I decided to take the plunge and order the ZiwiPeak dog food after featuring it in my Treats Wishlist recently. I decided to order the Lamb version as Bonnie can sometimes get an upset stomach with new treats but she seems to do better with poultry and lamb than other flavours so thought it was a safer bet.
I chose to get the 1kg bag and as we were running out of treats fast I was glad to see the size of the bag as it should last a good while. The food itself is a great size and can even be halved for lots of small training treats. Ian Dunbar actually recommends cutting them into 8 or 16 pieces for classical conditioning.
ZiwiPeak is a premium raw meat air-dried food with 100% natural ingredients and costs around £17 for 1kg or £78 for 5kg for the Lamb and Beef varieties and more expensive for the Venison and Venison & Fish varieties at £23 for 1kg and £98 for 5kg so is very expensive especially for larger dogs that need more food.
It is a premium dog food with high quality ingredients and is well rated over at the The Dog Food Directory scoring 4.7 out of 5 but is quite expensive (£2.27 per day for 15kg dog) even in comparison to other highly rated dog foods like Orijen (£0.73 per day for 15kg dog).
Bonnie’s first reaction was hilarious as she must have loved the smell so much that she carried it across to the rug, dropped it and rolled all over it before finally eating it!
I couldn’t justify the price to use as a main dog food but overall I’m really happy with using it for training treats. It’s has high quality ingredients, is a great size that is easy to rip into halves or quarters and should be pretty high value for most doggies.
It’s been a while since we did a review so thought we would cover one of our favourite dog products that we have bought. We now mostly use a flexi-lead (shock horror lol) with Bonnie as her lead reactivity and general confidence outside seems much better using the flexi-lead, but we still use this lead now and again.
It has double ended clips and an adjustable length, which makes it is a pretty versatile lead. Also the fact it had a pink option to match Bonnie’s harness helped! It comes in two lengths 2m and 2.5m, we purchased the 2.5m version. I’ll cover some of the uses for the lead then give my opinion below.
Apologize for the no-shoes, kitchen photos but didn’t want to do any outdoor shots because of the aforementioned lead reactivity.
Short Lead – 1.25m ~4ft
Useful for keeping your dog close by on busy streets. You can also incrementally increase the length by clipping the lead further along the different clips on the lead.
Long Lead – 2.5m ~8ft
Great for when you want to give your dog a bit more freedom but aren’t sure whats up ahead, if your dog has poor recall or if (like me) you’re awful at managing a long line xD
This is useful if you are using a front and back clipping harness for more control or if using a head collar such as a Halti as the lead must also be connected to a harness for safety.
No photo for this obviously but if you have two dogs that walk well together it can be used as a tandem lead but I think I would still prefer to have separate leads for dogs for better control.
If you want your hands free for jogging, running or clicker training you can clip the lead around your shoulder or waist or to a belt/treat bag/carabiner. You can also clip the lead around yourself to keep it out of the way while the dog is off-lead.
I don’t believe in tying out dogs in front of shops etc but it is useful for tethering dogs if you are beginning to practice stays outside and want extra safety in case they decide to break the stay.
We have had it since May last year so around 10 months now and it is holding up extremely well to all the abuse we have put it through. Between getting muddy, soaking wet, sandy and dragged along pavement it is still in great condition and even though the metal components are a bit scratched up (from letting is drag along the ground) they are still strong and sturdy.
I love how you can easily adjust the length while you’re out and about so can react to different scenarios (making it shorter for people passing by and then longer around grassy/woodland areas for optimum sniffing and exploring). It is really comfortable to hold and has a nice weight to it, it isn’t heavy but it feels sturdy and well made.
It is super reflective so great for walks in the dark. It’s really easy to clean (we just throw it in the washing machine) and dries pretty quickly by putting it over the heater. It also comes in a few different colours so you can match with your dog’s other accessories.
Overall I’m really impressed with this lead and highly recommend it. I’ve left the link below to the Hurtta website for more details and where I bought it from (again none of these links are affiliated):
Today’s post will be a review on the Ruffwear Front Range harness that I purchased recently from Benny the Dog.
I’ve been looking to get Bonnie a new harness for some time now as I wanted to try a front attaching harness to help with some pulling issues while on walks. There was a quite a range of front attaching harness’ but most of them cut across the chest and shoulders which I didn’t like as it would affect her gait and she wouldn’t be able to walk or run as naturally.This is where the Front Range harness is quite unique as it’s a front attaching harness which doesn’t cut across the chest but instead allows free movement around the shoulders.
The harness itself is made out of really sturdy material and I definitely feel paying extra was worth it for the brilliant quality and design. It has four points of adjustment – two on either side of the neck and two on either side of the chest – which makes it really easy to adjust to your dog’s body. There are two buckles for around the chest and the harness goes on over the dogs head instead of the dog stepping into the harness. The chest straps are elasticated at the bottom which makes it more comfortable for the dog and easier to buckle them into it as well. As Bonnie is long haired I really like that the buckles have padding underneath so I’m less likely to catch some of her hair when buckling her up.
The harness also has some pretty cool safety features. It has a label on the inside where you can write the dog’s name and a contact number. It also has a velcro pouch on the top side of the harness where you can attach a tag onto an elasticated band. The velcro is strong enough that it wouldn’t open during normal activities and I’ll definitely be ordering an extra tag to attach onto this just in case of an emergency. Also there is reflective piping on the back and chest which will be great for the dark nights in the winter months.
There are two attachments for leads – one on the chest and one on the back. The back attachment is a really light but sturdy metal ring. The front attachment is reinforced webbing – initially I was a bit worried by how sturdy this would be, as I had only seen this online, but I had nothing to worry about as it’s super tough and rigid and should stand up to daily wear and tear. The only potential issue with the front attachment is that it is quite thick so depending on the clip of your leash it may not fit around it. I use the Hurrta training rope leash(reviewed here) which clips around it but it is a snug fit. Overall I’m super impressed by the design and quality of the harness and would have no problem recommending it to others. I haven’t had it long enough yet to see if it has made an overall improvement in Bonnie’s walking but even if it doesn’t I’m still happy I purchased this as Bonnie is super comfortable in it and I can see it lasting years of walks and adventures!
Bonnie loves her new harness but I think she might need some practice posing for the camera!