Does Females’ Dog Urine Cause More Brown Lawn Spots Than Males?

dog rocksThere is a common perception that female dog urine causes more lawn burn marks than male dogs. While not all female dogs’ urine cause burn marks and while a fair number of male dogs’ urine does, there is a higher tendency for female dogs’ pee to ruin lawns far more than when male dogs urinate.

Many people wonder if it has something to do with the different physical makeup of the genders. But, in fact, it’s not what’s on the inside that makes a difference…it’s actually how the different genders urinate that is the answer to this question.

What this mystery ultimately boils down to is the way in which female dogs pee: they squat and urinate in one place, which can create a pool of urine. On the other hand, male dogs tend to wander around the lawn and pee in a variety of spots, with smaller concentrated amounts in each location. Even the fact that male dogs lift their leg to pee helps spread the urine around a broader area, which minimizes the damage to the grass.

before-1Also keep in mind that the size of dog makes a difference. If you have a large dog, regardless of whether they are male or female, they are going to have a larger volume of pee than a small dog. Although, you will find that most young male puppies will squat to pee and this can cause more damage to the lawn that expected. Male dogs tend to learn to lift their leg to pee when they are around a year old, and this behaviour is not affected whether or when they are neutered. Some male dogs will always squat to pee, which would affect the concentration of urine leading to more burn marks, but this is rarely the case.

For both male and female dogs, the cause behind the burn marks in your lawn is largely due to the high amount of nitrogen in dog urine. Some nitrogen can be healthy for your lawn, but too much in a concentrated area causes a burn effect in the same way that too much fertilizer would damage your grass. It all comes down to how much nitrogen is in your dog’s urine and how concentrated the areas are where your dog tends to go pee. While gender has something to do with this, there are certainly more factors at play than simply whether you have a female dog.

Regardless of whether you have a male or female dog, Dog Rocks works to eliminate dog burn marks naturally. Simply by placing your Dog Rocks in your dog’s water bowl, the rocks remove ammonia, tin, nitrogen and other impurities from your dog’s water naturally. What this means is that, when your dog goes pee outside, his or her urine acts to hydrate the grass rather than burn it with excess nitrogen. If you’d like to learn more about how Dog Rocks work, check out our FAQ section here.

Dog Rocks are completely safe for both your female and male dogs and work as effectively with dogs of both genders. Even though your female dog will still be squatting to pee and leaving larger, concentrated pools of liquid, the pee will have a lower number of nitrates. This means that while you use Dog Rocks, your dog’s urine will help contribute to your grass’ growth!

Many other solutions are costly, time-consuming, or potentially risk the health of your dog. Be cautious of remedies that work to lower the pH level of your dog’s urine, as this may not be safe for your dog, and isn’t as effective as a nitrogen-reducing solution, such as Dog Rocks.

Whether you have a female or male dog, Dog Rocks is a safe, effective, and reliable solution for lawn burn marks due to your dog’s urine. Instead of investing time and money in other attempts to bring your grass back to life, simply place your Dog Rocks in your dog’s water and leave the rest up to nature!

Westland launches new Nature’s Feast pet range

Natures FeastFollowing extensive research and development, Nature’s Feast will be strengthening its offer with the launch of a new small animal food collection.

The collection features a range of food, treats and hay for rabbits, guinea pigs and hamsters, an area which represents a £72m market opportunity year on year1.

The Nature’s Feast brand is now perfectly poised to add value to the category, using extensive consumer insight and product research. It has identified a gap in the market, with 43% of shoppers buying both mixed food and pellets, as they perceive nuggets alone to be boring and processed, despite their health credentials2. A new range offering the health benefits of nuggets, with the variety and interest of mixed grass and vegetables will be launched to the trade in July, alongside care guides, POS and other educational support.

An independent one month trial involving 68 rabbits and guinea pigs gave impressive results for this new range of products. It demonstrated the animals were more likely to forage (alieving boredom), but still ate all the food within 24 hours (ensuring nutritional needs were met)3. This indicates the emotional enrichment provided through their ability to express natural behaviours.

Items in the range include:

  Nature’s Feast Rabbit Food – A blend of nuggets with 8% real grass, fruit and vegetables.
Rich in fibre with natural prebiotics and linseed for Omega 3.

  Nature’s Feast Guinea Pig Food – A blend of nuggets with 8% real grass, fruit and vegetables. Rich in fibre with natural prebiotics and linseed for Omega 3. With added Vitamin C.

  Nature’s Feast Hamster Food – A blend of nuggets with 20% fruit and vegetables. Rich in protein from poultry meat meal, with natural prebiotics and linseed for Omega 3.

  Nature’s Feast Snack Selection – A healthy mix of natural snacks to feed straight or to mix in with food or hay. Presented in a 3-pack of different flavours: Fruit Garden, Vegetable Patch and Flower Garden.

  Nature’s Feast Garden Forage – A blend of 5 varieties of grass and hay topped with a delicious mix of flowers. Encourages foraging.

westland-natures-feast-pet-rande-2017Rachael Dickinson, Senior Marketing Manager said: “Through our targeted research and insight we’ve developed a range of products that will add value back into the category with a natural, premium brand. This range will encourage animals to forage, yet provide them with optimum nutrition. All products are visually appealing to the pet owner, plus nutritionally and emotionally good for their animals.”

“We know that small animal owners are concerned about the health of their pets, but also want a food that will provide interest and variety. This new range is in a unique position as it meets both these needs, plus it’s being launched by a well-established brand with the knowledge and experience to drive this forward.”

Westland launches new Nature’s Feast pet range

Natures FeastFollowing extensive research and development, Nature’s Feast will be strengthening its offer with the launch of a new small animal food collection.  The collection features a range of food, treats and hay for rabbits, guinea pigs and hamsters, an area which represents a £72m market opportunity year on year1.

The Nature’s Feast brand is now perfectly poised to add value to the category, using extensive consumer insight and product research. It has identified a gap in the market, with 43% of shoppers buying both mixed food and pellets, as they perceive nuggets alone to be boring and processed, despite their health credentials2. A new range offering the health benefits of nuggets, with the variety and interest of mixed grass and vegetables will be launched to the trade in July, alongside care guides, POS and other educational support.

Nature's Feast Hamster FoodAn independent one month trial involving 68 rabbits and guinea pigs gave impressive results for this new range of products. It demonstrated the animals were more likely to forage (alieving boredom), but still ate all the food within 24 hours (ensuring nutritional needs were met). This indicates the emotional enrichment provided through their ability to express natural behaviours.

Items in the range include:

  Nature’s Feast Rabbit Food – A blend of nuggets with 8% real grass, fruit and vegetables. Rich in fibre with natural prebiotics and linseed for Omega 3.

  Nature’s Feast Guinea Pig Food – A blend of nuggets with 8% real grass, fruit and vegetables. Rich in fibre with natural prebiotics and linseed for Omega 3. With added Vitamin C.

  Nature’s Feast Hamster Food – A blend of nuggets with 20% fruit and vegetables. Rich in protein from poultry meat meal, with natural prebiotics and linseed for Omega 3.

  Nature’s Feast Snack Selection – A healthy mix of natural snacks to feed straight or to mix in with food or hay. Presented in a 3-pack of different flavours: Fruit Garden, Vegetable Patch and Flower Garden.

Nature’s Feast Garden Forage – A blend of 5 varieties of grass and hay topped with a delicious mix of flowers. Encourages foraging.

Rachael Dickinson, Senior Marketing Manager said: “Through our targeted research and insight we’ve developed a range of products that will add value back into the category with a natural, premium brand. This range will encourage animals to forage, yet provide them with optimum nutrition. All products are visually appealing to the pet owner, plus nutritionally and emotionally good for their animals.”

“We know that small animal owners are concerned about the health of their pets, but also want a food that will provide interest and variety. This new range is in a unique position as it meets both these needs, plus it’s being launched by a well-established brand with the knowledge and experience to drive this forward.”

Ancols Viva Lead Extends from Strength to Strength

ancolAncol’s premium quality retractable lead Viva is now in its third year and is going from strength to strength, with over 400,000 sold across the world.

Following customer feedback, this year sees Viva extend to include a new hi-vis range plus an XL sized tape lead. The hi-vis lead features black tape with bold reflective edges woven in. And the XL sized tape is designed for larger dogs that weigh up to 75kg.

Viva is designed to allow dogs plenty of freedom, extending up to five metres yet allowing the owner to remain in complete control. It features a super soft grip handle with one easy-to use button to apply and release the brake.

Sales Director Sarah Lane comments: “We’re really proud to stock such a premium quality extending lead which has proved so successful in competing with the leading brands. Having listened to our customers, this year we’ve introduced a hi-vis range, plus an XL sized tape lead for dogs up to 75kg.

“As it’s not sold within discounters or grocery outlets, this allows retailers to make great margins. For more information about stocking Viva, talk to your Ancol sales representative.”

ancol viva leadViva has undergone rigorous quality control testing in the UK by INTERTEK, with fantastic results. Ancol stands behind the quality of Viva by offering a full guarantee for all material and workmanship for one year from the date of purchase.*

Customers can choose from four colours: red, black, blue and raspberry and four sizes: small for dogs up to 20kg; medium for dogs up to 30kg; large for dogs up to 50kg and XL for dogs up to 75kg. The hi-vis range is available in small and medium sizes only.

The range looks great on the new Viva display stands, which are available upon request. They are designed to easily hang from hooks on either a peg board or slat wall shop fittings, creating a really high impact display in any sized retail area.

Bucktons ready to soar following ‘big reveal’ at PATS Telford

bucktonsBucktons is ready to soar following its ‘big reveal’ at this year’s PATS Telford, where it unveiled a brand new look, a unique superfood for birds and exciting new products.

The brand certainly made an entrance with its bright and colourful packaging, and new aviary and wild bird care products. The move will see it appeal more closely to Britain’s pet loving population.

The launch of its unique Spiralife superfood looks set to leverage its champion heritage into new markets and see growth fly onwards and upwards. Spiralife is a natural enrichment unique to Bucktons, which enhances plumage, as well as supporting healthy immune and digestive functions, benefiting the birds overall health. It’s also enriched with calcium and a variety of vitamins and minerals to help keep birds happy and healthy.

The new aviary range features the new Spiralife superfood and also includes dried carrot granules for added Vitamin C. The pre-pack range also benefits from re-sealable pack for added customer ease. Range includes:

  Bucktons Budgerigar Food

  Bucktons Canary Food

  Bucktons Finch Food

  Bucktons Cockatiel and Lovebird Food

Bucktons Parrot Food
In addition, all the wild bird food products have been changed to a new-look packaging the following additions have been added to the range:

Bucktons High Energy Wild Bird Food – This high energy, no mess bird food is suitable for a wide variety of birds and can be fed all year round. It contains small seeds to make it suitable for young birds and is no mess, as all of the husks have been removed.

Bucktons Suet Variety Pack – A fully branded Bucktons box with easy to carry handles. This product is an ideal gift item with a variety of high energy suet products to try. Included in the box is 1kg Bucktons Mealworm Nuggets, 1kg Suet Pellets, 6 Suet Cakes (various flavours) and 24 Energy Balls conveniently packaged in 6’s. Delivers great value for consumers at £16.99, with a huge saving of £10.66 overall.

  Bucktons Suet Pellets 12.55kg – Energy rich, high protein suet pellets are now offered in the new Bucktons packaging design, providing a VAT Free product for great value.

  Bucktons 150 Energy Balls – Manufactured in East Yorkshire, you can be sure of the best, consistent quality of energy balls for wild birds. Rich in black sunflower seeds, this product is also net free for bird’s safety.
Rachael Dickinson, Senior Marketing Manager for Bucktons, said: “We’d like to thank everyone who took the time to come onto our stand and view our new look and range at this year’s PATS Telford. Our special guest on the stand was Charlie the parrot who was a real star of the show!
“We’re now ready to reach new customers, while keeping Bucktons traditional roots, thanks to our extensive shopper research. We also have the latest nutritional innovation, supported by educational packaging and extended product ranges, all offered exclusively to the pet trade.”
For further information, contact Richard Greenwood, Pet Sales Manager on 07976 490341 or email rgreenwood@westlandhorticulture.com

Small Bite Gets Bigger

ancolWe know that small dogs are on the increase and, to reflect that, this year we’ve introduced several new products to our Small Bite range.

Expanding on the popularity of our pet carry bag range, we’ve designed a new pet carry bag which includes a matching mini treat pouch. Designed to easily carry small dogs, they include webbing straps for extra comfort and support. Available in stone, blue denim and black, each bag comes with a detachable mini treat pouch.

ancol small biteAnd customers love our new Pooch Pouch, which offers a hygienic and stylish way to carry waste bags while out and about. Perfect for dog walkers, it includes a wipe clean interior and rear pocket to keep your mobile phone and keys.

Within our 2015/16 catalogue, you’ll also find a new nylon reflective collar and lead set, a fashionable bandana and soft and plush rabbit toy.

Ancol Develops Its Range of Dog Training Products

ancolThis year sees Ancol extending its range of dogs training and awareness products to help encourage obedience and safe behaviour.

One of their new products is their Hi-vis Warning Bandana which can be easily attached to a dog’s collar or lead while they’re out walking. Its bright colour and warning message alerts others that a dog needs some space – this may be because they have health issues, be nervous or shy, elderly or in training.

Another new product is their Multi-Clicker and Whistle which combines two of the most popular training tools in one. The clicker is a fun way to reward and train a dog, whilst the whistle allows dogs to be controlled at a distance.

Sarah Lane, Sales Director at Ancol comments: “We’re always listening to our customers and following their feedback, we’ve introduced new products to our dog training range.

“We’ve also redesigned our packaging and included simple instructions on how to use each product, plus further information and training videos can be accessed on our website. We know that dogs respond to different training methods so by extending our range, we can offer customers more of an informed choice.”

Also included in the range is their Happy at Heal harness, which has been modified following customer feedback, plus their training leads, halter, line and dumbbell.

Our New 2016 Catalogue Is out Now

ancolThe wait is over…our new 2015/16 catalogue is out now and it’s packed with lots of new and exciting products.

Beautifully designed dog coats, comfy dog bedding, quirky cat pyramids, striking cat and dog dishes, fashionable bandanas… these are just some of the many products you’ll find in our catalogue.

ancol 2016 catalogue imageFollowing feedback, we’ve extended our range of Small Bite collars and leads and introduced a new range of comfy harnesses for small dogs and puppies.

We’ve also introduced some new pet carry bags with stunning designs and colours, together with matching mini treat pouches.

Look out for our new range of winter dog coats, including a traditional green and orange Parka dog coat which is thermally lined for extra warmth.

Plus your customers will love the new additions to our Halloween and Christmas ranges!

Its a Walk in the Park

ancolThis year we’re delighted to be supporting Birmingham Dogs Home with their first ever ‘Walk in the Park’ event.

The event, which will be held on Sunday 7 June at Walsall Arboretum in the West Midlands, invites families and their dogs to enjoy a leisurely walk around the park and raise money for the charity.

Sarah Lane explains: “We have supported Birmingham Dogs Home for many years and this year we wanted to do more. So we’ve helped to organise what promises to be a fantastic event for the whole family – and their dogs!”

Please support the event by taking part, promoting to your staff and customers or volunteering on the day.

Find out more at www.birminghamdogshome.co.uk or to volunteer, email: fundraising@birminghamdogshome.co.uk

ancol walk in the park

Rescue Dogs Model for Ancols New Trade Catalogue

ancolThe catalogue, which is out in May, will launch Ancol’s extended Small Bite range which includes additional coats, carry bags and leads – all specially designed for small dogs and puppies. It also includes a new Halloween range, additional Christmas items including novelty collars and sweaters, reflective collars plus lots more toys.

Modelling our new Small Bite range was Biffa, a Chihuahua-cross puppy who was named after the skip where he was found and Boo, a teacup Chihuahua that arrived at Birmingham Dogs Home Sunnyside in November. Oscar, a 10 month old Belgian Griffon who was recently brought to Birmingham Dogs Home, was modelling our all-weather coats and nylon leads.

ancol rescue dogBirmingham Dogs Home Sunnyside Manager Karen Doy, who has recently adopted Biffa, commented: “It was great to involve our rescue dogs in Ancol’s new catalogue. I’m pleased to say that all three dogs have now found happy homes and we’re delighted with how they performed on the day.”

Sarah Lane, Sales Director at Ancol, added: “We are very grateful to Birmingham Dogs Home for providing such fantastic models. Look out for our new catalogue in May, which is full of new and exciting products your customers will love.”