Get your dog ready for winter

winter

Dogs, just like people, more or less enjoy  certain seasons of the year depending on their activity, fur, breed or even their owner’s mood during each season.

Although some dogs would gladly get under the covers from late September until the first rays of sun reappear in March, others enjoy the winter months just like children do – rain, snow, sleet or hail.

As guardians of our dogs’ wellbeing, we must take into account the fact that, in the winter just like in the summer, certain precautions are to be taken in order to ensure our best friend’s healthiness and happiness.

Continue reading

Pumpkin biscuits for dogs

biscuits pumpkin dog

There is nothing like the pleasure of knowing what our dogs really eat every day. When we beckon them over with a treat to sit or give paw, do we really know what we are giving them? Well, what better than making the treats for our doggies ourselves?

Let’s make the most of Halloween to treat our four-legged companions to something healthy, easy and most of all, yummy:

Pumpkin biscuits

Continue reading

Dogs hate Halloween

halloween

We hope that we are not hurting anyone’s feelings when we say that our canine friends hate costumes, and that if they had the choice, they’d rather parade around in the altogether on All Hallows’ Eve. However, Halloween can be a fun occasion to turn our pooches into little monsters, fiends and other strange creatures. Some dog owners show amazing creativity and we have to admit that some of their costumes have brought more than a smile to our lips.

If you feel inspired by them, just bear in mind the advice we give you below and make sure your dog is terrifyingly dressed for Halloween but also safe and hazard-free!

 

 Now let’s begin, without further ado, the journey into the dark…

Continue reading

Baby and doggy: welcoming a newborn home

baby

Your family is growing: you are about to become a parent. You are wondering if this new stage in your life could upset your dog, especially if this is your first child. If up to now, your dog was treated like a king at home, the big change could be a major upheaval in its life. Your dog’s daily routine being drastically affected, it is not unlikely that it could start misbehaving. Gublog is here to explain to you what steps to follow for everything to go as smoothly as possible and for your dog and baby to start becoming best friends in no time.  Continue reading

Safe car journey with your dog

safe

Have you ever wondered if your car journeys with your dog were entirely safe? What would happen if you were to have an accident or a crash? Are there security systems which can guarantee that our dog would come out of an accident unscathed?

You may already be aware of the following rule stipulated in the Highway Code:

When in a vehicle make sure dogs or other animals are suitably restrained so they cannot distract you while you are driving or injure you, or themselves, if you stop quickly. A seat belt harness, pet carrier, dog cage or dog guard are ways of restraining animals in cars (rule 57).

We tend not to be aware of the fact that most car safety devices for dogs available on the market offer a warranty. Nor is it easy knowing whether the safety level offered by manufacturers in case of crash is in any way government-approved. Continue reading

Grooming your dog at home

grooming

Imagine if you couldn’t wash every day. You could still go on living but… would it really be the same? Dogs are like you. Although our canine friends do know how to remain hygienic, we can always give them some help. For instance, we can try and speed up the shedding process according to seasons, especially when the dog days are coming, we can give them a good clean-up after they’ve been playing in the mud, or check that they don’t have thorns stuck in their ears after a long walk in the forest. Continue reading

Your first walk with a new dog

walk

Just like human beings, every dog is unique. Some are very quiet while some are boisterous. Some love a good walk while some are home lovers. What makes animals all the more endearing and sweet is precisely this uniqueness.

This is also why being a dog sitter can turn out to be more tricky than one would think. You can never know in advance how dogs will behave until you get to know them well.  On the first walk with a strange dog, we thus tend to be on the lookout for its every reaction to different commands and stimuli. Continue reading

Does your dog spend too much time alone?

alone
Ah, if we could, wouldn’t we spend every day with our dog! Enjoy some quality time together, take long walks and naps whenever we had the chance. But… most of us have duties outside the house! Whether it be for work, studies, errands or some important event, we sometimes have to leave our dog alone for what feels like very long hours. Some take it better than others, and sometimes this situation can even become a problem.

Continue reading

Ride with your dog, like a pro!

bike

Summer is one of the best moments of the year to go for a ride, but you don’t want your dog to be staying home alone while you are having a good time outside in the sun! Therefore we encourage you to ride your bike along with your faithful companion, taking into account the advice which we are about to give you.

Did you know that cycling makes you burn 110 kcals in 20 minutes? For that reason, it is a very healthy activity which requires little effort, as it is up to you to decide on the pace and distance that you deem appropriate. The same goes for your dog, whose physical condition is to be taken into account before embarking on the ride!

The breed and age are the two main factors that you should keep in mind. Whereas some dogs are highly energetic and will love the ride, others not so much. Besides, burning calories also helps dogs to remain fit after a long winter.

Remember that in order to enjoy your doggy bike ride, you must avoid high temperatures. Thus, do not go for the ride at the hottest time of the day, or else your dog could suffer from a heatstroke. Also remember to bring water along with you to cool down your pooch.
What’s more, if your dog is one to pull the leash, there are various bike tow leashes available on the market that could come in handy for you. They consist in clip-on metal bars to be fastened onto the bike frame, easy to attach or remove to suit your needs.

Continue reading