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    Our Blog — dogs

    It’s a Dog’s Life !

    It’s a Dog’s Life !

    Animals living “in the wild” naturally have much higher activity levels.  After all, they have to find their own food.  Our pet dogs, however, may spend much of their day lazing about as they don’t have to hunt and catch their own food and they don’t have to escape predators.  But, of course, this was the life of the ancestors of our pet dogs and they still have those survival instincts and problem-solving ability which will come to the forefront in working dogs in particular. 

     Dogs living with us in our homes may get regular walks and play time but our busy modern lifestyles mean that we cannot always be there to provide mental stimulation.  Sometimes, this can lead to unwanted behaviors – such as chewing, barking or digging or even obsessive tail chasing or licking – simply due to boredom.

     You can help to keep your dog busy and happy and here’s some of our favorite ideas.

     BUDDY AND LOLA HEALTHY DOG TREATS

    • First, make sure they get plenty of walks (all that exercise is good for you too don’t forget) - a tired dog is a happy dog.
    • Hide their food to make them work for it.  Stuff food into toys, divide meals into separate spots around the house, or even scatter dry food out in the garden. You can also buy high-tech feeding devices that release just a little food at a time.
    • Of course, there are lots of interactive puzzle-type toys on the market too that will help your dog use all their problem-solving skills to get to that treat.
    • Give them something to really get their teeth into – instead of your furniture – check out the options at your local pet store – from natural ram horns or antlers to strong nylon toys.
    • Make sure they have the opportunity to be social with other dogs, ideally off-leash at the dog park.
    • Best of all, spend time with your dog.  Spend some quality time every day on teaching your dog a new trick, play tug-of-war or a simple game of fetch.  Why not check out local classes – Agility, Flyball and more.
    • Dogs are smarter than we think – the only limitation is your imagination!

    Time for some Fall fun and games …

    Time for some Fall fun and games …

    We’ve created a new annual tradition – the Fall Photoshoot – it was so much fun and we hope you like the pictures.  Everyone joined in.  Mom went to the farm to get some pumpkins and Grandpa came over for a visit and brought a scarecrow – we weren’t scared at all, we barked at it very loud and it kept very quiet.  Dad was on hand to supervise … they call that being “the responsible adult”!

    Then we helped to gather up the leaves wearing our cosy new scarves but maybe we weren’t much help – what fun when we chased each other through the fallen leaves, they’re all crispy and crunchy and they go everywhere up in the air if we run fast enough!  We were very tired after all that and after a tasty treat, or two, from Aunt Harriette we curled up in our baskets and Buddy fell asleep straight away.

    Smile Buddy, smile Lola

    Hey this Fall photoshoot is fun!

    Buddy asleep

    A day at the beach …

    A day at the beach …

     

    Heaven - the sun’s shining, they let you out of the car and you find yourself at the beach. So many interesting new smells to investigate and we made plenty of new doggy friends too.  We had such fun digging great big holes in the sand (though we didn’t find any buried bones which was a shame).  Then we thought it was time to cool off in the ocean but Lola wasn’t too sure about all that water and seemed to be more interested in sniffing out sandwiches - and she was happy to share!

     

    BUDDYANDLOLADOGS

    BUDDYANDLOLADOGS

    Help your doggy pal enjoy the summer too …

    Help your doggy pal enjoy the summer too …

    Summer’s here and we all love to get out and enjoy the sunshine, including our doggy friends too.  BUT remember that dogs can die from heatstroke.  Veterinarian, Shea Cox. a member of the ER staff at PETS Referral Center in Berkeley, California  says “Sunny and 70 can mean sunny and deadly.  Dogs depend on rapid breathing (panting) to keep cool, exchanging their warm body air for cooler environmental air but if the air temperature is close to body temperature, this process is no longer efficient and dogs can succumb to heatstroke in a relatively short time”.  Heatstroke can occur if dogs are left in cars, even “with the window cracked”, if left outside without shade, if over-exercised in hot or humid weather. Other factors include obesity and certain breeds such as Pekingese, Pug, Lhasa Apso, Boston Terrier or Bulldog with short faces interfering with their ability to pant.

    A dog’s normal body temperature is 101.5 degree +/- 1 degree Fahrenheit.  A temperature higher than 105 is a life-threatening emergency.  If your dog appears distressed and restless, pants excessively, drools from the nose and/or mouth and becomes unsteady on his feet with gums turning blue or bright red he must be seen by your veterinarian immediately. Meanwhile, move him to a cooler place and direct a fan on him, start to cool the body with cool wet towels on the back of the neck, and the armpit and groin regions.  Plus wet the earflaps and paws with cool water.  Don’t use cold water or ice, don’t attempt to force water into your pet’s mouth.

    We want everybody to enjoy the summer so here’s some ideas on how to make sure your Backyard is the perfect place for all the family to enjoy.

    Whether you have just one or a whole pack of dogs it’s great to see them happily romping in the backyard and if you take some time to make sure your yard is pet-friendly too then you can all make the best of the summer.  Before you do anything else, check that the yard is secure to keep your dog happy and safe whether you’re enclosing the whole yard or you’ve just got a dog run.  Check too that there are no dangerous plants or landscaping.  Did you know that azaleas, lilies and mums can be dangerous if your dog eats them.  Check with your veterinarian or the ASPCA for list of plants that could irritate or even kill your pet.  You might not even think about chemicals but many of us might not realise that cocoa mulch, though it looks great can cause the same bad reactions as chocolate so think about your landscaping materials.  Lawns are popular but your dog may destroy it if he’s a “digger”.  If you go for artificial turf, watch it doesn’t get too hot for tender paws!  Concrete, brick, flagstone, and smooth rocks or pebbles are all good choices.

    What else does your dog need?

    Number one is … water.  In hot weather we all need a cool, refreshing drink and that goes for our dogs too.  How about adding a water feature that your dog can use too – a splash fountain maybe or even a small pond or pool if you have a water-loving dog.  But make sure it’s safe with shallow steps or sloping sides so that dogs can easily get out if they fall in by accident.

    Number two is … shade and shelter.  Did you know that just like us, dogs can get sunburned and even suffer from heatstroke so they need to be able to get out of the sun too.  If you’re lucky you may have a large tree providing a shady area over your yard.  If not, how about a Shade Sail or overhead tarp covering part of the yard.  Even better, add a doghouse too.  They’ve come a long way from those plastic boxes and now there’s a huge range available at your local pet store or online.

    Number three … the sky’s the limit!  A tired dog is a good dog but a bored or unexercised dog will surely look for trouble.  Provide as large a space as possible for your dog to run and chase.  Paths are great as dogs love to prowl and explore.  You could even create his own fun play area – get ideas from dog play courses and use plants and hardscaping to create obstacles and weave around.  Add some balance beams to walk on or tunnels to roam through which could be your pet’s snoozing spot – even dogs need to get away from it all sometimes

    Love them like family, treat them like family...

    Love them like family, treat them like family...

    We founded Buddy & Lola as we have a serious passion for helping dogs after becoming disheartened with the lack of high quality natural dog products available for our own dogs. 

    We make the process of finding healthy natural treats and all that good stuff easy to find and deliver it straight to your doorstep.

    Buddy & Lola was founded in England but is Headquartered in Portland, Oregon. We offer premium dog products to improve your dog’s health and wellbeing.  Our supply chain covers the whole of the country and can ship the best, highest quality products, FAST! And our amazing team of dog-lovers in customer service are here to help should you have any questions. Bottom line is, we're here to make dogs and their owners very very happy.

    You’re the best at making your pet happy and we work tirelessly to help them stay healthy with our range of premium dog products. From our high safety standards to our guaranteed health benefits, we’re so much more than natural.  Our quality products, high standards, proven doggy experience and our dog-loving people make all the difference.

    We use as much organic produce as we can, and we never use GMO produce. We know that choosing a pet product can be overwhelming with so many products and brands to choose from plus there are so many opinions (not to mention quite a bit of misinformation).

    What sets us apart is the fact that we put our heart and soul into bringing you products with the finest quality ingredients, uncompromising standards, and a really common-sense approach to all of our products.

    We think we've got the perfect balance of safety, convenience, quality and tastiness – and ultimately, a finished product that actually speaks for itself.