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Do Dogs Have to be Microchipped?

In the month of May, we’re answering all your microchipping questions, from, do dogs have to be microchipped, when a puppy should be chipped to how to change the information on the microchipping database to make sure you keep all your details up to date.healthy happy dog with a stick in its mouth wearing a collar and id tag

Do dogs have to be microchipped?

As of right now in Australia, microchipping is defined by each state. For example, in ACT, microchipping of  dogs is required by law prior to sale/transfer and by 12 weeks of age. Similarly, in WA, as of  November 2015, the law states that all dogs must be microchipped. In TAS, section 15A of the Dog Control Act 2000 says that dogs must be microchipped by 6 months of age. Therefore, you should check with your local council to find out what applies to your area.

Regardless, microchipping is there for the safety of your pet and also others, even though it may seem like something out of a dystopian novel. Unfortunately, for the many dogs that are picked up as strays that don’t have a microchip, the rescue centres have no way of knowing who these beloved animals are or who they belong to. For many local authorities, dogs will remain lost or considered a stray for up to 5-7 days and then they are handed over to dog sanctuaries and rescue centres to be rehomed.

The information recorded on the chip will be able to identify your pet to others based on medical information, age, name, address, and details of their pet parents. It really is an important part of being a responsible dog owner.

What is a microchip?

Think of a microchip as a form of ID, like a passport or driving license, but for dogs. Our doggies can’t exactly communicate this sort of information themselves! Although a collar with an ID-tag with up-to-date contact details has all the necessary information, these could easily be removed, or could fall off. 

A microchip is a computerised chip containing a unique 15 digit number that will be visible when scanned by a microchip reader. It is the size of a grain of rice and is inserted under the skin around the scruff of the neck between the dog’s shoulder blades with a needle. The chip will contain the owner’s details and a unique code that is specific to your pet.

Will my puppy be microchipped before I take them home?

In preparation for the arrival of your new pup, you need to ensure that your home is ready and that the right safety precautions are in place, toys and food are ready and a snuggly sleeping area is taken care of because your puppy will be doing a lot of sleeping to start with! It is important to understand the daily care of a dog when taking on a new puppy.

We would recommend the Bolster Dog Bed for puppies. The bolstered sides around the bed will provide a little safe barrier to keep your pup in place and stop them from falling out. The covers are removable and washable which is incredibly handy with such a youngster around!

Puppies cannot be sold until they are at least eight weeks old. Some vets will recommend that very small breeds like a chihuahua are microchipped when they are a bit older or bigger, but contact the vet to see if this is the case, and arrange an appointment for this simple procedure.

The breeder will register the puppy on a national database and the breeder’s details will forever be associated with the microchip. It will also include the keeper’s information which can be changed or updated if the information changes or the dog gets a new owner.

You can make sure your puppy is microchipped by asking your local vet or the breeder themselves. They will use a scanner that reads the chip and identifies the information. 

sleepy dachshund puppy on matcha green bolster dog bed and beige blanket

Is my dog’s microchip proof of ownership?

The details of the microchip are registered through an approved database, not through the government. A person is considered to be a ‘breeder’ if they’re the owner of a dog that gives birth. The person who acts as the primary caregiver will register as a “keeper” rather than an owner of the dog. The keeper does not provide proof of ownership, however, the keeper will have a legal responsibility for the dog, so if the dog strays or causes injury, they will be held accountable.

If for whatever reason you have had to pass your dog over to someone else because you are unable to take care of them or are moving away, then it would be your responsibility to ensure that the new owner is given the correct microchip registration paperwork so that they can update the details themselves.

Who is responsible for microchipping a puppy?

When it comes to microchipping it is the responsibility of the dog breeder to ensure that all puppies are microchipped before they are rehomed.

If you are considering a rescue puppy rather than going through a breeder, the animal sanctuary will be responsible for updating the details of the dog and new keeper.

How do I change my dog’s microchip details?

When your dog’s identity chip is registered on a database you will receive a notification to confirm the details are correct and you will be given a microchip number. This information can be checked by contacting the database itself. You should also contact them if you, for some reason, need to change the details. There is a small fee associated with these administration changes, but it’s imperative that the information is correct in order to make sure that the chances of you being reunited with your pet if they go missing are secured.

If you are unsure which database your dog’s chip is registered with then you can get this checked by your local vet.

What happens if I don’t get my dog microchipped?

In an attempt to eliminate strays roaming the streets, dog theft, and putting immense pressure on animal sanctuaries and rescue centres it is the responsibility of the dog owners to make sure that their dogs are chipped and that the details are correct. 

Why should I get my dog microchipped?

If your dog goes missing and is found not to have a chip then the chances of them being reunited with their pet families are very unlikely. Your dog wearing a dog collar with an id-tag is simply not enough. This will give you peace of mind knowing that if anything were to happen to your dog it could be returned to you!

vet using medical equipment to check if the dog has a microchip

What if my dog’s microchip doesn’t work properly?

A microchip is designed to last for the duration of a dog’s life, however, like with all things to do with technology, there is always a potential for them to fail or not work properly.

If for some reason the chip details are incorrect or it is not working properly you would need to contact the database itself or visit your vet who will be able to check to see if the chip is working and attempt to diagnose the problem.

Where can I get my dog microchipped?

Vets and dog breeders are the main organisations that provide a microchipping service, but it can also include registered dog walkers and groomers, as well as some animal charities.

How can I find out if my dog is microchipped?

If you have any concerns about whether your dog is microchipped then the best thing to do would be to visit your vet who will be able to scan the dog to check if there is an implanted chip. If that isn’t possible then other members of the dog lovers community such as a registered charity would be able to help.

How can I check my dog’s microchip information?

This information can be obtained through a microchip database, or your country’s equivalent. Dog owners will have a microchip number as part of the registration process and the relevant paperwork. This way, you will be able to access the information easily through a registered database.

Can microchipping hurt my dog?

As a dog lover, the last thing you want to do is hurt your dog, but microchipping is a very quick and simple procedure, even if it does involve a needle! It may cause some slight discomfort to your dog, but it will soon pass. It should be seen as a simple standard vaccination, which in the long run will protect your dog and keep them safe.

How much does it cost to microchip a dog?

The average cost of microchipping your dog is $45 in Australia and this is a one-off fee for the implantation of the chip. Some charities will offer this service for free. If you need to change the details of the chip at any point then there will be a small fee through the database that the chip is registered. 

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Common Allergies in Cats and Dogs

dog with its tongue hanging out surrounded by pollen in the garden in the sunshine

Common allergies in cats and dogs have been identified as 3 main allergy groups, which we explore in this article. Some common allergies are seasonal, and others can creep up throughout the year. Understanding the common allergies in cats and dogs will make being a pet owner easier as you know what to look out for and how to handle it. Allergies can be treated quite easily, but there are a few symptoms or warning signs that we can look out for to make sure that our cats and dogs are healthy and happy. 

Persistent seasonal allergies such as the dreaded hay fever kicks in for many of us humans, but we know that we are not alone in this seasonal battle of the bugs as our beloved pets can suffer too. We exhaust alternative medications, home remedies and whatever we can lay our hands on to try and keep these pesky allergies at bay! 

Despite doing our absolute best to ensure our cats and dogs are spoiled and looked after, sometimes we cannot always spot the potential threats of allergies or illness.

Allergies in cats and dogs fit into 3 main groups. These groups make it easier to be able to narrow down and identify the cause and then the form of treatment that is required. Whilst you may be able to “self diagnose”, (we all like to play doctor or vet with a quick google search), it is always recommended to check with your vet before attempting any medicated treatments yourself. However, a little research and a general understanding of what you could expect as a pet owner are perfectly normal. 

Common Allergy Groups in Cats and Dogs

1. Flea Allergy 

This is probably the most common allergy and one that most pet parents are aware of. Cats and dogs will react to the toxins in the saliva following a flea bite, which will result in a reaction on the skin.
Cats will over groom to the point where it’s very noticeable and the skin develops crusts all over the body, known as miliary dermatitis. Dogs tend to nibble and scratch at the affected areas and the skin will develop little red spots. 

2. Food Allergy

Food allergies don’t necessarily show up immediately, they could manifest from eating the same food over a long period of time. It is a reaction to a specific protein or chemical in the food, which then appears on the skin. Common proteins which can cause allergies for both cats and dogs are chicken, fish, gluten and egg.
A common symptom of food allergies in cats will be persistent scratching around the head and neck. Symptoms in dogs are not as easy to identify but generally if scratching is more regular and your dog’s skin seems more irritated then it could be a sign of a food allergy. 

3. Atopic Dermatitis 

These are allergies caused by the environment, similar to hay fever or asthma in humans. They can be seasonal like an allergy to pollen or all year round, for example dust mites. With dermatitis, the skin will be visibly irritated and affected with symptoms including the following:

  • Constant scratching in a particular area 
  • Flaky skin 
  • Red or irritated skin 
  • Overlicking 
  • Chewing 
  • Fur loss 
  • Patchy skin 
  • Skin rashes or spots 

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Should my pet see a dermatologist?

If you think your pet is suffering from an allergy with any of the symptoms mentioned, you will notice that the skin is affected. A dermatologist will try to recognise the cause of the skin irritation by discussing your pet’s history, for example diet, home life and behaviour. Once they are able to identify the correct allergy group they will be able to perform certain tests to pinpoint the exact cause and recommend any treatment or ways you can help. 

Seasonal Common Allergies in Dogs

Seasonal allergies can affect your canine friends in very similar ways to humans. They could be affected by environmental allergens like dust mites, fleas, mould and pollens from grasses, trees, weeds, and flowers. They will not hide their discomfort and will most likely obsessively lick or scratch one particular area. Pay close attention to their bellies, paws, armpit, ears and face. During the seasons of irritation, keep your home as clean as possible and free of mites and pollen. The Topology Dog Bed provides a simple and stylish way to keep your doggy comfortable all year round with easy to clean removable and washable covers. 

Seasonal Common Allergies in Cats 

Cat allergies are not as common as they are for dogs, though some will display irritation from pollen or bites from fleas. If your cat sneezes a lot then it could have an allergy to pollens. As with dogs, it’s important to make sure their bed is kept clean. A good alternative is the luxury Maya Donut Cat Bed, which has a removable cover that can be washed in the machine.

Respiratory Allergies

Respiratory allergies are far less common in cats and dogs, but they can suffer from them. Symptoms are similar to those of a cold, including watery eyes, runny nose, coughs and yes, even sneezes! Some respiratory allergens could develop into asthma. This could occur from being in a smoky environment, building debris, chemicals or certain cleaning products or pollution. 

Pets, like humans, benefit from fresh air, so taking dogs for regular long walks will always be good for them (and you). Whilst you may want to take your cat for a walk, maybe it’s time to consider an Outdoor Catio, which will not only provide a safe space for your feline, but it will also provide them with plenty of space to play and explore and generally keep fit!  

Girl removing yellow washable cover from topology dog bed to keep clean from common allergies in dogs

Conclusion 

Being a pet parent comes with worries, but also plenty of love, laughter and snuggles along the way. Medically treating your cat or dog can be incredibly difficult to do because you don’t want to be the one that causes them any discomfort or pain, but sadly sometimes it is part of the job description and absolutely necessary to ensure they live a long and healthy life. 

If you do suspect that your pet is suffering from any allergies, it is important to talk to your vet and run any concerns you have by them. Most allergies can be treated easily with medication, a change of diet or simple TLC. When dealing with allergies it is important to keep your cats and dogs home clean and you may need to adapt or change your routine to suit their needs. 

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What Type of Dog Parent Are You?

April 24th is National Pet Parent Day, and we thought we would take the opportunity to find out more about what the Omlet community are like as dog owners. Take the quiz and get a customised gift idea for your pooch. We’d love to hear your results! So, what type of dog parent are you?

Afghan hound lying on Omlet Topology bed with quilted topper

How much research did you do before getting your dog?

  1. Not much, I just saw them and knew they were the right dog for me.
  2. A lot. I knew what characteristics I wanted in a dog, and once I had narrowed it down to a few breeds I spoke to owners and met with breeders to make sure we made the right decision.
  3. No research. I grew up with dogs of this breed, so I know them and would never go for another breed. 
  4. Absolutely none. I know very little about dogs. 
  5. It was quite an impulse purchase, I sometimes wish I had done a bit more research.

Where does your dog sleep?

  1. We did get them a super luxurious dog bed, but it’s been unused as they just sleep in my bed.
  2. To start with we had a crate, but now they sleep on a memory foam dog bed downstairs and they love it. 
  3. In a dog bed by the back door. They’ve got a dog flap so they can go in and out whenever they want. 
  4. Sometimes in their bed, sometimes in my bed, sometimes on the sofa. 
  5. The neighbour had a spare dog bed we inherited, it seems to work fine.

How do you celebrate your dog’s birthday?

  1. Well last year we just had a picnic in the park with all his friends and played games and had cake, but I’m thinking this year we might rent a dog play place and do a proper doggy birthday.
  2. We might go for an extra adventurous walk.
  3. Sorry? I don’t even know when my dog’s birthday is.
  4. My partner keeps track of when it is and might get them a little gift. 
  5. I normally fry up a sausage or some meatballs to give them for dinner.

Does your dog get to meet a lot of other dogs?

  1. My dog has more friends than I do – it’s a nightmare trying to keep up with their social schedule!
  2. We do socialising on walks, but I don’t always trust other dog owners so try to keep it short. 
  3. They are very friendly with the other dogs in the neighbourhood.
  4. Yeah, most of my friends have dogs so their dogs have become my dog’s friends.
  5. I’m not sure my dog likes other dogs. 

What does your dog have for dinner?

  1. I get a special dog food that’s locally produced, made from only organic, natural ingredients. It’s expensive, but my dog deserves the best. 
  2. I researched the best dog food for my breed, and that’s what they get. We do give them treats when training, but I don’t think dogs should have human food.
  3. Dog biscuits. 
  4. Some kind of dog food, normally just whatever is on offer at the supermarket. 
  5. They get normal dog food, but also quite a lot of the food dinner the children don’t finish. 

What does your dog do when you go on holiday?

  1. My dog has got a passport, so they always come with us wherever we go. They need a holiday as well!
  2. They go to the kennel. 
  3. If we’re just going for a weekend they can look after themselves with some walking help from the neighbours. If we go for longer they stay with my parents. 
  4. These days we tend to just go on holidays where we can bring the dog. 
  5. Friends and family, but people seem to be getting a bit tired of being asked. 

small dog on memory foam bolster dog bed with gold feetMostly 1s – The Love Bombing Dog Parent

You absolutely adore your dog – in your eyes they are perfect. The most important thing for you is that your pooch knows they are loved, so you do everything you can to make sure they have the best time possible. 

We assume your dog is pretty trendy, so we would suggest getting a new luxurious dog collar with a matching dog lead?

Mostly 2s – The Responsible Dog Parent

You got a dog because you wanted them to be a part of the family, but you won’t allow them to become a problem for you. You took them to puppy class and still do regular training to make sure they don’t pick up any bad habits. And it’s been worth it, now you can just sit back, relax and enjoy the cuddles.

We trust you have everything essential, but we’re also sure your pooch will love a new dog toy

Mostly 3s – The Dogs are Dogs Dog Parent

Your dog is super important to you, but a dog is not an accessory to carry around. You think dogs are happiest when they have a job to do, so you make sure your dog gets to work their brain and body. Maybe they’re a farm dog, or maybe they herd sheep, take part in hunts or compete in agility competitions. 

We think your good boy or girl might like a new super soft and luxurious dog blanket to keep them warm and cosy after a long, adventure-filled day outside. 

Mostly 4s – The Accidental Dog Parent

You don’t really know how you ended up a dog parent, and even if you now really like it, it was never the plan. You’ve had to learn on the job, and sometimes it seems a bit overwhelming, but you know your dog loves you and that they are happy and healthy, and that’s a great feeling. 

Get ready for a great summer with your furry friend with Omlet’s memory foam dog cooling mat, a self-cooling addition to your dog’s bed that will keep them chilled for up to three hours.

Mostly 5s – The Very Relaxed Dog Parent

Yes, it’s true your dog is a bit of a pain sometimes, pulling the lead and nicking food from kitchen counters, but it’s not the end of the world – they’re a dog after all! Your dog is truly a part of the family, and you can always do a bit of training later on. 

How about treating your pooch to a new comfortable dog bed? We think a colourful Memory Foam Bolster Dog Bed might be perfect for the two of you!

 

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How Does Doggy DNA Testing Work?

Whilst the demand for buying puppies drastically shot up over the pandemic, there was also a significant rise in those rescuing dogs from abroad. So much so that according to the Human Animal Infection and Risk Surveillance Group, 2020 saw a 51% increase in importing dogs from Romania to the UK alone! But with so many of our pet pooches now being rescued from across the globe, it’s left many pet owners scratching their heads as to what their dogs are exactly! As a result, doggy DNA testing has also soared in popularity, providing pet owners with an easy and convenient method of finding out more about their dog’s genetic makeup. So how does doggy DNA testing work?

DNA swab sample being tested

Why Get a Doggy DNA Test?

Dog owners choose to get doggy DNA tests for several reasons, with the most obvious being curiosity! Whilst owners can have some sort of indication of what breed their dog is from either the rescue centre or by their physical appearance, it can be tricky to know for sure. Therefore, testing your dog’s DNA offers a much clearer, nearly entirely accurate, answer to this.

Furthermore, having an understanding of what breed a dog is, may provide owners with a better understanding of their dog’s behaviour. Similarly, this can also help dog parents gauge an idea of potential exercise requirements or what size their puppy will be when fully grown. It will be helpful to read our 5 Ways To Figure Out What Dog Breed Is for You and Best Dog Breeds for First Time Owners blogs, which will give you some further information on breed-specific behaviour.

Alternatively, a dog DNA test may be for breed confirmation for pedigree pups i.e. confirmation that a dog is purebred, as it was sold. Shopping responsibly from reputable breeders is fundamental when buying any dog, however, should a dog begin to demonstrate traits of, or appear as, a mixed breed dog, many owners inevitably would like some clarification. This being said, a doggy DNA test for this may not be completely accurate…

How Accurate Are Doggy DNA Tests?

Common questions regarding this subject are whether dog DNA tests work and how accurate they are. Doggy DNA tests have accuracy rates anywhere between 93% and 99%, but this depends on which specific test you purchase. Generally speaking, however, the more you pay for your test kit, the more accurate it will be.

Genetic markers (used to identify DNA sequences) are one challenge when it comes to how accurate dog DNA tests are. Some testing companies are not able to test for as many genetic markers as others. For example, testing may detect whether a dog is a carrier of a specific health issue or themselves has this issue. However, the fewer genetic markers a manufacturer can test, the less accurate the information they will be able to provide you with.

Furthermore, if using a DNA test to determine whether your dog is purebred, you may be left disappointed. A reason for this is that many purebred dogs have been cross-bred over time to help with health problems that are associated with specific dog breeds. So even if everything otherwise says that your dog is purebred, the result may not reflect this.

Black and brown puppy sat on Omlet Topology dog bed with Sheepskin Purple faux fur topper

How is a Dog DNA Test Done?

So, exactly how exactly does doggy DNA testing work? A dog DNA test, also known as a genetic test, is conducted similarly to how human DNA tests are. Put simply, a DNA test works by checking a DNA sample via a cheek swab, extracting DNA from saliva, which painlessly collects cells from inside of your dog’s cheek.

When you buy your dog’s DNA test it should come with simple instructions on what you need to do. However, the basic procedure is to first remove the swab from the tube you will receive in the doggy DNA test. Next, swab your dog’s cheek by gently rubbing around the inside of their mouth for usually up to a minute, before removing the swab and placing it back into the tube. After obtaining the sample, you’re ready to send off your test to the manufacturer to get the test results! Of course, with any testing, user error can occur. Therefore, reducing the accuracy of results, but it’s a generally very easy process.

How Quickly Can You Get Results?

How quickly you can get your dog’s DNA test results really does depend on what test you have bought. Some tests can provide DNA results in just two weeks, whereas others can take up to two months. When looking into dog DNA test kits, this is a factor to consider, so look into testing companies that can offer a fast turnaround time if you need results quickly.

Can You Get A DNA Test For Cats?

Pet DNA tests can also be done for other animals such as cats! But it’s not quite reached the popularity that dog DNA testing has just yet. This is mostly for the reason that it’s incredibly difficult, in fact nearly impossible, for a cat DNA test to provide you with an accurate breakdown of their breed. It also goes without saying that depending on your cat’s temperament, obtaining the saliva sample itself might be a little more tricky!

Where Can You Get a Doggy DNA Test?

Interested in doing a doggy DNA test? These can either be purchased online or carried out at the vet. There’s an abundance of kits on the internet, so be sure to look at verified reviews for the best accuracy and result time before making your decision!

Afghan Hound lying on grey Omlet Topology dog bed with quilted topper

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Clean Up Your Cat or Dog’s Life

A brown dog shaking itself dry on the Topology BedAutumn is here so why not kick off the new season by starting a new project or getting organised! it presents the perfect opportunity to have a bit of a change! So why not get your cat or dog involved with your overhaul so that they can start the season in tip-top condition! So, how do you begin to clean up your cat or dog’s life?

Remove Pet Hair From Around the Home

Before making a start to your cat or dog’s clean, grab the supplies and get to work on removing any pet hair or dirt from around the home. Many pet parents will agree that getting rid of animal hair from around the house seems to be an impossible task, especially if you’ve got a cat or dog that sheds a lot.

However, there’s no need for harsh chemicals when cleaning the house with pets. For your carpets, a top tip is to sprinkle down some baking soda before hoovering. Not only will this help to remove hair, but the baking soda will minimise odours. Just be sure to use a hoover that has been specifically designed for dog and cat hair to make things a bit easier! 

When it comes to cleaning fabric sofas, you can simply use a dry sponge and this will pick up any cat or dog hair lying around. For more household cleaning tips with pets, you can read our previous blog Cleaning Tips For Dogs Who Love Mud!

Using a pet blanket on top of beds and sofas, however, is the best way to keep your furniture protected in the first place, as well as providing your pet with a cosy spot to relax.

Clean Your Pets’ Beds

Now that the household clean is complete, it’s time to focus on your pet, and a great place to begin is by cleaning their bed. We wouldn’t like to sleep on a dirty mattress, so neither would our pets. And with dogs sleeping between 13 and 14 hours a day, and cats between 12 and 16, it’s fundamental to provide them with a clean, secure, and safe place to rest. Fortunately all Omlet beds are conveniently easy to clean, with removable covers and toppers that are machine washable.

Alternatively, treat your cat or dog to a new bed this season. For cats, the Maya Donut Bed comes in a wide range of colours that can add a touch of freshness to your home for the season. The Topology bed is perfect for dogs, with the option of raised feet, which improve home hygiene and airflow.

cat on white donut cat bed

Give Your Cat or Dog a Groom

Your clean wouldn’t be complete without a bit of a pet makeover! Well, not necessarily a full head to paw transformation, but a good bath and brush go a long way! Depending on the breed of your dog or cat, they might need to make a visit to the groomers, but it’s a good idea to keep on top of a basic regime at home. Furthermore, grooming is not only for your dog or cat’s appearance but is also important for your pet’s health by aiding with keeping their skin healthy and preventing fleas or ticks for example. 

Treat Your Pet to Some New Toys and Entertainment

A few new toys will be greatly appreciated by your cat or dog, as they adjust to the new season. Or how about treating your cat to their very own catio, which is perfect for indoor and outdoor cats alike, who love adventuring but need to remain safe in the garden. 

There’s nothing stopping you from beginning your tidy up from today! Before you start cleaning your home, however, it goes without saying that any cleaning products you use in your house should be pet-safe, so always make sure to check the labels. How will you be cleaning up your cat or dog’s life?

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What Your Dog Needs This Autumn

two dalmatians playing in the autumn leaves

Most dogs love autumn! The house is nice and quiet during the day, and their favourite parks and walking trails are calmer and used by fun dogs and their owners instead of snotty toddlers who want to grab waggy tails. They are allowed back on the beaches, there’s no pollen in the air and the temperature is pleasantly cool enough to be able to run around without worrying about overheating. And we haven’t even mentioned jumping in piles of crisp raked up leaves!

Safe to say there is a lot to look forward to in the coming weeks for both canines and humans, but to make this time of year as amazing as possible for your best furry friend, there are some things you might want to invest in or stock up on. Here is some advice and a useful checklist:

Grooming your pet

Your dog will start growing their winter coat in preparation for the colder season.  To make sure it’s as healthy and thick as possible, you might want to give your pooch a groom to get rid of dead hair and matted fur. This is especially important if your dog’s coat is very long or difficult to keep clean. You can start by just brushing through the hair, but if you’re able to it’s always good to let a professional groom your dog. 

Coats for dogs

Dogs of all kinds can benefit from wearing a dog coat on walks to give them extra warmth and comfort during autumn and winter, but it’s extra important for small or short haired dogs who are not naturally evolved to deal with lower temperatures.

Dog jackets are available in a wide range of styles and materials, and which you decide to go for is up to you, but we would recommend choosing a waterproof version that is easy to clean.

If your dog is not used to wearing a coat it might take some work to get them comfortable, and you might not be able to just pop it on and go out for a walk. Start slowly by letting them sniff and explore the material, rewarding them with treats to give reassurance. Once they seem safe around the coat you can put it on for short periods in the house or in the garden, slowly increasing the time.

Reflective collar and lead

To make sure you and your dog are visible when you go for your early morning or evening walks, it’s a good idea to get a reflective dog collar and/or lead that will alert passing cars. Many walkers carry torches when walking in the dark, so reflective gear can be useful even if you’re not around vehicles. You can also get collars with LED lights that will make sure both you and others can spot your dog on country walks off the lead.

Controlling ticks and fleas

Don’t stop giving your dog tick and flea repellent treatments just because summer is over. In fact, ticks are more active in spring and autumn, and as it gets colder, fleas are more likely to find their way into our warm homes. 

A warm and comfy bed

When returning to the house after a rainy walk at this time of year, you will appreciate getting yourself comfortable with a cozy blanket on the sofa, or even under the covers in your bed. Your dog will feel exactly the same. Make sure your dog has a soft and supportive bed to rest on as the nights draw in. The Omlet Bolster Dog Beds have a high performing memory foam mattress that will mould itself around your dog as they relax their bodies, and will provide them with a long, restful sleep all night. 

Having a safe and warm space to return to after hours of autumn play is especially important if your dog is still a puppy. Keep your pet’s bed close to the central heating or in a room with a wood burner so they can be in the same room as the rest of the family, and make sure it stays warm throughout the night.

two dogs sleeping after autumn walks

Dealing with mud

Even if your dog is not a fan of jumping in puddles, running through high grass or rolling in wet leaves, walks are going to get wetter and muddier as autumn approaches, so it’s worth making sure that you have everything at hand to deal with a cold and dirty dog. If you’re driving home from walks, it’s a good idea to have a towel or a dog blanket to dry off your dog before they get in the car to make sure they don’t get cold. A waterproof seat cover is another solution.

Get a dog friendly shampoo for bath time, and a good brush to get rid of dirt and debris from the coat. If you’re not meticulous about cleaning your dog, it’s ideal to have a dog bed that is easy to keep clean. The Topology Luxury Dog Bed has removable toppers that can easily be zipped off and put in the washing machine when dirty. It is even available with a brown microfiber topper that will absorb any leftover dirt and moisture from your dog without making the cover wet and uncomfortable. 

Keep your dog safe

Autumn does unfortunately also come with some pet hazards. Be aware that antifreeze is highly poisonous to dogs, and can result in acute liver failure and even death. Signs that your dog might have eaten something they shouldn’t include vomiting, seizures and difficulty breathing, so call your vet immediately if you notice any of these symptoms. Dogs quite like the taste of antifreeze, so if you’re using it, store it in a closed cupboard or in the shed.

Rock salt used on the roads as grit could also be dangerous if ingested, so make sure you clean your dog’s paws thoroughly after walks.

Also be aware that all sorts of dangers can hide under leaves and on muddy paths. Broken glass, toxic food or litter can seriously harm your pet, so to keep your dog happy and healthy it’s important to always keep a close eye on them when they’re exploring.


If you come prepared, this time of year should be a real treat for both dogs and humans, ideal for spending quality time together walking, playing and snuggling!

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11 Ways to Make Dog Walks More Exciting

A dog running on the beachAt some point, most dog owners will relate to not being able to find the motivation to get out of the house for a daily dog walk. However, part of owning a dog inevitably means having to keep on top of their exercise regime. Rest assured though, walking your dog doesn’t have to be a chore. Here are our top tips on how to make dog walks more exciting for both you and your pet.

Encourage Sniffing

Allowing for a few dog sniff breaks is a fantastic way to make your walk a lot more exciting for your furry friend. Did you know that scientists estimate that a dog’s sense of smell is anywhere between 10,000 to 100,000 times more accurate than ours?! So whilst it might be slightly frustrating for owners to feel like they’re continuously stopping for their dog to sniff everything, it’s crucial not to forget that this is how our dogs navigate the world. So next time you’re on a walk, give your pup some extra time to use their nose, and you’ll probably have a much calmer dog when you return home too!

Snap Some Insta Worthy Pics

Could your dog be the next big pet influencer?! Why not have some fun and get your pup posing for a few pics whilst you’re out walking. Find a nice setting and get your dog’s attention to have them sit nicely, whilst you snap away!

Play Games With Them Whilst You Walk

Dog games don’t have to be restricted to within the home. Most dogs love to play fetch, so this is always a good place to start. You can even substitute your dog’s regular ball with a treat ball for dogs, which you can hide some of their favourite snacks in, to make their usual game of fetch a bit more mentally stimulating.

Earlier in this blog, we learnt about how much dogs rely on their sense of smell to explore their surroundings. This is why nose work games are also a great idea to incorporate into your dog’s walk, providing them with plenty of mental stimulation. Teach your pup the “find it” command and throw some treats into the grass to have them sniff out where you’ve placed them.

Do Some Training

Dogs need training throughout their lives and doing so outside whilst on walks is certainly one way to make your regular stroll a bit more fun for the pair of you. Training outside means that there will be plenty of distractions, so keeping your pup stay engaged will require a lot of concentration. There are various ways to train your furry friend outside, from practising loose leash walking, obedience training, or maybe even agility. Whichever you choose to do so, any training exercise will get your dog’s brain working and tire them out!

Stop at a Dog-Friendly Pub

How about taking your pup along to a local pub whilst on your walk? Your dog might even appreciate a little break from their trek and it means you’ll have a bit of company should you sit down for a drink – a win-win situation! Whilst plenty of pubs accommodate dogs, it goes without saying to just be sure to check before your arrival!

Let Your Dog Go For a Swim

Whilst not the case for all, many dogs can swim. Weather permitting, take your dog out for a swim in a dog-friendly lake for a splash around during their walk. If your dog is not familiar with swimming though, it’s important to gently ease them in and never force them to do anything they’re not comfortable with.

After returning home, your pup will need a cosy and warm bed to relax on. The Topology is a fantastic choice, with a range of mattress toppers including a machine washable, absorbent dog bed Microfibre Topper that will simply soak up any mud and dampness from their swim. Taking your dog swimming on walks is even better in the summertime to help them cool down. Be sure to also take a cooling mat for dogs if you plan on heading out for a long walk to the lake as the weather heats up.

Brown spaniel lying on a Topology bed with microfibre topper

Dogs can get plenty of well deserved nap time on the Topology bed with microfibre topper.

Have a Dog Playdate

If your dog gets along well with other dogs, invite a friend to join you on your next walk to make it feel like less of a task. Not only will you be able to have a nice catch up with a friend, but your dog will also appreciate meeting up with theirs too.

Go to Dog Meetups

If you don’t already know anyone else with dogs, dog meetups are another opportunity for you and your pup to socialise with other people and dogs. Dog meetups are usually held in parks and involve meeting and then walking with other friendly dogs from around the local area. Alternatively, breed-specific dog meetups have soared in popularity in recent years, with a large number of dogs of the same breed all gathering in the same space for one big walkie!

Dog in a Fido crate in the boot of a car

Dogs can safely travel in the car with a Fido crate.

Go Somewhere Different

Just like us, dogs enjoy a change of scenery. Doing the same thing, in the same place, every single day will eventually lead to you and your dog becoming very bored, so it’s a good idea to every so often change your route on walks. If your dog doesn’t mind getting in the car,  you can even head out slightly further out on an adventure to give your dog a whole new experience, such as travelling to a beach. Should you be making a longer journey, a secure crate like the Fido Classic will help to make for a much smoother ride.

Change The Pace

Another way you can make the daily walk more exciting is to change the pace. Speeding up and slowing down at some points of the walk will get your dog’s mind ticking by keeping them engaged with you as they have to focus on what your next move will be.

Alternatively, for a particularly high energy dog, why not change your walk into a jog! This way you’ll be able to get your workout in alongside taking the dog out! Before doing so, however, just make sure that your dog’s age and breed is suitable for running long distances.

Let Them Guide You

It’s often said that your dog should never be leading the way on walks. However, it can work out as a fun activity to occasionally see where your dog really wants to go on their walk! Simply take them out on their lead and hand directional control over to them! Although, If you’ve got a bigger dog who pulls on the lead a lot, this might not be the best idea…

Walking the dog doesn’t have to be boring! Hopefully, now you’re feeling a lot more inspired to try out some fun new activities with your furry friend and you can bring the excitement back to the daily walk. 

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Festive Dog Biscuits

peanut butter christmas dog biscuit

Everyone deserves a treat from Santa Paws this festive season, including our four legged friends! This super simple recipe makes around 15 dog biscuits (using a 10cm cookie cutter), and are the perfect Christmas treat for your dog!

Ingredients

  • 150g plain or wholemeal flour
  • 80g xylitol-free peanut butter*
  • 1 banana
  • 4 tablespoons hot water
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon

*Check the ingredients of your peanut butter – xylitol is toxic to dogs.

Method

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes

  1. Preheat your oven to 170°C. Mix together the xylitol-free peanut butter and hot water in a bowl.
  2. Add the banana to the bowl and mash with a fork until most lumps have gone.
  3. Add the flour and cinnamon to the bowl and use your hands to form a dough. The texture should be quite firm and sticky.
  4. Lightly flour your work surface and roll out the dough to about 1cm thick.
  5. Cut out into your favourite Christmassy shapes and place on a lined baking tray.
  6. Bake at 170°C for around 15 minutes or until golden brown. Once cooked, leave to cool completely before your dog does the taste test!

Your homemade Christmas dog treats can be stored in an airtight container for up to 10 days. A friendly reminder that this recipe is intended as occasional treats for your dog, and should be fed in small amounts alongside a well-balanced diet. These treats are not suitable for dogs with nut allergies or other special dietary requirements.

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Sharing a Bed With Your Pet – Yes or No?

We all love our pets, and sometimes it simply seems far too difficult being apart for just a few hours, even at night. Surveys have shown that up to two thirds of people with cats or dogs now sharing a bed with their furry friend, so it’s clear that the prospect of snuggling up with the cat or dog at bedtime can sometimes be impossible to resist. Many pet owners would agree that co-sleeping with a beloved pet seems harmless. However, with sharing the bed also comes drawbacks. First of all, though, let’s talk about the main benefits of letting your pet sleep on the bed.

Benefits of Sharing a Bed with Your Pet

Bonding

Sleeping with your pet can be a great bonding experience for both parties. Dogs and cats provide their owners with physical comfort and support, strengthening your bond and relationship, which can help your pet to feel more at home.

Security

For dog owners in particular, sharing your bed with your pet every night can be a great security measure if you have any concerns about break ins. Regardless of how your dog would react to any intruders, they’re a great deterrent to any burglars and provide you with a sense of safety at night. Although your cat might not be able to put up much of a fight against any intruders, they’re highly sensitive creatures and can alert you of anything that appears suspicious, such as unusual smells or sounds.

Reduces Stress and Anxiety

Studies show that co-sleeping with your pet can help elevate your mood and reduce stress and anxiety levels. When you cuddle with your dog or cat, having that contact releases the happy hormone of oxytocin. Reduced levels of stress and anxiety levels may also help you to get a better night’s sleep.

Personal Alarm Clock

Like humans, cats and dogs sleep at night and are awake for the day (well, for the most part!). They’re both creatures of habit and love routine so don’t be surprised if you get a very personal wake up call from your pet at 6am every morning. Look on the bright side though, you might never have to set an alarm for work ever again!

Drawbacks of Sharing a Bed with Your Pet

Fleas and Parasites

Unfortunately, cats and dogs are notorious for fleas. If you regularly welcome your pet into bed for a snuggle at night, then you may also be welcoming their fleas too. Although easily treated, having fleas is an unpleasant experience for both you and your pets. More worryingly, co-sleeping with your pet could actually be putting your health at risk. Both dogs and cats can spread parasites such as tapeworm, that can make us sick.

Hair!

If your cat or dog is prone to shedding then don’t expect your bed to escape from the mess! It’s no secret to most pet owners how much of a nightmare it can be to forever be hoovering up your dog or cat’s fur from around the house, so if you don’t fancy adding another chore to the list then maybe it’s best to avoid sleeping with a dog or cat.

Allergies

It’s not a good idea to share the bed with your pet if you suffer from allergies, even if they’re not pet related. Those who suffer from asthma or are sensitive to pollen and dust for example, may find their allergies being triggered from sharing the bed with a dog or cat.

Behavioural Problems

When you allow your animals to share the bed, you run the risk of facing behavioural problems. For dogs that are prone to separation anxiety or territorial aggression, allowing them to sleep on the bed at night could only be worsening these issues. Cats can also suffer from issues such as territorial behaviour, so if you’re met with a hiss or lash out from your cat when you attempt to move them off the bed then it’s probably not a great idea to continue sharing.

If you (or your pet) do decide to sleep alone, it’s important to make sure that you provide them with a safe and cosy bed at night. Omlet stock a wide range of pet beds for dogs and cats that optimise comfort and hygiene, so that your cat or dog will be just as snug in their own space.

If you (or your pet) do decide to sleep alone, it’s important to make sure that you provide them with a safe and cosy bed at night. Omlet stock a wide range of pet beds for dogs and cats that optimise comfort and hygiene, so that your cat or dog will be just as snug in their own space. The new Maya Donut Cat Bed offers first class comfort, made with a luxurious faux fur fabric your cat will love. Or how about trying the Topology Luxury Dog Bed for your pet pooch. With a memory foam mattress base, your dog will be in their element with a number of customisable toppers to fit their personality.

  
  

So, as amazing as it can be to share the bed with our favourite furry friends, with risks such as behavioural issues and allergies to consider, the decision really is a matter of personal choice. Either way, it’s always worth investing in your pet’s own bed to give them the option to have their own safe space (however little or often it may be used!). 

 

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What Is the Best Bed for an Anxious Dog?

Dog running to topology dog bed with yellow beanbag topper

Anxiety is an issue that affects many dogs. Some breeds are prone to nervousness, and some individual dogs may have had a tough upbringing that results in anxiety as an adult.  Others may have issues such as joint pain that require extra comfort and a cozy corner.

The symptoms of anxiety in a dog or pup may include hiding, ‘burrowing’ under blankets, cushions or on a bed (the dog bed or the owner’s bed!), or ‘cringing’ (with the tail between the legs). Some dogs will express anxiety by whining and whimpering, panting when there has been no energetic activity, shivering. Jumping – even nipping and snapping – can also be a sign of dog anxiety.

Treating dog anxiety is not a straightforward issue, neither in humans nor dogs. While humans can talk to someone about the issue and receive good advice, the options for a dog are more limited. Positive training can go a long way towards reducing dog anxiety and boosting confidence, and a calm environment can have a very positive impact, too. The dog bed can make a big difference here.

What can calm an anxious dog?

Dog anxiety often stems from puppyhood stress. With rescue dogs, the events in the early months of your pet’s life are often unknown. Dog anxiety is usually linked to separation, though. Out and out abuse manifests as fear and lack of confidence in dogs, but anxiety is something slightly different. A high quality calming pet bed can help dogs with a mild form of separation anxiety – that is, if your dog frets when left alone, or is particularly ‘clingy’ with one member of the family.

Dog anxiety can also be brought on by discomfort. Many dogs suffer from joint pains, notably in the hips as they grow older. Lying on a blanket or a thin dog bed or a pet bed that’s too small will not give these dogs the comfort they need for a good night’s sleep, leading to a vicious circle of anxiety-inducing poor sleep and stress.

A comfortable pet bed provides the anxious dog with that all-important sense of security, a combination of a bolt-hole and a life jacket. Such dog beds may feature orthopedic padding, blankets or quilts for really snuggling down, extra-soft cushions and raised sides for resting a lazy head on.

Even the best dog beds alone will not ‘cure’ a dog’s anxiety, and they need to be part of a general dog-friendly environment, combined with a consistent behavioural dog training programme, a healthy diet, supplements, and – if absolutely necessary –  medication. Dog beds, then, are where dog owners should start when addressing anxiety issues, but they are only part of the wider solution.

Best dog beds for anxious dogsDog laying on topology dog bed with microfiber topper

The central part of a calm environment for dogs is the dog bed. The location of the pet bed is important. It needs to be somewhere relatively quiet, where the dog can feel safe and in control. The design of a bed for dogs is equally important, and a comfortable mattress is the beginning, rather than the end of the story.

So, what type of bed does a dog prefer? For many dogs, a bed is simply the place where they lie down and sleep. It doesn’t even have to be the same spot each night – some dogs like to spend one night on their allocated bed, the next night in a cool spot on the kitchen floor, and the next night camped at the foot of your bed. But with anxious dogs, consistency is important, and the right bed in the right place is the key.

An anti-anxiety dog bed can actively reduce stress and anxiety, and when combined with anti-stress training, the dog bed can go a long way towards eliminating the issue. Calming supplements can also help, and in extreme cases a vet will recommend anti-stress medication, too.

Do anxiety beds work for dogs?

An anti-anxiety dog bed is all about giving dogs and puppies a sense of security, reinforced by sheer comfort. The key is in the design, and there are many models to choose from. The best options include dog beds that go the extra mile to enhance your dog’s comfort, including features such as a removable cover, orthopedic foam, memory foam, a washable cover (machine washable, ideally), and a generally easy to clean design. Dogs love their comfort, and a consistently good night’s sleep, after all, is one of the best ways to tackle and reduce dog’s anxiety.

A well designed dog bed will be soft, machine washable and hygienic. Omlet’s Bolster dog beds, for example, provide plenty of comfort and support for your furry friend, with super soft memory foam mattresses, raised edges and an easy to clean washable cover. Topology dog beds combine these benefits with the option of raising the bed off the ground to improve air flow and prevent issues such as mould, mildew, dust and debris, all of which can accumulate in a poorly ventilated dog bed. The Topology dog bed mattress can be covered with different ‘topper’ blankets, some of them gently absorbing damp and dirt, others simply adding an extra layer of soft bedding to burrow under. A dog loves to feel cozy!

A top class calming dog bed won’t cure dog or pup anxiety on its own. But a good night’s sleep is half the battle, providing the dog with the comfortable start and end to each day, making the rest of the anti-anxiety regime that little bit easier.

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The Perfect Christmas Gifts for Dogs and Their Owners

The Omlet shop has something for everyone! With plenty on offer for dogs this year, you don’t want to miss out on this opportunity to get some great gifts for any pampered pooches (and their owners!) that you have in your life. 

Topology Bed

The Topology dog bed is a must-have for any pup who loves to put their feet up after a long day! With a high performance memory foam mattress base, this bed is also a brilliant gift for any dogs who need that extra bit of support and comfort for their joints. Available with a number of luxury toppers, including a dreamy faux fur sheepskin, the bed is great for keeping your four legged friend snug over the festive season! 

Bolster Bed

If you know someone who’s looking to upgrade their dog’s bed for the new year, the Bolster Bed is a fantastic choice. The zip-on, machine washable covers make them ideal for any puppy accidents or muddy paw prints as well.

With a range of 15 different beautiful colours and a range of designer feet to choose from, the Bolster is ideal for any dog parents who want a stylish bed to match the interior of their home! How about opting for the Sage Green or Merlot Red to really fit in with the Christmas decor?

Luxury Super Soft Dog Blanket

The irresistible Luxury Super Soft Dog Blanket will be a real treat for any pups to find under the tree this year! The ultra cosy, sherpa blanket can be placed anywhere in the home to help your dog get a great night’s sleep. You can even position the blanket in your pup’s bed for even more warmth and comfort. Now also available in a very festive poinsettia red and cream design, your dogs can get into Christmas spirit with the rest of the family!

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Did You Know How Dirty Your Dog’s Bed Is?


Girl Reading to Daschund sitting on topology dog bed with quilted topper

Topology Dog Beds give all dog’s that ‘clean sheet’ feeling.

A recent survey discovered that 22% of dog owners think that the dog bed takes 2 weeks to become unhygienic, yet 23% still leave it a month between washes! No wonder a dog bed is one of the 10 dirtiest spots in the home.

We’re known as a nation of dog lovers, but it has become clear that many owners do not give their dogs the sleeping experience they deserve. In fact, the survey showed that only half of dog owners wash their dog’s bed as frequently as dog and hygiene experts recommend: at least every other week.

The survey found the main reasons people struggle to keep their dog’s bed clean is that it’s time consuming and it leaves their dog without a bed while the cover is being washed and dried.

So how do we make it easier for the owners, and more comfortable and hygienic for the dogs? Enter Omlet’s newest innovation: Topology, the dog bed evolution our pets have been craving!

Topology Dog Beds feature patented, machine washable toppers that easily zip on and off a sturdy and supportive memory foam mattress. This allows owners to quickly swap to a new topper when the dirty one is in the wash. A range of designs from luxurious sheepskin to highly absorbent microfiber and even a beanbag version mean that you can find a topper that suits your dog perfectly, and looks great in your home.

After many days of rigorous play and nights of deep sleep, a worn topper can also be replaced without the need to throw away the rest of the bed. Economical, hygienic and kinder to the environment!

Another exciting feature of the Topology Dog Bed is the possibility to raise the bed with stylish designer feet. Not only does this make the bed blend beautifully in with the rest of your furniture, it also improves airflow around the bed without creating nasty drafts, minimizing dust and debris as well as unwelcome disturbances. Yet another improvement to dog bed hygiene, thanks to Omlet!

Omlet’s Head of Product Design, Simon Nicholls, says: “We wanted to combine all the things dogs and their owners find important into one ultimate dog bed, and what we ended up with was Topology. The combination of the base, the toppers and the feet provides extreme comfort and support, cleanliness and hygiene, and durability. It’s been really nice to see how different dogs tend to go for different toppers and how their favorites match their personalities!”


Golden Doodle laying on topology dog bed with Microfiber topper
Hands zipping off the machine-washable yellow beanbag topper
Dog laying down on topology dog bed with sheepskin topper

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Cleaning Tips For Dogs Who Love Mud!

A brown dog shaking itself dry on the Topology bed

It’s no secret that most dogs absolutely love getting muddy, rolling around in dirt and jumping in the biggest puddles they can find! This can unsurprisingly result in a very muddy pup and several trips to the dreaded bath! Whilst we can try and prevent our dogs from getting too dirty by discouraging digging and diving into puddles, it’s inevitable that some pups just can’t help getting their paws and fur muddy. Fortunately for us though, we don’t have to let our furry friends get in the way of a clean house. Here are our top tips on how exactly you can keep your house clean with a dog that loves mud.

Tips For Cleaning Around Your Home

Daily Floor Cleaning

It may seem obvious but with a pet comes more cleaning around the house! It’s a good idea to purchase a hoover that has been specifically designed with our pets in mind. These are perfect for helping to remove a buildup of dirt left around the house from your dog and any hair that is stuck in difficult to reach spots. If you’ve got hardwood floors, you can then use a high quality, pet safe surface cleaner to mop over any leftover dirt or potential muddy paw prints.

Plenty of Throws!

Not only do throws look great around the home during this time of year, creating a cosy autumnal feel, they can also help with keeping your furniture in tip top shape! Using throws on your furniture will save you a lot of time (and money), over attempting to clean your fabric sofa. Be sure to use easy to clean throws that can simply be put in the washing machine once they get smelly or accumulate any dirt or mud. You can also get your dog their own blanket like the Omlet Luxury Super Soft Dog Blanket, which can be placed on your furniture or their bed. Not only does the blanket provide ultimate comfort, it’s also dual sided, allowing you to choose a style to best suit your interior.

Consider Dog Bed Choice

There are several dog beds on the market and sometimes it can be overwhelming attempting to choose which will be best for your pet. Something you should consider however, is how it will affect the cleanliness of your home. Without regular washing, it’s easy for your dog’s bed to quickly become dirty with hair, dust, and mud as your pup returns from the garden or a walk. Dog beds with removable covers are a good choice, making for much easier cleaning than those without. Furthermore, dog beds with feet such as the Topology bed can help with keeping your dog’s bed cleaner for longer, as well as keeping the floor beneath the bed clean, minimising a build up of debris compared to dog mattresses that sit directly on the ground.

Tips For Cleaning a Muddy Dog

A Labrador lying on a Topology bedRegular Grooming

Regular grooming for your dog is essential, regardless of whether your dog has become visibly muddy or not. Whilst some breeds require a lot more grooming than others and are recommended to take regular visits to a professional groomer, you can also keep on top of their regime whilst at home. Between baths, you can use a dry shampoo to get rid of dirt and odours. You can also maintain your dog’s coat using a brush, suitable for their breed to help keep their fur healthy.

Muddy pug in the woodsWipe Your Dog’s Paws After Walkies

Dog paws can of course bring in dirt and mud into our homes, so wiping down your dog’s muddy paws after they come back from a walk is one way to prevent them from bringing this inside. To clean muddy dog paws and get the mud gone you can use paw wipes, specifically designed for dogs, gently rubbing away any dirt. Another great tip is to rub in a bit of natural coconut oil to your dog’s dirty paws after paw cleaning. This will help to hydrate and soothe sore or itchy paw pads.

Leave a Towel or Mat by The Door

You can leave a towel or mat by your door as another solution to keep your dog from leaving their muddy paw prints across the home. The Wet Paws Mat for example can simply be placed at the door where your dog enters the house. The mat is highly absorbent, cleaning muddy feet by absorbing the mud from your dog’s paw pads. As you would with a towel too, you can then shake off the mat outside or throw it in the washing machine.


Having a dog that loves the mud doesn’t have to spoil your home. Hopefully after reading these tips you’ll be a lot more prepared on how you continue to enjoy your dog walks without fearing about your house!

 

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Asparagus, Leek and Pea Frittata

asparagus pea and leek frittata in pan

Elise Pulbrook is an Australian chef, baker, Australian Masterchef 2021 semi finalist and, as of recently, – chicken keeper! She’s sharing one of her favourite ways of using those lovely fresh eggs on the Omlet blog, a scrumptious asparagus, leek and pea frittata!


My favourite egg recipe of all time is my Zia Maria’s asparagus frittata. I’ve changed her recipe slightly, adding leek and peas. Sometimes Zia Maria adds chopped boiled potato. At the start of Spring, there has never been a shortage of asparagus in my family. Koo Wee Rup is Victoria’s asparagus country and my large Italian family has roots there. Zio Frank would bring at least one large polystyrene box of asparagus down to Melbourne every year for his sisters to divide amongst themselves.

This is a recipe I make as soon as sweet stems of asparagus come into season. To make this with my own chicken’s eggs is deeply satisfying! This is a thin frittata that is flourless and it is often referred to as an omelet within my family.

Ingredients:

  • 200g chopped leek
  • 200g chopped asparagus, woody ends removed
  • 200g baby peas
  • 10g chopped garlic, approximately 2 cloves
  • 230g whisked egg, approximately 4 large eggs
  • 30g fresh chopped parsley
  • 2 -3 pinches of salt, or to taste (every salt is slightly different in its saltiness, know your salt!)
  • 1 tsp chilli flakes, or to taste (some chilli flakes are hotter than others!)
  • 1-2 pinches dried oregano or zaatar
  • 40g grated pecorino cheese, or enough to cover the surface of your omelet
  • Light olive oil for frying (at least 100ml, remember to be generous with your olive oil and cook like an Italian!)

Method:

1 – Heat a large well-seasoned cast iron pan or non stick fry pan. If using a 30cm fry pan, the quantities in the ingredient list will allow you to make two omelets. I have used a 35cm cast iron skillet for the frittata pictured. A rule of thumb for the success of many recipes is to choose the appropriate pan for the task at hand.

2 – Add 2-3 tablespoons of olive oil to your pan and begin to sweat your leek over a medium heat. Add two pinches of salt to help extract moisture from your leek and accelerate its cooking time. When your leek has softened and tastes sweet, add your garlic. Allow the garlic to soften and perfume the oil. Next, add your asparagus. Allow the asparagus to fry by slightly increasing the heat of your pan and allowing it to sizzle. Stir occasionally, avoiding any browning. We are aiming for a tender ‘just cooked’ asparagus with a slight crunch and bright sweetness. Add the peas and allow them to blister into radiant green jewels. The peas will only need a moment or two. If using frozen peas, you’re essentially just defrosting them in the pan. Taste the vegetables and, if they are all beautifully tender, remove them from the heat and into a large bowl.

ingredients for a pea and leek frittata

3 – Mix the vegetables with the whisked egg, parsley, chilli flakes, a pinch of oregano and a pinch of salt.

4 – Wipe out your pan, bring to a medium-high heat and then add a generous 5mm layer of olive oil. Don’t allow your oil to smoke but do allow it to be hot enough for your frittata to sizzle once poured into the pan. Once you do pour your frittata mixture into the pan, flatten it out quickly using a spatula, pushing the mixture completely and evenly cover the surface area of your pan. Sprinkle over the grated cheese and the remainder of your oregano.

5 – Turn on the grill function of your oven to preheat while you are waiting for the edges of your frittata to start to brown. Check the bottom of your frittata by using a spatula to peek underneath. Once it has begun to brown, transfer the pan to the oven and leave to grill until the cheese on top has melted and begun to brown. Remove from the grill.

6 – Serve cut into squares as part of an antipasti selection or wedged between buttered sliced bread for lunch. Enjoy!

closeup of finished asparagus frittata

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Meet the “Pawsome” Stars of Topology!

Meet five pawsome stars from our exciting new video, and find out more about their new favourite dog bed: Topology!

Topology is a super stylish, comfortable and practical bed that both dogs and owners will love! Machine washable toppers zip on and off the supportive memory foam mattress, so that your dog’s bed can easily be kept clean and hygienic. The range of five different toppers also means that you will be able to customise the bed to fit your dog and their personality.

We asked five of the canine characters in the Topology video to tell us which topper was their favourite and why:

Freddie love his Topology Dog Bed with a comfy Beanbag topper

Dalmatian laying on topology dog bed with yellow beanbag topper

Freddie is a boisterous Dalmatian with bundles of energy! He loves showing off his jumping skills, and will happily throw himself at his bed over and over again to burn off some steam. This isn’t a challenge for the robust fabric and stitching of the Topology Dog Bed, and Freddies favourite topper, the Beanbag, is both fun and super comfortable as it fully lets the dog’s body relax as they lie down on top of it.

It doesn’t happen often, but sometimes even Freddie needs a good, long nap, and as much as the Topology dog bed can withstand his lively playing, it will also provide superb support for his resting body. Thanks to the memory foam layer in the base and the softness of the topper, Freddies owners have no doubt he’s fully relaxed and comfortable when he finally settles in for the night.

Woody could relax for days on his Topology bed with luxurious Sheepskin topper

Dog sitting on topology bed with sheepskin topper

Even if neither he nor his owner would admit to it, Woody the Goldendoodle is what many would describe as a pampered pooch. He won’t settle for anything but the most luxurious of dog beds after his strolls around the city’s parks, so it’s no surprise that his favourite topper is the sheepskin.

Positioned in the best position in the living room, Woody can stretch out on his Topology Dog Bed and feel the super soft fabric against his skin while the memory foam mattress moulds around his body. Woody’s owner really appreciates how easy it is to remove and clean the topper.

Winston feels safe and supported on his Topology dog bed with Bolster topper

Dog jumping on topology dog bed with bolster topper.

Little Winston is a Dachshund, and only six months old. With all the exciting exploring, learning, playing and chewing shoes he has to do all day, it’s extra important that he has a comfy bed to retreat to when he gets tired.

Winston absolutely loves the bolster topper. Not only does the perfectly padded bolster give his little head support when he snoozes, it also encloses the body to provide a den-like feeling that adds a sense of security.

Margot favours the elegance and extreme comfort of the Quilted topper

Dog laying on topology dog bed with quilted topper

Margot is a classy Afghan Hound who appreciates the simple luxuries in life. She loves being comfortable, preferably curling up by the fire after a walk around the town when she enjoys meeting new dogs to sniff.

Margot’s favourite topper is the super soft quilted version. It stays cool against the body in summer and has a warming effect in winter, and the classic design oozes luxury and comfort. Additionally, Margot’s owners love the look of the soft minty grey against the rest of their furniture!

Esme can dry off and relax on the Microfiber topper on her Topology Dog bed

scruffy dog laying on the topology dog bed with microfiber topper

Esme is a perfectly sized terrier mix who loves nothing more than running over wide fields and chasing squirrels between trees on long country walks. Rain and wind won’t stop her – the muddier the better! That’s why the microfiber topper is her favourite. The structured fabric is nice to roll your wet back against, and it will speed up the drying process.

Esme’s owners also love that she’s got a space to dry off after inevitable hose-downs that isn’t the living room carpet! Leftover mud and moisture from walks will quickly and smoothly blend into the microfiber topper, and it can be washed over and over again, allowing for more lovely nature walks.

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How to Exercise Your Dog Indoors

A Dachshund Playing Indoors With Their Owner With A Fido Nook Dog Bed Behind Them

Come rain or shine our dogs need their daily walk… or two, right? But what happens when this just isn’t possible? Sometimes we can’t take our dogs outside for a number of reasons, be it extreme weather conditions, or maybe you’re in isolation. Regardless of your explanation, it’s a good idea to know how to keep on top of your dog’s physical health, as well as having an understanding of how to keep their brains engaged and stimulated whilst inside the home, even for when you’re able to take them for their regular walks again.

Although exercise with your dog inside most definitely does not substitute for your dog’s activity outdoors, there are a number of ideas to help you and your pup out, should you find yourselves in a situation when you can’t leave your home.

Physical Exercise Ideas

Tug of War

Tug of war is a great game to encourage your dog to exercise indoors. Before making a start it’s important that you’ve taught your dog the release command, to ensure they know how to drop their tug toy as soon as you ask them. Once they’ve mastered this, you can begin playing with a durable tug of war toy, which you can use to tug back and forth with your pup.

Create an Obstacle Course

An obstacle course is a fantastic way to get your dog active around the house. You can make your course as simple or complicated as you want, and you’ll probably already have most of the equipment you need in your home! You can use a children’s play tunnel for your dog to run through, or even make your own using an old cardboard box, with treats to lure your pooch in. If you’ve got carpeted stairs, you can incorporate these into the course for your pet, or even use a hula-hoop or PVC pipes to have your pup jump through. You can really get creative here, as long as your dog is supervised at all times.

A Pug Playing Tug Of War IndoorsPlay Fetch in The Living Room

This is definitely one for a rainy day when it’s impossible to even play with your furry friend in the garden. This classic game is one form of indoor exercise that is bound to tire out your dog, but be wary of this one if you’re lacking the space inside (or a great aim!). Remember to always use a soft ball toy to play this game to avoid any damage.

Get a Treadmill

Treadmills aren’t just for humans! If you have a particularly active dog breed that you know is dependent on being outdoors for hours of running, a treadmill is a great way to get their physical activity in and tire them out. It’s not advisable to use a treadmill built for us to take your dogs on, so if you’re considering this option to exercise your dog, you can invest in a purpose built dog treadmill. That way you can be assured that your pup will stay safe, knowing the machine is suitable for their weight and joints.

Mental Exercise Ideas

Try Out Puzzle Toys

Exercising your dog isn’t all about physical activity. Physical and mental stimulation are both incredibly important, with mental stimulation being able to use as much energy as physical exercise for dogs. Invest in a puzzle toy like the Treat Maze Interactive Puzzle, a brain game that will really get your pup thinking, providing them with plenty of mental stimulation. Watch as your dog uses up their energy as they work out how they can get to their treats.

Play Hide and Seek

Although hide and seek can involve a lot of physical exercise, it also requires a lot of brain power from your dog. Find a hiding space and have your dog wait until you call their name to find you. When your pup finds your hiding place, give them lots of praise or reward them with a treat.

Teach Your Pup New Tricks

Teaching your dog new tricks is an activity you can do without hardly any space, and something that will keep them mentally engaged. You can begin teaching your puppy basic commands as soon as they arrive home, usually at eight weeks old. However, as your pup gets older these can become more complex and fun.

Scent Game

You can try hiding some of your dog’s favourite treats to really get their nose (and brain) working. This game is perfect for mental enrichment for your pup, and also one you can try to incorporate into your obstacle course. Before hiding your pup’s treats, teach them the “find it” command, so they know what to do when you release them to go on their scent hunt. You can first hide a treat under a towel and then build this up to hiding treats around the house.


Being stuck indoors is no fun for you or your dog, but hopefully after a bit of inspiration you’ve been able to pick up helpful tips to make it a lot less boring before you can be out and about again.

 

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Everything You Need For Your New Cockapoo

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Getting a new puppy is such an exciting time for everyone involved (even if it means a manic few months ahead of you!). A cross between a poodle and cocker spaniel, cockapoos have soared in popularity over the past few years, with their hypoallergenic coat and undeniably cute looks both playing a huge part in this! With such a loving and fun temperament, it’s hardly surprising that they have become a new firm family favourite. So, now you’ve decided that a cockapoo is the right puppy for you, where exactly do you start? Writing a puppy checklist is a good idea to get prepared before you bring your pet pooch into their new home.

Essentials for Before They’re Home

The first few days with your new puppy might be tough, as they adapt to your life and you become familiar with your four legged friend. Every dog is different but there are some essentials that we recommend for your cockapoo before even bringing them home that will make for a much easier start.

Food and Water (Including Bowls)

Puppies, of course, need a fresh supply of food and water (along with appropriate sized bowls for each). A reliable cockapoo breeder will tell you know what food your cockapoo puppy has been on before they come home, to make for a less stressful transition. Be sure to also purchase treats for your new furry friend. They’re a fantastic way to start the training process and will keep your puppy motivated.

Collar and Lead

When you pick your puppy up, they’ll probably have had a collar on to differentiate them from their litter-mates. However, you’ll want to purchase your own, even before they are able to go for their first walk. This will help to train them to get used to the feeling of a lead and collar. For size reference, cockapoos are generally medium sized dogs but this can range depending on what type of poodle they are mixed with. The general rule of thumb is that you should be able to fit two fingers under your cockapoo’s collar. Alternatively, you may wish to opt for a harness. Whichever you decide for your new cockapoo pup, make sure they are fitted with an ID tag, which states your name, first line of your address, post-code, contact number, and a message that indicates that your dog has been microchipped i.e. “I’m microchipped”.

A Crate and Bedding

When you bring your puppy home you should introduce them to a crate. A crate should never be used as a cage or to punish your dog, but should work as a den for your new cockapoo. The Omlet Fido Studio Dog Crate allows your dog to have their own private and safe place in the house, whilst the modern design will compliment your home. Happy owner and happy pup!

Puppies need sleep, and a lot of it! So comfortable bedding for your cockapoo puppy is essential. Your Fido Studio Crate can also be very easily fitted with a wide range of dog beds. The easy clean Bolster Dog Bed is perfect for puppies, it’s a breeze to throw the cover in the washing machine when it’s time for a freshen up!

A Few Extras For Your Cockapoo

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Puppy pads

Cockapoos are remarkably intelligent and many puppies take to toilet training within the first few weeks. For when your pup arrives home it really is a personal preference as to whether you’d like to use puppy pads for toilet training or not. Puppy pads are massively convenient, especially to those with limited outdoor space. However, if getting up in the middle of the night to take your puppy for a wee isn’t a problem for you then you may wish to avoid this product as your pup may find it difficult or confusing to transition between the pads and outdoor peeing.

Toys

Pups love to play and cockapoos are no different here. Known for their outgoing, playful personalities, you’ll need to be stocked up with plenty of puppy toys to keep their minds occupied. Toys are also great for when you have to start leaving your puppy alone. Do make sure however, that any toys you leave with them are safe, age appropriate, and cannot be consumed! Puppies also love to chew, especially as they get into the teething stage. Be sure to explore different styles of dog toys to see how you can keep your cockapoo entertained and help with their chewing.

Grooming Kit

Although it’s wise to take your cockapoo to a professional groomer now and again, it’s also important to upkeep their grooming at home too. Purchasing a brush, comb, dog shampoo, and nail clippers is a great place to start. However, as cockapoos are of course a mixed breed, their coat type may vary. When your puppy reaches around seven to nine months old, they’ll develop their ‘adult coat’ and you will have a better indication of the best way to groom your dog.

Hopefully all the time spent preparing to bring your new puppy to their new home will help your family to transition better to life with your new furry friend!

 

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Benefits Of A Dog-Friendly Workplace

Many of us have worked from home over the past year with our best furry friends beside us, giving encouragement and comfort on the toughest of days. It’s understandable for those people that going back to the office without their canine companion could be nerve wracking and upsetting. For the dogs who are now used to constant company, new spouts of being home alone could lead to anxiety and stress. But what if there was a better solution? What if your workplace was dog-friendly? Read on as we take a look at the benefits for all parties…

How do dogs improve our mood?

It’s no secret that dogs, and pets in general, are good for our physical and mental well-being, whether that be through easing loneliness, encouraging exercise, or reducing anxiety, stress and depression. You might have felt it yourself when returning home to your dog, or perhaps going to visit a friend’s new puppy. Interacting with dogs increases our levels of the hormones oxytocin and serotonin, which are important for the regulation of stress and anxiety and also improve our mood and happiness.

Having a dog present in an office environment can significantly elevate the mood, while also improving communication, reducing tension and increasing productivity!

Can a dog-friendly workplace benefit employers?

Not only will your boss enjoy the mood-boosting benefits of a new four-legged colleague, they may also begin to notice some practical benefits for their business too.

For some employees, especially those who have been working from home for a long time now, going to the office requires someone to look after their dog, perhaps hiring a dog walker to take them out or even a hurried trip home in their lunch break to check on their dog. Understandably, this in itself can be a cause of stress for any dog owner, and being able to take their dog to the office with them is a huge job-perk which could be hard to walk away from. Could a dog-friendly office actually improve employee retention? Woof!

Do dogs enjoy going to the office?

Obviously it’s not all about us. If you’re going to be taking your dog to the office you also need to consider whether he/she will be comfortable with the new environment.

If you’re thinking about taking your dog to work for the first time, you may have to accept that the first few trips won’t necessarily be a walk in the park! Start slowly if you can, introducing your dog to colleagues and spaces gradually so as to not overwhelm them. Have a bed next to your desk so your dog can see you at all times and reward them with treats and pets regularly.

Maybe not after the first visit, but hopefully soon your dog will relax into the new environment just as if they’re at home, and new faces, sounds and smells will no longer be a cause of excitement or stress. Instead, they will feel the benefits of being close to you, just as you do!

What should you consider before taking your dog to the office?

If your boss has given the green light to bring your dog to the office, there might be some things to check before going ahead. Of course, check in with your colleagues that no one has allergies or is afraid of dogs. If other colleagues are also going to be bringing their dog to the office, consider whether your dog will be okay with that, or if it could cause some stress.

Make sure you can schedule breaks in your day to take your dog outside to stretch their legs and go to the bathroom – this fresh air time is also great for your own well-being. Make sure you have everything with you, including treats, poop bags, a water bowl and a comfy bed where your dog can feel comfortable and relaxed. You may wish to keep a set of these items at the office if you’ll be bringing your dog with you regularly.

Whether or not you decide to take your dog to the office, the most important thing is that your dog is happy and comfortable. If you are returning to full time office working, consider your options to decide what’s best for your dog.

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Match Your Dog’s Personality to Their Perfect Bed

For years dog owners have been limited to beds in dull shades of brown, grey and black, but things are about to change! The Omlet Bolster Beds are now available in 15 amazing colours, ranging from a stylish Meringue White to an eye-catching Cherry Red, so there is sure to be one you will love.

Are you having trouble choosing? Why not try and match the colour of the bed to your dog’s personality? We’ve put together a quick quiz that will help you establish which colour Bolster Bed will be the perfect style for your pooch. Choose the answers that most resemble your dog, and add together the results at the end to find out which colour will suit them best!

What is your dog’s idea of a perfect day?

A. Snoozing on their bed not getting disturbed
B. Playing with the other dogs in the park
C. Going for a walk in the city sniffing outside shops
D. Digging a big hole in the garden
E. Hiking up a mountain

What’s your dog like with strangers coming to your home?

A. Doesn’t pay them any interest whatsoever
B. Jumps up and down and barks as soon as someone knocks on the door
C. Comes to have a look, but then goes back to whatever they were doing
D. Tries to get a belly scratch from anyone, doesn’t matter if they’ve never met them before
E. They will love to come and say hello, but can tell if the guest doesn’t want to play with them

What is your dog’s coat like?

A. Very, very fluffy
B. Long in some places, short in others – a bit of a mess really
C. Perfectly soft and smooth, we brush it every day
D. Short and easily maintained
E. They’ve got a lot of it, that’s all I’ll say

What is your dog’s favourite treat?

A. Dry duck fillets
B. Liver from the butcher’s
C. Ridiculously expensive organic dog treats we ship in from Luxembourg
D. Probably pizza, or anything else they’re not supposed to eat
E. Just normal dog treats will do

How does your dog feel about bath time?

A. They hate it!
B. Bath time? Are you supposed to wash dogs?
C. Loves it, especially at the groomers
D. They enjoy getting sprayed with the hose outside, but I wouldn’t trust them in my bathroom
E. They accept it, but they’re not a big fan

What is your dog’s favourite time of year?

A. Springtime, it’s warm but not too hot
B. Summer, they love going to the beach
C. They really don’t like snow, but apart from that they don’t really mind
D. Christmas, or any other time when the whole family is together
E. Probably autumn, they love jumping in the leaves

What would be your dog’s reaction to meeting a squirrel on your walk?

A. They would just look at it and keep walking
B. They would chase it up a tree, then try to climb the tree themselves
C. They would bark, but wouldn’t run after it
D. They would run after it hoping to make friends
E. They would look at me, asking for permission to chase the squirrel

If your dog was reading a book this summer, what type of book would it be?

A. A book about World War II
B. Something the other dogs in their doggy book club had chosen
C. A romance novel
D. The latest crime best seller
E. A Russian classic


Mostly As: It is clear that your dog is as relaxed and easy going as dogs come; they are happy to go along with most things as long as they have a comfy bed to come back to for a snooze. A Mellow Yellow bed will be perfect for him or her to rest their head on after walks and play.

Mostly Bs: Your dog is a fiesty one, full of energy and play. We think that a Mocha Brown bed will be perfect for him or her. The soft and subtle brown colour will look great in any room of your house, and against whatever colour your dog’s coat is. As a bonus, the inevitable muddy paw prints front our dog’s adventures will be camouflaged on the bed!

Mostly Cs: Midnight Blue is no doubt the colour for your dog. A stylish and sensitive soul, he or she will love relaxing against the calming blue after a busy day out on the town, and you will appreciate the way the dog bed adds a bit of colour to your home while still blending in nicely with the rest of your furnishings.

Mostly Ds: It’s clear that your dog will love a Lavender Lilac dog bed. They are a social creature who want nothing more than to spend time with their favourite humans, it doesn’t matter if it’s on a walk or lying in the corner of the kitchen while you’re having dinner. The relaxing dark purple colour will be great for when they are tired and need to wind down.

Mostly Es: Your dog is adventurous and has lots of energy, he or she probably never slows down, and is always happy to chase a ball in the garden or go for a run across the fields. You’re probably very similar, so we think a Matcha Green bed will be perfect for those rare times when they actually retreat to their bed to rest those legs.


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What Colours Can Dogs See?

It is a common myth that dogs only see in black and white. This is not the case, although their colour vision is limited compared to humans’.

The average person can see ‘all the colours of the rainbow’, from red to violet. However, dogs don’t have the same light receptors in their eyes as we do, and to them the rainbow is missing the red half of the spectrum. They can, however, see the yellows and blues. Indeed, a rainbow, to a dog’s eyes, is a series of yellows and blues of different shades.

The ‘missing’ reds and oranges will appear to dogs as the various shades of light brown labelled ‘tan’. The greens in grass, trees and other plants are also tan to a dog. That bright red ball lying in the lush green grass may be very clear to you, but to your pet dog, the ball and the grass are both brown. Buy your dog a yellow or blue toy, however, and it will be as visible to your dog as it is to you.

Luckily for dogs, they rely on their sense of smell more than sight, so locating that ball in the grass won’t be so tricky, no matter what colour the toy is.

Do dogs see colours in their beds and toys?

As long as you don’t decorate your dog’s crate, Fido Nook or other cosy corner with reds, oranges and greens (which will all appear brown to a dog), they will appreciate a splash of colour. There’s nothing wrong with shades of tan either!

There is no evidence, either, that a dog prefers a blue or yellow ball to a red or green one. They will, however, be likelier to lose track of a light brown ball in the light brown grass.

How do we know dogs can’t see certain colours?

In the earliest research into animal vision, dogs were taught to choose a disc that was a different colour from the others by touching the odd-one-out with their noses. If they chose the right one, they were given a treat – always a great incentive, as any dog owner knows! Sometimes, however, even the most well-trained dogs struggled to identify the odd-one-out. This told the researchers that the dogs were unable to distinguish between certain colours. When the discs were all red, apart from one green one, all the dogs could see were light browns!

Scientists are also able to use electroretinography to measure how animals’ eyes react to light. It was soon confirmed that key ‘cone cells’ responsible for registering colour in human brains were absent in dogs. Humans have three types of cone receptor, while dogs only have two.

Do dogs have good eyesight?

It may come as a surprise to many people that dogs, in addition to their poorer colour vision, cannot see as clearly as humans. Beyond a certain distance, everything becomes blurry for them. They have a genetic short-sightedness that prevents them from seeing distant objects clearly. The degree of short-sightedness varies between dog breeds, and it comes as no surprise to learn that so-called ‘sight hounds’ such as the Afghan Hound, Greyhound, Irish Wolfhound, Scottish Deerhound and Whippet have better eyesight than Chihuahuas, Pugs and Bulldogs.

However, dogs’ eyesight comes into its own at dawn and dusk, when they can see just as well as they do in the daytime. Like cats, they have retinas that function well in poor light. The shape of their eyes’ light receptor cells and a reflective tissue layer at the back of the eye combine to create this low-light supervision.

And yes, that reflective layer is why dogs’ (and cats’) eyes always have a ‘red eye’ effect in photographs, and in car headlights. No wolf pack in a horror film would be complete without those glowing eyes!

Dogs also have a broader field of vision than humans, as their eyes are more on the side of the head than ours. This enables them to take in details that we would either miss or would be half-glimpsed things seen ‘in the corner of the eye’.

Why do dogs see less colour than humans?

Dogs evolved as hunters, just like modern wolves. On the one hand, this might make you assume that fantastic vision would be essential, as it is, say, in a bird of prey. However, the difference between a dog and an eagle is that the dog evolved to hunt at night, or at dawn and dusk. A hunter doesn’t need full-colour vision at night, as colours simply disappear when the sun goes down. The key skill is to detect motion and to see things vividly in the half-light. In these respects, dogs’ eyes excel, and their eyes are super-sensitive to movement.

Humans, in contrast, evolved as daytime hunters, and that’s why we have better colour vision. At night, our eyes are hopeless without some kind of artificial light. At dawn and dusk, our brains have great difficulty identifying moving objects with certainty. That’s why ghosts, goblins and other supposedly supernatural sightings occur at these times of day – they are a function of our brain trying to busk in the half-light!

Human vision, then, contains more colour than a dog’s. However, we are certainly not top dogs when it comes to colour vision in the wider animal world. Many insects, including bees and butterflies, as well as many fish and crustaceans, have far more light receptors than we do and can see far more colours in the rainbow and the world around them.

But a dog’s vision is still perfect – for a dog!

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