Beware the pine processionary!

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The pine processionary (also known as Thaumetopoea pityocampa) is a caterpillar which comes down trees between December and April in a “procession” of several caterpillars winding their way to a soil loose enough to burrow.  

So far, so good. Yet this tiny insect, in the larval stage, can turn out to be extremely dangerous for dogs and humans alike, especially if you spend a lot of time outside.
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Your first walk with a new dog

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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

Advices to manage dogs’ separation anxiety

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Have you ever looked after a dog who suffered from separation anxiety? Did he seem to be nervous or instable? Did the owners tell you that his/her attitude was unusual?

Some dogs are completly desorientated, even with the smallest change. In fact, dogs are sensitive to the routine and when it changes, their behaviour also evolves.

The first signs of anxiety can be noticeable during the first 24 hours of the watch.

Some anxiety signs:

  • Barking non-stop
  • The dog keeps doing the same movements
  • He can hurt itself on purpose (stereotypes)
  • He can wait nervously in front the door
  • He can destroy objects (most of the time it happens when you let him alone)
  • He can urinate or defecate inside the house
  • He can try to escape

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Gudog mobile application

Finally you will also be able to use Gudog, the alternative to dog kennels in the UK, on your smartphone.

After several requests from dog sitters and owners wanting to be able to use Gudog via a mobile application, and seeing that traffic from mobile devices is growing every day, we did not hesitate and got down to work.

Although at the moment it can only be used on newer versions of Android and iOS, the new Gudog mobile application will facilitate contact between owners and dog sitters thanks to its chat in real time.

Searching for a dog sitter for your dog in your area and the management of bookings will be a question of seconds!

Do you want to download and start using the new Gudog mobile application?

You can download the app for Android or iOS here.

Dangerous products for dogs

March 15th to 21st is National Poison Prevention Week in the US but it is something we should also take notice of in the UK. In honour of raising awareness about accidental poisoning, particularly following the unfortunate incident with Jagger, the Irish Setter who sadly died from poisoning after winning a silver medal this year at Crufts, we are writing this blog to highlight some of the household objects and foods that are potentially fatal for your pets, the symptoms that occur if these objects are ingested and what to do. Continue reading

First aid for dogs: Heimlich Manoeuvre and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation

At any moment, just like people, our dog can have an accident. Although the most important thing is to always take them to the closest vet as soon as possible, it is recommended that we all know a few basic first aid techniques for dogs that we will be able to use depending on the seriousness of the situation if, at that moment, there is not a vet nearby.

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Basic canine education: 10 commands that every dog should know

Having an educated dog is necessary in order to be respectful of other people in society.

Teaching your dog some basic canine education such as orders or commands from when they are a puppy will avoid problems with other people in public places. You will also help to keep them safe and, above all, you will enjoy living together a lot more. Continue reading