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Walk and Talk Series | January

Last Sunday we held the first in our Walk & Talk series of 2019 and what an amazing day it turned out to be. Not only was the winter sun shining bright for the walk but we were also joined by some fantastic dogs and amazing experts, Hannah from Butternut Box and Ciara from Vet in the City who were both on hand to offer some expert advice on all things related to your dogs diet.

Current research has shown that almost 50% of dogs in the UK are overweight. Overweight dogs can be prone to bone, ligament and joint damage, as well as diabetes, respiratory and heart conditions. However, losing weight and getting in shape has been proven to add almost 2 years onto our dogs lives providing just how important the right diet and exercise is for your four legged friend.
If you’re worried that your dog may be overweight, the scales alone may not be the best way of confirming this. 
Have a look at your dog’s ribs, you should be able to feel them distinctly beneath their coat, covered by a small amount of fat beneath the skin. If you can’t feel them at all, then your dog maybe overweight (This guide can vary from breed to breed)

Ciara has some great pointers on her website on this subject along with tips on how to understand dog food labelling better.

We plan to carry on with the fitness and health theme for our February walk which we will be sharing more details on in the coming week - Stay tuned

For more information on Butternut Box Fresh Dog Food click here
For more information on Vet in the City click here

 

 

Walk and Talk Series | Fetch and Follow Dog Walks | October

Having a dog opens a world of opportunity everyday with a new adventure every time you hook up your dog's collar to their lead. You never know who you're going to meet and the stories you will share. With this in mind we are excited to announce that our October Fetch & Follow Walk & Talk will take place in the beautiful Victoria Park in Hackney on Sunday 21st October.

This months walk will bring together dog owners who are after training and behavioural advice with our special expert Oli Juste.

Based in London, Oli provides positive, modern, ethical dog training with an emphasis on behaviour. Oli will be on hand to help you get the most out of your relationship with your dog and to feel confident in your abilities as a dog owner and a dog lover.

“I’m so looking forward to catching up with the Fetch & Follow team and their friends. The walk will be a great opportunity to meet some wonderful dogs and observe (without judgement) their behaviours together.I’m also looking forward to answering the questions you might have regarding all of your friends’ behaviours. 
Now all we need is a little sunshine on the day. 
With love." Oli

The walks are free to attend but spaces are limited so please contact us on victoria@fetchandfollow.com for an application form. 
Fetch and Follow | Walk and Talk Series | October Training
Sunday 21st October 2018
11am Victoria Park London

Fetch & Follow Walk and Talk | Top tips from our expert groomer

On Sunday 16th September our first Fetch & Follow walk and talk started of on a great note!

We had an amazing time meeting new people and dogs and were delighted to have Serena as our guest expert! We truly admire her grooming expertise and couldn't wish for a better first guest speaker. 

For those that couldn't make it to the walk and in case any of the participant have missed out on something, here are the top questions asked followed by Serena's top tips;

How often should I wash my dog?

"Most dirt on your dogs coat once dry can simply be brushed off. Avoid washing your dog with shampoos as much as possible as they can strip the natural oils out of your dogs coat. I recommend using a natural shampoo such as Paw Naturel as they are kind to your dogs coat and skin."

What should I use to clean my dogs ears?

"Avoid cleaning your dogs ears too often as your dog's ear leather can become sensitised. Earthbath ear wipes are a super easy and convenient way to clean a dog's ears. Only use your finger to gentle wipe around in outer ear leather. Never put your finger or any object down into your dog's ear as this can cause pain and potential injury. If your dogs ears have a strong odour or discharge, seek advice for your vet immediately as your dog may have an infection or mite infestation."

My dog has cracked pads, what should I do?

"I recommend using natural remedies as much as possible. Pure organic coconut oil is great for your dogs pads and nose in need of hydration."

How short should my dogs nails be?

"With the exception of the dew claws, your dog's nails should end just on or slightly above the ground. If they become too long, the nails may curl under causing pain and potential damage to your dogs pads. Dew claws should be kept short to avoid getting snagged and potentially ripped out which is extremely painful."

Which brush is best for my dog?

"It is important to understand your dogs coat type and use a brush developed specially for it. For short smooth haired dogs like frenchies, staffies, and mastiffs etc, I always recommend a soft rubber curry brush like the Zoom Groom from Kong. For a wool or wool mix coat, a dematting slicker brush is ideal. For a silk coat, a soft bristle brush and stainless steel comb are a good option. For heavy shedding and double coat breeds, furminators work well, but these should be used with caution to avoid damaging your dogs coat."

We would like to Thank everyone who came along and joined us for our first Fetch &  Follow Walk and Talk, along with thanking our goodie bag sponsors Malin + Goetz and Pet Teezer.
The second walk of the series will be taking place on Sunday 21/10/2018. We will be announcing the guest speaker along with taking bookings on the 5/10/2018