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  • Inner Wolf Offer Customers a Loyalty Reward Scheme

    Inner Wolf Loyalty Points - What Are They?

    Loyalty points are earned when you buy anything from us with an account based on the total value of that order. Every £1 you spend earns you 1 point. 40 points will earn you £1 off you next order.. For example if you were to spend £40 that would get you 40 points - equal to £1 of credit which can optionally be deducted from a future order. The next time you went to order, on the "view basket" screen it will show you that you have outstanding points and you can optionally click to use them against that order, or save them up for later use. We tried to make the process as simple as possible for you to use, and you will notice that we have not adjusted our prices to compensate for giving away points so they really are a discount! The more you spend the more points you earn. They never expire, if you come back after placing an order now in 2 years time your points will still be here! ( subject to terms and conditions at the bottom of this page ). Loyalty points are issued only when the order has been placed, and only for orders made with an account, which is of course free and easy to sign up for.

    How do I use them?

    In order to earn and then later use the points you must have an account with us ( so that we can store the points ) - so just log in before checking out or fill in the password fields to create one during checkout. Simple! Once logged in you can see the current status of your points by checking your account home screen.

    Loyalty points terms & conditions

    In order to use the loyalty points in any way you must agree to following ( standard legal stuff! ):

    • We reserve the right to terminate the loyalty points scheme at any time without prior notice. (although we have no plans to do so currently ).
    • Loyalty points are completely virtual and have no real world value. As such you cannot claim them back for cash.
    • Points are issued entirely at our discretion and are not an entitlement. However we endeavour to have them issued automatically and evenly without bias, providing you have or create an account during the checkout process.
    • We reserve the right to adjust the value of points, both for points yet earned and already earned without prior notice.
    • We reserve the right to adjust the number of points earned per amount spent at our discretion without prior notice.
    • Points will never be issued historically, the points system was created on 04/08/2010 and only orders after that date will earn points - subject to these conditions.
    • If you use your loyalty points and gain a totally free order, we can only ship that order to the UK.
    • Lastly we reserve the right to change the points system in any way - again points are not an entitlement but a bonus given and applied to an order at our discretion.
  • Can I Train My Dog To Tow?

    Yes, all dogs love to tow. Without proper lead training most dogs will want to pull you down the footpath. Even a dog that, for some years, has been trained to walk to heel can learn to tow on command or when they are in a harness. And any breed can tow. They don’t have to be a Husky, Malamute or Samoyed. Go to any CaniX event today and you will see a wide variety or breeds running and bikejoring, from Jack Russells and Cockers to Labs and Ridgebacks, with the new up-coming stars being the pointers or pointer crosses. You can start to get your dog used to wearing a harness and towing light ‘drags’ from around 6 months. Keep this part of the training fun and only for short periods. Your dog needs to learn that running and pulling in a harness is fun. At the same time careful lead collar/training is recommended so that your dog learns that pulling is only allowed when wearing a harness. To allow your dog to get used to the commands when out on an everyday walk, whenever you make a turn left or right use a command. These can be as simple as left or right, or the standard commands of ‘Gee’ – right and ‘Haw’ – left. What age should you start training? It is recommend for a dog to start wearing a harness from around 6 months and then start to introduce some very light pulls for very short periods. Always remember to keep this part fun. You want your dog to learn that running and pulling is all good fun. Keep it all short and fun, and stop before the dog gets tired. When the pup gets to 9 months you can then progress to pulling you, but still keeping it fun and taking regular rests. By 1 year old the dog will be ready to work as part of a team or to do lighter work like canicross. Our running/jogging pace is easy for any active dog. An older dog, even on that has been trained to walk to heel and not to pull, can be introduced to harness work and pull. There are a couple of methods you can use to achieve this. Firstly attach the dog to and anchor point and stand in front, encouraging the dog forward and calling ‘line out’. This will become the command to maintain tension on the line before you start off. If you have another dog that is used to towing then you could couple the dogs together and get running. If you don’t have a second dog then building on the ‘line out’ work attach the dog to a bike or waist harness and have someone else ride on a bike or run ahead encouraging the dog forward, always giving a command from you to ‘Pull’ or ‘Hike’ to go faster. The dog will soon learn that when wearing a harness it is okay to pull. The Training Once you have the dog pulling then the next aim is to really hone the commands, this way having full control of the dog when out on the end of a line, passing by distractions and take the correct turns. Another command that you can use whilst on a daily walk is the ‘on by’ command, training the dog to leave the distractions; other dogs, scents etc. Then it’s on to working to dog on the end of the gangline. This is where the ‘line out’ command you’ve been working on from the early days really comes in to its own. When out scootering, canicrossing, bikejoring or sledding this command will prevent the dog from turning and running back to you and getting tangled in the gangline. Next is the ‘on by’ command to ask the dog to move post distractions; other dogs, runners, scents. The dog will also begin to learn that the moment the harness is on and the gangline attached this is time to work, which means no sniffing or peeing or any other distractions. Start by attaching the dog to a drag and have the dog pull this with you along side on a lead. Gradually drop further back behind the dog. If your dog is used to walking to heel then this may be a little confusing to begin having you walk behind it, but with but bear with it.

    Ruffwear Omnijoring System - Anything with wheels
    When you first start out on a scooter or bikejor choose a track that is well defined so that the dog instinctively follows the route. If you can have a person riding on a bike up ahead this would be a great way to encourage the dog to move on forward too but dogs will follow the path of least resistance so a good trail will help. Also help the dog forward by pushing or pedalling, don’t expect the dog to do all of the work straight away. Now whilst working the trails use the direction commands and speed control commands. Once your dog begins to realise that this game is a huge amount of fun and a release you will have one happy and enthusiastic dog. Commands Ready – Stand up, ready to work Line Out – Hold the gangline tight, facing away. Gee – Turn Right Haw – Turn Left Wait or Whoooa – Stop Easy – Slow down Hike – Go fast Hup hup – Go faster On by – Leave a distraction/overtake Leave – I mean it, LEAVE Walk – Slow the pace right down Home time – Prevents you from getting lost. Of course these commands are the convention but it doesn’t mean you have to use these. You can just as easily train the dog to your own set of commands which will work just as well. The dog simply learns to recognise a work in relation to an action. Happy trails!!

  • Garmin GTU-10 - Quick Review

    New on the market and great tool for any owner who's dog like to talk themselves off for a walk. The Garmin GTU-10 is the latest of the dog GPS tracker on the market. Whilst this model does rely on mobile network coverage this is the best we have found of this type. The collar can be tracked either from your computer via the My Garmin site, or using the iPhone or Android app. The unit is very simple to set up. Simply register the unit with My Garmin. my.garmin.com, set-up any email address or mobile number to send notifications, or a GeoFence around an area that will alert you when the dog leaves this area.

    • No running cost for the first year. £45 p

      Garmin

      er year thereafter.
    • Good battery life - set to 15 min check-ins- 5 days outside the GeoFence, 4 Weeks inside the GeoFence. 5 min check-ins - 3 days outside, 10 days indside. 30 sec check-in - 20 hrs outside, 24hrs inside.
    • Waterproof ((IPX7)
    • Low battery warning via email
    • You can change the settings live so if the dog leaves the GeoFence and you need to track the dog you can change the checkin rate.
    • iPhone App and Android App

    Garmin GTU-10, £179.99. For full details go to, http://www.innerwolf.co.uk/garmin-gtu-10-gps-dog-tracker.html Garmin GTU-10 modeled by one of our more well trained hounds!

  • Protect Your Dogs From The Winter Elements.

    Over the past few years here in the UK we have experienced colder than normal winters and they caught us out because they were early. Dogs feel the cold as much we do, so it's important to keep them warm and dry while out on their walks. Dogs tend to grow thicker hair over the winter months but this can sometimes not be enough to protect them from the cold. Dog coats are the perfect way to keep them warm and protect them from the winter elements. There are a wide range of dog coats available whether you go for the Hurtta Winter Jacket with its fleece lining, fur collar and underbelly protection to keep them or a Timberwolf Wax Jacket with it's waterproof waxed coating protection. Coats will keep your dogs warm, dry, clean and protect their main muscle groups.Hurtta Winter Jacket It's important your dog gets the right size coat. Measuring your dog is easy, take a tape measure and hold it an inch above their back and measure from the base of the tail to the base of the neck. Don't be tempted to lay the tape measure on their back and follow the curve as this will only add to the measurement and therefore you'll get the wrong size coat. See our earlier blog post, Dog Coats – Getting the right Size http://howl.innerwolf.co.uk/?p=75

    Dog boots can also be used to protect your dogs paws from the salt and snow. The boots keep your dog paws warm and will prevent the snow freezing in their paws which can be very painful for the dog. Salt can be an irrritant on their paws so boots will ensure this doesn't happen and your dog can go for a pain free walk in the snow and ice. Another way to protect their paws is Shaw Paw Wax it helps prevent damage to the paws in the cold winter months and on long hikes all year round.  It's also great to stop your dog slipping on laminate or tile floors.

    Even though it's cold and you may not feel much like venturing out your dog still needs to be exercised. So as you need to be warm and dry so does your dog, coats and boots will help them keep warm and dry and make the daily walks more enjoyable for them.

  • Keeping Your Dog Healthy And Active

    It’s important to keep your dogs fit and healthy through both exercise and the food they are fed. Obesity is a big problem for dogs today as they are not getting enough exercise. Dogs on average need 1-2 hours of exercise a day. Depending on their breed and age they may require more or less. There are many different exercises you can do with your dog other than just the usual walk. If you are a runner then why not combine the dogs walk with your run. This is an ideal way for your dog to burn that excess energy. There’s plenty of equipment from the basic hands free leash, the Ruffwear Roamer leash to the more technical CaniX equipment. CaniX organise many events throughout the UK from August bank holiday weekend through to May. They are also holding the European Cani-Cross Championship in 2012. You can enter the events as you wish and don’t have to compete in them all, whether you are doing it for fun or competing. Other event includes the ParkRun they are free events that take place on every Saturday morning. They are staged all over the county so there will be one near you and are for runners CaniX Event Westonbirtwith or without dogs. You don’t need to attend organised events to run with your dog, you can do it in your local park, countryside footpaths or a road run. Running will just help your dog burn more energy. If you are just starting out running with your dog then you need to be careful not to over do it. Like us they need to build up their fitness levels. So keep an eye out for signs of exhaustion, heavy panting, wheezing, and lameness, disorientation, slowing or stopping. Don’t take your dogs out in very hot days. Carry plenty of water to keep your dogs hydrated. There are plenty of useful products available so you don’t have to carry big bowls around, the EzyDog Fold-a-Bowl or the Bowl n' Bottle. In warm weather your dog will be hot when they finish their run, so a Ruffwear Swamp Cooler coat is ideal you just soak the coat, wring it out and put it on the dog, it will keep your dog cool, this can be used during or after exercise. Other useful products you could when running with your dog are to protect their paws are dog boots or Shaw’s paw wax this is also good in cold weather and on slippy tile or laminate floors. If running is not your sport and cycling is then the Walkydog would be ideal. It attaches to your bike seat post and the dog runs safely along side you and burns plenty of energy in the process. If you like to get out and about yourself in the countryside with your dog then why not try a backpack for your dog the EzyDog Summit Backpack or the Ruffwear Approach Pack. Your dog can then carry their own poo bags, treats, water and bowl. Or on longer hikes their own roll up bed. The increased weight in the back pack can also help your dog loose weight and even calm over active dogs on walks. It’s recommended that the dog carries no more than 25-30% of their weight. So 25kg = 7.5kg in the bag. This weight must be increased gradually, again the help the dogs fitness build up to heavier weights Dog ScooteringThere are other activities that you’ve probably not thought of that will help your dog keep fit and healthy.  There is scootering the dog will do most of the work pulling you along while you’re standing on the scooter (it’s similar to mushing which is a winter sport). The Dax Scooter is a good lightweight, foldable scooter. The dog wears a harness that’s attached to the scooter via a gang line you will need to start the dog off with a little push and up hills; once they are off they will pull you around so providing plenty of exercise. This type of activity is best done in the countryside or an open field, where you have permission, as it’s safer than trying to avoid traffic or people. Alternatively to using the scooter you could use your bike with an Bikejoringattachment on the front, this is called Bikejoring  Again the dog is harnessed up and attached to the bikejor via a Bikejor Converter and bungee gang line. The dog then runs along pulling you on your bike. Again a great form of exercise for your dog that will help burn all that energy, and a great way to start your dog off if you are looking to move on to scootering because the bike allows you to do some of the work so that initially and it is not all on the dog. As it’s important for us to fuel our system when regularly exercising its also important for dogs to do the same. There’s plenty of good notorious food on the market such as Chudleys Working Crunch or Orijen. Orijen is a totally natural feed, high in protein and doesn’t contain any grain fillers an unnecessary part of a dog’s diet (excessive carbohydrate) so ideal for active healthy dogs. There are also a number of supplements on the market that can be added to your dogs food to health keep them and their joints healthy. Please do avoid doing any of these activities in the summer heat of the day. Leave it until evening or early morning. So overall dogs in many ways are like humans they need regular exercise and a healthy diet to keep them fit and healthy.

  • Ruffwear Swamp Cooler Coat

    This time of year one of our most popular products is surprisingly a dog coat. The Ruffwear Swamp Cooler. This is not a coat designed to keep you dog warm or dry but the opposite, it is designed to keep your dog cool in warm weather. The Swamp Cooler achieves this by wicking away the dogs heat through evaporation as the coat gradually dries. The light colour of the coat also prevents the dog from absorbing heat from the sun by reflecting it away. We regularly use the Swamp Coolers when out running with the dogs in warmer weather and you can really notice the difference, especailly on the black dogs. The coats are also extremely popular on the FlyBall and Dog Agility circuits. Although the coats are very effective we would still recommend not to work your dog on the very hottest of days. Features

    • Uses evaporative cooling to keep dogs cool in the heat
    • Exchanges the dog’s heat with the coolness of the stored water
    • Releases the heat as the water evaporates
    • Three-Layer construction maximizes cooling effects: o Top air-mesh layer generates evaporation, releasing heat o Middle layer absorbs and stores the cooling water o Bottom layer cools the dog
    • Light color reflects sunlight and ultraviolet rays for added sun protection
    • Auto-lock buckles adjust and hold for a custom fit

    To buy a Swamp Cooler online £49.95 with FREE postage, click here >> Swamp Cooler Sizing Designed for comfort and a full range of motion.

    size dog girth†
    XXS 12"-19" 30-48 cm
    XS 17"-24" 43-61 cm
    S 23"-30" 58-76 cm
    M 27"-32" 69-81 cm
    L 31"-40" 79-102 cm
    XL 35"- 48" 89-122 cm

    For in between size measurements go for the size up.

  • If you're looking for some camping gear for you and your dog?

    If you're looking for a site with a good range of products and brands then take a look at Simply Hike Camping Equipment. The site provided an easy shopping experience, pictures were clear and showed clearly the products. The checkout process was smooth and offered multiple payment options including Paypal, an added option to opt out of signing up for an account sped things up immensely. Simply Hike also have a few sister sites selling other specialist products such as fitness, beachwear scuba gear etc. One of the nice functions on some of these websites that I have not seen before was a countdown to next day delivery. I didn't put is to the test but I though it was a nice touch. www.simplyhike.co.uk

  • Walking Routes in and around North Devon

    One of the most enjoyable aspects of a stay in glorious North Devon is the stunning scenery and abundance of walks. Some visitors are looking for pet friendly holidays and among those wishing to bring their dogs, many are seeking out dog friendly caravan parks. Once they have settled in their Devon holiday, dog owners looking for a healthy walk for young dogs can head for Exmoor where the rugged terrain is ideal. There is also gentler countryside in North Devon where a streamside amble may be just right for older dogs. Whatever their needs, dog owners have come to the right place to find walks perfect for man's best friend. Whilst there are plenty of walking books covering North Devon, only a few contain useful advice on the dog friendliness of each walk. Responsible dog owners know how important it is to respect other users of the countryside by keeping their dogs under control, particularly when close to livestock. The Exmoor valleys around Badgworthy Water have been made famous by R D Blackmore's novel Lorna Doone. This is the heart of wild Exmoor where the landscape ranges from open, grass and heather-covered moor to delightful enclosed valleys. Dog walkers may encounter livestock at various places so they need to keep their dogs well under control. Horse riders are also often found in the Doone Valley. There is a 5 mile walk starting from Malmsmead that heads southeast up Lank Coombe past the Blackmore Memorial, which is a large boulder with a metal plaque that was set up in 1969 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Lorna Doone’s publication. The walk continues past a footbridge, and keeps to the right of Badgworthy Water. Towards the top of the coombe, the walk passes the waterslide where John Ridd scrambled up and collapsed on the grass a little further up. It was here he was found by the 9 year old Lorna. After the waterslide and beyond the trees, walkers reach the highest point of the walk with fine views across Exmoor. They can then bear right to join the track back to Badgworthy Water. Dippers, kingfishers and mallard ducks can be found at this lovely spot, the childhood haunt of John Ridd. Walkers and their dogs can then retrace their steps back to the footbridge and cross it, passing Cloud Farm. The walk continues along a farm road and tracks towards Oare Church and House and returns to Malmsmead along delightful riverside paths.

  • Ruffwear Bark 'n Boots Polar Trex

    Ruffwear Bark 'n Boot Polar Trex

    Ruffwear

    Tougher than any other boot, engineered for winter weather, these boots are designed to provide warmth and traction on snow and ice. Tough Vibram® sole designed to grip snow providing excellent winter traction. Secure fit with ankle strap and cam cord to prevent snow ingress. Easy to fit and adjust in winer conditions. Warm and breathable upper. 3M™ Scotchlite™ reflective trim offers 360° reflectivity Suitable for; Canicross BikeJor SkiJor Search and Rescue Price: £89.95 For further information on the Ruffwear Bark 'n Boots Polar Trex click here, http://www.innerwolf.co.uk/ruffwear-polar-trex-dog-boots-4-set.html

  • Dog Coats – Getting the right size.

    It’s that time of year again when the nights are drawing in and the weather is starting get colder and wetter and many dog owners are now looking to buy a new dog coat. After several years of supplying dog coats and trying to give as much instruction online to measure a dog for the right size coat, we still have numerous coats returned to exchange to another size. Not that we mind doing it, but I’m sure people would be happier to get the correct sized coat first time. Every year it is surprising how many people try to guesstimate the dog coat size, nine times out of ten this will be wrong. So here are a few tips to getting the right sized coat for your dog.

    • When measuring the dog, measure from the base of the neck (near the
      Dog Coat Size Guide

      Dog

      collar) to the base of the tail. This measurement must to be a staight line, the tape measure tought, NOT following the curve of the dogs back.
    • Try to get your dog to remain standing when you are measuring. A sitting dog will add a few inches to the measurement.
    • Measure the dog 3 times and take an average. This will give a better measurement.

    There are some breeds that are not easy to measure for due to them having a long body in comparison their chest size. Dachshunds or Dandie Dinmonts for example are not easy to fit a coat and may require a specially made coat or take them along so they can be fitted. Some style of coats increase in sizes differently to other styles so you may

    Hurtta Winter Dog Coat - Modelled by Enzo

    Hurtta

     not be able to get one that is exactly, to the cenimetre, the right size. But with coats ranging from 24cm/10inches to 85cm/33inches to fit even the largest Great Dane there will be a coat to fit. Ideally, for the best fit bring the dog along for a fitting.

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