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Keeping Your Dog Fit & Healthy in 2017

Keeping Your Dog Fit & Healthy in 2017

 

First of all we'd like to wish all our readers a happy new year! It's hard to believe we are already 20 days into January, but we are still trying our best to keep to our resolutions for a healthier lifestyle (save for the occasional slice of birthday cake...)!

Aside from our own health and fitness-based resolutions for 2017, we've also made some for the dogs so that they can continue to stay in good health and happiness throughout the coming year. It's so important as owners that we make healthy choices for our pets, since they are not wired to think about the big picture, and will more often than not see an open packet of chocolate digestives as a wonderful opportunity rather than a dangerous indulgence!

With this in mind we've put together a set of ideal weight brackets for several of the most popular breeds our customers tend to own. These figures are approximate and not set in stone - we know how widely breeds can fluctuate in size so if you have a particularly broad and tall Pug, it may be that they are perfectly healthy at the heavier end of the scale. If you have any queries it is always best to speak to your vet or nutritionist to get a professional opinion. 

 If your dog is a little on the portly side, fear not - there are a couple of simple things you can do to keep their weight in check.

1. Make sure you are feeding them the right amount of food for their breed and size, keeping meals consistent by weighing your dog's food or measuring it with a cup.

2. Make time for walkies every day! Not only is walking a great way for us to burn off those extra pounds we gained over the Christmas break, it is also essential for the physical and mental health of our four-legged friends. Recommended walking distances vary between breeds, ages and temperaments, but generally speaking your dog will benefit from walking for around 30-60 minutes per day, and if you can get them out of the house more than once a day, even better!

 With this in mind we've put together a list of dog-walking essentials for the current colder climes. Whether you choose to walk on a collar or harness, it is important that you pick the right size to fit your dog for both comfort and security. If you're unsure which size to go for, all the information you need can be found in our size guide. As for which style you choose, that is entirely up to personal choice, but with our carefully curated range of coloured leathers, tweeds and linens there really is a design for every discerning dog and owner. Just don't forget to don your warmest socks and a knitted hat to keep the frost off yourself, too!

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Introducing Our New Partner: Laughing Dog

Introducing Our New Partner: Laughing Dog

Mutts & Hounds is delighted to have partnered with Laughing Dog, a family run company who slowly oven-bake dog food on their family farm in Lincolnshire. Wholesome, natural and delicious, each and every bag of kibble can be traced back to the baker who made it and the oven in which it was carefully created. Gentle on digestion, their oven-baked completes, treats and mixer meals are loved by even the fussiest of dogs and their crisp and crunchy kibble helps to slow down fast eaters, keep teeth clean and breath fresh. Offering a full range of hypo-allergenic grain free or wheat free foods, their food is loved by all dogs including those with the most sensitive of tummies. Recently, their Farm Bakery range has extended to include a new Farm Kitchen range of gently steamed, grain free casseroles and hotpots. Their values today still stay true to their bakery founder, Ted Grant O.B.E - to be great caretakers of the environment and land on which their ingredients are grown, so that those ingredients can in turn look after your dog – and we couldn’t be happier to promote such fantastic values.

Each bowl of their delicious and nutritious food that you give to your dog has been lovingly made in Laughing Dog’s Farm Bakery which employs local people, who are all passionate about ensuring each and every bag of kibble is perfectly baked and bursting with goodness.

Choose from an abundant range of delicious kibbles, grain-free wet food, wheat-free treats and oven-baked mixer meal to keep your dog happy and healthy, and full of vitality.

This week, we caught up with Taisie Grant, part of the third generation of the Grant family who make Laughing Dog on their family farm in Lincolnshire to hear a little insider’s information all about the slow-baked world of Laughing Dog food.

 

How long has the company been around?

Laughing Dog was started in 1936 and is now made on our (the Grant family) farm in Lincolnshire where we have been baking for three generations. We still today have some customers who very first fed their dogs with our food in the 1950s and 60s and haven’t changed since. It gives you a really warm and fuzzy feeling when you talk to the customers who have been feeding their dogs with us for over 50 years. It’s a great tribute to the quality of the product and the brand – it’s lovely that we have such a strong and loyal customer base.

What is the benefit of slow-baked dog food over the usual dog food available?

Most other dog food is made using a process called extrusion. This is a high pressure, high temperature method of steam cooking. We however, slowly oven-bake our dry completes, treats and mixer meals. The baking process is a much slower, gentler method of cooking which brings many benefits to the dog. Its biggest benefit is the fact that it is gentle on digestion. There’s a great experiment that you can do yourself to show this. If you pop a sample of our oven-baked food in water and pop a sample of extruded food in another pot of water, you will notice over time that the extruded food swells up two to three times it original size and sometimes even more. You can imagine this happening in your dog’s tummy! Our baked food however, just breaks down, so is gentle on digestion and perfect for those more sensitive tummies.

Baking better protects the wholesome goodness of our farm grown ingredients which we source ourselves from our family farm. In addition, baking creates a crisp and crunchy, wibbly-wobbly kibble which is perfect for slowing down fast eaters and helping to keep teeth clean and breath fresh too.

Finally, because of its unique texture and aroma, it is guaranteed to make even the fussiest of tails wag.

What is your most popular flavour?

We have a delicious selection of flavours for our completes, treats and even our mixer meals. From a more luxurious choice of venison and duck as part of our grain free range to really spoil your four-legged friends with, through to a selection of our single species offerings of lamb, chicken and salmon which make up our wheat free range – all of which I must mention are hypo-allergenic.

We don’t have a particular flavour which is most popular as the benefit of our food is that it can be interchanged. Just like humans like to have variety in their everyday diet, many owners like to offer the same variety in their dog’s diets, therefore will often swap between the flavours from month to month to give their canine companions something to really wag their tails about. As they say, variety is the spice of life!

Do you make food suitable for puppies and older dogs?

Absoutely – we have food fit for all the family from little nippers right up to the wise old owls. Our range includes puppy, adult and senior completes. Our gently steam cooked casseroles and hotpots along with all of our mixer meals and treats are suitable for all dogs aged 12 weeks and up.

Your flavours sound delicious, but how can I be sure my dog will think so too?

We guarantee that we will make even the fussiest of tails wag. But should you wish to be certain just pop us an email to bakery@laughingdogfood.com and ask us for a delicious slowly oven-baked sample. We’ll be sure we’ll bake your four-legged friend 100% dog happy in no time!

 

 

We'd like to thank Taisie and all the team at Laughing Dog for sharing their expertise, and also for making such tasty food for our four-legged friends! To learn more about the company and the lovely food they offer, please visit www.laughingdogfood.com

Pewter Dog Tags

Pewter Dog Tags

As collars and leads have proven to be some of most popular products, it was only a matter of time before we announced the arrival of a range of tags to further enhance your gorgeous pooch’s neckwear. Made from 100% solid Pewter, our chunky dog tags won’t bend, distort or discolour, and feature a beautiful antiqued appearance with a slightly hammered finish.

There are six designs in total to choose from, three featuring a simple and elegant motif and three with fun hand-stamped slogans devised by M&H and inspired by our own dogs.

On the reverse of each tag is a small stamped M&H logo, with plenty of space left to add your own personalisation through your local engraver. We would recommend advising your engraver that the tags are 100% pewter, in order to ensure the correct machinery is used and that the tag itself is not damaged in the process. Below you can see how the tags pair with two different colours of our leather collars, the dark grey of the Stoneham tweed and the rich tan of the Balmoral tweed. And doesn't George look handsome!

Not only do they look great, each tag is built to stand the test of time, not to mention the test of your lively four legged friend! Each one is supplied with a strong split ring to attach it to your dog’s collar, and two thick jump rings securing your dog's tag to the split ring and holding it in the correct position.


A lovely treat whatever the occasion, each tag purchased will come elegantly packaged in a Mutts & Hounds gift box - something to think about as the gifting season draws ever more close!