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7 Ways to Entertain Your Dog When it’s too Hot for Walkies

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Barking Mad doggy holiday makers enjoy keeping cool

Barking Mad dog sitters are delighted to publish the following guest post from Karly Edwards, of GoneDogMad, a fantastic blog which provides tips and tricks for the dog loving community. Read on to find out Karly’s top tips for entertaining your dog…

Summertime can be a real killjoy for our dogs. Since our canine friends can easily overheat in the hot weather, we have to take special precautions to ensure our dogs stay safe and healthy.

Walkies should always be restricted to early morning and late evening in scorching temperatures, which leaves a big chunk of the day without anything for our pups to do. But that doesn’t mean they should be left to mope around the house without any fun. There are plenty of ways to keep your dog happy and entertained even when the sun is blazing.

Here are 7 boredom busting ideas to try when it’s too hot for walkies this summer.

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Review of ITV’s Britain’s Favourite Dogs

Barking Mad Dog Sitters love Labradors, voted number one in the top 100

Lovely Labradors were voted no. 1 in the top 100!

At Barking Mad Dog Care, we were very excited to learn that ITV was going to broadcast a full countdown of Britain’s Favourite Dogs.  There are now 217 recognised breeds and thousands of combinations of cross breed and we couldn’t wait to find out which was ‘top dog’ after 10,000 people were surveyed. The prime time two and a half hour celebration of all things dog related was described to be:

“A run-down of the top 100 most popular dogs in the UK as voted for by the British public and featuring a host of famous dog-loving stars!”

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Not all pet insurance is the same. Are you covered?

At Barking Mad we believe pet insurance is an important part of responsible pet ownership. However we also know that it can be a bit confusing to work out what type of pet insurance policies will provide comprehensive cover for your pet should they suffer an unexpected illness or injury.petplan westies

With this in mind, we’ve put together a few tips to help when shopping around for pet insurance.

Not all pet insurance is the same!

When shopping around ask insurers the following five key questions:

  • Will this policy cover ongoing conditions for the rest of my pet’s life?
  • Does this policy cover congenital and hereditary illness?
  • Does this policy cover dental treatment and behavioural problems?
  • Will you place exclusions at renewal on this policy?
  • Will you increase my premium or excess if I claim?

Pet insurance could give you peace of mind that should your dog suffer an unexpected illness or injury their veterinary treatment can be covered, helping you to get them the treatments they need without worrying about the financial costs.

If you’re interested to find out more, click here to activate 4 weeks’ free insurance with Petplan!

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*Terms, conditions and excesses apply and may be varied on renewal. Petplan is a trading name of Pet Plan Limited and Allianz Insurance plc.

Barking Mad – but smart when it comes to keeping the car clean!

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If you love your car as much as your dog, you can protect it from the rigours of pet ownership with a car boot liner. It’s the perfect solution to prevent dog-related damage to your vehicle and keep your boot space clean and fresh.

Our friends at Hatchbag create boot liners specially designed to fit more than 400 models of car for it to act like a second skin, so that no dirt, grit or fur can sneak through any gaps. These are easy to fit and remove with a simple but secure Velcro strap system. With one in place, you won’t have to go for a full valet every time your dog travels in the boot of your car, as you can simply wipe it down.

Many Barking Mad customers have already bought the boot liners and are very happy with them. HatchBag are offering free delivery on all orders for a limited period

They are also offering a 10% with Pawpost when you make your first purchase with HatchBag – happy shopping!

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Typical before and after walk look! ‪Good job he had his HatchBag Boot Liner to jump into!




Our franchisees have used Hatchbag bootliners for almost 15 years because they are a quality product, hard-wearing, easy to fit and clean. They fit perfectly to the shape of your individual car and therefore last longer.


Barking Mad customer, Molly is travelling in style to her holiday home in Paisley & Inverclyde!

Hatchbag have lots of different products to offer – standard boot liner, car mat, odour control, bumper flaps.

Boot liners can protect your car boot from a range of dirt and minimize damage, and are an ideal product for dog owners.  Your car will feel the strain of taking your four-legged friend out for a long walk or day trip.  As much fun as this may be, it’s not such a happy matter for your car boot on the way home when your canine returns muddy, wet and smelly!

No smells
Protect your boot from doggy odours permeating your car with an odour control mat. The mat has a quilted blanket which contains activated carbon to absorb and eliminate odours. Simply place this in the boot of the car, it will keep your car clean and fresh and provide a more pleasant travel experience for your dog.

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The car boot liner is not just an aesthetic aid but will also help to keep your furry friends safe and comfortable while they travel. With a secure fit, the liner will hold in place while your dog is sitting or standing in the boot and you can even add mats to fit on top of it for extra protection. You could also opt for a hatch bed which can be placed onto the boot liner which is soft and very comfortable for dogs.

With a boot liner in place, your car boot will remain clean and fresh even after transporting the muddiest dog! This is a high-quality car-protection product that no dog owner who drives should be without.

Visit Hatchbag’s website to view their full range and to claim your exclusive discount!

5 Yummy Home Made Treats to Cool your Dog in the Sun

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Cool dog!

With the temperatures warming up, we hope to be spending a lot more time outdoors with our dogs. What could be more fun for Fido than chomping on some delicious, frosty treats on a warm summer’s day? (Thank you to, Kol’sNotes, and

1. Chicken Frosty

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For the healthy happy hound here’s a recipe with flavour. During the dog days of summer, sometimes Fido needs something healthy but icy to help cool him down. What better way than whipping up a couple of chicken frosties? This super simple recipe will keep your pup occupied and will help him cool down. It’s a win win!

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2. Stripey Ice

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Watch out, this next dog treat is so simple and delicious, you’ll want one yourself! It takes a little bit of time and dedication (you freeze the ice-pop in layers), but the result is delicious. Bone-us: Replace the raw hide sticks and you can eat these yourself!

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3. Frozen Banana Dog Treats

Let your canine pal take part in this summer staple, the frozen banana treat! This potassium rich snack will help your dog replenish his energy after a long day of running.

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4. Mini Ice Cheeseburgers

During your barbecue, chances are Rover is standing there looking up at you with jealous eyes. Now your dog can get in on the cooking outside fun too. These Cheeseburger pops will both keep your dog entertained for long periods of time and have them barking mad for more. Simply take some left over cooked hamburger meat and put it into some ice cube trays. Add a bit of water and freeze.

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5. Frozen Yoghurt Dipped Strawberries

If your dog is quite the fancy pooch, this fruity snack might be just the thing. These fancy wonders are so easy to make AND are a great source of antioxidants.

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Remember, all the recipes seen here should be given to your dog sparingly. Although he or she will undoubtedly find them delicious, too much of a good thing could be bad.
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Remember if dog kennels are not right for your best friend then Barking Mad happy holidays will always keep them happy and healthy. It’s because we think your dog deserves a holiday too!!

Dog food summer treats for happy healthy dogs.

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