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Five Ways to Help an Anxious Dog

<img class="alignleft wp-image-3028" src="https://www.thegreendog.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/anxious-dog-300x225.jpg" alt="5 ways to help an anxious dog" width="245" height="184">Some dogs suffer from anxiety and it is often difficult to know what causes it. As they can't talk to us and tell us what is making them upset, have to do our best to try to understand the cause, whether it’s separation anxiety, fear of other dogs, a dislike to loud noises such as fireworks or just being nervous in general. We want our dogs to be happy and stress free, here are five ways that could help to calm your dog down when he's anxious: <h3><span style="color: #008080;">1. Exercise</span></h3> Exercise often helps to alleviate feelings of stress and anxiety and whilst not a cure, it can improve the general mood. Running and playing with your dog can be a great way to help him with his nerves. You should of course make sure that he is happy with the environment that you take him to walk/play in and that  it is not somewhere too noisy or full of other boisterous dogs/children.  If he is nervous of other dogs, try to take him out into the country side if possible. If you have a friend with a well behaved, gentle dog, try walking together, you may find the presence of another dog helps your dog to feel more confident and less nervous. <img class="alignleft wp-image-3030 size-medium" src="https://www.thegreendog.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/dog-playing-300x247.jpg" alt="" width="300" height="247"> <h3><span style="color: #008080;">2. Physical Contact</span></h3> Dogs are sociable animals and being near to your dog is sometimes all that is required to make them feel safe. Comforting your dog when they get anxious owing to thunderstorms or visits to the vet will often make them feel better, as they like to have physical contract from the humans they love. It is important not to leave your dog if you know there are going to be events that will frighten them, i.e. Bonfire Nights/Halloween when there is likely to be lots of noise. <h3><span style="color: #008080;">3. Calming Treats & Chews</span></h3> There are lots of different calming treats and chews available. Some are given as treats during times of stress, whilst others are long-lasting and designed for times when you have to leave your dog. Your vet can advise on the best choice for your dog. <h3><span style="color: #008080;">4. Crates</span></h3> If your dog is used to the crate it can be a comfort zone for him when he feels anxious. Try putting some of his favorite toys in there and perhaps one of your jumpers so he can smell your scent. If your dog isn’t keen on the crate, try to make a place for him where he feels safe, perhaps on his dog bed, on the sofa with you or in a quiet room that he feels happy in. <h3><span style="color: #008080;">5. Aromatherapy</span></h3> Many people believe that aromatherapy helps with anxiety in dogs. There are sprays that you can use around your home and on your dog or ‘plug ins’ that emit calming aromas and pheromones. You should however, use essential oils that have been specifically tailored for dogs as human ones can be too strong and are sometimes toxic. Your local Vet should be able to recommend a suitable brand.
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Tips for a stress free bonfire night

<h2><span style="color: #008080;">Ways to keep your dog calm on Bonfire Night</span></h2>   <img class="alignleft wp-image-2595" src="https://www.thegreendog.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/fireworks-300x199.jpg" alt="tips for a calm dog on bonfire night" width="283" height="188">Whilst some people and especially children love bonfire night, it can be a particularly stressful time for dogs (and other pets).   Here are some tips to keep your dog happy and safe.   Don’t take your dog to a firework display or leave him tied up in the garden whilst fireworks are being let off.  Even if your dog doesn’t whimper don’t assume he is happy, excessive yawning and panting can indicate that he is feeling stressed. Try to find out if any major firework displays have been planned near you or if your neighbours are having a party and if so, what time it's occurring, so you can be prepared for the sudden noise and flashes of light, and perhaps move to a quieter part of your home. Close your curtains to reduce noise and frightening flashes of light, turn up the TV or radio and behave as normal, as your dog will pick up on any stress or anger you feel and may feel he's done something wrong. Make a safe haven for your dog, put his favorite toys in his bed with a blanket or on the sofa so he feels secure and comfortable.<img class="alignleft size-medium wp-image-2600" src="https://www.thegreendog.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/dog-blanket1-300x200.jpeg" alt="dog-blanket1" width="300" height="200"> Your dog may try to retreat to somewhere he feels safer, for example under your bed, don’t try to tempt him out as this may stress him. Talk calmly to him and take him a favorite toy or blanket. You might want to give him one of your old jumpers so he can smell you and feel secure. If your dog needs to go out when fireworks are going off outside, keep him on his lead, even if he is in the garden, a sudden noise or bang could frighten him and cause him to run off. If you have visitors, make sure your dog is securely in the room before you open the front door. If your dog comes to you for comfort, don’t ignore him, stroke him and talk calmly to him, don't forget to keep his water bowl topped up as an anxious dog will pant more and get thirsty. If you’re dog is very nervous or has got very stressed in previous years, speak to your vet who will be able to offer advice. <img class="alignleft size-medium wp-image-2598" src="https://www.thegreendog.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/sofa-300x163.jpg" alt="dog on sofa" width="300" height="163">Above all remember it is natural for your dog to be scared of loud noises, don't try to '<em>make him face his fears</em>'  or be cross with him, he trusts you and will rely on you for comfort and love.
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Five Summer Products your Dog will Love

<h2><span style="color: #339966;">It's time to get your dog ready for Summer</span></h2> At last,  Summer is finally here, but does your dog love it as much as you do? We've put together a list of five products that we think your dog will love this Summer  - some essential and some fun! <img class="wp-image-1651 alignright" src="https://www.thegreendog.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/chillr_mat_dog-300x225.jpg" alt="The Paws Chillr cooling mat" width="271" height="203" /><span style="color: #008080;">1.Chillr Cooling Mat</span> This lightweight <a href="https://www.thegreendog.co.uk/product/chillr-cooling-mat/">cooling mat </a>is easy to use, just pop it into the freezer for about fifteen minutes. It contains a non-toxic filling that will keep your dog cool for hours. It is lightweight and ideal for days out, traveling, picnics or just days when it is generally too hot to be comfortable for your dog.  Available in small and large sizes. A really useful gift for your dog  - You may even want it for yourself!   <span style="color: #008080;">2. Ceramic Drinking Bowl</span> <img class="alignleft wp-image-1163" src="https://www.thegreendog.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/Ceramics-Bowls-French-Grey-small-500x500-300x300.jpg" alt="Ceramic Dog Bowls in French Green Glaze" width="197" height="197" />   This elegant <a href="https://www.thegreendog.co.uk/product/ceramic-dog-bowls/">dog bowl</a> from the <em>Mutts & Hounds Collection</em> is pretty enough to keep anywhere in the house for your dog to have a refreshing drink. The ceramic will keep the water cool and unlike some plastic bowls it won't discolour. A matching treat jar also available.     <img class="alignleft size-medium wp-image-305" src="https://www.thegreendog.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/CF-ALL-300x225.jpg" alt="Colour Fusion Leather Dog Collars" width="300" height="225" /><span style="color: #008080;">3. Colour Fusion Collars</span> We like to change our look in the Summer and get rid of the drab dark colours that we have been wearing for the last six months and our four-legged friends probably feel the same! Why not treat your dog to one of these stylish <a href="https://www.thegreendog.co.uk/product/colour-fusion-leather-collars/">coloured dog collars</a> for the Summer. Available in six vibrant colours. A must for the well dressed dog. There are matching leads available     <span style="color: #008000;">4. Organic Dog Shampoo</span> <img class="alignleft wp-image-541" src="https://www.thegreendog.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/Simbae-Long-Haired-Shampoo-300x225.jpg" alt="Dog Shampoo for long haired breeds" width="170" height="127" />These natural organic <a href="https://www.thegreendog.co.uk/product/fabulous-fur-shampoo/">shampoos</a> and conditioners from the Simbae range are paraben and phthalate free. Made from natural ingredients they are formulated to clean your dog whilst keeping his coat and skin naturally soft and glossy, the range includes shampoo especially for long-haired breeds and puppies. An ideal way for your dog to cool down after walks and remove any irritants such as pollen from his coat.   <img class="alignleft wp-image-1704" src="https://www.thegreendog.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/Bow-Tie1-500x500-300x300.jpg" alt="Organic Ticking Bow Tie in Mist from Mutts & Hounds collection" width="164" height="164" /> <span style="color: #008080;">5. Organic Ticking Bow Tie</span> Made from natural organic ticking, these lovely <a href="https://www.thegreendog.co.uk/product/organic-ticking-bow-tie/">bow ties </a>are available in Mist or Cranberry, designed to slip onto your dog's existing collar. Ideal for Weddings or special occasions - a must for the well-dressed dog.            
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It’s Puppy Love

<h1><a href="https://"><img class="alignleft size-full wp-image-1458" src="https://www.thegreendog.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/puppy.jpg" alt="Yarrah Puppy food contains all the nutrients your new puppy needs" width="251" height="201" /></a><span style="color: #008080;">He's so reliant on you for his needs</span></h1> You’ve brought your new puppy home, he’s tiny, cuddly, cute and totally dependent on you for his walks, toys, welfare, companionship and dietary choices. To enable him to grow up and be healthy and strong a puppy needs food that is high in protein and has been enriched with minerals, vitamins and fats that are so essential for his growth.  Your puppy has an immature stomach and therefore his food should be easy for him to digest. However, you shouldn't over feed your puppy as this can put strains on his developing bones and joints. You obviously want to provide your puppy with the best, so what should you feed him? At the Green Dog, we recommend feeding your new four-legged friend Yarrah Organic Dog Food for puppies. Which has been especially formulated to contain all the nutrients your new puppy will need. It is also 100%  certified Bio-Organic, making it a healthy, tasty  natural food for your dog. It is easily digestible and minimizes the chance of him developing stomach<img class="size-medium wp-image-46 alignright" src="https://www.thegreendog.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/yarrah_dog_dry_puppy_1kg_web_600px-268x300.png" alt="dry dog food for puppies" width="268" height="300" /> problems and allergies. Yarrah has an organic certification so you are safe in the knowledge that all the grains used in the food are fairly traded. <em>Why not treat your puppy to a delicious natural food today</em> <iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/JsOQjgxh78o" width="420" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe>  
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Luxury Dog Beds

Luxury donut and pillow style beds from the exclusive <a href="https://www.thegreendog.co.uk/about-us/mutts-hounds/">Mutts & Hounds</a> Collection. A really stylish way for your dog to relax and so pretty that you won't want to hide them away. Available in<a href="https://www.thegreendog.co.uk/product/donut-dog-beds-bone-print/"> bone print,</a> dog print, <a href="https://www.thegreendog.co.uk/product/pillow-dog-bed-nordic-stripe/">nordic stripe</a>, organic ticking and a selection of distinguished Yorkshire Tweed.
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6 Essential Things Your New Dog Needs

<h2><a href="https://"><img class="alignleft wp-image-1350" src="https://www.thegreendog.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/labrador-300x169.jpg" alt="The Green Dog - Everything for your dog's needs" width="385" height="217" /></a><span style="color: #339966;">Some items that your new dog needs</span></h2> Your dog is a living creature and as such has basic needs that you need to cater for, here are six of the essentials. <span style="color: #339966;">1. Water</span> An average dog requires between 55-10 ml of water a day per kilogram of his weight. This will vary according to various scenarios such as the weather, how much he has exercised, illness, but clean water should always be readily available for you dog. <span style="color: #339966;">2. Nutritional Food</span> <a href="https://"><img class="wp-image-48 alignright" src="https://www.thegreendog.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/yarrah_dog_dry_sensitive_2kg_web_600px-268x300.png" alt="Dry dog food gluten free" width="175" height="196" /></a>A healthy dog needs the right nutrition in his food. Dogs will have different nutritional needs at various stages of their lives, for instance, an older dog has much different needs to that of a young puppy and of course some dogs are sensitive to certain ingredients in dog food. You should feed your dog at least once a day. At the Green Dog, we recommend giving your dog natural organic dog food from  brands such as Yarrah, who provide differently formulated food for puppies, adult dogs, small breeds, sensitive dogs and senior dogs, all of which are 100% certified organic and include gluten-free options for sensitive dogs needs. <span style="color: #339966;">3. Pet Insurance</span> It is a good ideal to take out pet insurance for your dog as vet's bills can soon add up if he does get unwell. a typical vet's bill can be in the region of £300.00, with consultation fees around £35.00. Source: <em>Money Supermarket.</em> <span style="color: #339966;"><a href="https://"><img class="alignleft wp-image-1309" src="https://www.thegreendog.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/MuttsHounds_Collars-273x300.jpg" alt="Dog collars from the Mutts & Hounds collection" width="154" height="169" /></a>4. Lead & Collar/Harness</span> Many councils have ruled that dogs should be kept on a lead in public places and some impose heavy fines for noncompliance. It is also a good ideal to keep your dog on a lead in areas that are busy with traffic or people as some dogs can get nervous. It is essential that your dog's collar or harness is the right size for him to ensure that it fits well and is comfortable for him to wear. <a href="https://www.thegreendog.co.uk/how-to-measure-your-dog/">Our guide to measuring your dog</a> will advise you on the right sizes to choose.   <span style="color: #339966;">5. His Personal Space</span> <a href="https://"><img class=" wp-image-716 alignleft" src="https://www.thegreendog.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/Pillow-Dogs-naturaldog-300x300.jpg" alt="pillow dog bed" width="180" height="180" /></a>As much as your dog loves you, some times he will be tired, unwell or just want a lazy day! It is important that he has somewhere that is his own space. Why not treat him to one of our gorgeous <a href="https://www.thegreendog.co.uk/product/pillow-dog-beds-boneprint/">pillow dog beds </a>from the exclusive <em>Mutts & Hounds</em> collection. <span style="color: #339966;">6. Your Love & Companionship</span> Our four-legged friends adore us and would do anything for us. While a lot of people aren't lucky enough to be able to take their dog(s) to work, try not to leave him for too long on his own and spend as much time as you can with him,  dogs a very sociable animals and enjoy being and playing with their owners. <blockquote> [caption id="attachment_1352" align="alignleft" width="300"]<a href="https://"><img class="wp-image-1352 size-medium" src="https://www.thegreendog.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/dog-playing-300x247.jpg" width="300" height="247" /></a> Your Dog loves to play![/caption] <em>A Dog is the only thing on Earth that loves you more than he loves himself - </em>Josh Billings</blockquote>      
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Tips for a happy bathtime

<h1><span style="color: #339966;">How to make bath time a better experience for your dog</span></h1> Spring is here and after doing the Spring Cleaning you’re probably thinking about giving your dog a bath. After a long winter and many muddy walks he probably is in need of a nice wash. <a href="https://" rel="attachment wp-att-546"><img class=" wp-image-546" src="https://www.thegreendog.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/dog_in_bath-1-300x197.jpg" alt="dog in bath" width="475" height="312" /></a> Whilst some dogs enjoy their baths some aren’t so keen. Here are some tips to make it a happier experience for both you and your dog. <ul> <li>Assemble everything you need first. Like a small child, your dog is unlikely to sit in the bath while you go off to get the forgotten towel.</li> <li>Make sure the water isn't too hot - he can't tell you. You can always test the temperature by using your elbow.</li> <li>Brush your dog before he gets into the bath especially if he has a long coat.</li> <li>Talk to your dog in a calm and reassuring voice as he may not be enjoying the bath.</li> <li>Wet his fur using water in a jug or a shower attachment (again test the water temperature)</li> <li>Wash him with a  specialist dog shampoo - our range of <a href="https://www.thegreendog.co.uk/product-category/dog-shampoos/">Simbae dogs shampoos</a> are made from natural and organic ingredients and are paraben and phthalate free.</li> <li>Rinse your dog well, holding his head up to ensure no shampoo gets into his eyes. Remove him from the bath and towel dry. <span style="text-decoration: underline;">Remember: </span>your dog will shake himself dry so don't put him near anything you don't want to get wet!</li> <li>Reward your dog with a treat, this will let him know he's been well-behaved and that bath time is nothing to fear.</li> </ul> To treat you and your dog this Easter we are offering a special discount on our Simbae range of conditioners. Buy any Simbae dog shampoo and get a 50% Discount on the conditioner when brought at the same time. Please use code: SP50 at our <a href="https://www.thegreendog.co.uk/shop/">online shop.</a> [caption id="attachment_547" align="alignleft" width="300"]<a href="https://" rel="attachment wp-att-547"><img class="wp-image-547 size-medium" src="https://www.thegreendog.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/Simbae-Fabulous-Fur-Shampoo-300x225.jpg" alt="Fabulous Fur Shampo" width="300" height="225" /></a> Organic Dog Shampoo for a happy bathtime[/caption]  
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Lead or Harness?

<h1><span style="color: #339966;">Which is Best for Your Dog?</span></h1> One of the frequent questions we get asked is which is best - a lead and collar or a harness? Whilst there has been a recent trend for people buying harnesses for their dogs, it really depends what is best suited to <em>your</em> dog.  Just like people each dog is individual and have different requirements and personalities. When deciding on a lead or harness you should take into consideration: <ul> <li>your dog's personality</li> <li>obedience</li> <li>size</li> <li>any medical conditions</li> </ul> <h3><span style="color: #008080;"><a href="https://"><img class="alignleft wp-image-305" src="https://www.thegreendog.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/CF-ALL-300x225.jpg" alt="Colour Fusion Leather Dog Collars" width="188" height="141" /></a>Leads & Collars</span></h3> The <a href="https://www.thegreendog.co.uk/product-category/dog-leads/">Lead</a> is the traditional way to walk the dog and it is easy to take off the lead, where suitable, to let your dog run free, chase balls and play. This method is best for dogs that are obedient and who will walk happily by your side without pulling or lunging at other dogs, as this could damage their throats. Collars are also relatively inexpensive and are available in a wide range of colours and styles.   <h3><span style="color: #008080;">Dog Harnesses</span></h3> <a href="https://"><img class=" wp-image-524 alignright" src="https://www.thegreendog.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/P1070766-300x225.jpg" alt="Red Wool Dog Harness" width="265" height="199" /></a>Harnesses are good for dogs that pull or lung when they walk, as they give you more control over the dog. They are available in many different <a href="https://www.thegreendog.co.uk/product-category/dog-harness/">styles, colours and materials</a>.  A Harness is also good for Toy Breeds, such as poodles, as a collar can be damaging to their neck if they are delicate. Dogs who have a predisposition to breathing problems are also better on a harness. <h3><span style="color: #008080;">Should the Harness be a Front or Back Attached One?</span></h3> Most trainers recommend a front attaching harness for larger dogs as it gives more control when walking the dog, especially if he is prone to pulling or lunging at other dogs or cats, as a back attaching harness won't give you much control over a dog that pulls. A back harness is more suited to well behaved dogs, Toy and smaller breeds of dogs who may find a front attachment harness uncomfortable. Whichever you choose, it is important that the harness is a comfortable fit for your dog. See our guide on how to <a href="https://www.thegreendog.co.uk/how-to-measure-your-dog/">measure your dog.</a> <h3><span style="color: #008080;">What's Your Preferred Method?</span></h3> Email <a href="mailto:ellie@thegreendog.co.uk">ellie@thegreendog.co.uk</a> and let us know which method you prefer (send a picture for our gallery) and we will send you a 10% Discount Voucher for use in our <a href="https://www.thegreendog.co.uk/shop/">on-line store</a>  
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Lead the Way to Spring

With Spring beginning on March 20th, it's time to start thinking about putting the boring blacks and browns of Winter behind us. <a href="https://"><img class="alignleft size-medium wp-image-305" src="https://www.thegreendog.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/CF-ALL-300x225.jpg" alt="Colour Fusion Leather Dog Collars" width="300" height="225" /></a>Bright colours are going to be hot news this Spring/Summer. Why not start updating your dog's wardrobe, we have an extensive range of beautiful coloured <a href="http://www.thegreendog.co.uk/product/colour-fusion-leather-leads/">leads</a> & collars. Made of Leather with a faux leather lining to provide extra comfort for your dog. The <a href="http://www.thegreendog.co.uk/product/colour-fusion-leather-collars/">collars</a> are available in four sizes and starting at only £5.99, why not treat your dog to a couple for different days, you could interchange the colour of the collar and lead for a modern twist or  even match them to your nail varnish!<a href="https://"><img class="alignleft size-medium wp-image-337" src="https://www.thegreendog.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/LF-CHAIN-300x225.jpg" alt="Fusion Colour Dog Leads" width="300" height="225" /></a>
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