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  • They're here! The all NEW K9 Striker Collars and K9 Connect Leads / Leashes

    First, the Cool Dog Club would like to say a massive, Thank You, to every single person who has bought one of our first edition Cool Dog K9 Striker collars. The positive feedback has been overwhelming and we have been blown away by the support of some frankly embarrassingly wonderful people who we’ve met along the way. Drunk on good vibes, we decided to see if we could raise the bar...

    So, we dashed out with white coats and clipboards and asked all you rather lovely Dog people what you really thought about our collars and scribbled it all down sincerely. We sat around, drank pots of tea, talked about it and even asked Snooky (he’s the strong silent type, though we’re hoping he’ll give us a sign). We discovered that the owners of the larger breeds had very little negative feedback (enough to make any sincere researcher nervous), however, owners of the smaller breeds said that, as much as they fancied the designs, the metal hardware was sometimes too heavy for their little dogs and they just wanted to know if we had anything lighter…

    So, after we received our new, top secret prototype collars back from our crack team of engineer warrior monks, we battled them over revisions until, finally, only the worthy remained..

    You asked, so here they are.

    Behold!

    28 new designs over 2 hardware specifications.

    The all new Cool Dog K9 Striker MK1 and MK2.

    First, the new high strength, light weight composite polymer plastic Cool Dog K9 Striker MK1.  Now, the weight of the MK1 has been dramatically reduced while still retaining much of the impressive original design strength.  You can click the images for larger versions.

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    Here, Michael Doglas leads the charge in his dutiful 'K9 Tactical' while Catherine Zeta Bones looks formidable in her primal 'Zebra'.

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    Next, the effortlessly beautiful Khashaa contemplates her own magnificence while in her 'Charm Pink'.

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    If you can manage to wind your tongue back in, on with the Cool Dog K9 Striker MK2. Available in all the same designs as the MK1, the MK2 features the original beautifully polished metal hardware. While the reassuring weight and quality is intended for middle sized breeds and up, these high strength, exquisitely aesthetic collars are for the true connoisseurs among you.

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    Once again, Khashaa has taken time out of her busy schedule to grace us with her work. Here, she joins the other stars in the sky with her 'Constellation Pink' in MK2 metal hardware.

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    Finally, Khashaa shows her versatility by making the more masculine 'Charm Blue' work for her, again in MK2 metal hardware.

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    Click this text to checkout the complete Cool Dog K9 Striker Collection.

    Now, as if the arrival of the new Cool Dog K9 Striker MK1 and MK2 wasn't enough to get you to spin around 3 times, we have also just completed a few of our much anticipated, all new, Cool Dog K9 Connect Lead collection.

    The Cool Dog K9 Connect Lead collection exhibits the pioneering Rapide Speed Express Ejector Clip, featured in both black and polished metal, which couples perfectly with any of the Cool Dog K9 Striker Collar collection.

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    The K9 Connect Ranger is the first installment in our Cool Dog K9 Connect Lead collection and features the pioneering Rapide Speed Express Ejector Clip in black scratch resistant PVD, as well as a selection of 5 different handle colours.

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    Finally, for the moment, we also have the Cool Dog K9 Connect Ranger 360.  On top of the 5 different handle colours, this lead also features a 360 degree swivel located at the base of the handle to eliminate tangles, as well as the pioneering Rapide Speed Express Ejector Clip in a polished metal finish.

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    Click this text to checkout the Cool Dog K9 Connect Lead / Leash Collection.

    And, for a limited time only, we're offering FREE postage and packaging on all collars and leads.

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    We still have some tinkering to do before we’re ready to unleash on to the Dog World the Cool Dog K9 Connect Neo Flex lead and the masterpiece that will be our Cool Dog K9 Connect Pro Tech but we certainly hope that you like what you see. Why not connect with us at our Facebook page and let us know what you think? https://www.facebook.com/cooldogclub

    Watch this space! :D

  • The popularity of dogs and cats in Britain

    Cool Cat ImageDogs and cats are some of the most popular pet choices in the UK. There are around eight million pet cats and dogs each, making them in the top three choices for household pets. This is only overtaken by fish, which are currently the number one pet option in Britain. These figures take into account fish kept outside in ponds and, when you think that people very rarely only have one fish, it explains why they are leading.

    Why cats and dogs?
    When you look at the list of the top ten pet choices in the UK, it becomes clear cats and dogs are clear leaders. The next contenders have populations around eight times less than the firm favourites, showing just how loved dogs and cats are to us. When people were asked why they had dogs and cats over anything else, many of them said that the opportunity to build a relationship with them was a key reason. Some feel having a caged animal can take away some of the close interaction found between owners and their cats and dogs, who generally roam freely around the home. Of course, the two animals themselves are both very different, so what is it that makes them so lovable?
    It's a dog's life
    Dogs were treated as vermin for a long time and it's only in the past couple of centuries that they have been welcomed into the home as pets. They are highly energetic and have a very playful nature to them. Obviously their excitement levels vary between breeds but, generally speaking, dogs love rolling around on the floor with their owners and finding things to chase or chew.Dogs are known for being trainable and this eagerness to please makes them very sociable animals to have around the house. They can also be used for assistance, an invaluable tool to disabled people around the country. Their very nature makes them wonderful animals to have around the house, combating any feelings of loneliness.
    The cat gets the cream
    Cats are very different to dogs yet they are still on par as being one of the most popular pets in Britain. They will not be trained and do exactly as they please. Their aloofness is famed but people love them anyway, because of this. The huge success of websites like LOLcat.com just goes to show the positive impact cats have on us. Cats are massively popular on the internet with literally thousands of videos and photos of cats in funny situations.The fact that they are so independent is a big reason why they are so popular in British households. If everyone is out at school or work, a cat is more than happy to be left alone to snuggle up somewhere warm. They don't demand the same time commitments as other animals, making them ideal for busy families. People have often said that cats pick up on personality changes and can be quite persistent - or almost needy - when you've had a bad day or you're feeling under the weather. While this might sound irritating, their clinginess can be calming as their eagerness to be near you can be interpreted as caring and looking out for you while you're down.While cats have been put on a pedestal since the days of the Ancient Egyptians, dogs have had more of a fight to get the same levels of adoration. However, they now seem to be considered almost equals, although there is a fierce rivalry between them in modern culture. The fact that cats and dogs are often thought of as part of the family goes to show how much Brits love their furry friends. Maybe one day, they'll be able to overtake fish as the most popular pets in Britain.

  • Dog grooming: How to keep your dog looking and feeling great

    Like humans, dogs require grooming to look and feel their best. Some dogs are a little more 'high maintenance' than others and it is important to keep on top of the grooming process. While some grooming is best left to the experts, there is plenty for you to be getting on with.

    Grooming your dog yourself rather than visiting the puppy parlour can not only save you a few pennies, but also give you the chance to have some special bonding time with your four legged friend. Providing you do it in a safe and appropriate way it can be very enjoyable for you both.

    How to choose a brushThe equipment that you use is very important. Try brushing your pooch with the wrong kind of grooming brush and you cannot only cause discomfort to them, but you can also make the job much harder for yourself. The type of brush that you should choose will depend on the kind of coat that your dog has. There are two official categories of dog coat.The first is the single coat, which boasts hair that is generally thick and quite whisker-like. Dogs with single coats include Greyhounds, Staffordshire Bull terriers and some longer haired dogs such as the Maltese. The other is the double coat. Dogs with a double coat have a long shiny layer of top coat fur and a tight layer of protective fur closer to the body. Dogs with double-layer fur include the Golden Retriever, German Shepherds, Huskies and Border Collies.

    For dogs with a short single layer coat you should use a soft bristle brush. For longer-haired single-coat dogs, you should use a pin brush and for double-layer coat dogs, you should select a slicker brush.

    What's more, certain dogs malt or shed hair, while others do not. If you have a heavily-shedding dog, such as the retriever, your furniture will certainly know about it – however malting dogs can be easier to brush. If your dog is a malting breed you may wish to purchase a shedding blade. These help to loosen hair that close to shedding and reduce the amount of hair that it deposited on your furniture.

    It is important to remove knots before grooming. To do this you will need a de-knotting comb. This is a specially-shaped comb which you can use to gently remove any clumps without causing any pain to your pup.

    Start at the top and work your way down

    You can start the grooming session by placing pooch on a raised surface, such as a chair or bench. This will reduce the amount of space they have to pace, which most dogs tend to do while being groomed.

    Start the groom at the top of the dog and work your way down. Brush away from the eyes and ears and take great care, as these are both sensitive areas. You can then work your way down the back, brushing down from the spine towards the belly. After the back is done move to the legs. Again, be careful as the prominence of joints such as elbows and hips are sensitive and sometimes ticklish. Move onto the tail, starting at the end closest to the body and brush to the tip.

    Many dogs enjoy having their belly brushed so your dog may roll over for you – or they may not! For those who are a little less than trusting, you might need to use some gentle persuasion. If your dog point blank refuses to roll over, you will need to brush from the top. Try to use minimal pressure here as it is one of the most sensitive areas. Also, take care not to catch or scratch the genitals or any scars that your pup may have from sterilisation.

    The dog's bottom can be a difficult area to groom. If you can, then hold your dog's tail up and brush gently, ensuring that the brush pins do not cause too much discomfort. You should leave this part until last and make sure that your brush is thoroughly cleaned afterwards to avoid cross-contamination during the next grooming session.

    Make it fun!

    The most important thing to remember is to make grooming enjoyable for your pet. Make them aware that this is their time, where they have your full attention. Dote on them, tell them they are a good dog and ply them with treats afterwards. By making the process a fun one, your furry friend will look forward to grooming and you will both enjoy the experience for many years to come.

  • Preparing the home for a kitten

    Before welcoming a kitten into your home, there are a number of decisions to be made and challenges to overcome. You'll ask yourself: "How will I get through the next year with my carpet intact?" or "How much Febreze should I be buying over the course of the next 12 months?"

    Kittens by nature are a curious, sensitive bunch and they will inevitably take time to adjust to their new surroundings. As a result, it is crucial to make this adjustment as comfortable as possible, for both cat and human. By following these simple tips, your new kitten should hopefully ease into the family home as if it were a tiny, furry extension of yourself.

    Home sweet homeDon't be surprised if the kitten's emotions are all over the place - going to a big, scary home is likely to be a terrifying experience for our furry feline. Experts advise confining the cat to a single room or two during its first few days in order to allow the kitten to explore, albeit with the aforementioned limitations. When it is ready to explore the rest of the property, the kitten will make itself known!

    Everyone loves a cozy bed with a thick duvet to snuggle into at night, right? The same rings true for kittens so peruse a catalogue of comfy designer cat beds to keep your feline safe at night. In addition, prepare a scratch post along with a constant supply of food and water in order to make your kitten feel truly at home.

    Hiding is also perfectly normal, so don't be afraid when the kitten squeezes itself into impossibly small nooks and crannies. Always let the cat emerge whenever it feels ready and never force it out of hiding - this could intensify the kitten's fears and make their adjustment that little bit harder.

    Dos and don'ts

    DO spend some time with your new companion. Stroke it, hold it, play games with it - after all, kittens have a lot of energy they need to spend! Throw a ball around; drag a shoelace along the floor; purchase some fun new toys to play with. After all is said and done, your kitten will be wiped out and, when all is said and done, kitty will have a nice comfy cat bed to curl up in.

    DON'T manhandle kitty when your new friend does something a bit naughty. Cats categorically do not like to be squeezed, picked up by the neck nor have their tails pulled, so avoid doing so otherwise you could end up with a few more scratches than you bargained for!

    DO tickle your kitten under its chin or behind the ears. Soft, gentle stroking is the name of the game with kittens, rather than overly aggressive pulling or yanking.

    DON'T switch up their food every single day. The familiarity of the same food over the course of the first week or two will be reassuring to the kitten and will help acclimatise its digestive system to its new food. Check that fresh food and water is available at all times and make sure the food is being consumed.

  • How to keep your dog safe and healthy this Christmas

    Christmas can be such a happy time of year, when you are surrounded by loved ones - including your beloved dog.

    The rules on keeping your family happy and healthy during this time are naturally very different from how you must look after your pooch - while older relatives can be kept cheerful with fine wine and rich food, younger ones will be caught up in the excitement of new toys or gadgets. In contrast, your dog largely needs to be kept away from these things.

    This may be a slight over-generalisation, but it is a juxtaposition worth highlighting. So what do you need to do to keep your dog safe, happy and healthy this Christmas?

    FoodChristmas food is great fun for humans, with all its rich flavours and delicious dishes - even if it means some serious gym sessions before and after to make sure clothes still fit. For dogs, this type of rich, fatty food is awful. It can cause instant stomach problems or contribute to more long-term health issues.

    While you should be fine to feed your pooch a little bit of turkey meat as a treat, do not give them skin or bones. Also, avoid giving them any chocolate, nuts, raisins or grapes, as these can all be really bad for your dog - no matter what friends might have said to the contrary. From this list you may note that Christmas pudding is particularly bad for them; a recent Morrisons television advert got the supermarket in trouble for showing a child feeding a dog with this seasonal treat - don't make the same mistake in your home.

    Instead of giving your pooch human food, just buy them some special dog treats for the holidays, making sure not to feed them too much. One last point that is obvious but worth mentioning: no alcohol for dogs.

    Festive activities

    In addition to the food you eat at this time, problems also arise as a result of the festive activities that take place. For example, the decorations around the house. Make sure that ornaments, candles and wires are kept out of reach where possible. Also, bear in mind that dogs often like to play with string, ribbon and yarn, but it can be dangerous if it is ingested, so keep an eye on this.

    The Christmas tree - the iconic vision of the season - can also cause issues. Don't forget to sweep up/hoover needles from the tree to prevent your dog eating them, while also taping down wires and making sure no mistletoe or holly gets knocked on the floor, as these can be dangerous too.

    For many families, a big part of Christmas involves getting crackers and party poppers out or popping out to the garden to watch some fireworks - the loud sounds that these emit are not something many dogs like, in fact there are some jumpy companions who even need to be tranquilised in extreme cases. Try to find your dogs somewhere quiet where their dog beds are away from the noise - they will appreciate some company though, so try to get away from the party to spend time with them when you can.

    Exercise

    Even if you are not feeding your dog any human food, chances are you will probably be pretty generous with the dog food portions, so think about how much exercise you need to give them. You may even have new designer dog jackets to try out on them so they can look stylish while staying warm on their walks. One thing to remember, even if roads look fairly clear on Christmas Day or Boxing Day, it may be worth keeping your canine companions on dog leads until you get to the park - you just never know.

    By giving your dog the right food and keeping them away from dangerous parts of the festivities you should be able to keep them safe, but don't forget how much your pooch loves a good walk - an essential factor for his health and happiness!

  • Keeping your dog safe whilst out on winter hikes

    Taking a dog out on long winter hikes can be great for all involved. Not only does it allow for the typical advantages such as fresh air and exercise, but also allows pet and owner to bond, whilst taking in all the splendour that the great outdoors in winter can offer.

    It's not as simple as strapping on some boots and heading out, however, as there's a few hints and tips it's worth bearing in mind before setting out for a wintry walk.

    In preparationBefore setting off into the wild there are a few considerations that need to be made; the first of which is just how long the hike should be.

    Certain dog breeds are better suited to cold, wet or tiring conditions. Spaniels, border collies and (rather unsurprisingly) huskies, for example, are hardy types that have long been used for work in the great outdoors, so should do just fine. Other breeds, such as dachshunds, Yorkshire terriers and poodles are much less tenacious, meaning they'd be unlikely to relish such a long hike. Aspiring dog owners that haven't yet bought their pet may want to bear this in mind when researching which breed to get.

    Secondly, it's worth getting a few trial walks under your belts (or collars), before heading out on something more extreme. These mini adventures won't just build up your dog's fitness levels but also resistance to the cold, ensuring its pads have built up sufficient levels of keratin to handle the rigours of a long, potentially freezing winter walk through the snow.

    To best ensure your dog is prepared, take the time to build up a tolerance to the eventual length, temperature and altitude of the hikes you hope to eventually complete. This will not only make the eventual walk safer but happier as well.

    Cold

    Typically, longer-haired dogs fare better in the cold weather than those with shorter hair as they are much more insulated. This isn't the end of the argument, however, as longer hair also has the tendency to collect snow and ice, as well as taking much longer to dry. For this reason, it's best not to assume a long coat will protect a dog from the winter chills. Instead, owners should keep checking the coat in order to make sure it's not getting matted with freezing material. Likewise, a dog jacket will also benefit, offering warmth and insulation but also coverage from the elements as well.

    A dog's coat isn't the only area to check though, as like us humans, it's their extremities which most often feel the chill. For this, regularly make sure the dog's paws, ears and tail are doing alright. On the subject of paws, it's also advisable to trim the hairs in between their toes to stop them from collecting small pockets of ice which can end up resting against the skin and causing ice burns.

    Wet dogs are typically unconcerned ones, as they're often ready to just shake it off and carry on as normal. With wind chill, however, this could cause a problem for those pooches prone to a paddle, so take an old towel to remove as much water as possible.

    Night

    Those who have worked up to it may want to take their dog on a real outdoors adventure; going for a lengthy hike with an overnight stop included. For this, it's worth investing in hi-vis equipment for both you and your dog, which will not only ensure you can keep track of your pet, but also guarantee all other trail users will be able to as well. It also makes the process of crossing roads much safer as drivers will be alerted to your presence much sooner, giving them more braking time should it be needed.

    Those spending the night outdoors should pack a tent with two sleeping bags. Giving dogs their own will ensure they're kept warm through the long (sometimes 14-hour) night, although don't expect them to stay in it the whole time. All too often they'll kick the cover off and try to get in yours, or at least curl up as close to you as possible, so be prepared for some sleep disruption.

    Food & water

    Just as you'd be sure to take food and drink for yourself out on a hike, remember to pack enough for your pooch as well. This needn't laden you down with goods, but can happily be strapped to the dog.

    Doggy rucksacks - which are tethered across a dog's back and have two pouches; one on either side - can take the strain off an owner without affecting the dog any more than a lead or collar would.

    It should also be relatively easy to get first-time carriers used the rucksack by affixing it to them at home with nothing in the pouches. Once they've got used to this, you can start filling it with light goods, before gradually building up to full loads. Then, with the dog used to the bag, they will see it just as they do their lead: as a signal that it's walking time.

    Owners would also be wise to seal items carried within the backpack in zip-lock bags to prevent them from getting soaked in the case of an impromptu dip. It's also worth taking bottled water as free-flowing rivers can be a source of many dangerous bugs which can cause debilitating diarrhoea. Where food is concerned, it's a simple case of packing the dog's standard feed, as biscuits and chews will be far more beneficial than what we'd typically eat, such as energy bars or flapjacks.

    Safety

    When out and about, it's worth keeping an eye out for potential dangers - such as nettles, thorns or jagged rocks. In the snow these can be even more covered, so stay vigilant and always pack a small first-aid kit comprising of gauze and bandages in case of a mishap.

    With all these tips adhered to, both dog and owner should have a safe and enjoyable trip into the great outdoors; making for an experience that will want to be repeated instead of avoided and never attempted again.

  • Preparing for your first puppy

    So you've looked at the finances, checked the breeds and completely melted looking at all the pictures; the time has come to buy your first puppy. What the pictures don't show, however, is the abject chaos about to descend on your home with the new arrival, so it really is best to prepare fully. If you do, you'll know what to expect and the pup will have as simple a transition as possible.

    Before you bring him homeThe process of adapting your pup to the surroundings doesn't start when he takes his first steps through the door, but long before you head out to collect him. Pups are more inquisitive than toddlers, more boisterous than cats and sometimes more destructive than a type-one hurricane. New owners, then, should be sure they've done all they can to protect the pup - but also make sure the home isn't on a course to chaos.

    Live cables should be tied back and switched off where necessary, as dogs can chew clean through them; giving themselves a burn or shock in the process. Likewise, food should be kept way out of reach and chemicals or medicines must be stored securely away. Think the child-proof cap is enough? Think again, he'll gnaw straight through the bottle itself. Plus, dogs can be surprisingly blasé about what they ingest, with bleach or rotting meat seeming just as appealing as biscuits or bones. So to ensure he stays fit and healthy, move anything that could - no matter how obtusely - be misconstrued as edible.

    Elsewhere, free-standing items of furniture such as small tables, lamps or bins can be toppled by an excitable pup belting around the room at a rate of knots. Not only could this damage your possessions but also hurt the dog, especially if there's broken glass involved. Either secure items as best you can or move the pup to an area like the kitchen for the first few hours where anything dangerous is kept firmly out of reach.

    It's not all about puppy-proofing the house but also getting in everything you need ahead of time. Buying the dog bed, toys and blankets before bringing the pup home should make it easier for him to get used to them right away and will also establish from the outset where his domain is.

    The first steps over the threshold

    Pups, just like us, have their own distinct personalities; meaning there is no one thing all of them will do when they take their first steps into the home. Some more boisterous types will bolt around the living room as fast as their little legs will carry them, exerting every last reserve of energy by poking their heads into all manner of nook and cranny in sight. Other, more timid types, will be scared to death of the new people, smells and surroundings; choosing instead to retreat under a table or in a corner where they can silently watch the goings on as they settle in.

    If your pup is very much the latter, it's best to leave him to come round in his own time. The excitement of actually having the new dog will mean many new owners try to interact with the pup, but this could end up only exacerbating the situation. Instead, fight the urges and leave him alone until he's ready to come around to you, which should come with time - or a couple of feeds, at least. Likewise, keep loud noises or sudden movements to a minimum, so the fear is lessened instead of intensified.

    Both kinds of dog, timid or boisterous, are susceptible to leaving little 'puddles' when they first get in. The whole process is new, scary and exciting in equal measure, which prompts many to lose control of their faculties. Plus they've not yet been trained to take that outside, so expecting a nasty surprise when you bring the pup home will better prepare everyone involved for what is almost inevitably on the cards.

    In the long-term

    Once the new addition has settled in, attention should turn to the important things - such as vaccinations. If your pup has not yet had his primary vaccines, it's worth heading off to the vet sooner rather than later. It is recommended that all dogs have vaccines against rabies, distemper, infectious canine hepatitis, canine parainfluenza virus and canine parvovirus. Whilst you're at the vets it's also worth asking how often you should return for boosters as - just like humans - dogs will need top-ups too in order to keep them in good health.

    It is also becoming increasingly commonplace to microchip a pup so it can be easily identified. Microchipped dogs can be scanned to glean information on who their owner is and how to contact them. The more modern, high-tech version of the engraved dog collar, this microchip can be inserted quickly and rather painlessly into the back of the neck using an injection. The chip is roughly the size of a grain of rice and sits comfortably beneath the skin, meaning it causes the dog no problems and shouldn't need replacing during his lifetime.

    All these cost money, however and have the tendency to roll around at precisely the wrong time, so it's also worth bearing in mind the option of pet insurance. This helps owners be confident the pup will get everything it needs at just the right time, instead of needing to hold back on financial grounds.

    All of the above is, of course, a series of rather sobering rules. Following them carefully, however, should ensure your pup has the safest and easiest transition; proving beneficial for all involved. Once these are done, you can happily get on with the fun parts of owning and looking after a puppy.

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