the larger dog Biker Sets are ideal. These leads are used when you are cycling with your dog running alongside. They provide safe leading on a bike because your dog’s sudden tugs are softened by the integrated spring safety. If your dog decides to make a dash for it then at least you will not be going with them. These Biker Sets mean that you can enjoy the sites on your bike and exercise your dog at the same time.
When the car is packed, the dog is sleeping happily and the kids are covered in suncream, it is time to enjoy your holiday!
For more tips, travel essentials and accessories then visit our page here.
They say that a dog is man’s best friend and if you are one of the estimated 8 million households that own a canine companion you’ll know exactly why this is so true.
Dogs really do become part of the family so it’s no wonder that more of us than ever are choosing to bring our pooch on holiday. While you can (thanks to pet passports) take them abroad we still think that renting a UK holiday cottage is the best way to go as there is usually plenty of outside space and no worries about a tricky flight.
Foxglove Cottage – North York Moors
Prepare in advance
Lesley Houghton regularly travels with her dog (a new addition to the family in the past year) and recently stayed at the School House in Sandsend. She says ‘preparation is key really, make sure you have as much information on the cottage and surrounding area before you set-off and make a list of everything you will need’.
We think that is pretty sound advice and a bit of forward planning should ensure your holiday goes smoothly and your pet stays happy and healthy. Here are 8 top tips:
Check the cottage is suitable for your pet
It really goes without saying that you will need to select a dog-friendly holiday cottage but you should also check the size of the property is suitable for your pet and there is enough outside space for your particular breed.
It is a good idea to check if there are any restrictions such as areas that are off-limits for pets (you don’t want an award winning flower border to get trampled or cream carpets to be ruined) or a limit on the numbers if you have more than one.
Plan your journey in advance
Remember that if you are making a long car journey that you take a bowl and some water with you and have plenty of stops (particularly if it is a hot day). Make sure your dog can stretch their legs and get some fresh air at regular intervals. If your dog is not used to travelling it is a good idea to try them on some shorter car journeys beforehand.
Don’t run out of supplies
Try and make a checklist of everything your dog might need before you set-off and make sure you have enough food, treats, any medication and the all-important poo bags. You’ll also need to take your dog’s lead and collar which should have a tag containing your contact information.
If you don’t want to take too much stuff with you it’s a good idea to check where you can purchase dog food locally (particularly if you stick to particular brands) and what items the cottage will have available.
Make the cottage a home from home for your dog
Your dog may be unsettled when they first arrive so it is a good idea to take as many of their things as possible. Familiar items such as your pet’s own bed, blankets and toys can make a big difference as the last thing you want is for them to feel worried and upset.
Show them their new surroundings and let them explore (where appropriate) so they start to feel at home as soon as possible. Dogs tend to be creatures of habit so stick to their routine of feed and walk times where possible.
Get the contact details of a local vet
Hopefully you won’t need to contact a vet on holiday but if your pet does fall ill or get hurt while you are away it is good to be prepared. Research some vets that are close to your cottage and keep their details handy throughout your stay.
It is also worth taking your pet to your own vet before travelling as well just to make sure they have a clean bill of health and are fully up-to-date with vaccinations and other treatments such as worming.
Plan your trips around your pet
We are pretty sure your holiday will involve getting out and about so make sure any places you plan to visit are also dog friendly. Lots of Yorkshire attractions are happy to allow dogs though you will probably have to keep them on a lead. Check out The Good Dog Guide for more information.
Quite a few pubs will also allow dogs offering drinking water (and occasionally even doggy beer!) but it is a good idea to find out which ones will do this before your holiday.
If you plan to venture out without your pet, ensure it is OK to leave them alone in the property and that you aren’t gone for too long. You don’t want to come back to any nasty surprises! If you do plan to be out for the day you may be able to find a local dog-sitter to help out but again it is best to organise this before you set off.
Make sure your dog is well trained
You should probably ask yourself how well behaved your dog is before taking them to any cottage. Spending some time on dog training before your holiday (whether you do this by yourself or a local class) is a good idea.
Try and ensure your pet can obey some basic commands – even if this is just Sit and Stay.
Keep your dog safe
The last thing you want is for anything to happen to your precious pet so make sure the cottage and garden are secure and there is nowhere for them to escape (it is a good idea to have them micro-chipped though in case they do go missing).
Going for a walk with your dog through beautiful countryside is just one of the perks of taking them with you but it is important to be vigilant. If you take them off the lead make sure there are no dangers about such as cliff edges, streams or wild animals.
With these tips you should have a great holiday with your pet.
Check out the dog-friendly cottages available or call the team on 0844 736 6276.
Support Adoption For Pets kicked of their Summer Fundraiser www.supportadoptionforpets.co.uk/summer-fundraising. This year there appeal centres around those pets in rescue that won’t get to enjoy a summers walk on a beach with a family, paddle in a local stream, sunbathe on a patio or bunny flop in a garden.
We are therefore encouraging people to donate to this crucial appeal at any local Pets at Home store, online via this link – www.supportadoptionforpets.co.uk/summer-fundraising or by texting COOL20 £3 to 70070.
They say dogs are a man’s best friend and incredibly loyal animals, but do you know what’s really going on with your dog?
In theory, it can be hard to know what an animal is feeling or thinking, as they can’t communicate with speech, but in fact dogs reveal their emotions a lot more than you may think. As with humans, we can tell a lot from their body language.
Here, we put together a helpful list of signs that your dog may be using to show you just how they are feeling. When you know what your beloved pet is trying to say, it becomes a whole lot easier to ensure they remain happy and healthy.
If Your Dog Is Happy
Happiness is probably one of the easiest emotions to decipher, and as we want our dogs to be as happy as possible, it’s one we’re sure you’ll endeavour to maintain. Once you know what makes your dog happy, it’ll be easier for you to replicate this feeling and keep your pooch content. It’s especially important to understand when your dog is happy because if you confuse this with another, less positive emotion, you could be causing more problems for your pup.
Some signs to look out for
– Happy expression
– Relaxed body
– Lying with one paw tucked under
– Enthusiastic tail wag
– Playful bow
– Rolling over
– Inviting belly rubs
If Your Dog Is Aggressive
Behaviours associated with aggression are easily misconstrued, but as it’s one of the most difficult emotions to understand and explain, it’s important to keep your eyes peeled for if your dog begins to turn aggressive. This can help you keep them under control and stop aggression leading to any kind of physical attack.
– Freezes, suddenly becomes stiff
– Stands up with front legs splayed
– Head low
– Curls lip
– Shows teeth
– Aggressive barking
– Raised tail
If Your Dog Is Fearful or Stressed
Whilst stress is part and parcel of life, it’s not an emotion that any of us particularly enjoy experiencing, dogs included. Our canine friends can show stress and fear in a multitude of ways but it’s usually environmental influences that cause your dog to be afraid. When you understand how your dog is feeling, you can look to remove some of the factors causing this and alleviate the negative emotions.
Signs to look out for
– Barking or whimpering
– Running around or pacing
– Change in appetite
– Pinned ears
If Your Dog Is Excited
Seeing a dog run around full of glee is a joy to watch and ensuring that your dog stays positive and enthusiastic is part of fostering their playful personality. Once you identify what makes them excited, it’s easier for you to ascertain that if they’re running around, wagging their tail and barking, it’s not in a negative or intimidating way.
– Playful behaviour
– Ears forward
– Mouth open
– Tail high
– Fast tail wag
If Your Dog Is Sad
This is an emotion we’re sure you’d never want your dog to feel as most dog owners go out of their way to ensure their canine companion is as happy as can be. However, dogs can experience feeling down in the dumps just as humans can. It’s vital for you, as a dog owner, to recognise these signs in order for you to help your pooch feel happier again.
Signs to look out for
– Loss of appetite
– Changes in sleeping habits
Good communication can show a mutual sign of love, respect and trust, so keep your eyes peeled for the different types of body language your dog is showing – chances are they are trying to tell you something.
Created by Time for Paws, an online pet store for dogs and cats.
We’ve just got our paws on the list of Britain’s favourite Staffordshire Bull Terrier names.
The list, compiled by insurance company Bought By Many, was created by analysing tons of data from their fans on Facebook, and there are some rather surprising names in there.
You may want to use the list for inspiration if you’re planning on owning a Staffordshire Bull Terrier or if you want to avoid your dog having the same name as other pets in the park.
So, let’s cut to the chase, here are the top five names for male and females Staffies:
Top 5 female Staffie names
Top 5 male Staffie names
TV Casting Call: Do you spend a fortune on your pampered pooch? ‘Shop Well for Less?’ are looking for people to take part in the new series!
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