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Walk and Talk Series | Fetch & Follow Dog Walks | May

After a break for Easter our Fetch & Follow Walk and Talk series is back and this time we are taking the walk to a new area of London! For our May walk we will be venturing to the beautiful Hampstead Heath where we will be joined by dog trainer Luke Balsam who runs Luke's Dog School who will be talking us through tips on how to read your dog's body language. He will be explaining the importance of understanding what your dog (and other dogs) body language is actually saying to us when out and about in the park and how we can use this to ensure our dogs are happy and feel safe.

Luke started his career as a dog trainer aged 12, when he taught the family’s golden retriever some tricks. In return, his current dog, a rescue cocker spaniel, has taught Luke a few tricks about high-energy dogs that always need a job. Now a fully qualified dog trainer, Luke has a deep passion for helping and working with rescue dogs: he has managed Therapaws, the animal therapy programme of Mayhew in London, and still volunteers with the NAWT at its kennels to help train dogs to help with their rehoming chances. When he is not with homeless pooches, he trains dogs and owners how to live together happily.

The walk will taking place on Sunday the 26th May at Hampstead Heath at 11am
To book your space CLICK HERE
*Photo credit for the central image from Wunderdog Magazine by George Baxter 

Learning to Run with your Dog | Canicross

For our March Walk & Talk we were joined by Clare Grierson, Founder of Muddy Mutleys and DogFit canicross instructor, and Jo Ashbridge passionate canicrosser organising meetups across London.

We discussed canicross as an activity, the ideal kit, cues and the range of benefits before heading out on a run with our dogs. It was the perfect way to start a Sunday morning! 

Clare has shared with us her top tips, along with answering questions on all things Canicross 

What is Canicross? 

It’s off road, hands free cross country running with your dog originating from dogsledding/ skijoring and is suitable for all ages and abilities.

  What Kit do I need and why?

A good well fitting harness for your dog that is designed for canicross

The correct length bungee lead to connect you and your dog which is designed to absorb any shock from the pull.

A well fitting waist belt for you – It is important that the running belt sits on the top of the hips rather than around the waist. 

How old should my dog be to start running?

As with any dog sport your dog should be 1 year of age but take in to account the size of the breed – It is also a good idea to seek advice from your vet before starting. 

Can any breed take part?

Yes, if the dog is old enough, healthy enough and willing enough

Why is this canicross a good idea?

It increases fitness and stamina along with being a bonding and training opportunity for both you and your dog

My dog is fearful of other dogs, would canicross be good for them?

If this is the case then Canicross is excellent as it increases confidence for both you and your dog. New experiences and positive associations

My dog cant be let off the lead
 
Then this gives your dog the perfect opportunity to run and enjoy running and to gain some of the benefits of being of the lead

 

For more information on Canicross visit the DOGFIT website and you can find out about your nearest social running group below.

 

 

Walk and Talk Series | Winter Grooming Tips

Last Sunday we held our February Fetch & Follow walk around east London's Victoria Park, joined by expert groomer Serena from Lead the Walk. While the dogs played we discussed all things grooming related.
Below are Serena's Top Tips for keeping your dogs fur looking its best during the winters months.
  • Before washing your dog, make sure that you’ve de-matted their coat first, as mats will tighten when immersed in water, making them more difficult to remove afterwards.

  • Dried sleep and gunk is easier to remove from the corner of your dogs eye when wet. Instead of trying to remove when dry or resorting to scissors, gently run a little warm water from a shower head over your dogs muzzle or use a moist cotton wool pad to soften the gunk. Once wet, gently and slowly use your finger or a clean damp face cloth to remove the offending gunk.

  • With any new puppy, get them used to you touching their legs, feet and tail, as well as standing on a table and running your fingers between their teeth and gums. This will benefit you, your groomer and your vet as your puppy gets older as they will not find this activity unusual or frightening.

  • When using eye and ear wipes, make sure you use a separate wipe for each side even if the wipe appears clean to avoid transferring bacteria from one to the other.

  • Feed your dog the best quality dog food you can afford as this will not only improve their digestion and overall health but improve the condition their skin and coat too.