Our Dog Walk Essentials

I never thought I’d be a girl who has a specific bag for dog walking but here we are. When walking two dogs you want to be as hands-free as possible and because female clothing rarely has pockets unless I’m wearing my Barbour it’s rare I’ve got enough space for everything I need and to be hands-free. For my birthday I had one request for a gift and that was a dog walking bag from Redhound For Dogs and here are more details on the bag itself and everything we generally use day to day!

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Why We Chose To Work With A 1-2-1 Dog Trainer

Dog training is something that for a long time was a sore subject in our household. We’d taken Josie to our local training dog programme when she was 9 months old and got through the bronze training top of the class but then when we moved onto the silver we left halfway through after being told that we loved our dog too much for her to learn anymore. Which is a statement I simply do not accept, not wanting to use harsh forms of punishment doesn’t mean you can’t train your dog. After feeling at a loss with the same issues again and again we finally decided it was time to get in touch with a one on one trainer and see what we could do as I knew that Josie was nowhere near a lost cause but she’s not always the easiest to get through to. So this is our experience of finding a trainer and why it’s been such a good thing for us and our relationship with Josie.

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4 Of Our Favourite Small Businesses To Shop From

We’d only had Josie a week when I realised that when it came to her collar and coat I was undoubtedly going to have purchase something online as the selection for hounds in our local pet shops is absolutely abysmal and still is. And whilst shopping online has its drawbacks something that having a long-necked and oddly shaped dog has given me is the chance to support small businesses and that is something I try and do whenever I can. Over the past couple of years, I’ve certainly developed my favourites so just in case you’re in need of doing some shopping for your odd but beautiful dog these are our favourite places to shop.

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The Recall Diaries #1

After a lengthy chat about recall over on our Instagram page it felt like it was the right time to start a new segment over on this blog…The Recall Diaries. I’ve written about recall before (read that post here) but after noticing a pattern of Josie forgetting everything she knew about recall on a certain field it was time to go back to basics as well as reach out to see if any other fellow sighthound owners who had any pearls of wisdom. And like always my Instagram messages was flooded with not only people who shared the same struggle but had great advice and this is everything that we not only do right now but the things we’re currently implanting to improve recall.

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Why Two Hounds Is Better Than One (For Us)

When Josie was the only hound in our lives I always looked at dog owners who had two or more and wondered if life was easier or twice as hard. We’d only had her a few months when I felt like another dog might be a good idea for our household, the decision came to fruition solely based on Josie’s personality. I saw how much she thrived amongst the company of other dogs. Not only did she seem to learn far more from them than she did from us but she needed someone to run around with. Rarely do we meet a dog who can seriously keep up with her and frankly, I think her speed ruffles a lot of dog owners feathers so she needed a companion. After looking after another hound and seeing how good Josie was with another dog in the house and how willing she was to share her things it cemented the idea in my mind. A few weeks later up popped an advert for a little blue whippet puppy needing a new home and the rest is history.

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The Story Of Edie & Her Sensitive Tummy

Some of you may be aware that the only type of chicken (or any poultry for that matter) Edie can have a little nibble on is that of a plush kind. At the end of the summer, we finally found out why Edie always had a bad tummy as well as a number of other issues she struggled with. And it’s been a tough change to handle but now we’re finally on top of it so I thought it was about time I sat and wrote this post just incase there is anyone else struggling with a poorly puppy as it was incredibly stressful and upsetting. As always though, this is just our experience and if you have a poorly pup please do make an appointment to see your vet.

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The Shivering Whippet Essentials

Happy New Year! It’s been a while since I’ve put together a post over on this side of From Roses so do excuse my absence. Now we’re in the depths of winter, although naturally when it comes to writing this post it’s a good 10 degrees outside. However, we’ve had some seriously chilly days which only means one thing for my little long girls…jumper time. It took me a while to find outerwear that was not only whippet friendly but served its purpose as there is nothing worse than wrangling a whippet into something only for it to come off seconds later. As Josie and Edie are hounds that love to adventure and get dirty they put their clothes through the wringer and here is all the best outerwear we use weekly.

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