Best Dog Proof Flooring: Top Solutions for Pet-Friendly Homes

Dog proof flooring

As dog owners, we know the joy and companionship that comes with having a canine campadre. However, maintaining a beautiful home with pets can be challenging, especially when it comes to choosing the right flooring. At Floors for Paws, we specialize in providing the best dog proof flooring that caters to the needs of both you and your pets. In this blog, we’ll explore the top flooring options that are durable, easy to clean, and comfortable for your beloved dogs.

Vinyl Flooring

Durable and Easy to Clean – vinyl flooring is one of the most popular choices for dog owners, and for good reason. It’s incredibly durable and can withstand the wear and tear of pet claws. Vinyl is also water-resistant, making it an excellent choice for homes with pets that may have occasional accidents which makes cleaning a breeze, allowing you to keep your floors looking good with minimal maintenance.

Key benefits of vinyl flooring:

– Water-resistant

– Scratch-resistant

– Easy to clean

– Comfortable underfoot

Laminate Flooring

Affordable and Resilient – laminate flooring offers a great balance between affordability and durability. It’s designed to mimic the appearance of hardwood while providing a tougher surface that can handle pet traffic. Laminate is also resistant to scratches and stains, but it is not aways a practical option for households with pets as water spills and dog pee can get underneath the surface and cause warping.

Key benefits of laminate flooring:

– Scratch-resistant

– Stain-resistant

– Affordable

– Variety of styles

Engineered Hardwood Flooring

Elegant and Durable – for those who love the look of hardwood but need something more resilient, engineered hardwood flooring is an excellent choice. It’s made up of a solid wood veneer over a plywood base, providing both beauty and durability. Engineered hardwood is more resistant to moisture and temperature changes compared to traditional hardwood, making it a better option for pet owners. That said, it can be prone to scratches from dog claws.

Key benefits of engineered hardwood flooring:

– Beautiful hardwood appearance

– More moisture-resistant than solid hardwood

– Durable

– Variety of finishes

Tile Flooring

Ultimate Durability – tile flooring is known for its incredible durability and resistance to scratches and stains, making it an ideal choice for homes with pets. Ceramic and porcelain tiles are especially tough and can handle the heaviest of foot (and paw) traffic. Tile is also easy to clean and maintain, which is a significant advantage for pet owners. However, it can often be slippery and hard on dogs’ joints.

Key benefits of tile flooring:

– Highly durable

– Scratch-resistant

– Water-resistant

– Easy to clean

Cork Flooring

Eco-Friendly and Comfortable – cork flooring is an eco-friendly option that offers unique benefits for pet owners. It’s naturally hypoallergenic and antimicrobial, which helps to reduce allergens and bacteria in your home. Cork is also soft and comfortable underfoot, providing a cushioned surface for your pets to walk and lie on. Additionally, cork flooring is resistant to scratches but can be difficult to keep clean.

Key benefits of cork flooring:

– Hypoallergenic and antimicrobial

– Comfortable and soft

– Scratch-resistant

– Eco-friendly

Floors for Paws – the world’s best flooring for dogs

At Floors for Paws, as dog owners and dog lovers, we understand the unique challenges of maintaining a beautiful home with pets. That’s why we’ve researched and curated the best flooring solutions designed specifically for dog owners. Our ranges are hypo-allergenic, easy to clean, slip-resistant, anti-stain, waterproof, and comfortable.

For the ultimate in dog proof flooring, explore our PawSafe Domestic Range, endorsed by Dr. Hannah Capon. Our flooring options ensure that both you and your furry friends can enjoy a stylish and pet-friendly home.

Key benefits of the Pawsafe Domestic range

– Vet endorsed

– Water-resistant

– Non-slip

– Scratch-resistant

– Easy to clean

– Comfortable underfoot

– Hypoallergenic and antimicrobial

– Durable

– Dog proof

For more information on our products and to browse our selection, click here to explore our PawSafe Domestic Range.

If you want the best flooring for your dogs, simply call us today on 01522 300218 to find out more, or  drop us an email to info@floorsforpaws.com

What is LVT flooring? A complete explanation

dogs on luxury vinyl flooring

LVT flooring is a hardwearing, low maintenance flooring and here, we discuss why we believe LVT flooring is the best flooring for dogs.

What is LVT flooring?

Short for Luxury Vinyl Tiles, LVT flooring is a luxury vinyl flooring product manufactured from several layers of PVC that are bonded together. At Floors for Paws, our LVT flooring is available in a choice of realistic looking natural wood- or stone-effect finishes.

Is LVT better than laminate?

Laminate flooring is supplied in plank form with the planks comprising layers of pressed wood pulp with a plastic top layer. As LVT is made from a plastic composite, it is a much more flexible flooring option with a softer surface. LVT is also much more durable than laminate and, because of this, manufacturers are able to offer longer guarantees. At Floors for Paws, when our LVT is fitted by one of our approved suppliers, it comes with a 30-year domestic guarantee.

What is the lifespan of LVT flooring?

At Floors for Paws, our LVT range has an expected lifespan of 30 years (hence the guarantee we are able to offer). Its multi-layer construction with surface ‘wear’ layer means our luxury vinyl range will stand the test of time and of course knowing how to clean vinyl floors correctly will also help to prolong its lifespan.

What rooms is LVT flooring suitable for?

Its excellent durability coupled with stylish and stunning good looks, makes LVT flooring suitable for any room in your home. As it is completely waterproof (read Best waterproof flooring for pets), it is particularly suitable for bathrooms and kitchens and it will also withstand heavy foot traffic, making it ideal for hallways and entrance halls. For living or dining rooms where a traditional herringbone effect is preferred, wood-effect luxury vinyl planks are perfect.

The benefits of LVT flooring to pet owners

In addition to its durability, water resistance and low maintenance, LVT flooring really is the best flooring for dogs. Offering the good looks of a real wood or stone floor, luxury vinyl flooring has none of the disadvantages. It has a non-slip, textured surface layer to help young and old dogs alike to maintain their balance plus an additional comfort layer and a fleece backing. Designed especially with your pets in mind, the range has been endorsed by CAM (Canine Arthritis Management).

LVT flooring from Floors for Paws

At Floors for Paws, our luxury vinyl range is offered in a choice of 8 wood-effect vinyl planks, ideal for creating a traditional herringbone design, and 6 stone-effect tiles ideal for replicating a ceramic floor. We understand the choice can be overwhelming, so why not choose up to three free samples (or more for a small charge) to help you decide?

Once you’ve received your samples, ordering couldn’t be easier! Simply follow the four easy steps in How to order and we’ll do the rest. For any other questions, our friendly team can be contacted by email at info@floorsforpaws.com or over the phone on 01522 300218.

Vinyl or laminate flooring for dogs

Happy dog on Floors for paws

Our latest article examines the similarities and differences between vinyl flooring and laminate flooring.

Your choice of flooring in your home will probably be decided upon after you have considered many types of flooring. However as dog owners, it is important to choose a flooring solution that not only satisfies us but is also kind to our dogs. With this in mind, we are going to compare vinyl flooring to laminate flooring.

What is the difference between laminate and vinyl flooring?

There are similarities and differences between the two in several areas, including how they are made (and what from), what they look like, their durability and their water resistance, amongst other things.

What are vinyl and laminate floors made from?

Laminate floors are made from layers fused together through a lamination process, around a central core of HDF (high density fibreboard made of compressed fibres of recovered wood). There is usually a photographic layer that forms the visual appearance of the laminate and a durable protective top layer. Vinyl floors are constructed from synthetic PVC which is heated and pressed into thin layers.

What vinyl and laminate flooring looks like

Laminate flooring is a wood effect flooring, with the laminate boards recreating the look of solid wood floor boards. Vinyl flooring offers a wider choice of aesthetic, supplied in wood- and stone-effect finishes as well as a herringbone or plank finish, vinyl flooring offers homeowners much more choice and versatility.

Durability of vinyl and laminate flooring

Both laminate and vinyl flooring offer good durability, thanks to their hardwearing and protective surfaces. While laminate is more prone to scratch damage than vinyl, vinyl can become dented unless protected against heavy furniture with specialist coasters or floor protectors.

How waterproof are laminate and vinyl floors?

While laminate is water resistant, its wood content prevents it from being waterproof, while vinyl flooring is completely waterproof thanks to its PVC composition.

From the homeowner’s point of view, laminate and vinyl flooring are pretty much neck and neck. But what about from the pet owner’s point of view – which is better for dogs?

Best dog friendly flooring

Dogs of all ages, but particular young puppies and older, arthritic dogs, need a flooring that will help them to feel safe and secure and reduce their risk of slipping. Comfort is also a big consideration – older joints will feel sore when laying on hard solid wood, laminate or ceramic tiled floors and while carpet is comfortable, it is not the dog pee proof flooring that owners need.

Pet-friendly flooring from Floors For Paws

At Floors For Paws, our vinyl flooring offers pet owners that extra something and has been developed in conjunction with CAM (Canine Arthritis Management) to be kinder to dogs than laminate. Unlike laminate and other types of vinyl flooring, our Pawsafe Domestic range and our luxury vinyl range, (both available in plank or tile options) feature a textured, anti-slip surface layer, and have the highest slip rating of any vinyl plank flooring in today’s market. They also have an extra-soft comfort layer that provides better cushioning.

To see for yourself, why not order up to three free samples today, or get in touch with our friendly sales team to see how our flooring can help your dogs. Call us on  01522 300218 or send us an email to info@floorsforpaws.com

Flooring for older dogs

Senior bassett hound on Floors for paws

The needs of an older dog are different to that of a puppy – here we look at the best flooring for older dogs.

Difficulties facing older dogs

Just as an elderly human has difficulties brought about through old age, so do our four legged friends. The most prevalent of these challenges are:

Arthritis in senior dogs

Osteoarthritis is a degenerative disease that affects the joints. The connective cartilage will degenerate through loss of lubrication, resulting in bones rubbing against each other causing swelling and pain. Signs to look out for include reduced activity or reluctance to play, difficulty in getting up after a period of rest, lameness, hesitation in climbing stairs or onto furniture, and audible signs of pain such as whimpering.

Age-related incontinence

As a dog ages, bladder muscles weaken causing loss of bladder control and, while this is seen in dogs, it is more widely seen in bitches who have birthed a litter. A decline in cognitive function in older age can also mean that fundamental skills are forgotten, such as house training. Look for wet patches on bedding, skin irritation, dribbling urine and dampness at the back end.

Kidney issues

As kidneys age, they suffer loss of function, which can manifest in loss of bladder control and incontinence, and vomiting.

Ligament and disc deterioration

Ageing ligaments are susceptible to tearing and if a cruciate ligament tears in the knee, an older dog will experience stability problems. If two knees are affected, for example in the back legs, serious weakness will occur leading to lameness and falls.

How pet owners can help older dogs

In addition to ensuring older dogs are checked regularly by a vet, the main way a pet owner can make life easier in the home is by managing floor surfaces that the dog comes into contact with, choosing a pet-friendly flooring option wherever possible.

Features of pet-friendly flooring from Floors For Paws

At Floors For Paws, our Pawsafe Domestic range is pet-friendly and pet owner friendly, offering the following benefits:

  • Dog owners will love the durability of our luxury vinyl flooring; hardwearing and scratch resistant, it will withstand age-related toilet mishaps, while being low maintenance and easy to clean. It is available in a choice of plank sizes and a herringbone design option, allowing owners to maintain an attractive aesthetic in their home.
  • Older dogs (and puppies!) will love the cushion comfort layer of our Pawsafe Domestic range that is gentle on ageing joints, and they will appreciate the anti-slip wear layer that will help prevent sliding and falls. Endorsed by CAM (Canine Arthritis Management), the flooring also features a textured surface layer to allow pets to move on it with confidence.

If you would like to discuss new flooring that will help your elderly dogs in their later life, our dog-mad team is on hand to help! Simply call us on 01937 830948 or email us at info@floorsforpaws.com Or, if you would like to try before you buy, why not order up to three free samples (or more for an extra charge) to see for yourself.

A complete guide to the best waterproof flooring for pets

Dog in bath with bubbles

We look at flooring options for pet owners and examine the best waterproof flooring on the market.

When you’re a pet owner, whether you have a puppy still toilet training or an older dog with age related incontinence, liquid accidents are an inevitable part of life. Add in to the mix muddy post-walk paws or bath time and it’s easy to see why waterproof flooring for pets is essential.

Before we look at the options available to pet owners, let’s examine the different factors to consider before choosing your flooring.

Waterproof Vs. water resistant

People use these phrases interchangeably but they are in fact two different things. Water-resistant flooring will resist certain small spillages but waterproof flooring is designed to withstand spillages and bigger events such as full spilt dog bowls and lakes of dog wee!

Where the flooring will be installed

The setting for your flooring will impact your choice. For example the best living room flooring for dogs may not be the best flooring for a dog grooming salon or a veterinarian surgery. Consider whether your flooring will be subject to constant mopping in a commercial environment (think doggy daycare or pet-friendly cafes) or lighter daily maintenance in your kitchen.

Now you’ve considered what you need and where it will be, let’s look at your flooring options.

Ceramic or porcelain tiles

While ceramic and porcelain tiles are recognised for being almost impenetrable to liquids, they are one of the least pet friendly flooring options. Cold and hard and extremely slippery underfoot, this type of flooring can make old and young dogs feel unstable and affect their confidence. To find out more about the risks to dogs of slippery flooring see our article Non-slip flooring for dogs.

Laminate flooring

Laminate flooring is constructed from softwood fibres so while it will withstand light spillages, making it water resistant, it will not tolerate anything more without running the risk of buckling and becoming damaged. While it is easy to clean, laminate is not waterproof and can be prone to moisture entering the joints between the boards.

Solid wood flooring

While they offer a traditional aesthetic for your home, solid wood floors soak up liquid causing them to stain quite easily. A lighter wood could therefore end up with dark patches if you have a dog that has frequent accidents.

Carpet

Undoubtedly warm and comfortable for our canine friends, in terms of its ability to withstand liquids and moisture, carpet is a poor choice if you’re looking for a waterproof floor covering for pets. Carpet is porous, turning it into a sponge for any liquid spillages and the fibres will retain smells which will not go unnoticed by visitors for long!

Vinyl flooring

Vinyl flooring, including luxury vinyl tiles, vinyl plank flooring and vinyl on the roll, is completely waterproof. It is offered in a range of finishes to suit every taste and setting and is resilient and hardwearing. Finally, with the exception of carpet, vinyl flooring is the kindest option for pets as it is more comfortable underfoot than tiles, laminate or solid wood.

Vinyl flooring from Floor For Paws

At Floors For Paws we offer a choice of waterproof vinyl flooring for every home and commercial premises.

Luxury Vinyl Range

Our Luxury Vinyl Range is available as luxury vinyl planks which offer the look of a wooden floor, or as luxury vinyl tiles that mimic stone tiles. Hardwearing and durable, LVP (luxury vinyl plank) is ideal for anyone looking for a stylish flooring option. To see the options available , or to order your 3 free samples, click here.

Pawsafe Domestic Range

Endorsed and approved by CAM (Canine Arthritis Management), our Pawsafe Domestic Range is available in a choice of plank sizes to offer more design options and a popular design is the herringbone pattern which can be installed in a variety of ways to mimic a traditional solid wood floor. This is an ideal flooring for domestic settings and commercial premises thanks to its strength and durability, and comes with a 10-year commercial guarantee. Your three free samples can be chosen here.

Pawsafe Commercial range

Sold as commercial sheet vinyl on the roll, the Pawsafe Commercial Range is perfect for businesses as it can be laid with no, or very few, joins creating a waterproof surface that is impenetrable to liquids. Endorsed and approved by CAM (Canine Arthritis Management), the Pawsafe Commercial Range is recommended for commercial environments that welcome a lot of four legged paw traffic, such as veterinarian clinics, day care centres and pet-friendly cafes and restaurants. Use our sample picker to choose up to three free samples and see our Guide to sheet vinyl flooring.

If you would like to discuss any aspect of our waterproof flooring for dogs, send us an email to info@floosforpaws.com or call us on 01937 830948.

Arthritis in dogs – Safe flooring can help

Leah on greenwood

Arthritis in dogs affects at least one in five, and its prevalence increases as a dog ages. The sad truth is that your dog has or will get osteoarthritis at some point in its life.

At least 80% of dogs over the age of 8 years old suffer from arthritis, therefore it is likely that your dog will develop arthritis in one or more joints at some stage in their life.

Dogs are incredible at ‘coping’ with discomfort. Some suggest it is due to them wishing to mask their pain and avoid appearing vulnerable. Others suggest the only option is ‘to cope’ when you do not understand there is an alternative. And some feel they demonstrate tolerance to musculoskeletal pain due to the insidious chronic nature of its development and through the ability to shift weight away from the pain into other regions of the body.

Whatever the reason, dogs often have significant disease even before it is suspected as detecting it can be very difficult.

Pain is typically classed as either being acute or chronic. This is an important distinction as while acute pain serves a useful biological purpose, chronic pain does not.

How is arthritis in dogs recognised?

Behavioural signs can be playing less with toys, licking joints excessively, pacing at night and low mood. Changes in posture may include a hunched back, avoiding putting weight on one leg, low head carriage and a low, tucked in tail. Mobility issues may arise, such as; slowing down on walks, stiffness after rest periods, lameness and dragging feet.
Recognition of any of these in your dog is the most important factor as the earlier it is identified the shorter your beloved dog will be in pain and discomfort.

The first actionable step if your dog is diagnosed is weight management. If your dog is overweight, weight loss will have a significant positive impact on the pain of arthritis and will slow the progression of the disease. Studies have shown that losing 6% of excess body weight will significantly reduce an arthritic dog’s lameness. 63% of all dogs are overweight and 90% of owners cannot see that their dog is overweight.

What is often surprising is that the most important steps in managing Canine arthritis rest with us as owners and many can be done prior to Veterinary intervention and medicines.

Home adaptations

Like humans our pets are also vulnerable to harm from obstacles of daily living that were once easy to navigate, but with a physical impairment become a risky challenge. Simple inexpensive modifications are hugely beneficial to assist our companions achieving a comfortable life well into old age.

These interventions are often overlooked as there is a belief that a dog is more agile and stable than a human because they have four legs. Unfortunately this is not true. With diseases like arthritis, that cause pain and reduced function, the dog will offload that limb and use it less. Muscle mass and function reduces, as if you don’t use it, you will lose it. This functional loss also includes strength, balance, reaction times and agility. They lose their physical coping mechanisms, and what was once easy becomes hard. A few steps from the living room to the kitchen become a balance challenge. The stairs to the bedroom become hard work for weak wobbly limbs leaving them liable to falling.

Through adapting your dog’s environment, you will not only improve their physical comfort levels and reduce the risk of injury, you will likely slow the progression of the disease, and positively influence their emotional state through reducing stress and anxiety.

Owners must remember dogs are incredible at coping with the world that we surround them in. They will continue as best they can, no matter the circumstance. A dog with painful, weak limbs will continue to cross a slippery floor to reach the resources that are important to them such as their food and water, or their exit point to the garden, or to simply be with their owner/friend. This does not mean that that activity is not painful or dangerous to them. Comprehending their capability, being aware of the risks and adjusting to improve safety and comfort is an essential part of a chronic pain management plan.

Floors For Paws PawSafe flooring is a CAM approved product that ensures safe and cushioned footing for your dog.

Exercise

Managing your dog’s exercise levels is essential to the management of arthritis. We must remember that our dogs don’t have the forethought that hours of boisterous play, ball chasing or running off the lead is likely to cause them pain later. At the time they will be under the influence of endorphins and other pain-relieving neurochemicals. The pain is likely to come later and will not be associated with the activity due to the time delay. This is well illustrated through clicker training theory. A click is an effective reward if done at the time of wanted behaviour. It will not be effective an hour after the wanted behaviour has occurred because it will not be associated.

With their inability to link activity with deterioration in pain later, we must influence what they do.

As mentioned previously, there are countless presentations of arthritis in dogs, from very mild undetectable arthritis that does not affect their capabilities, to severe arthritis that debilitates their every move and their quality of life. Offering advice that can support such a wide spectrum of disease presentation is nigh on impossible, but there are some crucial points to understand when making an exercise plan.

Diet and nutrition

It is globally agreed that the most important factor that may influence choice of diet for an arthritic dog is reaching and maintaining optimal body weight. Being overweight (110% of their recommended body weight) or obese (120% of their recommended bodyweight) has significant impact on pain control and progression of arthritis. Ensuring the diet chosen enables controlled weight loss if needed or maintained weight if already at the appropriate weight is a priority.

Canine Arthritis management offer us owners a huge amount of essential information and advice for dog owners. Even if your dog is not arthritic CAM will give priceless advice on making sure they never do! https://caninearthritis.co.uk/

Surprise; Epping is back!

Epping - wood range

Due to the Pandemic, we were unable to get one of our favourite colours manufactured. We found a way, and after a long wait we have it back in stock and ready to adorn your home.

We love the cool and sophisticated shade of this colour as it works superbly well with neutral and monochromatic interiors.

To celebrate the return of a classic, we are offering a 10% discount on Epping for July, August and September.

Contact us today on 01937 830948 or info@floorsforpaws.com

To order your free sample of Epping please follow this link: Free Samples
*Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer

Does Dog Pee damage laminate flooring?

Dog hiding eyes

Unless you are a quick draw on the mop; dog urine will damage laminate flooring, real wood flooring, engineered wood and tile grout.

Dog pee generally has a PH neutral reading at first but if left it will become acidic. This is what damages certain types of flooring. (It is also what causes the strong odour)

Unfortunately with a lot of flooring the pee will be absorbed into the floor itself or underneath and this is what can make the issue very difficult and expensive.

If you have these types of floors you need to clean the spill/accident immediately to prevent damage to your flooring.

Laminate:
The effect it will have on a laminate floor is that it can cause swelling of the planks, and create a nasty odour once it seeps through to your sub-floor. Once the pee has penetrated the top of the laminate you will need to lift the whole floor in order to clean up the mess.

Real wood/engineered flooring:
Without immediate attention dog pee will damage your wood flooring, so you must wipe up spills as soon as they occur. If this is not possible you will need to sanding down the top layer of the  flooring to remove stains/damage.

Tile Grout:
If dog pee is absorbed into the grout lines you will need to apply a bleach solution to bring the grout back to white. If you are a dog owner it is advisable to use a dark coloured grouting, however  the smell will impregnate all unsealed grout lines so cleaning can become a chore.

The solution: Floors For Paws
Floors For Paws is 100% waterproof and hypo-allergenic. It will not absorb pee or allow it to seep through. You can rest assure that however long it is left on our flooring it will not stain or mark.

Wherever your dog goes; go Floors For Paws https://www.floorsforpaws.com/free-samples/

Canine Compadre’s – Dog lovers all

Canine arthritis

VetRelieve

More than comfort, VetRelieve orthopaedic dog beds are designed specifically for older or arthritic pets. This vet-led company puts your pet’s welfare and wellbeing front and centre, with a focus on sleep quality, to make a bed your dog won’t want to get out of!

Non-slip base, washable cover, two-sided bolster for easy exit and entry, and patent pending interior make this an exceptional choice for any dog suffering joint pain or stiffness.

And with sizes from S to XXL, and a choice of beds or mattresses, there’s an option that’s perfect for your dog.

 To find out more visitwww.vetrelieve.co.uk


Laughing Dog food

Makers, not producers

One of very few dog food producers that make all their own dry completes, mixer meals and treats on the family farm. This is really important as it means not only do they use many of their own natural ingredients, but can also create the recipes, watch over all the baking and check every single bag that leaves the bakery and makes its way to you. And if ever you need to talk to us about your dog’s individual needs we are here to pick up the phone in person.

To find out more visit: https://www.laughingdogfood.com

 

Mulberry House Vets

As an independently owned veterinary practice Mulberry House Vets are proud to offer an exceptional quality of veterinary care along with a friendly and compassionate service – doing the right thing for their patients and their families always comes first.
With a strongly experienced team and modern purpose-built facilities, your pets are assured gold-standard surgical and clinical expertise. This is complimented by the passion to provide a truly personal service and tailor treatment to you and your pet’s unique needs. They would love to meet you and your furry friends and show you around our wonderful practice.

To find out more visit: https://mulberryhousevets.co.uk

 

Rigsby Holiday Cottages

Rigsby holiday cottages are ideally located for escapism in the picturesque parish of Rigsby, which is in the Lincolnshire Wolds – a designated area of outstanding natural beauty (ANOB). Rigsby is just 2 miles from Alford – renowned for its arts & crafts and striking five-sailed windmill. The holiday cottages are perfect for walkers and cyclists, with multiple public footpaths and cycle routes on the doorstep.

Within easy reach of the award winning, golden-sanded coastal resorts of Mablethorpe and Sutton on Sea. Louth, the capital of the Lincolnshire Wolds, is 10 miles away and the historic city of Lincoln is under an hour away.

To find out more visit: http://rigsbywoldholidaycottages.uk

 

The Dogvine

Woofs, wags and a big welcome to The Dogvine, the award-winning London lifestyle blog for the city dog! Since 2015, together with her Brazilian rescue dogs have been on a mission to create a blog that is the go-to blog for the London dog;

‘Why? Well, when I moved to London in 2012 with my dogs who I rescued from the streets of Rio, it took a long time to find out all the local dog knowledge such as what London Dog Events were on, dog-friendly things to do or where the dog-friendly cafes and restaurants were in London. Plus the information online was either not very comprehensive or simply didn’t have a local enough focus. I soon realised that the best source of all the local insider dog knowledge was often to be found in the park via a chance conversation with other dog owners as they passed a tip along on what I came to call the “Dogvine” and hence the online version of “The Dogvine” was born. I run The Dogvine in my spare time (outside of my full-time non dog related job) which means the blog is a result of a lot of hard work (and no more spare time), so I’m very pleased to say that The Dogvine has won several awards over the last few years:’

  • Animal Star Awards Best Pet Blogger 2018
  • Vuelio Top 10 UK Pet Blogs of 2018
  • Feedspot Top 10 UK Dog Blog 2018
  • Review Institute Top 50 Global Pet Blogs
  • Vuelio Top 10 UK Pet Blogs of 2017

To find out more visit: https://thedogvine.com

 

Centre Paws – Norfolk

Centre Paws Norfolk is the brainchild of David and Kathryn Cross and is a place where different canine businesses come together to offer a wide range of activities, therapies, food and fun for you, your family and your pet.

Set on our family farm in Wymondham in Norfolk’s beautiful Tiffey Valley you can take your pet for a trim with our professional dog groomer, get your dog stimulated and energised with our top agility and behavioural trainer or enjoy a welcome cuppa and cake in our dog friendly-cafe after a farm walk or spin around our fully enclosed dog exercise field.
There are canine wellness sessions, workshops, therapies, pet photography, and much more ….

To find out more visit: https://www.centrepawsnorfolk.co.uk

 

Dotty 4 Paws

Kate; Self-confessed ‘dog-crazy lady and her trusty sidekick Poppy have a long term vision is to make Dotty4Paws a ‘one stop shop’ for everything dog; to provide a place where dog-owners can not only discover new places to go with their pup, but also somewhere to sniff out a gift for their discerning hound (or indeed hound-loving human!), provide details of pet services who can look after your canine companion in your absence, and fundamentally to ensure that our furry friends are treated as members of our families and given the importance they deserve.
Each registered business will receive a Dotty4Paws ‘dogs welcome’ sticker to place in their window, so if you’re out and about, see if you can hunt one down!

To find out more visit: https://dotty4paws.co.uk

 

Donna Wills
PGC A Phys, RVN, MIAAT, MBVNA, MRAMP – Founder of Animal Physiotherapy Ltd

Donna Wills, an animal physiotherapist in Berkshire, who passed her post-graduate qualification in animal physiotherapy with distinction in 2005. Donna is also RAMP registered. Donna offers physiotherapy to all animals in need of the therapeutic touch.

She has been employed as a veterinary nurse and is also fully qualified and registered in this profession too. This also included specialising in emergency and critical care nursing for a time. Donna has worked in this profession for over thirteen years.

Donna has a life time experience in working with many species including domestic pets, equine and farm animals. She has also cared for many exotic and zoo animals.

To find out more visit: http://www.animalphysiotherapy.org.uk

 

K9 Comfort Home Boarding a day care – Essex

  • Day Care/Home boarding with our own dogs
  • Local pop-in visits
  • Pet taxi
  • Licence no RDC/2018/7/ANWELF
  • Fully Insured
  • 24/7 supervision
  • Tailored care

To find out more visit: https://www.facebook.com/pg/k9ComfortHomeBoardingandDayStay/services

 

PAWS Canine Myotherapy – Devon

Kirsty is a qualified veterinary nurse based in Devon with 27 years experience and a Galen trained Canine Myotherapist. A member of the International Association of Animal Therapists – IAAT and a volunteer nurse with a veterinary initiative called Canine Arthritis Management (CAM). Fully insured and will only accept cases with veterinary consent (your vet will just need to sign a form). Galen Myotherapy uses appropriate and targeted massage techniques alongside exercise plans and lifestyle management to manage the chronic muscular pain and inflammation associated with many common conditions including arthritis or following injury or trauma. Galen Myotherapy can form part of an effective multimodal management programme for supporting the following conditions; osteoarthritis, repetitive strain injuries, compensatory issues, hip and elbow dysplasia, cruciate issues, OCD and spondylitis. Myotherapy can also be used as a pre-event warm up or post-event warm down making it particularly suitable for working dogs or canine athletes.

To find out more visit: https://www.facebook.com/caninemyotherapycare

 

City Dog Expert

City Dog Expert founder Kimberly Marie Freeman has been a leading dog industry expert and professional dog trainer for 14 years both in the UK and USA. She launched City Dog Expert in 2013 after realising the tremendous difficulties dog owners in NYC and other big cities have in finding products, events and information that are specifically designed for a dog in the city. Kimberly has served as the director of City Sit Stay, where she provides private and group training lessons for all ages of dog, is an avid dog fosterer (having already fostered 155 dogs in 3 years), rehoming expert at The Dog Matchmakers, dog rescue coordinator at Brooklyn Animal Action and fundraising adviser for many NYC based animal charities. She regularly is a key note speaker as both a dog lifestyle and behavioural expert.

Kimberly also works as a professional actress and voice over artist both on stage and screen. She leads a rather eclectic life with dogs by day and acting by night and wouldn’t change it for the world.

To find out more visit: https://citydogexpert.com

 

Pet Sense

Pet Behaviour Expert for Bristol and Beyond
Pet Sense provides behaviour consultations for dogs, cats and rabbits in and around Bristol and North Somerset. Problem prevention consultations and puppy training sessions are also available to help you gain a better understanding of your pet’s behaviour. Assessments of dogs and the homes of potential adoptive parents or foster carers can be provided. Pet Sense offers educational talks and workshops to dog training clubs, veterinary practices, rescue centres and other pet-related businesses.

Rosie is a fully qualified Clinical Animal Behaviourist with a degree in Zoology & Psychology from the University of Bristol & a Post-Graduate Diploma in Companion Animal Behaviour Counselling from Southampton University. She is a full member of the Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors, a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (No. 1006), and registered as both a Clinical Animal Behaviourist & as an Animal Training Instructor with the Animal Behaviour & Training Council (the regulatory body that represents trainers & behaviourists to both the public & to legislative bodies).

Rosie has benefitted from working with some of the world’s most respected Clinical Animal Behaviourists & continues to attend seminars/conferences & practical handling workshops to continually develop & expand her skill set.


Rosie Bescoby BSc (Hons), PG Dip CABC

For all enquiries or to make an appointment with Rosie, please contact Kate on:
Tel: 07512203734
Email: enquiries@pet-sense.co.uk

Floors for Paws – the world’s best flooring for dogs

At Floors for Paws, as dog owners and dog lovers, we understand the unique challenges of maintaining a beautiful home with pets. That’s why we’ve researched and curated the best flooring solutions designed specifically for dog owners. Our ranges are hypo-allergenic, easy to clean, slip-resistant, anti-stain, waterproof, and comfortable.

For the ultimate in dog proof flooring, explore our PawSafe Domestic Range, endorsed by Dr. Hannah Capon. Our flooring options ensure that both you and your furry friends can enjoy a stylish and pet-friendly home.

Dog wary of smooth flooring

man high fiving dog

Our four legged friends develop the same mental associations as us. If you slipped on a certain flooring you would be vary careful when approaching this flooring again. The difference between human and canine recognition is dogs may consider any similar looking flooring as the one they originally slipped on. This can develop into an anxiety for the dog and make taking them to certain homes, shops etc difficult and even wary of your own flooring in the home.

Over the last few years we have met many dogs who have a fear of smooth flooring due to an incident from the past, and this was one of the reasons we decided to find a flooring that would be resilient, easy to maintain and waterproof for our benefit, but more importantly safe for dogs.

The process of building up a dog’s confidence with flooring requires a few things;

  • Time
  • Patience
  • The right flooring
  • Encouragement
  • Re-assurance

In situations when dogs with this condition first see Floors For Paws they may associate it with a similar colour/type of flooring that has been an issue previously, and as such will need a lot of encouragement to step onto the floor in the first instance. This can’t be rushed and doing so will make the situation worse. We start by letting the dog have a good look & sniff of the floor before stepping on it. Then we use a favourite toy to encourage the dog to step onto the floor.

Once this stage is achieved it is important to give lots of positive encouragement. Once the dog realises it is not slippery then we spend some time slowly walking with the dog around the whole floor.

In all but extreme cases; after 10 minutes the dog will have built up confidence on the floor.

Floors For Paws has been installed in vets and recommended by animal physios. With an 85 PTV slip rating you can be sure you are giving your dog a safe, clean, hypoallergenic environment.

FIND OUT MORE ABOUT OUR DOG FRIENDLY FLOORING