Using Dog Speak Improves Your Bond With Your Pet
Most (if not all) people who own dogs have talked to them in a high-pitched voice, much like the one adults use to speak to young children. But now there’s research showing that this is a good way to communicate with your pooch.
Researchers at the University of York studied owners’ interactions with their dogs and found that using so-called ‘dog-speak’ is important for creating a bond between pet and owner.
After conducting a number of experiments to see how talking to a dog in a high-pitched tone, with exaggerated emotion would affect attention, they noted that even in adult dogs, this improves engagement and can even be crucial for social bonding between an owner and their pup.
Previous studies indicated that talking like this to puppies made a difference, but had little impact on adult dogs.
The researchers got people to talk to the dogs in ‘dog-speak’, using dog-related terms, as well as getting people to talk about non-dog related topics but in the higher-pitched voice associated with dog speak. They also had some people talk about non-dog topics in a normal voice.
They discovered that the dogs only responded if they content was relevant to them, as well as having the high-pitched tone.
So you don’t have to feel quite so silly next time you’re talking to your dog in a slightly odd voice.
Earlier this month, Elite Daily highlighted research showing that it’s not only normal for you to talk to your dog when no one else is around, but also good for you. What’s more, your pooch enjoys it too, so it’s win-win.
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CRUFTS 2018 IT'S HERE AND WE'RE SO EXCITED TO BE EXHIBITING
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Animal lovers all over the world are no doubt giddy with excitement at the moment, because renowned dog show Crufts is taking place, on until March 11th.
You can pop along to say hi to us here at Broadreach Nature + if you’re going to the event – find us in Hall 1, Stand 90! We’d love to give you a big hello and meet your pooches if you’ve decided to bring them along for the ride as well..
And while you’re here, take some time to check out some of the natural pet supplements we have on offer. We recently won the Corporate Livewire Innovation & Excellence Global Awards for Animal Health Supplements of the Year 2018, so you know you’ll be getting only the very finest supplements for your dogs.
Our products are all natural and can be used throughout your pet’s life, from puppies and kittens to older cats and dogs, with our products helping them through a range of ailments relating to joints, skin and coat, digestion, age, anxiety and more.
So how have you all been enjoying Crufts so far? It’s such a joy to attend this kind of show and meet lots of lovely doggos. We’re certainly in our element! Today (March 9th) is all about terrier and hound breeds, while tomorrow is utility and toy breeds, and Sunday gundog breeds. Which are you most looking forward to?
And don’t forget that you can now register your votes for which dog should be named The Kennel Club Friends for Life 2018 winner. They’ll receive £5,000 for their chosen charity!
6 Tips For Walking Your Dog In The Snow
The last few days have been quite difficult for many around the UK, with lots of snow making day-to-day tasks pretty tricky… but spare a thought for our four-legged friends as well, because the snow can make things hard for them as well.
You still need to walk your pooches daily no matter what the weather but snow can prove to be relatively dangerous if you’re not careful. Make sure that you dress your dog appropriately for the conditions, depending on the breed – smaller dogs will need to wear a coat and layer up so they don’t catch their death.
It’s likely that the pavements will be gritted and salted to help prevent people from slipping but this salt can be hard-wearing on doggy paws so you could use something like paw wax or even dog boots to help protect their pads.
Before you go for a walk in the snow, try and make sure that your dog has enough to drink. They may have to work harder to get from A to B so are likely to get thirstier quicker. Take some water with you on your walk just in case.
And, of course, lots of snow means that you can’t see what you’re walking on so do keep an eye on the ground and how your dogs are going along, just in case. Make sure you pick up dog waste as you would normally – it won’t dissolve in the snow, and spreads bacteria and diseases… which no one wants!
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Tips On Taking Your Pet On Holiday
For many pet owners, their furry friends are very much a part of the family. Therefore, when they plan their next holiday, their cats and dogs are often also included in the arrangements.
With many hotels and transportation allowing people to bring their animals, there is an increasing number of options when it comes to holidaying with your pet. So here are our tips on having a break with your companion.
- Pick location wisely
Staycations are perhaps the easiest type of holiday to enjoy with your dog or cat, and with so many beautiful parts of the UK, you’ll have plenty of fantastic locations to choose from.
According to a recent survey by American Express, 18 per cent of holidaying pet owners head to Scotland, while 17 per cent choose the south-west of England and 14 per cent favour Yorkshire & Humberside.
- Research accommodation
Many hotels and B&Bs allow you to bring your pooches these days, but it is important to check with them first. They might have a no-pet policy or ask for an additional charge for your animal. It is worth mentioning the size and breed as well, in case they have any restrictions on this.
Alternatively, you could consider camping, which also enables your pet to have lots of space to run around and get some valuable exercise.
- Pack carefully
Pets, much like children, need a lot of stuff every day, from leads, litter trays, food and medication. So it’s important to pack in good time and make sure you have everything you need.
American Express reported 71 per cent of people forget some pet-related essentials when going on holiday, and while you can often buy what you need locally, there might be some things that are hard to find. If you use dog health supplements, for instance, it is wise to pack enough for the duration of your trip.
Should You Buy Gifts For Your Pets?
If you’re the sort of pet owner to buy little gifts for your furry friend, whether that be natural dog treats or a new toy to keep them entertained, then undoubtedly you’ll get a little satisfaction from seeing them enjoy whatever present you give to them.
According to research from Vets4Pets, we’re seeing a growing trend of owner’s buying gifts for their pets on special occasions, such as Valentine’s Day and the pet’s birthday. Dogs, it seems, are the most spoilt, with an average gift of £95, compared to just £30 from cat owners.
It seems as though treating pets in this way is a generational thing, with one in 10 18 - 34 year olds buying a pet gift, compared to one in 100 people over 55, according to Pet Gazette.
However, as good as it may feel to give your pet a gift, Vets4Pets are keen to remind you that it doesn’t necessarily make your pet happier or healthier.
Dr Huw Stacey, vet and director of clinical services at Vets4Pet, says that there are more important factors to health and happiness, such as exercise and diet. Certain toys can be great for a pet’s mental state, as they help stimulate and prevent boredom, however, and it’s also important to consider treats as part of your pet’s diet.
“Pet obesity is still one of the top issues in pet welfare, so it’s important to remember that all treats must be given in moderation and taken into account when measuring out daily meals,” he says.
Birthdays are the biggest event for a pet in the year, as 50 per cent of dog owners and 29 per cent of cat owners will buy a special gift for their day - sometimes willing to spend more on their pets than close family members.
Diet And Special Care Are Key To Keeping Your Indoor Cat Healthy
One of the things all cat owners must decide is whether or not to keep their precious puss indoors or not.
Cats that are free to roam are less prone to being overweight than their indoor counterparts, paws.org confirms, but unless you have a quiet street and green space, it can be dangerous for our mogs to go wherever they please, which is why many of us are opting to keep our kitties inside, because it is better for the cat in our modern day, urbanised lifestyles.
The average indoor cat can live up to 20 years inside but it is important to keep them happy and healthy if they are going to be confined to a smaller space with fewer stimuli than the outside world such as crunchy leaves to chase and tasty little rodents to hunt and kill.
It is therefore crucial your indoor cat has plenty of toys to keep their hunting instincts sharp and their minds active. In addition, a cat will always have the urge to stretch with their claws sunk deep into whatever is nearby, and the joy of scratching is a hard instinct to redirect.
Nevertheless, a good scratching post provides an excellent distraction from the sofa, and many come with viewing platforms, tunnels and little nests attached to give your cat somewhere to hide or survey the view from.
Most importantly, your cat’s diet needs to be closely watched, as indoor cats are prone to becoming overweight. This does not mean they can never have treats. Nutritionally balanced organic cat treats can complement a nourishing indoor cat diet and ensure your indoor cat has the best possible life, safe from harm in your home.
What could be more rewarding and a testament to our high-quality products and Client care than to win the Corporate Livewire Innovation and Excellence Global Awards for Animal Health Supplements of the Year 2018 – and we’ve done just that.
Each year Corporate LiveWire invite and encourage their subscriber list and the general public to nominate and vote on companies and individuals who they believe are deserving of recognition and we are delighted that this year the judging panel selected us as the winning entrant in the Animal Health Supplements 2018 category.
Broadreach Nature + pride ourselves in offering outstanding products, customer service and support. We listen to our clients and their requirements and work with highly trained specialists and vets to formulate and create only the best natural pet supplements available.
The ingredients used are, we believe, some of the most advanced and concentrated available whilst at the same time being natural. We don’t just leave it there, we go through a rigorous process for each product which takes months to finalise including palatability tests to make sure the products will be favourably received by the Pets. We only use EU approved ingredients and try where we can to manufacture in the UK but always to GMP standards.
Our customer service and support is focussed towards helping our customers choose the best product for their Pets and in some cases just offer advice and support, as well as perhaps just having someone to talk to about the problems they are going through.
We believe in happy customers and their pets and this award goes to show this is who we are – Broadreach Nature + helping pets naturally through every stage of life.
From puppies and kittens through to the older dogs and cats our products help care for joints, digestion, skin and coat, anxiety and age related issues amongst others – all with the knowledge that we use high quality natural products, always with your pet in mind.
Raw Meat Diet Poses Risks To Animal Health, Study Reveals
If you feed your dogs or cats a raw diet, as opposed to using canned or dry pet food, you could be putting their health at risk. New research from Utrecht University has revealed that such diets could be contaminated with bacteria and parasites – and you could be putting your family’s health at risk, as well as your pets.
The team analysed 35 raw meat-based diets (RMBDs) from numerous different brands and found that listeria species were in 43 per cent of them, Escherichia coli 0157 in 23 per cent and salmonella species in 20 per cent of the products. What’s more, 11 per cent contained the parasite sarcocystis cruzi and toxoplasma gondii was found in six per cent, the British Medical Journal reports.
The researchers commented: “Cats and dogs that eat raw meat diets are also more likely to become infected with antibiotic-resistant bacteria than animals on conventional diets, which could pose a serious risk to both animal health and public health.”
Raw diets are increasingly popular, particularly for dogs, with the emphasis on fruit, vegetables, bones and raw meat. Supporters of this kind of diet believe their pets benefit from having healthier skin, shinier coats, cleaner teeth, smaller stools and more energy but if you are considering putting your pet on this dietary regime you would be wise to chat to your vet first.
Regardless, you do need to make sure that your pets follow a balanced diet. And remember that if you do go for a raw diet in the end, make sure you check the bones because they can choke your pet, cause internal punctures or even break their teeth if you’re not careful.
Dead Fish Warning Issued To Dog Walkers
Dog owners taking their pooches for long walks on the beach must be careful that their pets don’t eat any washed-up sea life that they might find on the shore.
Head of nature reserves at Norfolk Wildlife Trust John Milton reminded people that they do need to keep their dogs under control, as they’re likely to pick up items that have been washed up – and some fish can be toxic, the Daily Telegraph reports.
Lots of debris and sea life have been found on beaches along the east coast of Britain as a result of Storm Eleanor passing through. So if you do head to a beach in the near future, do make sure you’re vigilant – or you could find your dog in dire straits.
According to the news source, one dog has already died as a result of eating something it picked up on the beach. Hattie the golden retriever had been eating bits of fish and starfish before falling ill. On the walk back to the car, she started vomiting and an hour later died in the back of the vehicle.
Storm Eleanor hit the UK with such force that she succeeded in shifting millions of tonnes of sand to create cliffs as high as 32ft on some of the country’s most popular beaches. A new 20ft cliff drop appeared in the middle of Perranporth Beach in Cornwall, while a new 7ft cliff popped up on Summerleaze Beach in Bude.
The RNLI has now warned members of the public to stay away from any of these unstable structures.
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Congratulations Broadreach Nature + Hong Kong
Broadreach Nature + Wishes a Very Happy New Year and Congratulations to our Hong Kong Distributor Broadreach Nature + Hong Kong who have just expanded and moved into larger premises due to the success of sales !Thank you for being part of 2017, it's been a great year! The Team at Broadreach Nature + would like to wish you and your families a Very Happy New Year.
As we head into 2018 we thought it would be great to share some of our highlights of 2017 with you.
We got to meet Noel!
Along with the many events and fundraisers we attended this year our absolute highlight has to be meeting Noel Fitzpatrick, aka The Supervet at the National Pet Show in November this year where we were exibiting.
We've been Nominated
We are very proud to be finalists in the Corporate Livewire Innovation and Excellence Awards for Animal Health Supplements of the Year 2018. Winners are due to be announced in January so not long to wait now.
We've listened to you
You asked us for treats and chews. So this year we launched our New Range of Natural Air Dried Meat Strips and Chews. Perfect for when training or just as a treat.
We've added to our Range of Health Supplements
We've added to our range of Health Supplements with the addition of our GLM Joint Care Supplements and our Probiotic & Daily Fibre Care Powder.
Cats can benefit too!
We relaunched our Probiotic Calibrated Syringes which are now both for Dogs and Cats of any age. This is one of the very few strains of Probiotics approved for use in the Veterinary sector today.
We've loved your news and reviews
We always listen to what you have to say and we love hearing from you. Your reviews are posted on our website and videos appear on our Youtube channel as well as on our reviews page.
What's in store for Broadreach Nature + in 2018
We couldn't sign off for 2017 without shouting out some things to look forward to in 2018:
- CRUFTS - yes we're there in 2018, along with many other events and fundraisers - follow us on soial media to keep up to date with when and where we are.
- We're working on some great new products to ensure your pets are cared for the Natural Way!
- We're hoping to launch a new website with advice and great offers on the site.
These are just some of the things we have coming up but keep checking back for more here.