Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Top tips on caring for your puppy

Just as people have basic needs, so too do puppies, and some of them aren’t that different.  Their five basic needs (which are called ‘welfare needs’ by the experts) are described below. In fact if you own a puppy or a dog, you must provide them to your pet by law.


Your puppy should be provided with a suitable environment. This includes the following:
Ø  Bed – you puppy needs a comfortable dog bed which should be in an area that is free from draughts, dry and quiet.
Ø  Exercise – you should give your puppy the right amount of exercise which means not too little and not too much. This will depend on the age and breed of the puppy, so it’s best to ask your vet.
Ø  Toys – just as babies need toys to play with and help them develop, so too do puppies. You should also spend a fair amount of time playing with your pet which of course is one of the main reasons for having one.
Ø  Care when you aren’t there – you shouldn’t leave your puppy alone for any longer than four hours. If you have to be away, then arrange for somebody to call in and take care of it for a while.


Obviously you will need to feed your puppy, but you need to take care of how you do so.
Ø  Your puppy requires a healthy diet. It needs to be balanced and to meet its nutritional needs. The amount of food that you should give it depends on its size, so again you can take some advice from the vet.
Ø  Never feed your puppy on scraps from the table, and never overfeed it. Obesity in dogs is as serious a problem as it is in humans and can shorten their lives considerably.
Ø  Your dog should always have access to fresh clean water; and we mean always.


You should allow your puppy the opportunity to behave as a puppy should. This has a number of elements which include:
Ø  Socialisation – the more you allow your puppy to socialise with other dogs and people the better adjusted it will become. But, apart from its own mother, it shouldn’t associate with other dogs until it has been properly vaccinated.
Ø  Training – You should start house training your puppy as soon as you can and then continue its training using rewards and never punishments.
Ø  Identification – when in public your puppy will need to wear a collar and identification tag. Micro-chipping is also recommended which increases the chances of your puppy being returned to you should it ever get lost.

Health care

You will need to look after the health of your dog and protect it from pain and suffering
Ø  Vaccinations – your puppy will need to be vaccinated when it is 8 to 9 weeks old with a booster jab a few weeks later. It will then need annual boosters on an ongoing basis.
Ø  Worming and fleas – you should worm and de-flea your dog as recommended by your vet.
Ø  Grooming – you should groom your puppy regularly, though be very gentle. Increase the amount of grooming as it grows.
Ø  Regular checkups at the vet are recommended. It is also advisable to take out dog insurance so that you aren’t faced with any unexpected vet bills.

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

#Travel - Manchester: What's on at the Theatre This Summer

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Manchester is home to several world class theatres offering a huge array of shows, musicals and events throughout the year. So why not book yourself in to a Travelodge and head to Manchester to take in a show or two this year? Some top picks are:

War Horse

The moving story about a boy and his horse. Based on the novel by Michael Morpurgo, it follows the story of Albert and his horse Joey as they overcome many an obstacle, both together and apart. It's an amazing story in its own right, but the stage production really is something else. Full scale horse puppets are brought to life, galloping, trotting, breathing and all. It really is an amazing sight to behold and one you're never likely to forget.

Swan Lake

A wonderful tale of romance set to the well known music from Tchaikovsky and danced by the English National Ballet. This stunning ballet is always worth seeing, no matter if you're a seasoned ballet goer or it's your first time. You're guaranteed to fall in love with the story and this beautiful and graceful dance form.

An Evening of Burlesque

Whether you're a burlesque show fan, you're a dab hand at it yourself or you've never seen it before, you won't be able to help but tap your feet to the music as the sexy seductresses shake their thing to the beat. It's a great show to watch with the girls on a girls’ night out and you're pretty much guaranteed to sign up to a burlesque class together the following day.

Only Fools and Boycie

Fans of John Challis aka Boycie from Only Fools and Horses, or the show itself, will absolutely love this show. You'll get to know both Boycie and John himself a little better as he lets you in on a few secrets from the Only Fools and Horses set and shares a few laughs and stories from his acting past. Guaranteed to be a laugh a minute.

Joan Rivers

Guaranteed to have you laughing all night long, the ballsy, multi talented comedienne, actress, writer, tv star and talk show host is heading to Manchester this year for a night of quick talking and hot opinion.

The Big Reunion Boy Band Tour

This one's being held at the Phones 4 U Arena, rather than in one of the theatres, but it's sure to be a huge hit. Fans of 90's pop stars Five, Blue, 911, A1, Damage, 3T and the newly formed '5th Story', featuring the likes of Gareth Gates, Dane Bowers, Adam Rickitt, Kavana and Kenzie, will absolutely love this concert, which promises to transport them back to their teenage years. With songs like Ghetto Romance, Take on Me, Freak Me, Crossroads, Everybody Get Up, Bodyshakin' and All Rise, you'll be in for a night of dancing and singing like no other.
It's clear that in terms of entertainment, Manchester has it all. So why not book your next break to this vibrant city and see for yourself what it has to offer you?

This post is in association with Travelodge