5 MINUTE HOMEMADE COCONUT DOG SHAMPOO RECIPE!


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Homemade Coconut Oil Dog Shampoo

I’m all about coconut oil and homemade dog shampoo at the moment, which may sound like a weird combination but coconut oil has some really great benefits for dogs, and hey, homemade dog shampoo is just generally a cheaper alternative to store bought shampoo and has way fewer nasties inside!

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10 TIMES YOUR LOVE FOR YOUR DOG WAS HURTING THEM

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If you have found your way to this blog, chances are that you are an engaged dog owner who truly loves and cares for their furry companion. This post is absolutely not designed to pick at the faults and failures of everyday dog owners, but rather to bring to attention some of the trends that often occur among those who genuinely love their dogs, but perhaps don’t realise that at times, certain types of love and affection can actually be damaging to their furry friends.

So take a look at this list, and consider how it may or may not apply to you, and don’t feel bad if you (like me!) are guilty of some of these points, self-reflection is the first step to a happy home with happy hounds!

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Trend in Focus: Country Chic

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Who doesn’t love the imagery of running the hounds on a glourious country estate? Well, I know I do, and my issue with online shopping has led me to put together a little list of my favourite pieces and/or wishlist (for anyone feeling genourous), that will assist in at least pretending I’m surrounded by beautiful English Forests and everything green.

Oh, and please be sure to link me to the products you’re lusting after in the comments!

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The Dark Side of a Sunny Day (10 Tips for Heatstroke Prevention)

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Everyone loves a bit of sunshine on their daily dog walks, right? We all know we need to care for our skin and stay hydrated in Summer  (slip! slop! slap! as they say in Aus), but what about our dogs? How much do you really know about protecting your little friend from the terrible effects of heatstroke?

As a winter baby, I must admit I will be glad to see the cooler weather and cloudy skies roll over Australia, but even in the Autumn months here, the sun and heat can be pretty intense – great for your tan, but not so much for your dogs.

So this week we will be taking a look at some tips and tricks for keeping your pups cool and sunsafe in the warmer months. Make sure to check out the list and let us know whether there are any further points you think we should add!

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Review: Slo-bowl by Kyjen

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Check out my review of the Slo-Bowl by Kyjen HERE!


 

The Slo-Bowl is great little product I’ve been trying out for the last 2 weeks to try to get my Cocker Spaniel to remember to breathe in between giant gulps of food. Her speed eating is chronic so I thought I’d finally give this product a try to I’m so happy with the results! The bowl has some great benefits and has really helped slow down her eating, so I put together a review and demo video to showcase just how effective it is! To see the video comparison of the Slo-Bowl vs a regular dog bowl, check out the full review!

No Bake Treats – The lazy way to love your dog!

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This week I discovered the miracle that is the Kyjen Slo-Bowl, and Kong toys for keeping my super greedy spaniel from (quiet literally) breathing in her food. Later on this week I will be writing up a full review of the bowl in particular, because it is just the best thing ever, but right now I wanted to show you these great little treats I made to put inside the Kong. She absolutely loves them!

My orginal intention was to bake some little biscuits, but then I remembered that I’m really lazy when it comes to cooking, so I tweaked the recipie and made these Banana and Peanut Butter No Bake Treats instead, and they turned out so well!

3 ingredients, 5 mins prep time, and practically zero washing up – heck yes. Check it out!

Curing Dog Anxiety – from “Insecure-Agressive” to the perfect socialite

 

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My dogs are amazing. They are excellent around children, well behaved on the lead, always recptive to commands and very respectful towards strange dogs. However, all of these shining good manners didn’t come without some seriously hard work.

With Peppa especially, tthe Cocker Spaniel, I have had to put in a great deal of effort and training to correct bad habits I unknowingly allowed to develop while she was young. All of these bad habits eventually grew into an insecurity and anxiety towards strange dogs. Before her training, she would greet a dog perfectly fine, and then all of a sudden change her mind and snap at them. Or worse still, charge straight at them without provocation.

Peppa is not an agressive case, she doesn’t have a mean bone in her body. What she did have, however, is a serious crisis of confidence. It took me a long time to work out what exactly was triggering her antisocial behaviour, and even longer to cure it. But finally, we did it, and I couldn’t be more proud.

So this week I wanted to write a post on my experiences, in the hope that anyone going through a similar senario could use it as a starting point to guide their future research/training. I have written up a full post here. Broken down into sections so you can skip ahead anything you don’t feel is relevent. Please let me know if you have experienced anything similar, and comment with what you did to combat it. Hopefully we can add to the conversation on dog anxiety, and help improve the socialisation of all our dogs!

SUPER Moiturising Rosemary Water + Oats Homemade Dog Shampoo

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Our little Jack Russel, J.R. (thanks for the dorky name, dad!) has always suffered from itchy, dry skin, while at the same time having a very oily coat (go figure). The main issue is that his skin agitates him, so I decided to put together a super moisturising dog shampoo which would hopefully help to soothe it for him, and I think it turned out pretty well!

J.R. hasn’t been scratching half as much since I bathed him with this shampoo, and the vinegar included has really nutrilised his usually strong ‘dog’ smell. However, if your dog has normal to oily skin and fur, I probably would go easy on the moisturising elements (rosemary water and coconut oil) as using it on Peppa (our spaniel with normal, long fur) made her fur appear slightly greesy with all the extra moisture, though this has subsided in the days after washing.

If you’d like to give it a go, I have loaded up all the ingredients and directions here. Let us know how it goes in the comments, and if you have any suggested improvements to the formula!

Favourtie Esty Finds! March 2015

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One of my favourite places to find inspiration and collectable trinkets is Etsy. I’m a long time lover of the site, and there are some truly fantastic pieces of work to be found there.

After spending a little too much time trawling the pages and pages of amazing products, I thought I’d share a quick round up of favourite pet related finds this month!

  1. Handmade Collars by Zaley Designs
    Don’t even get me started on how much love I have for these collars, they are so pretty! My personal favourites are the Black and Gold Chevron, the Mint and Gold (a little bit Gatsby, I think), and the Houndstooth. (Pardon the Gold theme, obviously I’m attracted to shiny things…)

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  1. Geometric Dog Beds These Geometric Dog Pillows by Fillydog

Fillydog prove that a dog bed doesn’t have to be an eyesore, always hidden out of sight when visitors come knocking. The beautiful patterns and colours give me cushion envy!

  1. Hand Painted Pocket Pug by MosMea

There is some serious skill on display here. All the items in MosMea’s shop have been hand painted and then transformed into ultra-cute pillows and broaches. The pocket pug is of the broach variety, and very near broke my heart with adorability!

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  1. Bowties by Jalina Colón

Anyone who knows me knows I love a dog in a bowtie, and Jalina Colón sells some pretty spiffy ones! Check out her store or learn how to make your own with this nifty tutorial.

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  1. Paw Protector & Snout Smoother by Natural Dog Company

I haven’t personally used this product, but it seems (and looks!) like a really neat remedy for dogs with irritated skin, not to mention the hoards of positive feedback from past customers!

  1. “Oh Shit, I’m Lost” Dog Tags by Sprout1World

I lost my shit (and choked on my tea a bit) when I first saw this hilarious dog tag! I couldn’t help but get a flash back to the look of horror that invariably crosses my Cocker Spaniel’s face when she thinks we’ve left her behind on a free run – the ultimate “Oh, Shit.” moment.

So there you have it! Let me know in the comments if you love any of these products as much as I do, and be sure to link me to you your personal faves!