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September 25, 2017

Doggy Massage

When we have tight muscles, are recovering from an injury, or simply just need to relax we can take ourselves off for a massage.  As humans, it’s widely accepted that therapeutic massage loosens up our muscle tissues so that tension can be released and the movement and health of our joints can improve. Therapeutic massage has sat alongside conventional medical approaches for humans for many years.  Now imagine this is your dog we are talking about.  We all know how painful an in...

September 18, 2017

Retail NZ Awards

It was an honour for Urban Dogs to be selected as National finalist for the Retail NZ Awards. On the 7 September 2017 Kerry and Leanne attended the awards evening, a glamorous formal affair were everyone was dressed as they should for an evening of celebration. Although we didn't come away winning the category we are very proud to be in the selected few finalists for our category....

September 7, 2017

How It All Began...

Turning a bland concrete warehouse into a flourishing doggy day care wasn’t going to be easy but Urban Dogs owners', Leanne Coste and Corey Martin, had their hearts set on providing a quality doggy day care where doggy parents could feel confident leaving their dogs.Leanne's passion for dogs started from an early age, where Leanne had to prove she was ready for a dog to her own mum.“From a young age, I’ve always loved dogs. Owning my own dog was something that was really important to me. F...

August 15, 2017

Interview with Sam Kingston

In this interview I chat to dog trainer, behaviourist and vet nurse Sam Kingston who works for Urban Dogs.  We talked about her 15 years in the industry, all about her dog Rufus and her advice for others wanting to work with dogs.(interview starts).Why did you want to work with dogs full time?Dogs have been part of my life since I was one, I guess working with them, seeing the horrible side of dog ownership through my job at animal welfare, motivated me to be able to better educate people o...

August 15, 2017

Paws for thought: introducing your baby to your dog

Check out our latest article in OHbaby magazine addressing how to introduce your dog and baby. http://www.ohbaby.co.nz/baby/paws-for-thought-introducing-your-baby-to-your-dog/ If you need further help with this please contact us for training advice and consultations.Photography by Robinson Creative ...

August 15, 2017

25 Important Questions to Ask When Choosing a Doggy Day Care

Doggy Day care is growing in popularity in New Zealand, people are busier and smaller housing means people have smaller back yards and dog owners are also recognising the importance of having well socialised dogs.I have owned a doggy day care for nearly 5 years and have employed qualified, trained and caring staff to ensure the facility is safe and well managed. The aim of doggy day care is to create a fun, safe environment where you can drop your dog to make your life easier and be a posit...

March 14, 2017

Keeping your dog safe on Guy Fawkes

Guy Fawkes can be a very exciting time for humans but for some dogs it’s a different story. Although some dogs might be fine, others can get very scared of fireworks. In order to keep your dog safe and happy there are a few things you can do to help. Stay calm Try not to make a big fuss about the fireworks in front of your dog. If they see their mums and dads 'stressing' it will only reassure them that they have reason to panic. By showing you are calm and relaxed this will help your dog to fe...

October 3, 2016

Top 10 Mistakes when raising a dog

Raising a dog takes a lot of patience and consistency and the rewards certainly pay off when you have yourself a well-behaved adult dog. The top ten mistakes that people make when raising a dog are outlined below, if you’re aware of them then you can avoid making them yourself! Mistake #1: Allowing behaviours as a puppy that are unacceptable in an adult dog. Bad habits aren’t something that dogs grow out of, these habits will only get worse and become harder to break.  Be cons...

August 15, 2016

12 handy doggy items to have in your home in case of emergency

It's a good idea to be prepared in an emergency to ensure the safety of your family, this goes for our fur kids too.Here's some handy hints of items to have in your home to help ensure your dogs safety - it may even save their life. Proof of ownership - A recent pic of you and your dog is always a great idea in case you get separated in a disaster and you need to prove ownership when computers are downWashing soda crystals in laundry aisle of your supermarket) for use if your dog has swallowed t...

July 4, 2016

Doggy Winter Boredom Busters

It’s starting to get a little bit harder to peel the warm covers off in the morning, which means the first signs of winter are starting to reveal themselves. Though our furry friends seem more than happy to frolic around in the mud after a rainy day, you might not be as excited for those muddy paws to be marched throughout your house. Sounding familiar? Don’t worry, Urban Dogs has got you covered! There are plenty of ways you can stimulate your dog indoors this winter for thos...

May 21, 2016

Doggy Insurance

We all know choosing pet insurance can be confusing - here are some tips and advice from Pet insurer Petplan NZ....What to look for when choosing pet insurance When looking for pet insurance it is important to take into account your circumstance and finances Would you realistically be able to afford the care of your pets if they were in an accident or suddenly became ill? Deciding on which company to choose is never easy, there will be pros and cons for whatever cover you are looking a...

May 13, 2016

Interview with Jan Fennell

Leanne (Urban Dogs Managing Director) interviewed Jan Fennell - the Dog Listener.  Jan Fennell, "The dog listener", is an English dog lover and dog trainer and international best selling author writing 6 books:  The Dog ListenerThe Practical Dog ListenerA Dog's Best FriendFriends For LifeThe Seven Ages of Your DogThe Puppy Listener Q. What is the top tip you have learnt when working with dogs over the years? A. Remember they are dogs, not little people! As soon as you lose sight o...

October 10, 2015

Doggy Dentist

When on holiday recently I discovered Kyla had broken one of her teeth - not having experienced this before I called Dr Russell Tucker, who is a vet but also a veterinary dental specialist. It's important to note that if you take your dog to the doggy dentist within a few days of the break there are more options (such as a filling) than if you leave it longer than a few days. The sooner the better.  Because Kyla's had been over 1 week her options were only root canal or removal. They d...

August 25, 2015

Baddeleys Beach, Matakana (dog friendly)

This holiday I found a wonderful Mexican style bach just outside of Matakana at Baddeleys beach. This bach is rich in character and you are enclosed behind the plastered walls in your own oasis. Best of all it's dog friendly - inside and outside. Features of the house include: Outdoor entertaining area complete with outdoor pizza oven and barbecueIndoor wood fire and heat pump DVD player, free view and wirelessAmazing views2 mins walk to beachSpa bath...

July 9, 2015

Raw Feeding

At Urban Dogs we are excited to announce the arrival of K9 Natural Raw food. As dog owners many of us want the best for our canine companions. The following article is a brief overview of the benefits of raw feeding.Our staff are happy to help with any queries as there is a lot of information regarding raw feeding. Scientifically dogs are carnivores, their digestive tracts and shape of their jaw is designed to digest raw meaty bones. A dog that is raw fed correctly will have a stomach ...

May 7, 2015

Doggy Treats - One Podgy Dog

"As some of you may know, Podge is our quality control manager. If it doesn't meet her seal of approval, we don't sell it! She really enjoys our 'raw diet' natural treats we have available. She shares her good taste with lots of our 'clients'. We have recently introduced our Venison Popcorn (which is Venison Lung) to our range and is fastly turning into our top seller. We haven't had a dog not like it yet. Infact it's such a hit, we have to be careful not to loose a finger or two when we give ou...

March 13, 2015

Riverside Barn - Puhoi

One of my favourite places to take the dogs on holiday is a riverside barn in puhoi. Set on a 50 acre sheep farm the barn is at the very bottom of the property next to the puhoi river - You have approx 7 acres of land and the private beach to yourself.It is bliss to wake up, open the roller door and have amazing views over the river and the neighbouring land. The property has a gate that leads to more land and down to the river so when it's low tide you can close th...

March 5, 2015

Natural Flea treatments

The summer is marching on and alas, so are the fleas! Auckland has a terrible time with fleas all year round but the warm summer months are certainly the worst. Fleas are not just a nuisance, our dogs need to be flea free, not only to relieve the itching and scratching but also to prevent health risks such as secondary skin infections, tapeworm infestations and anaemia.  There are several ways to tackle fleas and there are advantages and disadvantages to most of them. Interestingl...

February 27, 2015

Rangiora Rural Retreat

This bach is lovely, it has everything you need for a break from the city life. On a hill it has amazing views of the surrounding land and even down to the water. There is 7 acres to explore although some of it is long grass the dogs and children alike will find no doubt have lots of adventures finding there way through the long grass. The house itself is modern, well presented and decorated. The kitchen is styly and is perfect for entertaining. There is not a full size oven but a bench top comp...

February 17, 2015

Orongo Point - Kaipara

This summer we found an amazing dog friendly place in the Kaipara. It's a privately owned headland, dog friendly with a private sandy beach!! At 1 hour 30 mins drive from Albany, Auckland it's an easily doable drive for the weekend - although once you're there you'd wish you could stay longer. We stayed for a week at the start of Jan 2015 so the weather was beautiful. You take the main race (farm speak for the main road running through the farm) down to the beach, you really need a 4WD but ...

February 6, 2015

Western Springs Dog walk

Western Springs is a lovey lead walk for you dogs. You have the lake to walk around and then some little bush walks, it’s also a lovely spot for a picnic.  Lots of people, birds and dogs for socialisation opportunities.  I took Kyla on her halti to have more control with all those birds around! Halti’s are especially good in that situation for dogs not that well socialised with birds or with a high prey drive. ...

November 20, 2014

Lost Dogs

We can only imagine how terrible it would be if you lost your dog. As stress levels would be high and perhaps you wouldn’t be thinking too well we have put this post together with some useful tips on getting lost dogs back.  Go door knocking – perhaps your dog has gone visiting a neighbour or your neigbour may have seen somethingCheck local parks or friends houses nearby that your dog has been toCall your local Council and SPCA as your dog may have been picked up by anima...

September 9, 2014

Older Dogs

We have put together some tips that may help with Older Dogs: Raise food bowlsMove beds to easily accessible areasIf paws slip on tiles/smooth services put mats downBuy pet staircases – yes you can buy ready made or if you’re handy make them yourselfIf your old timers breath is getting a bit stinky get a doggy toothbrush (remember not to use human toothpaste though as they can’t spit it out like we do). We have a cool product that helps with stinks at both ends check out Hap...

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