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Skin Disorders – The Short Guide

How we can help!!! The bane of many an owner’s life and pet’s comfort and even quality of life, Atopic dermatitis (or atopy) is an inflammatory, chronic skin condition associated with environmental allergies and is the second most common allergic skin condition diagnosed in dogs.

Tis the Season of Itchy Skin & Ears

Dogs can have itchy skin for a variety of reasons, as owners of many fur kids, we find that food and seasonal related allergies the hardest to deal with. WamPum is a well known and trusted proudly South African range, with all ingredients selected with your pet’s wellbeing in mind. The focus is on skin and coat health and condition, in formulations that have proven to be highly effective and long lasting.

Gummy Treats for Dogs

Who doesn’t love a gummy type sweet? If your dog stares at you imploringly when you eat sweets and you wish you could share, then these recipes are for you. Healthy Treats The unflavoured and unsweetened gelatin in these treats, may have health benefits for your pet’s skin. Many believe that it helps coat and […]

The Muttley Crew – Beach Babes Part 1

If you are going to buy one harness for your dog, then this should be the harness that you consider. The pricing is well on point for the quality, durability and benefits experienced with this harness. This is ideal for dogs or breeds with known spinal and / or cervical issues, think of the Dachsie, Great Danes, Schnauzers. It is also quite literally a life saver with Brachycephalic breeds.

Basset Hounds, a.. or asset?

Believe it or not, the long held belief that Bassets are dumb is not true. They don’t waste energy on anything and are easily distracted by scents, but hey, that’s what they are bred for. When you measure dogs according to instinctive intelligence, then Bassets are right up there with the rest of the Einsteins. […]

Homemade Dog Treats

So many people are returning to simpler times, growing their own vegetables, keeping chickens for eggs and making toys and treats for their dogs and cats. An internet search provides a wide variety of recipes, making it really easy to choose a recipe based on your available ingredients, your dog’s known likes and dislikes and […]

RDD Life Jacket saves Puppy

On this morning, Anthea’s worst fear came true, Cooper fell in the swimming pool. Thanks to her life jacket, she was kept afloat until Anthea could grab her by the safety handles and lift her out.

The Azawakh – Speed and Stamina

The elegant but aloof Azawakh, is able to reach a maximum speed of 64km/hour, if you blink, you really could miss them. Known for their speed and stamina, they are able to run down game such as hares and antelope.

When High Visibility is a must – The Muttley Crew

Do you have a hugely active dog, who just never seems to get enough exercise? Breeds like the Malinois, Dutch Shepherd, Collies, Kelpies and many others have a very high need for movement to keep them physically and mentally happy. Camouflage dogs The other challenge, is certain breeds like the Dutchie, Kelpie, and Mali, can […]

Did you know: 10 amazing dog facts

1. Dog’s Speed vs Going the Distance A Greyhound can outrun a Cheetah over a long distance, over shorter distances, the Cheetah rules with a top speed of between 110 to 120km/h 2. NOSEiD – Your dog’s noseprint as an identification method IAMS launched their NOSEiD app in 2021. Dog owners can download the app […]

What’s in a Paw?

Did you know that dogs’ paws have shock absorbers, a built in brake, stabilizers and insulation?

The Aïdi – the Atlas Mountain Dog

If you haven’t heard of the Aïdi, you are not alone. It is also known as the Berber and Chien de l’Atlas and it is an African breed that was developed in Morocco, to protect its owners (Northern Berber and other nomadic tribes) and their flocks (sheep and goats) from predators in the Atlas mountains […]

Did you know: Dogs have 18 muscles to move their ears

Fun Facts: The number of muscles varies according to breed They can move each ear independently Ears express a dog’s emotions Dog’s ear canals are L-shaped, predisposing them to infections There are around 12 different ear shapes, from pointed to bat and dropped and just about everything in between

Dogs’ intelligence benefits from a good night’s sleep too!

Do dogs really need dog beds? Most dogs sleep for 12 to 18 hours a day, and just like us a good night’s sleep helps maintain health and comfort, especially in older animals. Aging animals often experience pain causing issues such as arthritis, hip and elbow dysplasia, cervical instability and loss of muscle tone and […]

Out and About with the Muttley Crew

On the 1st of July 2022, we had our first photoshoot with the Muttley Crew. We needed to get our feet wet, with how we all work as a team, how the dogs would react to all the different products, from Jackets to Backpacks and just about everything in between. Success! African dogs, highlighted in […]

What does our Dog’s sleeping position tell us about them?

Our dog’s sleeping positions tell us a lot about how they are feeling and gives us an insight into their personality type. From the vetkoek, to the spatchcock, we can guarantee you know a dog that fits one or more of the descriptions. The Sprawler This sleeping position tells you that your mutt feels safe, […]

Is your dog ok wearing Clothes and Safety Equipment?

Muttley Crew Know How The Muttley Crew, as we have mentioned previously, is made up of a group of rescue dogs and their significant humans. With rescues we are never really certain what good or bad things they have experienced in life, and what will trigger fear associated behaviour or not. Taking the time for […]

Anti-Poaching K9 Heroes

Did you know that the Kruger National Park runs a special programme called Watchdog? That there are projects such as Dogs 4 Wildilfe who train and fully support specialist anti-poaching dogs in National Parks across Southern Africa and parks in need worldwide. KNP’s Project Watchdog This project makes use of Bloodhounds, Malinois, Foxhounds and Blue […]

Legal evidence provided by K9s, admissible in SA Courts or not?

Most of us have heard about the anti poaching dogs, explosive or drug sniffing dogs and a host of other specially trained hard working K9s. Have you ever thought about whether the danger they face, the years of the training and hard work pays off in a court of law? Is their evidence admissible? According […]

Introducing the Adventures of “The Muttley Crew”

Meet the Team – Part Two The other two members of the Muttley Crew live with their mum Jess and dad Leroy (our resident photographer) on a nearby farm, and enjoy almost daily playdates and adventures with the others. Aragon, AKA Arry, Barry, Basil, Lumps, or anything but NOT Harry, is a five-year-old Jack Russell […]

K9 Adventures and keeping them SAFE

With most striving to live a healthier lifestyle, the focus on outdoor exercise such as hiking, running, cycling and rollerblading to name a few, is at an all time high. Added to this, most outdoor enthusiasts LOVE dogs and take their K9s on their adventures with them. Why use Safety Clothing? Just like humans, dogs […]

Introducing the Adventures of “The Muttley Crew”

Meet the Team – Part One DogOnline is proud to present our own team of quality control specialists. The Muttley Crew will test a range of RDD products on as many awesome adventures as their hooman families can manage, we will post videos, photos and give first hand reviews on how the products work for […]

The Africanis – the Dog of Africa

Often named as a mongrel, “soweto special”, mutt and other more unsavoury names, the Africanis is in fact a landrace breed, endemic to southern Africa with a proven lineage going back at least 7,000 years. The appearance of the Africanis can vary a little, depending on what prevailing types of dogs survived and bred in […]

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Keep dogs calm during thunderstorms

Understanding Dogs’ Fear of Thunderstorms: Why Does it Happen? The phenomenon of dogs hating thunderstorms has intrigued many, with experts still uncovering the full spectrum of reasons behind this fear. According to Trista Miller (a CPDT-certified trainer), a dog’s acute sensitivity to sound plays a pivotal role in their apprehension of thunderstorms. She explains: “Dogs […]

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