A lesson I learnt as a youthful officer cadet when I lost my dog on the thousand-acre Royal Military Academy Sandhurst training area – and was beside myself with un-officer’ly panic. If your dog runs off when you’re out and about, whether it’s chasing deer, bicycles, another dog or has just ‘b*ggered orf’ as some […]
Training dogs is a great skill – but to be honest, some people just ‘do’ dogs so well that dogs behave around them, come what may. So the real real skill lies in being able to transfer some of that magic power to us, normal, feet-of-clay owners. ‘It’s no good a dog behaving beautifully for […]
It’s been a busy month for the luvvies of HoM – and yet again these star dogs have managed to pull off the tricky business of show business without a backward glance (although there may have been one or two askance, as Harvey re-drove in to the yard here for the fifteenth take of ‘Arrival’!) […]
Puppy training stage #432 – or whatever we’re at now – the hydrotherapy bath Mead House’s hydrotherapy bath has been this little pup’s Big New Thing this month. Dogs can swim, naturally, but it’s a real luxury to be able to introduce them to the concept in a controlled environment. And good as well to […]
A heartfelt plea from one of our owners a couple of weeks ago about Charlie, a lovely old Labrador belonging to a friend of theirs who’d tragically died. ‘Did we know of anyone looking ….’ Yup. Charlie has now moved up to the Suffolk to start his new life in Bury St Edmunds. A bit […]
Seeing dogs day in and day out as we do here at the House of Mutt, you get to understand them pretty well. And sometimes that understanding leads to situations that are slightly uncomfortable to acknowledge. A big ‘line’ of mine is that we are a home from home – with mates on tap. A […]
We are often asked if owners can come and stay here at the Old Rectory with their dogs. We’re just not set up for that (and my cooking is rubbish) but it has set us thinking …. What if we could collaborate with a very, very lovely, and dog-friendly, hotel somewhere accessible from London and […]
Exercise, like baking, used to be one of those activities that lots of us liked to think about but not all that many actually did. So 14.8m tune in to the Great British Bake Off final, but cake sales are, according to the Bakers Federation, defiantly on the up. But there is apparently one […]
A trip to Holkham beach in North Norfolk is the best place in the world for blowing away cobwebs and letting off steam. All the more so if you’re a dog and are determined to help the ‘umans around you work off their mince pies! The sound of the sea (And check out The Victoria […]
Last seen on this page in October when just 3 months old, Kodi is now 5 months, growing fast and ready for the next stage of training. She’s a beautiful dog and, like most of her breed, very biddable, wanting to learn and to please. But that attitude comes with big paws, much bounce and […]
Dogs are just the best natural performers, so who are we to deny them the limelight…
1. Our Christmas 2016 Video. Who got up to what, where and how! Quite long but hopefully worth it. It makes me smile anyway HoM’s Christmas 2016
2. A shorter version of the above for those who want to wallow in dogs but have just a minute to spare A Day in the Life of HoM 2017
3. The video we put on playback in the office when the weather is grey and life feels, sort of, … grubbly Love that Beach!
4. Finally, all this performing is shortly going to be seriously put to the test. ITV cameras due here soon! Eek, get ready to strut your stuff, boys and girls!
When a famously stylish person has a dog whose every move is A Pose, is that because they’ve innately chosen a stylish dog – or has the dog picked up style from the very atmosphere she breathes?
An interesting aside to the nature or nurture debate!
I spent a day in London last week studying Proprioception for dogs. Proprioception, from the Latin proprius meaning ‘one’s own’, is really body awareness – learning where your feet are and how to control them. For a dog, if they are able to gain a sense of their own self it builds confidence, calmness, clarity, […]
A picture tells a thousand words, and here’s one of Mead House for those wondering where all the super dooper HoM training has been happening just recently. Home to Holly and Anthony, a highly qualified trainer who regularly flits over to Japan, America, wherever, to run training camps, Mead House can take up to five […]
House of Mutt contributed a Duchess Silver Whistle to the Barbican Ball’s charity auction in November. Muchos monos was raised, well done them, and fierce interest in the whistle has since resulted in orders at this end. A bit of a happy win-win really
Papers are full of horror stories about the Christmas health hazards for dogs at this time of year (ie Daily Mirror ‘More than 6,000 dogs are expected to have suffered chocolate posoning in 2016, a quarter of cases in December alone….‘). No need to scaremonger, we are after all all grown ups and kind of […]
A lot of our dogs are travelling fairly regularly now – whether that’s going home to the States each summer, or just moving alongside frequently-moving owners. Which can involve buying hefty, solid, expensive crates, which then sit and gather dust between times. We’ve got a couple sitting here in the garage – if anyone wants to borrow them, let me know. And likewise if anyone has an XXL crate out there which isn’t being used between now and February, can Nala borrow it perchance?
Hundreds of health checks later, this HoM-found lovely pup has arrived in his new home. We bored his proud new teenage owner with a hideous list of advice and instructions. Here is a snapshot, in case the info may possibly be useful for anyone else? … He’ll arrive with a 4 day supply of his […]
We have a mad rule here that any exuberant praise or appreciation for one of our team, results in me having to buy The Praised One a celebratory bottle of wine. Or more- if I happen to receive more praises in quick succession….
Harvey, I’m on your case (of wine…), two in one week just as we’re gearing up towards Thanksgiving / Christmas, just seems, well… suspicious… Is there collusion going on?!!
Considering dogs were, once upon a time, wolf-type creatures, having them now live in towns and/or restricted to indoors is always going to provide its challenges. Some breeds are perfectly suited to this modern way of life we provide for them (you Shitzus out there, I’m talking to you) but others (hello, Cocker Spaniels) tend […]
Might it be, do you reckon, when dog food tins are the prettiest things in your kitchen – let alone your house! Check out these beauties from Cuffleberry & Co. Gorgeous. And if you run out of pate for your next DP … Quail, Chicken, Baby Sweetcorn and Mushroom in a Herby Gravy anyone?
Born in late July so still a baby of just 3 months, but already learning some basics. Mostly at this stage it’s about calmness and instilling a few boundaries – two things that don’t necessarily come naturally to puppies or to very excited owners! So, things Kodi’s demonstrating so beautifully in her video KODI SEPTEMBER […]
We’ve had a luvvie’ly time this month with a TV crew here one day and a brace of radio reporters the next. The 9-strong TV crew from Wales descended on one of the hottest days of the year, took over the house, gardens and kitchen – and spent the day very busily filming A Life […]
The lovely Goji came to stay – and obviously liked what he saw! Just Luxe, the Best of Luxury lifestyle brand (‘When it comes to the luxury lifestyle, we like to think that we know a thing or two’), has written about the House of Mutt. It’s an old piece but ridiculously I’ve only just […]
Short noses, googly eyes and wrinkles have hit the news recently. A selection of traits which, vets from the British Veterinary Association have said, are harmful to the dogs that carry them and the purses and emotional reserves of their owners. Radio 5 Live and Radio 4′s You and Yours programme both covered the story […]
Misery Monday, apparently and officially The Most Miserable Day of the Calendar Year, I’m afraid proved so for us. The beloved Hector was put to sleep after 14 long and very happy years of being The Mountford Family Dog. His health had been gradually fading, he was getting old. But the fade got quite suddenly […]
A reminder that microchipping becomes compulsory for all dogs in England, Scotland and Wales on the 6th April this year. It’s not a hassle and it is a major player in helping reunite lost owners with their dogs. Put it on the To Do List ! A few notes on the subject from the British […]
The British Veterinary Association (BVA) is urging pet owners to watch out for potential hazards to their pets this Christmas as findings released today reveal that a nativity display, antifreeze and £200 in £20 notes were just some of the items that landed animals in veterinary practices over the 2014 festive period. Findings from BVA’s […]
Researchers at the Veterinary Record journal report that one in four dogs shown at Crufts were overweight. Bone to pick with Crufts’ dumpy dogs … But breeders fight back claiming the study was ‘unscientific’ . Kennel Club fights back … Apart from being slightly amused to see that in the picture used to illustrate the ‘healthy-weight dachshunds’ […]
Vet Research from the British Veterinary Association. No surprises that better weight control is up there,and interesting what the vets have chosen to prioritise … Crufts special: Vets’ top six priorities for happy, healthy dogs A survey carried out by the British Veterinary Association (BVA) has identified the top six factors that vets believe would […]
… finding your feet, exploring, seeing what’s out there. And sleeping! Oh, and the less jolly bit about jabs. There are an increasing number of cases of Parvovirus and the like being reported by vet surgeries (see vaccinations debate and our policy for details) – it’s an urgent priority for me (quite apart from the […]
One thing we have plenty of here at the House of Mutt, is doggy company. With bookings coming in up to ten months ahead of time and with a scribbled waiting list often seen snaking its way down the white board in the office, we’re guaranteed not to be dog-less any time soon. So why, […]
Fantastic news… JFK to open pet terminal – ‘The ArK‘
As dogs travel more and more with their owners, it’s really important that airlines make their welfare standards as good as their bookability. This JFK news is a great marker in the sand for the international pet travel industry.
I love it when dogs exceed my (already very high) expectations. A case in point: we have staying with us at the moment a couple of Old English Sheepdogs. They are lovely natured, but huge. And don’t seem to tread particularly lightly upon this earth of ours: the carpets are shuddering, the kitchen door […]
Pete Wedderburn writes a brilliant weekly Pet Column in the Saturday Telegraph, among other things. I’m a bit of a fan. Here are his thoughts on Do animals grieve?
A report out today on MRCVS Online tells of a confirmed case of Canine Distemper in north west England. It’s the first case of the disease seen in the region for many years and originated in a dog imported from Bulgaria while pregnant, who had Canine Distemper herself and passed it on to her puppies […]
98% of pet vets say owners consult ‘Dr Google’, with 80% seeing pets too late … A nationwide survey of vets by the British Veterinary Association (BVA) reveals that 98% of respondents believe their clients’ behaviour is influenced by what they find online. Four in ten vets said the owners’ online research was unhelpful, with […]
New research by the University of Bristol’s School of Veterinary Sciences, shows selective breeding may be the way forward to reducing the incidence of syringomyelia (SM) – a painful condition that can lead to paralysis – in the Cavalier King Charles spaniel and other toy breeds. For full story, click http://mrcvs.co.uk/en/news-story.php?id=12170
It’s prime time of year for fleas, ticks and worms. Ten thoughts on the subject from people who like bugs best when well-zapped ! Ticks feed on the blood of their host – they’re not fussy whether that’s man or beast. Or reptile for that matter A non-engorged tick is tiny and can be very […]
Dogs, like people, behave differently in different situations. I think some of them here adopt a temporary persona which probably differs quite considerably from their norm. It’s no surprise really – here they’re living with other dogs in a new environment so just as children behave differently on holiday or at school compared to at […]
A friend (and client) asked me recently if our team here at the House of Mutt might be getting too ‘big and business-like’ compared to the bucolic home-y set up she’d always pictured. My (over-wrought, for which apologies….) response makes me think this is a sensitive subject that could do with an airing … Sensitive because […]
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Curious pets could be at risk if they hunt down their owners’ haul of chocolate eggs and treats this Easter, warns the British Veterinary Association (BVA). Chocolate can be highly poisonous to pets, with dogs most commonly affected. Although awareness about chocolate poisoning is increasing amongst pet owners vets are still seeing urgent cases because […]
Most Spaniels are splendid, selfless and speedy, But not, it must be said, particularly sleepy. Our 3 mile runs may cause a slight puff, But a few minutes later, that’s not nearly enough! All that tires a Spaniel, I reckon, Are reed beds, rivers and plenty of bracken. It’s sniffing that sorts them, and bounding, […]
Tatler’s Geoffrey is modelling his Camden Lime Mews Collar in a half-page (almost larger than life!) set of pictures in April 2014 Tatler – whooop whoop! Go for it Geoffrey and I hope you’re enjoying strutting your Mews-collar-stuff on the catwalks (or should it be dogwalks!) of Vogue House
A study reported by The Telegraph finds that some dog training methods may cause stress to animals. Click on Dog stress and training methods My view? Dog ownership is less about winning control than about winning respect. Control is a useful by product of respect but isn’t the whole picture. And the way to respect? […]
There’s now a ‘Feel Free to Fondle’ poster up in The Pet Spa – slightly surreal in the setting but we reckon it’s important that people who want to can feel the leather these collars are made of. An easily reached collar and an encouraging sign is sorting what the formal window display was previously […]
Hurray, we’re now able to offer smoothies the ‘greyhound’ shaped Boulevard, and fluffies of all sizes the matt-reducing rolled ‘Mews’! 6 colours, 5 sizes, 2 new designs. Available online www.rex.houseofmutt.com or from The Pet Spa from Thursday, 13th.
Miss Darcy, ‘founder’ of the Hyde Park Cockerpoo Club and ‘scribbler’ on missdarcy.org has posted about her birthday present, a Rex Mews collar and lead. Read on McDuff….. http://missdarcy.org/dog-blog/something-from-rex#comment-18289
First off, some gentle swimming; followed by a fireside snooze; topped off with a chat with a local filly! What ho, Wooster, this is the life!!
Researchers have found that the canine brain react to voices in the same way that the human brain does. It’s well worth a read ….
Alas Alack, Hector’s finished his pack. And… Did the Mobile Bones tonic make him more sonic? Well it’s hard to say But, on the eve of the day That he began his powdery regimen He was lame, and sore. But now, no more! (That’s the sore, by the way, Not the dog […]
Rex by House of Mutt products have taken centre stage in the Chelsea Pet Spa’s new Fulham Road window! With the Tepee Tent at one end, Knowle Crown Bed at the other and a spread of collars, leads and whistles in between. Fantastic!
Article written back in 2010 for the London Dog Forum – but the debate on dog food in the papers prompted me to dig it out again …
At last, open discussion on what goes in to dog food – and how important it is! Good news ….
A Schnauzer goes for her bi-monthly groom and the groomer comments that her ears are particularly hairy. The owner agrees and says she has been worrying about the dog’s hearing. The groomer advises the owner to apply some depilatory cream to the inside of the ears once a month to keep the hair down. So […]
Hector@House of Mutt Was, in his youth, a bit of a nut He would never just walk, But rather strut. Or stalk. But now he sits, mostly on his Butt. What to do? An answer came with a tweet from the sky, From Pooch & Mutt’s Sam (a girl, not a guy) Hector […]
Comment on the best colour collar for Ozzie; and if you ‘Like’ our Facebook page http://on.fb.me/1ft1GbR you’ll be entered in to our draw for a House of Mutt collar of your own! The winner will be drawn on 31st December, and notified just as soon as the New Year’s Day cloud has cleared…. The winner […]
ONE – GET READY … Decorations down from the attic, but … no great rush to put them up! TWO – TEARS … School cases strewn, Christmas decs strewn, maternal breakdown imminent. Lovely happy dogs in the river, the perfect antidote http://bit.ly/1etYsZ5 THREE – DEEP BREATH AND ON WE GO… Holly picking ….. with plenty […]
If you can start the day without caffeine, If you can always be cheerful, ignoring aches and pains, If you can resist complaining and boring people with your troubles, If you can eat the same food every day and be grateful for it, If you can understand when your loved ones are too busy to […]
Cani-cross is big in the States and now it’s over here! We’re finding it’s brilliant for bonding, morale, muscles…and sleep! Trainer Sarah Harley (pictured) regularly takes the more energetic House of Mutt visitors out, and is keen to spread the word about this fantastic sport. A recent cani-cross event at Westonbirt: A cani-cross half marathon […]
Having a vet in the house is good news for many reasons, the very least of which is that his inbox is always full of sector news that us dog owners need to know. (Or, quite often, that’s just fun to know). Top 10 Misconceptions about Vets (written by vets!) RSPCA reports 21% increase in […]
Dogs poo, and humans clear it up (and we think we’re the superior species!). There’s nothing scientific about the following observations, they’re just our House of Mutt views on poos… Raw food undoubtedly produces the least offensive poo bucket – www.naturalinstinct.co.uk is a good one to try if you’re looking. The speed that a meal […]
Pet passports are meaning more dogs than ever are jet-setting around the world. But the rules around that travel are complicated and often changing. Teeny Scott Barber offers some reassuringly no-nonsense British travel tips. Only one dog can travel per crate. However well you get on, you wouldn’t want to share a seat with your […]
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