Taggart’s Famous Liver Cake Review

I’m really excited to share one of our favourite treats and a secret weapon for high distraction training! Taggart’s Famous Liver Cake is made locally in Ballymena Northern Ireland from an innovative dog owner who practises reward based training and wanted to create a natural, healthy and high quality treat. I love that it is made locally and by a dog owner with similar ideals as regular readers will know I love to train using positive reinforcement and I’m always coming up with new things to work on with Bonnie.

The liver cake comes in 2 varieties;

  • Treat sized bag – cut into small chunks ready for training
  • Pre-sliced 1kg loaf

Both varieties are meant to be stored in the freezer until ready to defrost for use. It’s hard to miss their lovely branded freezers in store! As we like to do a lot of training with Bonnie we always have a loaf stocked in our freezer. Their products are stocked in independent pet shops and stockists can be found here.

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We defrost slices in the fridge and then they can be used for up to 5 days after defrosting so is really convenient. My absolute favourite part of the loaf is once it’s defrosted it is so easy to cut up into whatever size of treats you want to use whether you want larger or smaller pieces. It’s also really easy to break up by hand when you’re on the go so really is a versatile treat!

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To sum up the Taggart’s Famous Liver Cake range;

Positives

  • Healthy treat with good, real ingredients with no cheap junk fillers, additives or preservatives
  • High value treat – Bonnie loves it even in high distraction training scenarios
  • Soft texture which is easy for dogs to eat – great for rapid rewarding and repetitive training such as clicker training as less time is spent chewing
  • Get a lot of treats per loaf
  • Easy to cut and break into whatever size training treat you want to use
  • Made locally
  • Reasonably priced

Negatives

  • If you wanted to be picky you could say that it needs defrosted before use but I will just chuck a slice into the fridge the day before a big trip out

Overall I cannot fault the product, both me and Bonnie love it and would highly recommend!

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Taggart’s liver cake? I love that stuff!

Check out their website here and their Facebook page here.

Do you have any favourite dog products made locally? We are very lucky that more and more local dog products and services are popping up regularly and I can’t wait to try more out!


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Hurtta Training Rope Leash Review

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

ShortLead

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

LongLead

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

Double-Ended lead

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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.

Tandem Lead

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.

Hands-Free Lead

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.

Tether

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.

 

Final Opinions

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.

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Photo taken in the dark with a flash

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.

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Comes in  Black, Bolete Cherry, Juniper and Raspberry

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):

Hurtta Training Leash

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Ruffwear Front Range Harness Review

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.
Pictures showing the front and back of the Ruffwear Front Range Harness in size small in the colour pink

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.
Pictures showing the inside identification label and the identitifaction dog tag holder in the velcro pocket on the Ruffwear Front Range Harness in size small in the colour pink

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.
Pictures showing the front reinforced webbing lead attachement point and the back metal d ring lead attachement point on the Ruffwear Front Range Harness in size small in the colour pinkOverall 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 the border collie wearing the Ruffwear Front Range Harness in size small in the colour pink, showing off the reflective piping of the harness

Bonnie loves her new harness but I think she might need some practice posing for the camera!


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