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How long can you leave your dog alone in the house?

How long can you leave your dog alone in the house?

People often get on to the topic when getting a dog to consider, how long can I leave them in the house alone? As many of us begin to feel guilty going out to work in the morning having to leave their furry friends.

There isn’t currently an answer to this question from any dog ‘experts’, but it is one of the most commonly asked questions by dog owners.

What we do know about dogs:

  • Dogs are extremely social animals who develop strong attachments to their humans
  • Dogs don’t just tolerate human presence like cats do, they physically seek it out
  • Deprivation of human contact can result in welfare concerns

Lots of dogs get stressed when left alone, with many developing separation anxiety. When left alone, the levels of cortisol (a steroid hormone) in the blood increase, sometimes spiking, the whole time that your dog is left alone. Ideally, dogs should be left alone as little as you possibly can.

According to trainers and vets, the discussion is that around four hours is a comfortable time frame for adult dogs. However, this should only be used as an estimate, it depends entirely on the individual dog itself. Puppies on the other hand are completely different, and should only be left for short periods of time, and never for longer than they can hold their bladder. As for older dogs that are less active, they may be more comfortable being alone for longer periods of time.

Trainers have also said that a dog should be left alone for the least amount of time possible. However, a survey of British dog owners had found that more than a quarter of owners believe it is okay to leave their dog at home for between six and ten hours a day!

Hopefully one day there is a definite answer to this question, but we do know that dogs are sociable and loving animals that benefit greatly from attention.

Benefits of dog treats?

Benefits of dog treats?

Are you looking for natural dog treats to give your furry friend? Look no further, we can recommend some of our favourite treats available in store and online today to help you.

As you all know, treats are a great tool for training your puppies with around 90% of dogs being motivated by food, it just makes sense for it to be an effective reward for them. Alongside this, good nutrition is a priority to your dog living a long and healthy life.

Our Top 5

We source only the best treats for your furbabies, see below for our top 5 treats:

  1. Pooch and Mutt Fresh Breath Treats

These treats are a natural and ethical complimentary treat that don’t contain any salt or sugar and are low-calorie mini baked bones.

They contain parsley which is a source of chlorophyll (a natural deodoriser) and peppermint which not only gives breath a fresh scent, but can also help with aiding digestion.

 

 

  1. Pooch and Mutt Puppy Development Treats

We also offer Pooch and Mutt Puppy Development treats to help with brain growth, aiding puppy memory in turn helping trainability.

The treats contain linseed which is a natural source of omega 3 which is essential for brain growth, as well as showing signs in aiding puppy memory. They also contain chicory which is a natural prebiotic that helps to promote the functioning of the digestive system.

 

  1. Natures Menu Real Meaty Treats

These treats are available in three different flavours, Lamb, Beef and Chicken.

They are made with 95% real meat and are perfect for reward training or even concealing medication.

 

 

  1. Millie’s Paws Naturals 80% Poultry Treats

These treats are 80% poultry and are highly digestible and palatable and are an ideal complementary food for an adult dog.

They are great for good behaviour rewards or a special treat.

 

 

  1. Arden Grange Tasty Liver Treat

This liver treat is a premier liver paste for adult dogs and is perfect for training or for dogs who require encouragement to take any medication.

Simply try squeezing a pea sized amount onto a tablet or mixing with crushed or liquid medications on a dish. You can also add this on to your furbabies chew toys.

There are also no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives and it’s naturally hypoallergenic.

Tips to stop your dog pulling on the lead

Tips to stop your dog pulling on the lead

Are you having problems with your dog pulling when they are on the lead? We are here to give you some tips to help you and your furbabies!

To get your dog to walk nicely on the lead, first you need to teach them that if they don’t pull, they will get where they want to go quicker. It can take time, but the benefits can be very rewarding.

Why not check out the leads and harnesses that we have available on our online store, here!

The tips below will help you get a better understanding to stop your dog pulling on the lead, whether this is attached to a collar, harness or head-collar.

  1. Make sure you’ve got some tasty snacks/treats and get your lead ready. Ask your dog to sit calmly and attach their lead. Reward calm behaviour early on as you want to avoid your dog getting overly excited before heading out for a walk.
  2. If your dog shows signs of being too excited, remove the lead and take it out of sight then walk away. A few minutes later, return and try again. Once you have managed to put on the lead, you can get walking.
  3. Walk slowly and encourage them to walk on a loose lead by rewarding them with food and praising them as much as possible.
  4. If your dog starts to pull ahead of you, come to a stop. You should then entice them back to your side with a treat and when they come back, praise them again. This technique is very simple and uncomplicated – if your dog walks on a loose lead they get well rewarded and get to continue on his journey.
  5. If they pull, the rewards stop, and the walk is delayed. Most dogs learn the opposite of this, which is ‘the harder I pull, the quicker I get to the fun part’.

Please remember this will not be a quick process, your furry friend has learned their pulling technique over a long period of time, meaning they will require lots of help and encouragement to change their habits.

Did you know?

A dog’s natural walking pace is usually twice as fast as the average human’s. As a dog would not naturally choose to walk at such a slow pace, it’s extra important that you reward them generously for something that they find difficult.

We hope this helps you and your dog, you can also check out our blog on finding the perfect fitting harness for your dog here.

 

The best dog food for a healthy diet

The best dog food for a healthy diet

At Millie’s Paws we care about our customers, the human and the furry kind. We only sell food we believe is beneficial to the health of our furry friends. We have now expanded our range of MeatLove foods to include; the Fuel Snack Sausage, Fuel Dry Snacks and the Classic range in Goldener Oktober and Farmer Menu.

We have introduced the Fuel Snack Sausage in a number of different flavours as well as the Fuel Dry Snack to ensure your dog is receiving the right nutrients in their diet. Made from 100% natural ingredients the Fuel range falls into the Paleo diet. The Paleo diet provides your dog with food that is high in protein and “good fats”. They contain high-quality oils and nuts which supplement the supply of unsaturated fatty acids. The Paleo diet will ensure your dog receives all the goodness it needs to live a healthy, happy life.

The MeatLove Classic range have introduced some new flavours, including Goldener Oktober and Farmer Menu, which Millie’s Paws have in-store for you to try. The Classic range is made with high quality ingredients, is completely grain-free with reduced carbohydrates and is refined with herbs and oils.

Visit Millie’s Paws today to discover our fantastic range of MeatLove products and start your dog on the perfect nutritious diet.

Millie’s Paws are moving!

Millie’s Paws are moving!

It’s been so hard keeping it from you all, but we can finally reveal that Millie’s Paws are moving to bigger premises. Don’t worry though as we aren’t moving far, our new store is located right around the corner from our current one, at 9 Fraser Court.

We’ve had a fantastic 2 years in our current store, but we are excited to move to our new, bigger store to ensure we can offer our wonderful Millie’s Paws family even more. We have such great plans and we can’t wait to share it all with you soon. Along with the new store we will also be offering an even better harness fitting service with a dedicated room to ensure we keep your pooch calm during the experience, as well as a free doggy weight check which will help us to offer an even better service when it comes to harness fittings and choosing the correct food for your growing furbaby. We have so much more planned so be sure to keep your eyes peeled for more amazing announcements.

We are currently still operating from the present store as we have a lot of work to do to ensure you receive the perfect Millie’s Paws experience. Don’t forget to come visit us for all your doggy needs.

 

Finding the Perfect Fitting Harness for your Dog!

Finding the Perfect Fitting Harness for your Dog!

Choosing the perfect harness for your dog can be a daunting task, but at Millie’s Paws we’re here to make it easy.

There are so many reasons why you should choose a harness over a collar, the main one being to prevent choking for your dog. If your dog is prone to pulling, then you definitely need to consider a harness. Traditional collars tend to choke when your dog pulls on it whereas a harness will distribute the weight evenly across the chest.

When buying a harness for your dog, you need to ensure it fits correctly. If you put an ill-fitting harness onto a dog, you run the risk of the animal slipping out of the harness if it’s too big. If too small, it may put pressure on the dog’s neck instead of distributing it over their chest area, ultimately resulting in injury.

 

How to find the perfect fitting harness

To ensure you get the best fitting harness you need to measure different areas of your dog.

  • Chest: Measure around the body of the dog with a tape measure. You should be starting at the bottom and widest part of the rib cage and going up and over the back, and then back down to where you started.
  • Neck: Wrap the tape around the thickest part of your dog’s neck and take that measurement. It should be the part right on top of the shoulders, not where the collar would usually be worn, which is narrower.
  • Weight: While chest and neck measurements are the most accurate ways to fit a dog, many harness companies use weight to guide sizing.

*Tip: If you’re having trouble getting your furbaby on the scale, weigh yourself first, then pick up your pooch and weigh the two of you together. The difference will be the weight of your dog.

As size guides may change from brand to brand, for virtually any harness, the sizing instructions will be situated on the back of the box or in the online product description. The size ranges will usually overlap, therefore if your dog’s measurements fit two sizes for both the neck and chest it is usually better to opt for the larger size.

 

Choosing the right harness

As well as ensuring you pick the correct fitting harness you need to make sure you pick the right type of harness, over-head or step-in.

Over-Head Harnesses

The over-head harness usually contains a variety of adjustable straps, including the ones that fit around the dog’s neck. Simply pull the harness over your dog’s head and fasten the belly straps to the shoulder straps.

 

Step-in Harnesses

As stated in the name, your dog just simply steps into this harness and straps fit around the top and bottom of the front legs. The clips are then pulled up and over the shoulders and usually fasten with a clasp.

Once the harness is on, whichever type, tighten the straps to ensure it fits snugly. To ensure the harness fits correctly it can be checked by placing two fingers between the dog and the harness. If more than two fit here, it’s too loose. If you can’t fit them, it’s too tight. This is a rule to follow on all harness types.

 

Signs of a poor fitting harness

If you’re still unsure whether your dog’s harness fits correctly there are some signs to look out for;

  • Dog can wiggle free
  • Chafing around the harness area
  • Losing fur around harness area
  • Dog strongly resisting walking
  • Back piece of harness rotating to sides

 

If you’re still unsure about measuring your dog and picking the right harness yourself, visit us in-store with your dog and our wonderful team at Millie’s Paws will be delighted to carry out the harness fitting for you.

Millie’s Paws Show Schedule

Millie’s Paws Show Schedule

At Millie’s Paws we are always out and about attending shows, to ensure you never miss a show we have put together our schedule from now until September. Come visit us for all your Millie’s Paws goodies.

July

  • Saturday 14thof July – Echt Show
  • Saturday 21st& Sunday 22nd of July – New Deer Show

August

  • Saturday 4th August – ASCO Family Fun Day
  • Sunday 12th& Monday 13th of August – Keith Show

September

  • Saturday 8th& Sunday 9th of September – Milton of Crathes Flyball Event
  • Saturday 22nd, Sunday 23rd& Monday 24th of September – PATS Telford (trade show)
Best Pet Care Business at Scotland’s Business Awards

Best Pet Care Business at Scotland’s Business Awards

Here at Millie’s Paws HQ we are extremely proud and grateful to all our loyal customers for voting and helping us to win the award for Best Pet Care Business in Scotland.

With so many great businesses in this category we couldn’t be happier to have won. We are still in shock and trying to process everything, we really didn’t think our little store in Rothienorman could get this far in such a short period of time. We couldn’t have achieved what we have if it wasn’t for our amazingly loyal customers; our Millie’s Paws family.

At Millie’s Paws our aim is, and will always be, for the health and wellbeing of your furry family members. We will continue to provide you with the best service and products that we can offer. We have a huge passion for animals, dogs in particular of course, and will continue to work hard for both you and your furbabies.

In just over two and a half years Millie’s Paws has come a long way with our latest adventure happening very soon. Keep your eyes peeled for our exciting announcement.

For all you amazing customers who are a little far from our store, don’t forget that our online shop is now available for both click & collect and delivery.

Woofmas 2017 Delivery and Opening Hours Information

Woofmas 2017 Delivery and Opening Hours Information

Not long now until Santa Paws arrives!! Hope you have all been good doggies this year! Please note our Woofmas final delivery dates and opening hours for the upcoming holiday period.

Woofmas 2017 Delivery Schedule:

Royal Mail Recommended Signed For Service (Parcels under 2kg)

Wednesday 20th December – 2nd Class and Royal Mail Signed For®

Thursday 21st December – 1st Class and Royal Mail Signed For®

Hermes Courier (Parcels over 2kg)

Thursday 14th December

Festive Period Opening Hours and Ordering:

Open until 17:00 on 24th December, reopening at 09:00 on 27th December.

Online orders placed after 12pm 24 December – Processed on 27th December

Open until 17:00 on 31st December, reopening at 09:00 on 2nd January.

Online orders placed after 12pm 30 December – Processed on 4th January

We would like to wish all of our customers, family and friends a very Merry Woofmas and a Happy New Year.

Thank you for your support during this busy and successful year and we look forward to helping you and your furbabies in 2018.

Shop Refurbishments and New Store Unit

Shop Refurbishments and New Store Unit

Exciting times ahead for us here at Millie’s Paws.  We have managed to secure a second retail unit (46 Fraser Ct) to use for stock holding.  We are currently fitting this out since it was just a shell.

Main shop refurbishment will start on Monday 20th February which will provide us with a better layout for displaying lots more stock! Unfortunately we will be unable to take card payments during the main shop refurbishment however we can still take cash payments or you can order and collect via our website.

Here are some photos to show the progress of the stock unit.

                          

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