What is an assistance dog?

Almost everyone will be familiar with seeing the signs on shops and other public places which say Guide Dogs welcome but you may have noticed that increasing these are being replaced by those stating Assistance Dogs welcome. So what is an Assistance Dog, what do they do and how do you recognise them. Assistance dogs tend to fall into one of 3…

Why attend dog training?

Getting a new puppy is always an exciting time but a recent report from the PDSA found that 60% of dogs do not attend a dog training class within their first 6 months of life, meaning that over 5 million dogs are missing out on of benefits of an early education. So why should you seek out a suitable training class and…

World Blood Donor Day

The 14th of June each year sees the World Health Organisation’s World Blood Donor Day which this year has the theme ‘Blood Connects us all’ and with the need for blood donors being at an all-time high we are being encouraged to visit local centres to make a donation. However did you know there is also a blood bank to help pets…

Gear Guide: 7 Summer essentials

Yes, summer is upon us once again. Long days, plenty of time to get out there and enjoy life to the full. Here’s our list of the top items that we recommend to enhance your enjoyment of walking or running with your dog across our glorious mountains and valleys. Swamp Cooler Dog Jacket by Ruffwear Dogs don’t sweat. They often overheat in…

Alternative to leaving your dog at home

Here at K9active we are very lucky to be able to bring our canine companions into work with us during the day. However in their 2015 PDSA Animal Welfare (PAW) report the PDSA discovered that some 2.3 million dogs are left alone for 5 or more hours on a weekday, that’s 25% of UK dogs. Further to that they discovered that 28%…

Planet Dog In Focus

With their fantastic range of toys and other products there are many reasons to love the manufacturer Planet Dog. K9active recently had the opportunity to find out more about the inspiration behind this eco-friendly company and hear about their waste-free manufacturing processes. What does your brand stand for? At Planet Dog we are an eco-friendly company and we have 5 core values…

Get dog-fit for spring

Some time ago we featured a blog by Rhona Warnock warning about “weekend warrior syndrome”. I was reminded of her piece when I started to think about getting out for some long walks with my dogs after seeing the first glimmers of Spring recently after what seems like a very long and wet winter. Rhona talked about the risks of suddenly partaking…

Pets prevent child obesity

As I dog owner I enjoy nothing more than a walk with my dogs but recently my attention was caught by a headline in The Telegraph which said that owning a pet improves children’s health with a drop in levels of obesity being just one of several benefits. So is there any evidence to suggest that owning a pet can help your…