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What is happening?


My friend tagged me with a ☹️ on Facebook which took me to this article found on thekennelclub.org.uk. According to this article, “The Scottish Terrier, more famously known as The Scottie dog and as the face of famous brands such as Radley, has entered the Kennel Club’s list of dog breeds ‘At Watch’ because they number fewer than 450 annual puppy registrations. The breed, chosen as one of the iconic Monopoly counter pieces, has declined by 38 percent in the last five years and only 438 dogs were registered with the Kennel Club in 2018, according to new registration statistics released by the dog welfare organization. More native British breeds, than ever before, are at risk as their popularity declines in the face of ever-increasing demands for new breeds such as the French Bulldog.” Read about it here to see the inspiration behind the Kennel Club’s #savebritishdogbreeds campaign.  From what I can see, there is an increasing demand for crossbred dogs.  I love every dog, but I don’t like the way “breeders” are starting to, for example, cross different breeds with a poodle and then sell it as hypoallergenic, low maintenance or easily trained etc. I understand why people go for them, as they are super cute when they are small, but so are little Scotties, Lakelands and Welshies.

🐶 Has it got to do with temperament?  Yes, terriers are more independent, more challenging and can be a bit feisty with other dogs, but I wouldn’t say it’s a rule. It’s evident in the salon that the crossbreeds can also be nervous, difficult to handle, scared of noises and snappy.  

Regardless of your dogs breed, every owner should put in the effort with training and socialization when it comes to their dog.  This allows for easier handling and for your dog to get used to new noises, sounds, situations and people.  Some dogs need more work than others just as some people need more work than others. Just as we are all different… so are our dogs. 

  🐶 Is it coat care?  The British native terrier breeds like The Scottie, Lakeland, Welsh Terrier, Irish terrier and Glen Of Imaal, all have a harsh coat which should be hand stripped.  Hand stripping is a very laborious task and therefore more expensive than clipping.  On the other hand, they do brush easier and don’t matt as easily as the cross breeds.  Terriers still look very good if they are clipped.  Yes, the coat gets softer and the colour is paler, but if clipped properly it can look great.   Hand stripping stimulation is very beneficial as well.  In this case, we use a Coat King to remove the undercoat and some of the top coat and then clip the rest.  I use this technique on my own Scottie, Mr. Tank, and he looks very smart.  I use it every time I bath him and his coat stays a good colour and texture. My dogs are a pretty good mixture of all the styles.  Tinker Bell (Lakey) is clipped, but so hairy at the moment that she looks like a teddy bear.  Her mum, Adele, has a hand stripped body while the rest is clipped (a very popular style with pet terriers). Richard, the Airedale, is fully hand stripped, as we are showing him, and my Welshies Rosie and Jazmine are clipped too.  Thanks to their breeding line and the coat kind they keep a fantastic colour.
🐶 Is it the sharp expression?  Well… that can be changed. Some of the terrier breeders and owners won’t agree with me but even when it comes to a terrier we can be flexible with styles and have some fun 😬.  In the end, it is only hair… it will grow back and the style can be changed again. 


What made you choose the breed you have? 
Jitka xx


Let’s go walking!


Do you like walkies? Then, let’s celebrate! Walking dogs is a big part of my daily routine and takes up a big chunk of my time, but considering that we, my dogs as well as my boarding dogs and I love it, it’s so worth it! I recently found out that Walking the Dog Day is celebrated on February 22, 2019. How cool is that? Seems to me that there’s a day for every activity! I think dog walking is one of the greatest forms of exercise, and very addictive too.

My addiction to dog walking started when I was 13 years old and I got my first dog, a Miniature Schnauzer called Ajo. We spent a lot of time together walking and training. We were completely inseparable. I would get up early to take him out and run back home from school to squeeze in another walk with him.

We particularly loved our evening walks… just him, my mum and I walking around the block slowly, talking endlessly. These memories are amongst my most special and I’m sure this little dog contributed to the wonderful relationship my mum and I still have. These evening walks used to take at least half an hour or sometimes even longer. It wasn’t our pace that determined this but the amount of sniffing Ajo did. Back then it was ok to walk a dog off the lead and because he was so well trained we didn’t have to worry about him crossing the road or running away.

For a dog, walking is not just a form of exercise but also an opportunity to explore the world… kind of like reading the papers I guess. Sniffing provides a lot of mental stimulation and adds to the fun J. Next time you walk your dog, pause, relax and let him sniff as much as he wants to (apart from fox poo… there is no need to explore that!)

With your first dog, you try to do everything by the books. Back then we probably only had one or two books about dogs and they were like bibles to me. Some stuff is still relevant and some isn’t. Times have changed and with more and more studies being done on dogs, we now know more about their diet, behaviour and exercise than ever before.

Back in those days I also didn’t realise that puppies only need 5 minutes of exercise per month of age, up to twice a day (according to the UK Kennel Club). So, for example, a 3-month-old puppy will need 15 minutes of exercise up to twice a day, a 4-month-old 20 minutes and so on. Did you know that?

Regardless of your dog’s age they all enjoy exploring new areas and they just love the change of scenery. New sights, new sounds, and new smells make walking exciting not just for them but for us too! If you are looking for new places to explore go have a look at Kelly & her lovely dog Elsa’s blog https://www.pawsacrossbritain.co.uk/ . They explore all the dog-friendly places in the UK that you can go to.

For some people dog walking is not only part of their daily routine, but it’s also their profession. Becoming a dog walker is the ideal job for anyone who loves caring for dogs and loves being active and spending time outdoors. Dog walking allows people to work independently, have flexible working hours and be surrounded by what they love most… dogs! There is however, as with any profession, necessary skills to learn and responsibilities to understand, therefore the dog walking profession should be taken seriously as it comes with similar responsibilities to those of child-care.

Did you know that dog walkers are now able to get their City & Guilds Level 2 Certificate of Technical Competence in Dog Walking through Vita Canis? During the course candidates will gain the practical skills and knowledge that is necessary when becoming a dog walker. If this is something you’re interested in or if you know someone that is, please have a look at our website where you will find all the information you need about this course. You know your vet is qualified…but is your dog walker?

Whatever the weather is up to, go and take your dog out, stroll around, relax, inhale, exhale and enjoy.

Jitka xx

P.S. Please don’t forget to donate to Vita Canis Style To Rescue . Every little bit is seen and appreciated and makes such a huge difference to these special dogs. Thank you so much!

Sharing the love…

Happy Valentine’s, Pawlentine’s or Palentine’s Day, whichever version of this day you’re celebrating!  Perhaps you prefer not to celebrate any of them and that’s ok too.
 
I hadn’t heard of Valentine’s Day ‘til the late ’80s and even then it didn’t feel like a special day.  Perhaps I wasn’t (and still am not) a very romantic person.  I also don’t really like the pressure of having to buy something for my loved one just because the calendar says I should.  I prefer small gestures throughout the year without any particular reason, so for example, buying special chocolates here and there, eating out or a little break away together…
 
However, special occasion dates are important for a small business, so I, therefore, can’t ignore the 14thFebruary ❤! 
 
If you would like to treat your special one, don’t forget you still have time to use our 20% discount with coupon ‘PAWLENTINE’. Valid until midnight tonight, plus your fur-friend will receive a special surprise. You can pop over to the SHOP HERE
 
If you do decide to celebrate this day, and it’s just you and your dog/s, there are still lots of things you can do together.
 
Enjoy a Nice Meal Together
 
My dogs and I can’t really share our food 😋, as they’re on a raw diet and I am vegan!
 
They do however happily eat whatever I offer them. My young Airedale, Richard, is a fussy and picky eater, although I think he’s just too busy to eat.  All I need to do to encourage him to eat is add broccoli to his food.  
 
There are still a few things we can share, so I’m making them a special treat which is a slice of apple with peanut butter and a slice of banana on the top.  It’s sweet, special and full of goodness and love.
 
Go On a Trip Together
 
I think this would be the best overall prezzie for my dogs. Taking them for nice long walk’s to new places. Unfortunately, I can’t do it today, but the weekend is only a few sleeps away and then we’ll go and explore some fun new places.
 
Watch a Film Together
 
This could be a tricky one in our house.  We once tried to watch ‘Isle of Dogs’ and Richard wouldn’t stop barking.  We can’t watch anything with him where dogs are moving or barking as he gets very excited.  He looks for them behind the TV, door or the window and just can’t understand where they are.  It’s really quite funny to watch.
 
Donate to a Good Cause in Your Dog’s Name
 
I think your dog/s would love this gesture! Love is caring and sharing, and it makes everybody feel good. If you’d like to support rescue dogs you don’t have to go far 😁! The end of April is approaching and Vita Canis Style to Rescue is coming with it! We would gratefully appreciate every little bit of help and every small gesture or donation will go a long way towards helping the rescues.  Simply click the button below if you would like to donate:
 
DONATE TO VITA CANIS STYLE TO RESCUE
Buy New Toys
 
For me, this would mean a trip to IKEA to get more rats, pigs, rabbits and balls.  My dog’s just love IKEA toys!  I like them too as they last a very long time, are washable and dry quickly.  They also don’t squeak so my terriors don’t ‘kill’ them in seconds!  Another great gift is Crocs but they are more expensive so I leave those for Christmas 😅.
 
With all these ideas, what are you going to do today? Or do you have any special things you like to do to show your appreciation for your fur-friend?

Jitka xx
 

There’s no place like home…


Going on holiday is wonderful but coming back home is too. I just love getting back to my dogs and seeing them all excited. They jump all over each other and bring me their toys… apart from Rosie. She just casually wags her tail, as if to say “Ok, I see you, you’re back, no biggie”. She’ll then just casually walk around watching the other dogs go crazy. Perhaps she’s thinking “Traitors… I told them to keep their cool and distance when she got back so that she feels guilty for leaving us”. I then look at her and the guilt creeps in followed by a lot of apologizing and cuddling. This lasts for about 5-10 min then she’ll literally start shouting at me as if to say, “how dare you leave me/us (mainly me obviously) AGAIN!”. After she’s gotten that off her chest we are just fine. If I offer her a treat the whole process speeds up, and I’m forgiven much faster. She makes me laugh. I’m going to see my family at end of February but I haven’t told her yet…

Rosie the poser

Returning home is always nice… back to normal, back to my work I love and back to my routines. The problem is that after being totally relaxed for two weeks the reality can hit really hard and it isn’t long until we feel like we haven’t had a holiday at all. Usually a few drops of peppermint and geranium essential oil helps us to deal with the shock.

Peppermint essential oil can help with headaches and migraines, fatigue, muscle pain and joint pain. All these can occur as part of jet lag. Peppermint is brilliant if you have problems concentrating or have mental fatigue. It prevents congestion of blood supply to the brain, helps clear up any circulatory congestion that’s in the body and calms the nerves.

A cold compress of peppermint oil applied to the forehead and temples can also help relieve headaches. All you need is a clean cloth, for example, a flannel or handkerchief, 200 ml of cold water (you can even add some ice cubes) and 4-5 drops of peppermint essential oil. Stir the water, dip the cloth in and then wring it out well to prevent dripping. Apply the cold cloth to your forehead and temples. Once you feel the cooling effect is gone, repeat the process.

The wonderfully smelling geranium essential oil has excellent regulating effects on the nervous system and helps relieve stress, nervous tension, depression, headaches and anxiety. Geranium can also help with fluctuating hormones and can be used to relieve premenstrual tension and menopause. Inhaling leafy-rosy smelling geranium calms the mind and eases frustration and irritability. Try it next time you feel tense.

Jitka xx

What People Say...

When we got home from the hospital with our new arrival it was clear that Perri, one of our miniature poodles, maternal instincts kicked in and went into overdrive. She was immediately acting like a mother separated from her pups and just wanted to care for the ‘naked puppy’. She has a history of being so motherly, even to the point that she has produced milk for puppies that aren’t hers even before she had a litter and has mothered every type of animal she could. She was panting, pacing and unable to relax for long at all. She could whine for England!

We tried other herbal remedies we had at hand for a previous anxious dog and nothing worked at all. She stopped eating and stressed herself into overheating too. Her stress was starting to impact the other dogs and she just couldn’t unwind. No matter if we worked off her energy with a walk and she wasn’t even interested in her usual mind games or call games. We also couldn’t offer long-lasting treats and chews too often as they gave her an upset stomach.

As soon as the Calming Floral Spray arrived I gave the bed a spritz and put some on her coat and the change was instant. She just got on her bed and fell asleep. She stopped panting and barely whines now, started eating again and she only does a bit of whining if the baby cries. We have now been able to positively reinforce her calm behaviour. I honestly can’t recommend this enough to people.
Natalie Griffiths