Advice & Tips

Health Tests and Puppies

. . Many people seem to think that breeding a litter is a license to print money.  Honestly? … if it’s done right, it really isn’t at all.  The costs involved in producing a healthy puppy are not insignificant and the work and time spent getting all your “ducks in a row” before mating even […]

Bandaging a paw

Bandaging a leg is pretty easy, but bandaging a paw is a little more tricky.  Not only do you have a wriggly, dog in discomfort to deal with, but you also have the difficulty of holding the paw with one hand, bandaging with the other, tucking the edges in, keeping it on, making sure its not […]

BUSINESS EXCELLENCE AWARDS 2017

** STOP PRESS ** The full press release is still to be announced but I simply couldn’t wait to share our amazing news.  Rhodes 2 Safety has been crowned UK’S BEST CANINE FIRST AID TRAINING COMPANY in the Business Excellence Awards of 2017   We still have absolutely no idea at all who nominated our […]

Electric Shock – Electrocution

Electric Shock is a serious business whether you are a human, a dog or any other living being come to that.  With pets who like to gnaw such as rabbits or rats for example, or with puppies and adolescent animals or perhaps those “entertaining” themselves due to separation anxiety, it can be a real worry.  […]

Stopper Pad Injuries

Stopper Pad Injuries (or more technically, injuries to the carpal pad) can occur in various ways.   We often see friction burns to the stopper pad in dogs who compete high speed sports such as Flyball. When the dog stops swiftly, bounces and turns himself off the box for the second leg of his run, it’s […]

New Rhodes 2 Safety Video goes live

Our new Rhodes 2 Safety video has gone live on YouTube For all those wanting to experience a flavour of the sort of things we get up to, here’s three minutes that encapsulates the work we do and the team we are.  Putting it together has brought me immense joy and pride as it shows […]

Medic Alert Tags

I’m sure you’ve seen medic alert tag for humans, right?  When you have a history or illness that requires medication such as epilepsy or diabetes for example, the patient will often wear a bracelet or necklace with information on it about their condition so that if they are taken ill, a first aider or medic […]

Giving a Pill the EASY way

Giving a Pill or bandaging a wriggly furball can be tricky! This weekend we were training in Horsham.  A beautiful day meant as we set up, we had the doors open so the dogs could trot in and out and enjoy the garden.  True to form, when Chi came back in, I noticed that he had […]

Popcorn Paws!

Does your dog have Popcorn Paws? or Frito Feet? or Dorito Digits????  If you’re a dog owner, you’ll instinctively know that smell of corn chips or cheesy Doritos, and for a lot of people it’s actually quite a comforting smell of just “being home with your dog”. However, you may not be so keen to sniff […]

Harnesses

Walking your dog on a harness has many benefits and maybe now is the time to consider getting one. In the “old days” we used to use check or choke chains to control our dogs and in some cases people even use prong or electric collars to get their furry friend to walk nicely on […]

GAMES TO PLAY when it’s hot or you can’t get out to walk

** GAMES ** Personally, I walk my dogs every day hail, rain or shine.  But there are occasions when you’d normally be out with your dog, that doing so is either just not possible, or maybe even NOT SAFE. NOT IN THE HEAT In hot weather, walking your dog can actually be life-threatening (even more […]

CANCELLATION – K9 1st Aid Course Walsall

  **  NOTIFICATION OF CANCELLATION ** Sadly, the course scheduled to take place in Walsall, West Midlands on Saturday 2nd July, 2016, has had to be cancelled. All monies have either been refunded via PayPal or a cheque sent out “snail-mail” to everybody who was booked on this course. I’d like to extend my sincere apologies […]

Lungworm Area locator

I’m sure you’ve seen adverts for lungworm treatments at your vets, on the TV or maybe at your doggy day care facility, but many people have said they don’t really know what lungworm is and whether they need to take any steps in this regard.  Well, firstly, here’s the R2S blog in case you feel you need […]

Cracked or Dry Nose

So far as your dog is concerned, his nose is his most important organ.  When it is dry, cracked or damaged in any way, that’s a big deal.  We often use our dogs’ noses as an indicator as to whether they are well or not.  Many people go with the concept that a wet nose […]

Canine Autism

CANINE AUTISM – is it a real thing? Am I making it up? Have I lost the plot? Autism in humans is something I’m sure you’ve heard of .  It’s something we are starting to understand more and more these days, thank goodness, but what exactly is it? Autism is a spectrum disorder (meaning that it […]

Nettle Stings – treatment

TREATMENT FOR NETTLE STINGS   We have covered various allergic reactions in previous blogs including bees, wasps, toads and caterpillars.  Don’t forget that when Spring has sprung and new growth appears throughout our countryside and hedgerows, it’s nettle season which can really irritate your dog, particularly his paws if he runs through a patch on his […]

Canine First Aid Tour of Scotland … Wagons Roll!

We are off on our travels again.  The Rhodes 2 Safety Canine First Aid Tour of Scotland for 2016 gets underway today with our first course on the tour taking place in Aberlady near Edinburgh on Sunday night.  This year we’ll be covering lots of venues more centrally but we will also be heading out […]

Bloat – Did we tempt fate?

So having posted about bloat again just this last week, last night I actually thought we had tempted fate. Axl was NOT a happy bunny.  Some three hours after his supper (9pm), he suddenly became very agitated, swallowing as if trying to stop himself being sick and shot out into the garden to eat grass […]

Happy St. Patrick’s Day

With my grandfather being Irish, and with a name like Kerry, we at Rhodes 2 Safety would like to wish you all a very HAPPY St. PATRICK’S DAY Axl decided he’d like to show you his Irish side too. Take it away big fella Riverdancing Ridgeback

Colitis in dogs

Colitis is really uncomfortable and unpleasant – and it doesn’t just affect us humans.  Your dog can suffer with this too and it has many causes.  So, what actually is colitis? The colon is part of the intestine and is responsible for doing things like collecting the fibrous parts of the diet that the dog […]