A well trained dog is imperative when it comes to a happy relationship with your canine chum. After all, if your dog is forever chewing the furniture, peeing on your rug and unfriendly to other dogs or humans then chances are you might get a touch frustrated from time to time.
Of course it is easier to train your dog as a puppy, but might be a bit more challenging if get your dog as an adult or through a rescue service, which we always encourage with so many homeless dogs.
Din Dins friend Louise Glazebrook owner of the Darling Dog Company offers excellent training and behavior classes specially designed for puppies, adult dogs and rescue dogs.
Louise says – “Many people feel sorry for a dog and so become intent on adopting that dog. When you are thinking of taking on a second hand dog you must look for the right one to fit your lifestyle, in exactly the same way you do with a puppy. You must also make sure you are talking to reputable rescue centres and not scouring sites such as Gumtree“
If you are thinking of taking on a rescue dog then Louise offers “Rescue Recommendation” assistance to help you make sure that your sympathy doesn’t overwhelm your logic, ensuring that you don’t take on more than you can chew.
If you have doubts on how obedient your dog is you can answer this quick quiz from A Place for Paws. If you find yourself answering false too much, maybe obedience classes are for you and your dog.
This weekend I was lucky enough to catch up with my fuzzy little friend Pearl the Toy Poodle. Although, after this haircut she can barely be described as fuzzy anymore!
I’m not the biggest fan of the extreme haircut, but the thing with Poodles is that they have hair rather than fur, and this takes a lot more maintenance. Not to mention when her hair is longer and she gets caught in the rain this is the result…
As you can see that is far from a happy dog. So regular haircuts are necessary to stop her coat getting matted and dirty, while also keeping her fringe out of her eyes, while her daily serving of Din Dins Wickedly Raw Superfoods keeps her coat shiny and healthy. In the summer months she definitely benefits from the lighter coat being cooler, and in the winter months she has a practical and stylish Barbour jacket to help combat the elements.
Our Saturday was a causal one, starting with a great breakfast at the dog friendly Stories on Broadway Market, followed by a wander around London Fields in the unseasonable sunshine. Overall, a great way to spend a Saturday!
You’d easily be forgiven for thinking that our feline friends were among the laziest animals on earth considering their excessive sleeping habits, however there’s more to a cap nap than meets the eye.
Whilst it’s common for cats to sleep 12-16 hours per day, an amazing 200% more than us humans, their infamous sleeping pattern is very much linked to their need to conserve energy in their natural role as predators, hunting for birds, rodents and insects.
Cats are active during twilight hours by nature, so their tendency to clock up sleep during the day makes quite a bit of sense – there’s no point prowling for prey when it’s nowhere to be found. Let’s not forget, hunting down an unlucky mouse or even a catnip-filled delight makes for rather strenuous work, believe it or not, and even the most domesticated of cats will need to preserve energy.
Interestingly, in a similar fashion to us, cats display both light and deep sleep patterns. As a result, our beloved moggies may even possess the ability to dream. However, unlike us they don’t sleep deeply throughout their 16 hours of shut-eye but instead enjoy a proverbial catnap due to their innate predatory nature and the need to be on high alert.
On the off chance you have an insomniac cat our Wickedly Raw Superfood supplement is high in Taurine, which is good for mind, calming and anxiety.
Do you have a keen interest in health, nutrition and love sales as much as animals? Then a job at Din Dins could be for you!
We are looking for a dynamic sales person to join our team part-time, working with us on developing sales and introducing a new product into our range. Candidates must be impressive self-starters, enthusiastic and demonstrate initiative.
If you think you could be the right person to join our team, read the full job specification here > Part time Training and Sales position
We know Valentine’s Day is not strictly for pets but people – but what the heck, we adore our pets and any excuse to spoil them.
We’ve put together a list of our favourite pet prezzies to celebrate the day of love with our furry friends.
1) Personalised Pet Illustration
Nothing demonstrates love more than an everlasting gesture. We love this charming bespoke illustration created by graphic designer Wendy Harrison. Available from Letter Fest, £35.
2) Organic Catnip
Cats go crazy for catnip, so spread the love by bestowing your beloved feline with this kitty treat. Use it on its own or refill his/her favourite toy – it’s guaranteed to drive them wild. Available from Mungo & Maud, £9.
3) Dog Cave Bed
For the pampered pooch, there’s no reason sleep should be anything less than stylish with The Dog Cave Bed. Designed with comfort in mind, not only does it look great indoors but it’s fully recyclable and versatile enough for use in the garden. Available from Guisapet, from £62.50
4) Eco Cat Hamper
Treat your kitty with a medley of eco-friendly goodies. The EcoKitty Ultimate Hamper comes wrapped in a beautiful recycled cardboard playhouse and contains everything from a hand-felted ball to organic handcrafted cushions – there’s even a catnip bow tie and eco bowl! Available from EcoKitty, £28.99.
5) Din Din’s Wickedly Raw Superfoods
An apple a day! We believe there’s no better gift than good health and with our Wickedly Raw Superfoods supplement, you’ll make sure your pets gets their five a day. Cranberry apple, flaxseed and seagreens loaded with antioxidants, minerals and vitamins are some of the tasty and healthy ingredients in this little pot, all carefully sourced by our very own Pet Nutritionist.
If you’re dining ‘a deux’ with your pet, just add a sprinkling over their meal – they’ll love you forever.
For a chance to win some of our Wickedly Raw Superfoods supplement, send us a favourite photo of your pet and tell us why you love them. You can tweet us at @DinDinsPets or send an email to email@example.com
Whether you want to bust the January blues or just fancy a little getaway (half term is also around the corner) we thought we’d put together a list of activities and places you can visit that will keep the whole family (and your pooch) happy – win win!
At Din Dins, we love nothing more than a lovely country walk; we’ve picked out some of our faves…
Cudmore Grove County Park – Essex
Located at the eastern end of Mersea Island, the park includes a sandy beach backed by a large expanse of open grassland, perfect for doggie adventures, with lots of exciting sights and smells for them to get stuck into.
Hindhead Common/ Devil’s Punchbowl – Surrey
This is great walking country with many footpaths to explore. You can wander through shady woods or across open heathland -there’s plenty of space for family adventures and excitable pups are more than welcome.
Dartmore National Park – Devon
Take in Dartmoor’s beautiful scenery with over 450 miles (730km) of public rights of way, there is an abundance of walking routes to suit all abilities (it’s not all uphill!)
After all that fresh air, we wouldn’t blame you if you fancied a stop off for some refreshment… here’s our top pooch friendly pubs…
The King of Diamonds
Address: 1-4 Greville Street, London EC1N 8PQ, Chancery Lane Tel: 020 7405 0999
This very dog-friendly pub is conveniently located right the centre of London, making it a quiet haven in a busy hub of activity. Staff will be happy to greet you and your furry companion.
Address: Little London Albury Heath Guildford, Little London, GU5 9DG
Tel: 01483 202685
This great country pub serves home made food and an excellent range of real ales. Well-behaved dogs are especially welcome with many locals bringing their dogs (especially sociable Spaniels and Labradors!)
The Three-Legged Mare
Address: 15A High Petergate, York, Y01 7EN
Tel: 01904 638246
This delightful pub welcomes dogs as soon as they walk through the door, offering them a bowl of water and helping them to feel comfortable.
Address: 6, Slate Wharf, Castlefield, Manchester, M15 4SW
Tel: 01612 202960
A lovely spacious pub with a number of perks, not least the impressive drinks selection! Dogs are made welcome here and offered not only a glug of fresh water, but also a few tasty (and healthy) biscuits to chew on.
Address: Blisland, Nr Bodmin, PL30 4JF
This pub is known for its friendly atmosphere and jubilant landlord. Expect a warm welcome and a tasty dog biscuit to make your pup feel at home (and keep them occupied!)
We’re sure there’s plenty more half term holiday fun we’ve not yet discovered – if you’ve got some top tips we would love to hear them, why not post a comment below and we can add them to the list!
Sleep, eat, sleep, play with toys, sleep, curl up somewhere cosy, sleep some more. It’s a tough life being a cat! Wait, is it really? Pastry chef extraordinaire Eric Lanlard, aka Cake Boy, is proud owner of Bobby. This is Bobby, isn’t she cute!
Last week it was Bobby’s 17th birthday and as a fan of Din Dins we sent a gift to ensure she celebrated as everyone should on this landmark day. With driving lessons…
Bobby celebrated her big day with a party, although we fear there may have been a spot of joy riding after one too many drinks at the party
The winter weather is in full force at the moment and there’s a rumour that snow is just around the corner, brr! We’ve been doing some digging to bring you some of the most stylish dog coats around, with budgets to suit all pockets.
Each one is made of fabrics that won’t irritate their skin and features adjustable straps to provide a snug fit, remember, a comfy and cosy dog is a happy dog!
Waxed Fleece Dog Coat by Danish Design £9.24
- - Stain resistant and showerproof to keep your dog dry on their winter walks
- - Waxed cotton outer fabric means the water just rolls off
- - Warm fleece lining for extra warmth and comfort
Maroon Wool Blazer by Hailey & Oscar £24.99
- - Made from wool mix fabric
- - Lightweight and easy to wear
- - Velcro straps and v-shaped back give your top dog the freedom to move and wag their tail easily
- - Fleece lining will add that extra bit of comfort and warmth in cold conditions
- - Large strap around the body for added security and insulation
- - Folded collar, black trim and over-sized wooden buttons
The Willie Plaid Reversible Jacket by Billy Wolf £62.00
- - The canvas material is water-repellent and keeps your dog dry
- - Rich green plaid wool inner lining for warmth and comfort
- - Lightweight and easy to wear
- - Reversible wear – you can choose between the two (extra style points for your pup!)
Sidworth Tweed Dog Coat by Love My Dog £85.00
- - Stain resistant and showerproof to keep your dog try during those winter downpours
- - Lightweight and easy to wear
- - Tweet style with real leather buttons
We’d love to hear from you if you’ve got any other recommendations.
Why not tweet us a picture of your dapper dog rocking their winter coats? @DinDinsPets.
One of 2013’s most talked about behaviours, the selfie took official status after being named ‘Word of the Year’ by the boffins at the Oxford Dictionary.
For anyone unfamiliar with the term, it means ‘a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website’ and as ever, it’s getting bigger as we settle into 2014 thanks to our pets!
Introducing the ‘pelfie’ … a pet selfie, in which you take a picture that gives the impression that your pet is taking a photo of themselves.
Twitter and Instagram have been flooded with images of pets pulling their best poses for the camera complete with the #pelfie hashtag. We love them, especially the attention to detail in the arms!
Here are some of our favourites. Celeb ladies take note.
And it’s not just cats and dogs getting in on the action, with monkeys, horses and even lizards getting involved.
Send us your best #Pelfie’s, we’d love to see them! You can catch us on Twitter @DinDinsPets.
We’ve always known that good health pays off and at Din Dins HQ we’re chuffed to pieces by the latest research conducted by The Ethical Company Organisation.
Why, you ask? Well, not only have the Cat and Dog Food sector come out trumps with record-high statistics across the industry, we’ve personally racked up an impressive ethical ranking and our tails can’t stop wagging at the news.
With the research taking into consideration such aspects including organic growth, GM presence (or lack of), animal welfare, political donations and ethical accreditation, we’re now officially in the Top 10 on the Ethical Company Index across the whole sector!
Let’s not waste the moment, though. Dig out the tennis ball, grab the chew toy and go celebrate, because we wouldn’t be here without you. Here’s to ethical production, and the best health our pets could ever have.
Image via Huffington Post