Essential gear to buy before bringing your new dog home

Its super exciting to bring a new dog or puppy home, but it’s important to make sure that everything is ready before you go to collect them. Being prepared and having a set of basic items ready will help your … Continue reading

A dog-friendly holiday cottage in Aberystwyth

As part of my series about our weekend in Aberystwyth I thought I’d provide you with a short review of the holiday cottage we used. Ash found and booked the cottage through this advert and all I had to do was … Continue reading

Stay safe in the dark with your dog

The nights are drawing in! Isn’t it funny (and annoying) how you find yourself repeating those clichés your grandmother and your mum used to say… you know, right about the time you think “I’m starting to sound like my mother!”. But … Continue reading

New car set up!

I’m so excited! Last night I finally collected and fitted my new car set up. After a few months of looking around and contemplating whether to have a divide or not, get a removable box/crate type or a built in system … Continue reading

Aloe Vera

There’s a lot of skepticism around the claimed benefits of aloe vera and limited science to back it up. I’ve got my own skeptical views too but there’s a few products I use and like so I thought I’d share … Continue reading

Kong flyer

During a recent holiday to Cornwall I was introduced to the wonder of Trago Mills. If you’ve never been basically Trago Mills is a massive store that sells EVERYTHING. From lights to carpets to kitchen utensils to books to chain saws to pet … Continue reading

The Original HiK9 raised dog bed

I’ve been admiring HiK9 beds for well over a year now, ever since I saw photographs of Devon Dogs using them during training sessions and then some friends had their own. In a recent conversation Lauren Langman of Devon Dogs & Absolute Dogs told … Continue reading

Pawsomebox subscription boxes for your dog

Recently I tried something new and ordered a Pawsomebox. I’d never heard of subscription boxes before until I read a post by a fellow dog blogger opening their first Pawsomebox. Turns out dog subscription boxes are pretty popular and PawsomeUK … Continue reading

In my toolkit this month

Every good dog trainer has a training toolkit, be it metaphorically with different techniques and methods for training behaviours, or a physical toolkit of treats, leads, harnesses and other essential gear. At the end of each month I’m going to … Continue reading

Pre-Puppy Checklist

So you’ve decided you want a puppy. You’ve got the time to give a new puppy, you can afford the lifelong cost, the whole family are on board and you’re ready to get one… but hold on! Now that you’re … Continue reading

Essential gear for long hikes with your dog

I’m not talking about a long walk along the cycle tracks or canal (although these tips will still apply), I’m talking about a hike up a mountain or across fields, setting off after breakfast with a full rucksack and a … Continue reading

A cool coat for hot dogs

At the start of last summer I was offered a 2nd hand XL Ruffwear Swamp Cooler for sale. It was a bit big for Guinness but by chance a friend had a large one which was too small for her Labrador, thus forth … Continue reading

How to survive camping with your dog

As Summer has arrived I’ve seen quite a few people talking about how they’ve decided to try camping for the first time, or writing about their first trip away in a tent with the family. One of the main reasons … Continue reading

Fitbits, Fat Bits and Pet Trackers

For the last few weeks Guinness and I have both been trying out our own fitness trackers. I went for the FitBit Charge HR and Guinness has been using the Tractive Motion Sensor, currently the first and only pet tracker … Continue reading

Sh*t Happens

Sh*t Happens and Dicky Bag is here to help us to deal with it!

The dicky bag is a fabric bag/case/pouch/thing with a zip opening that come in an array of sizes. It’s made of lovely neoprene and has a belt loop attachment and a clip on the back. The head of the bag unzips and opens like a mouth (Dicky Bag if you read this, you are missing out on a great design scheme!). Inside of mine I got a sealed air freshener disc (a great addition), some biodegradable poo bags that sport a daring and highly amusing slogan, and a small tub of hand sanitiser. I opted for a rugged camouflage colour instead of the floral pink or baby blue.

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The dicky bag is a great idea, instead of carrying your bag of poo you can carry a dicky bag containing your bag of poo. Much better for street cred! It removes the nasty smell coming from that bag in your hand plus you can store it in a rucksack, clip it to your belt or wear around your body with the shoulder strap.

For me it is too big to clip onto my belt as it bounces around annoyingly and I don’t fancy wearing one on a shoulder strap. However its real strength comes into play when you are out on a long walk with your rucksack! The long hikes I do that require a rucksack are normally routes that don’t have many bins. Regardless, I still believe in cleaning up after my dog and will pick up (even if I’m on top of a mountain, who wants to have a mountain hike spoilt by dog muck on your boots?!), but the prospect of stuffing a plastic bag of poo into my rucksack or carrying it in my hand is inconvenient at the least. Now I can clip the dicky bag onto the outside of my rucksack, where it can swing and bounce around all it likes without bothering me, or put it inside my bag. Hurrah! The thick, rugged design of the bag paired with the air freshener removes all smell, although I personally wouldn’t have it snuggling up next to my lunch.

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It’s also very useful on bike rides as a solution to dangling a full poo bag off your handlebars! Plus anyone who has travelled 5 minutes with a full poo bag in the car will know that the smell is overpowering! I’m not sure why that is, but wow! The dicky bag completely removes this issue.

This is all great but, confession time; I don’t use my dicky bag for my normal twice daily walks. I like to walk hands free and there is usually a bin within a mile, so I’d prefer to carry my bag of poo for a little while and remain hands free for the rest of the walk than carry the dicky bag for the whole walk.

It’s been over 12 months since I said I would write a review of the Dicky Bag and its due to not having a great deal of use that I haven’t written about it yet. But let’s not end on a downer.

HUGE credit is owed to Dicky Bag! They have not just made a really unique item that has a great purpose but they are also battling the nationwide problem of dog fouling and the campaigning, advertising and input I have seen from them so far is much-needed. They were one of the first (if not the first) to back new company Streetkleen when they stepped out of the blue with a daring “solution” to dog foul and their website offers good, sound dog training advice as well as fun competitions to keep dog owners engaged.

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I am sad to see that their online blog has not been updated since June 2013 (which is a particularly good article), and I really hope they continue to push forward in supporting and creating campaigns that can help to reduce the dog fouling issue!

Education is the key right now and the more the better. Overall Three Cheers to Dicky Bag!

Ruffwear Webmaster Dog Harness

During a long hike in the Easter break we came across a number of styles that were very difficult for Guinness to climb or jump over, due to uneven ground on the other side or the height and design of … Continue reading