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!