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How to stop my dog’s bad breath

Clean teeth with Staglers to avoid Dog Breath

How to stop my dog’s bad breath, commonly known as Dog Breath!

Your dog is sitting next to you. Gazing lovingly into your eyes. Then opens his or her mounth and you are left not so inlove. Sound familiar? Firstly, looking after your dog’s teeth is as important as looking after our own.

People were trained to brush their teeth

The toothbrush was not invented until 1938. However, early forms of the toothbrush have been in existence since 3000 BC. Ancient civilizations used a “chew stick,” which was a thin twig with a frayed end. These ‘chew sticks’ were rubbed against the teeth.

The bristle toothbrush, similar to the type used today, was not invented until 1498 in China. It seem like the bristles were probably the stiff, coarse hairs taken from the back of a hog’s neck and attached to handles made of bone or bamboo.

Boar bristles were used until 1938, when nylon bristles were introduced by Dupont de Nemours.  The first nylon toothbrush was called Doctor West’s Miracle Toothbrush. Later, Americans were similarly influenced by the disciplined hygiene habits of soldiers from World War II. As a result they became increasingly concerned with the practice of good oral hygiene and quickly adopted the nylon toothbrush.

Because of learned behaviour people brush teeth systematically, every day, a trained habit invented by a sales man who was selling toothpaste.

Puppies and children chew as teeth come through

It is said that puppies are too young to get dog breath, but have you considered the fact that their desire to chew helps clean their teeth?

How can I help prevent canine dental disease?

I recommend building in an Antler treat to your dog’s routine can seriously help remove plaque.   There has been a 23% increase in dental disease, particularly in older dogs, most noteworthy dogs over the age of 12 years old .

Dog Breath is natural in some dogs. We’re sure once or twice you have asked “Did my dog just eat something disgusting and smelly”? Horse poo will do it every time. Labradors are well known for this one!

Or “Are his / her gums looking red or inflamed?”, in which case a costly trip to the vet could be in order.

What can I do to prevent tooth troubles?

Keeping the mouth healthy with chewing action is what dogs were designed to do. This stimulates healthy saliva to help keep those canines sparkly.

As dog owners, we are becoming more discerning in what we choose to feed our pets. Do you know all the ingredients in those “get teeth clean quick” dog treats? Like you do in your food? Probably not! In an effort to lead a healthier lifestyle we should apply the same scrutiny to our dog treats as we do to our own eating habits.

Vets recommend their clients to us. Staglers are known to help remove plaque. Staglers have no hidden calories! People often stick to what they know and once tried, our Staglers fans are quick to recommend the benefits. Thanks to our canine firends.

At Staglers we believe the food we give our pets should fall into “Keeping it Natural”

Cons of other Dog Treats

High, unhealthy fat content results in high calorie content, not good for  sedentary dogs, oh and it leads to bad breath.

Plastic chews can lead to a plastic smell , nasty.

Chemicals and colours in treats leave a residue, therefore negating the benefits of any expensive healthy feed.

Stop feeding dogs from the table! Let’s not forget the human processed food you, or family members, may be guilty of sneaking under the table are not designed for dogs. It is processed and often contains palm oil

Rawhide does get stuck.

On the market there are so many products to choose from. The ingredients are the first clue. Some of the ingredients in dog chews are awful. When was the last time you picked up and read a box of treats? Did you read the calories per chew as well?

Pros of Deer Antler Dog Treats

Deer antler dog chews are as close to nature’s intentions as you can get! We love the fact that they are great for dog’s teeth, their health and well being. I know clean eating is the way forward because:

  • There are no additives or preservatives.
  • No bleach us used, they are in their natural state.
  • Nothing is added, nor taken away from the naturally dropped antler.
  • They are not stuffed with anything, simply the clean rich marrow full of minerals, as nature intended.
  • No heat, acids, enzymes or bleach has been used in the process of  getting the chews from deer to dog.
  • We buy from a Spanish supplier who fulfilled our requirements and we are safe in the knowledge that regulations and hygiene during the production and shipping mean the Antler we supply as dog treats is of the highest quality.
  • Growth hormones, steroids or antibiotics is not used in the antler.
  • We only stock Grade A dark antler, (not the thin white antler which does not last for the reason that they are soft and splinter easily) because it is strong and lasts.
  • Stainless and odour free, resulting in no mess left and no smell in your dog’s mouth.

Customer Feedback:

“Thank you so much for introducing me to Staglers. My dog had bad breath and a dull coat. Since giving deer antler to her for supervised sessions I can see the improvement and, as a result, the bad breath is a thing of the past. My vet is very happy with the hygiene in her mouth”  Annie

I recommend you contact me if you have any further questions about Deer Antler Dog Chews.  i am here to help you ‘chews’ the right size treat for your dog.

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How Could taking my dog to Work Help?

Taking your dog to work from Staglers

How Could taking my dog to Work Help? is our buzz question of the week. We have Biscuit, our Border Terrier, here with us and find the benefit rewarding. Do you have you dog in your workplace?

Attitudes are changing,

40 years ago, it used to be certain professions, farmers, Police, rescue services who all have trained dogs. When we were children the dogs stayed at home with mum, who was worked from home raising the family and looking after Dad! Allowing employees to bring their dog into work demonstrates a positive reflection on the company. It shows the company to be forward-thinking, considerate, approachable and flexible. Image how that image then reflects on prospective clients.

Locally to us, there is a local IT Software Solutions company, KFA Connect Ltd, in Ringwood, Hampshire who believes that they may have the highest number of Dogs who join their owners in their open-plan offices.

“Many clients and suppliers who visit offices are impressed with the warm welcome offered by the dogs who accompany their owners to work. Tell us about your canine friendly working environment.”

Does it improve productivity?

It is being proved that dogs can help boost productivity in the workplace. Think about it, if you take short breaks it is more stimulating than sitting at your desk pounding out work. Dogs are your excuse to “take the air” and come back with a different perspective or with the solution to that problem that was a sticking point. Returning to today’s tasks with a refreshed outlook and even extra energy.

Creativity Rules

Praising companies with this approach is one thing, but knowing their recruits are likely to be people who think outside the box, resulting in an environment that breeds creativity, look out the competition! Imagine your team coming up with new ideas as a result of looking a dog relaxing.

Improved Team bonding for Employees.

Employees, who don’t own the dog, ask to take the dog out for a walk or a play with others getting involved too. Friendships can be bonded as you become dog walking besties. The result can be improving teamwork, encouraging employees to work together more cooperatively and develop a new trust. A win win for the business, the employees and, of course, our four-legged friends.

Can walking your dog at lunchtime reduce stress and lead to a healthier you?

Absolutely, Walking burns anywhere from 90 to 200 calories in 30 minutes. (You burn fewer calories if you walk at the strolling rate of a 30-minute mile) Fresh air, stimulating conversation (with yourself, your dog or a colleague!) helps relax and stress and anxiety. Imagine if you can work in a calmer way, even under pressure. Business owners could this lead to happier, healthier employees who aren’t taking as many sick days. Light bulb moment.

 The Dog Interview List to Get the Job

  1. There are a few things that need to be planned if you are going to try this. After all a pack of disagreeing dogs is going to send your heart-rate through the roof!
  2. it’s important to make sure your pet will behave. Barkers not welcome.
  3. Have the dogs been socialized or had any obedience training or are they just simply nice people!
  4. Are they happy to sit at your feet or are they going to be on guard at every distraction?
  5. If visitors arrive at work will they listen to you if you ask them to sit or stay.
  6. Jumping up is rude and a no no.

If you are happy to “step outside your comfort zone” check if your company has a dog-friendly policy or, better still, see if they want to introduce one. You can lead by example to create an improved culture.

Finally, we must spare a thought for our work colleagues who simply DON’T LIKE DOGS! Hard to imagine isn’t it?  Simple area separation, pet free areas and respect for each other’s wishes should do it.

There are 6,000 dogs ‘working’ at Amazon.

One Company who are paving the way in everything they do is AMAZON.

At the retail giant’s Seattle-based headquarters, human employees share their work space with approximately 6,000 pups on any given day, the company announced on their blog.

It all started with Rufus, a Welsh Corgi won the hearts in the office.

Amazon also has a doggie deck, for pets to run around, on their 17th floor, which boasts a fake fire hydrant, dog relief areas and water stations.

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What is Britain’s Favourite Breed of Dog?

What is Britain’s Favourite Breed of Dog?  We are really looking forward to settling down for the evening and watching Sarah Cox and Ben Fogle. They are planning to crown the canine King or Queen and tell us which dog breed you love the most.
We are undeniably a nation of dog lovers, with a whopping one in four of us now sharing our homes with a canine companion. That is 24% of house holds in the UK housing 8.5 million versions of “Man’s best friend”.
There are currently 217 recognized breeds plus thousands of combinations of cross breed. But which is the UK’s favourite? It’s an epic dog-athon of a show celebrating the love between dog owners and their best friends.

ITV have surveyed 10,000 people to find the answer to What is Britain’s Favourite Breed of Dog?

To find the type of dog families own to provide one of the most comprehensive surveys of dog ownership ever to be undertaken in the UK.
The programme producers said, “Tall or tiny, sleek or shaggy, behind every dashing dog is a doting owner and amongst their number one fans are some familiar faces too. During the course of the two-and-a-half-hour programme we run down the chart from 100 to 1 and meet some famous faces in the process. Geri Haliwell, Simon Gregson, Gok Wan, James Martin, Gabby Logan, Louis Smith, Michael Ball, Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby all introduce us to their beloved canine friends and even Prince Harry will be making an appearance during the countdown, as we share stories of the nation’s most extraordinary, talented and heroic hounds.”
We appreciate that they are including many intereting facts and videos about the heritage, key characteristics and personality traits of every breed in the chart.
8.30pm – we loved the honest love shown by all owners, from the ugliest dog in the world to expectant parents of new puppies. Also the  beautifully captured slow motion images of each and every dog.
Of course we all think our dog is the best, but which is the nation’s favourite, as we reveal who’s sitting pretty at number one?
CHECK ME OUT to see the beautiful breed in images

The Papers supported the programme and ran the story to help whip up our curiosity, it worked!

The Mirror

The Guardian

 

Biscuit the Border Terrier is our favourite Dog Staglers deer antler dog chew