If you want to take the hassle out of the festive season and enjoy all of the best parts of the holidays without the mess and hard work, now is the perfect time to check out some dog friendly hotels for Christmas breaks that the whole family – dog included – can enjoy.Dog friendly hotels are becoming increasingly popular these days, and are no longer elusively hard to find. So, without further ado, here is our pick of 8 of the best dog friendly hotels to visit this Christmas.The Athenaeum Hotel and Residences, Mayfair, LondonStarting off our list with a luxury central London hotel that really ..
Winter weather can be harsh on exposed skin. Cold temperatures can cause cracking, chapping and all manner of other uncomfortable problems, as any dog owner who ever forget their gloves for winter walks will know all too well!The same is true when it comes to dog paws. Winter can be just as harsh on your best friend’s feet as it can on your own skin, which is why paying some mind to dog paw care is so important.Read our insights on dog paws, winter weather and care during the colder months of the year, with advice on how to ensure that your canine companion enjoys their winter walks in comfort..
Even though Winter is upon us and the agility competition season is over for another year, it is very easy to keep busy, filling all those spare weekends with dog training workshops.  For us, these are mostly agility based workshops but a few weeks ago Team Flyte was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to take part in one of Craig Ogilvie’s excellent Interactive Play Workshops hosted by Megagility. Craig is one of the very few qualified Civilian Police Dog Training Instructors in the UK.  He is a dog behaviour practitioner who is passionate about helping dog owners the worl..
Christmas gifts for dogs can be great fun to make or buy, so why not leave your animal friend something special from Santa under the tree this Christmas? Give them a gift to unwrap and enjoy with the rest of the family with our pick of five of the best dog Christmas presents to let your dog know how much they mean to you.Countdown to Christmas With a Dog Advent CalendarAdvent calendars aren’t just for the kids – your dog will love the daily Christmas dog treats hiding behind each door too, although you may have to help them to work out which door to open each day!This dog advent calendar from ..
If you’re looking for a special way to show your dog how much you love them on Dog Day, why not try your hand at making your own home-made dog treats?Creating healthy dog treats at home is really easy once you know how, and of course, gives the added advantage of the peace of mind that comes from knowing exactly what you’re offering to your dog, and the quality of its ingredients.Many commercial dog treats aren’t actually very good for dogs – and to make them more appealing and to counteract the fact that pre-packaged dog treats are often made with low quality ingredients with ..
Dogs have subtle ways of communicating which can easily be overlooked by us humans. While they have learnt to communicate with us, we have not been so accommodating. Body language queues are one of the main communication methods dogs use, and we are not very good at recognising them. While we know when a dog is in pain, happy or hungry, we may miss the tiny things our dogs do which tell a deeper story. So, here are 7 behaviours to watch out for which may help you to understand your dog that little bit better:1.     YawningA dog’s yawn can mean different things. A ..
November has arrived and with it comes reduced daylight hours, Bonfire Night (I hope all your pets were safely tucked up indoors!) and our fickle and unpredictable weather system, wet and blustery one minute, glorious sunshine the next. November is definitely the month of transition for us all as we move into winter mode and for Jasmine, Flyte and myself it heralds a change in our agility routine, moving from regular competitions and outdoor training to winter training programmes and agility workshops.  It’s also a time to reflect on our achievements for the year and where we want to..
If the animal kingdom was to appoint its own ambassador, the dog would surely be it – sociable, fun-loving, friendly and versatile. Dogs have lived alongside mankind for millennia, supporting and enhancing our lives in a virtually limitless range of ways.However, us humans aren’t the only species that dogs provide a helping paw to. When it comes to weird animal friendships, the dog probably has more exotic buddies than most. Anyone who keeps a cat and a dog together will know all too well just how amazing it can be to see them playing, cuddling up and actively seeking each other out for compan..
Cold weather can be problematic for all dogs, no matter what the breed. Although some breeds that have very thick coats don’t feel the cold as strongly, you still need to be careful when the temperature starts to drop. So, here are some ideas on how to keep your dog warm this winter.  Limit Time Outdoors Many dogs do live happily outside, and some breeds have very thick winter coats. However, pet dogs are not used to being out in the cold for long periods of time, particularly when snow and ice begin to take hold. They can easily get frostbite or hypothermia, so make sure you keep an..
If you want to enter pedigree breed shows with your dog, take part in national dog sport competitions, or have a say about the policies and direction that drive dog ownership in the UK, you will need to join The Kennel Club.Whether you own a pedigree dog or a mixed breed, a Kennel Club membership provides a lot of rewards and benefits. In this blog post, we will explain a little more about what The Kennel Club does, the advantages of membership, and why you should consider signing up. What is The Kennel Club?The Kennel Club is the UK’s formal umbrella organisation for dog ..
 With Christmas just around the corner, it's essential to remember the safety and happiness of your dog. This time of year can be a very stressful and hazardous for pets so I’ll focus on some of the biggest issues to give you a few pointers. Gatherings and PartiesAlthough your pooch may be very sociable, the excited coming and goings of family and friends or you buzzing around to complete Christmas jobs can unsettle both you and your dog. Some animals can become a little overwhelmed. Ensure that they have a safe quiet place or room to escape to and leave a few of their favourite..
Feeding your dog a balanced diet is one of the most important elements of providing them with the appropriate care and management that they need to keep them healthy for life. However, an appropriate dog diet isn’t the same as a human diet, and dogs need a different balance of macronutrients, as well as different quantities of vitamins and minerals in order to stay healthy. So, if you are asking the question “what should my dog be eating”, read on as we share five tips to ensure that you give your dog a healthy, balanced diet for life.  Provide the right combination of nutrientsAll d..
I can’t believe the outdoor agility season is now over for another year (big heavy sigh from all of us!).  Where did that time go?  However, Flyte had one last exciting event to participate in as our agility season culminated with The Animal Health Company Classic Final held in conjunction with the Autumn Food & Country Fair at the East of England Showground.  This one is a unique event in the agility world with all three Kennel Club heights of dog competing against each other.  With regional heats around the country, we were one of the 40 finalists attending the Octobe..
Not only are dogs rightfully deemed man’s best friend, but owning a dog has many health benefits. With this in mind, it’s only fair that we should have the same regard for their health as we do our own. So, in celebration of Pet Obesity Awareness Day here are 5 tips to help you get your dog’s weight back on track. Dog weight and obesity, is often overlooked. With this in mind, here are 5 great tips for helping your canine friend lose weight. Remember, always consult with your vet before deciding to put your dog on a diet, and ask for advice as different breeds of dog have different diet a..
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