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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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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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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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