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Hello,

Over the past few months, we have worked hard to improve our Doggy Day Care Centre to allow customers to drop off and pick up from our Centre.

This service will allow customers outside of our current collection areas to benefit from our class leading Doggy Day Care centre.

Our Centre is run by a team of professional, devoted dog handlers and boasts over 8 acres of secure space, puppy areas, indoor areas, agility and swimming.

The centre will still remain exclusive to our regular customers – rest assured your dog will know every dog here and so will we.

Phone us on 01293 690699 or Contact Us to find out more

We look forward to seeing your dog very soon.

 

Warm Regards,

 

Zara

Zara’s Doggy Day Care is now an approved KEITS Training and Assessment Centre.

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We can now support the training and mentoring of young people at our Doggy Day Care Centre. Being a KEITS accredited centre, it means Operational Processes, Health and Safety Policies, Work Environment & Animal Welfare have been met, independently,  by KEITS – an Ofsted regulated training provider.

KEIT’s is an award winning Training provider, who help young people gain qualifications whilst gaining practical experience.

I would like to thank KEITs for their top quality advice and for building a training programme suitable for our business. Both being relatively young business owners we feel this is a great way to support young people within our local community.

 

Zara & Simon

wag1Why does my dog wag its tail?

It’s commonly believed that dogs wag their tails to convey that they are happy and friendly, but this isn’t exactly true. Dogs do use their tails to communicate through a wagging tail. They have a king of language that’s based on the position and motion of their tails.

Studies show that dogs use their tails to communicate strong emotions such as agitation, annoyance and anger as well as happiness and curiosity. The original purpose to a tail was for balance when walking narrow structures, climbing or leaping. Yet now research has shown it is a vital role in communication.

 

What wag is my dog doing?

Figuring out what the tail wag means, look for the direction of the wag or at how fast his tail is moving. If they wag more to the right it means that they are happy, positive and confident, if it wags further to the left this means they are frightenedwag2
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If your dogs tails high and back and forth this means they’re in their happy place. When they are being nosy their tail will stay horizontal to the ground.

 

 

 

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If your dogs tail is tucked between their hind legs this means they are either frightened or submissive.

 

 
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If your dogs wagging is low this means they are worried or feeling insecure about something.

 

 

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Ticks….ewwww!

Dog Ticks are very common within the canine world and they are harmless to your dog if you catch it in time and react quickly.tick1

You’ll notice the tick as it will be the size of a bean and it will become a leathery pest that balloons once it is full.

They usually live within wooded areas or big fields as they sit on the edge of long pieces of grass, bushes, trees etc. as these hosts brush against the grass they cling onto the coat of the animal and begin to feed.

 

 

Tick targets on your dogs body

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The furred and hard to reach regions on your pets body such as the ears, armpits and between the toes are prime tick targets, but ticks can be found anywhere on your pet. Most of the time, your dog won’t even feel the bite, tick bites almost never get infected or become sore so do not threat once you have discovered and removed the tick.

 

Tick-borne diseases


Many diseases are spread by ticks because their saliva transmits microscopic organisms when they bite.

Usually, a tick MUST be feeding tick3on a pet for at least 12 hours for the dog to become infected, so prompt and appropriate removal can prevent most diseases here are two diseases that dogs and sometimes even people can get from ticks.

Lyme disease- is the best known and most common tick disease. It takes 12 to 24 hours of sucking for the tick to transmit the disease. Dogs with lymes disease usually limp; acts depressed and have a high fever. Rarely, they can also have a bulls eye rash pattern on the skin, nut fur makes this hard to see. This disease can be treated with antibiotics.

Tick paralysis- is believed to be caused by a neurotoxin in the tick saliva that slowly paralyzes the dog over a 48 to 72 period. If you remove all of the ticks then the paralysis will usually go within a day or so.

 

 

How do I keep ticks away from my dog?


To keep ticks away from your pet, apply a topical tick treatment such as Frontline. Just a drop between the shoulder blades once a month should keep your pet tick-free.


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How do I remove a tick?


Do not use your fingers to remove the tick. Simply use blunt-tipped tweezers or hemostat which is like a clamp, from local pet shops. Wear disposable gloves and be very careful to not crush the tick’s body as you remove it. Grasp the body very close to the pets skin and ticks mouthparts and pull it straight out with a slight turning action, slowly and gently. This will allow the mouth parts to slide back out easily.

 

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Follow up care


It’s a good idea to wash the tick bite with an antiseptic wipe or liquid to remove and residual tick parts. When you remove a tick, it is normal for a small, pimple-size bump to be left behind. That should go away with 1 to 2 days, if it hasn’t and it starts to grow bigger than a pea size then you should ask your veterinarian to take a further look.tick6

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Great news!

Zara’s Doggy Day Care is now on Instagram. Instagram is a mobile social media sharing platform – it’s a great way for us to share some wonderful pictures of your dogs.

Instagram can be installed on any Apple or Android mobile phone.

Once installed, simply search for “zarasdoggydaycare” and “follow us” or click the instagram logo below:

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If you are not an instagram user, our website includes a real time feed, available here:

http://www.zarasdoggydaycare.co.uk/instagram-gallery/

 

Have Fun!

 

Zara’s Doggy Day Care

January 2015 Photos from the Doggy Day Care Centre – enjoy!

Dogs will use eyes to express moods, and we love dog’s squinting, this is usually a positive sign of contentment, joy and happiness.

A confident socialised dog, during dog to dog induction will squint whilst gazing elsewhere. This is a clear indication your dog is not at all interested in rough play or even a hint of aggression.

Sometimes if you tell your dog of, your dog may squint, but this is usually followed by your dog nudging your hand in an act of saying “sorry”.

When you next give your dog a belly rub, have a look at his eyes, hopefully you can detect a squint and maybe even a smile!

When you’re next  taking your dog out in Redhill or Reigate,  just watch the dogs for 10 mins.

Here’s a wonderful picture of Abby and Lexi, taken at our Doggy Day Care Centre. This picture demonstrates squinting – Abby is in  a very happy, content and joyful mood, you can even see her smile, with her friend Lexi.

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Dog’s Squinting

Why does my dog flatten his ears?

This is a more complicated expression and can mean a varying of emotions. This can vary widely at both ends of the emotional scale. (From play to submission and right at the end of the scale, aggression)

  • A fearful dog will have a smooth forward, ear back and cower
  • An aggressive dog’s forehead will be tense and usually wrinkled
  • A curious dog will pull his ears back to concentrate
  • A sad dog may lie on his front paws with ears back and usually won’t move

Also, dogs will pull ears back just before a fight in order to protect them from bites or stretches.

The main ear movement we look for is for a sign of submission, this is the method a dog will use to demonstrate his lower ranking to other dogs.

Here’s a perfect example of “Lexie”, a stunning, compassionate, friendly dog showing her kind and submissive nature, taken at our Day Care Centre:

Flat ears like Lexi's show case a kind, gentle submissive dog.

Flat ears like Lexi’s show case a kind, gentle submissive dog.

Lovely isn’t it?

At Zara’s Doggy Day Care we’re always studying dog behaviour but more specifically in a group environment.

Every dog is required to be vetted by Zara and her dog Bentley before your dog can join the fun, so we’re going to start blogging same of the behaviours we actually look for during the dogs induction or whilst we’re monitoring our clients dogs at the centre.

 So….. why does my dog lick his lips & other dog’s lips?

As with humans, people often forget mouths are not just for eating, drinking, barking, they can reflect expressions and moods. – Same for dogs too!

A dog may lick his lips when they feel unsure about something, say meeting a group of dogs at a training session or new dogs at the park.

When your dog is licking his lips, near another dog, your dog is actually saying:

 “Just to let you know, I am okay”

 

Some more anxious dogs may lick their noses repeatedly and glance sideways with raised eyebrows so you can see the white eye areas. This is a more nervous gesture, in human terms, they would be biting their finger nails.

Dogs can sometimes lick their lips of they are thinking, for example, you’re teaching them agility or new training tricks such as roll over. – We, humans, actually do the same whilst we exercise high levels of concentration.

Dogs and more frequently puppies lick lips of senior dogs to show respect whilst adult dogs will lick a more superior dogs lips.

So next time you’re watching your dog, especially when they meet another dog, carefully watch your dog’s lips and tongue – you might be surprised what you find out about your dog.

….And here’s a lovely example of Rufus taken at Zara’s Doggy Day Care:

 

Rufus - dog licking - one happy dog

Rufus – dog licking – one happy dog!

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oh yes, it’s that time of year, Bentley has been so lucky to receive some present’s from his friends at doggy day care.

Monty was kind enough to give Bentley a flashing ball, he loves it! Bentley was very excited but we managed to cut the video down to “only” 3 takes

See Bentley enjoy his present in our Garden…

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