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Prototype Dog Apparel

We make prototype dog apparel, dog leads & collars here at Meg Heath. If you have a design that you would like making up and / or pricing for manufacturing then we are here to help.

It’s a great idea to try and make a positive impact on the wellbeing of dogs and helping to make their care easier for dog owners is something we encourage.

The top products people make are generally dog harnesses and head collars also called dog halters. Dog leads are also popular as people come up with fresh and innovative ideas.

We only use the best materials & never cut corners on quality, sourcing all of our materials from the UK.

If you are considering contacting us, make sure you have an NDA you can email us to sign or make sure that you already have your design protected.

What to do:

  1. Contact us for a chat via our contact page
  2. If your design is not protected yet, email us your non-disclosure agreement
  3. If your design is already protected, send us (in the post) the products you would like us to look at if they are already made up as a prototype or a drawing by email or post if it it hasnt been made yet. Our address is on our contact page. We do not post products back unless you are happy to pay for return postage (by courier).

Background

I have been in the dog leads and collars business since 2006 and do all my own web design and WordPress maintenance myself (since 2015). I have a strong background with dogs having owned them since I was 17. Prior to that we were a cat family and so grew up with cats all around me in the family home.

I ran my own rescue from 1999 to 2008, ran a dog training school from 2006 n to 2010, boarding kennels from 2008 to the present and the dog leads buisness from 2006 to the present.

I test all my own prototypes on my dogs and have several unique designs registered to myself.

Please feel free to call for a chat to talk about your products.

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Guest Posts – Submit a guest post – Pet articles – Dog articles

Guest Blogging | Guest Posts

Guest posts are invited on our site, here’s what we look for:

  • Quality, well written, bespoke articles and posts
  • Please contribute something that is inkeeping with our brand
  • Guest posts that reach a wide audience and provide accurate informative content to the readers
  • Posts that attract buyers to your websites
  • We like to build long lasting relationships with our guest bloggers so we can write for each other
  • A great guest post will generate quality referral traffic for our websites
  • Posts that attract influencers to our store so we can review pet products and also have our products reviewed by influencers
  • Guest posts that increase our exposure and brand awareness
  • Your posts must be a minimum of 300 words
  • Make sure your article is written for us and not repeated
  • We encourage bloggers and influencers to write for us
  • Become an author on one of our pages and submit a post for our consideration
  • Why not submit a tip for one of our pages
  • It works both ways, if there is a guest post we can write for you, please suggest a topic / subject

Good quality animal / pet / dog websites inviting guest posts are hard to come by, but here you can guarantee you will get a speedy response you your email and we will always try to accomodate good quality guest posts.

Taken from Search Engine Journal –

The company [Google] doesn’t frown on guest posts or syndicated posts in general, but lately there has been an increase in spammy links stuffed into these types of posts. That’s the reason behind this sudden warning from Google.

Distributing content on a large scale when the main intention is to build links back to your own site is strictly prohibited under Google’s guidelines on link schemes.

What Google does allow are guest posts and syndicated posts which “inform users, educate another site’s audience or bring awareness to your cause or company.

…and

Using the same or similar content across these articles; alternatively, duplicating the full content of articles found on your own site (in which case use of rel=”canonical”, in addition to rel=”nofollow”, is advised). Search Engine Journal, (2018)

We check all links to make sure they are genuine and will give substance to our site.

 

Guest Blogging | Guest Posts

 

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Dog Owners – 10 Clever Hacks

10 Clever Hacks for Dog Owners

Owning a dog can make your life more exciting. However, take note that such decision carries with it a huge responsibility and commitment. Note you will be taking care of it for several years. That said, you really must prepare for the arrival of the new member of your family, especially if it is your first time to take care of a dog. It is crucial to be committed to all the responsibilities linked to adopting one.

As a Dog Owner Things to Consider Prior to Bringing Home a Dog

Before signing the papers that will legalize bringing a dog home, you must consider a few things, so you can do all the preparations. Here are just a few:

  • Specific needs of your chosen breed – Note that each dog breed has specific needs, so you must research them prior to bringing one home. Find out whether the needs of your chosen breed suits you and the lifestyle of your family. For instance, you can find large hunting breeds that require more training and physical exercises.

Small and toy breeds need less exercise, but they get easily injured, making them poor companions, especially if you have small children. If you still have small kids, then you also must think about the fact that 5-month old puppies still have lots of energy and sharp teeth, making them capable of biting or scratching your young kids unintentionally. Think about all those things when deciding on a breed.

  • Budget – Another important factor to consider when planning to own a dog is your budget. Note that, aside from the initial amount you will be paying for purchasing the pet, there are also many products you have to invest in. Make sure you have enough budget for all the pet products you need, including crates, collars, leashes, and gates.

You will also be paying for smaller things your dog needs regularly, like shampoo, food, heartworm medications, and flea products. It is also important to factor in how much your veterinary bills will most likely be.

  • Size of your home – Another important factor to consider is the size of your home, as it can also help you decide what breed is suitable for you. If you are living in an apartment, then you may want to choose those dog breeds perfect for apartment dwellers, such as smaller ones. However, note that not all small dog breeds are excellent choices for apartments. For instance, Chihuahuas have the habit of barking excessively, causing disruptions in the neighborhood, so you must choose carefully.

Breed Choice

You can still choose larger breeds, even if you have a small living space. The best choice would be those dog breeds with low energy and only need moderate exercises. In this case, you can go for Great Danes as they are known for being quiet and happy, even with their large size. If you want a breed that needs plenty of physical activities, such as the Labrador retriever, ensure you have a large outdoor space or yard where they can play and run around.

Remember that owning a dog is a commitment you have to stick to for the long term. With that, you must have a stable housing situation. You also must clearly understand the pet policies regarding rental property and your neighborhood and homeowner’s association.

Preparing your Home

Once you have finally decided on the breed you would like to take home, the next thing you have to do is to prepare your household for your dog’s arrival. Consider all the factors mentioned above, so you can effectively prepare everything. You have to check out everything in your house, so you can start dog-proofing your home.

For instance, tape or tuck loose electric cords to the baseboards and store household cleaners and solutions on high shelves. It might also be necessary to take small rugs from your home temporarily. As for breakables, you must pack them up while you are training your dog. Also, ensure the dog crate and gate are set up in their designated areas. Dog foods and water should also be set in their proper locations.

Finding a Veterinarian

Owning a dog also requires you to look for an expert and professional veterinarian whom you can easily consult to figure out your dog’s needs. Choose a vet whose philosophy is similar to yours. You may also ask your neighbors and friends for recommendations. Just make sure the people you ask are those who follow a similar approach to dog care as you.

Visit offices and meet different veterinarians, so you will have a clearer idea about what they’re like. You can also tour their facilities and determine if their standards fit yours. Create a checklist of all the things that matter to you and ensure you consider all these when searching for the best veterinarian.

Once you have all these things prepared, you can finally bring the dog home. Do not forget to introduce him to the entire neighborhood and familiarize yourself with the best diet for him and how you can properly train him.

Some of the Best Hacks for Dog Owners

Now that you have finally brought your dog home, it is time to learn things about how you can properly take care of him. With the help of these 10 clever hacks, you can surely raise a happy, calm, and obedient dog that you and your family will love to be around:

  1. Invest in a dog crate – One of the first things you must invest in when you have a dog is a crate. Using it correctly can help improve the sanity of your pet and the people around him. It is helpful in potty training and preventing your dog from chewing electric cords and other harmful things. It is also a safe place for your dog to take a break after doing a lot of activities.

Just teach everyone at home to leave your dog alone when he retreats to his crate. Training your dog to love staying in his crate is also easy. One tip is to feed him while he is inside. Also, ensure that that the crate can make him feel comfortable by putting a soft bedding.

  1. Use a pair of tweezers to remove dog ticks – If you have no tick remover around, then note you can also use a pair of tweezers to get rid of these unwanted pets from your dog. The best option is fine tips. Just grab the tick using the tweezers via the mouth area, which is closest to the skin of your dog. Then pull it firmly until removed.

Kill the tick by putting it in a jar containing alcohol. Ensure you’re wearing gloves when removing ticks to prevent them from causing diseases to other people and pets.

  1. Keep dog products and supplies in a shower caddy – Shower caddies are not actually designed for use only in the shower area. You can hang one in your garage or closet and use it as a storage area for extra dog treats and dog care products. You can also hang leashes and harnesses in there. Just be creative during the installation to ensure everything is organized. It is the ideal solution for organizing and storing all the things your dog needs in just one place.
  2. Remove urine smell with vinegar and baking soda – Do you have problems with your dog’s urine smell? Vinegar and baking soda are ideal solutions. Just use a paper towel to soak the urine. Then create a solution of half baking soda and half vinegar. Spray this solution to the stain. Let it soak for around 10 minutes.

Use another paper towel to absorb any excess moisture. After that, sprinkle the affected spot with baking soda again. Allow the area to dry. When doing this procedure, ensure you keep your dog and other pets away, since baking soda is toxic for them. Wait for the area to dry then vacuum it. Remember that dogs have the tendency of eliminating in the specific area where they can smell their past markings. With that in mind, it is advisable to deodorize and clean the area to prevent the same accident from happening again.

  1. Use bitter apple if your dog chews a lot – If you notice your dog chews a lot of things in your home, particularly electrical cords, then note that bitter apple is one of the safest solutions. With bitter apple, he will be deterred from taking another bite. It is mainly because most dogs find the taste of bitter apple too potent. The good news is it is safe to ingest, so there is no need for you to worry about it being harmful to your dog.
  2. Invest in a front clip harness – This product is essential, especially if your dog pulls his leash a lot.  In this case, you can use a harness, which can be clipped in front to prevent your dog from pulling on a leash. Avoid harnesses you can clip on the back as they cause more pulling.

Also, when you are training your dog with leash manners, ditch a retractable dog leash and use a standard 6-foot one, instead. Such can make him realize what it feels like to walk with a loose leash.

  1. Use a clicker – You should consider using a clicker to reward your dog’s good behaviors. It is useful, especially if you find it difficult to be consistent when you are giving him praises. Begin clicker training soon to make it easier for you to mark your dog’s good behaviors.
  2. Keep your dog secure with the help of a carabiner – A carabiner actually refers to a metal clamp, with a gate loaded with a spring. It is often used by mountain climbers and in safety systems as a means of quickly, yet securely, obtaining a firm hold.

To use it on your dog, just put it around the loop of his leash each time you go outdoors. Such will allow you to secure it to all stationary objects with ease. The carabiner is also useful in connecting multiple leashes, making it easier for you to walk more than one dog simultaneously.

  1. Create an elevated food bowl – You can actually use a table to create an elevated food bowl for your dog. An elevated food bowl is actually very useful for your dog, especially if he has joint problems and arthritis. This will prevent him from bending down too much.
  2. Invest in a food dispensing toy – This product is especially helpful for dogs considered to be fast eaters. If you notice your dog eats too fast, then using a food dispensing toy can help. You can also put tennis balls in his bowl as a means of slowing down his eating. Aside from preventing your dog from eating too fast, it also helps in giving him an excellent mental workout.

Final Words

A dog is one of man’s best companions. Just know exactly how you can take good care of one once you bring home a pet. This can help you build a stronger bond and relationship with your beloved canine friend.

Guest Blog Author Bio:

Ash Babariya is the co-creator of Simply for Dogs and a life-long dog lover. Ash’s many adventures at the local dog park with her Boxers, Janice and Leroy, have turned her into the local “crazy dog lady”. She shares those adventures, as well as her research into the world of dogs, around the web to promote well-informed pet owning. Ash, Janice, and Leroy share a home in the Midwest with a brood of hens, all sorts of wild critters, and the occasional litter of puppies.

References:

https://dogs.thefuntimesguide.com/dog-care/

https://www.thespruce.com/first-time-dog-owners-tips-1117335

https://www.buzzfeed.com/peggy/brilliant-hacks-for-dog-owners?utm_term=.irqKypE6N#.dsnRvlqNG

http://www.sheknows.com/pets-and-animals/articles/1033355/genius-life-hacks-for-dog-owners

http://www.lifehack.org/articles/lifestyle/45-essential-dog-care-hacks-that-will-make-their-owners-life-easier.html

 

The content and links within this post were not authored by Sarah Gleave of Meg Heath Dog Leads, they are the opinions of the post writer.

 

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A Day in the Life

A Day In The Life – wow, where do I start? What does a day in the life of me consist of? Its pretty much an 8-8 day with some breaks in between, basically kennels start at 0800. I mop out the luxury kennels then let out all what I call ‘walk 1’s’. Once the yard and runs are spotless, I walk the dogs. During the time I’m washing down it is a plate spinning exercise as dogs may need checking in or out, those kennels may need cleaning ready for new dogs etc.

Dog walking

Walking is another plate spinning exercise as I try to maximise time out for each dog. So all the walk 1’s get the most time out; they are playing while I wash down. Then they get walked by me too when I’ve finished cleaning down. Some then get put away and I get the walk 2’s out, which are just the next walk. Also ones that can mix with some or all of walk 1’s, any walk 1’s that don’t mix with walk 2’s get put away. Then there are the walk 3’s, these are generally the ones that don’t mix and need lead walks; the ones with more individual walk requirements. Once walking is done we put every one away and feed.

My dogs and all the kennel dogs now get fed and the sleeping areas get their initial clean of the day. At 10.00 3 days a week my kennel maid comes in, the kennels get their thorough clean (second clean of the day). She then does all her jobs plus any extras including house work etc.

Days off

At 11 am on my days off I usually go out to take time out from the kennels. On my days at home I sew up my dog lead orders which takes me through till about 2-3 pm. During this time I’m also doing admin. That includes updating the website and Facebook, taking bookings, lead orders, checking peoples vaccination cards / preparing for dogs coming in, cleaning the house, washing beds, doing our washing, mopping floors, doing PAYE, accounts, any outdoor work such as mowing and any other bits that crop up such as on spec viewings and signing for deliveries.

By 3pm I am ready to do afternoon kennels, so I spot clean the yard, then start the walk routine again. Feeding again after walks is about 4.30 – 5.00 pm. If I haven’t had a kennel maid in that day, house floors need doing.

The days end

5 pm is the end of the day for any phone answering etc but admin continues, mainly because I enjoy doing my website etc and fiddling with new ideas etc. Today I’ve been adding new pages and posts including this one ! At about 6.30-7.30 pm my dogs get their final walk of the day which is one lap of the field, just enough to do their toilets. In the evening I prepare dinner for 7pm or when Seb gets home.

I generally settle down for TV or watch TV in bed.

 

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Vaccinations for Dogs – A Guide to using Boarding Kennels

Vaccinations for dogs – Each kennel you go to you will find a variation on vaccination rules. The core vaccinations that EVERY kennel should ask for are –

D – Distemper

H – Hepatitis

P – Parvovirus

Pi – Parainfluenza

L – Leptospirosis (L2 or L4)

Some kennels ask that your dog be vaccinated against kennel cough and some don’t. We DO.  Whether a kennel requires this or not, there is something you need to be aware of. After a dog is given the kennel cough vaccine, they can shed the virus meaning other dogs that come in to contact with your dog are at risk. I have personally seen a dog cough 14 days after being given this vaccination, this is why our rules mean that 21 days must lapse between vaccination and check in.

I did a bit more research and found this page to be good http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?c=2+2102&aid=452  

We make no bones about being strict with vaccinations and will ask you to make alternative arrangements for your dogs care should your dog not be vaccinated properly. In 8 years we have had one incident of kennel cough and sent 2 dogs home, both of which left the premises within 2 hours of the cough being heard – we did not mess about. This is why your ’emergency contact’ should be just that, if we need to send your dog home. We believe that our strict hygiene procedures and good air flow through our small establishment mean that we have been able to keep the high standards we constantly aspire to. We have a deep clean procedure that involves a total wash down and thorough misting (spraying the air!) of the kennel block and associated concrete areas and that is done TWICE. Thankfully we have only had to do this twice in 8 years.

We appreciate your patience on this subject and can assure you that the recent clamp down on vaccination protocol is because we have been let down by some of our customers. Our standards were high before, now they are higher and ask that you bring your dogs vaccination card/s with you every time you check in.

Thank you

Sarah

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