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Why we love these spaniels

Thinking about getting a Springer Spaniel this summer? Go on – they’re fantastic pets, and we Guru Geeks think they’re one of the loveliest-natured dogs around.

Here’s why we think you should seriously consider welcoming a Springer into your family.

Springers are super-smart

Bred to be working dogs, the cheerful Springer is intelligent and seemingly tireless. Because they are so receptive to learning, Springers are an absolute joy to train. Their reputation for intelligence goes way back, and they’re mentioned as being good prey “flushing” dogs as long ago as the Middle Ages. These days, most don’t flush out much game; however, their curiosity and intellect make them superb companion pets.

They’re sociable and friendly

Springers enjoy being around people, and so are really loyal and affectionate pets. Thanks to their calm temperaments, Springers are generally great with children. They love being part of the family; however, they’re also great one-to-one companion dogs. If you’re looking for a partner for long country walks, or if you have an outdoors-based job where a dog is appropriate, a Springer is perfect company.

They’re tolerant and calm

If a Springer Spaniel were a person, you’d describe them as “reasonable.” The Springer is proof that you don’t have to be excitable to be energetic and fun. This wonderful tolerance is a key part of the Springer character, and is one of the reasons that they’re such popular dogs. Their combination of playfulness and an almost hippy-like calm makes them perfect family pets. They’ll even hang out with the cat (although the cat may need some more purr-suading).

Their skills at agility are impressive

Because they’re highly intelligent and full of energy, Springers excel at agility. Even if you have no plans to enter your pet for shows, agility training is still a good way of keeping your dog entertained and happy –  Springers are easily bored. Reward your training dog with our Reel Fishskins treats, which are packed full of nutrients for those gorgeous, silky coats.

They have brilliant ears

Well, just look at them… Need we say more? Springer Spaniels have the loveliest of faces, flanked by a pair of long, silky ears. Watching their ears stream behind them as they tear across the park or beach is one of the many joys of having a Springer. Simply beautiful.

And their tails are great, too!

Springer Spaniels really are fine-looking and their tails can be magnificent. Plumey and sweeping, Springers tend to carry their tails level with their bodies – and they’re always wagging them! This really is one of the breed’s most appealing physical characteristics.

Springers are a joy to groom

Now, you’re probably used to seeing “low-maintenance coat” listed as a plus point for many breeds. And we agree – less grooming means more time for play with your best furiend. No-one could describe a Springer’s long, silky coat as low maintenance – but there lies the joy. The daily grooming routine is actually a lovely, bonding time; and because Springers are such tolerant dogs, brushing them is relaxing rather than stressy. The end results are always hair-model-smooth and utterly gorgeous.

 

Have we convinced you yet? There are few breeds that can be described as both high-energy and laid-back, yet the super Springer walks this line beautifully. A wonderful companion.

 

As always, thanks for reading Geeksters and we hope everyone has a great staycation or vacation this summer!


The Guru Geeks xox 

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Guru is a Cold Pressed Food that we feed to our two Spaniels Madeleine and Felicity. We feed it as we believe, for our dog’s, it’s the best food we can give them! The top quality ingredients are cold pressed at low temperatures which helps retain their flavour and nutrients.

Guru can be fed as a dry complete meal straight from the resealable bag or you can add warm water and feed as a wet porridge type consistency. This is great on a cold morning and also makes the food more versatile.

We have many other ways in which to shake up your food routine. The first being to fill Kong type toys, which we do using wet Guru and it keeps the girls entertained whilst enjoying their meal time. Another thing we like to do, is to make our own home made treats. We use Guru to bake pupcakes, biscuits and make frozen treats too. These are great on a warm day, but as we’ve learnt recently, they’re also great for mental stimulation, especially if recuperating from surgery.

Madeleine has had two patella operations and a total hip replacement. This has been so hard for her as she needed crate rest as well as many pain medications. With any dog, on crate rest or not, you need to keep them mentally stimulated. So, we use frozen Guru as part of our daily routine now.

Firstly, measure your dogs’ daily allowance and take some of the Guru from this to create the frozen treats, this helps to maintain weight control.

So here’s how to make frozen Guru treats (#FroGuru)…

1.We pop some Guru bites in a bowl and add just boiled water.

2.Wait for 5 minutes then mix.

3. You should now have a sloppy type consistency, if it’s too thick just add a little more water.

4. Spoon this into an ice cube tray of your choice.

Now for the fun bit…

5. We like adding slices of Guru’s venison sausages or cut up Guru Fish skins to make a tasty addition.

When we use our small fish shaped trays, we like to add the treat as a fin for fun or we add sausage slices into our stars.

6. Clean up around the edges and place in the freezer for an hour or so.

7. Any spare Guru we add to a small bowl and add a treat again. These we use on the lawn for a sunny day as a complete meal. Our girls love to laze with their supper that way and again it’s shaking up their usual routine.

8. Leave in the freezer until frozen and then pop out into a freezer bag or bowl. These can be kept like this in the freezer and with the empty tray you can get making some more.

9. Time to eat …

Our girls enjoy them as a treat. If they are doing tricks or if they have behaved, we use them as a reward.

If Flossie didn’t (for once!) bark at the postman she gets one and already runs straight to the freezer door – clever girl!

Madeleine has them after her tablets as a treat for taking those or when we want her calm in her pen we give her one. She happily sits munching away and then settles nicely.

They’re great for warm days but we’ve found them an invaluable way to reward the girls no matter the weather.

Changing the way you feed, in a toy or as a foraging game, really helps keep their mental stimulation up. So for us, Fro Guru is here to stay whatever the season!

Love Miss Maddie and Family x

As you can see, #FroGuru is a hit with many Geeksters… why not give it a go?

Check out Miss Maddie & Fliss Flossie’s Instagram accounts here: @maddie_and_family @flossie_and_family

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The One Show Dog Food Report: The Importance Of A Healthy Diet

Our ears pricked up the other evening, as we heard the words “healthy dog food” coming from the television. It was the results of the large survey from BBC1’s One Show into what we’re feeding our dogs.

What started out as a simple request to complete a short online questionnaire ended up as the nation’s biggest survey into dog feeding. An amazing 36,000 pet parents responded, resulting in fantastic data for animal nutritionist Dr Wanda McCormick.

In brief, most people feed their dogs an omnivorous diet (88%). 3% of dogs were pescatarians, only 0.17% vegetarian, 5% purely carnivorous and almost 1% vegan.

The survey also looked for links between the owners’ and dogs’ diet, and of course, both people and pets were largely omnivorous. A third of vegan owners opt to share their animal-free diet with their dogs.

Alongside this, The One Show analysed four individual dogs on different diets over the survey period, to see how their food affects them. Commercial and homemade omnivorous diets were good, and so was the commercial vegan food (although the experts warmed to look out for Vitamin D in even commercial vegan diets, as dogs don’t process this from sunlight like humans do).

However, concerns were raised over homemade vegan diets. Dr McCormick and The One Show vet were keen to point out that these home cooks want to do the best for their pets. However, getting the right nutrients is so tricky, that almost all homemade vegan diets are deficient in some way.

We weren’t surprised that 12% of dog owners choose to make their own food, whether carnivorous, omnivorous or vegan – after all, that’s how Guru started! Certainly, we know from experience what a lot of time, research and cost goes into creating the perfect healthy diet for dogs – and as the experts said, it’s far from easy…

When we launched Guru, our aim was to recreate the tasty, home-cooked meals we made in our kitchen, and make sure that they were as nutritional as possible. Like a high-end human meal, we wanted dogs to have the pleasure of eating quality food, without the pet parents having to slave over a hot stove every day.

And the heat was a major factor. Our early research quickly showed us that the cold-pressed method would help to preserve the nutritional value of our ingredients – and we worked with a pet nutritionist to make sure we were ticking all the boxes when it came to dietary requirements. The result is a doggy dinner that’s really close to the canine’s natural diet.

So, if The One Show report made you think, think about feeding your dog a cold-pressed Guru diet. We have sample packs to get you started, or try them on a tasty treat (our dogs recommend the venison sausages!).

If you like the idea of a healthy, home-cooked diet for your dog, but feel anxious about its nutritional value, Guru could be the perfect solution…

We adore our Geekster squad and we’d love you to be a part of it too! Get in touch if you have any questions, we’re always happy to help.

The Guru Geeks xx

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Why is chocolate bad for dogs?

You’re happily nibbling on the last remains of your Easter egg, when your dog clocks that there’s tasty food around.

When they look at you with eyes, well, like chocolate drops, you’ll melt faster than a Mars Bar on a hot day. But – don’t give in and share your snack with them. Chocolate is toxic to dogs and can make your pet very poorly indeed.

Here’s what every pet parent needs to know about chocolate poisoning in dogs.

Why can’t my dog eat chocolate?

There’s a caffeine-like compound called theobromine in the cacao seed, which is the main ingredient in chocolate. Theobromine doesn’t affect humans; however, because dogs metabolise it more slowly than we do, it can lead to poisoning and could even cause kidney failure.

Cats being generally smaller, can succumb to theobromine poisoning even faster than dogs. But, felines don’t have a sweet tooth (they don’t have receptors for sweet tastes), so it’s rare that a cat will overdose on chocolate.

Dark chocolate is more dangerous than “diluted” milk chocolate; however, it’s still far from safe. Generally speaking, an ounce of milk chocolate per pound of body weight is a potentially fatal amount of chocolate for our dogs.

What are the symptoms of chocolate poisoning in dogs?

This varies, depending on the weight and breed of the dog, and the amount and type of chocolate they’ve consumed. Symptoms of chocolate poisoning will usually appear within four hours. These can be:

  • Vomiting and diarrhoea
  • Thirst
  • Tender tummy
  • Panting
  • Trembling
  • High temperature
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Fits or seizures (in extreme cases)

If you catch your dog in the act of eating chocolate, you may be able to take them off to the vet before the symptoms even start.

What do I do if my dog eats chocolate?

If you think your dog has eaten chocolate, it’s straight to the vet (even at night). If you know or can guess what’s been consumed, that will really help the veterinary team and the chocolate wrapper would be ideal. Knowing your dog’s weight will also save the vet time.

The most common treatment is to make the dog vomit to bring up the theobromine. If the case is more advanced and it’s too late to induce vomiting, your pet may need to stay at the vets for fluid therapy and anti-arrhythmic treatment.

As ever, the best approach is preventative. Luckily, dogs can’t unlock cupboards, so make sure you stash those chocs away!

My dog loves chocolate! What can I give them instead?

You can actually get special doggie chocolate drops, which don’t contain theobromine, and many dogs really like these safe alternatives. However, if you have a canine chocoholic (who certainly won’t check the label to check the ingredients), keep to treats that don’t look like the real thing. Try something like our Reel’ Fishskins or perhaps a tasty Trip Bone, which according to pet parents always go down a treat.

At Guru, we Geeks love chatting about your dog’s culinary likes and dislikes. If you’d like to know more about healthy and safe treats for your pet, please get in touch.

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Staffordshire Bull Terriers: Britain’s Top Dog

As you know, we Guru Geeks love dogs in all shapes and sizes. We were over the moon to find that the Staffordshire Bull Terrier took top spot in ITV’s Britain’s Favourite Dogs show. They’re such lovely, happy dogs and make perfect pets.

Here’s why Staffies are the number one dog for so many pet parents…

They’re loyal and loving

Staffies are wonderfully affectionate dogs, who form strong and loyal bonds with their human pack. They’re one of the most people-focused breeds of dog, which explains why they’ve become such a popular pet. They’re super-energetic, but after a good playing session love nothing better than to curl up with you on the sofa. If you want a companion dog, you may have just found the perfect breed…

Staffies are super-sociable

SBTs really, really love hanging out with humans. They’re good around kids (although the recommendation tends to be older children) and will greet your friends enthusiastically. They love to play, so anyone who brings a ball or chewy toy will be a hit!

The flip side of this is that they can suffer from separation anxiety, making goodbyes heart-rending for both of you. If you work long hours, a Staffie isn’t the pet for you, unless professional pet sitters or doggy day care are options.

They’re (literally) bounding with energy

If you want a dog to play with, the Staffie is perfect. They’re full of energy, and love to play interactive games with their people; and their enthusiasm for life is truly infectious. Cancel your gym membership, and have a daily workout in the park with your SBT instead!

Staffordshire Bulls are bright and intelligent

These intelligent dogs take well to training, and we’ve heard that SBT puppies are easy to house train (yay!). They’re quick to learn new tricks, which makes the teaching process great fun. The recommendation is to train them early and thoroughly, to harness that intelligence and prevent it from becoming stubbornness.

Their coats are low-maintenance

Hooray for short coats! They need a good weekly groom, and that’s about it. It’s good to keep baths to a minimum otherwise their skin and coats lose their natural, protective oils. Our cold pressed dog foods will also help to keep their coats in glossy, tip-top condition. The infrequent bath regime suits most Staffies, as they don’t really like water.

They’re great-looking dogs

OK, OK, we know that personality is more important than appearance; however, Staffies are fine-looking dogs with the typical intelligent face of a terrier, including that much-loved grin. Their distinctive short faces are topped with pricked-up ears that are best described as “expressive” (spend time with a Staffie and you’ll see what we mean!). They have a medium-sized, stocky body and their coats come in all sorts of colours.

They like their food!

Oh, they certainly do… Their high-energy approach to life doesn’t half make them hungry and a protein-rich diet suits them well. Try them with our Full On Feast cold-pressed dog food – sure to satisfy even the busiest and most boisterous Staffie!

Does a Staffordshire Bull Terrier sound like the perfect pet for you? We love their happy and sociable natures, and think that their place at the top of the dog charts is well-deserved!

We’re sure you’ll agree, super staffies really are Top Dogs xx

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Britain’s top dogs

ITV’s recent Britain’s Favourite Dogs show had us all talking at Guru HQ! As devoted pet parents, we just love all dogs… in fact, we love every single dog we’ve ever met!

Here are the current top ten best dog breeds, as voted for by dog lovers across the country.

10: Mixed Breeds

You can’t beat the quirkiness and adorable traits of a mixed breed dog. Unlike a crossbreed (two pure-bred dogs mating), a mixed breed’s family tree can be unknown – creating wonderfully unique puppies. You can usually spot which breeds are in there, giving you a clue as to the dog’s temperament.

9: Golden Retriever

We’ll be honest: we expected this lovable dog to rank higher than number 9. Their calm nature makes them wonderful family pets, and they get on well with other animals. They’re easier to train than many other breeds, but really need to be kept active. Expect lots of love and devotion. And hair. Lots of hair.

8: German Shepherd

These elegant dogs are so loyal to their packs, we can see why they’re such a popular breed. Their intelligence has led to them being one of the most “employed” dogs, used by armed and police forces worldwide. At home, they’re loving and playful, but need an experienced owner’s guiding hand, as it’s essential they know their place in the pack (not the alpha).

7: Border Collie

With both brains and beauty, we love these lively dogs. Bred to work alongside shepherds, Border Collies need to be kept busy, so they’re perfect pets for outdoorsy households. Great companion dogs, your border collie may adopt one member of the family as their special person, but will still be affectionate with the rest of the pack. They’re good with kids – but may try to herd them…

6: Boxer

We’re so pleased that these enthusiastic and extravert dogs have made the top ten! If you want a dog you can really have fun with, boxers live life to the full. They need training from an early age to harness their exuberance (and their intelligence means they’ll easily pick up bad habits as well as good ones), access to a large garden also helps.

5: Cocker Spaniel

Those ears! It’s impossible to look at a Cocker Spaniel without melting. And their temperament is as lovely as their appearance, as they’re gentle and eager-to-please. They’re also adaptable, so don’t need a massive outdoor space to keep them happy. If you’ve never owned a dog before, these friendly and trainable dogs are a good place to start.

4: Springer Spaniel

Just springing over its little Cocker brother (haha), this intelligent spaniel makes a wonderful family pet. Like the Cockers, they’re adaptable; but having said that, they do need a fair bit of exercise and stimulation so they may not be the most suitable apartment dogs. Their working nature means they’re great at agility, and if correctly trained, their liveliness is combined with a tolerant temperament.

3: Labrador

Aw… The lab was last year’s winner – but knowing these generous dogs, they’ll graciously hand over the top spot to their canine chums. They’re lovely, lovely dogs who adore their owners, get on well with kids and other pets, and are always trying to please. As all lab owners know, they can be food motivated, so here are our tips for keeping your Labrador happy & healthy.

2: Cockapoo

As we wrote in our recent blog all about cockapoos, these are fantastic pets. Loyal and friendly,  the sweet cockapoo makes an ideal first dog for a novice owner. They don’t shed much (some scarcely drop a hair), but their gorgeous silky coat is high maintenance, unless they’re a Guru Geekster of course! You can read all about how the Cold Pressed oils within our food, help maintain their beautiful, shiny curls. They’re also loving and affectionate companions, who enjoy human company.

1: Staffordshire Bull Terriers

And new in at number one… the much-loved Staffie. A small dog with a big heart, these bouncy terriers absolutely adore their human family and love to spend time with people. Early training results in a well-behaved and loyal pet (although they do have a stubborn streak. Think four-legged toddler). Their high-energy approach to life means it’s extra-important to feed them plenty of protein: we recommend Guru’s meaty venison sausages as a special treat for this number one dog.

So that’s the top ten of Britain’s favourite dog breeds, as voted for by ITV viewers. Did your pet make the list? It’s always fun to have a poll – but to us, they’re all top dogs!

In fact, we just love ALL dogs… the next dog we meet, is probably going to be the best dog we’ve ever met!

Thanks for reading Geeksters,
The Guru Geeks xx

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Weight Management and Exercise for Labradors

Sociable, intelligent and trustworthy, the Labrador Retriever is one of the nation’s favourite dogs. These medium-to-large sized dogs are an active breed who love playing with their human “pack”. However, Labs can be prone to weight gain and as responsible pet parents, we need to keep an eye on their diet.

The thing is, most Labs love their food. In many cases, their enthusiasm for eating is part of their charm. Some Labs simply don’t have an off-switch where it comes to eating and so their diet is an important factor.

Also, because the Lab is such a lovely-natured dog, they’ve become popular pets for households with children. The family Labrador has plenty of love and attention – but it can be tricky to give these former working dogs as much exercise as they need when you’re busy with a young family.

So, how can we manage our Labradors’ weight and exercise? Here are Guru’s tips for a fit and happy Lab.

How much should my Labrador weigh?

Roughly, an adult male weighs 30-36kg (65-80lbs) and a female 25-32kg (55-70lbs). Sizes vary (for example American Labs are usually a bit lighter), so these are general guidelines. Weight isn’t always the best indicator of healthiness in some breeds: muscle weighs more than fat, so a fit, well-exercised dog may weigh heavier.

Other ways to tell if your Lab’s a healthy size

Give your Lab a lovely long (and firm) stroke along their side – you should be able to feel their ribs. If you can see ribs, they’re too thin (not usually a problem with domestic Labs). The dog should have a waist when viewed from above, with their overall shape curving in slightly rather than rounding out. Viewed from the side, the tummy should slope upwards from the chest toward the back legs, and not hang down.

How do I manage my Labrador’s weight?

A complete pet food is really helpful if you need to manage your dog’s weight. You know exactly how many calories are in a bowl and you can control the amount you feed them. You can gradually reduce or increase the amount you give your dog until you reach the right level for their health. In Guru’s case, our cold-pressed ingredients retain their nutrients, so you also know that your hungry Lab is getting all the goodness they need too. By making sure you’re feeding them a delicious and nutritious meal (like Guru Pet Food) you’ll reap many benefits, such as keeping them fuller for longer, so their need to snack should be reduced.

Cutting back the snacks

Tasty treats play a big part in dog training and reward, but be careful not to feed too many. Our Nothing To Hide Venison Sausages are great for training, they’re made from 70% British Venison, so we’re sure your lab will love them! You can get your paws on a pack here. We recommend feeding no more than 5 slices per day, which can help with lowering calorie intake, but you can always cut them in half to get more out of your bag. Remember, showing them a little love is sometimes all the reward they need.

You’ll probably find your cheeky Lab won’t say no to a tasty treat, if given half a chance. Make sure you don’t reward them for begging or helping themselves to food (don’t give in to those gorgeous puppy dog eyes) be firm with your commands. Also, help your dog to avoid temptation by thinking about what food’s within reach.

If you’re looking for a longer lasting, low calorie snack… why not try our REEly tasty Fishskins? Made with 100% white fish skins from sustainable sources, we’re proud to say there’s Nothing To Hide! Grab a packet here.

As Guru is totally tasty, you can always feed the bites as treats too, just remember to take the amount off their daily allowance!

The balance of diet and exercise

Most of us humans know this one from personal experience! Bred to be an active working dog, the Lab needs a lot of exercise to stay fit and healthy. If a dog isn’t getting lots of exercise, they need to have fewer calories. However, as Labs love bouncing around almost as much as they love eating, it’s best for the dog to give them as much opportunity for exercise as possible.

The best exercise for Labradors

If you like the outdoor life, then this is the pet for you. Labs love fresh air and exercise and plenty of it. Let them off the leash on the beach or in a field, and their exuberance is a joy to behold. If you have a decent-sized garden, your dog will have plenty of chance to run around. Children make brilliant companions for Labs, as they share a love of play!

Ideally, your Labrador needs two long walks a day, of about an hour each. If you can, allow for some off-the-lead haring around during these walks. They also enjoy a swim.

Try the Guru diet

If you want to know more about how Guru Pet Food can help manage your Labrador’s weight, please get in touch. We love these friendly dogs, and will happily spend hours discussing their quirks and enthusiasms!


As always, thanks for reading Geeksters,

The Guru Geeks xx

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Model: GORGEOUS Geekster Red!

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A couple of months ago after an illness and swift deterioration, our five year old Lemon and White Beagle, Daisy, was diagnosed with a condition called Megaesophagus. This condition means that the muscles of her oesophagus that normally push food down to the stomach had stopped working. She can swallow food but it cannot reach her stomach through conventional means and she has to eat standing upright using a Bailey Chair (think children’s high chair for dogs).

We tried every type of food we could and nothing seemed to work, she couldn’t tolerate the consistency of canned food or kibble, even water was near instantly regurgitated, unable to reach her stomach.

Daisy aspirated and developed Aspiration Pneumonia and spent a week hospitalised in an emergency veterinary practice. We almost lost her.

In desperation we turned to a support group for Megaesophagus, who recommended trying Guru as it is able to be melted into whatever consistency desired.

After receiving our first bag and experimenting with the consistency, we have found that making it into a watery slurry makes it easy for Daisy to eat and it can reach her stomach using her Bailey Chair. It also means she gets her daily fluid intake with her meals and rarely needs to drink water on its own, reducing the risk of aspiration. She even enjoys eating again and gets so excited when she hears me preparing it for her.

I’m very grateful for cold pressed food and impressed with the quality of Guru pet food. Having this food available means I can keep Daisy healthy both with her condition and by meeting her general nutritional needs.

Up until a few years ago the recommended treatment was euthanasia for animals with this condition, as very little was known about Megaesophagus. With the help of our fantastic vet specialist and support groups we’ve been able to get Daisy back into a stable condition.

Food plays a big role in this condition, as it is this that can cause aspiration and a high risk of Aspiration Pneumonia. When the food is stuck in the oesophagus they will try and clear it by bringing it back up, which is what causes the risk of aspiration.

Each animal with this condition has different needs and tolerances. Daisy cannot tolerate standard food or water. So by adding water to Guru to make into a slurry/gravy, and the gravity her Bailey Chair provides, she is able to eat safely and get her daily fluid intake. Plus she really enjoys eating it as messily as possible!

So that is Daisy’s story and thank you so much again,

Yasmin & Daisy xx

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How to manage your dog’s weight

Being overweight can cause a dog real health problems, ranging from arthritis to diabetes; and a lighter, fitter dog will recover better from illness or injury. An overweight dog may not live as long as their slimmer friends, and certainly won’t enjoy such a healthy and active life.

Happily, it’s pretty easy to recognise and act upon the signs of canine obesity, and even easier to control their future diet. Here’s Guru’s guide to preventing plump pets.

What are the signs that my dog’s overweight?

Because our dogs come in all shapes and sizes, it’s tricky to simply weigh them and carry out a simple BMI calculation. There are dog weight calculators online, but we’d always recommend a regular weigh-in with the V.E.T.

You can also keep an eye on your dog’s appearance. With most breeds, their tummies should slope upwards towards their back ends, rather than hang down roundly in the middle. From above, it should look like your dog has a waist, curving in slightly in the middle.

If you run your hands over them, you should just about be able to feel their ribs. These shouldn’t stick out, but you should be able to tell they’re there without having to press deeply. We appreciate that this is harder with fluffier dogs!

My dog’s overweight – what do I do?

Firstly, don’t panic and stick them on a crash diet. Like any successful human slimming plan, the key is gradual and manageable weight loss – plus cutting down on all those pound-piling treats.

Start off by speaking to your vet and getting their advice about managing the initial weight loss (as well as making sure there isn’t an underlying cause for those extra ounces). Then, long-term, the aim is to get them onto a healthy diet, feeding them the right amount, and minimising snacks.

If you use our handy feeding calculator, it will tell you how much Guru you need to feed your dog based on their ideal weight.

What should I do if my dog’s underweight?

Weight gain is easier to explain than weight loss, especially if your pet’s fond of their food. Any unexplained drop in weight needs checking out by the vet. Hopefully they’ll rule out anything worrying, and will discuss managing their diet going forward.

Again, it’s super-important to make sure your dog is getting the right nutrient and calorie intake every day. Our feeding guide calculators work perfectly for most dogs to keep them in just the right shape, however if you find that your dog is super active or struggles to keep weight on, then you may have to adjust the amount you feed accordingly. If this is the case, you can try increasing the amount of Guru you feed, just make sure to keep an eye on your dogs weight and if you start to notice loose stools, this can be a sign of over feeding. If this occurs, just gradually reduce the number of grams you feed, until you find the portion size that best suits your dog. It may be that you have to feed a thinner dog little and often at first, so as not to overload them.

How do I keep my dog at a healthy weight?

Like us, dogs need to have the right balance of a healthy and nutritious diet, and regular exercise. Most of us take our dogs out at least twice a day; however, a stroll to the post office isn’t going to run off many cals! Think about more active trips out, such as a good old game of fetch down the park. (If you have an older dog, or your pet has an underlying condition, speak with a professional about the safest sorts of exercise.)

And when it comes to a healthy diet, we can definitely help you there…!

How can Guru help?

Guru’s complete dog food is satisfying and delicious, ensuring your dog’s tum is happily full. A Guru-fed pet won’t need to go scrounging for extra treats, as our Cold Pressed food keeps them fuller for longer. Because our food is cold-pressed, the nutrients aren’t reduced or destroyed by heating, so you know your dog’s getting everything they need to stay healthy. Plus, our calculator allows you to serve up the perfect portion for your pet’s size.

Of course, it’s hard to completely cut out treats, especially as most of us pet parents use them as rewards and training aids. Try a nutritious treat such as our Nothing To Hide Reel Fishskins, which are full of fishy goodness and Omega 3.

Why not find out how switching to Guru helped gorgeous boy Harvey lose weight and regain an active lifestyle here.

If you have any questions or you’d like to have a chat, please feel free to call one of the Geeks on 01257 255800, we’re always happy to help!

Thanks for reading,
The Guru Geeks xx

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Part Cocker Spaniel and part Poodle, Cockapoos have been charming humans since the cross breed first appeared in the 1950s. Friendly Cockapoos make wonderful pets; and we’ve certainly met some absolutely adorable ones.

Here’s why everyone needs a cute and clever Cockapoo in their lives.

Why Are Cockapoos So Popular?

Those eyes… Look into a Cockapoo’s upturned face, and we guarantee you’ll melt faster than a snowball in a microwave. The expression “puppy dog eyes” could have been created for this adorable-looking breed. They come in a range of colours, and their coats go from curly-whirly to strokable satin. They are reasonably small (the very biggest is about 18”), and packed full of energy, curiosity and intelligence.

For their pet parents, they are deeply rewarding dogs, as they’re loyal, loving, and great company. Who could possibly ask for more?

Cockapoos At Work

Their trainability makes the Cockapoo a good service dog. You’ll find Cockapoos working as hearing dogs or assistance dogs, and their friendly natures make them excellent therapy dogs.

If you think your Cockapoo has the right temperament, you can apply for him or her to join a Pets As Therapy (PAT) team. As well as benefiting the people they visit, your sociable Cockapoo will enjoy the stimulation of new faces and places.

Cockapoos At Play

If you want a dog who’ll happily go for a run with you, a Cockapoo is a great choice. These energetic dogs love to scamper and play, and their busy brains need exercise too. Keep your clever Cockapoo stimulated with something like agility training (if you want to try your hands at Crufts, this is the dog for you) or scent-based activities.

They’re also loving and affectionate dogs who enjoy human company. As they’re both cuddly and playful, they make good family pets; however, their companiable nature makes them a lovely addition to a smaller household, too.

Caring For Your Cockapoo’s Curls

Cockapoos come with three broad hair types, depending on the Cocker: Poodle ratio. A lot of the latter results in tighter curls, then comes a looser, more ringletty variety. As the Cocker input increases, you get a straighter, wavier coat. Cockapoos with coarser curls moult very little (but whatever you’ve heard, they’re never completely hypoallergenic), which is a blessing, but they will need a good grooming regime.

Diet can also help with coat maintenance. The cold-pressed oils in Guru are fantastic for their fur, and we’ve had feedback from professional groomers that Guru-fed dogs’ curls are easier to brush and manage.

Feeding Fussier Cockapoos

Speaking of dog food, Cockapoos, for all their intelligence, can be super-fussy eaters. This possibly comes from their poodle side, as they can be very picky. So, at Guru, we’re always extremely flattered when Cockapoo owners get in touch to tell us that their pets love Guru, and how well the food transitioning process is going!

Cockapoos don’t always like a dry kibble, and if your dog’s like this, you can serve Guru as a wet meal. Measure out the correct amount of Guru, and add 125ml warm water for every 100g of food. Leave the mix to stand for five minutes, then gently stir it. Make sure it’s cool before setting the bowl down, then stand back and watch your Cockapoo tuck in! The wet feeding method is especially good for smaller Cockapoos.

What’s not to love? Make sure they get the food they like (Guru, naturally!) and keep those curls brushed, and you have an easy-going, beautiful and intelligent companion.

As always, thanks for reading!
The Guru Geeks xox

Photo Credit: the ADORABLE @fudge_e_wudgie_cockapoo

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