11 Jan 2017

With extreme winter weather forecast, for the coming days,we have some timely advice to help keep your furry friends safe and warm and avoid potential hazards on winter walkies.

  • Puppies, elderly dogs and short coated breeds often struggle to keep warm in the colder weather, so it's a good idea to invest in a warm coat or jumper. Taking them for shorter but more frequent walks can also help to keep them from suffering the effects of cold (don't forget, if your dog is less active, to adjust the amount you feed them to avoid them piling on the pounds)
  • When it gets cold many of us use de-icer and anti freeze, which can prove deadly to pets- always make sure any spillages are dealt with immediately and store these products out of the reach of your pets.
  • Salt and grit used on roads and pavements as well as extreme cold, can irritate your pets paws too so after walking, always wipe paws and check for cracks and irritation. Prevent snowballs from forming by trimming the hair between your dog’s toes. Investing in a paw wax or dog boots such as Pawz & Max Wax can protect your dog further.
  • If walking your dog near frozen water, always keep them on a lead to prevent the risk of them falling through the ice. If this were to happen, NEVER be tempted to follow them in to attempt a rescue. Most dogs are strong swimmers and are more likely to get themselves out of trouble than you are.
  • If it is snowing heavily, keep your dog on a lead as snow can cause a dog to become disorientated and get lost. As always, ensure your dog is wearing a collar and an ID tag and is microchipped, as per the law. It is important to ensure your microchipping database is up to date with your current address and contact details
  • When you’re out walking wear bright/reflective clothing & carry a torch so you can be seen by motorists & other road users. Ensure your dog can be seen by investing in high visibility products such as the Leuchtie LED collar or the Cycle Dog range of Max Reflective collars and leads
  • Don't let any dog stay outside for a lengthy period without access to shelter and warmth. Never leave your dog unattended in a car. Even a few minutes in a cold car can cause hypothermia.
  • Snow fall can hide all sorts of  dangers for you & your dog, from barbed wire to broken glass-take care on your dog walks and try sticking to well known routes to minimise the risks of unwelcome surprises under the snow.
  • Slippery conditions can lead to an increased risk of sprains, strains and worse, so it's always a good idea to keep walkies low key and not play throwing & fetch games unless the ground offers secure footing.


11 January 2017 12:33 GMT+00:00    Posted By: Rover
10 Aug 2016

We were at an event this week where a dog collapsed due to overheating and with the warm temperatures set to continue, it got us thinking how to spot signs of your dog being unwell due to the higher temperatures at the moment.  The sunny weather is the perfect time to enjoy the outdoors, so don't let it end up with a visit to the vet.

One of the earliest signs of dehydration is if the eyes appear sunken or are abnormally dry, but this can be easily missed if you are out and about on a walk. However, you know your pet and if they slow down a lot, seem to be a little depressed or are excessively panting then make sure you cool them down. There are plenty of products out on the market such as cooling coats and mats and this would help but ultimately you need to get your dog to drink. If you are concerned at all then you should seek veterinary advice.

Don’t forget – it’s not just the heat that can cause dehydration – vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite, excessive panting, fever, constipation and infrequent urination can all have the same effect.

10 August 2016 10:38 GMT+01:00    Posted By: Rover
08 Aug 2016

Excellent blog contribution from Joe Thomas at All Green PR Limited. Thanks for this vital information Joe.

The legal aspects of owning a dog: what you need to know

Looking after a dog is a big responsibility, but what many dog lovers don’t realise is that there are numerous legal obligations associated with dog ownership. Many of these laws simply codify common sense welfare needs and precautions, but others impose quite onerous hoops for you and your dog to jump through.

Illegal dogs

It is prudent to start with dogs that are illegal to own in the UK, period. These are the Pit Bull Terrier, the Japanese Tosa, the Dogo Argentino and the Fila Braziliero.

If you own an illegal dog you cannot sell her, give her up, or breed her with any other dog. However, you cannot be forced to give up your dog either, and there should usually be a court hearing to determine its breed. If your dog is found to be a banned type you can be fined or imprisoned for up to six months and your dog could be put down. That’s why it is important to seek expert legal advice. If you can prove to the court that your dog is not dangerous the court can classify it as an exempt dog, and stipulate conditions that will allow you to keep her. Your dog can be saved even if she bites another person as well, which is why it is important you know the latest dog laws and where you stand.

Whatever your dog’s species, it is a criminal offence to allow them to be ‘dangerously out of control’ in a public place. A ‘dangerously out of control’ dog can be defined as a dog that has injured someone or a dog that a person has grounds for reasonable apprehension that it may do so and this may include chasing, barking or aggressive behaviour toward other dogs or people.

Animal welfare

The law on animal welfare used to tackle neglect after it was reported; but in 2006 the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) introduced an important new concept for all pet owners, namely a duty of care to ensure that they take reasonable steps to meet the welfare needs of their animals. The requirements are based on generally accepted good practice and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has produced an excellent guide which explains what the duty of care requires for dogs.

Out and about

The Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 created Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs) to help local authorities enforce rules for dog owners using public spaces. PSPOs may proscribe five offences: failing to remove dog faeces; not keeping your dog on a lead; failing to put your dog on a lead when directed to do so; and permitting your dog, or more than a given number of dogs, to enter certain land. PSPOs now provide the legal basis for all the signs you see directing you to do certain things with your dog, but they do not always have to be advertised with signs. PSPOs only apply to specified areas of public land and you may avoid a penalty if you have a ‘reasonable excuse’, but remember, being unaware of a breach is not a reasonable excuse; it's your responsibility to keep a lookout.

Furthermore, the Road Traffic Act 1988 makes it an offence to have a dog off-lead on certain designated roads and stipulates that dogs travelling in vehicles should not be allowed to distract the driver, but the obligation is no more onerous than common sense should dictate. The act also requires that a driver who injures your dog must stop at the scene of the accident and provide their details.

Dog identification and Microchipping

Since the Control of Dogs Order 1992, all dogs in a public place must wear a collar showing the name and address of their owner. In April 2016 the system was brought into the 21st century with the Microchipping of Dogs (England) Regulations 2015 which requires all dogs over eight weeks to be microchipped and the details stored in an ‘approved database’. The rules are designed to make it easier for lost or stolen pets to be returned to their lawful keepers, but it also helps the authorities track down those responsible for abandoned or dangerous dogs.

Is your dog a nuisance?

You love your dog, but your neighbours may not. For example, if your dog’s barking is too loud the local authority can serve a noise abatement order which can lead to fines and other legal expenses.

Furthermore, under the Animals Act 1971 you could be held liable for damage done by your dog and it is wise to have some form of third party liability to cover this.

Travelling with your dog

The UK had, as of 2012, harmonised its pet travel rules with the rest of the EU, and for the time being this remains the law. To travel to any EU country, or a non-EU listed country, you will need a microchip, a rabies vaccination 21 days prior to travel, a ‘pet passport’ or an official third country veterinary certificate and tapeworm treatment. And, in the unlikely event it ever comes up, note that the limit for transporting dogs for personal reasons is five dogs.

Know the rules

Keeping on the right side of the law is not too difficult for the ordinary dog owner. But it is worth spending a little time familiarising yourself with the rules discussed here, especially so you know your rights and obligations when you are out and about or travelling out of the UK. 

Written by Joe Thomas, All Green PR Limited, Kemp House, 152 City Road London,EC1V 2NX

08 August 2016 09:16 GMT+01:00    Posted By: Rover
06 Jul 2016

Puppy teething can be a testing time for both puppies and their owners.

When your pup is teething they will require extra supervision but it is also essential to be prepared to make this as stress free as possible.

Your pup will have a full set of 28 puppy teeth and depending on the breed at approx. 4 months of age they will start teething, but by around six to seven months a full set of adult 42 adult teeth will have developed.

Puppy teething may result in your pup having a tender mouth which may mean they have a reluctance to eat and the pups desire to chew will most likely increase.

It is important to provide your pup with safe items to chew on during this stage and again after their adult teeth start to develop and they settle into the jaw bone.

Good management at home is important to ensure they can’t get hold of valuable items of yours that they may chew on like your designer shoes or furniture. Providing your pup with plenty of safe items all of their own to chew on is essential and remembers if they choose to pick up and chew on a toy then reward them with a little praise so they know they chose the right item to chew on. If they start to chew on your possessions then offer them something of their own and again praise them for chewing on the appropriate item. The need to chew is there, we cant stop that but we can hep them learn what they should and shouldn't chew.

Choosing the right toys for your puppy is also essential and here at Rover’s Kit & Kaboodle we recommend the Zogoflex toys that are designed for a good chew!

These include

The Jive.

 

            

The Tux

     

The Tux not only makes a great Chew toy it can also have food inserted into the chamber to give your dog extra motivation to play and keep them out of mischief!

And The Hurley

 

All Zogoflex toys come with a one time replacement guarantee so if your dog does damage them we will replace them. That is great news when you have a chewing puppy.

if you puppy is not a powerful chewer they may enjoy the new Zogoflex air range as these toys have a very satisfying Squish and recently The Wox was added to the range and we think your dog will love it!

06 July 2016 08:49 GMT+01:00    Posted By: Rover
22 Jun 2016

The Wox has arrived! ...............................and we love it!

The West Paw design Zogoflex toys have long been a firm favourite here at Rover's Kit & Kaboodle. We love the fact we can offer our customers a non toxic toy that comes with a replacement guarantee. If you dog does damage any of the Zogoflex range of toys you are entitled to a one time replacement.  

Recently Zogoflex added the Air range to their toys and these are lightweight, thanks to there  air-injected centre. Zogoflex Air™ floats higher so it's easier for swimming dogs to spot, can be flung further and all the while providing a satisfying (and durable) squish!

So lets talk about the Wox, .

Wox™ is the latest edition to the Zogoflex Air collection of dog toys. The best tug toy for dogs, Wox has three satisfyingly squishy legs that dogs love to squish in their teeth. The erratic bounce and the surprising shake make this dog toy perfect for mentally stimulating play.

Wox’s gentle grip is easy on human hands and canine jaws alike - making for epic three-way tug-o-war games. Wox has a fascinating and unpredictable wiggly bounce and is safe and fun.

Like all of our Zogoflex® and Zogoflex Air™ dog toys, Wox is recyclable, made in the USA, floats, BPA and phthalate-free, Latex free, FDA compliant, non-toxic and dishwasher safe.

You will find all the Zogoflex toys on our shop site, so please click here to have a browse and find out more about this great range of dog toys, you wont be disappointed.

22 June 2016 09:09 GMT+01:00    Posted By: Rover
25 May 2016

Here at Rover’s Kit & Kaboodle we stock the wonderful Lupine Leads, Collars & Harnesses.

Lupine has so much to offer from its top quality components and construction to its lifetime guarantee!

If you are an environmentally conscious dog owner, you will just love the Eco collars & leads as they are soft yet strong and made from recycled plastic bottles.

Available in 9 different colours there is sure to be the perfect match for your dog!

  Click here to Visit our store and find out more about Eco Collars & Leads.

But if you prefer a pattern on your collar then you must check out the designer range, so many to choose from and in a range of widths too.

Click here to find out more about Lupine collars 

Lupine offer a guarantee on their entire range of leads, collars and harnesses against damage, so if they get damaged and that includes being chewed by your dog we will replace it.

25 May 2016 07:27 GMT+01:00    Posted By: Rover
11 May 2016

Only £25 for a limited time!

We love the Stay over Rover, it is bursting with features including lots of handy pockets, a swivel hook to hang it up by, a special poo bag pocket to make it easy to get hold of a bag quickly, plus so much more............. and what is even better is we have reduced the price to only £25 for a limited time so hurry get yours so you are ready to travel with your dog this summer.

There are three great colours to choose from.

HURRY GET YOURS AT THIS AMAZING PRICE OF JUST £25!

It Makes the perfect gift too for your dog owning friends.

Click here to Visit our store and order yours today

11 May 2016 11:49 GMT+01:00    Posted By: Rover
25 Apr 2016

Here at Rover's Kit & Kaboodle we love to put our products through their paces to ensure they are great gear for great dogs!

As many of you will know we have a full time team of product testers but to put the new Zogoflex Air toys through their paces we needed a good swimmer and great retriever, we did ask head of testing Bob the Chihuahua, but he has busy at the time..............

....................................... so we made a call and went off to meet the stunning Maddie, a chocolate Labrador who was up for the job!  

      

Maddie put the toys through their paces and loved the Dash flyer  and as you can see if floats high in the water and is clearly visible and easy to pick up too.

Zogoflex Air toys have an air-injected centre making them much lighter than the original Zogoflex toys and consequently they float higher.

Being light they are easy to throw too and have a softer texture, providing a satisfying (and durable) squish!

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The Boz ball was a hit too, on water and on land and after an hour of play there was not a mark on either toy, and Maddie, she was ready for a nap too!   

As with all Zogoflex toys they are GUARANTEED - These active dog toys were designed to hold up to hours and hours of play for many years. We even offer a one time free replacement or refund if your dog damages this toy - we get very few back.

So why not try a Zogoflex Air toy for your dog today, just pop over to our shop to purchase. CLICK HERE to pop over to Rover's Kit & Kaboodle

25 April 2016 10:23 GMT+01:00    Posted By: Rover
13 Apr 2016

The Rover’s Kit & Kaboodle team had a great time at All About Dogs in Newbury at the weekend despite a few heavy April showers on the Saturday.

It is always lovely to do shows as it is a great opportunity for us to meet customers and get feedback on our products. We met several people who had visited our stand at Crufts and we met some old friends too.

Some of you may remember Solomon, the King Charles Spaniel who did some product testing for us a few months ago well he popped by our stand to say hello and we were pleased to see him wearing his Lupine Tail Feathers lead and collar.

We had some great feedback on Zogoflex toys and some return customers too!

Our next show is All About Dogs in Essex in May, hope to see some of you there!

13 April 2016 16:31 GMT+01:00    Posted By: Rover
29 Mar 2016

We have new Fluff and Tuff plush dog toys in stock!

The latest additions to the range are:

Willie the Orca

Nelly the Giraffe

Jimmy the Parrot

Fluff & Tuff toys are not your everyday plush toy, they are made of high quality fabrics; the outer layer is ultra-plush, covering a durable, thick mesh inner liner and the seams are double stitched.

The large, durable squeaker is enclosed in a stitched fabric pouch and for your dog’s safety, the eyes are stitched, there are no hard edges and the stuffing is new non-toxic polyester fibre.

Our tester Squiggle loves her Fluff & Tuff toys and often empties her toy box to check they are all present and correct. Her favourite is Ike the Pheasant as she loves to grab a wing and toss him in the air! She also loves Louie the Cardinal and Jessica Bunny too.

  


29 March 2016 17:03 GMT+01:00    Posted By: Rover
14 Mar 2016

Rover’s Kit & Kaboodle had a great time at Crufts this year, we had a trade stand packed with great gear for great dogs, we met some amazing customers and their dogs and it is always lovely to get to meet some of the people that we talk to on social media, or who have shopped with us online and of course all the new customers too.

It was a very busy Crufts not just for us but for all the thousands of canine entrants and of course being won by the lovely Devon the West Highland White Terrier who seemed to appear to be taking it all in her stride.

If you did come and visit our stand at Crufts this year we would like to thank you for visiting and we hope you liked the products you saw.

We were thrilled to be able to exhibit the latest Stay Over Rover Holdall and it certainly proved popular. We got some great feedback from our customers about the features they loved on the bag. We launched our competition to win a Stay Over Rover Holdall so if you have not entered yet please do. All you need to do is subscribe to our newsletter by 20th March for a chance to win.

Our next show will be All About Dogs in Newbury in April where we hope to meet more of our lovely customers, so if you are visiting please make sure you come and say hello.

14 March 2016 12:12 GMT+00:00    Posted By: Rover
02 Mar 2016

The arrival of spring means we will all be making plans to get out and about with our dogs, if that is booking a holiday, having a day trip or just longer more leisurely walks. 

The team at Rover's Kit & Kaboodle  love to spend their spare time going on adventures with their dogs and Bob the head of the testing team is often taking a trip out on his friends boat or travelling by train...............he maybe small but he is certainly an adventurous chap.

With so many outings in his busy social calendar he never goes far without taking his Stay Over Rover Holdall. Here at Rover's Kit & Kaboodle we have reduced the price of the Stay Over Rover Holdall by 20% for this week only and the offer will end on Monday 7th March.

At now only £27.99 it is time to grab yourself one and get packed ready for some adventures with your hound this year.

You can find out more about all the great features the Stay Over Rover has to offer in our promotional video

Another product of interest for those that go out with their dogs is the Safespot Locking lead. This can help improve your dogs safety if you do have the leave them outside a shop or café for a few moments.

With a steel cable-reinforced core, dog owners will have peace-of-mind on those short occasions when they have no choice but to leave your dog unattended. The patented design securely locks the dog to an immovable object or it can be used as a daily walking lead without using the security feature.

Safespot is a fully-adjustable collar and lead in one.

  

  

02 March 2016 10:30 GMT+00:00    Posted By: Rover

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