Puppy exercise guide

Getting a puppy!

Getting a puppy for the first time is a wonderful feeling. You are gaining a family member and it’s a very exciting process. Everyone in your household is filled with joy when you first bring that puppy home. Us lot here at Happy Hounds agree that this should be a very special time. All that said puppies are also a lot of work. We feel that you should get as much knowledge as you possibly can so that you be the best dog owner. One topic we would like to talk about is puppy exercise. Getting a puppy is a big responsibility, there are rules and regulations on how they should behave in society. There is also information that you as dog owners should be aware of.

Puppy exercise

So were going to talk about puppy exercise. How much they should be getting and how important it is to not OVER exercise them. Puppies need much less exercise than fully-grown dogs. If you over-exercise a growing puppy you can overtire it and damage its developing joints, causing early arthritis. A good rule of thumb is a ratio of five minutes exercise per month of age (up to twice a day) until the puppy is fully grown, i.e. 15 minutes (up to twice a day). When three months old, 20 minutes when four months old etc. Once they are fully grown, they can go out for much longer.

It’s important that puppies (when they’ve had their injections) go out every day. In a safe environment to be able to socialise and explore. Having a decent sized garden is great but puppies need variety in their lives. They are highly intelligent animals that need stimulation and lots of exercise (depending on breed). Before letting any dog off lead make sure you know that their re-call is good and that they won’t run off. It’s also good to know that you shouldn’t exercise them on a full stomach as this can cause them to bloat.

The government recommends that we get at least 30 minutes of exercise each day. This is something that everybody can achieve, and go beyond, on a daily walk. Dogs’ exercise needs vary according to the breed that you have but every dog should have at least one walk a day, often two.

Get walking

There are many social benefits for you and your dog. People who go walking with their dogs are often believed to be friendly and approachable by others. Your dog also gets time to have a chase and play with other friendly pooches. At Happy Hounds we believe that socialisation is very important and something that your dogs should be doing on a regular basis. This is great to start when their puppies, so they get used to it from an young age. This is why group walking or day care is a fun and great opportunity for your dog. They will learn socialisation skills and what it’s like to be around other dogs.

For your dog, walking is essential for its long term health and fitness – keeping the muscles strong and supple and ensuring that it doesn’t get overweight. With one third of our pets estimated to be overweight as a result of their owners’ sedentary lifestyles. Walking is an essential part of being a responsible dog owner. When out walking remember to always have poo bags and pick up after your dog. This will make all environments nicer for us to all be in.

Whilst walking your dog, it is important that you are aware of the Countryside Code to keep your pet safe. Protect the environment and show that you are a responsible dog owner. You are obliged by law to ensure your dog wears a collar and an identification tag stating your name and address (Control of Dogs Order 1992). In addition, cleaning up after your dog is one of the key areas of responsibilities for dog owners. Especially when in public spaces. You can face a considerable fine if you do not.

Don’t forget play and sleepy time

Play time is another important part of a puppies life, playing games is another way to teach commands.  Aggression can be fostered if you play tug of war. So make sure you don’t create a competitive environment between you and your puppy. Always remember dogs around children. They are likely to become aroused or frustrated with intense physical play. So ensure children and dogs are never left alone. Only use suitable dog toys that are safe for your puppy.

Sleepy time is also crucial for your pups development, they need a lot of it! They may whine when you first bring them home but it is important to ignore them and let them settle. If you never leave them you will create future separation issues.

Dog underweight issues

Under weight issues

There are many possibilities for why dogs can be underweight, worms, diabetes, disease, bad teeth, and anxiety. The most likely is not getting enough nutrition from their food or by being under fed. Regardless of the cause take any dog underweight issues very seriously. Every time you have an appointment at the vets your dog should always be weighed. Your vet will tell you whether he’s over or underweight and advise you on what you can do to help. There are lots of varied dog food out there that is high in calories or low to help with gaining and losing weight.

At Happy Hounds we sometimes come across dogs that seem to be looking underweight. Now we understand that every breed is different and that age has a lot to do with it. What we have noticed is that some dogs can look skinny when they are between the ages of six months to just over a year. This is very common something we tend to see in Labrador or high energy breeds. Dogs don’t fully develop till the age of two so when we see this it doesn’t massively concern us. We just like to suggest maybe increasing their food, especially if they are dog that charges around and gets lots of exercise.

We will always let you know of any concerns we may have with your dogs. Whenever we give advice it’s coming from a good place, we NEVER mean to offend. We just like to think of ourselves as doggy experts. We like to make our clients aware of any information or guidance that we can give.

What to do:

If you feel your dog is looking underweight the best thing to do is increase their food intake little by little. Don’t over feed them. Of course any major concerns it is always good to ask your vet (they are the experts after all). It’s also good to remember that dogs are not people. Their digestive system and what they should and shouldn’t eat are COMPLETELY different to ours. If you have a fit and healthy life style that is great but it doesn’t mean that your doggy should be on a strict diet to.

Now it’s important to just be aware of how your dog should look. Ribs shouldn’t be visible and the hip bones should not be poking out. (We understand this is different with greyhound breeds). So your dog’s weight and diet is just something to be aware of. Food is very important and I think we forget how much of an effect it has on our lives and our doggies, after all you are what you eat. If you ever have any questions about food or the amount of exercise your dog should be getting never hesitate to get in touch. We’d love to help you and your pooches in any way we can.

 

Cat sitting in Leytonstone

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Welcome to Happy Hounds and Cooler Cats cat sitting in Leytonstone and the surrounding areas. We have been in operation since 1999 and our experienced team of pet carer would love to come and visit your cat(s) or other small pets while you are away. In addition to providing catsitting in Leytonstone, we also cover Wanstead, Leyton, Snaresbrook, Forest gate, Walthamstow, Woodford, Woodford Green and Chingford.

Cat sitting in Leytonstone

Our cat sitting in Leytonstone service means that instead of taking your cats or other small animals to a cattery or kennels we can come and visit them in their own home. Cat’s in particular are very territorial and can find it highly disrupting to be removed from their own surroundings, so cat sitting means they will be much happier and relaxed while you are away.

When we meet you we will discuss your animals feeding regime and try and keep to their usual routine as much as possible. In addition our experienced pet carers can provide basic medication as required and will of course spend some time petting and playing with your pet should they be willing.

We can visit either once or twice a day depending on your cat’s requirements. Generally one visit a day is fine unless your pet needs medication or a little extra attention

Added benefits

In addition to ensuring your cat is well looked after, we can also keep a check on your home while your away as well. This can include basic plant watering, bringing in the post and in the winter turning on the heating to make sure pipes don’t freeze. We can also turn lights on and off and open and close curtains to make your house look lived in, giving you piece of mind. We will also make sure there is fresh milk waiting for you when you return home.

What about my other pets?

In our experience our pet sitting service is not really suitable for dogs as they really miss the company of people. So if you need your dog to be cared for we recommend our dog boarding service where your dog will stay with one of our boarders in a home from home environment. Alternatively if you have several animals you may want to consider our house sitting service where one of our pet carers will stay at your home while you are away giving you total piece of mind.

 

Cat sitting prices

Please see below or our main prices page for prices of other services including dog boarding & house sitting.

Cat sitting - pm visit
£14*
*£20 on public holidays
Cat sitting - morning visit
£12*
*£20 on public holidays
cat sitting - am & pm visit
£24*
*£35 on public holidays (depending on availability)

What next?

If you would like to discuss your requirements or make a booking please give us a call on 020 3743 9247 / 07957 585 175 or use our contact us here and we’ll arrange ti come and see you asap.

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Catsitting in Greenwich

Cat sitting in Greenwich

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Cat sitting in Greenwich

Happy Hounds & Cooler Cats have been offering friendly and reliable cat sitting in Greenwich for over 15 years.

Rather than leaving your feline friend in a cattery let one of our trained pet carers come and visit them in your own home while your away. Notoriously territorial animals, cat’s much prefer being in their own surroundings and by using our cat sitting service you will come home to a much happier and contented animal.

All our pet carers are very experienced and have been CRB checked and trained by us. They will visit you to discuss your cat’s needs and will endeavour to maintain their routine as much as possible. The are able to administer basic medication if required and will of course give your cat plenty of stokes and cuddles should they be willing.

Generally 1 visit per day is fine but should your cat need medication or just a little more TLC they would be happy to visit twice a day.

Keeping your house secure

Another benefit of using our cat sitting service is that our pet carer can make sure your house is secure while your away. We can make it looked lived in by opening and closing curtains and turning lights on and off. In addition we will bring in the post, do basic plant watering and during the winter turn on the heating to make sure your pipes don’t freeze. As a final touch we will always make sure there is a fresh pint of milk waiting for you so you can have that all important tea or coffee when you get home.

We can care for other small animals too

We are happy to look after your other pets while you’re away too. Over the years we have looked after a wide variety of animals including rabbits, gerbils, snakes, lizards, chickens, goats and spiders so whatever type of pet you have let us know, I’m sure we can help.

Experience has taught us however that pet sitting is not really suitable for dogs. They are such sociable animals that they tend to get lonely, so if you need your dog looked after why not consider our dog boarding service, where your dog can stay with one of our lovely boarders in a home from home environment. Alternatively if you have a variety of pets you may want to consider our house sitting service where one of our pet carers will come and stay at your home making sure all your pets are looked after and giving you total piece of mind.

How do I make a booking?

If you are interested in cat sitting in Greenwich or any of our other services please get in touch on 020 3743 9247 / 07957 585 175 or use our contact page and we’ll get straight back to you.

Prices

Prices for cat sitting start at £12.00 per visit with other basic prices below,  but to see all of our prices please take a look at our prices page.

 

Cat sitting - pm visit
£14*
*£20 on public holidays
Cat sitting - morning visit
£12*
*£20 on public holidays
cat sitting - am & pm visit
£24*
*£35 on public holidays (depending on availability)

 

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