Socialisation & Dog Meet-ups

Socialisation refers generally to the process of teaching your dog how to function in the world. Encompassing everything from learning how to get along with humans and other animals, as well as facing new challenges and environments with the aim being to adapt in a calm and confident manner. All this leads to dogs living a less stressful and enjoyable life, promoting in turn a higher quality of living.

The key to raising a well-adjusted dog is to start early! Puppies like children, are able to absorb a whole host of information during their early formative years. Learning about the world around them is a huge part of their development. Although it is not possible to introduce your puppy to every possible meet up or social occasion; proper early socialisation will allow your dog to adapt faster to new circumstances throughout their lives. Even though the foundations of experiences and behaviours are established in the first few months of their lives, learning just like in the case of humans never ceases even during adulthood.

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There are a variety of socialisations scenarios with the most important including:

  • Interaction with you, your family and other people
  • Interaction with other dogs and animals
  • Introduction and exposure to new experiences (walks on a leash, transport, whether car, bus or train, and loud day-to-day noises)
  • Introduction to ‘strange’ places such as other people’s homes, dog parks and vets
  • Being around children

The benefits are multifaceted with the principle aim of reducing fear in these difficult circumstances and being able to teach appropriate and inappropriate responses to stimuli in differing environments.

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Owners are the most important person in each dog’s life and therefore they will be learning about the environment from yourself. Even though at times a difficult task, the rewards are endless, including knowing that you have raised a happy and well-rounded dog. Although each case is different, all pets can benefit from the following suggestions.

  • Start Slow & Be Patient. Noone can learn everything they need for the adult world in the first few weeks of their lives, let along the first few years. Overwhelming them, is bound to scare them and instil a sense of fear with particular environments. Small steps are key from walking in the garden, around the block, the park and then to a small playgroup. There will always be setbacks, but be patient and give lots of praise.
  • Get others involved in the socialisation process. Introducing your dog to people and other animals as early as possible is essential for all modern dog owners. Inviting people into your home to meet the dog is great as it sends signals that visitors are welcome. Having ‘role models’ of well socialised and behaved dogs is key so others can learn by example. Explain the expectations of your friends & families is of paramount importance as to reinforce the messages and lessons trying to be taught.
  • Positive Reinforcement. Always remember to reward and praise your dog when they exhibit positive behaviours, which will encourage them to do it more. As dogs read facial expressions, big smiles as well as enthusiastic and genuine praise is best. Dog crave attention and the respective positive reactions and rewards such as tickles or play time only reinforces the good behaviour. Remember that dogs enjoys pleasing you!

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Socializing your dog with other dogs is a smart thing to do, even if you have no intention of owning multiple dogs at the same time. Dogs are very social creatures and sometimes just need to have the company of their own kind. It is such a joy to watch dogs interact and play with each other. However, if you have a dog who isn’t socialized, you and your dog could be missing out on great experiences.
Before joining the local dog park and thrusting Fido into the mix, start off by taking your dog for a walk with a friend and their dog that has, preferably, an easy-going temperament and that is known to act well with other dogs. Keeping the dogs on their leashes with firm control is important, especially at the initial meeting. Just give them time to sniff each other and make their introductions, and then begin walking them. Watch how they interact, and you may soon see a companionship forming.

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If you join a dog park, it’s best to bring Fido when it isn’t too crowded. Ease your dog into the group, which might be a bit overwhelming at first. Go by your dog’s timetable. You have to read their cues to see when they are ready to interact with others, whether people or canines.

There are various places to find similarly minded people. Dog meet-up groups are a great place to interact with fellow dog lovers. They vary in size and location, but happen across the UK only a weekly basis. Have a look at http://www.meetup.com or find specific ones to your location or breed on social media sites such as Facebook. We’ve found a London Pugs Meets Here and also a Dog Party in Petersfield this weekend!

Properly socializing your pooch is a wonderful gift you can give your dog, your family, and yourself. It may take some time, but the benefits you reap will last a lifetime. It will make for a happier, healthier dog who is more enjoyable to be around and who is truly a member of your family. That is something all dogs want and deserve.

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Doggy Dental Care

Dental hygiene for your pet is as important as your own. Unlike us, animals have trouble brushing their own teeth. Don’t worry.. we are here to help and there are a multitude of product with many fantastic benefits to help.
It’s been proven in scientific studies that dental disease increases the chances of damage to the heart, kidneys and liver which filter the bloods, as bacteria and toxins can be absorbed into the blood stream via a pet’s mouth. Proper dental care at an early age can help prolong a healthy life throughout adulthood.
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First and foremost, a pet with healthy teeth equals a pet with better breath! Even though, we love our canine companions to bits, no one likes smelly breath. Our highly sought after Fresh Breath drops keep your pets’ mouth healthy and their breath fresh. Made from natural ingredients, it’s an essential part of daily oral care. Just add three drops to a bowl of fresh water each day.
Providing suitable chew toys aids is essential for a puppy first as not to destroy slippers or sofa cushions but also for their health. Puppies can only wiggle their teeth by chewing not like us humans who can use our hands. Not all of the baby teeth might come out easily and this can lead to gum irritation.
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Importantly, our Tropiclean Puppy Oral Care Kit is designed  to get you and your puppy started on the road to oral health. It will help address plaque and tartar before it begins, whilst soothing minor gum irritation and freshening breath. Suitable for puppies sixteen weeks and up.
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Dogs & cats are very adapt at hiding pain, owners need to be aware you may not now your pet has a serious dental issue until its very advanced. It’s yet another reason for regular dental checkups, just as we do.
As devoted owners, tooth brushing is essential part of dog grooming, and to ensure maximum effectiveness it should be done every 24-48 hours. This brushing should be conducted from as early as possible as a puppy so they can get used the routine and the feeling of having his / her teeth brushed. Puppies have 28 baby teeth that typically fall out by about six months of age. By this time, the routine should be in place.
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Our finger brush are made with soft flex latex that conforms to your finger for a comfortable, secure fit. The softer bristles provide improved gentle massaging action. Very easy to use and are perfect to use with small dogs and puppies. For adult dogs those doggy toothbrushes which have at 45-degree angle are best, to ensure effective cleaning of both the tooth and gum line. The two different bristle sizes on each end allow to clean efficiently the large tooth surface; whilst the smaller bristled end cleans away bacteria that can form against the gum line in those hard to reach places. The best product around for the job is the Doubled-Head Dog Toothbrush.
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Just like with any child, turning things like brushing teeth into a game is key to ensuring continued and sustained results. Our range of classic rope toys, and characters such as Marvin the Monkey, Pandora the Panda & Roary the Lion, are made from 100% premium quality cotton. They are dyed using natural colours and can be frozen for a cool ice treat in summer or to soothe gums. Our rope ring toys have been cleverly designed to clean and floss your dog’s teeth while you play. They unravel over time, and as they get ‘loved to bits’. The double benefit of being as premium quality traditional dog toy whilst also providing unobtrusive flossing has solidified them as one of PetLondon’s bestselling toys.
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Funky Fruit Inspired Prints for the Summer Sunshine

PetLondon is proud to announce the launch of The Mommy and Me range by LouisDog, a brand new sunshine inspired range, where owners and pets can fully coordinate their outfits and accessories. The matching Tote Bag and animal clothing are perfect for increasingly growing style conscious yet ecologically aware consumer. The refreshing and vibrant sun soaked prints are available in three thirst-quenching different flavours: Cherry Punch, Pineapple Smoothie & Watermelon Juice.

The juicy Cherry Punch pattern’s revitalised and punchy design has plenty of attitude, away from classically floral connections of the past. This is an impact statement piece with glossy red fruits adorns the entire canvas with contrasting green leaves and dark stems interweaving between them.

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The sweet and funky Pineapple Smoothie print has bounds of character radiating from the fun luminous colours and free-sketch fruit design. The ubiquitous pineapple is extremely popular across the globe, and for good reason; in the language of flowers, pineapple means ‘You are perfect’. 

The minimalist Watermelon Juice is the third of the designs. The understated tutti-fruitti pattern, featuring a watermelon accompanied with a banana is displayed in a un-busy and drop down fashion and is available in a choice of two soft pastilles, either pink or watermelon green. A very chic and slick piece which will intrigue those to look closer. 

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Each exciting flavour is available in both an identical 100% cotton dress or teeshirt with matching tote bags; perfect for any summer wardrobe. The tee is a slim fit designed to cover the whole length of the body, with sleeveless arms to ensure total comfort and range of movement. The summer dress is perfect solution providing maximum protection for the sun whilst being light and airy.  The straps ensures the perfect fit with elasticated roused middle for a flared skirt effect at the hem. 

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The Right Tote Bags are stylish and contemporary designs for the modern savvy consumer,made from 100% cotton. Easy to fold up and carry around in a pocket, handbag or dog carrier. It’s a perfect companion for strolling around in, running errands around town, grocery shopping or travelling.

 

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Prepare for those April showers! – This month’s must have Wilderness rain jacket will keep your pooch dry as a bone!

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We all know how interchangeable spring weather can be, one minute there are beautiful blue skies the next the heavens are opening. Of course, no matter the weather, your pooch is always eager to get out and about. That’s why its important to be prepared for all weather conditions!

 

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At PetLondon HQ, we ensure our dog apparel is designed with practicality in mind, that’s why we are introducing the revolutionary Wilderness Rain-Harness-Coat. Taking inspiration from nautical clothing, we have developed a jacket that is suitable for extremely wet and windy conditions! Part harness, part raincoat, this Wilderness jacket is the perfect solution for heading out into rainy weather with your furry friend.

The Wilderness jacket is an innovative design. Treated with industry standard waterproofing to keep your pooch dry as a bone! It is important that waterproof items are close fitting, which is why we have included fully adjustable toggles on both the hood and the hem. The integrated harness it useful in that it means your pooch needs only one garment for rainy outdoor play. To ensure the utmost safety of your pooch, we have added reflective bands onto this premium quality jacket, handy if your pooch is out and about in a low visibility environment.

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This is a jacket that is not only practical, but stylish too. The jacket draws inspiration from the current practical street wear trends, merging utility apparel with high end fashion. The Wilderness Rain-Harness-Coat looks sporty and fun, whilst providing unrivalled protection against the weather for your precious pooch. Available in the vibrant primary colors, scarlet red, royal blue and sunglow yellow, to suit any shade of fur. We are really excited about this jacket, because it is universally useful, for both the city dwelling pooch or those frolicking in the countryside.

Taking a closer look at the Wilderness jacket, it’s easy to see why this is a popular dog jacket at the moment. The small pocket on the back of the coat is convenient for storing spare waste-bags, change or treats. The zip is high quality, gliding up and down with complete ease – a tremendous benefit when in a hurry to fasten in cold and windy weather.

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Crucially, the outer waterproof jacket is lined with a soft mesh, much like high end sports wear. This is important for adding a breathable and comfortable quality to the jacket. The mesh lining works as a climate control mechanism for your pooch, by reducing moisture and increasing circulation. The holes in the mesh work to increase air flow between your pooch’s fur and the garment, maintaining separation between the fur and the coat – ensuring complete dryness by increasing the rate of evapotranspiration. This ultimately allows your pooch to maintain a consistent and comfortable body temperature whilst wearing the Wilderness-Rain-Harness-Coat.

In addition to the range of vibrant colors, this jacket is also available in a broad range of sizes, in order to cater for a perfect fit for smaller and larger breeds. The sizes start from Small through to XX Large. Why not pop into our PetLondon showroom with your pooch, where one of our experts can fit your dog in a Wilderness-Rain-Harness-Coat to suit their unique shape and coloring!

 

 

 

 

 

Work out with your pooch this spring! Mans best friend makes the best exercise buddy!

Spring has officially sprung in London, which means its time to get fit and ready for summer!

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We are on a health kick here at PetLondon HQ, and have been taking inspiration from the latest health trend to hit America, working out with your dog! We want to share the best ways to exercise with your pooch in the city, because having a canine workout buddy means you can work on getting fit whilst also keeping your pooch active, healthy and entertained!

One of the simplest ways in which you can exercise with your pooch is to take them jogging. The best way to do this is to do what has been referred to as ‘interval jogging’. This is a great workout to do with your pooch, as you and your pooch can chop and change from leisurely stroll, to brisk walk, to jogging. Your dog will love this supercharged dog walk! Having your pooch alongside you will serve as a great motivation and it’s a great twist on the usual daily dog walk. Let your dog canter alongside you as you run, and then trot as you briskly walk. Mixing up the speeds will stimulate your pooch, and serves as great cardio for humans!

Even a visit to the park with your pooch can be a great opportunity to exercise with your dog by doing activities together, such as playing frisbee or catch. Repetitive throwing actions are a great form of exercise for your upper body and arms, and it goes without saying that dogs love to play fetch! To make playing fetch a workout for humans too, instead of watching your dog, race them after throwing the toy/stick and see whether you or your furry workout buddy retrieve it first.

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If you feel like you would need some additional motivation working out in the park with your dog, and would rather be part of a group, then why not join one of the more unusual fitness groups, Barking Fit! Brainchild of Georgina Jackson-Sytner, Barking Fit allows you to work out with other dog owners and their dogs. Costing only £10 a session, this outdoor fitness class held in leafy Battersea Park describes itself as, ‘a constantly moving outdoor group fitness class where dog owners get a work out and their dogs get a run.’The Barking Fit class of humans and canines gather at 10am every Thursday – meeting at the iconic Peace Pagoda in Battersea Park. As well as providing a broken down work out session, which focuses on cardio, gluts exercises and abs, this is a great class for meeting new people and bonding with your pooch. Your dog might even make some new furry friends!

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For a more relaxed and creative fitness activity to do with your pooch, think about trying out the latest trend, Doga! This is doggy friendly yoga, where your pooch can join you whilst you practice your postures. Yoga has a plethora of benefits, and your pooch will appreciate being brought along! A great place to practice this is with the leading pioneer in Doga, Mahny Djahanguiri, who holds classes in Camden. Mahny firmly believes that practicing Doga with your dog can deepen the bond between owner and their pooch. There are even private ‘Paw-2-Paw’ sessions, which provide a more tailored yoga therapy experience for you and your furry yoga buddy. It is easy to see the benefits of merging yoga with spending quality time with your pooch; yoga is primarily about relaxing and focusing on core breathing, and this in turn can remove the controlling emotions we often develop with our pets, and can replace this with a refreshingly natural and equal bond. Combine the all important meditation and human yoga postures with one of Mahny’s canine massages for your dog and your pooch is bound to be eager to return!

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City life can be hectic, and we understand that often a home workout is all that can be squeezed in to a busy schedule! A great way to include your pooch in your home workout is by using one of their toys or a treat whilst doing your exercises. You and your pooch can work out at home by merging a game of fetch with your abdominal workout. Begin by doing some sit-ups whilst holding your pooch’s favorite toy, and when you sit-up pretend to throw the toy, so that your dog will race to retrieve it. Of course, every few reps be sure to actually throw the toy! Your dog will be thoroughly entertained and go wild, and you will be getting a great work out.

It can’t be denied that dogs make the best workout buddies. They won’t ever cancel on you, and their unbridled excitement to be out and about is brilliant motivation.

 

 

Dog Fashion Trends for the Summer!

It’s almost officially summer here in London. That means it’s time to catch up on hot summer trends of 2016. As Elle Magazine puts it, here are “key ways to wear neon without looking like a traffic cone.

PetLondon stays on top of seasonal trends. Our pet product lines are always updated to match current in-style fashion items for humans. This summer, neon will be a popular trendy fashion statement across the UK. We want to make sure your furry friends are hip for the summer.

PetLondon offers a variety of neon products that can be worn separately or coordinated. From harnesses, to hair bows, collars, and much more. We are confident these will be on trend for 2016 and perfect for your canine. These products are suitable for parks, vacations, and city walks. Wherever you go, passing dogs and owners will probably be super jealous of your pup.

The most recent accessories in our neon line are the Puppia Harnesses. This chic item comes in a variety of colors and sizes to fit most breeds of dog. No matter the occasion, your pooch will be looking picture perfect and fresh for the coming summer months.

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Neon RiteFit Puppia Harness in pink, orange, green, and blue.

The Puppia Neon Harness II is a RiteFit style. This means that the harness does not need to pass over your dogs head. It can be buckled up around them. This suits breeds that dislike having anything pass over their hand and also dogs with large heads relative to the size of their neck. The other bonus of this style of harness is that the shoulder straps can be adjusted, so you can make the neckline bigger if needed. This may be needed for dogs who are normally hard to fit or are in between sizes. Sturdy metal Double D rings for safety on the back, so you can clip your lead around both. The Neck has Velcro and two buckles for an exact fit! The chest belt is adjustable and fastens with a sturdy plastic buckle. Matching leads are available. They are vibrant and full of fun vibes. The inside of the harness is lined with a thin layer of breathable padding keeping your pup comfortable in this summer heat.

If you don’t want a harness, we’ve got you covered! PetLondon also offers Neon Glitter Collars. These dog collars come in a variety of colors and sizes. From a vibrant yellow to a hot pink, these collars are sure to catch eyes in the streets. They’re also great for safety reasons, keeping your pet highly visible.

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Neon Glitter Collar in blue, pink, orange, and yellow.

 

Easily adjustable and a comfortable fit, these collars will make your pup stand proud as they walk down the street.

You can’t have a collar without a leash. Don’t forget to grab yourself a matching Neon Lead.

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Neon Lead in pink.

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Neon Lead in green.

The Neon Leads come in a variety of colors and are super sturdy for both small and large dogs. Walks are good for people, but great for dogs. Make sure you keep your pup active this summer.

Accessorise your pooch! Now that your furry friend has a neon harness, collar, and lead, you’re going to want to make sure they are accessorised too. PetLondon carries a variety of accessories to beautify your canine. These Neon Hair Bows are fit for both male and female dogs.

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Neon Hair Bow in pink, orange, yellow, and green.

 

Now that you have some ideas for your pooch, make sure you get out and start shopping today! You don’t want your pup behind on the latest trends. We have everything you need here at PetLondon. The showroom is open Monday – Friday 10:00am to 6:00pm and we are pet friendly. So bring your furry family. We love making new friends.

The rise of the Instadog!

It seems like no dog is without their own instagram account these days. Its a great way to show off your pet and to connect with other animal owners all around the globe. It is also terribly addictive and once you get started it can turn into a full time hobby. The more you understand how it all works the better you get at it, the more fans your dog gains and then the more you want their account to grow and grow. Sounds familiar? Well its all a lot of fun at the end of the day.

One of our best sellers, our iconic plush instadog toy is for the dog that has everything. The Instadog makes a great and quirky present as its design appeals to humans and dogs alike241-3003895-SM2_M.jpeg
This toy is perfect for the 21st Century pet who is trying to become #instafamous. The plush toy is made from a soft material your dog will love- and has a squeaker for added fun! Its the perfect size for them to carry around in their mouths and to snuggle up with a kind of pillow.

Just imagine the photo opportunities and the happy hash tagging moments! We have been so overwhelmed with fantastic tags of you and your pets enjoying their instadog that we wanted a place to show them off. Unfortunately there is not enough space for all of them but here are selection of our favourites.

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The Instadog toy is available from qualified retailers (call for your nearest stockist) and online here

November Spotlight | Polaris Hoodie

An opportunity to put some of PetLondon’s bestselling products under the spotlight and examine what makes them so special. This series will highlight one product each month.

New for Autumn/Winter 2015, the Polaris Hoodie is already becoming a firm favourite with our customers. Available in a dusky pink or a soft oatmeal and brown, the Polaris is made of a very simple herringbone patterned material. Each hoodie has a small and understated fleecy star on the back- which is how it earned its magical name! A single button can be fastened around the neck for a chic look, or left undone to give your dog a little more room.

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The same super soft cotton fleece used for the star has also been incorporated into the lining, hood and sleeves. This gives the hoodie long-lasting softness and a touch of stretch. Designed with premium comfort in mind, the cotton fleece is extremely high quality which is guaranteed to make your dog even more cuddly than normal! Another cosy design feature in the Polaris is the ribbed bottom. This little touch is found across the Puppia range, and helps make sure the sweater has a snug and secure fit.

As well as being soft, elegant and comfortable, the Polaris is functional. It is one of a few Puppia items that come with a leash hole. Nestled at the top of the jumper- just under the hood- the leash hole means you can easily slip it on over the top of a harness and clip your lead through the hole. This makes it the perfect everyday choice for walks outside, especially as the weather gets colder.

To complete the look, Puppia have also released two matching harnesses this season. The Witta Harness A follows their internationally loved Harness design- easy to pull over the head, the Witta puts no strain on your dog’s neck and has a comfortable and supportive fit. Available in the same neutral pink and brown colours as the Polaris hoodie, the Witta is made of a similar herringbone patterned material. Perfect for the cold London weather, the harness is edged with luxurious cotton fleece material which helps keep in the warmth.

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Also available is the Witta Jacket Harness. The Jacket is made of the same elegant fabric and soft, cotton fleece trim. Popular with broad chested dogs, the Jacket does not need to be pulled over the head and is easy to step into and adjust.

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Whichever style your pet prefers, the Witta looks very chic and smart paired with the cosy Polaris Hoodie- and of course there is a matching lead!

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The Polaris range is available to buy online or in store today.

Brand Focus: LouisDog

In addition to our own products, PetLondon work with a select few other brands. We only work with the very best, and look for quality products from caring companies. Brand Focus is an opportunity for us to share the brands we stock with you, give you a little information about what makes them tick and pick out our favourite items from them. First up the most premium- super luxury brand LouisDog..

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Describing itself as ‘one of the finest lines of apparel and accessories for all dogs and their owners’ LouisDog is the brand you go to when you want something extra special. Since they started in 2001 the company has become internationally loved for its elegant designs, exclusive fabrics and beautiful craftsmanship.

Distributed exclusively in the UK by PetLondon, LouisDog is stocked in the very best boutiques and department stores in the country including Selfridges Pet Department.

Each season LouisDog surprises and delights its customers with carefully designed pieces that are perfect for spoiling your loved one! We have picked out a few of our favourite pieces from their latest collections, all are stylish, comfortable and designed to improve the life of your best friend.

As the weather gets colder, this luxurious Tweed Jacket has been a popular choice. Elegant and sophisticated, the jacket uses LouisDog exclusive ‘thinsulate’ technology to keep in warmth without making it too heavy. You have to feel it to believe it, and customers are always impressed with how lightweight the coat is compared to how snuggly and warm it keeps their dogs! Snap buttons make it easy to pop on or off, it is a perfect wearable coat for the winter.

Another favourite around the PetLondon Penthouse (especially with Poppy) is the Peekaboo House. A new update on the Peekaboo range from LouisDog, the Peekaboo bedroom is a light and cosy haven for your dog. The canopy is made from high quality linen, and the four pillars are covered with 100% organic cotton curtains. It is important to have somewhere in your home for your dog to escape to, a little hideaway for them to get some privacy and alone time. Great for puppies or adult dogs alike, the Peekaboo House will let them draw the curtains on the outside world!

A final pick we had to share with you is the Cardigan Warmer. Available in grey and pink, this is a great option to give your dog a little more warmth for walks underneath their coat or for around the house. The snuggly scarf makes it look ridiculously cute and chic, and the velcro fastening makes it super easy to slip on and off.

We love Louisdog, and we sure you will too!

Pampered Pooches and Pet Couture: The Rise of the Pet Industry in the UK

The UK has an astounding 65 million pets- and that number keeps on rising! Almost half of all households in the country now live with an animal, so it is no wonder PetLondon has been able to establish itself as such a well loved brand.

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British consumers are potty for their animals, whilst spending in many areas has faltered in recent years, the amount Briton’s are spending on their pets has boomed. Estimates suggest the total spending on pets in the UK for 2015 is going to reach $7 billion by Christmas, which is a record high!

 

The humanization of pets is a significant factor behind this growth, as increasingly pets are viewed as members of the family. Thus leading to a greater demand for high quality pet products that they can indulge their furriest family member with! Also consumers are increasingly educated about their pet’s needs- short haired breeds for example struggle as temperatures drop in the UK during the winter, and so their owners are demanding quality clothing to keep them protected. Consumers are becoming more aware of these issues, and look to both pamper and protect their pets.

The future is bright for PetLondon- as we continue to grow and look after more and more of the country’s pets.

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