Thursday, 13 August 2015

Dog ID Tags

I'm always surprised by the number of people who don't realise that their dog is legally required to wear an ID tag.
The Law states (via the Control of Dogs Order 1992) that "Every dog while on a public highway or place of public resort ( this basically means every dog not at home on private property) must wear a collar with the name and address of the owner (including postcode) inscribed on it, or a plate or badge attached to it"
This pic from the Kennel Club shows what must "by law" be included on your dog's tag.
Your telephone number is optional I would recommend this as well. Some people recommend that you put just your name on the tag (as you are required by law to do) and not your dogs name. Unfortunately dog theft is a very real problem and if the thief knows the name of your dog this may help them pass on the dog to the unsuspecting new owners because it appears they know the dog because the dog responds to their name. That's a more personal choice.

Some people are of the opinion that if their dog is micro chipped, they do not require a dog tag with their contact details on it. This is incorrect, and you should always have a dog tag on your dogs collar no matter if they are micro chipped (which I highly recommended) or not.

Certain dogs are exempt from having to wear a dog tag. They are:
  • Any dog registered with the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association.
  • Any dog while being used in emergency rescue work.
  • Any dog while being used on official duties by a member of Her Majesty's Armed Forces, HM Customs and Excise or the police.
  • Any dog while being used for driving or tending cattle or sheep.
  • Any dog while being used for the capture or destruction of vermin.
  • Any dog while being used for sporting purposes.
  • Any pack of hounds.
If your pooch isn't on this list then it must be wearing a tag by law :-)

They only cost a few pounds and there really is no excuse :-) Especially if it reunites you with your lost pooch :-)

Thursday, 23 July 2015

Dog Agility at Bramble Cottage

I have several pooch's which I compete with at Kennel Club Dog Agility. I'm in the process of building my own course in the garden for extra practice and have a couple of promising pups almost old enough to compete alongside my other "sports dogs" :-)
Tullah has just retired having reached Grade 7 and qualified into Champ classes

This is a photo of Hess my border collie from a few years ago (and my legs!)
And here is a video of us competing :-)

This is one of the things my dogs and I do when we are not at Bramble Cottage Dog Grooming caring for dogs, its great fun!
Posted by Bramble Cottage Dog Grooming - Skegness/Spilsby/Wainfleet on Saturday, 20 June 2015

Thursday, 16 July 2015

A Big Thank You to eveyone who attended the Spilsby Dog Companion Show

We had a busy weekend organising and running the Spilsby Companion Dog Show on Sunday 12th July. We raised £300 for the Spilsby Local Charities! Thank you to all my customers who attended and gave their support and to my family for their help on the day!

This is me, all set up and ready to take entries with Hermione Austin.

And a big thank you to Sue and Jane. Here you can see Sue handing out the Best in Novelty prize.

Sunday, 12 July 2015

The Spilsby Show Today

It's the Spilsby Show today! I'm running the Companion Dog Show next to the main marquee, the weather looks like it will be nice and there is lots to see and do, so why don't you join us for a fun day out?! :-)

Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Off the Leash!

I love Rupert Fawcett's Off the Leash cartoons!
He has a brilliant Facebook page and some really funny books :-)
This is my favourite of his more recent posts:

Copyright 2015 Off The Leash Dog Cartoons (Rupert Fawcett)

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Ticks! It's that time of the year again :-)

Ticks are small creatures that are mostly found lurking in grassy areas. They are parasites ( which means they require a host to feed from). Ticks can also pick up disease from one mammalian host and then pass it onto another (like dogs!).
Ticks start out as small, oval and flat ( about the size of a sesame seed) when unfed, but once completely engorged with blood, they grow to the size and shape of a coffee bean! They look for hosts to latch onto, by climbing to the top of a long blade of grass and waiting (a behaviour known as 'questing') for passing mammalian traffic (dogs!)

Ticks aren't just pests that feast on your dog and cause him or her to itch; they can also be carriers of some serious diseases. UK ticks can carry a devastating condition called Lyme disease caused by bacteria, which affects both muscle and nerve cells. Dogs may experience intermittent lameness, fever and lethargy while humans may show a rash, joint pain, fever, and headaches. If incorrectly diagnosed, or left untreated, it can result in an extremely serious debilitating chronic illness with lifelong complications. In humans it is, unfortunately, a difficult disease to diagnose but in dogs, it is even more difficult, so prevention against ticks is of vital importance.

Whilst I started this post by saying that it was "that time of the year again", and ticks are commonly more active in summer, don't be fooled into thinking they're just a warm weather problem; they can, in fact, be found in your dog's environment anytime throughout the year!

There are many safe products on the market to prevent ticks: from spot-ons and sprays, to special collars impregnated with substances that infiltrate into the fatty layer in your dog's skin, killing ticks when they attempt to feed and get their first mouthful of anti-parasitically treated blood. I personally use frontline. Even so it's a good idea, on returning home, especially from areas such as parks and woodlands, to check all over your dog's body for signs of any visitors.

Ticks can be dangerous for any age of dog and any breed so it's important to know what to do if you spot one on your pooch :-) The most important thing is don't panic and resist the urge to just pull it straight off. This would be extremely painful for your dog so ticks always need to be removed slowly and carefully, otherwise embedded mouth parts can be left behind. Or if ticks are 'stressed' - poked and prodded, burnt with a flame, or, as is commonly done, covered in Vaseline to suffocate them - the ticks may regurgitate their bloody meal back into their host along with any disease they're carrying! Gross right! So we definitely don't want to do any of that! :-)
If you find any ticks on your dog, they must be removed, however if done incorrectly, mouth parts left inside your dog could result in a local tissue reaction, inflammation and infection often requiring antibiotics, or even surgical removal. There are plenty of good and inexpensive tick removing tools out there. A quick google search will reveal most of them :-)

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

First Post! :-)

The Bramble Cottage Dog Grooming Blog is now up and running! To celebrate here's a picture of the new BCDG microfiber towels (embroidered with our logo!) just arrived and waiting for your pooch :-)
At Bramble Cottage we like to use microfiber (a synthetic fiber that is finer than one denier - this diameter is smaller than a strand of silk!) towels as:
  1. They absorb water much more rapidly without the need for rubbing (better for your pooch's coat!);
  2. You don't have to rub hair to get the water out so there is minimal friction between the towel and hair fibres - less friction means less breakage and a nicer coat;
  3. Hair that's been wrapped in a microfiber towel will dry a lot faster than hair that's been wrapped in a regular towel;
  4. Microfiber doesn't produce lint (bits of white fluff). Lint from regular towels can cause hair tangles.
  5. It helps to reduce hair "frizziness".
We Don't use heated cage dryers at BCDG. Never. Ever. I like my dogs to have a spa treatment experience rather then being in a factory environment :-) (see more on this in an upcoming blog post!)
Here's a pic of the lovely Bracken the Cocker sitting on one of our new towels after his groom :-)He came in for his first big boy's groom, and showing his age, he had to have a little nap! :-)