Dog Photography Competition 2018! 

Our 2018 dog photography competition has now opened!! To take part and enter the competition. We are looking for a great picture of your dog or dogs playing or working in the countryside to capture the landscape. The theme for this years competition is ‘Paws enjoying the countryside’.

Enter & Share To Win!

To be in with a chance to win a brand new Danish Design dog bed please follow the below rules

  1. Send your entry photos via e-mail to [email protected] marked ‘comp2018’ in the subject box with a short description about the picture
  2. To be officially entered into the competition all participants are requested to ‘share’ the competition Facebook post by clicking on the share button here.

All entries must be in by the 19th Feb 2018! Where all the entries will be verified and checked and the pictures that best meet this years theme will be shortlisted. Secondly the Paws Plus One team will then take a judge and take a vote as per each picture to select a winner. The winner will then be contacted in regards their prize.  You can see below last year’s winner.

Paws Plus One

2017 Winner

Tips for photographing your dog

All dog owners love to take photos of their dogs, but often that special moment has gone before you have your camera ready!! Pet photography is not easy and the following tips may help to get that favourite shot.

Don’t be taken by surprise and plan. Take someone with you to provide distraction with plenty of treats and toys. You will need someone to engage play and get your dog into position without him being aware of what is going on! Try and keep the photo as natural as possible.

If you want a head shot, use the zoom on your camera which will allow you to move further away, but still capture a close up image. If you are just photographing head and shoulders make sure the eyes are clearly in focus. The eyes should be position two thirds to the top of the frame to create a balanced photo.

It is a good technique to  photograph your dog outside using natural light. A classic rule to remember is to always have the sun behind you which will protect the lens from flare. When photographing dark haired dogs, having the sun shine on the dog helps to lift shadows and bring out the shine and colour variations in the coat. However, the typical English weather is usually cloudy but this, actually, is the best condition for photography. Photographers call cloudy days nature’s soft box, so don’t be dismayed if your planned day is overcast.

If you are using a flash indoors, one problem can be ‘green eye’, similar to the ‘red eye’ effect in people. Animals tend to show a greenish-yellow tinge to the eyes which is the light bouncing off the back of the retina. Strangely green eye appears more noticeable in older dogs. To reduce getting the ‘green eye’, one option would be to avoid using the flash and raise the ISO setting if you have this facility on your camera. Select a higher setting when the light quality is poor and a lower setting when it is good. However, most image software programmes on computers have the ability to remove ‘red eye’ and adjust the colours.

Taking photo’s in warmer weather can get your dog hot and excitable and consequently they will pant with the tongue hanging out. Sometimes this will give the dog a happy expression and ‘smile’ but some dogs have very long tongues which can become the focal point of the photo! Get the dog to focus and close his mouth by creating distraction; try using a squeaky toy behind your back. If the dog is interested he will close his mouth.

A good tip is to try to be as creative as possible and get colour in your shots. Use nature – wild flowers, even dandelions are colourful! Use props such as wooden garden furniture, pots and ornaments. If you are photographing indoors using a sofa or armchair, cover the seat with material to highlight the dog’s coat colouring. A black backdrop will help draw attention to the dog’s expression. Red will give a sense of authority to the shot and is a particularly good colour for Dobermanns, Rottweilers and German Shepherds.

On many digital cameras you can select either the shutter speed or aperture as the priority facility. You will need to experiment with these functions. A faster shutter speed will freeze any movement in your photograph whilst a slower speed will blur a moving object. Using a faster shutter speed will create great shots of your dog in mid air catching a ball or jumping.

Patience is a virtue and to get the best photo’s you will need endless patience. But keep practicing and you will be rewarded with an album of great memories of your much loved dog.

For more help with amateur pet photography click here

Good Luck!!

Choosing the perfect dog bed for your dog

There are many things to consider when choosing a dog bed for your dog:

· Is your dog destructive?

· Is your dog elderly and/or have health issues?

· Do you have a large, medium or small dog?

· Does he like to stretch out or curl up?

· Does your dog overheat or feel the cold?

Obviously you have to consider the size of your dog, but also his personality. Many dogs will chew up anything fluffy and some are very aggressive bed makers and scratch. This behaviour can mean dogs need new beds quite often and you may wonder why they do it. Bed making is instinctive and is inherited behaviour that still exists in domestic dogs. For our dogs ancestors, scratching, trampling and moving the sleeping area around would have moved stones, sticks and leaves to make the bed more comfortable. Just as we plump our pillows and duvet to make our bed more comfortable. Dogs also have glands in their paws that leaves a distinctive odour when they scratch so bed scratching could also be territory marking behaviour. You may see a tatty blanket or bed, but your dog will see and smell a perfect place to call his own.

Find a bed to suit the size of your dog and also how he likes to sleep. A bed that is too big may make your dog feel insecure and could also be a bit draughty! The donut or nest bed is a good style for a dog that likes to stretch out but prefers to have a ‘pillow’ to rest his head. The Beco donut bed supplied by Paws Plus One is tough and durable, washable and also eco friendly being made up of recycled products. This is an extremely comfortable dog bed and a firm favourite with our family Springer Spaniel.

The traditional raised sided dog bed is ideal for dogs that like to curl up. The raised sides give support and the bed can be shaped square or round. You can find a traditional style bed in many sizes to suit all dog breeds, but for a dog larger than a Labrador a mattress type bed would probably suit better to give room to stretch out.

Paws Plus One has a selection of mattress beds including waterproof mats for use in the car or for working dogs and those dogs who regularly come home wet and muddy.

Smaller dogs and toy breeds are more likely to feel the cold and would appreciate warmer bedding and blankets. To make it extra special, personalised blankets are available through Paws Plus One website. All dogs like warmth and these blankets are good quality, lovely soft easy care fleece. They would make an ideal present for christmas or a doggy birthday!

If you have working dogs or dogs that live outside in kennels, the raised dog bed is ideal to keep them off the cold floor. They are also a great idea for camping or caravaning holidays too as they are easy to assemble and pack away. They come in all sizes to accommodate larger dogs as well and are sturdy and well made and can be washed down. The raised bed is recommended and used by our working cocker spaniel.

If you have an elderly dog or a dog that suffers from arthritis, to ease those aches and pains and stiff joints, a memory foam mattress would really help. Or if you really want the very best for your dog, try an orthopeadic mattress. Much like our human beds the Paws Plus One orthopaedic dog bed contains many individual pocket springs, housed in fabric pockets, all working independently of each other. This means that support is offered from the edge to the very centre of the mattress.

The pocket springs in this dog bed allow your dog to either curl up or stretch out with ease and helps to provide an ideal balance of joint support, even weight distribution, insulation and cushioning.

Whichever you choose, make sure you keep your dog’s bedding clean and remove any beds that get chewed and have holes where your dog can get the stuffing out. Many dogs have had vet visits to remove intestinal blockages due to eating non food items.

If you require any help or assistance in choosing the best dog bed please do not hesitate to contact us

Top Dog Bed Reviews – Quality Dog Beds

The dog’s on the bed again! Does that sound familiar? All dog’s need their own space, but they do like comfort and who can blame them! Having a dog in the bed is not everyone’s cup of tea. There are many reports on the pros and cons of having a dog sleep in the bedroom from given health benefits to it promoting bad dog behaviour.

At Paws Plus One we think all dogs need a good comfy bed to call their own instead of a dog in a bed! We have set out to provide a good selection of beds for dogs of all shapes, size and lifestyle. Getting the right bed is not an exact science. Watch your dog’s body language and how he settles for his night sleep. A review of all our dog beds may help your decision when looking for a new dog bed.

Your dog travels a lot in the car?

Having your dog in the car does mean lots of mud and dirt, especially in the winter months. Our new boot bed is the answer. It transforms your car boot into a purpose made special place for your dog. The bumper protector, attached by Velcro, stops the paint scratches and is easily removed. The bed has cushioned protection all around to keep your dog secure and comfortable with enough space to stretch out without rolling around. A tough waterproof outer, it just needs a wipe down with a damp cloth to keep clean. When not needed in the car, the bed can be used outside for kennels or indoors. It would be a great dog bed for camping and caravanning. Especially useful for the working dog.

Have a big dog who likes to stretch out?

Larger breeds tend to prefer mattresses because they can lounge and stretch out. Paws Plus One has a great range of mattresses. We love the Beco range as all their products are produced with the planet in mind. All Beco products are made from recycled products and the stuffing for the Beco mattress was made from used plastic bottles! As a bonus it is also an hypoallergenic bed made from cotton and hemp. A very sturdy, deep and soft mattress. The large size would suit a Labrador size dog. If you have an older dog or one that suffers from arthritis or injury, a memory foam mattress or an orthopaedic mattress may be the best option to give good support with comfort. Paws Plus One has both memory foam and orthopaedic beds in stock. Our orthopaedic mattress is a top of the range bed which is made with pocket springing just the same as a human bed. It gives superb support and will last for years. Our memory foam mattress is very popular. It is made with human grade memory foam. Has soft moisture wicking removable washable covers and a good selection of sizes to suit most breeds. Two large ones put together would easily accommodate a Great Dane!

In addition Paws Plus One has a good selection of mats and mattresses in some great designs to suit all home decors. One of our favourites is the Newton range Box Duvet. It is such a stylish design in great country colours and a really good sturdy and comfortable bed.

Comfortable snuggled dog beds

You have a new puppy?

Look no further for a great puppy first bed. This innovative design has thought about everything. The removable inner ring allows the bed to ‘grow’ with the pup so it will last longer. Supportive and cosy soft to snuggle into. Thereis a pocket at the bottom of the bed which will take a heat pad. A great idea to keep the pup warm when missing mum. Heat pads can be bought from most chemists, or you could use a small hot water bottle. In addition to that, there is a pocket at the side of the bed. This could be used to store a favourite toy. If the pup is particularly unsettled a good idea is to put in a ticking clock or something similar which could mimic the sound of mum’s heart beat! Your puppy is bound to love his first bed.

Your dog prefers to curl up and sleep?

Some dogs prefer to be supported in a circular or rectangular bed. Even bigger dogs sometimes prefer the traditional bed. The Slumber dog couch comes in an Extra Large size that would easily accommodate a larger breed such as GSD or Retriever. The Deluxe Slumber or Snuggle beds are really sumptuously padded and very supportive for great dog zzzzzzzzzzzzz’s for the smaller dog. The Beco Donut bed is a very popular bed for dogs that like to have a pillow. It is cleverly designed to give good support, but the donut design also provides a slumber pad for the head. As with all Beco products it is produced using recycled items. We like practicality, so all our beds are fully washable.

You want a dog bed that looks good in the house?

Look no further PP1 has the perfect hand made solid oak dog bed that has a 5 year guarantee. It is a stylish piece of furniture which is 100% fit for purpose. Couple up with one of our mattresses and you have the ideal dog couch that will compliment your chaise lounge! We have a size to fit most breeds. If necessary it could be made to measure to make sure you get just the right fit for your dog and your living room. The perfect dog sofa bed which will keep him off your sofa!


You need a bed that is waterproof and tough for working dogs?

PP1 has a great new heavy duty, waterproof range. Manufactured with a hard wearing, waterproof fabric, this range is just the job for working dogs and dogs that enjoy a lot of outdoor activities. The Country range is tough and muddy paws just wipe away. Deep duvet mattresses and cage mattresses are available in this range which are great for use in the car and at home. For working dogs that are kennelled, or for use in the garden we have a great raised dog bed with a waterproof wipe clean base. The sturdy steel frame is strong and supportive. The bed is off the floor away from damp floor and draughts . Great day bed which could easily be folded up and taken in the car or caravan. The car boot bed is also a useful, versatile item for a working dog. It can be transferred from the car to use outside or indoors and is fully waterproof and tough.

Your dog chews the bed?

No dog bed is indestructible. If your dog is young or just loves to chew, the best option is to go for a tougher working dog bed that will last longer than the softer type. A plastic bed could be the answer. Luxury deep filled quilted mattresses that are specially made to fit oval plastic beds are available in various designs.

If you have any questions about or need any assistance in choosing the correct dog bed please do not hesitate to contact us at Paws Plus One

Tips for a great new dog year

A new year, a new you and a new year for your dog! This is the best time of year to take stock of your own and your dog’s health and wellbeing for the months ahead.

As the new year begins work off the Christmas excesses with extra exercise. One of the benefits of owning a dog is that it encourages you to get out in the countryside. Your dog is always ready for extra exercise which will keep him mentally and physically stimulated. Change your dog walking route and experience new places to walk your dog and treat him to new wee-mails and other new ‘smells’. Perhaps join a dog walking group or even cani-cross if you feel fit enough. Cani-cross is a great way to exercise with your dog. The owner wears a waist belt which is attached to a 2 mtr bungee line to a padded dog harness. You can start with power walking and working up to running with your dog, with the dog running ahead. If you fancy something different, check it out here to find a local club. /

For something a little less energetic there is Wag and Tone which is agility exercises to music for both dog and owner. Take a look at the Wag and Tone here. There are Ebooks and also DVD’s to use at home.

As well as increasing the exercise, it’s a good time to give your dog a health check. Take him to the vets for a quick check over and to be weighed. Are his/her jabs and worming up to date? If he/she needs to slim down a bit, consider diet. Over the winter months he/she has probably not burnt off so many calories so may need to cut down a bit. Check teeth and ears and make sure to keep his coat well groomed to keep the fur from getting matted and muddied up. Treat him to a new year shampoo and groom.

May be the new year is also time to treat him to a new dog bed.

Dog beds on average, should be replaced at least once a year. Some may not last that long, especially if your dog loves to chew. One type of bed you may like to consider is a memory foam dog bed or dog mattress. A memory foam dog bed is a particularly good investment for an older dog or for a dog suffering from arthritis and joint problems or recovering from surgery. Or if you just want to spoil him and give him the best bed available. A memory foam bed can offer comfort and support for all dogs, especially the larger breeds and those a little on the portly side. Memory foam beds will respond to your dog’s body temperature to keep them cooler and more comfortable. PP1 can offer a great memory foam mattress which your dog will love you for.

A happy and healthy new dog year everyone!
Finding the best reputable breeder and puppy

You have done your research and decided on a breed. The next big step is to find a reputable breeder. The best way is to find a  reputable and registered breeder is with the Kennel Club Assured Breeder Scheme here.  Being a part of this scheme makes sure all the correct guidelines are followed and that puppies are happy, healthy, vaccinated and wormed and socialisation has already started before leaving the litter for their new home.

Don’t be put off if you find a breeder that has been rearing his puppies in a kennel or barn outside. It does not mean they have been neglected. Most good reputable breeders will keep the mum and her litter indoors for the first couple of weeks and then transfer them to a safe area outside where they will have more space to romp around. As long as they receive plenty of socialising and they are kept in a clean environment, the puppies will be perfectly well raised. You will find that most gun dog breeders always keep their puppies and dogs kennelled outside. However, if pups whether kept indoors or outside, are shut away and only getting basic care, they will not be ideal puppies to buy as they will not have had any essential socialisation and life experiences.

It is unfortunate that there are so many shady so called ‘breeders’ and back street dealings with puppies. There are some that will buy in puppies to sell on and the ‘mother’ dog you may be shown has nothing to do with them. Always ask to see the puppies with the mother while they are very young and see how they interact. This will also give you a good indication of how they will look as adults. Whilst some bitches will be quite happy for you to have interaction with their pups, up to 5 weeks old the mother will be very protective of her young and some may not be very happy to have visitors around. Some can get quite distressed or even snappy and if that is the case and the pups have to be separated for your visit, this does not mean the bitch has a bad temperament as some of the sweetest bitches can get very protective whilst pups are so young. If the breeder does show the pups and mother to you separately and then when you have left the litter, allows the mum to rejoin her pups so you can see she is the real mother, you can be assured that this is a good breeder who is considerate of the mum’s needs as well as yours. Don’t expect to see the father with the puppies as they are often separated from the litter as most usually the bitch will not want any adult dog near her young.

Choosing the puppy

When looking at a litter, a well socialised litter of pups will come bounding up to check you out and bounce around. If you are looking for a bold dog, the first one to approach you may be the one for you. But bold dogs don’t always fit with everyone and you will need the pup to fit in with the family. There may be one pup that will stay a little longer to interact with you on its own and often this is the one that has chosen you and the one you should go home with.

The pup who is sitting apart from the rest of the litter and observing you from a distance, may not be as shy as it appears. Often these are the more intelligent pups and maybe a good fit for someone that is looking for a close one to one bond and able to spend time to develop it. This pup may not be good for a big noisy family. The shy type or ‘thinkers’ can be demanding to train, but still make good dogs, so don’t dismiss this one if you can manage a clever dog.

However, a pup that runs and cowers and appears nervous of human contact, could be a difficult one to raise and perhaps better avoided unless you are up for a challenge and a skilled dog handler.

The saying goes ‘never choose the last pup’, but don’t worry, process of elimination means there will always be one left! That doesn’t mean it’s a bad choice, it just may not have been the right colour, temperament or whatever, for the other families. If you like the last pup and it likes you, don’t be put off because the other pups have gone first.

Good breeders spend a lot of time with their puppies and get to know each one well, so sometimes they will direct you towards a pup they think will fit well with your family.

For the first few weeks or until your pup has had all it’s vaccinations and the all clear from the vet to start the big experience outside, all you will need as a start is a crate, a nice comfy bed and blanket and a simple collar and lead. Don’t forget the toys, pups love to play and training can start straight away through playing and teaching them to sit, stay and fetch.

Most of all, enjoy your puppy, show him everything in the big wide outdoors – good socialisation is the key. They grow up so fast and it is such a fun time and the basis for a good all round happy adult dog.

If you require any other support or assistance in choosing your next puppy please contact us

What makes the best dog bed for your dog?

There may be a clue in how your dog likes to sleep.  Dogs can sleep in the strangest of places and positions and observing how they settle for their zzzz’s may be the best way to help decide on the best bed for them.

Have you noticed your dog circling before he lies down to sleep and scratching at his bed or blanket? Charles Darwin said this behaviour in domestic dogs was a perfect example of vestigial behaviour, which is an inherited action that persists even after it has become useless or irrelevant!  Wolves and wild dogs, still to this day, will bed down in the same way which serves to flatten out sticks and leaves and also rid the ‘bed’ of any bugs and unwanted sleeping companions.  It also gives out an obvious sign that this territory is taken, so keep away from my bed! As they say, old habits die hard!

A dog that is settling down for sleep will often circle and curl up, which suggests that this dog would love a nest bed with high sides for support and a padded comfortable cushion middle.

How a dog sleeps!

Dog’s can however lie and sleep in the most strange positions and many like to lie on their backs undignified with legs in the air – which seems to be a typical pose for a Spaniel or Jack RussellWhat is the best dog bed!!

Larger dogs may feel happier to lounge on their sides, legs stretched out.  A mattress or large cushioned mat may be the best choice for this type of sleeper.  Mattresses can be fully sprung just like your own, memory foam, or softly padded for a smaller dog.  This type of bed will allow them to stretch out comfortably.  Older dogs may be better suited to a memory foam bed which is supportive but soft for arthritic joints

Dogs do love sleeping off the floor, so a raised dog bed would be a good idea for those who are always on the sofa!  Raised beds are easy care and waterproof and these are especially good for working dogs who live outside to keep them off the cold and damp floor which may lead to rheumatoid and arthritic conditions.

If you what a more stylish dog bed, there are many bespoke wooden handmade quality bed options.  Paws Plus One is proud to be able to offer a luxury handmade dog bed compatible with dog mattress which will look good in your home and last for years.

Paws Plus One has a good selection of dog beds to suit all sleeping positions.  If you are interested in the handmade bed, please contact us for more details and prices.

About Labrador

The Labrador Retriever can trace its roots to the 1800’s in the St John’s region of Newfoundland in Canada where it was known as the Small Water Dog and worked with the fishermen off the Newfoundland coast swimming the fishing nets to shore so the fishermen could haul them in. Trade in salted cod brought the breed to Dorset, England where local landowners started to refine the breed for use as gun dogs and today, the Labrador is still a very valuable working gun dog and also in other occupations as an assistance dog, sniffer dog, search and rescue and of course guide dog. In fact the Labrador is so adaptable, it can be put to work and play at most things on land and water!

Labrador Types

The Labrador is a muscular, athletic dog, deep chested with well boned forelegs. They have gentle brown eyes and a short haired coat in colours, yellow, chocolate, black and fox red.

It has become one of the world’s most popular breeds due mainly to its loyalty, and family friendly, affable personality. It is also a very intelligent breed and responds well to training. However, it loves food and can become obese if his food intake is not monitored and is given plenty of exercise and mental stimulation.

Some may remember the film ‘Marley and Me’ which was a story of a Labrador puppy and his influence on his human family. Marley was played by a lab named Jonah who totally stole the show from his co-stars Jennifer Aniston and Owen Wilson. Such is the charm and cuteness of Labrador puppies who have been so sought after by photographers over the years.

Labs are very people orientated and most become much loved family pets, but the breed is also a traditional gun dog for retrieving. Introduction to gun dog retrieve training can take place very early in the puppy’s development. It is important to develop a good bond between puppy and owner and spend lots of time together. It is not always best to take two puppies from the same litter as often they are so used to being together they become too focused on each other. To help with the bonding, It is a good idea to have the same person feed the puppy even in a family environment. Make him sit before you put the food down so he soon gets to know that he has to work for his food and that if he sits he will get fed or a treat.

Balls are a great way to start introducing retrieving. Puppies love chasing balls and you can start this in the early weeks with rolling balls for them to bring back to you. At this age, it is instinctive for them to come back to you at the sound of your voice. You can then move on to hiding the ball so he has to use his nose to scent it out. Hiding lots of balls in one go is a good scent training game. These simple games are a good basis for more serious training as he gets older.

Many gun dogs are kennelled outside, although puppies should be indoors initially for at least a few weeks. The decision to keep indoors or out is purely personal and it is perfectly possible to have a well trained gun dog living with a family, especially as a gun dog will probably only work for 5 months of the year during the shooting season. For a kennelled dog it is important to keep his bed off the ground away from the damp so a raised dog bed is a good investment.

There are two key types of labrador and the english bred Labrador is a favourite chosen Gun Dog for more information on Labradors click here. If you would like some more help in choosing a dog or working dog please do not hesitate to contact us.


About Terriers & How to look after Terriers

Apart from the Dachshund, most Terriers originated from Great Britain and the name derives from the Latin ‘terra’ meaning earth. Little is known of them before 1560 when a renowned British writer Dr John Caius described them as “snappy and quarrelsome little dogs”. At that time there were only short legged Terriers used for going to ground by putting them down foxes and badger holes. These dogs had rough coats, erect ears and a sprightly temperament.

No other working dog was a more efficient killing machine than these little terriers. They were bred to be tough, tenacious and totally fearless and these attributes remain today which probably explains why terriers are better at overcoming serious illness than any other breed.

The terrier story is not for the faint hearted as in the 19th century, short legged terriers were carried in saddlebags and would accompany foxhounds when hunting. When the hounds had cornered the fox, they would be released to inflict the last moments. They were competent in keeping farm buildings free of vermin and were also used in dog fighting sports. The bull baiting terriers were originally large mastiff type dogs, but were inter bred with terriers to increase aggression.

The types of Terrier dogs and today’s terrier breeds are still high spirited, feisty, bold dogs and often have little tolerance for other animals including other dogs. However, they are popular breeds and do make good pets, although probably not for a family dog with young children. They are unique playful characters, make great watchdogs and are loyal defenders of their realm. However, they do require an owner with determination to match the terrier personality.

With the exception of the Dachshund and Bull Terrier breeds who have smooth short haired coats, most terriers have wiry coats that require to be hand stripped to maintain the characteristic appearance. This video shows how to hand strip and although it may look a little harsh, it is not painful at all for the dog.

The short coated terrier needs little grooming and a quick brush with a bristle brush is probably all that is needed.

Terriers are notorious diggers and chewers. Make sure they have plenty of hard wearing toys or your furniture may suffer! Ideal toys to keep them mentally stimulated as well are the activity toys you can stuff with food. Other toys on the market are those that use recycled water bottles to create fun and interesting noise.

Some terriers and in particular the Bull Terrier, can be prone to bed sores, so their bed needs to be soft and supportive. A well padded dog bed with supporting sides would be ideal or a memory foam dog mattress, if your dog favours stretching out.

There are many but some of the popular Terrier breeds are:

* Airedale Terrier – Tough, hardy and faithful, but stubborn
* Lakeland Terrier – Fearless, nimble and single minded. Needs a patient owner.
* Border Terrier – uncomplicated and genuine terrier little altered from its original form. Amenable personality, a good family dog. Assertive handling needed.
* Yorkshire Terrier – Very popular breed, lots of energy and thinks it’s a giant. Can be tenacious and stubborn.
* Irish Terrier- mainly now a companion dog, but could be put through field trials and lure coursing. Elegant and a good family dog although can be boisterous.
* Norfolk Terrier – Good natured, robust companion dog. A good guard dog who is happy in either town or countryside.
* Norwich Terrier – One of the smaller breeds, bossy and believes in its own importance. A good family companion and would get on with older children. Easier to train than most terriers and loves rigorous exercise.
* Cairn Terrier – small in size, fairly easy to train than most terriers. Equally at home in town or country. Good companion dog.
* West Highland White – One of the most popular breeds. Excitable and loves attention and needs regular exercise.
* Bedlington Terrier – Very distinctive breed. Needs a lot of mental and physical stimulation or could be destructive

For more information on types of Terrier dogs how to look after Terriers a helpful guide can be found here We are always willing to help in choosing your next dog, please don’t hesitate to contact us

Looking after old dogs

Dogs are for life and that can mean you have them in the family for up to 15 years. If you cannot give a dog that commitment, then you should think hard about getting one.

Dogs are great pets and with the right handling they will give you unconditional loyalty and companionship. However, they are not young and active for ever and every stage of your dog’s life should be cherished.

A Senior dog is considered to be about 8 years old. Many older dogs at Rescue Centres are overlooked for adoption for younger more active dogs, but older dogs can also make very loving and rewarding pets. They have also grown out of the silly and mad adolescent stage and unless they have been abused, have often had some basic training and are house trained. Many older dogs still have plenty of energy and love countryside walks and playtime and exercise is critical in keeping your dog mentally and physically in good shape even when they are older.

Middle age spread affects us all even our dogs, so keep an eye on your dog’s weight as your dog gets older. The ideal is to be able to feel the ribs but not see them and does your dog have a waist? By that we mean does the body taper after the rib cage. Older dogs tend to get slower and exercise decreases so they will not need so much high energy carbs in their diet. If you dog is beginning to look a bit chubby, try changing his food to a lower calorie type. Keeping your dog at a healthy weight as they age is an important factor in preventing health problems in old age. Regularly check their teeth and consult your vet if there is any sign of dental decay.

Older dogs are often prone to arthritis so its important to keep them warm with dog blankets and to have a comfortable bed or mattress. A good orthopaedic dog mattress may be considered an expensive luxury, but it will last a long time and also give your dog all the support it needs to ease joint stiffness. Paws Plus One can supply a great mattress that is based on a human design and the pocket springs in this dog bed allow your dog to either curl up or stretch out with ease and helps to provide an ideal balance of joint support, even weight distribution, insulation and cushioning.

Older dogs with arthritis and dogs with injury may also benefit from the use of a magnetic dog mat which can be put in their bed or over a mattress. The Paws Plus One magnetic mat is made from the superior quality, close knit, thick and warm thermal Warmwick knitted fabric, with rare earth Neodymium magnets for magnetic therapy whilst sleeping.

It is recommended that Senior dogs have a vet check every six months. Many diseases and health problems can be treated if caught early enough.

If we take care to keep our senior dogs healthy, they can remain active and happy up to 15 and 16 years of age. Senior dogs tend to be mellow and calmer and a joy to have as part of the family. Enjoy and love your dog through each stage of its life.

You can use the dog age calculator below to find out how old your dog would be in human years!