Useful links & advice
Getting about with your pets
Check out Doggity, a database for dog friendly dining venues throughout the UK. The list exists online at www.doggity.co.uk, and there is a free Apple app too, which can be downloaded via the iTunes store. There is also a Facebook fan page called Doggity.
Have fun exploring!
A website that puts you in touch with dog-friendly people and places. You can search for information by keyword or place, so that wherever you go you’ll find accommodation, cafes, pubs etc. where your dogs will be welcomed.
Dogfriendly is the UK’s largest database of places to stay and visit that will welcome you and your dogs. Their databases hold most of the information that responsible dog owners need to know. They have a team of “Dogfriendly scouts” who research every venue, either by completing a telephone questionnaire or by visiting and testing it in person. To join click here
Choose from thousands of quality assessed pet friendly cottages and villas across the UK, Ireland and overseas. All the properties displayed on the site are pet friendly so you can book with the assurance your dog is welcome too! Choose a traditional cottage in the Dales with walking straight from the door, or enjoy a coastal cottage for those walks on the beach! Many properties have enclosed gardens so start searching now…
Welcome Cottages offer a selection of hand-picked holiday cottages across the UK, France and Ireland, with an easy search tool for finding pet friendly places to stay. So whether you’re planning a romantic retreat or taking the family away, why not treat yourself to the perfect break.
Find great dog walk places near home, and print out new dog walks and beaches that allow dogs for when you’re on holiday or travelling on business. This is a site for people who need somewhere to stretch their and their dog’s legs on a long journey.
The Motorway Walks for drivers and dogs are tried and tested short walks within 5 miles of UK motorway exits. As well as essential dog info, you get up-to-date traffic directions, a dog-friendly pub, cafe or picnic spot on the walk, whether the paths are good for wheelchairs and buggies, and kids’ activities as well.
Travelling dogs will find all their home comforts on Driving with Dogs. From cottages, hotels and campsites where dogs are welcome, to dog washers and groomers who come to you. And there are lots of country pubs too, many with dog biscuits and treats at the bar for good dogs!
The Forestry Commission believes that dog walking can benefit both physical and mental health. To ensure that dogs and their owners experience healthy, responsible and above all enjoyable woodland visits they have advice on their website.
So, you’re looking for something for your pets…
Szilvia French has always been an animal lover. But it wasn’t until Szilvia saw a programme on Boston Terriers that she really fell in love with the breed. Her husband David bought her a book on them, and later a cuddly toy, then Szilvia got a REAL Boston.
As Szilvia says: “Like Pringles you can never just have one. Four years later we now have three lovely Bostons who are my inspiration and life: Dottie, Quincy & Pippin.
“I began making my own collars and harnesses for my dogs, as there was simply nowhere to buy the types of collars I wanted in the UK.”
Szilvia now designs accessories to match each dog’s personality and funky patterns so they can show off in the park.
Using top quality materials and her experience as a seamstress GuidoPetz now has a huge range of colourful, fun and stylish accessories for dogs of all shapes and sizes.
Every dog residing in the UK should by law be wearing an identity tag. The Control of Dogs Act states that dogs should wear a collar and an identity tag while in a public place. Tags should show the owner’s name and address. Even if the dog is micro-chipped it must still wear a tag. Owners can be fined up to £5,000 if there is no tag. At Pet Tag Engraving they are bound to have a tag to suit both your taste and your wallet.
NetPetShop.co.uk is one of the UK’s best and biggest pet shops online and claims to have the best online prices for dog supplies and dog food, and to stock everything from cat treats to reptile supplies, dog beds to cat products, and offer 1000s of pet supplies at “great prices”. They add new products every day and have one of the largest sections for dog toys and dog coats compared to many other UK pet shops. In our experience they are one of the very few places you can get everything you want in one place.
Fancy a drink with your dog ?
Pets Allowed contains a wide range of dog friendly pubs, bars and inns where dogs are welcome inside the premises. Many of these dog friendly establishments keep a stash of dog biscuits behind the bar for well behaved dogs and it goes without saying that fresh water will be readily available at all dog friendly pubs.
You can use fancyapint.com to search for pubs with a particular feature – including where you can go for a drink with your dog. You can search by location, an area (eg City, West End, South East), by nearest tube, or anywhere. And if you know somewhere where dogs are welcome please let them know via email@example.com so that they can keep the list building and building…
Find out other places you and your best friend are welcome. If you’re still looking for somewhere where you can have a quiet drink (and sometimes something to eat too!) then this is a good place to start looking. Basically there are three criteria that supporters of this website give the thumbs up to:
- places where good wines and beer are well kept
- places where you can eat well
- places where your well-behaved dog is welcome to be with you while you eat.
They are currently working on a 4th category for pubs that are truly dog friendly but are not foody. This is in response to numerous requests from loyal supporters. Some pubs welcome children but exclude dogs – this is not the website’s favourite rule, they prefer more traditional country inns. Some pubs only allow dogs at outside tables – OK – but some of those won’t serve food outside [truly!] – this is not OK. They would like to know about pubs that do well in the above three categories and they will list them on this non-commercial site. The commonest excuses about not allowing dogs are “it’s the regulations”, or “Brussels”, or “they wurrrah-wurrrah the bar stools”. This is just an excuse, as it is not actually illegal at all (except in the food preparation area). If you know somewhere where dogs are welcome please contact firstname.lastname@example.org so that Millie can keep the list building and building…
The Pubsulike Guide has over 55,000 pubs, bars and inns listed fully categorised. This is the link to their Dog Friendly Pubfinder. Please use the County map or drop down list to select the County and the Pubsulike Guide will produce a list of Pubs, Bars and Inns that have been selected as they welcome you and your dog or dogs!
This is one of our favourite pet wear boutiques online. Pucci’s people have created an exciting site including a pet pin up game and the Pucci professional modeling agency! They have even more exciting products to choose from, making your pet the Paris Hilton of the dog world!
At FabPets they take pride in offering customers and their beloved pets a friendly and personal service, whether you are looking for luxury toys, collars and leads for cats & dogs. Make your pet bed different and more appealing and let your furry friend have their own name on their bed. Personalise your keyring with a photo of your favourite companion. Personalise your mugs with a photo and a name. Or choose fridge magnets or mouse mats with your own pet’s picture.
This is a UK supplier of dog collars, dog beds, dog clothing, cat beds and other quality cat and dog accessories from around the globe. Alongside pet ID tags Kyra & Luna’s Pet Boutique stocks a range of luxury pet accessories for both dogs and cats – from nylon, waterproof collars and leads, bowls, to tough and interactive dog toys that keep the strongest chewers busy!
This website claims to carry the complete selection of pet products and supplies for your dog, cat, ferret, rabbit, birds and more. They’re based in the US so don’t forget to calculate any shipping costs, using the calculator on their website
Pet beds at Luxury Pet Department
The Luxury Pet Department has been selling designer dog beds and other pet accessories since 2006. The buyers search the globe for the latest fashions. The claim is that “nobody has more choices than us”. It’s worth noting that they carry sizes of collars from XXS up to XL, so nobody is left out. To keep up the trendy image of Luxury Pet Department they have recently taken on board the full range of Wallace And Gromit dog beds, which are brightly coloured with functional covers that are easy to clean but still look gorgeous in your home.
This US online pet product supermarket offers a selection of products at discount and wholesale prices. All international orders are fulfilled through iShopUSA, who process your international payment and ship your package to the country of your choice. iShopUSA accepts international credit cards, PayPal, and bank wire transfers. Once your order is complete, all billing and order status inquiries should be directed to iShopUSA’s Customer Service Department.
Samantha Ruffell-Smith is the creator and innovator of K9 by igloo designs. As well as creating products for their own award winning range, including the original K9 T-shirts, Samantha’s business has also designed lines for Virgin Atlantic, M&S, Bonio for Purina and the Royal Collection.
Go backpacking with your dog
For those of you who enjoy spending time in the great outdoors, what better way to do so than with your dog. Backpacking can be a challenging and rewarding experience, for both of you; dogs enjoy carrying packs, and providing you start training correctly, this is a fun activity that can be done time and time again!
Dogs from about nine months can start to wear an empty dog backpack and begin to get used to wearing it. It can be quite strange for your dog to have this unknown object on its back; let him walk around with the pack on; go for short walks, whilst he adjusts to the wider load he will bang into things at first! When your dog reaches 12 months of age, you can start to add a bit of weight. Use something light, but bulky, and ensure you equally balance both sides of the pack. Keep sharp objects away from the inside of the pack so they do not dig into your dog’s sides. Slowly add weight to the backpack and allow the dog to adjust to the additional weight. The backpack must fit correctly, and not be too large or small. The pack must be placed over the shoulder blade/withers area – not in the middle of the back.
The shoulders are built to carry the weight; the spine is not. A fit and healthy dog that had the correct introduction to backpacking should be able to carry up to 30% of his own bodyweight. You should be able to remove the backpack quickly in case of emergency or even when you stop for a rest or water, so check it has quick release buckles.
Before you do any backpacking ensure both you and your dog are fit enough. You will need to train for longer distances (if this is your goal). Regular walks, without a backpack, of increasing distance and varied terrain should be a regular part of your training. You need to be sure of your dog’s obedience; will he walk to heel when asked? Your dog’s feet need to be conditioned for backpacking walks as you will be covering a variety of surfaces.
Plan. Be aware of the terrain ahead. Know when to head back if your dog is too hot and struggling. Ensure you always have fresh water and a bowl for your dog. You should take food rations for both of you. Tell somebody where you are going and what time you expect to arrive/return. Carry a mobile, compass, map at all times. Follow the Country Code. Do not drop litter. Take all rubbish with you & always clean up after your dog. Keep to footpaths. Always close gates.
SnowPaw offers high-quality gear for all sorts of dog-related activities, bringing together some of the best equipment from around the world. Whether you and your dogs are a world-class dog sledding team or you enjoy spending time with your canine companion in activities such as dog scootering, backpacking (see panel on the right) or cani-cross, you’ll be sure to find whatever you need to kit out your active dog. As well as speciality dog gear for very active dogs, Snowpaw also offers equipment for more the leisurely dogs, along with food and nutritional supplements, gifts and Iditarod memorabilia.
Dog Online claims to be the UK’s largest dog shop, with many exclusive ranges and more than 13,650 products in stock. They offer 128bit SSL secure payment and order processing
What are you feeding your pets?
The Campaign for Real Pet Food is a group of passionate individuals who all run their own independent pet food companies, and set up The Campaign for Real Pet Food because they – along with CDPOM – believe that pets and their owners deserve better – better pet foods, and better information about them.
Working together, and with your support, the Campaign can make a real difference – no more meat and animal derivatives, no more artificial additives – more real pet food!
Fish4Dogs makes a range of natural & healthy premium complete dog food and dog treats from fish – gluten free, hypo-allergenic and packed with naturally occurring Omega 3. They believe, and CDPOM agrees, that fish is a healthy and nutritious food, good for the health of your dog. A fish-rich diet can help with: Coat Condition; Skin Condition; Joint Mobility; Digestion; Energy; Brain & Eye development. CDPOM offers a 10% discount on Fish4Dogs Recommended Retail Prices so it’s wise to order from us
Registering your pet gives you the added advantage of knowing that your pet records are kept safe and secure along with any other relevant information you supply. Thousands and thousands of family pets go missing each year from theft or by just simply wandering off and getting lost. Don’t leave it too late to register your pets online – its FREE to use the service.
Petlog, the Kennel Club’s pet identification service, understands just how worrying it can be to lose a pet and that is why they encourage owners to properly identify all their pets, whether it is a dog, cat, rabbit or horse, so that, when found, they can be returned to you as quickly as possible. As a pet owner, you have a legal requirement to ensure that your pet is under your control and that includes proper identification with a suitable collar and tag. In some cases, these can come astray and a microchip is vital as a permanent form of identification that will be in place for life.
Dog Theft Action became a registered charity on Monday 7th August 2006. The aim of the organisation is to promote the protection, security and welfare of dogs from the threat of dog theft by the provision of advice, information and education, leading to a reduction in the incidents of dog theft, thereby avoiding unnecessary suffering and distress to dogs and their owners.
The aim of the Vets Get Scanning appeal is to get all vets, and/or their receptionists, to scan all dogs on their books and for vets to adopt a practice policy where all dogs are routinely scanned on their first visit. By starting Vets Get Scanning Bruce Forsyth and his daughter Debbie Matthews took a positive step to help the many people looking for their micro-chipped stolen dogs. Remember, dog theft is one of the fastest growing crimes in our country. Be extra vigilant with your dog: don’t become another statistic!
Bouldercraft pet memorials
Natural stone garden pet memorials that blend naturally into garden settings,. They can be sited into flower beds, rockeries or at the base of a favourite shrub, or even set into waterfalls or shallow pools.
Choose from a large range of memorial boulders, cobbles, obelisks and plaques
The only organisation in Europe setting standards for pet cemeteries, crematoria and pet cremation that protect the pet owner and ensure their pet is handled the way they expect. Their membership is made up of genuine pet cemeteries and crematoria as well as pet undertakers and quality product suppliers.
How to buy a puppy
Buying a puppy – pedigree or not – is not a decision to rush into lightly. The Kennel Club has plenty of advice for you to consider when finding your new best friend.
Before you even think about what breed to get and where to get it from, ask yourself the following questions:
– Can I afford to have a dog? Take into account not only the initial cost of purchasing the dog, but also the ongoing expenses such as food, veterinary fees and canine insurance.
– Can I make a lifelong commitment to a dog? A dog’s average life span is 12 years.
– Is my home big enough to house a dog?
– Do I really want to exercise a dog every day?
– Will there be someone at home for a dog?
– Will I find time to train, groom and generally care for a dog?
– Will I be able to answer YES to these questions every day of the year?
If the answer to all of these is yes, follow The Kennel Club’s four step guide to buying your new puppy.
A pedigree dog is the offspring of a dam and sire of the same breed, which is eligible for registration with a recognised club or society that maintain a register for dogs of that description. It will carry a breed standard that will give you an indication of the dog’s innate health needs and characteristics – this could help you choose your pup.
Why not consider giving a home to a rescue dog. As long as you are prepared to put in extra work (if it is needed), this can be an immensely rewarding experience. The Kennel Club has lots of info about finding a rescue dog, too.
Each pedigree dog breed has its own characteristics. There are 200 different breeds to choose from, so there’s sure to be one to suit you and your lifestyle.
When sourcing a healthy pedigree puppy, it is the breeder that is the most important consideration – buying a pedigree dog should not be done ‘on the cheap’ nor should it come from a disreputable source. By going to a responsible dog breeder you stand the best chance of getting a dog that will enjoy a happy and healthy life.
4. Find a puppy
Once you asked yourself all of these questions and been through these steps, you are now ready to find your new puppy! The Kennel Club can help you with your search.
A selection of interactive maps to help you, for instance to find a holiday where pets are welcome. The aim is to list all UK dog friendly parks, a complete list of care homes where pets are welcome, as well as a digital world map depicting all dog shows. The site also provides a Pet Links Directory where you can find information on pet-friendly websites covering Pet Product News, Pet Shops, Pet Services and more.
This site gives you some ideas of what’s on the market with a selection of the UK’s bestselling pet carriers. They offer 100s of different models of pet carrier, from cheap folding carriers through to luxury pet transporters.
General pet sites and directories
Planning to travel with your pet on a vacation in Italy? Looking for pet friendly hotels in Italy? Well I am pleased to inform you that you will enjoy a vacation in Italy it is certainly one of the most pet friendly countries in the world. Italy is a lovely vacation country, located in the Mediterranean Europe, Italy has land frontiers Austria and Switzerland in the north, Slovenia in the northeastern wing and France in the northwest.
A dog friendly directory listing businesses, products and services to help you and your four-legged friend get the best out of life together. You can search for dog friendly hotels, guest houses, cottages, camp sites, places to eat and visit. You can even take a virtual tour of the area.
AllPetServices is a free pet website where CDPOM advertises its services. Their aim is to become the one place you can visit to find any pet service. Pet owners can search by category for pet services locally or nationally by searching any one of these 10 categories: pet sitting and dog walking, pet health and nutrition, pet grooming, pet shops, pet boarding, vets or veterinary, pet training and behaviour, pet breeders, equine, and any other pet services.
Pet Friendly World is the portal for pet lovers. In simple form, it’s a universal classifieds/listings directory of exclusively pet related businesses, products and services. But it hopes to be ut it’s far more than that – a social revolution, a dream where a pet owner can visit an online destination where EVERYTHING is pet friendly.
Find UK pet shops, pet stores, breeders, rescues, vets, insurance.. pet news and jobs.
A directory of dog related sites on the internet. Agility, Obedience and Ring craft clubs. Products, Health Care, Shopping and Nation Wide Dog Training and other links.
A US destination for PetCrazy people with pet information and reviews by veterinarians. Petplace.com is ranked by Inc. Magazine as one of the fastest growing companies in the U.S.
A site that provides practical information for dog owners and dog lovers worldwide, current news, dog entertainment, forthcoming events plus dog friendly places and dog services in and around London. All advisory articles are written by qualified professionals in the relevant disciplines. Their core belief is the value of the man and dog relationship. Their aim is to enhance the lives of both.
Lost & Fond aims to help you celebrate the lives of pets you have loved and lost – whether that loss was recent, or years ago.
On Lost & Fond, you can:
- Create an online pet memorial free of charge.
- Explore ideas for positive ways of commemorating your pets.
- Browse pet memorials.
- Find support, or offer it, though pet forums.
- Read pet-related news and features.
- Support pet charities.
Find a pet sitter in your area.
Battersea Dogs & Cats Home’s aims are to rescue, reunite, rehabilitate and rehome the lost and abandoned dogs and cats that come into their care. And now it’s official! Battersea Dogs Home has changed its name to Battersea Dogs & Cats Home and has a new logo, too.
They’ve come a long way since 1860 when their names was The Temporary Home for Lost and Starving Dogs.
If you want to find out more about rescuing, reuniting, rehabilitating and/or rehousing dogs, cats and other pets there is no one organisation that knows as much…
For pets in need of vets, the PDSA cares for the pets of needy people by providing free veterinary services to their sick and injured pets and by promoting responsible pet ownership.
Today PDSA is the UK’s leading veterinary charity. Every working day their skilled and dedicated veterinary staff treat 4,650 animals. Making a major difference not only to individual clients but also to national animal welfare.
Every 25 seconds someone somewhere in England and Wales dials 0870 55 55 999 – the RSPCA’s national cruelty and advice line – for help. Inspectors and ACOs are also an emergency service for injured, trapped, or stranded animals
A lifeline for feral cats, CAT 1977’s policy is to help feral cats by limiting their numbers through neutering and returning to site, and by finding homes for kittens and tame stray cats. The charity is totally against killing for expediency. A small national charity dedicated to the welfare of feral cats, it has an Executive Committee and 11 branches: Aberdeen, Ayrshire, Bewdley, Central London, East Kilbride (Lanarkshire), Jersey, Leeds, Lincolnshire South, Nuneaton And Hinckley, Shaw, Thame. The charity is run entirely by volunteers, which means that the bare minimum is spent on administrative costs and almost all money donated is spent directly on the cats and their welfare.
An international nonprofit organization that rescues rabbits and educates the public on rabbit care and behaviour.
The House Rabbit Society believes that ALL rabbits are valuable as individuals, regardless of breed purity, temperament, state of health, or relationship to humans. The welfare of all rabbits is their primary consideration.
Domestic rabbits are not the product of natural selection, but rather of human interference by means of breeding programs, and the product is a human-dependent animal who needs protection. It is therefore a human responsibility that these animals be cared for in a manner appropriate to their needs.
The Nowzad Dogs charity has been formed to do something positive for the cats, dogs and other animals of Afghanistan and Iraq that have no hope and nobody to care for them. They?realise they cannot transport all?the stray dogs of Afghanistan and Iraq to loving homes, but they do their best to promote animal welfare and?assist in vital animal aid work that is?desperately needed in Afghanistan and Iraq. All money donated goes directly to helping the animals of Afghanistan and Iraq.
Get the latest updates on what Cats Protection, the UK’s leading feline charity, is doing. Cats Protection rescues and rehomes unwanted and abandoned cats, and promotes responsible cat ownership. Every year, they charity’s volunteers care for thousands of animals that need help. Cats Protection has been working for cats for over 75 years.
Britain’s pet charity. The Blue Cross aims to ensure the welfare of companion animals by providing practical care, highlighting the benefits of companionship between animals and people, and promoting responsibility towards animals in the community.
The Blue Cross exists to:
* treat the animals of owners who cannot afford private veterinary services
* find permanent homes for unwanted or abandoned animals
* educate the public in responsible animal ownership
* promote the benefits to humans of companion animal ownership
* ensure that all engaged with The Blue Cross, whether animals or people, receive courteous, friendly and high quality service
The largest dog welfare charity in the UK. Founded in 1891, Dogs Trust, formerly known as the National Canine Defence League, has always campaigned on dog-welfare related issues to ensure a safe and happy future for our four-legged friends.
Promoting the protection of all animals worldwide. The Humane Society International is connected to the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). Its aim is to make a difference in the lives of animals worldwide. It is dedicated to creating a world where our relationship with animals is guided by compassion. The organisation seeks a truly humane society in which animals are respected for their intrinsic value, and where the human-animal bond is strong.
The charity Guide Dogs, which celebrates its 80th anniversary in 2011, will not rest until blind and partially sighted people enjoy the same freedom of movement as everyone else.
The dating and social networking site for people who share a love of dogs. If you find the majority of dog lovers you meet tend to be warm, open and friendly, and that dog lovers are a breed apart, then you’ll probably find Doglover.biz is the best place to meet other dog lovers and find that special relationship you’re looking for whether it is marriage, romance or a pen pal.
Helpful advice for dog owners who are thinking about breeding their dog.
Why should dogs be alone? Doggydate.com is the new online community designed to bring dogs together from all over the world. It is also a chance for like-minded owners to meet, share favourite dog food recipes, exchange information and make a better place for dogs everywhere. The site has facilities for dog-to-dog chat or owner-to-owner. You can send a ‘woof’ to another dog or a human. Whether your dog needs a breeding partner, pen-pal or just another dog to chase a ball with, doggydate.com can help make that happen.
To help dog lovers get together with each other and their dogs
Associations and institutes
Setting the standards. We care about pet careCats, Dogs & peace of Mind are members of the Pet Care Trust, which is the representative body both dedicated to and supported by organisations throughout the British Pet Care Industry. The Trust developed the Code of Conduct that has become the foundation for the Government’s Licencing Standards and represents best practice.
The Association is unique. As the largest pet care organisation in the UK, NARP sets the standards for pet and house sitting businesses like CDPOM. It also represents members, like CDPOM, at local and national government level, with particular interest in all legislation that affects the pet care Industry and animal welfare in general.
Pet Sitters International is the professional association for pet sitters throughout the world, setting standards of service and performance and giving direction to emerging trends.
An international organisation that aims to promote the quality of education within the animal care industry. It was founded in 1996 and fulfils the requirement for a governing body within the animal care sector focused purely on high standards of education and the needs of the animal welfare industry. Louise Wilsher, the founder and director of Cats, Dogs & Peace of Mind is a member of the Institute.
The British Horse Society works tirelessly for every horse and rider throughout the regions of the UK. Focusing on horse welfare, horse and rider safety, access and rights of way, training and approving livery yards and riding schools.
Essentially a national dog owners group, KC Dog is a Kennel Club initiative to help dog owners protect themselves by:
* keeping participants informed about local policies that may affect their rights
* assisting participants in lobbying at a local level
* keeping participants updated about KC Dog activity across the country
The group was formed in time for the implementation of the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act (Dog Control Orders), which gives local authorities power to make orders for dogs to be kept on leads and to be excluded from certain areas.
Christie’s Direct claims to be the World’s Leading Professional Animal Grooming Site where you can buy all sorts of grooming equipment