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UK HOUSEHOLD PET OWNERSHIP FALLS TO 56% IN 2017, DOWN FROM FROM 63% IN 2012
While pets may be man’s best friend and ‘purr-fect’ companions, it seems that Brits are increasingly turning their backs on their furry friends. Indeed, Mintel’s UK 2017 research on Britain’s Pet Owners reveals that pet ownership has tumbled by seven percentage points in five years, with just over half (56%) of UK households now containing a pet, down from 63% in 2012.
While pets have long held a special place in the nation’s hearts and homes, Mintel research reveals a decline in all types of ownership. Fish ownership has taken the biggest dive, down from 17% of households in 2012 to just 10% in 2017. Also, causing something of a squeak, small mammal** ownership has fallen from 10% in 2012 to 7% in 2017.
Although cats and dogs continue to battle it out as the nation’s favourite, dogs remain man’s best friend with 33% of men owning a dog, compared to 27% who own a cat. When it comes to women, cats have a lead over dogs at 32% ownership versus 29%.
Overall, it seems pet ownership is a family affair, with 73% of households with children under the age of 16 containing pets. However, ownership drops significantly among the older generation, falling to a low of 36% among the over-65s.
Emma Clifford, Associate Director of Food & Drink at Mintel, said: “Shrinking household sizes and the trend of consumers starting their families later in life are all having a negative effect on pet ownership. Additionally, the shift towards privately rented accommodation continues to put downward pressure on pet ownership. Long-term, the growing population of over-55s present an ongoing challenge to the pet industry.”
But while pet ownership is slipping, the nation’s pet owners continue to worry about the welfare of their precious pooches as Mintel research finds that Britain’s pet owners are keen to sweat it out with their four-legged friends. More than half (52%) of dog owners say they are interested in group outdoor exercise classes for dogs and owners, rising to 63% of those aged between 25-34 who own a dog.
What is more, for those porky pooches who may have had one treat sausage too many, a third (36%) of dog owners express an interest in weight loss programmes for their pets. Acknowledging the challenges of keeping the nation’s hounds healthy, almost half (46%) of dog owners admit that it can be difficult to ensure your pet always gets as much exercise as it needs. Meanwhile, 73% of owners agree that emotional well-being is just as important as physical health for a pet’s well-being.
“Obesity is a widespread and worsening problem for both humans and pets. Weight loss and exercise regimes that work for owners and pets alike therefore seem logical. Cultivating a sense of being ‘in it together’ to improve the health of both consumers and their pets could help strengthen resolve to keep up such efforts. Such activities can further build on the associations owners have between their pets and feeling healthy themselves. In an increasingly atomised and transient population, these activities also give pet owners the chance to build their social circles, meeting other dog owners with similar health-oriented goals.” Emma adds.
Beyond the well-being of the animal, pet ownership is having a positive effect on the owner. Over half of pet owners say their pets make them feel happy (66%), loved (55%), relaxed (54%) and comforted (51%). Meanwhile 30% of dog owners say their pet makes them feel healthy.
The importance of keeping pets close at hand is confirmed by the 71% of dog owners who agree that they would take their pet everywhere with them if they could. Just under half (45%) of pet owners agree that having pets in the workplace can make it a better place to work, with only 16% actively disagreeing with the statement. Finally, when it comes to the holidays, taking pets away with them is the preferred option for dog owners, with 58% basing their choice of holiday around their pet.
“The undeniable feel-good factor linked to pet ownership can be harnessed in very compelling marketing messages. Advertising themes that centre on pets deserving the very best to thank them for the emotional benefits they bestow on their owners are likely to chime. There are also growing opportunities for products and services that have specific emotional benefits for pets.” Emma concludes
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You CAN teach an old dog new tricks as Capable Canines' Jackie Motts dishes out a bit of advice
Contrary to the old saying, you CAN teach an old dog new tricks..... That's the view of a canine trainer who has made it her mission to let owners know they need time and patience with their lovable rogues - and never give up. Jackie Motts has run Capable Canines training school in Alrewas since 2002 and in that time has picked up a total of 15 dogs who are currently in her care. She particularly focuses on agility and obedience training as part of her work.
One of her 15-strong pack had been thrown out of a moving car onto a motorway before she met him but has managed to get him back on his feet with a bit of TLC.The 52-year-old is originally from Suffolk but came to Burton in 2002. Although she now works mainly with dogs, she originally qualified to work with horses. After being noticed for her dog-handling abilities her neighbours enlisted her help for their pet pooches.
She said: "Then, with word of mouth getting around I decided to get qualified in dog training and attended various courses in behaviour and agility. Since then I have never looked back and have worked alongside the Kennel Club and other big names in the dog world."She trains both pedigree and rescue dogs but says the latter need special care as there is a chance they may have picked up bad habits. She said: "The one thing that makes me happy is when someone comes to me for help, with an untrained dog and then leaves with an obedient, happy dog.
"If you are looking to get a new dog, then it is vital that you research what will be the right one for you and your home and then take it to classes to make sure you and your new friend are doing what’s right for both of you."Every dog that you get is different and also has different needs. You have to be sure that you can accommodate them before you get one. This applies even more if you are getting a rescue one, as they may well have picked up some bad habits from previous owners.
"It is advisable to start training dogs around the age of eight to 10 weeks. Dogs have a memory and a good one at that, if they have been taught bad habits or, sadly to say, once abused, they are not necessarily to be cast onto a rehoming centre."They can be re-educated, the owner just needs time and patience to understand what their dog wants and what they are trying to get across. If you take the time to watch your dog, they are very expressive and combined with their body language, can tell exactly what they want or need." Jackie has big plans for her training facilities with a rescue centre currently under construction. She aims to rescue, rehabilitate and eventually rehome "those that I can let myself let go."
She said: "I want to create a safe and secure place where I can work and train dogs, with the appropriate flooring. It’s not good to try to train your dog on a slippery surface."The centre, which uses 25 core volunteers, offers a wide range of services available for owners and their dogs, this can be:
Specialised first aid, focused on dogs, Dog Law, Agility, Obedience training, Occasional seminars, where guest speakers are brought in. Hiring out the venue to other groups. Jackie is keen to instil good advice into dog owners: “Never stop a dog doing dog things as it is in their nature. There are limits though and extents of what is called as acceptable dog nature."Packs do exist, whether that be a group of dogs or a family and its dog. If in a family environment, you are the dogs’ pack and you need to make sure the dog knows who the leader of the pack is. This can be done through training and never done through violence, otherwise it can become aggressive."
Jackie's 15 dogs currently all live inside the house with her but she is careful to establish all-important ground rules."I am the master of the house but they do go on the sofa and yes they do rule my life. Well say rule but I work and live around their needs. The oldest is Samsam, who was a 15-year-old Border Collie. I had him since he was six-months-old but he had an embolism aged five and at the time I was told that he wouldn’t live very long." Sadly Samsam died just a few weeks ago but his ailments didn’t put Jackie caring for more dogs. The last one she added to the collection was Widget, a Lurcher she had 18-months-ago when she visited Battersea Dogs Home.
She said: "He is not the sort of dog that I would normally take in but just couldn’t turn my back on him. Those who were there knew I would be bringing him back before I even knew myself. "Fiver was another rescue dog who is now a grade 7. I have had him since he was just six-months-old and was thrown out of a car on a motorway. Thankfully he is now doing very well." Jackie currently helps around 120 to 200 dogs a week in either obedience or agility. She has never advertised. The business has grown on reputation alone.There are various classes from one to one and home visits, to group sessions at the training centre. "The furthest, so far, that I have been asked to go to help an owner and their dog is Norfolk but mainly it’s around the local area and up as far as Crich and Belper, in Derbyshire." While she may be a master of obedience training, there are some occasions when even Jackie cannot handle the situation: "I have only ever come across a couple of dogs that I have had to put my hands up and say that were uncontrollable. That is in all the years I have been training dogs and the thousands of dogs I have trained."
There are seven grades of agility and Dyce is a grade seven. This runs from the basic of commands like sit and stay, to much more advanced commands, such as following their owner and staying at their side at all times, going to a point in a room and laying down, to the style of commands seen at Crufts. Aside from their training, Jackie says a dog as a pet is one of the best jobs no matter their age, adding: "Dogs are so loyal and a good companion. It has even been medically proven, that stroking a dog will help to reduce your stress levels.
Discover Dogs 2017 ..... not long to go , will we see you there?
- The UK's favourite crossbreeds battle it out for a place at Crufts
- Bring your kids to our Kids Zone for face painting, arts and crafts and prize draws
- Meet our Instagram famous Roving Reporters
- Watch the top agility canine athletes in action in the main arena
- Pet A Puppy at our Stressbuster Clinic
- Junior Warrant Competition
- Metropolitan Police Dog Display
- Young Kennel Club ‘Have a Go’ ring
-NOTE: Unfortunately no dogs, other than those that have been invited by the Kennel Club and Assistance Dogs, are permitted into the show.
Pet A Puppy Stressbuster Clinic
Feeling stressed out? This is the stuff that dreams are made of! Come to Discover Dogs and pet a puppy in the dedicated Pet a Puppy Stressbuster Clinic. There will be Golden Retriever and German Shepherd dog pups throughout both days of the show, for your petting pleasure! You can even have your heart rate and blood pressure monitored as you unwind!
Last but not least , Dapper Pets will also be attending the show. We can guarantee some great show discounts on Red Dingo products; featuring the Flanno and Fang it designs. We will also be bringing our christmas toys with us and some will cost as little as £3 a toy. If your a Red Dingo/Dapper Pets lover you don't want to miss out on these offers. See you there!
Grenfell Tower survivor reunited with cat she lost on night of blaze
A survivor of the Grenfell Tower fire who believed her cat had died in the blaze has been reunited with the animal in a rare heartening story to emerge after the catastrophe. Kerry O’Hara, 53, escaped from the sixth floor of the tower at about 1.30am on 14 June. She, like other survivors, has been deeply traumatised by the fire and its aftermath. Ministers 'refusing to pay for fire safety measures' after Grenfell. She said the depression and stress from which she has suffered for more than 20 years was made worse by the loss of her beloved cat, Rosey. On the night of the fire, O’Hara was in “hysterical mode, panicking, crying” after discovering Grenfell Tower was ablaze. “I made a plan to put Rosey in her cat carrier and cover it with a wet towel, but that went out of the window – I was too panicked and scared,” she said. “In the end, I just grabbed my keys and a jacket.”
As O’Hara opened her front door to find thick black smoke, she turned for a last glance at her home of 18 years, and her cat. “Rosey was on the sofa, looking at me,” she said. “I didn’t think I’d ever see her again. “I couldn’t see anything, it was pitch black. I was feeling along the walls to get to the stairwell. I was coughing, and screaming ‘help me, help me, I’m here’. I managed to get down to the second floor on my own, then a firefighter grabbed my hand and led me out. I looked over my shoulder [at the burning building] and it felt like I was in a dream.”In the days and weeks after the fire, O’Hara repeatedly returned to the police cordon around Grenfell to ask if anyone had seen a black and white cat. She put up homemade “missing” posters in the area, but tried to accept the loss of her pet. Two months later, a resident of Oxford Gardens, a road less than half a mile from the tower, found an emaciated and frightened cat and took it to a vet who scanned the animal for a microchip. The cat’s registered address – Flat 34, Grenfell Tower – popped up on the computer. “I got a phone call from someone saying we think we’ve found your cat,” said O’Hara. “I was asking, is she OK, is she burnt? But she just had a scratch on her nose. She recognised me straight away. Now I don’t let her out of my sight.”
Some of O’Hara’s personal possessions have been recovered from her partially burned flat: her passport, a few photographs, birth certificates, books. But she has lost the “homely flat, decorated just the way I wanted it”, surrounded by caring neighbours – a home she thought she would live in for the rest of her life. She is desperate to leave the temporary accommodation provided for her by Kensington and Chelsea council. Passengers on the top decks of buses stopping outside the small flat can see straight in through a window, which she is unable to open because of traffic noise. She said she had been forbidden from putting pictures on the walls. O’Hara said she had no idea how long it would take to find a permanent home. She is confused by the council’s priority system for rehousing, and said survivors were effectively forced to compete against one another for properties.
everal permanent homes have been floated to her but, apart from one, all were unsuitable, she said. They included a flat on the upper floors of Kensington Row, the upmarket development in which 68 homes have been purchased for Grenfell survivors, and properties in Hammersmith and Victoria, which she said were too far from friends and her mental health support network. She was keen to accept one property, a basement flat in north Kensington, but two days after viewing it she was told it had been withdrawn. “I fell in love with it. It’s not nice the way they build your hopes up and then let you down,” she said. “I don’t think the council has handled this well at all. I didn’t ask to be put in this situation,” she said. “All I want is to settle down, but I just don’t know if it’s going to be days or weeks, or even after Christmas. It’s very stressful, and my depression has got worse. “Before I go to sleep at night, I see images of what happened. I’ve been back to look at the building that was my home. I don’t think I’ll ever get over it.”
Kensington and Chelsea council said: “We have been working with all the families affected by the tragedy and they will only move in to properties they are happy with.”
'Nighttime visibility product can help you walk your dog safely after dark' - The Lumitube
Walking with a dog in the dark can present a number of challenges for many dog owners. You may not be able to see well in the dark; this can make you take a hard step off a curb or trip on a rise on the path. Finding your dog’s poop at night (so you can pick it up and dispose of it properly) is also a problem.
Although definitely in the minority, some people walk their dogs off-leash at night. We have met a number of people at night who were walking off-leash dogs. If we wasn’t dog people, we would probably be unnerved by the fast approach of a strange dog in the dark. And as it is, if the dogs were ours, we would be worried that one of them would wander off or get lost if I couldn’t keep sight of them. Especially around the Dapper Pets HQ; which is very dark at night.
The most potentially dangerous and most common problem with nighttime dog walking is other people – people driving cars, riding bikes, runners, especially if they can't readily see you or your dog. Whether you are crossing a street, or just walking across a driveway “safely”, if a driver can’t see you, you are at risk of being hit.
But....... Red Dingo offer a solution for this and it comes in the form of The Lumitube. The Lumitube dog collar is an amazing light up LED safety tube by Red Dingo that is lightweight and waterproof. It doesn't just glow in the dark, it is fully illuminated, powered by just one AAA battery.
The Lumitube is lightweight and contains two powerful LEDs; creating a bright light all around your dog's neck. This gives superb 360-degree visibility, unlike light attachments that are only visible from the front.
The glow in the dark dog collar is unlike reflective items; with LEDs you don't have to rely on passing vehicles or street lamps to get the safety glow you need. The Lumitube has it own power source. The bright LED lights will light up no matter where you are, even in the pitch dark, in the middle of the countryside.
The illuminated tube is available in two lengths that will fit all sizes of dog. What is great about this collar is that the tubing can actually be cut to size so you get the perfect fit for your dog.It has quick release connectors, allowing the Lumitube to be assembled and disassembled in seconds and, when fitted correctly, should slip on and off your dog’s head without needing to undo the loop.
The Lumitube is powered by just one AAA battery, which is included. Battery life is about 2 months if walking your dog every day for 30 minutes. Replacement batteries are readily available and inexpensive. This unbeatable illuminated 'collar' is 100% waterproof, so come rain or shine (or midnight swims) the Lumitube won't let you down. Please note that Lumitube is waterproof only when fully assembled. Ensure tube ends are firmly inserted into the housing and the battery lid is fully closed.
The new and improved flying bones!
The Red Dingo Flying Bones dog collar is a stunning and classic design retaining a simplistic style typical to Red Dingo.
The Flying Bones dog collar has been updated as per popular demand from our customers and is looking fresh and bright in four great colours. Appealing to both male and female dogs. As always it has been strength and safety tested to the highest standard in manufacturing terms. Premium nylon webbing is tough and fray-proof while the solid stainless steel D-ring provides a secure attachment point for your dogs lead that won't rust.
As always it features the Red Dingo trademark 'Bucklebone' making the collar easy to remove and fasten, but made with a tough acetate to ensure robustness.
FEATURES Strength & safety tested Premium nylon webbing Bucklebone for easy fastening Fray proof, woven nylon
Loyal police dog first on the scene at Manchester Arena bombing left mentally scarred with 'fur falling out'
A loyal police dog who was part of the first team on the scene at the Manchester Area attack has been left mentally scarred by the atrocities he witnessed that night in May. PC Phil Healy said his dog Mojo developed stress-related alopecia after the bombing and admitted that the pooch still isn't quite back to his normal self. The pair were one of the first responders at the arena, just minutes after the explosion, and were tasked with searching the vast building for more bombs.
Bravely, Mojo and handler Phil have now both returned to the scene of the horrific terror attack on several occasions, including for the re-opening We Are Manchester benefit gig, where they were both again on duty. Speaking to Mirror Online, PC Healy said: "Mojo has been a great dog for me over the years and he is very much part of the family. “On the night of the arena attack, it was such a long, long day - he did 11 hours of searching there. “About a week afterwards, Mojo developed stress-related alopecia. His hair started falling out and we are sure it was brought on by that night.
“Fortunately, it’s starting to grow back now. There are still some patches but hopefully he will be back to his fluffy pom-pom self again soon. “After the incident, we gave him a lot of down time, increased his food intake and gave him special energy pouches of food when he needed to get back to work. “We have noticed that he’s still not quite back to his usual self.
“The dogs pick up on how we feel. Regardless of how much training you do, you are never equipped to walk into what we walked into that night. You could see it in his face, he didn’t want to be there. Nobody did, but we had a job to do. “We had been back to the arena a few times before Saturday’s reopening. Mojo was quite happy to get on with things, he’s still happy to work but he works for me now rather than doing it because he enjoys it. He’s almost back to his usual self; about 90% I’d say. “We’ve got a job to do, so we get on with it. We will not be beaten.”
He told the Manchester Evening News soon after the attack that he will always remember the look on his dog's face as they approached the horrifying scene on May 22. He said: "It did affect him, you could see it in his face, at one point he kind of looked back at you to say, ‘are we really doing this, dad?’ and it was like 'unfortunately son, yes we are.' ”Phil, 46, from Atherton, said it was strange to go back to work at the arena last week. He said: “It is strange coming back knowing everything that has gone on.
“I think the hardest part was seeing the faces of those who have come back for the first time. I have been here a few times now. We had to carry out searches so it doesn’t seem as new to me now - but it’s those people who have come for the first time. “A couple of families came over and spoke to me. You could see - they had young children in their early teens - they had tears in their eyes. “But it's their first time back and it does upset you. In the back of your mind I was thinking ‘do I really want to be here?’” He said officers were given the choice of whether they wanted to return to duty at the arena for the concert on Saturday night.
Phil explained: ”Certain officers didn’t have to come if they didn’t want to. But then again, it’s my job. I have to carry on. You have to go forward, and be here.“There have been ups and downs and there are days it has come back and haunted me. But slowly but surely I’m getting over everything that has happened. The job has made sure we have had counselling and that’s still ongoing. “I want to stay in the job of course. It means then I can help more people. “Being here is proving that we won’t be beaten. We can carry on and people are coming in their thousands [to the gig] to prove they can carry on.”
Our customers and their doggies in the spotlight......
Todays news comes from Karen and her dog Flash. You may have seen a photo of flash recently on our social media as he is a very beautiful dog. Here is what Karen had to say about Flash and Red Dingo....
'Back in May Flash was in a dog pound facing being PTS. A big boy, hard to handle, full of beans and an "undesirable" breed. Whoever was going to adopt him? So Rain Rescue saved him of course. Always there for the ones no one else wants. It became clear in a short time to them that although Flash may not look the part (to most!) he had a heart of gold and a temperament to make other dog owners jealous. Now here he is looking handsome & happy in his new Red Dingo bones collar adopted by us into his furever home.'