Here are some interesting observations and tips about dog behaviour and dog bedding to help you that we have picked up over the years:-
It is thought that up to 1 in 5 dogs has arthritis which causes painful stiffness in joints and muscles. 9 out of 10 dogs will suffer from arthritis, rheumatism, hip dysplasia or other musculoskeletal issues during their lifetime.
Regrettably, unscrupulous and / or misguided breeding practices have resulted in a steady increase of these types of distressing conditions with larger breeds being particularly susceptible.
What are the changes you should look for in your pet?
Fortunately, advances in veterinary medicine and treatment combined with a sound diet and exercise regime and the use of a suitable dog bed and dog bedding to aid restorative sleep can dramatically improve the quality of life for most dogs.
Berkeley Waterproof Dog Bed Mattresses are orthopaedic and help to ensure even weight distribution to alleviate pressure points on sore joints as well as providing insulation from cold, hard surfaces.
For further details visit www.caninearthritis.co.uk
It is virtually impossible to make dog beds and dog bedding that cannot be chewed. Dogs usually chew because they are teething, bored, attention seeking, lacking stimulation or anxious. Occasionally it can just be a habit.
Most dogs will chew when teething – Starting at around 3 months old and growing out of the habit as they mature at 7/8 months +.
Keep all vulnerable or potentially chewable items away from puppies as much as possible during their teething phase.
This calls for vigilance and a short sharp ‘No!’ every time the puppy discovers something that might be tempting. Try to substitute a suitable toy whenever your puppy has an urge to chew.
A natural Chew Deterrent Spray may be a useful tool to deter chewing. It is a totally harmless but unpleasant tasting substance which can be used as a training tool to prevent and deter the chewing of vulnerable / potentially hazardous items.
Try to keep your puppy stimulated and form a routine with him as soon as possible. Inevitably there will be periods when you have to leave him alone. Try to get him tired before you leave him and / or give him something that will keep him occupied. A Kong toy filled with frozen minced beef or tripe or a rawhide chew work well. A radio playing in the background can also sometimes help with separation anxiety.
There is no point in investing in an expensive bed until your puppy has grown out of this teething phase. Our Berkeley Raised Dog Beds can be useful during this period as they are less vulnerable to potential damage by chewing and the covers are easy and economic to replace just in case!
Most dog breeds adapt well to being kept outdoors in a properly constructed kennel with a suitable secure run attached. In many families both partners are at work during at least part of the day and kennelling is becoming an increasingly popular option.
Some key considerations:-
When in a vehicle make sure your dog is suitably restrained so that he cannot distract you whilst you are driving or injure you if you stop quickly.
Your dog should preferably either travel in a suitable dog box or, if travelling in the luggage compartment of an estate car or hatchback, you should fit a secure dog-guard, and the floor should have a non-slip surface.
Providing enough ventilation at all times is essential – both when the vehicle is moving, and even more so when it is not moving – particularly in hot or sunny conditions.
Never leave your dog alone in a vehicle in direct strong sunshine or high temperatures.
Don’t forget to take your Berkeley Waterproof Orthopaedic Dog Bed Mattress so that your dog can travel in comfort and style. If you have a dog box or travelling crate our Non-Slip Polar Fleece Pads or our Vet Bedding are ideal to give a little extra warmth and comfort. Our Raised Dog Beds are great for use when travelling and can quickly and easily be packed away ready for assembly when you arrive or kept in your caravan / mobile home.
Placing one of our Dirt Trapper Mats by your door and another one in front of your Berkeley Dog Bed will really cut down the time you spend mopping and sweeping floors and washing dog bed covers!