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Transitioning your dog into winter

Terrier asleep on Omlet Bolster Dog Bed with Omlet Luxury Faux Sheepskin Dog Blanket

The leaves are falling and temperatures are dropping. Autumn has faded into winter and the crisp air hints at colder weather to come. As you move into winter with a cosy jacket, help your pooch conquer the cold and welcome in the new season by your side. Follow these tips for transitioning your dog into winter and watch them wag their tail goodbye to crunchy leaves and hello to snow-filled strolls. 

How cold is too cold?

Most dogs can tolerate cold temperatures pretty well – they do have a built-in fur coat, after all. But how do you know when winter cold is too much for Fido? The best way to temperature check your dog is by looking out for these signs:

  • Sitting in a hunched position with their tail tucked in.
  • Whining incessantly – this is usually dog speak for “I’m cold – let’s go get warm”.
  • Reluctant to go on a walk when they usually love being outside.

These breeds were made for winter

All dogs need some extra care and warmth during the winter months but certain breeds are more susceptible to becoming too cold. Those most likely to need the help of a winter coat are the smaller, short-haired breeds like beagles, pugs, and chihuahuas. Hardier dog breeds such as Siberian huskies and malamutes, on the other hand, fare much better in cooler climates.

Don’t be fooled by their size – there are a few larger dog breeds that struggle in the winter, too. Great Danes, Salukis and German shorthaired pointers are a few examples that are more averse to chilly temperatures due to their shorter coats or minimal body fat. 

You’ll want to pay close attention to your dog’s body language on cooler days. Temperatures of 45℉ or below can become risky for long walks or extended outdoor play for dogs susceptible to getting too cold, including older dogs as well.

Winter entertainment essentials

Cold-weather walks around the block may suffice in some parts of the country for dogs this winter, but when the temperatures start to plummet too low, it’s time to move the exercise indoors. 

Keeping your dog stimulated indoors is important all year round but especially when conditions mean daily walkies might be off-limits. Here are a few ways to keep your dog active indoors when it’s too cold to play outside:

  • Toys, toys, and toys. Whether plush or hard, squeaky or silent, dog toys are an excellent way to keep your dog’s playtime going when indoors. Plus, a game of tug of war or indoor fetch are great bonding activities for you and your pet.
  • Hide and see the treats. One of the best ways to get your dog moving is to have them hunt for hidden treats throughout the house. This game doubles as brain training too, so your pup will be able to get both a physical and mental workout in.
  • Have a playdate. When it’s too cold to meet up at your favourite dog park, consider having a dog friend over instead to burn off some energy.
  • Training and tricks. Take advantage of the extra time with your furry friend by teaching them a new trick. Keep sessions short and be sure to use plenty of treats and praise to get Fido motivated.

Creating your dog’s winter wonderland

To make sure your dog stays snug this season, create a winter wonderland inside by cosying up your quarters. Winterproofing your home for your dog has never been so easy with Omlet’s range of ingeniously designed products to take you through the year.

Nothing’s better than coming home to a warm bed after being outside on a winter’s day. And with Omlet’s Topology Dog Bed not only will you provide your pup with an unparalleled sleep experience on a supportive memory foam mattress, but you can customize their topper from a variety of options that keep them warm and cosy all winter long. Simply zip on a new topper when it’s time to get comfy and zip it off to clean those muddy paw prints with a quick spin in the machine.

Choose from the Sheepskin topper for the ultimate snuggly soft sleep, or for post-snowy walkies, the Microfibre topper is quick drying to get them feeling warm again in no time.

To take their bed to another level of comfort, layer up with the Omlet Luxury Faux Sheepskin Dog Blanket. Or place the plush throw on your bed or couch so you can share a snuggle together. Plus, with three sizes to choose from, you can choose a blanket big enough to wrap around any dog.

Should your dog’s diet change in winter?

While humans may sometimes gain an extra layer of warmth during the holiday seasons, be careful your dog doesn’t follow suit. Just like us, dogs may try and consume more calories during winter to try and create an extra layer of warmth. But, overconsumption of food can lead to health complications in the long run if not watched carefully.

If your dog is active the rest of the year but they start to slow down during winter, you’ll want to maintain a steady calorie intake to not add too much weight. Speak to your veterinarian about switching their diet away from foods high in carbohydrates and more protein and fibre-rich foods to keep them fuller longer. 

An extra helping of omega-3 will also be beneficial for your pup this season. This will help with keeping their skin and coat in top condition, free from flaking and itching. Your veterinarian will be able to tell you what they think is best for your pet, but dog-friendly omega-3 supplements are readily available online or in your local pet store.

Omlet and your dog’s winter

Winter can be one of the best seasons, especially with your dog by your side. While you might be spending more time on the couch and less time out on adventures, with products like the Topology Dog Bed and Luxury Faux Sheepskin Dog Blanket from Omlet, transitioning into this wonderful time of year has never been easier. 

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The first few months with a puppy

Bringing home a puppy is one of the most exciting moments in a dog lover’s life. But the first few months with a puppy can also be a whirlwind of joy, chaos, and learning. From endless puppy cuddles to the not-so-glamorous potty training, these early days are full of surprises. Join us as we explore what to expect, tips for success, and how Omlet products can help you and your puppy have a smooth start.

Two puppies on the Topology dog bed

What you need to know about puppies

They have endless energy 

Puppies are a bundle of energy that can keep you on your toes. If you’re expecting a little ball of fur to lie at your feet all day, you might be surprised by their boundless enthusiasm. Puppies need a lot of exercise, and without it, they can become restless and destructive. So in the first few months with your new puppy you’ll want to prepare for frequent walks, playtime, and interactive dog toys to help them burn off energy.

Teething pains are real

Teething is a challenging phase for both puppies and their owners. As their teeth come in, puppies experience discomfort and will chew on anything to relieve the pain. This stage can last for several months, and it’s essential to have appropriate chew toys and teething solutions on hand to prevent them from destroying furniture, shoes, or other valuable items. A durable dog bed will also be in order to ensure your puppy’s sleeping quarters don’t become their chewing station.

Socialisation is crucial

One key aspect of raising a puppy is socialisation. During the first few months, puppies are more open to new experiences and people. This is the prime time to introduce them to a variety of environments, people, and other animals to ensure they grow up to be well-adjusted adults. Without proper socialization, they might develop fear-based behaviours or aggression. Just be sure to always consult first with your vet to make sure your new pup is up to date on necessary vaccinations and is allowed to be around other dogs

Training should start early

Training is another critical component of a puppy’s early development. The sooner you start, the easier it will be to teach them good behaviour and basic commands. Early training not only helps with obedience but also strengthens the bond between you and your puppy. Consider starting with simple commands like sit, stay, and come. Consistency is key, so make training sessions short and fun.

Puppy love

One of the best parts of having a puppy is the sheer cuteness they bring into your life. Those big puppy eyes, tiny paws, and playful antics can melt anyone’s heart. You’ll find yourself taking endless photos and videos to capture every adorable moment. Puppies have a way of making even the most mundane activities feel special.

And it’s likely that cuteness overload that creates such a strong initial bond between you and your new pup. As you care for them, play with them, and train them, you’ll develop a unique connection that grows stronger over time. Puppies are incredibly loyal and affectionate, and the first few months are the perfect opportunity to create a lasting relationship.

Things to avoid to prevent bad habits

One of the biggest mistakes new puppy owners make is inconsistent training. If you’re not consistent with commands, rules, and rewards, your puppy will become confused and struggle to learn. It’s essential to establish a routine early on and stick to it. Avoid mixed signals and ensure everyone in your household follows the same guidelines.

And because these small bundles of fur are so cute, it’s easy to let things slide. However, improper puppy training can lead to problems down the road that will be harder to correct as an adult dog. Allowing bad behaviours like jumping on people, nipping, or chewing on inappropriate items can become ingrained habits. Nip these behaviours in the bud by redirecting their energy and providing positive reinforcement for good behaviour.

Puppy products to the rescue

Omlet offers a range of products designed to make the first few months with a puppy as smooth as possible. These items can help with training, comfort, and keeping your puppy entertained. Here’s a look at some of our top products:

Topology Dog Bed: Let’s face it, puppies have lots of accidents – it’s part of their process. So you need a bed that’s easy to clean and handle the wear. That’s where the Topology dog bed comes on. This dog bed features easy-to-wash covers, making cleanup a breeze when your puppy has accidents or gets dirty. And the covers are so durable that even sharp puppy teeth are no match. 

Fido Nook Dog House: Being a puppy is a tough job. Everything is new and the first few months can feel overwhelming. That’s why having a secluded safe spot for your puppy to retreat to is essential for their well-being and development. The Fido Nook Dog House is a comfortable and stylish crate that’s perfect for training and providing a safe space for your puppy and give them their own space in adult life. Bonus – it will double as a piece of modern furniture in your home. 

Omlet Dog Blankets: One of the best ways to offer your puppy comfort and calm is with a soft, snuggly blanket. The Omlet dog blankets offer coziness and warmth for your puppy, whether they’re snuggling in their crate or lounging on the sofa. Try wrapping the dog blanket around you before placing it in your puppy’s crate so they have a familiar scent to help soothe them when you are away. 

Omlet and your dog

Omlet understands that raising a puppy is both rewarding and challenging. That’s why we’re dedicated to creating products that make owning a puppy as enjoyable and stress-free as possible. By focusing on what makes the relationship between people and pets special, Omlet continues to design innovative solutions that support you and your puppy, from those first few months, through their senior years. With products such as our easy-to-clean dog beds, dog blankets and dog crates, coupled with a little patience, you’ll find that having a puppy is one of the most delightful experiences you could wish for. 

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Top 7 dog training tips

Training your dog can sometimes feel like you’re navigating through a maze without a map. However, with the right approach and understanding, it can transform into an enriching experience for both you and your canine companion. Whether you’re teaching basic commands or refining behavioural issues, these top seven dog training tips will set you on the path to success. From puppies to seniors, these tips are universally applicable, fostering a strong bond between you and your beloved pet.

Puppy with the Omlet Topology bed

Consistency is key

Consistency is the cornerstone of effective dog training, much like the steady rhythm of a heartbeat. Dogs thrive on routine and predictability, and it’s through consistent actions and expectations that they learn best. So whether you’re teaching basic commands like sit and stay or more complex behaviours, such as walking on a dog lead without pulling, maintaining a consistent approach is paramount.

To achieve consistency in dog training, consider establishing a set schedule for training sessions. Just like how we mark our calendars for important events, setting aside dedicated time each day for training reinforces the routine for both you and your pup. Additionally, use consistent verbal cues and hand signals for commands, ensuring clarity in communication. Dogs are brilliant at picking up patterns, so sticking to the same cues for desired behaviours helps solidify their understanding. 

Moreover, consistency extends beyond formal training sessions—it’s about applying the rules consistently in all interactions. Whether it’s not allowing your dog on the couch or insisting on sitting before meals, enforcing these boundaries consistently reinforces the desired behaviour. Think of it as setting the stage for your dog’s success by creating a reliable framework within which they can thrive and learn.

Positive reinforcement

Positive reinforcement is the gold standard in modern dog training. With this essential component, it’s all about highlighting the good stuff – the behaviours you want to see more of – with rewards that make your dog’s tail wag with delight. Think of it as a canine high-five for a job well done. So, when your furry friend nails that perfect sit or finally masters the art of fetch without chasing squirrels halfway across the park, whip out their favourite dog treats and shower them with praise.

However, in a recent interview with Kieren Beckles, co-founder and editor of helloBARK! And LifeWithKleeKai, he described how food and treats don’t always work as motivators for all dogs. Speaking about his two Alaskan Klee Kai dogs, Kieran said, “We had different experiences training Copper and Skye. Skye isn’t food motivated so it required a lot of repetition and positive reinforcement. Copper is food motivated but easily distracted so we used treats and repetition.”

So positive reinforcement is not just about the treats. Sure, those tasty morsels work wonders, but it’s also about showering your pup with praise, scratches behind the ears, and maybe even a goofy victory dance. Dogs thrive on love and attention, and when they associate good behaviour with all these good vibes, they’re bound to repeat it. When it comes to positive reinforcement, precision and timing are key. So make sure to dish out those rewards pronto, right when your dog performs the desired behaviour. 

Patience pays off

Patience is not just a virtue; it’s the secret sauce in successful dog training. Much like us humans, our furry companions need time to understand, learn, and adapt to new behaviours. Rushing the process often leads to frustration for both the trainer and the pup. So when it comes to dog training, take a deep breath, and embrace the power of patience. As Kieran from helloBARK! says, “training is a way to connect to them (dogs) on a deeper level and understand their individual needs.”

It’s easy to get frustrated when your dog doesn’t grasp a command right away, but patience and persistence are your best allies. Break down each training task into manageable steps, rewarding incremental progress. Remember, Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither are well-trained dogs. So celebrate small victories along the way. Whether it takes a few weeks or a few months, trust that your patience will pay off in the form of a well-behaved and happy dog by your side.

Clear communication

Effective communication is vital in any relationship, including the one you share with your dog. Dogs rely on body language, tone of voice, and verbal cues to interpret commands and expectations. So when you’re doing any type of training with your dog, use clear and concise commands, accompanied by corresponding gestures or signals. And keep your body language open and inviting to convey confidence and authority without intimidation. 

For instance, when teaching your pup to sit, pair the verbal cue “sit” with a hand signal—a raised palm works wonders. Consistency is key; ensure everyone interacting with your dog uses the same cues and signals to avoid confusion. Remember, dogs don’t understand human language but can pick up on tone and body language effortlessly, so by keeping your signals clear and your demeanour positive you will better engage them in the training. 

Mental stimulation 

When it comes to dog training, mental stimulation is just as important as physical exercise. Much like humans, dogs need mental challenges to keep their minds sharp and engaged. Incorporating mental stimulation into your training routine not only prevents boredom but also strengthens the bond between you and your furry friend. Try incorporating puzzle toys or interactive dog toy games into your training regimen. These not only provide mental stimulation but also give your pup a chance to problem-solve and work out their cognitive muscles.

Another effective way to provide mental stimulation is through scent work. Dogs have an incredible sense of smell, and tapping into this natural ability can provide hours of entertainment. Hide dog treats around the house or in the backyard and encourage your dog to sniff them out. This not only engages their mind but also taps into their instinctual behaviours. By incorporating mental stimulation into your dog’s training routine, you’ll not only keep them mentally sharp but also strengthen your bond and have a happier, more well-rounded pup.

Socialization

Socialization plays a pivotal role in dog training, much like how meeting new people broadens our horizons. Dogs thrive on interaction and exposure to various environments, sounds, and stimuli from an early age. So introducing your furry friend to a spectrum of experiences in a positive and controlled manner lays the groundwork for a well-adjusted and confident companion. Whether it’s a bustling city street or a tranquil park, each encounter shapes your dog’s understanding of the world, fostering adaptability and reducing anxiety in unfamiliar situations. 

Ideally you want to start socializing your pup when they are around three to fourteen weeks old, which is when they’re most receptive to new experiences. But no matter what age your dog is, keep all new interactions positive by pairing new encounters with treats, praise, and gentle encouragement. Kieran from helloBARK! advises, “While new dog owners might consider basic commands such as sit, lie down, stay and heel which are all important, I would encourage owners to do research about the dog they’re adopting, whether it’s purebred, mix or a rescue. Think outside the box!” It’s all about building positive associations and turning potentially scary situations into delightful discoveries. 

Seek professional help when needed 

Embarking on the journey of dog training can be both rewarding and challenging. Sometimes, despite our best efforts, our dogs may exhibit behaviours that leave us scratching our heads. This is where seeking professional dog training help can make all the difference. Whether it’s mastering basic commands or addressing more complex behavioural issues, a skilled trainer can provide guidance tailored to your pup’s needs. Don’t be hesitant to reach out for assistance; after all, even the most experienced dog owners can benefit from a fresh perspective.

When selecting a professional trainer, consider their qualifications and methods. Look for certifications or memberships in reputable organizations, as these indicate a commitment to ongoing education and ethical training practices. Additionally, inquire about their approach to training. Positive reinforcement techniques, which reward desired behaviours, are widely regarded as the most effective in any dog training. Remember, the goal is to build trust and cooperation, fostering a strong relationship built on mutual respect.

Omlet and your dog

At Omlet, we understand the profound connection between pet parents and their dogs. That’s why we’re dedicated to creating innovative products that enhance the training experience for everyone involved. From interactive dog toys to stylish designer dog beds, we celebrate the wonder of sharing your space and life with your pet, and the joy of nurturing well-behaved, happy dogs. Embrace the journey of training your canine companion with patience, positivity, and the right tools, and watch your bond flourish into something truly extraordinary.

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New dog checklist

Whether you’re eagerly awaiting the arrival of a new puppy or opening your heart and home to a rescue dog, the decision to bring a canine companion into your life marks the beginning of an exciting journey. When adding another furry member to your family, you need to ensure you’re equipped with the right essentials to provide a comfortable and loving environment for your new best friend. In this blog, we’ll walk you through a comprehensive new dog checklist covering everything you’ll need to consider when welcoming a new canine companion into your life.

Dog sitting on the Omlet Topology dog bed

Dog beds

One of the first items to consider when welcoming a new furry friend into your home is a cozy spot for your dog to rest and relax. Enter the world of dog beds, where comfort meets functionality in a variety of shapes and sizes to suit every pup’s needs. Whether you opt for a plush cushion, an orthopedic mattress, or a durable outdoor bed, choosing a bed that suits your dog’s size, age, and sleeping habits is essential. Be sure to consider factors such as washability, durability, and support to ensure your pup gets a good night’s sleep.

Omlet’s Topology dog beds stand out for their customizable design, allowing you to create the perfect sleeping space tailored to your dog’s preferences. With interchangeable toppers of varying style and design, you can adjust the bed’s configuration to accommodate your dog’s sleeping habits. These beds not only provide orthopedic support for joint health but also boast durable and washable materials, ensuring long-lasting comfort for your canine companion.

Let’s not forget the comforting embrace of Omlet’s Bolster dog beds, providing a sense of security and support for dogs who love to snuggle up against the raised edges. Made from premium materials and available in a range of stylish colours, these beds add a touch of luxury to your dog’s sleeping quarters while promoting a sense of well-being and contentment.

Dog crates

Dog crates are an indispensable addition to any new dog checklist, offering numerous benefits that contribute to the well-being and training of your furry companion. Beyond being a safe and secure space for your dog to rest, crates serve as valuable tools for house training and behaviour management. By providing a designated “zen den” for your dog, you offer them a sanctuary where they can retreat when they need downtime or simply want to feel secure. This sense of ownership over their own space can help alleviate anxiety and stress, especially during times of transition or when faced with unfamiliar environments. Moreover, crates facilitate transportation, whether it’s a trip to the vet or a family vacation, ensuring your dog travels comfortably and securely while reducing the risk of escape or injury.

Investing in a quality dog crate is akin to providing your furry friend with their own personal haven within your home. When selecting a crate, consider factors such as size, material, and accessibility to ensure it meets your dog’s needs and complements your lifestyle. With proper introduction and positive reinforcement, your dog will come to view their crate as a safe haven rather than a confinement, fostering a sense of security and contentment. Ultimately, integrating a crate into your new dog’s routine not only aids in training and management but also strengthens the bond between you and your canine companion, laying the foundation for a harmonious and fulfilling relationship.

Dog leads/collars 

When it comes to essentials for your new furry friend, dog leads and collars are at the top of the list. Think of them as the keys to unlocking adventures and ensuring safety during daily walks. A sturdy lead and well-fitted collar not only provide you with control and peace of mind but also give your dog the freedom to explore their surroundings safely. 

But it’s not just about functionality; choosing the perfect lead and collar can also reflect your dog’s personality and style. Whether you opt for a vibrant patterned collar to showcase your pup’s playful side or a sleek, minimalist lead for a touch of sophistication, these accessories can add a dash of flair to your walks together. With the right lead and collar, you’re not just taking your dog for a walk—you’re making a fashion statement while strengthening your bond with your furry companion. 

Dog bowls

When it comes to welcoming a new dog into your home, dog bowls are absolute essentials that should not be overlooked. These crucial items provide your dog access to fresh water and nutritious meals throughout the day. So investing in high-quality dog bowls not only ensures your dog’s basic needs are met but also promotes proper hydration and digestion, contributing to their overall well-being. 

Whether you opt for stainless steel, ceramic, or melamine dog bowls, choose ones that are tailored to your dog’s size and eating habits in order to foster a positive dining experience for your canine companion. With sleek, modern designs and stylish shades, there’s a dog bowl to suit every taste and décor preference.

Dog accessories

When it comes to preparing for a new dog, accessories play a vital role in ensuring their comfort and well-being. Dog blankets are not just cosy additions to their sleeping area; they offer a sense of security and warmth, much like a comforting hug. Whether it’s a plush fleece blanket for snuggling on chilly nights or a waterproof option for outdoor adventures, having a few blankets on hand provides your furry friend with a familiar and inviting space to rest and relax. Plus, let’s be honest, who doesn’t love wrapping their pup up in a soft blanket for some extra cuddles?

Similarly, dog cooling mats are absolute game-changers, especially during the hot summer months. These innovative accessories offer relief from the sweltering heat, providing a cool surface for your dog to lounge on and escape the rising temperatures. Whether placed indoors or outdoors, cooling mats help prevent overheating and ensure your pup stays comfortable and refreshed, even on the hottest of days. So, don’t forget to add these essentials to your new dog checklist – because every pup deserves to be pampered with the best in comfort and relaxation.

Dog toys

Just like humans, dogs need outlets for their energy and natural instincts, and dog toys provide the perfect solution. From plush squeaky toys to durable chew bones and interactive puzzle feeders, the variety of toys available caters to different breeds, sizes, and play styles. Dog toys not only keep your dog occupied and entertained but also help prevent boredom and alleviate stress, especially during periods of alone time or when left at home. 

Additionally, interactive dog toys that dispense treats or require problem-solving skills can challenge your dog’s cognitive abilities, keeping their mind sharp and engaged. By including a selection of toys in your dog’s environment, you’re not just providing entertainment – you’re promoting overall well-being and enriching their quality of life.

Furthermore, dog toys play a significant role in strengthening the bond between you and your furry friend. Engaging in playtime activities together fosters trust, communication, and companionship, creating lasting memories and deepening your connection. Whether it’s a game of fetch in the backyard, a tug-of-war session indoors, or a relaxing chew session on the couch, these shared experiences strengthen the bond between you and your dog, building a foundation of love and mutual understanding. 

Omlet and your dog

As you prepare to welcome a new dog into your life, remember that each pup is unique, with their own set of needs and preferences. By equipping yourself with the right essentials and taking the time to understand your dog’s behaviour and personality, you’ll be well on your way to building a strong bond and creating lasting memories together. At Omlet, we believe in asking the right questions to understand how to invent products that enhance the lives of both pets and their parents. From innovative dog crates to cosy dog beds, we’re dedicated to making life better for pets and pet owners alike and bringing the adventures with your new furry friend one step closer.

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Choosing the right dog to bring into the family

Welcoming a furry friend into your home is an exciting decision, but how do you know the right dog to bring that into your family? With countless breeds to choose from, finding the perfect match can seem daunting. However, understanding the different breed types and their characteristics can guide you towards a companion that complements your family dynamics as well as your lifestyle and preferences. From energetic outdoor adventurers to cuddly couch companions, there’s a dog breed suited for every household.

Dog sitting on the Omlet Topology dog bed

Hound breeds

Hound dogs are the quintessential embodiment of loyalty, charm, and an insatiable zest for adventure. With their characteristic droopy ears and soulful eyes, these four-legged friends bring a unique blend of affection and curiosity to any household lucky enough to welcome them in. Examples of dogs in this breed include the beagle, bloodhound, and greyhound. Renowned for their keen sense of smell and unwavering determination, hounds have historically been prized as hunting companions. However, their gentle demeanour and unwavering loyalty make them equally cherished as beloved family pets.

When considering adding a hound dog to your family, it’s important to understand their personality traits and the lifestyle they thrive in. These pups are known for their independent streaks, often following their noses wherever it leads them. This means they may not always be the most obedient of companions, but their playful antics and boundless enthusiasm more than make up for it. Hounds are social creatures who revel in the company of their human pack, making them ideal for families who enjoy spending time outdoors and engaging in activities that stimulate their curious minds.

Whether it’s a leisurely hike through the woods or a lively game of fetch in the backyard, hound dogs thrive in environments where they can explore and unleash their natural instincts. So, if your family is seeking a loyal and adventurous companion to join in your escapades and add a touch of excitement to your everyday life, a hound dog might just be the perfect fit for you.

Working breeds

Working dog breeds encompass a diverse group known for their intelligence, loyalty, and strong work ethic. From the energetic Australian Cattle Dog to the steadfast bernese mountain dog, each breed brings unique qualities shaped by their historical roles alongside humans. These breeds thrive on mental and physical stimulation, often requiring purposeful activities to channel their boundless energy. Families seeking a companion that doubles as a partner in adventure and exploration will find an ideal match within this dynamic group. Their unwavering dedication makes them invaluable additions to households willing to provide ample outlets for their natural instincts.

Understanding the nuances of working dog breeds is crucial when determining their compatibility with different family dynamics. For active households with an outdoor lifestyle, breeds like the anatolian shepherd dog or the Siberian Husky are well-suited companions, excelling in activities like hiking, running, or even dog sports. But before welcoming any working dog breed into your home, first assess your family’s lifestyle, commitment to training, and available space. Potential owners of this breed should also consider factors like grooming needs, shedding, and potential health concerns associated with these dogs to ensure a harmonious match for both family and furry friend.

Toy breeds

Toy dog breeds encompass a delightful array of pint-sized pooches, each packed with personality and charm. From the spunky chihuahua to the regal pomeranian, these compact canines offer big love in small packages. Their petite stature makes them perfect companions for various types of families, but understanding their unique traits is key to finding the best fit.

For families seeking cuddly companionship and low-maintenance care, toy breeds like the affectionate Cavalier King Charles Spaniel or the gentle Maltese might be ideal. These breeds thrive on human affection and are often content to curl up on the couch with their loved ones, making them perfect for families with children or seniors looking for devoted companionship.

Sporting breeds

If you have a bustling household that is filled with laughter, play, and endless adventures then you have the perfect setting for a sporting dog breed. These furry athletes are like the MVPs of the dog world, ready to join in on any family fun with their boundless energy and unwavering loyalty. Whether you’re a thrill-seeking clan that loves hiking through rugged trails or a laid-back crew content with leisurely strolls in the park, there’s a sporting dog breed tailor-made for your unique vibe.

The labrador retriever, otherwise known as the social butterfly of the group, is always up for a game of fetch or a dip in the nearest body of water. Their friendly demeanour and eagerness to please makes them the perfect companions for families who crave constant companionship and plenty of outdoor activities. Then there’s the adventurous Brittany, a pint-sized powerhouse bursting with enthusiasm and intelligence. So whether you’re a high-energy household or a laid-back bunch, there’s a sporting dog breed out there waiting to become your family’s four-legged best friend.

Terrier breeds

Terriers, with their spunky personalities and boundless energy, are a spirited bunch that brings a whole lot of character into any home. From the feisty Jack Russell Terrier to the tenacious Scottish Terrier, these small to medium sized powerhouses pack a punch of personality. Terriers are known for their intelligence, determination, and fearlessness, making them perfect companions for families who thrive on excitement and adventure. If you’re looking for a dog that’s always up for a challenge and eager to explore the world alongside you, a terrier might just be your perfect match.

When considering a terrier for your family, it’s essential to understand their unique traits and how they align with your lifestyle. Terriers are often best suited for active families who can keep up with their high energy levels and provide plenty of mental and physical stimulation. But their natural hunting instincts and strong prey drive mean they may not be the best fit for households with small pets like cats or rabbits. However, for families who enjoy outdoor activities, games, and interactive training sessions, terriers can be incredibly rewarding companions.

Small dog sleeping on the Omlet cushion bed

Herding breeds

From the iconic border collie to the spirited Australian Shepherd, the herding dog breeds excel at managing and controlling livestock with their innate herding instincts. Known for their intelligence, loyalty, and remarkable work ethic, these dogs thrive in environments where they have a job to do or tasks to accomplish.

But beyond their herding prowess, herding dogs make fantastic companions for families who appreciate their sharp minds and unwavering devotion. If you’re a family with an active lifestyle and enjoy engaging your furry friend in stimulating activities, a herding dog could be your perfect match. With the ability to adapt to various living situations, herding dogs can bring endless joy, companionship, and a touch of adventure to your home.

Non-sporting breeds

The non-sporting dog breed group is a colourful collection of canines with a wide range of personalities and temperaments. From the dignified bulldog to the lively poodle, each dog in this breed brings its own unique charm to the table. While they may not all share a common purpose like hunting or herding, non-sporting dogs make up for it with their diverse array of traits and adaptability.

For families seeking a four-legged friend that fits seamlessly into their lifestyle, understanding the personality traits of non-sporting breeds is key to finding the perfect match. Whether you’re a family that likes a cosy night in and leisurely strolls around the neighbourhood or are a household of many children that are actively on the go, you’re sure to find a non-sporting dog that will complement your clan. These dogs thrive on companionship and are content to snuggle up on the couch with their favourite humans.

Rescue dog vs. puppy: The debate

When considering adding any dog of any breed to your family, the decision between adopting a rescue dog or bringing home a puppy is typically the next significant consideration. Rescue dogs offer the opportunity to provide a loving home to a dog in need while puppies allow families to shape their companion’s upbringing from the beginning.

Pros of rescue dogs:

  • Rescue dogs often come with established personalities and behaviours, making it easier to assess compatibility.
  • Adopting a rescue dog gives them a second chance at a loving home, providing a rewarding experience for the entire family.
  • Many rescue organizations provide support and resources to ensure a successful transition for both the dog and the family.

Cons of rescue dogs:

  • Rescue dogs may come with unknown backgrounds or behavioural issues that require patience and training to address.
  • It may take time for a rescue dog to adjust to their new environment and form bonds with their new family members.
  • Certain rescue dogs may have medical or behavioural issues that require ongoing care and attention.

Pros of puppies:

  • Bringing home a puppy allows families to shape their companion’s behaviour and training from a young age.
  • Puppies provide an opportunity for families to bond and create lasting memories as they grow together.
  • Puppies typically have fewer health and behavioural issues compared to some rescue dogs.

Cons of puppies:

  • Raising a puppy requires time, patience, and commitment to proper training and socialization.
  • Puppies go through various developmental stages, including teething and housebreaking, which can be challenging for first-time dog owners.
  • The initial costs of vaccinations, spaying/neutering, and supplies can add up quickly.

Omlet and your dog

Choosing the right dog for your family is a significant decision that requires careful consideration of various factors, including breed characteristics, lifestyle, and preferences. At Omlet, we understand the importance of this decision and strive to create innovative pet products that enhance the bond between pets and their owners. With cosy dog beds, we’re here to support you on your journey to a fulfilling and enriching companionship with your dog and celebrate the wonder of your bond together.

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7 things you didn’t know about dogs and sleep

Ah, the simple joy of watching our furry companions curl up into a cosy ball and drift off into dreamland. For dog lovers, witnessing our canine friends catch some z’s is a delightful spectacle that never fails to warm our hearts. But did you know that behind those adorable snoozing poses lie a plethora of fascinating facts about dogs and their sleeping habits? Prepare to be intrigued as we delve into 7 things you didn’t know about dogs and sleep.

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  1. Dogs circle before bed:

Ever wonder why your dog makes a few rounds before finally settling down for the night? This seemingly quirky behaviour actually has deep-rooted evolutionary significance. In the wild, dogs would circle to create a comfortable sleeping spot and to ensure safety from predators. It’s a natural instinct, ingrained in their DNA, to create a spot that is comfy for sleep but away from danger.

Even though our domestic pups may not face the same threats, their innate behaviour remains a part of their makeup. You can cater to this ancestral need by making sure your dog has a comfortable and supportive dog bed that fits their size. Allowing your dog the opportunity to have a warm and cozy spot to sleep will ensure their primal and domestic needs are met.

  1. Dogs do dream:

Have you ever noticed your dog twitching, whimpering, or even barking in their sleep, and wondered if they’re chasing all those squirrels they never quite catch in real life? Well the answer isn’t entirely clear cut. 

Dogs do indeed dream; research suggests that dogs experience similar sleep patterns to humans, including the rapid eye movement (REM) stage where dreaming occurs. But while it’s confirmed that dogs do dream, the content of their dreams still remains a bit of a mystery. 

Are they dreaming about playing with their toys, other dogs, or better yet, you? We may never know for sure. Our furry friends can’t spill the beans on their dreamland wonder but we like to think that their humans are never far from their subconscious adventures.

  1. The meaning behind dog yawns:

You know how sometimes you just can’t help but let out a big yawn when you’re feeling sleepy or bored? Yawns are universally recognized as a sign of tiredness or boredom, but when it comes to dogs, there’s more to it than meets the eye. In humans, some yawning is a way of empathizing; we often yawn when others do, in a subconscious show of solidarity. 

When dogs yawn, it can actually be a way for them to communicate with us and other dogs around them. It’s like their way of saying, “Hey, I’m feeling a bit stressed or anxious right now.” Just like humans, dogs can feel a range of emotions, and yawning is one of the ways they might express those feelings.

But dogs also yawn as a way to calm themselves down in tense situations. So if you notice your furry friend giving a big yawn during a training session or when meeting new people, it might not be because they’re bored or tired, but rather because they’re trying to soothe themselves. It’s their version of taking a deep breath to relax. So give your dog some space if you notice a big yawn and try to read their body language to see if they might need a little extra comfort or support.

  1. Zoomies before z’s:

We’ve all witnessed the phenomenon of “zoomies”—those bursts of frenetic energy that seem to possess our dogs out of nowhere. Surprisingly, these spirited romps often occur just before bedtime. While it may seem counterintuitive, this behaviour is believed to be a natural way for dogs to release excess energy before settling down for the night. 

In the wild, dogs would spend their days hunting, exploring, and playing, so they’d naturally be pretty active. As the sun starts to set and night falls, their instincts kick in, telling them it’s time to find a safe spot to rest and recharge for the next day’s adventures. So, those pre-sleep zoomies are basically their way of mimicking that wild behaviour, getting rid of any excess energy so they can sleep soundly through the night. It’s like their own little bedtime routine, complete with a sprint to the finish line before settling in for some well-deserved rest.

  1. Paws up, eyes closed:

Ever notice how your furry friend sometimes snoozes with their paws flung up in the air like they just don’t care? It’s a common sight in the canine world, and there’s more to it than just striking a cute pose. Dogs often sleep with their paws in the air as a sign of relaxation and comfort. Just like we might sprawl out on the couch after a long day, our four-legged pals stretch out in all sorts of positions to unwind. With their paws up, they’re releasing tension in their muscles and letting their bodies sink into a state of blissful repose

But why exactly do they choose this particular position? When your dog plops down on their back with their paws in the air, they’re exposing their most vulnerable parts—like their belly—to the world. It might seem counterintuitive to us humans, but for dogs, it’s a sign of trust and security. By showing off their soft underbelly, they’re letting you know that they feel completely safe and at ease in their surroundings. It’s a testament to the bond between you and your furry companion.

  1. Dogs have a third eyelid:

As dog owners, it’s natural for us humans to want to stare all day at our furry canine companions as they sleep. But sometimes, you may notice that one eye almost looks like it’s still open while the snores are still filling the room. Are they half awake? Nope. That’s just your dog’s third eyelid you’re seeing. Also known as the nictitating membrane, this translucent membrane serves as an extra layer of protection for a dog’s eyes. And it’s most commonly seen when they are in deep slumber.

While it may sound odd, this unique feature helps keep their eyes moist and shielded from debris. And it also acts as a trusty defender keeping your canine companion’s eyes squeaky clean. Think of it as a natural windshield wiper, sweeping away any gunk or goop that might try to cling onto those adorable puppy eyes. So, the next time you catch a glimpse of your dog’s third eyelid, remember, it’s just another fascinating aspect of their anatomy that makes them so wonderfully unique.

  1. Dogs sleep for half their life:

It’s no secret that dogs love their beauty sleep, but just how much do they snooze? As it turns out, dogs spend approximately half of their lives sleeping. While the exact amount varies depending on factors like age and breed, it’s safe to say that our canine companions are true sleep enthusiasts. While your dog’s snooze sessions might seem excessive, they’ve actually got it all figured out. 

While we humans often juggle hectic schedules and burn the candle at both ends, our four-legged companions show us the true meaning of balance. From chasing squirrels to playing fetch, dogs throw themselves into every activity with boundless enthusiasm and when it’s time to recharge, they do it. So make sure your furry friend has a comfy dog bed to catch all their z’s and maybe try relaxing with them the next time they have a nap. 

Omlet and your dog

Understanding the intricacies of dogs and their sleep habits is just one way we can deepen our connection with our beloved pets. At Omlet, we recognize the importance of catering to every aspect of our dogs’ well-being, from their sleep to their playtime and beyond. That’s why we’re dedicated to crafting innovative products like customisable dog beds and meticulously engineered dog dens that enhance the lives of both dogs and their owners, ensuring they can spend more quality time resting by your side. Because when it comes to our furry friends, every moment shared, waking or sleeping, is truly precious.

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7 fun exercises for you and your dog

Keeping your furry friend active is essential for their physical health and mental well-being. While walks around the block are great, sometimes you and your dog need a little variety in your exercise routine. That’s where these 7 different and fun exercise ideas for your dog come in handy. Whether rain or shine, indoor or outdoor, there’s something here for every pup, and human, to enjoy.

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Outdoor adventure walks

Take your routine walks around the neighbourhood up a notch by seeking out new adventure walks. Yes, dogs like routine, but they also like new smells and experiences too. So instead of sticking to the same old path, try exploring new trails, parks, or nature reserves. An entire oasis of new sights and smells is ready for you and your dog to discover when you venture out into the wild.

Setting it up: Start by researching dog-friendly trails or parks in your area. You likely won’t have to drive too far to find some pretty cool new trails or parks to explore. Because you’ll be checking out new surroundings, be sure your dog is wearing their favourite dog collar and lead with proper identification. Bring water and snacks for both you and your pup and a dog blanket or dog bed so they can rest on the way home.

Why it’s good: Outdoor adventure walks provide loads of mental stimulation for your dog and allow them to engage with their natural instincts. Exploring new environments keeps a dog’s mind sharp and promotes overall happiness.

Fetch and retrieval games

Fetch is a classic game that never gets old and is a guaranteed way to exercise your dog. And the best part is it doesn’t take a lot of work to play this fun game together. Simply find an open space, like a backyard or a dog park, and let your dog chase after a ball or a frisbee. Retrieval games are not only fun but also great for improving your dog’s agility and coordination.

Setting it up: Choose a safe area that is free from obstacles or hazards. Be sure it’s a space that allows dogs to be off leash and is safe for them to be running free. Start with short throws of a ball, frisbee, or even their favourite dog toy and gradually increase the distance as your dog gets more comfortable. And don’t forget to bring a dog bowl with water as your dog will need to rehydrate often. 

Why it’s good: Fetch and retrieval games are a great form of dog exercise as they provide excellent cardiovascular health for your dog while also strengthening their muscles. But perhaps the best part of a game of fetch is the bonding experience between you and your pup, which is priceless.

Outdoor agility course

Have you ever watched dog agility competitions on TV and wondered if your dog could be an obstacle pro as well? Only way to know is to try it. Agility courses are a fantastic way to challenge your dog both mentally and physically. And they can be as easy as setting up tunnels, jumps, and weaving poles in your backyard. You and your dog will love the fun that comes with an outdoor agility course and how rewarding it is for dogs of all ages and breeds.

Setting it up: When it comes to agility courses you don’t have to go straight out and purchase expensive agility equipment. You can use items around your house that are suitable for your dog’s size and skill level. Cardboard boxes, laundry baskets, and even your kid’s orange play cones are all perfect items that can help construct a beginner agility course. Start with basic obstacles and gradually introduce more advanced challenges as your dog gets the hang of it.

Why it’s good: Agility training is an excellent exercise for dogs as it improves their balance, coordination, and problem-solving skills. It also builds their confidence and strengthens the bond between the two of you. 

Swimming sessions

If your dog loves the water, then swimming is an excellent full-body workout to incorporate into their exercise routine. But how do you know if your dog likes to swim? Start by finding a dog-friendly beach, lake, or pool where your pup can splash around safely to test the waters and see if they like it. Even if your dog doesn’t go all the way in for a full body dip, the act of running along the water will provide enough exercise. Swimming is especially beneficial for older dogs or those with joint issues.

Setting it up: If your dog has never swam before or if you are not sure they know how to swim, start by choosing a calm, shallow body of water to start. This will allow your dog to explore the possibility of swimming without too much commitment. And always be sure to have the right products when going for a doggie dip –  consider a canine life jacket for added safety, a properly tagged dog collar, an old towel to rub them down and some dog treats to enjoy after a good splash will all make this experience more enjoyable.

Why it’s good: Swimming is a low-impact exercise that’s gentle on your dog’s joints. Your dog will receive a thorough workout without putting stress on their bones. But the best part? Swimming is a great way to beat the heat during hot summer months.

Indoor treat hunt

When the weather outside is too cold or rainy to explore an outdoor exercise, try setting up some workout routines inside. Indoor treat hunts are a fun way to keep your dog mentally stimulated while also getting them to move their bodies. And it can be as easy as hiding treats around the house and letting your dog use their nose to sniff them out.

Setting it up: The key to making an indoor treat hunt fun for your dog is to choose a variety of different hiding spots. This is your time to get creative. While your dog’s in another room, quietly hide dog treats under furniture, behind doors, or even inside their dog crate house. As your dog becomes efficient at finding the treats in the easy hiding spots, gradually increase the difficulty by choosing more challenging spots. 

Why it’s good: Indoor treat hunts are a great way to engage your dog’s sense of smell and provide mental stimulation at the same time. Spending time “hunting” and sniffing will also help to prevent your dog’s boredom and destructive behavior.

Interactive toys and games

If there’s one exercise that is guaranteed to tire your dog out regardless of the weather, it’s playtime with you and their favourite interactive dog toys. Not only do toys and games keep your dog engaged, exercised, and entertained, they’re a great way to keep your furry friend challenged. Keep a variety of different toys and games such as puzzle toys, treat-dispensing balls, or interactive play mats so that your dog’s problem-solving skills can be challenged and elevated.

Setting it up: Too much of a good thing can often lead to overwhelm and that is true when it comes to dogs and toys. So set aside time each day to bring out one or two toys to play with your pup. If it’s a new toy, introduce it to your dog by itself so they can fully immerse themselves in the nuances of the new object. Every other week, try rotating the toys regularly to keep your dog’s interest piqued and their excitement engaged.

Why it’s good: Interactive dog toys and games are the perfect exercise tool for dogs as they provide mental stimulation and prevent boredom. If you live somewhere where the weather prohibits frequent outdoor play, dog toys are an essential in maintaining your dog’s physical health and mental well-being.

Indoor obstacle course

Who said obstacle courses are only for the great outdoors? When the weather isn’t cooperating for outdoor play, take the fun inside and create a DIY obstacle course. Again, no need to purchase any expensive agility equipment – simply use household items like chairs, cushions, and cardboard boxes to create the ultimate indoor dog adventure. Just be sure to designate a space in your home where your dog can navigate through tunnels, jump over hurdles, and weave between obstacles without hurting themselves or your furnishings.

Setting it up: Start by clearing a space in your home where you can set up the obstacle course safely. Choose a room that is big enough for your dog to navigate based on their size and remove any pieces of furniture or items that could cause them harm or get damaged in the process. When choosing items for the obstacle course, pick ones that are stable and won’t topple over easily – this is all about having fun, so make sure not to use anything that could cause injury or get broken. 

Why it’s good: Indoor obstacle courses provide incredible physical exercise and increased mental stimulation for your dog as well. The repetitive sequencing of traversing the course reinforces obedience and agility skills, which are both excellent for your dog’s body and mind.

Omlet and your dog

No matter the weather, keeping your dog active and engaged is crucial for their overall well-being. Whether you’re exploring the great outdoors or getting creative with indoor activities, there’s no shortage of ways to keep your pup exercised and entertained. At Omlet, we understand the importance of movement for all pets, and also for the vital sleep they require afterwards which is why we offer a wide range of dog beds designed to give your dog the best rest they can get. So get out there, have fun, and start exercising with your dog.

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What is affecting my dog’s sleep?

As pet owners, we cherish the moments when our furry companions snuggle up for a peaceful slumber. Yet, what happens when our beloved canine companions toss and turn, unable to find the rest they need? Understanding what is affecting your dog’s sleep is crucial for ensuring their well-being and happiness. Let’s delve into the intricacies of what might be keeping our pups up at night and explore effective solutions to promote their quality rest.

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What could be affecting my dog’s sleep?

Ever wondered why your furry friend seems restless at bedtime? It could be anything from an unbalanced diet to a change in routine that throws off their sleep cycle and leaves them in need of some serious R&R. Here’s a look at some of the common factors that could be affecting your dog’s sleep.

Lack of exercise 

Just like humans, dogs require regular physical activity to tire their bodies and minds. A lack of exercise can lead to pent-up energy, causing restlessness and difficulty in settling down for sleep. Daily walks, interactive play sessions, or engaging in stimulating activities tailored to your dog’s breed and age can significantly contribute to a more restful night’s sleep.

So grab your dog’s favourite lead and collar and make walking around the neighborhood a daily activity. Or make a game out of hide-and-go-seek their favorite dog toy. As soon as you notice your dog feeling unsettled in their nighttime routine, the fix could be as easy as incorporating more fido fitness. 

Underlying health issues

If adding more exercise to your dog’s routine isn’t working, or their age has limited their activity, it may be time to look a little deeper into what might be impacting their sleepless nights. Undiagnosed health problems could be silently disrupting your dog’s sleep patterns. 

Conditions such as arthritis, dental pain, or even anxiety disorders can interfere with a dog’s ability to find comfort and relaxation. So it’s important to stay on top of regular veterinary check-ups and pay prompt attention to any concerning symptoms. A healthy dog is a happy dog and happy dogs are more likely to get quality sleep.

Poor diet

Did you know nutrition plays a pivotal role in your dog’s overall well-being? That includes their sleep quality, too. Feeding your furry friend a balanced diet that is appropriate for their age, size, and activity level is crucial not only for their health, but their sleep quality. So if you notice your dog awake more during nighttime hours, it could be linked to diet.

Is someone in the house feeding from under the table when they aren’t supposed to? Is your dog eating too much or too little? Poor diet choices or food allergies can lead to gastrointestinal discomfort which could be keeping your dog awake. Be sure to consult with your veterinarian if you notice sleep issues that you think could be related to food, so you can be sure of feeding the most suitable diet for your dog.

Environmental factors

The environment in which your dog sleeps can significantly influence their ability to rest peacefully. Factors such as excessive noise, uncomfortable bedding, or extreme temperatures are all factors that can disrupt their sleep cycle. Creating a quiet, comfortable, and safe sleeping space for your dog that is away from disturbances promotes better sleep by creating a space dedicated to their relaxation.

Find a dog bed that suits your dog’s sleep preferences. The Topology dog bed designed by Omlet is an excellent choice as it allows you to choose from a variety of Toppers to find textures your dog likes best. You’ll find it hard to pick a favorite, as they’re all designed to zip on and off easily and go straight in the washing machine. Adding some dog feet to the bottom raises the bed off the ground, promoting better hygiene and air flow. To help nervous dogs feel more secure, you can also add a dog crate nook so your pup has a secure space to retreat to when they need a solid snooze.

The Omlet Bolster bed is another great option for promoting restful sleep. A memory foam mattress combined with a full body snuggling cushion, angled to comfortably support their head as they snooze, this is a bed built to compete with the couch. 

Change in routine

Dogs love and depend on routine. Disruptions to their daily schedule can cause stress and anxiety which, in turn, can lead to sleep disturbances. So if you’ve noticed your dog’s sleep patterns changing or disruptions in their normal cycles, check if any of these factors are new:

Any one of these factors can cause your dog stress, which could ultimately impact their sleep. So if you do have any upcoming or new changes in your house, do your best to maintain consistency in their daily routine and gradually introduce the changes where possible, so you can help minimize stress and promote better sleep habits for your furry companion.

Ways to prevent or help

When it comes to addressing your dog’s sleep issues it’s best to take a multifaceted approach that is tailored to their specific needs. Use the list above as a guideline to ensure all needs are being met: is your dog getting regular exercise, are they maintaining a balanced diet, and do they have a peaceful sleeping environment? Once you have taken a proactive look at all these factors, there are some additional things you can do to help ensure your dog’s healthy sleep habits.

Try incorporating calming routines before bedtime, such as a gentle massage or soothing music. This can help relax your furry friend and prepare them for a restful night’s sleep – plus the bonding time together is an added bonus. And whenever in doubt, seek guidance from a veterinarian or animal behaviourist as they can provide valuable insights and personalized strategies to address your dog’s specific sleep-related concerns effectively.

Omlet and your dog 

At Omlet, we understand the importance of catering to the diverse sleep patterns and needs of all dogs. That’s why we design beds to suit the ergonomics of dogs’ bodies and with durable, upholstery grade fabrics tested to withstand their needs to stretch, turn and roll. All our products are engineered with your pet’s comfort and well-being in mind, offering a range of innovative solutions that will give them the rest they deserve. From cosy dog beds to comforting zen doggie dens, we strive to enhance the sleep experience for all dogs, helping them wake up refreshed and ready for another day of adventures by your side.

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What is the right amount of exercise for my dog?

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If there’s one thing we can all agree on, it’s that our furry friends bring boundless energy and infectious enthusiasm into our lives. And as responsible pet owners, we want to ensure our dogs live their best lives, filled with vitality and joy. But how do we determine the right amount of exercise for our canine companions? In this comprehensive blog, we’ll discuss everything from the importance of regular walks to the connection between exercise and sleep all to better understand how much you should be working out with fido.

Understanding your dog’s exercise needs

Dogs, like humans, require different levels of exercise depending on various factors such as age, breed, size, and health condition. Here’s a breakdown:

Puppyhood

Just like kids, puppies need their daily dose of play and activity to channel their boundless energy positively, prevent boredom, and foster good behaviour habits. Regular exercise is crucial for puppies as it promotes healthy growth and development, strengthens muscles, and improves cardiovascular health, setting a foundation for a long and happy life.

Aim for around 5 minutes of exercise per month of age, up to twice a day, for puppies. This helps prevent overexertion and joint stress while still promoting healthy growth and development. Puppies need a balance between activity and rest to thrive, so tune in to their cues and adjust exercise accordingly.

Adult: 

Whether it’s a brisk walk, a game of fetch, or a romp at the dog park, keeping our canine friends active not only enhances their physical fitness but also strengthens the bond between pet and owner. Regular exercise is crucial for adult dogs to maintain optimal health and well-being, just like it is for us humans.

Adult dogs generally require about 30 minutes to 2 hours of exercise per day, depending on factors like breed, age, and health status. Regular exercise keeps them mentally stimulated, maintains a healthy weight, strengthens muscles, and promotes overall well-being. A well-balanced exercise routine will make your adult dog feel well for longer.

Senior: 

Our furry seniors need their daily dose of exercise to keep their tails wagging and their joints moving smoothly. Regular exercise helps senior dogs maintain a healthy weight, boosts their mental sharpness, and keeps their spirits high, ensuring they can continue enjoying their golden years to the fullest.

Senior dogs typically benefit from around 30 minutes to 1 hour of moderate exercise per day, tailored to their individual needs and health status. This amount helps maintain joint flexibility, muscle strength, and mental stimulation, promoting overall well-being and a longer, happier life.

Size and breed:

Tailoring exercise routines to suit a dog’s size and breed is crucial for their overall well-being. For instance, energetic breeds like border collies require vigorous daily activities such as long walks or engaging in agility training to stimulate their minds and bodies effectively. Conversely, smaller breeds like chihuahuas may not need as much physical exertion but still benefit greatly from short, frequent walks to maintain a healthy weight and prevent boredom-induced behaviours like excessive barking or chewing.

But how often should I walk my dog? That’s where understanding your pup’s specific breed and size matters. Larger, high-energy breeds like labrador retrievers may require at least an hour of vigorous activity daily to keep them happy and healthy, while smaller breeds like pugs may thrive with shorter, gentler walks or indoor play sessions to prevent overexertion and joint issues. 

Ideas for exercise routines

Mixing up your dog’s exercise routine keeps things exciting and helps target different muscle groups. So tailor the exercise routine to your dog’s preferences and abilities, ensuring a fun and engaging experience for both of you. Here are a few ideas to consider:

Walks or jogging: While walking your dog might seem like the obvious choice for exercise, making it a habitual routine is what matters. So make it fun – get a dog collar and leash that fits your dog’s personality, lace up your shoes and head out together to walk or jog around the block. You can thank your dog for giving you a reason to stay healthy too.

Explore new places: Ready to take your dog walks to the next level? Spice up your exercise routine by exploring new trails, beaches, or even dog-friendly hiking spots. Let your pup sniff and discover the great outdoors while you both soak in some fresh air and scenery. Just be sure to bring a comfy, easy-to-travel dog bed so they have somewhere to rest on the way home.

Swimming sessions: If your pup is a water lover, like an Irish Setter or otterhound, consider swimming sessions as a great way to exercise. Whether it’s a dip in the backyard pool or a visit to a dog-friendly beach, swimming provides a low-impact workout that’s easy on the joints and a whole lot of fun for everyone.

Agility classes: If you like adventure and think your dog does too, sign up for agility classes together. Not only does it provide physical exercise, but it also stimulates your dog’s mind as they navigate through obstacles like tunnels, jumps, and weave poles. Plus, it’s a fantastic way to bond and boost their confidence.

Fetch and beyond: Engage your dog’s natural instincts with interactive games like fetch, hide-and-seek, or tug-of-war. Grab some dog toys and create a play session in the comfort of your own home to get fido moving. These games not only keep them physically active but also mentally stimulated, satisfying their need for both exercise and mental enrichment.

Doggie playdates: Have you ever seen kids on a playground? They’re running around, engaging in fun and moving their bodies. Well, the same thing happens when dogs get together. Arrange playdates with other friendly dogs to let them burn off energy while socializing. Whether it’s at a local dog park or a friend’s backyard, watching them zoom around with their furry pals is guaranteed to bring smiles, and exercise, all around.

Impact of exercise on sleep

Regular exercise isn’t just about keeping your furry friend fit; it also plays a crucial role in ensuring they get a good night’s sleep. Just like us humans, dogs reap numerous benefits from staying active during the day. When your pup gets their daily dose of physical activity, whether it’s a brisk walk, a game of fetch, or an agility session, it helps to tire them out both mentally and physically. This exhaustion isn’t a bad thing—it’s the key to unlocking deep, restorative sleep.

You’ve probably noticed how your dog flops down contentedly after a day of play, snoozing soundly without a care in the world. That’s because exercise helps regulate their internal clock and promotes relaxation, paving the way for a peaceful slumber. Plus, a tired dog is less likely to engage in nighttime shenanigans like excessive barking or restless pacing. So, by making sure your furry companion gets enough exercise, you’re not only enhancing their physical health but also setting them up for sweet dreams and blissful nights of sleep.

Omlet and your dog

At Omlet, we understand the importance of keeping your pets happy and healthy. That’s why we offer a range of innovative pet products designed to enhance your dog’s well-being. From interactive dog toys to cozy, easy-to-clean dog beds, our products are crafted with your pet’s comfort and happiness in mind. We didn’t invent dog products – we invented designs to make dog products better so you and your dog can spend more time together being happy and healthy. 

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How much sleep should my dog be getting?

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We’ve all heard about sleep schedules for babies and the importance of routine and adequate rest for their growth and development. But what about our furry companions? How much sleep should your dog be getting? As it turns out, just like humans, dogs require a significant amount of sleep to stay healthy and happy throughout their lives. Understanding their sleep needs can ensure we provide them with the rest they require to thrive.

Puppyhood to Senior sleep

Much like humans, the sleep needs of dogs evolve as they age. Puppies, with their boundless energy, may seem like they’re always on the go. However, puppies actually need (and usually get) more sleep than adult dogs. A typical sleep schedule for a young puppy can be anywhere from 18 to 20 hours a day. Because, just like babies, puppies need sleep in order for their bodies to grow.

But as your bundle of fur grows into adulthood, their sleep gradually decreases. Depending on dog breed and size, most adult age dogs will only require about 12 to 14 hours of sleep a day. Senior dogs, on the other hand, will start to log more sleep hours again, often clocking in around 14 to 16 hours per day. Understanding these sleep changes can help you tailor your dog’s specific environment to support their rest.

Why dogs need adequate sleep

Just like humans, dogs require plenty of quality shut-eye to maintain their health and happiness. Imagine your dog bounding through the park, chasing after balls, and eagerly greeting every passerby. Now, picture them doing all that on a measly few hours of sleep. It’s just not feasible. Here’s why our furry companions need their beauty rest:

  1. Physical recovery: Dogs need sleep to repair and rejuvenate their bodies after a day of activity. It’s during sleep that their muscles recover and grow, ensuring they stay fit and agile.
  2. Mental well-being: Dogs process a lot of information throughout the day, from learning new commands to deciphering the world around them. Adequate sleep is crucial for consolidating memories and maintaining cognitive function.
  3. Emotional stability: Have you ever noticed how cranky you feel after a sleepless night? Dogs are no different. Sufficient sleep helps regulate their emotions, keeping them calm and less prone to behavioral issues.
  4. Immune system support: Sleep is essential for a strong immune system. Dogs need adequate rest to fend off illnesses and stay healthy, just like humans.

So, the next time you catch your canine companion dozing off, rest assured they’re simply taking care of themselves.

The right dog bed makes a difference

Do you think you could get a good night’s sleep on just any mattress? Then your dog won’t either. Providing your dog with the right bed isn’t just about comfort; it’s about their overall relaxation and well-being. A comfortable dog bed is essential in helping your dog unwind, feel safe, and alleviate joint pain, especially for older or larger dogs.

Elevate their sleep: The right dog bed can truly transform your pup’s snooze game. With the Topology dog bed designed by Omlet, it’s not just a surface to crash on. This truly customizable and machine washable dog bed features a raised foot design that improves airflow, ensuring better air quality and comfort for your furry friend.

Surround them in comfort: Imagine a bed that wraps your dog in complete coziness, like a warm hug. That’s the magic of the Bolster dog bed designed by Omlet. With its memory foam backing, it’s like giving your pup their own miniature couch, offering unparalleled support and relaxation.

Ideal placement for dog beds

Where you place your dog’s bed can significantly impact their ability to relax and rest. Always opt for quiet, tranquil areas that are away from high-traffic areas and noise. Consider placing their bed in a spot where they can still feel connected to the family without being disturbed.

Additionally, keeping their bed clean is essential. Washable dog beds, like the Topology Dog Bed, make it easy to maintain a hygienic sleeping environment, promoting better sleep and overall health for your furry friend.

Better sleep = better health

Just like humans, better sleep translates to better health for dogs. A well-rested dog is more energetic, responsive, and engaged during walks and training sessions. And when your dog feels well rested and full of energy, you can’t help but reciprocate, further fostering a stronger connection and mutual understanding with each other. By prioritizing their sleep needs, you’re investing in their overall health and happiness.

Omlet and your dog

As pet owners, it’s our responsibility to ensure our furry companions receive the care and attention they need to thrive. Understanding their sleep requirements and providing them with the right environment, including a comfortable dog bed, plays a crucial role in their well-being. Omlet understands these needs and strives to innovate products like our designer dog beds and plush dog blankets that cater to every pet’s needs, ensuring they lead happy, healthy lives. So, next time you tuck your dog into bed, remember the importance of quality sleep for their vitality and longevity.

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Do dogs dream?

 

Dogs sleeping on an Omlet nest bed

Have you ever watched your furry friend drift off into a deep slumber, legs twitching and softly whimpering, and wondered: do dogs dream? It’s a question that has intrigued pet owners for centuries, sparking curiosity about the inner workings of our canine companions’ minds. Let’s delve into the fascinating world of dog dreams and uncover the truths behind those mysterious nighttime adventures.

The science of dog dreams

Even though our dogs can’t awaken and tell us all about their dreams, scientists have long studied the sleep patterns of dogs to understand if they experience dreams similar to humans. Research indicates that dogs undergo similar sleep cycles to humans, including stages of deep sleep and REM (rapid eye movement) sleep, which is associated with dreaming.

During REM sleep, brain activity increases, resembling that of a waking state, suggesting that dogs in fact do experience dreams. But, our canine companions only experience REM sleep in 45 minute cycles on average. And depending on your dog’s breed and size, their dreams can last anywhere from 1 minute to 10 minutes.

While scientific evidence strongly suggests that dogs do dream, the specifics of their dream experiences remain elusive. Just like humans, dogs process their daily experiences and memories during sleep, leading to vivid dreamscapes that may involve familiar places, activities, or interactions. So the next time you see your furry friend twitching their legs in their sleep, they may just be dreaming about the game of catch you played with them earlier.

What do dogs dream about?

While dogs and humans share similarities in their dreaming experiences, there are also notable differences. Dogs’ dreams may be more heavily influenced by sensory stimuli and instinctual behaviours, reflecting their unique perspective on the world. Additionally, the duration and frequency of dreaming episodes vary among individual dogs, adding further complexity to the comparison.

Although we can’t peer into a dog’s subconscious, behavioural observations provide clues about the content of their dreams. Dogs often exhibit movements and vocalizations during sleep that mimic behaviours seen while awake, hinting that they may be reenacting past experiences or engaging in imaginary scenarios.

As cherished members of our families, it’s natural to wonder if our dogs dream about us. While there’s no definitive answer, studies suggest that dogs likely incorporate familiar faces and interactions into their dream narratives. So yes, it’s entirely possible that your dog dreams of bounding through fields with you or receiving belly rubs on lazy afternoons.

Dreamiest dog sleep solutions

When it comes to ensuring our furry friends get the dreamiest sleep possible, Omlet has you covered with our innovative dog bed solutions. We know sleep is important to dogs – like, up to 18 hours a day (or more) important. So we set out to ask the right questions to invent better ways to care for our beloved pets. Providing your dog with the perfect bed is key to their well-being and their dreams.

For the snugglers out there, the Omlet dog bed is like a cozy cocoon, offering a warm and secure haven for those who love to curl up tight. The Topology dog bed is ideal for leg splayers, providing ample space and support for dogs who sprawl out in all directions. Omlet dog beds are a versatile option perfect for on-the-go naps or as a comfy spot in any room of the house. With Omlet, you can rest assured that your furry friend will be dreaming in style and comfort, no matter their sleep habits.

Omlet and your dog

As you watch your beloved pup peacefully snooze, it’s fascinating to consider the vivid dreams they might be experiencing. Understanding this aspect of their lives is just one more way to deepen the bond between you and your furry friend. At Omlet, we’re passionate about enhancing the lives of pets and their owners alike. That’s why we create a range of products that cater to every aspect of your dog’s needs and desires, from luxurious dog beds for the coziest dreams to stylish designer dog collars for those daytime adventures. Because when it comes to your canine companion, only the best will do.

Dachshund sleeping on Omlet Topology dog bed

 

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How long do dog beds last?

Puppy tugging on Omlet Topology Dog Bed with Quilted Topper

Ahh, the eternal question: how long should a dog bed last? It’s a topic that’s stumped pet owners for ages. As humans, we typically change out our mattresses every 6-8 years depending on brand and usage. But with dog beds, there are a lot more factors to consider. Should a dog bed last a year? Five years? Ten years? Or should it last until the end of time itself? At Omlet, we think dog beds should last forever! So let’s take a closer look at your dog’s bed and what you can do to keep their comfort going for life and keep their bed out of the landfill.

Why standard dog beds don’t last

Let’s be honest – dogs are known for many things, but being gentle with their belongings is usually not one of them. They love to chew, dig, and drool on anything they can get their paws on, including their dog beds. In addition, most dogs sleep on their beds for all naps and nighttime sleep, incurring lots of usage and extra smells. It’s fair to say that dogs use their beds more than humans use their mattresses.

As a result, standard dog beds simply can’t withstand the normal wear and tear of any dog breed. Most standard dog beds are constructed of non-durable and non-washable materials, making them unable to provide quality comfort for your dog for very long. So if you’re expecting a standard dog bed to last forever, you’re barking up the wrong tree. But rest assured – there are other dog bed options from Omlet available that will keep your canine comfortable for life.

How long should a dog bed last?

On average, most standard dog beds last anywhere from 6-12 months. If it’s not the rips and tears from your dog’s natural behaviours that prematurely send it to the landfill, then the build-up of odours and hair will. At Omlet, we believe that dog owners should be able to buy one dog bed that will last their furry friend from puppyhood to prime.

Our product designers set out to challenge the standard dog bed norm and create a dog bed that would not only provide the highest quality comfort to your dog, but would last their lifetime as well. Their solution – the Topology dog bed.

3 ways to know it’s time for a new dog bed

How do you know when it’s time to buy yourself a new mattress? More than likely, it’s when you start having consecutive nights of uncomfortable sleep or can see defined lumps and dips throughout. But how do you know when it’s time for your dog to have a new bed? Here are 3 ways you can determine if your dog needs new digs:

  • Do a thud test

The two most common dog bed fillers are stuffing and memory foam. So in order for any standard dog bed to stay supportive of your dog’s joints and comfort, the interior filling needs to be uniformly thick across. But how can you tell? By performing a quick thud test. Simply take your flat hand and hover it a few feet above your dog’s bed. With a swift motion, drop your hand onto the dog bed to mimic your dog plopping onto their bed. If you hear a ‘thud’ when it hits, then it means the supportive filling has gone flat and it’s time for a new dog bed.

  • Use your sniffer

No really, we mean it – smell your dog’s bed. And we don’t mean from the other room. We mean get down on the ground and give your dog’s bed a good whiff. Any bacteria or other microbes that may have started to build up inside your dog’s bed may only be fragrant up close. But guess what? That means this smell is transferring to your dog every time they snuggle up for a snooze. So if you sniff a bad whiff it’s time for a new dog bed.

  • Give a complete inspection

At first glance, most standard dog beds may appear to be in perfectly good shape. But give it a closer look and you may see something else. In order to really know if your dog needs a new bed, you need to give it a thorough inspection. If the cover is removable, take it off to look at the insert. Mould and mildew can hide in seams and crevices from excess drool, making your dog’s bed worse for wear. And if the inside of your dog’s bed looks that bad, imagine how uncomfortable it must be.

Omlet’s Topology dog bed

As the pet company that does things differently, we set out on a quest to create a comfort solution that would be your dog’s sleeping companion for life. We’re pet owners, too, and like you, we’re tired of worn-out, uncomfortable dog beds filling up our landfills. So we decided to do something about it. We decided to engineer the last dog bed you’ll ever need to buy.

The Topology dog bed, designed by Omlet, is a completely customisable dog bed that will literally transform your dog’s sleep. The luxurious memory foam mattress is completely encased in a water-resistant cover to give your dog high-performance sleep without the worry of bacteria build-up. And with Topology, you can also customise your dog’s comfort with one of the multiple different topper options so you can give your dog the exact sleep they want.

The best part? Every single topper is easy to remove and completely machine washable. Simply pop a new topper on the bed while the other is in the wash, or if a topper gets worn out, simply replace it with a new one without having to buy a new bed.

Omlet and your dog

At Omlet, we don’t just assume we know what your dog needs in a dog bed. We use our personal experience and unparalleled understanding of the best products available to engineer dog beds that deliver quality, comfort and ease of care so your dog not only gets what they need, but also what they want. After all, our dogs deserve the best, right? With the Topology dog bed, your dog will be laying in the lap of luxury from puppyhood to prime and giving you many tail wags of thanks in return. Let us do the work, so you can reap the rewards.

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Christmas food dos and don’ts for dogs

Cockapoo pawing at dog Christmas advent calendar

Christmas is the time for all the family to enjoy – our pet pooches included. We know that dogs are best off sticking to their normal food over the holidays but ignoring those puppy eyes beaming up to the dinner table is notoriously difficult. If you know you won’t be able to resist sneaking your furry friend some festive treats, it’s important to know what Christmas foods you can, and what Christmas foods you definitely can’t, give your dog.

Christmas foods that your dog shouldn’t eat

Starting with the basics, your dog should never be encouraged to join in with Christmas drinking. Even a small amount of alcohol can be dangerous. There are also several traditional festive food goodies that you should not share with your pet:

  1. The bones and skin from the turkey or chicken
    Bones from any bird can be dangerous. They can get lodged in the throat, becoming a serious choking hazard, and can break into small sharp pieces that can pierce the lining of the stomach or intestines. Turkey skin is extremely fatty, which is not only unhealthy for dogs, but can cause serious problems with their pancreas.
  2. Gravy
    You may think that gravy is delicious and completely harmless, but it’s high in salt and fat, both of which can be dangerous to dogs.
  3. Onions and other bulb vegetables
    All types of alliums are poisonous to dogs, so it’s important to keep your pet away from them. Onions are the main cause for concern, but other bulb vegetables, like garlic, can also cause serious problems.
  4. Grapes, raisins, currants and sultanas
    All of these items are highly toxic to dogs. In fact, if your pet eats even a small amount, you should seek help from a vet as soon as possible. For this reason, Christmas treats such as Christmas pudding, Christmas cake and mince pies should never be fed to dogs, and ideally be kept out of reach at all times.
  5. Chocolate in any form
    Chocolate is a favourite in most homes over the holidays, but it’s very bad for dogs. It contains theobromine, which can be deadly to your furry friend even in small amounts, so don’t let them have any, no matter how much they give you the sad eyes treatment.

You should of course not serve any of these foods to your dog at any time of the year, but it might be a good idea to keep an extra eye on your dog during the holidays, as leftovers might be left on the table while you enjoy a game of charades, or well-meaning guests might try to sneak your pooch a bit of Christmas cake. It’s a good idea to tell everyone not to feed the dogs anything, and then, if you really want to, you can treat them to some canine-friendly festive food yourself. Here are a few things that are fine for dogs to eat.

Christmas foods that your dog can eat

Christmas won’t be ruined for your dog if they don’t get a special Christmas dinner, but if you want them to join in with the celebrations, you can try some of these things. It’s important to remember that all of these foods should be given to dogs in moderation – keep portions small.

  1. A few slices of turkey
    You can give your pet some white turkey meat, as long as the skin and all bones have been removed.
  2. Boiled and mashed potatoes
    Dogs will enjoy a small amount of boiled or mashed potato. Remember that you should only ever feed your pet plain potato with no salt or butter added.
  3. Other vegetables
    As with any other food items, do not give your dog a pile of vegetables, but it’s fine to let them have a try of a few selected items from the Christmas meal. Sprouts, swedes, parsnips and green beans are normally very popular with dogs, as is a raw or cooked piece of carrot. Do not add any seasoning, butter or sauces before you give the vegetables to your pet, however.
  4. Eggs
    Many of us enjoy some scrambled eggs on Christmas morning, and this is another thing you can give to your dog as a treat. In fact, eggs contain lots of beneficial vitamins and minerals, and can make the dog’s coat shinier. Again, you should not add any butter or salt to the eggs, and it’s best to keep portions small.
  5. Fruit with pips or stones removed
    Most fruits in the fruit bowl can be shared with your dog, as long as pips or stones are removed, and items like bananas and satsumas are peeled. You should however remember that fruit is acidic and contains a lot of sugar, so can cause stomach problems in dogs if they have too much.

Omlet and your dog’s Christmas 

Whichever foods you’ll be tucking into over the holidays, Omlet has just what your pup needs to have to make sure it’s their best yet. Our easy-to-clean dog beds are perfect for messy pups this season, and our ingeniously designed dog crates are ideal for when Fido needs a break. So, now you know what foods are on and off the menu, it’s time to enjoy the festivities, knowing your canine companion will be staying safe.

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Best dog crates

Dachshund asleep in Omlet Fido Nook Dog Crate

Finding the best dog crate is a crucial decision for pet owners, regardless of whether you have a small, big, high-stress, or elderly dog. It’s an essential tool for their safety, comfort, and overall well-being. With the vast array of options available, the quest for the ideal dog crate can be overwhelming. Thankfully, we’re here to help you navigate this very important decision with various options of Omlet dog crates that are suitable for all pups in all situations. 

How to choose the best dog crate for your furry friend

Choosing the best dog crate for your beloved furry friend is like selecting the perfect home – it should be cosy, safe, and tailored to their unique personality. There are three main things to consider when choosing the perfect crate for dog:

  • Size
  • Storage
  • Movability

First, consider the size; your dog crate should be spacious enough for your dog to stand, turn around, and stretch comfortably, regardless of their size. And remember to also account for your dog’s growth if they’re still just a puppy – as your dog grows, so, too, should their crate.

Next, think about storage. Where are you going to put your dog’s crate? Will it stay in your bedroom? Or will it be front and centre in your living room? Whether you’re using the dog crate just for training purposes, or for a safety spot for them to relax, you will need one that is strong and durable. If you plan on using it as a doggie den for your furry friend, you may want to consider a dog crate that is built more like furniture and can complement your decor.

Lastly, you need to think about how you are using the dog crate. For many pet owners, a dog crate is only used for safety reasons, i.e. travelling in the car to the vet or on holiday. In this case, a dog crate that is easy to collapse and fold is ideal and will make both you and your dog’s lives easier! In addition, an easy-to-transport dog crate also means no hassle, and you’ll be able to move it around your home should you decide to change its location.

Best dog crates for large dogs

Big dogs need big things. And that includes dog crates. So if your furry friend is large like a German shepherd, Labrador, or Bulldog, you’re going to need a dog crate that will fit their size and stature. Our top choice is the Omlet large dog crates as they are designed with larger breed dogs in mind, providing ample space for them to stretch out comfortably and move around in. Its double doors not only allow for easy access, but flexibility of placement as well. 

Best dog crates for small dogs

When it comes to small dog crates, Omlet has a range of design options engineered to cater to both the comfort of your smaller dog’s needs and the design of your home. The Fido Studio is a standout choice for petite breeds like the chihuahua, dachshund, or papillion as it offers a cosy den-like enclosure that also doubles as a piece of furniture. With its modern design, your pint-size pup will feel secure and safe in a comfortable spot that blends seamlessly into your home. Store your small dog’s favourite accessories in the optional wardrobe and create a room all their own.

Best dog crates for puppies

When it comes to puppies, dog crates are an essential part of parenting. Not only are dog crates crucial for their safety and puppy training, but for their comfort as well. The Omlet Fido Classic crate is an excellent choice for several reasons. Firstly, it provides a secure space where your puppy can’t get into mischief or danger. Which, in turn, also helps reduce the risk of destructive behaviour!

Second, a dog crate for your puppy aids in-house training by leveraging a dog’s natural instinct to not use their sleeping area as a potty. Consider it a “bladder controller” that helps prevent indoor accidents.

To use a dog crate effectively for your puppy, ensure it’s appropriately sized, allowing them to move around in it freely and comfortably. Introduce positive associations, such as dog treats and dog toys, to make the crate a welcoming space. Then, gradually increase crate time so they become familiar with and used to using it as a spot for security. After a while, you can add a comfy puppy bed inside the crate to make this their designated spot.

Puppy in Fido Studio Dog Crate with green Bolster dog bed

Best dog crate for senior dogs

You may be asking, “why would my senior dog who has lived their whole life without a dog crate suddenly need one?” Great question – we’re glad you asked. As dogs age, their needs change, and a dog crate can become a valuable addition to their life. Some senior dogs start to experience mobility issues or incontinence in their later years, and a dog crate becomes a safe and manageable place where they can rest and recover. 

But can you teach an old dog new tricks? At Omlet, we know you can. Training a senior dog to use a dog crate is no different than training a puppy – it takes consistency, patience, and time. When it comes to reducing the stress and anxiety often associated with senior dogs, look no further than the Omlet Fido Nook. Curated with luxury and comfort in mind, this modern dog crate has been meticulously designed to give your dog a sense of comfort and priority in your home. 

Best dog crates for travel

Embarking on a pet-friendly holiday should be easy. That was our thought process when we designed the Omlet dog crates to be versatile for travel with your favourite furry friend. Whether you’re road-tripping with your dog in the car or jet-setting across the country, our thoughtful design features help to give you and your dog a hassle-free travel experience. The tool-free assembly of the dog crate makes setup a cinch and your dog will love the cosy interior that keeps them safe during transit. Holidaying with your four-legged family member has never been so convenient.

Best dog crates to calm anxious dogs

Finding the perfect dog crate to soothe your furry friend’s anxiety is like discovering a cosy hideaway for their heart. The Omlet dog crates are not just enclosures, they’re ergonomically designed havens of hushed tranquillity that transform anxiety into calm. Many dogs will whine or bark as a show of their unease but using a dog crate as a calming tool will help give them a safe place where they can feel less overwhelmed.

Best dog crate furniture

At Omlet, we believe dog crates should provide a space of comfort and peace for your dog while simultaneously not distracting from your decor. We asked ourselves, why can’t a dog crate be both functional and modern? And then we made it. Meet the Fido Nook Dog House – where dog crates are elevated to luxury that your dog deserves. Crafted with precision and style, we transformed the mundane dog crate into a statement piece, making your home a sanctuary of style and warmth for both you and your dog. 

With the option to add a removable classic crate or just place your dog’s bed directly inside, the Fido Nook is truly the only dog house you’ll ever buy. The integrated closet acts as a storage unit for all of your dog’s accessories and helps to keep your house clean and tidy. This dog house serves as more than just a retreat, it’s a conversation piece in your home that is a testament to your love for your furry friend.

Create the ultimate den for your favourite canine

Now that you’ve settled on the perfect dog crate, it’s time to make it comfortable for them to settle into. Start by adding a cosy dog bed where they can rest and relax. Using a dog bed in your dog’s crate will help train them to know that this is a safe place to be and feel calm. Next, top off their cosiness with comforting dog blankets that keep them warm and snuggled. It won’t take long for your favourite canine to learn that their dog crate is the ultimate den where they can feel secure, comfortable, and at peace. 

Omlet and your dog

At Omlet, we go beyond the ordinary to invent the extraordinary, creating remarkable designs that last a lifetime. Whether it’s our dog crates, washable dog beds, or raised dog beds, we have the products your dog needs and deserves. Our mission is simple: make pet products better so you can spend less time worrying about them and more time with the furry friend you love. 

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Tips to help your canine companion through their terrible teens

Nikki Mather canine behaviourist

Canine behaviourist, Nikki Mather, explains our dogs’ adolescent phase and provides useful training advice on how to work through this stage successfully. Nikki, founder of Positive Steps Dog Training, is a qualified, force-free dog trainer (IMDT) and behaviourist (BCCS), predominantly working on cases including dog reactivity, separation anxiety and fear/anxiety-related behaviours. 


Most new puppy guardians prepare well for bringing home a new puppy, from toilet training to mouthing to sleeping through the night. And, just when you feel like you’ve mastered this stage of your puppy’s life, they turn into a teenager! 

The teenage phase is a testing period of your puppy’s life, bringing new challenges and frustrations to you as a dog guardian. During this time, your dog may seem like they are purposely ‘ignoring’ your requests, they may become a little more anxious than before, or they may completely fly off the handle – but let’s take a look at what is really going on for our pups during this stage, as well as training tips to help you navigate this challenging time. 

What is adolescence in dogs?

The transition from puppyhood into an adolescent “teenage” dog can happen anytime from around 6 months, lasting until your dog reaches anywhere between 18 – 24 months. During adolescence, dramatic hormonal changes take place within your dog’s body, resulting in a rewiring of their brain. 

During your dog’s teenage months, you may notice an increase in their confidence, becoming increasingly motivated to explore and interact within the external environment. Alternatively, your once seemingly confident pup may begin to exhibit more anxious, fearful behaviour. Regardless of the change, it’s important to remember that although older, your pup still lacks the experience and skill set to appropriately navigate our world and, therefore, is sometimes unable to rationally manage their emotions and reactions. 

Behavioural changes you may notice 

1. Increased anxiety (and therefore reactivity)

Most new puppy guardians are well aware of the importance of appropriately socialising your pup between 8-16 weeks. However, most aren’t aware that our dogs enter into a second fear period generally between 6-14 months. 

During this stage, you may notice your once confident pup has become a little more anxious and fearful, which could result in an increase in reactive behaviour towards external triggers they once may have been comfortable around, such as people and other dogs. 

In order to work through your dog’s second fear period successfully, it is important to continue their socialisation training to ensure they are continually exposed to triggers at their pace. This will help continue to build positive associations that will create the foundations of a well-adjusted, confident adult dog. 

2. Regression in training

We’ve all been there – we bring home a little puppy and immediately begin working on their loose lead skills and recall training. All goes seemingly well…our pups don’t want to leave our side so their lead work is perfect, their recall is second to none and they hang onto every word we say! 

Then, the teenage stage hits, and it feels as though everything goes out of the window and our young dogs know nothing!

You’re not alone in this – ‘regression in training’ is completely normal. During the adolescent months, our dogs’ hormone levels change, and they can become much more confident in themselves and their environment. You may notice they listen to you less, they run over to distractions outdoors and they don’t come back when you ask – super frustrating! During this stage, our dogs are often conflicted when asked to do something, driven predominantly by their uncontrolled impulses.

When you begin to notice this regression, don’t panic! You just have to go back to basics in your training – in other words, you need to make it easier for your dog! This might mean you go back to working with a long training lead when teaching recall, or you may give your dog a little more distance from distractions to help them focus on you more. Take the time to work through your dog’s regression, training at a pace they can handle, and you’ll come out the other side with an adult dog that is an absolute dream to have! 

3. Ignorance! 

During your dog’s adolescent phase, you may become increasingly frustrated by how much they are choosing to ignore anything you ask of them – you may even call this stubbornness! Whilst this may seem like your dog is actively choosing to defy you, it is more effective to try and understand where this ‘ignorance’ has come from. 

When they were pups, YOU may have been the most exciting, rewarding thing for them. Now that they’re a little older, their motivators and preferences will change, and you’ll need to up your game in order to keep their attention in a stimulating world. 

To do this, you can try using high-value treats to reinforce behaviours you like, such as fresh meats, doggy pate or cheese (within moderation). You can also use chase toys, tug toys or balls to better engage your dog and reward behaviours you like. The more you reward a behaviour, the more likely that behaviour will be repeated! 

4. Increased energy levels

As a pup, your dog will have needed around 16-18 hours of sleep per day. Now that they are a teenager, their sleep requirements will reduce, so they may become more active around the home for longer periods of time (more time to get up to mischief!)

Now more than ever, it is important to ensure you are meeting all of your dog’s needs, including physically, mentally, socially and breed-specific. Consider the quality of your dog’s walks, how often do they engage their brain in stimulating activities such as sniffing and problem-solving, do they have ample opportunities to engage in play with you and other dogs (when suitable), and are their breed-specific needs to chase/dig/search etc. being met? 

If your dog is restless and exhibiting unwanted behaviours, there is probably an unmet need that needs to be addressed! 

5. Nuisance behaviours 

The adolescent developmental stage is when most young dogs begin to show troublesome behaviours, such as excessive barking, jumping, lunging, destruction or biting/nipping. Such behaviours are typically a result of your dog working through some pretty big emotions, frustration sometimes making top of the list. 

If you notice your dog showing unwanted behaviour, ask yourself WHY? There’s always a function behind our dog’s behaviour – is there something they want, is there a need not being met, are they bored, tired, frustrated etc. Once you understand why the behaviour is occurring, you’re better equipped to implement efficient training solutions! 

Quick tips to help satisfy your adolescent dog:

  • Let them sniff on their walks as this will tire them out mentally.
  • Provide indoor mental stimulation such as enrichment boxes, snuffle mats and treats rolled into a towel!
  • Balance high-energy activities with brain work-outs e.g. 5 minutes ball throwing followed by 10 minutes sniffing to help reduce adrenaline. 
  • Ensure you’re engaging with them through games, training or just cuddles – our dogs are social creatures! 
  • Teach them how to settle using a settle mat and ensure they have a quiet, undisturbed space to relax around the home. 

Remember, your dog’s adolescent period will not last forever. Be patient and guide them into making more appropriate choices to help them co-exist peacefully with you. ‘Bad days’ are inevitable, but your hard work and consistency will pay off, and the relationship you’ll build with your dog along the way will be the most rewarding of all. 

If you’re struggling and would like some professional help, please do get in touch with us at Positive Steps Dog Training. 

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Why do golden retriever puppies chew so much?

Golden Retriever puppy lying on Omlet Topology Dog Bed with Quilted Topper
Golden Retriever puppy lying on Omlet Topology Dog Bed with black Hairpin Feet and Quilted Topper

Golden retriever puppies are undeniably adorable with their fluffy coats and playful personalities. But there’s one thing that can drive their pet parents crazy: their propensity to chew on everything in sight. From shoes to furniture, these pups seem to have an insatiable desire to gnaw on anything they can sink their teeth into. But why do golden retriever puppies chew so much? And, is there anything you can do to stop them? 

Let’s get to know the goldens

Sweet, loyal, lively and incredibly good with kids – it’s no wonder golden retrievers are one of the most popular dog breeds in Australia. But what makes this breed so, well, golden? Let’s go back to the 19th century when they were first bred to find out.

In 1868, Lord Tweedmouth of the Scottish estate of Guisachan was interested in sporting and hunting dogs and finding one that could handle the Scottish climate and terrain. After failing to find any existing breeds that could keep up, he decided to create his own. By breeding a flat-coated retriever with a tweed water spaniel, Lord Tweedmouth helped create what we now know as the beloved golden retriever. 

As seen in their medium to large size stature and solid, athletic build, the golden retriever has the sporting and retrieving genes all through their DNA. Coupled with their high canine intellect and effortless ability to learn commands, it’s easy to see why the golden retriever has long since been known as the preferred dog for hunting.

But even though the sport has been domesticated out of the golden, the instinct to catch and carry is still strong in this breed. Hence the reason these dogs, especially as puppies, like to put everything in their mouths. 

Do all puppies chew?

Puppies use their mouths to explore the world around them, so it’s fair to say that there’s a method behind the madness (and destruction) of this natural behaviour. Here are some of the reasons puppies chew.

  • Stress relief: Puppies, in particular, use their mouths to help them cope with stress. And when they come home with you, dog separation anxiety can continue when they see you leave the house or even just the room. Chewing helps to soothe their anxiety and provides a source of comfort.
  • Pain relief: Chewing is also an essential part of a puppy’s teething process. As puppies grow, their baby teeth fall out, and their adult teeth grow in. This can be a painful process, and chewing helps alleviate discomfort by massaging the gums and providing an outlet for the growing teeth. It’s not uncommon for puppies to chew more during this time to seek pain relief.
  • Exercise relief: All puppies require plenty of exercise and stimulation to keep them happy and healthy. When they don’t get enough run and play time, puppies can become bored and restless, and chewing becomes a way to alleviate that boredom. Providing plenty of dog toys, exercise, and attention can go a long way in curbing unwanted chewing behaviour.
  • Communication relief: Dogs don’t speak human. So in order for them to tell us something, they have to find a different way to communicate. Puppies use chewing as a way to signal to their owners that they need help, are frustrated, or just want some attention. By observing your puppy’s body language and chewing habits, you can better understand what they are trying to communicate so you can respond accordingly.

Thankfully, chewing is predominantly a puppyhood behaviour and should subside considerably with age. If you notice that your older puppy or teenage dog is still chewing things around the house once they are out of this stage, it may be time to visit your veterinarian to make sure there are no underlying causes. 

How do you stop a golden retriever puppy from chewing?

The short answer is you don’t. Chewing is a natural part of puppyhood, no matter the dog breed. But, there are ways you can redirect this destructive habit so your puppy can find healthier outlets for their instinctual behaviour.

Not all chewing is created equal 

While it’s natural for golden retriever puppies to chew, it’s important to make sure they are chewing on appropriate items. You don’t want your new shoes, your favourite piece of furniture or even worse, their own dog bed to become your puppy’s new chew toy. 

One of the best things you can do is provide your puppy with plenty of appropriate chew toy options. Look for toys that are specifically designed for puppies, as these will be softer and gentler on their developing teeth. You may also want to try a variety of textures and shapes to see what your puppy prefers. The more they chew their toys, the safer your furniture will be.

Smart dogs need stimulating

Golden retriever puppies are clever dogs, and they need plenty of opportunities to learn and explore. So one of the best ways you can try and curb your golden’s chewing habits is by increasing their exercise habits.

Keeping in mind that puppies are still not able to manage hour-long walks at these young ages, you can still keep them active during wake times with short walks around the block, energetic games of fetch or even just a stroll around the backyard to get lots of sniffs for mental stimulation. When it comes to puppies and chewing, it’s good to remember that a tired puppy is a happy puppy. And tired puppies are more likely to sleep in their bed than chew it.

Puppy patience

It’s essential to remember that golden retriever puppies are still learning and exploring the world around them. They’re not intentionally destructive or trying to be difficult. Instead, they’re simply trying to understand their surroundings and find their place in the world. By providing plenty of love, patience, and training, you can help your golden retriever puppy learn appropriate chewing behaviour and become a happy, healthy, and well-behaved member of your family.

The best bed for a golden retriever puppy

When it comes to choosing the perfect dog bed for your perfect golden retriever puppy there are a few important factors to consider. First and foremost is the size. Puppies grow…fast. So you want to get a dog bed that’s large enough to accommodate their growing body and give them the comfort to stretch out at any age.

But even more important than size is the durability of the dog bed. Did we mention that golden retriever puppies like to chew? The best dog bed for a golden puppy is one that is made from high-quality materials that are not only able to withstand constant chewing, but easy to keep mess and muck free.

The Topology Dog Bed, designed by Omlet, is a first-in-class dog bed that can confidently provide all of these needs for your golden retriever puppy. We recommend the Quilted Topper, which is not only durable but super comfortable, machine washable and guaranteed to withstand puppy teeth.

Omlet and your golden retriever puppy

At Omlet, we believe puppyhood is one of the best hoods to be in. Yes, it comes with its share of frustrations and destruction, but the love and happiness you get in return is unmatched. As the ideators and new benchmark makers of the pet products industry, we’ve taken our expertise to the next level and designed dog crates, dog beds and every other dog product you need to keep your golden retriever and you happy together – and your furniture intact.

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Dog boredom-busting ideas

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

It’s no secret that dogs are smart, but with such intelligence comes an innate need to be stimulated. While your post-work weekday walks might occasionally seem a chore, our canine companions thrive when tested both physically and mentally, so finding activities to help bust dog boredom will prevent them from causing mischief. Here are some ideas to try and keep Fido out of trouble.

Bored dogs – spotting the signs

A bored dog is actually quite simple to spot. If you notice any of the following, then your pup could be trying to tell you they’re in need of more fun.

Destructive behaviour

Chewed-up shoes, gnawed chair legs and loose stuffing dotted around your home… sound familiar? Destructive dog behaviour is frustrating, but behind it all, the cause is often boredom. But with no other outlet for their emotions, dogs often turn to destroying your and their own property.

This being said, some behaviours, such as chewing, are also associated with canine anxiety, as well as puppyhood, which you can read about in our previous How to redirect your puppy’s chewing blog.

Whining and woofing

Notice your dog whining and woofing a lot more than usual? It’s not unusual, especially for certain dog breeds, to make a lot more noise than others, but if you see that it’s becoming more relentless with no apparent reason, this could be another sign of boredom after you’ve ruled out any illness or injury.

Getting dizzy?

Watching Fido chase their tail might initially be entertaining for us to watch, but if your dog is doing so obsessively, this could indicate an underlying problem. In younger dogs, this behaviour is most likely nothing more than a playful pup discovering what that thing attached to them is! But, if you suspect your dog’s tail-chasing is becoming a habit, contact your veterinarian. Should there be nothing of concern, you could simply have a bored canine who needs a little more attention.

Persistent pacing

Restless dog behaviour can include pacing. If your dog is going up and down your home in a frantic manner on a regular basis, then boredom could be to blame.

Off I go!

Got a Houdini hound on your hands? A dog that is frequently attempting to, or successfully, running away from home could be off to find entertainment elsewhere. Losing sight of your dog is a terrifying experience for any owner and when you’re providing such a loving home, it can be puzzling as to why they’d want to leave. Fortunately, most will find their way back and it’s important never to direct your frustration at them. Rather, see this as an opportunity to provide some more stimulation. 

Commanding attention

Other than whining and barking, dogs can seek attention in any other way they know that will get their owners to make a fuss (even if it means when they’re getting into trouble!). This can include pawing and nudging, jumping up at you, dropping a toy on your lap and even stealing your favourite pair of shoes. A bored dog is a needy dog, so making sure you provide them with enough stimulation is key to putting this behaviour to bed.

Boredom-busting solutions

Now you know what to look out for, here’s how your furry friend can be on their way to living a more fulfilled and happier life. 

Get digging

Dogs love to dig, especially terriers such as the Border terrier, Jack Russell and fox terrier. But, finding them digging up the garden isn’t so fun for us. Instead, encourage their digging instincts by creating a digging box they can use inside the home. All you need is a cardboard box, some scrunched-up paper and a few of their favourite treats to bury inside. Or, you can even use a dog ball pit, hiding treats at the bottom.

Fido fit for purpose

Working dog breeds were originally bred to take on tasks such as guarding, herding and retrieving. Huskies, for example, were bred as sled dogs, while the Bernese Mountain dog was bred as a working farm dog to drive cattle and guard the farm from predators. 

Today, many breeds are kept as loving family pets, so it’s inevitably not possible for every dog to fulfil needs they were originally bred to meet. Enrolling them in an activity that resembles their intended “job” can help keep boredom at bay. Finding toys, hide and seek, rounding up toys and throwing their ball in the water to fetch are just a few fun activities you can incorporate into their routine, depending on your dog’s breed.

Back to school

They might have already graduated from puppy training but there are plenty of groups available for adult dogs. This could be further sessions to brush up on their tricks or even agility. If you’re not sure that a class is right for your dog, you can also set up a dog obstacle course of your own at home.

Doggy brain training

With their intelligence akin to that of a child between 2 and 2.5 years old, dogs can really benefit from brain training as part of their boredom-busting routine. Brain training toys, which encourage them to locate their treats such as snuffle mats or Kongs are readily available or can be made at home. 

You can try using a muffin tray filled with tennis balls and treats hidden underneath. Or, why not use a few empty yoghurt pots or cups for them to work out which one the snack is under? 

Pup playdates

Puppy play dates can be a great way for your dog to exercise. Perhaps you have a friend with a similar-sized dog that gets along with yours, or you can even join local groups of like-minded pet parents. But before you go ahead and unleash your dog, be sure to read our advice on how to make your dog’s play date a success

Rethink your route

The same scenic stroll might be enjoyable for you but it’s important not to forget that a walk is for everyone involved – Fido included. Exploring a new walking route will give your dog new territory to explore with their nose and also the opportunity to try out training in another environment. 

Alternatively, you can even try changing up the pace of your walking or letting your dog lead you. While letting your pup take the lead isn’t a habit you want to fall into, especially for lead pullers, occasionally allowing them to choose where they want to go can be a good way to switch up walks. 

Omlet and your dog

And after all that exercise, what better for your pooch to relax than on an ultra cosy Bolster dog bed? A tired dog is a happy dog after all. Continue to discover the wondrous world of Omlet with our range of other dog products such as our dog crates that double as furniture and cosy dog blankets.

Spaniel relaxing on green Omlet Memory Foam Bolster Dog Bed

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7 tips to help your rescue dog establish a routine

Rachel Spencer is a freelance journalist specialising in writing about pets and the pet industry and an award-winning pet blogger.

She welcomed her first rescue dog Daisy, a terrier cross, into her life in 2009, and this inspired her to start The Paw Post pet blog, writing about animals and the difference they make in people’s lives.

Rachel rehomed her second terrier, Patch, in 2018 and together they enjoy travelling to dog-friendly destinations and trying out the latest in doggy toys, treats and technology.


Rachel Spencer with her rescue dog

Welcoming a rescue dog into your home and your heart is a wonderful thing to do. You gain a faithful companion to give you unconditional love, and your dog gains a second chance at happiness. As a new pet parent, it’s key that your dog settles in your home and these seven tips will help you establish a routine.

1. Buy the basics

Stocking up on the following items ahead of your furry friend’s arrival will help them feel right at home.

  • Food – ask the rescue or former owner what they are used to eating.
  • Food and water bowls
  • Collar, lead and tag with your contact details on – you’re legally required to include your name and address on and consider your phone number too.
  • Toys
  • Bed and blanket – the Omlet Topology Luxury dog bed is ideal, with washable and removable toppers and the option to pop a blanket over the top. 
  • To help your dog settle, snuggle under the blanket before they arrive so it carries your scent. 

2. Give them space

Welcoming a new furry family member is exciting, but they will likely be tired and a little overwhelmed. They might be shy at first too, so be patient. Given time, they’ll interact and become more confident and playful.

They’ll need some peace and quiet so set up their bed or a crate, treats and a toy in a quiet room or area so they can retreat if they need some time alone.

3. Start exploring

For the first few days, take short walks in your local area and allow your dog to sniff and explore their new surroundings.

Avoid busy places with lots of dogs and leave their lead on to ensure they’re safe, then build up to longer walks in new places.

4. Monitor their progress

Consider keeping a doggy diary, so you can record how they settle in, their likes and dislikes, training progress and behaviour when left alone.

Rescue dogs may experience separation anxiety, so consider using a pet-cam to watch how they react when you leave them.

5. Connect with local pet professionals

Book an appointment with your local vet for regular checks, worming and vaccinations. This will help your pet get accustomed to the vet.

If they require regular grooming, you could also visit your local salon with your pup to discuss their grooming routine. During these visits, feed your dog treats to make it a positive experience.

6. Begin training 

Dogs love to learn. Find a local, accredited, force-free trainer to teach you kind and ethical ways to communicate and bond. Choose from classes or one-to-one for professional guidance, and a chance for your dog to meet other dogs. 

7. Look forward to years of happiness

There is a wonderful quote from psychologist Emma Kenney, “Opening up your life to a dog who needs a home is one of the most fulfilling things you can do.”

Whatever their past, your rescue dog can look forward to a new life by your side, from walks in the woods to cuddles on the sofa. By taking these simple steps to help them settle, you’ll be paving the way for shared adventures for years to come and a lifelong bond that’s hard to beat.

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The best dog bed to suit your spring decor

Dachshund looking at camera, lying on Omlet Memory Foam Bolster Dog Bed

Springtime is nearly here, and as we leave the chillier days behind us, we can look ahead to everything the upcoming season brings. This time of year also marks the perfect occasion for new beginnings, with home renovation projects at the top of many lists of things to start on. Whether you’re doing a full house makeover for spring, or picking up the paintbrush for a wall refresh, your dog’s furniture should get a thought too. Discover your dog’s next and last bed to suit your spring decor with Omlet’s Bolster bed.

Meet your match

Omlet’s Bolster dog bed is available in 15 striking colours. Plus, choose from a range of 9 chic dog feet options to elevate your home decor to another level and improve home hygiene. So, which Bolster bed colour is best suited to your and your dog’s springtime retreat?

Subtle spring tones

If a subtle look is how you’re envisioning your home this spring, then Omlet has the dog bed for you. Our calming Merigune White Bolster design works great at creating a relaxing atmosphere to welcome in the new season. Or how about the Stone Grey  Bolster dog bed to suit a neutral interior? 

Worried about cleaning muddy pawprints? Omlet’s Bolster dog beds are super easy to clean, with a removable, machine-washable cover that means beds get back to looking brand new in just one gentle cycle.

A pop of green

Add a pop of green to your home with either the Matcha Green, Sage Green or Light Jade designs. These stylish shades are the perfect nod to spring as the luscious greenery makes its appearance again. Plus, these beautiful designs look fantastic paired with any of our sophisticated gold feet options.

Be bold

Inspired by the brighter colours of spring? Opt for the Mellow Yellow or Cherry Red Bolster bed. These bold colours are bound to command attention and look great within a maximalist-decorated home.

Accessories to suit

Whether you’ve decided on a chic Light Jade or bold Mellow Yellow to incorporate into your spring decor, you’ll need accessories to match. As we transition into the new season, we still have a few cooler days ahead and the remaining chilly nights still call for you and your dog to wrap up warm. Our Super Soft Dog Blanket is excellent for just that, offering comfort and style. Switch from a luxury sherpa material to a charcoal grey or poinsettia red quilted plush on the reverse, all while protecting your furniture from dirt and debris. 

As the weather warms up, switch out your dog’s blanket for a dog cooling mat to keep temperatures down. Our cooling mat slots right on top of our Bolster dog beds, meaning that your dog will still be able to enjoy the premium cushioning from their bed, whilst staying cool. The sleek design of the cooling mat also means you’ll subtly be able to fit it in with the rest of your brand-new spring decor.

Memory foam support

Having a dog bed that looks great is one thing, but one that does great too, is another. At Omlet, we know the importance of getting both just right, which is why our product designers carefully crafted a dog bed that does it all. 

The deep, memory foam mattress of the Bolster dog bed offers unrivalled comfort for your dog – especially important for ensuring quality snooze time after those long walks. Exercising your dog all year round is key to ensuring your four-legged friend is physically and mentally stimulated. But, we also understand that darker, shorter and colder days of winter mean that it’s not always possible to get out for those extra-long walkies. Now that spring is upon us, though, it’s the ideal time to spend more time outdoors with your dog, making the most of this wonderful climate. And what better than a memory foam cushioned dog bed for Fido to rest their paws on after a long springtime walk? The bed is ideal for older dogs or those with joint pain too, providing an extra layer of support.

Omlet and your dog

At Omlet, we’re pet people, which is why we continue to design solutions for our furry and feathered companions – and their parents. From super comfy dog beds that match your spring furnishings to cosy dog blankets or cooling mats to beat the heat, Omlet has created products to ensure you and Fido enjoy the rest of the year ahead.

Dog on Omlet Bolster dog bed in Stone Grey

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Using a Topology dog bed with a puppy

Black Labrador Puppy on Omlet Topology Dog Bed with Quilted Topper

Choosing the right dog bed for your puppy can be tricky – or at least it used to be…Omlet’s Topology dog beds tick all boxes for your new best friend’s nap time needs, meaning you no longer need to compromise on what your puppy truly wants. Say goodbye to flimsy mattresses, chewed-up toppers and bad bed odours and discover why Topology is the perfect solution.

Comes in three different sizes

Depending on your dog’s breed, your puppy might be super small at the moment, but they’ll quickly grow up to be a full-sized dog before you know it. And since the Topology dog bed is the last you’ll buy, we recommend buying a bed based on their predicted measurements as a fully-grown adult dog. You want to make sure that your dog will be able to fit on the bed in all possible sleeping positions. The bed might look comfy when they’re curled up into a furry little ball, but would they be able to stretch out their legs if they wanted to? As they grow older you’ll find which positions they tend to sleep in, but for now, it’s best to go slightly bigger to be on the safe side.

The Topology dog beds come in three sizes to accommodate all breeds and are designed to fit snugly into standard-sized crates, avoiding any gaps along the sides. Just be sure that if you’re planning on dog crate training and want to put your bed in the crate, check your dog’s crate dimensions to ensure it fits. Take a look at our dog size guide so that you can match your breed to the right bed.

Choose from a range of removable toppers

The genius of the Topology design means that you can choose a range of versatile dog bed toppers which can all easily be removed to put in the wash, reducing odours and improving home hygiene.

For puppies, we recommend the Quilted topper, designed by Omlet with razor-sharp puppy teeth in mind. This super soft topper means optimum comfort for dogs of all ages and the durable fabric with the option to zip a puppy pad underneath, makes this style perfect for growing dogs. 

Whilst your Quilted topper is being washed clean, you can choose an extra topper to zip onto your Topology dog bed. The Sheepskin topper is ideal for smaller puppies that might need a bit of extra warmth, transforming their bed into a cloud of tranquillity. Plus, you can pick from five different colours of this luxurious topper to match your home decor.

Minimise chewing damage

All puppies will chew – there’s no way around it. Dog breeds such as Golden Retrievers that are bred to use their mouths to fetch and carry are more likely to destroy anything that comes in their way, as well as breeds with a high prey drive. 

You can of course train your puppy from an early age to only chew appropriate dog toys or other accessories, but if they do manage to get those sharp teeth into their bed, the design of the Topology dog bed means they’ll likely be unsuccessful in getting through the topper or mattress.

No need to worry about dirt and accidents

Puppies get into all sorts of mess, so being able to zip off the topper and put it in the washing machine will make your life a lot easier, and your dog will appreciate having a fresh bed to return to. 

This goes for puppy toilet accidents as well. If there’s a leak, the mattress under the topper has a waterproof cover that you can easily remove and wash with the topper. If this becomes a recurring problem, you can even put a puppy training pad on the mattress before your zip on the topper to soak up any accidents.

Provide premium comfort

Puppies sleep up to 20 hours a day, and it’s super important to give their growing bodies extreme comfort and support. Keeping your dog off the ground on a sufficiently padded surface can prevent severe arthritic pain in the future, so make sure you choose a good-quality bed.

Topology dog beds have a memory foam mattress that moulds around the body as the dog lays down on it, and provides amazing support for tired legs after vigorous play. The toppers all add extra comfort, either by super softness against the body, like the Quilted or the Sheepskin, or by extra padding like in the Beanbag or Bolster toppers.

Pick the perfect extras

If you decide not to place your puppy’s bed in a crate, you can elevate your Topology off the ground with a range of stylish feet. Raising your dog’s mattress reduces drafts and improves the airflow under the bed, which helps minimise a build-up of mould, mildew, dust and debris.

It’s also a good idea to add a blanket to the bed to make your puppy’s Topology dog bed for an even better night’s sleep. Simply place your Omlet Super Soft dog blanket on your puppy’s bed and they’ll soon learn to associate it with a safe and calm environment. This means that if you go away on holiday or have to take your puppy to the vet for their jabs, you can bring the blanket and give him or her an extra sense of safety. 

Omlet and your puppy

We’re confident that your new puppy will love their Topology dog bed, and you can be confident knowing you’ll have a dog bed to last a lifetime. Plus, with accessories such as designer dog bed feet and super snug dog blankets, your furry friend will be sure to have their own puppy paradise for years to come.

Brown puppy on Omlet Topology Dog Bed with Quilted Topper

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