The first six months are the "main growth phase". They require high quality protein and nutrients.

The next 6- 12 months require a reduced protein content to help prevent any growth disorders.

Now fully grown, finding the right diet to match their energy requirements is key. 

Now in old age, diets with a lower fat and phosphorus are needed.

Tips To Ensure Your Walkies Stay Top Dog

Happy dog in grass

We know that with many of us spending much more time at home and in our local area, keeping your dog walks fresh and exciting can be tricky. We also know what it’s like when its time for walkies: barking, tail wagging, and skidding with excitement across the kitchen floor. So how do you keep these walks interesting? 

It’s easy to fall into a routine by heading to the same parks and the same areas, so to stop this happening we’ve put together our top tips on ways to freshen up your daily walks to ensure that they remain top dog. 

Keep them fun and fresh 

Did you know that dogs have between 200 million to one billion scent receptors, compared to our six million, and they have a greater variety of types of scent receptors than we have too? This means that taking your dog to a variety of different settings, such as woodlands, parks, beaches and meadows will not only keep your walks entertaining for you, but it will also help to keep your dog stimulated with new smells, sights and sounds. 

Keep them entertaining

If you’re a little short on time, or if you just want to add a little more fun to your daily walks, try bringing along a range of interesting dog toys. Bring a tennis ball to help get their heart racing and keep their health and fitness up, or pack your homemade tug-toys. By getting your dog running as much as possible on their walks, you can stop energetic dogs from bouncing off the walls when they get home, while adding a little more fun. 

Use them for doggy training 

Walks are a brilliant time to practice training with your dog. Why? Because it’s a time full of temptation; from playing with other dogs, rolling in mud, or chasing peoples football! You can use this time to help sharpen your dog’s obedience by teaching them new tricks. If you’re looking for a tasty new snack to train your dog with, make sure you check out our brand newpuppy training treats! 

Use them to keep your community tidy 

Have you thought about litter picking on your next dog walk? Not only is this a great way to keep our local areas tidy, but it’s also a great way of jazzing up your next dog walk too. Next time you head out, take a bag and some gloves with you and try picking up a few bits of litter as you go. Or, if you’re feeling really adventurous, try organising your own litter pick with other people from your local community, or try getting involved with one of the many amazing organisation who are organising these all over the UK, such as 2MinuteBeachClean or Surfers Against Sewage! 

We hope these tips help you break the routine and add some fun to your next dog walk, and if you’ve got any favourite tips, we’d love to hear them. Get in touch on ourlet us know via our  Facebook or Instagram