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Friday, 20 December 2013

Have a dog-friendly Christmas!

Christmas is nearly here, and we couldn't be more excited here at Hubble & Hattie HQ! There's still lots to do, though, before the Big Day, and top of the list is making sure our dogs have just as much fun as we do!
Take a look at these great tips to ensure your dog is safe and happy over the festive period...
 

Treat time
It might be tempting to share your Christmas dinner with your dog, but remember, many things that we find delicious are toxic to our canine chums! Make sure goodies such as chocolate, raisins, and grapes are all out of reach, as well as anything that might contain onion (stuffing and gravy are the main culprits at this time of year), as these are also harmful to dogs. Remember, too, that turkey bones, like chicken bones, can splinter inside your dog's stomach and do lots of damage, so keep these safely out of reach!

Holiday hazards
Dogs are always on the lookout for delicious things to chew, whether or not these be food! Festive plants like mistletoe and poinsettias are poisonous to dogs, so keep these well clear, or opt for artificial alternatives. They'll last longer, and they're a lot safer for your dog.
If you have a real Christmas tree, watch out for pine needles on the floor, as they can get stuck in your dog's paws and be very uncomfortable. If you're weighing down the base of your tree with water to keep it fresh, make sure your dog doesn't have access to it, since the sap from the pine tree is toxic.
Keep an eye on things that your dog might consider fun to chew or play with – children's toys, fairy lights, tinsel, baubles ... all things that might appeal to your dog, but could do some serious damage!


Walkies in a winter wonderland 
Winter walkies are a lot of fun, but look out for frozen-over ponds and other bodies of water, and ensure you and your dog take care not to fall in!
Dogs find antifreeze delicious; however it's highly toxic and potentially deadly, so make sure your dog doesn't come across it when de-icing the car.
Be aware that the grit used to make roads and pathways safe to walk on can dry out and irritate your dog's paws, and can be harmful if ingested. Make sure your dog's feet are grit-free and clean when you return from your walk.


Set in their ways 
It's not unusual for routine to go out the window at this time of year ... and this can confuse and upset your dog, especially if he or she is a bit older. Try to stick to the usual meal and exercise times, and go easy on the doggy treats!
It's also a good idea to have somewhere quiet that your dog can go to if there are a lot of people around – particularly if you're expecting there to be lots of noise and excitement.



Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Have a yummy yuletide!

What do you get for the hound that has everything? Why not try your hand at these delicious homemade dog treats! Your dog is sure to love them!

http://www.hubbleandhattie.com/books/a-l.html
This great recipe was taken from H&H's Dog Cookies, available to buy now from the Hubble & Hattie website.

Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Monday, 16 December 2013

Something festive is going on at Hubble & Hattie HQ ...

We came into Hubble & Hattie HQ this morning and the whole place had been decorated ready for Christmas! We had no idea who was behind it, but luckily we found this video of the mischief makers caught in the act, and they look strangely familiar ...




Friday, 13 December 2013

The PDSA Big Pet Check


http://www.abetterlifeforpets.org.uk/?utm_campaign=EML_PAW_2013&utm_source=emailCampaign&utm_medium=email&utm_content=
  
The PDSA have launched a campaign to find out how happy and healthy the nation's pets are!
Following the latest findings from the PDSA Animal Wellbeing (PAW) Report, the charity has found that many owners don't know about the five basic welfare needs of their pets – environment, companionship, behaviour, diet, and health – and they're spreading the word by giving pet owner's some great advice and tips on keeping your pets healthy and happy!

http://www.abetterlifeforpets.org.uk/?utm_campaign=EML_PAW_2013&utm_source=emailCampaign&utm_medium=email&utm_content=

Visit the website to take the quiz, and find out if you're a practically purrrfect cat expert, a dazzling dog lover or a brilliant bunny owner, and find out some great facts and tips to make a better life for the pets you love.


Thursday, 12 December 2013

Great new app now available – Motorway Walks and Breaks! #MoWaB


How do you find places for your kids to play, somewhere nice to walk (including with your dog), a parking space and, often, even great pub food – all within 5 miles of a motorway exit? Now revised and updated for all major platforms, and therefore much quicker and snappier than the original version, Motorway Walks and Breaks is a fantastically useful App for anyone who drives on the motorways of the UK but likes a break from driving in healthy natural surroundings.

Simple to use – just select the motorway, then browse the junctions and choose the walk you'd like to do. The App includes a handy map view, making it easier to find your way.

We have trekked over a thousand miles tracking down great walks for drivers, families and dogs to enjoy on their journey. The whole of the UK is covered, from Exeter to Perth and from Swansea to Canterbury.

Use this App to get more fun for your fuel, treat yourself and your dog to a great walk, see more of the countryside, take a healthy break, or enjoy a relaxing pub lunch.

Each walk is of 30 to 45 minutes' duration, often with a selected pub or café along the way. Activities for children are included, from bouncy castles to nature trails and the facilities available at each walk venue are described.

All of the walks are suitable for dogs, and those with assistance dogs will find details of accessible paths and facilities for the disabled. The listed pubs – most of which are traditional inns, serving high quality food at realistic prices  – all welcome well-behaved canines.

If you want more than mileage from your petrol, this is the App for you!


BULLET POINTS

• All walks within 5 miles of motorway exits
• Pub/café on each walk (or at least a picnic table)

• Ideal for when traveling with your four-legged friend! 
• Many walks near kids’ activities
• Buggy and wheelchair easy access walks, ideal for assistance dog owners
• Every walk tried and tested
• Safe and legal parking places
• Driving routes from and back to the motorway described
• Each walk 30-45 minutes – healthy, natural breaks that improve driver concentration
• Redesigned for use on Apple iOS7
• Now available for the first time for Windows Phone, Android, and Kindle Fire.

The full app has 177 walks, each complete with several full-colour high resolution zoomable images, map views, and retails at £1.99 (equivalent price in other currencies).

Also available is a FREE lite version of the full app with 48 sample walks and the same features as the full app.


More information about both editions can be found on their product pages:

Full edition 

Lite edition


Thursday, 24 October 2013

Hubble & Hattie author appears on Channel 4 documentary

Professor Daniel Mills, co-author of Life skills for puppies appeared on the fascinating Channel 4 documentary Dogs: Their Secret Lives. We managed to get a Q&A with Daniel about the show.


Click here to watch the complete documentary on YouTube.

Professor Daniel Mills became the UK’s first specialist in veterinary behavioural medicine to be recognised by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons and is now the country’s first professor of the discipline. Based at the University of Lincoln, he combines his behavioural and clinical knowledge to offer a referral clinic for animals with behaviour problems, provides consultancy to a range of organisations in the animal care and science industries, and co-ordinates independent trials of potential new products. In addition, he develops his own initiatives that focus on improving behaviour without compromising welfare. He lectures internationally in his field.

How did your appearance on Dogs: Their Secret Lives come about?

The researchers for the programme came across our work and thought we could add something extra to the programme. We have one of the largest research groups in the world working on clinical animal behaviour.

Do you think the show covers new ground?

Yes, it emphasised the widespread nature of the problem, which may be more prevalent than even our worst fears. I think an important highlight, was the consideration that not all dogs suffering are active, and our work will potentially allow us to identify the passive dogs more readily.

Is there a link to physiological problems due to separation anxiety (diabetes in the Terrier)?

Stress raises blood sugar and this can ultimately increase the risk of diabetes which is a persistently high blood sugar level which may become resistant to insulin.

Are certain breeds better able to cope with being left alone?

Labradors and gun dogs seem to be particularly at risk according to our own research here.

What can dog owners do to relieve the problem for their pets?

Seek professional help through their vet to a qualified behaviourist, such a certificated clinical animal behaviourist recognised by ASAB. There are many dubious qualifications and so owners need to check that the person has good independently verified qualifications.

Are there any other programmes coming along that you're going to be involved with?

Possibly, I have been advising on a new cat and a new dog programme recently.

Available now from Hubble & Hattie!

Life skills for puppies – Laying the foundation for a loving, lasting relationship by Helen Zulch & Daniel Mills.

Puppy education from the puppy’s perspective! This book presents the key skills a dog needs, and helps owners develop a fulfilling relationship with their puppy.
Self-control skills, respect for rules and clear communication mean owners can spend less time directing their dog, and more time enjoying their relationship with him. Beautiful, specially-taken photos illustrate the points made.
More info.



Coming soon in the same series from Hubble & Hattie!

Helping minds meet – Skills for a better life with your dog by Helen Zulch & Daniel Mills.

Considers the different world views and expectations of dogs and people, and how this can result in conflict between the species, this book highlights the most important of these areas. Owners are guided towards a better understanding and appreciation of their dogs, and shown how to accommodate our differences and learn better and more rewarding ways of interacting with our canine best friend.
More info.

No walks? No worries! Maintaining wellbeing in dogs on restricted exercise by Helen Zulch & Sian Ryan.

Meeting a dog’s physical, mental, and emotional needs during a period of limited mobility can help reduce the possibility of future behaviour problems, alleviate some of the stress of caring for a less active canine, and help aid recovery.
Encouraging owners to reflect upon, and take into account, their dog’s individual requirements in advance of surgery or other lifestyle-limiting event, the book also contains information and advice about appropriate activities that owners can introduce to their dog’s daily routine whilst walks are limited. More info.

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

New eBook! 26 true stories from professional canine handlers

Partners – Everyday working dogs being heroes every day by Nan Walton is released as an eBook!


Highlighting the value of canine instincts, Partners details the personal struggles of working teams – man and dog – as they learn to trust and communicate, while developing that all-important human/dog bond to accomplish together what cannot be done alone. Here are heart-warming stories of loyalty, perseverance and courage, written by people who learned to entrust their lives to the senses of a dog, and highlighting true examples of working dog behaviour.

Available now from all major eBook vendors. Click here for more info.

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Caring for the strays of Spain

Hubble & Hattie releases brand new book Camper vans, ex-pats and Spanish hounds – The strays of Spain: from road trip to rescue by Tania Coates & Sam Morris.

While travelling through Spain in their VW camper van with their rescue dog, Iyela, Tania and Sam come across a stray at the side of the road in a very poor state of health. This is the story of Pedro’s rescue, the situation with regard to animal welfare in Spain (and the British involvement – both positive and negative), and the formation of SOS Animals UK. Compelling case studies are complemented by Tania’s superbly evocative and stirring images.


Spain is the most popular holiday destination for British tourists, and the most popular destination for emigrating Brits. The book highlights the negative and positive British involvement in the Spanish stray dog problem, and also shows how the issue is being addressed by rescue organisations and volunteers. With a firsthand account of finding a sick and uncared for stray on the side of the road, and details of the specific nature of many of the Spanish breeds and hunting pastimes, this unique book reveals a little known face of British and Spanish culture with inside knowledge and insight from all levels. From the Spanish hunting culture to the British tourist culture, a chain of responsibility for the stray dog problem exists that crosses borders and societies. Included are case studies and photos of all aspects of the rescue world, showing just how much can be done with the will and motivation.



Tania Coates is the founder of SOS Animals UK; a not-for profit animal rescue organisation. Tania has been involved in animal rescue since the age of 18 when she worked in the Middle East helping stray dogs, volunteering at an animal shelter, and ultimately bringing two rescue dogs to the UK with her. She founded SOS Animals UK after a trip to southern Spain in 2008, since whenTania has been responsible for the successful rehoming of over 300 dogs from throughout the UK and Europe, and continues the run the organization from her home in Wales. Tania is also a professional freelance photographer with a foundation in fine art photography, who has undertaken exhibitions in London, Brussels, Berlin other locations throughout the UK, as well as various private commissions and commercial projects.

Click here for more info about the book!


Monday, 7 October 2013

Yellow Dog UK

Have you heard of Yellow Dog UK? If your dog is nervous, unwell, or in need of space when out on the lead, then this new initiative is for you!

The Yellow Dog Project was created to bring awareness to dogs who need space while training, recovering from surgery, or being rehabilitated. If your dog needs space, tie a yellow ribbon to your dog's lead, or have him or her wear a yellow bandana around their collar.

The yellow ribbon or bandanna can be used for short term periods, eg whilst a dog is in training or on heat, or long term, for example if a dog is elderly and does not like young lively dogs bouncing around too close!

Take a look at this poster for more examples of when a yellow ribbon may be handy for you and your dog ...




To learn more about Yellow Dogs UK, download a poster, and get your free yellow ribbon for your dog's lead, visit the website.

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

The Truth About Wolves & Dogs - Episode 4 - Communication



Available now! The truth about wolves and dogs - Dispelling the myths of dog training by Toni Shelbourne.

This book is a critique of traditional dog training and all the myths surrounding it, prompting the reader to  look again at why we do certain things with our dogs. It corrects out-of-date theories on alpha status and dominance training, which have been so prominent over the years, and allows you to consider dog training afresh in order to re-evaluate your relationship with your canine companion, ultimately achieving a partnership based on mutual trust, love and respect. More info.

A big welcome to Sage the Golden Retreiver

Norm Mort, author of Hubble & Hattie book Dogs on wheels – Travelling with your canine companion tells us about his latest family member ...

Sage at 9 weeks.

We lost our great old cat "Ghost" which left a big hole in our family. Having always had two or three cats and dogs, we were down to our beloved Golden Retreiver "Austin" who you see on the cover of Dogs on Wheels.

Well, it was just too quiet in the Mort household so we decided on a second Golden - "Sage." (Named after another car, not the spice! The Sage automobile was built in France from 1900-1906.)

Sage has been with us for just under 4 weeks now and settled in well. Full of the joys of life, Austin and Sage are becoming great friends and love to walk and run together.
Norm Mort

Austin

Dogs on wheels – Travelling with your canine companion (RAC handbook series) by Norm Mort.

Looks at you, your family, your vehicle, and most importantly your dog, and how you can get the most out of travelling with your four-legged friend.
Helpful advice, insights into your dog’s world, and guidance on choosing the right vehicle are only a part of this comprehensive guide to travelling with your dog.
Invaluable information and opinion from vets and animal behaviourists is supported by original colour photos.

More info.

Tuesday, 6 August 2013

National Dog Adoption Month

August is National Dog Adoption month, courtesy of Dogsblog.com, the UK's largest dog adoption site. So, if you're thinking of getting a dog, now may be a great time to do so!

There are thousands of animals looking for their forever homes in shelters across the country, and National Adoption Month aims to encourage and advise people taking the step into dog ownership about the benefits of rehoming.

• National Dog Adoption Month aims to:
• promote the concept of adopting a dog from a UK shelter
• encourage and advise people on how to adopt a dog
• provide information on caring for a dog responsibly
• raise the profile of rescue organisations within local communities
• promote the vast benefits and advantages of adopting a dog
• advise on how to overcome common behavioural problems that often lead to dogs being rehomed

Remember, a dog is for life, so make sure you and your family are ready and able to take on a new dog before you commit. There are lots of activities and advice this month to help you make that decision, so why not check out the official website for more information?


Monday, 5 August 2013

Monday, 22 July 2013

The Truth About Wolves & Dogs - Episode Three



Available now! The truth about wolves and dogs - Dispelling the myths of dog training by Toni Shelbourne.

This book is a critique of traditional dog training and all the myths surrounding it, prompting the reader to  look again at why we do certain things with our dogs. It corrects out-of-date theories on alpha status and dominance training, which have been so prominent over the years, and allows you to consider dog training afresh in order to re-evaluate your relationship with your canine companion, ultimately achieving a partnership based on mutual trust, love and respect. More info.

Tuesday, 9 July 2013

The Truth About Wolves & Dogs - Episode Two - The Wolf Pack



Wolf and dog expert Toni Shelbourne explains why she wrote the book 'The Truth about Wolves & Dogs' to set straight common dog training misconceptions. She explains why the are based on a flawed understanding of wolves in the wild and how she set out to arm dog owners with the tools to help them improve their relationship with their companion animals. Episode Two of a short web documentary series produced by award winning film and video company MWS Media.

Available now! The truth about wolves and dogs - Dispelling the myths of dog training by Toni Shelbourne.

This book is a critique of traditional dog training and all the myths surrounding it, prompting the reader to  look again at why we do certain things with our dogs. It corrects out-of-date theories on alpha status and dominance training, which have been so prominent over the years, and allows you to consider dog training afresh in order to re-evaluate your relationship with your canine companion, ultimately achieving a partnership based on mutual trust, love and respect. More info.

Quote of the month

Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Video! The Truth About Wolves & Dogs: 'Why I Wrote The Book'

Episode one of a new series of YouTube videos presented by Toni Shelbourne throughout this month!

The videos will feature interviews with wolf and dog experts, and star a host of loveable dogs of all shapes and sizes, not to mention wolves, each short, 5-minute episode will provide an engaging look at what we can learn about our own pets from their wild antecendent, the wolf.

 

Wolf and dog expert Toni Shelbourne explains why she wrote the book 'The Truth about Wolves & Dogs' to set straight common dog training misconceptions. She explains why the are based on a flawed understanding of wolves in the wild and how she set out to arm dog owners with the tools to help them improve their relationship with their companion animals. Episode one of a short web documentary series produced by award winning film and video company MWS Media.

Available now! The truth about wolves and dogs - Dispelling the myths of dog training by Toni Shelbourne.
This book is a critique of traditional dog training and all the myths surrounding it, prompting the reader to  look again at why we do certain things with our dogs. It corrects out-of-date theories on alpha status and dominance training, which have been so prominent over the years, and allows you to consider dog training afresh in order to re-evaluate your relationship with your canine companion, ultimately achieving a partnership based on mutual trust, love and respect. More info.

Thursday, 9 May 2013

Have you got a favourite photo of you and your best friend?

ME AND MY BEST FRIEND!

Got a favourite photo of you and your best friend? We'd love to see it, if so, why not email it to us.
We'll add the pictures to our album on Facebook.

We've featured this slightly off-the-wall pic of Immie with her best friend to start you off!


We'll feature one each month in our H&H newsletter. If yours is picked, you'll win a fantastic Hubble and Hattie book of your choice!


Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Fit for Life - second Hubble & Hattie book translated in German!

The best-selling Hubble & Hattie book Life Skills for puppies – Laying the foundation for a loving, lasting relationship by Helen Zulch & Daniel Mills has been translated as a German edition by Kynos Verlag.
This is the second H&H book to be translated, following Living with an older dog in 2012.
Click here for more info about the orginal English edition.

Thursday, 18 April 2013

Hubble & Hattie at The London Book Fair 2013 at Earls Court

Zak, sniffer dog with his handler (dad), Steve.
Buzz, sniffer dog and his handler Steve.

Thursday, 28 March 2013

Have a cracking Easter! from everyone at Hubble & Hattie

PC Immie is getting ready for the new Partners book!



Coming soon! Partners – Everyday working dogs being heroes every day by Nan Walton.

Partners celebrates the diversity of the canine contribution to our species, providing the reader with heart-warming stories of loyalty, perseverance and courage. Written by people that learned to trust their lives to the senses of a dog, and highlighting true examples of working dog behaviour, it enables all dog lovers to understand the inborn senses and instincts of their dog, which man can shape to his benefit.
Instincts tie these stories together: Bart finding a child lost on a mountain, Traveler pulling his blind partner from the path of a moving car, and Truman soothing the souls of abused children. With specific explanations of physiological attributes and innate characteristics – such as olfactory prowess, survival instincts, and intelligent disobedience – plus quotes from fifty canine professionals chronicling working dog behaviors, Partners demonstrates the similarities between the behaviour of a tender Cocker Spaniel that brought an abused child back to reality, and a tough law enforcement K9 that assured his handlers safety. This is the story Partners delivers – unity. More info.

Monday, 11 February 2013

Because this is our home ... chapter one eBook reading

Listen to Kim reading the first chapter of Because this is our home ... the story of a cat's progress Hubble & Hattie's great new eBook by Mary Dowson.

Friday, 1 February 2013

New! 2013 Hubble & Hattie catalogue

The brand new Hubble & Hattie catalogue is now available to view on Issuu. Printed copies will be available soon!

Wednesday, 23 January 2013