Things to do with Dogs in South Africa


Things to do with Dogs in South Africa
We at Dog’s Life are always doing our best to ensure that you get top tips and relevant information to make life with your pet the absolute best it can be. And we know that going out an about with your pet can be challenging in the city.
Here we round up how to spend a day with your precious pooch, doing all you want to do and still getting to see friends and loved ones. Get ready for some howlingly good fun!


Don't Shave Your Dog's Beautiful Coat - Here's How to Groom Your Dog for Summer Comfort


Summer is on the way and while it might be tempting to shave your dog to get him ready for the warm weather season the truth is not all dogs should get the annual summer shave. If you're the proud dog parent to a double-coated breed then put the sheers down and listen. Although their coats might look warm, the double coat actually allows dogs to regulate their temperature and keep them cool in summer. Instead of shaving your pup here are a few grooming tips and tricks to keep your dog cool and their coat shiny and healthy in summer.


5 Simple Tips for Cleaning Up Dog Hairs


There’s no doubt you love your furry friend but that doesn’t mean you’re not allowed to dislike having their fur everywhere. Depending on the breed of dog you have gracing you with their presence at home, dog hair can end up on your clothes, carpets, furniture, and the floor. Here are 5 simple tips on how to keep your home free from dog hair… most of the time.


The Dog-Friendly Guide to Road Trips


All dog owners know that bringing your pets along for the holiday is part of the fun of travel. But, of course, travelling with a pet in the car can sometimes be quite stressful but with these handy tips, it doesn't have to be! Whether you’re headed away for a weekend at the beach, a camping trip, or week-long stay at a cabin in the mountains, taking your dog on your trip should be a wonderful treat, not a chore! 


How smart is your dog? Check out this list of 10 most and least intelligent dog breeds


So you think your pooch is a canine Einstein? You're not alone, thousands of dog owners believe their furry friends are blessed with a unique intelligence but the truth is your dog's intelligence is dependant on a number of factors including lifestyle, and of course, breed. In his book, The Intelligence of Dogs, Stanley Coren takes a look at the brightest and ditsiest breeds based on results from over 200 professional dog obedience judges.


Help my dog's a food thief! What to do when your dinner isn’t safe


Pup parents often love to share everything about their lives with their furry friend but sometimes we want to keep our dinner all to ourselves (especially when said dinner could contain ingredients that are harmful to your dog!). So what's a dog owner to do when their dog insists on stealing food off their plate, kitchen counter tops, or even the braai grill? 


5 Tips For Taking Great Photos Of Your Dog


Every dog owner will tell you that you can never have too many photos of your dog. But, they’ll also tell you that taking photos of a dog can be a little bit tricky at first. So, if you’re interested in moving on from blurry close ups of your dog seconds away from licking the camera towards beautiful frame-worthy shots of your beloved pooch, then these five tips will prove to be a lifesaver!


5 Surprising Must-Haves For Grooming Your Dog At Home


Taking your dog for regular grooming appointments can be a costly affair but that doesn’t mean you should avoid grooming altogether. These at-home grooming tips can help extend the time in between visits to the groomers and keep your dog’s coat in tip-top shape. These surprising grooming must-haves are every groomer’s secret weapon and will prove to be a lifesaver in a pinch.


Everything You Need to Know About Doing the Heimlich Maneuver on Your Dog


Here’s what to do in an emergency.

If your dog chews on everything he can find then he definitely runs the risk of choking at some point down the line. We know it can be hard to stop your pooch from chewing on things other than the toys you give them so it’s important to learn how to perform the Heimlich manoeuvre on a choking pet in case of an emergency.


5 Winter Coats to Keep Your Pup Warm & Snug


Winter has finally arrived and while we humans are starting to feel the cold seep into our bones there’s no doubt that your furry friend is starting to feel the effects too! So, while you’re shopping for winter warmers for your own wardrobe don’t forget to pick up something for your favourite pooch as well. Smaller and naturally skinny dog breeds can be particularly susceptible to cold weather and it’s important to give your pets a little extra protection from the elements when the cold fronts hit.


10 Fascinating Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Dogs

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If you’re a dog lover then you probably think you know everything there is to know about our furry friends. But, there may be some hidden secrets that our canine companions have been keeping from us. In fact, you may be surprised at some of the interesting things you probably didn’t  know about your pooch. Here are 10 things you probably didn’t know about dogs.


5 Chew-toys your dog will love!

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Investing in a few good chew toys to distract and entertain your pup can save your shoes and your furniture!

If you’re tired of your dog chewing your most beloved shoes, or worse, your furniture, then it’s probably time to introduce some fun distractions in the form of chew toys.


Dog Behaviour 101: Why Does My Dog Growl or Snap?


The best thing about being a pet parent is discovering your dog’s weird and wonderful personality bit by bit. And, any dog parent will tell you that having a dog in the house can be an interesting experience. While we love our little scamps they do get up to mischief and mayhem and often we can’t figure where this naughty behaviour comes from.


5 Doggy Charities to Donate to in 2018


If you’re a dog owner then there’s no doubt you love your furry friend to bits - in fact, some of us take better care of our pets than we do ourselves! There’s nothing wrong with having a pampered pooch who is showered with love and attention but what about all those homeless, shelter pups out there who need a little love?


What’s in a Name? 10 Great Dog Names for Foodies


Love food? These names will show your love for both your pup and your favourite foods.

There are loads of great dog names to choose from - there are your classic doggie names like Spot, Socks, and Cuddles - but if you’re an avid foodie you might want to give your pup a namesake that reflects your love of food.


Dog behaviour 101: Why does my dog love digging up my precious flower beds and lawn?


The best thing about being a pet parent is discovering your dog’s weird and wonderful personality bit by bit. And, any dog parent will tell you that having a dog in the house can be an interesting experience.


Tips To Keep Your Home From Smelling Like A Kennel!


Sharing your home with your fur baby can be all kinds of amazing but we can’t deny that with all that love and wet-nosed attention also comes all sorts of weird and not-so-wonderful smells. And, while you love your dog to bits, these smells can often pong up your entire home, especially if you live in a smaller home or flat! But fear not, we’ve put together some great tips and tricks to keep your home, and your pooch, smelling as fresh as a daisy!


Weird Things Your Dog Eats: The good, the bad, and the healthy!


Being the a proud pet parent to a fuzzy pooch can be a joy but that doesn’t mean that it’s all sunshine and daisies. If you have a dog then you no doubt have witnessed your pup licking or eating something super weird, and you probably still don’t know why they do it! From their own poop to vomit, grass, and so much more, we take a look at the weird things your dog eats and whether or not they’re healthy or should be avoided.


10 things all dog owners do but would never admit to!


We all know that dog parents have a deep emotional bond with their furry children but sadly the non-dog-obsessed don’t always understand this bond so we tend to keep our sometimes unusual doggy interactions under wraps. While some of our alone time with our dogs is super normal - belly rubs, long walks on the beach, and plenty of playtime - others could be misconstrued as a little, shall we say, odd. Here are 10 things all dog owners do but probably wouldn’t admit to!


Wrap Up Your Pooch in Warm Capes, Coats and Jerseys This Winter!


While your dog might not necessarily be looking forward to winter he can look forward to wrapping up in the comfiest capes, jerseys, and coats around. Of course, dressing your dog up in the cutest winter wear might be loads of fun for you, but for your dog they’re merely excited about the extra layers that will be keeping them warm and snug when the winter chill sets in. So, when you’re choosing your pup’s winter wardrobe make sure that you choose something that is really going to keep them warm and not only up their cute factor.


5 things your dog is trying to tell you


We all like to believe that our dogs are emotional beings but often they are much simpler than their human companions. Let’s face it, our pet pooches are mostly motivated by basics like food, water, and stimulation or exercise. But, ask any dog owner and they will tell you that companionship is also a huge part in determining a dog’s happiness and no one is a more loved companion than their human parents.


10 Tips for having a dog when you live in a flat


So you want to adopt a dog but you live in an apartment or flat with no access to a yard? Not ideal! But, fear not, because having limited space doesn’t mean you can’t or shouldn’t have a dog. In fact, living in a flat with a dog can encourage you to get creative and spend more quality time with your pet pooch. Here are
10 tips for having a dog when you live in a flat.


10 Places To Go On an Adventure with Your Dog in Cape Town and Joburg!

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If you and your pup are the adventurous types then we're sure you're always on the lookout for new and exciting places to visit together. Of course, not everyone is as dog crazy as we are so it can be a struggle to find places that will welcome both you and your pooch for a day out.


How to puppy-proof your car


Everyone loves taking their dogs on a joy ride or two in the car and for some of us leaving home without our pet pooch is a definite no-no. But, if you've just adopted a new puppy then chances are you haven't yet realised the havoc one small dog can wreak on the interior of your car.


Top 5 apps every pet owner needs


While your phone might be full of apps designed to make your life easier, have you ever thought about downloading a few just for your pup? Believe it or not, there are loads of super useful apps out there designed just for dog owners who need a little helping hand. Here are our top 5 must-download apps for pet owners - they are all designed to make your daily tasks as a pet owner so much easier!


Top 5 Trends for Dogs in 2016


You know what they say; “New Year, new you” … and the same applies to your pet pooch! 2016 brings with it a bunch of new trends for you and your dog to enjoy and we’ve rounded up the top looks fashion forward pets will be coveting in 2016. From denim to bandanas, there’s something for every type of pup to enjoy.


Holiday Foods That Are Safe To Share With Your Pup


The festive season is just around the corner and that means loads and loads of celebratory meals. And, because we love our dogs to bits it’s only natural that you would want your dog to share in the festivities with a special treat from the table. But be warned, not everything on your Christmas table is safe for your dog.


Five Festive DIY Gifts For Your Dog


While making and wrapping gifts for all your two-legged friends and family this festive season, don’t forget about your four-legged pals as well! When thinking about a gift to fill up your pup’s Christmas stocking you don’t have to break the bank - something homemade will do just the trick and keep your pooch happy and having fun.


Fit Food for Your Pet - the best dog foods for your pooch


As more and more people start focusing on healthy and organic eating we thought we would give you the tips and info you need to put your dog on a healthy path as well.


5 Gifts for Animal Lovers!


Shopping for a friend or family member who has everything can be incredibly hard but the trick is to hone in on their favourite hobbies or the things they love and then get them gifts based on that. Animal lovers are among the easiest to shop for when it comes to birthdays and other holidays - spoil their furry friend and they'll love you always!


Travelling in style - must-have dog carriers for pups on the move.

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If your pet pooch loves to travel everywhere with you then it’s probably time to invest in an ultra stylish dog carrier. The handy carriers for small to medium-sized dogs are just what you need to keep your pup safe and comfortable when they go on daily adventures with you. A good dog carrier should be sturdy, comfortable and offer safety features so your dog won’t be able to jump out and escape or injure themselves.


Summer Lovin’ - Must-have Doggy Fashion for Summer 2015!


Summer is finally here and you’re not the only one who should be reconsidering their summer wardrobe. As the weather gets warmer, chances are your pup is keen for a change too. So, ditch those winter woolies and get ready to shop up a storm because we’ve got the best in summer doggy fashion trends for you.


4 Super Comfy Dog Beds to Lust-After this Spring


If there's one thing you should splurge on this spring it's a super comfy bed for your pup. Every dog deserves a good night's rest and a soft, cuddly place to curl up and relax, so we put together a list of lust-after doggy beds to spoil your pooch with this spring. If your dog’s bed is looking a little worn out, then now is a great time to replace it. 


5 Easy DIY Projects for Dog Lovers


If you love tackling DIY projects at home and have run out of things to make for yourself or your loved ones then why not try making something unique for your beloved pet? From homemade treats to pimped out travel crates there’s a project for every artsy pet lover out there to try. So roll up your sleeves, put on some tunes and get ready to tackle one of our 5 genius DIY projects for dog lovers.


5 Easy DIY Projects for Dog Lovers


If you love tackling DIY projects at home and have run out of things to make for yourself or your loved ones then why not try making something unique for your beloved pet? From homemade treats to pimped out travel crates there’s a project for every artsy pet lover out there to try. So roll up your sleeves, put on some tunes and get ready to tackle one of our 5 genius DIY projects for dog lovers.


5 Healthy Things To Sneak Into Your Dog’s Food


Dogs the world over are being fed healthier diets as pet owners become more and more concerned about what’s going into their dogs’ bowls at meal times. Whether you’re feeding your pooch premium dog food or are cooking up homemade pet grub there are plenty of healthy things you can slip into pet food to boost your dog’s health.


5 Money Saving Tips for Dog Owners


Adding a new fur-ball to your family can do amazing things for your heart and mind but we can’t promise it won’t be tough on your wallet. We all want to treat our dogs like royalty but not everyone has the money to spoil their dog with the best-of-the-best.


5 Life Hacks for Dog Owners


Owning a furry friend can be quite a challenge - between feeding, grooming, exercising and playing it can start to feel like having a dog is a full time job. To make your life, and your dog’s day just a little bit easier we’ve found 5 super clever life hacks for dogs owners. Use these tricks to save money and have loads more time to cuddle up with your pup on the couch in the months to come!


5 Health Benefits of Owning a Pet!

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We all know that an apple a day keeps the doctor away but did you know that owning a pet is just as beneficial to your health? Owning a furball can result in physical, mental and emotional health benefits for for all ages - which proves that dogs and cats aren’t just a cute face!


The Best Doggy Daycare Spots in JHB and Cape Town


Leaving your pooch at home for long periods at a time while you’re at work during the day can have a negative effect on sensitive and highly active pooches. Arriving home to a stand-offish pet or a wrecked house or garden is never fun which is why more and more pet owners are choosing to send their pups to doggy daycare every day or a few times a week.


5 Dog Care Products You Can Make at Home


Caring for your pooch can be an expensive affair - there are so many things you need in addition to a comfy bed, spiffy collar an d a cosy winter jersey to keep your dog happy and healthy.


Help Your Pup Fight the Cold with the Hottest Winter Fashion for Dogs!

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The cold weather is on its way and it’s time you start thinking about how you’re going to keep your pup snug and warm this autumn and winter. Luckily we’ve got a fabulous range of cosy winter wear, inspired by the latest dog fashions that both you and your dog will absolutely love.


5 Hilarious Dog Videos You Have To Watch!


Dogs do the darnedest things - just ask any dog owner and they’ll have a tonne of crazy and funny stories lined up about their pet pooch. From being afraid of the vacuum cleaner to being fascinated by the TV, every day spent with a dog is a day to remember.


Hypoallergenic Dog Breeds for People with Allergies


Don’t let allergies put you off getting a pet pooch, instead do some research on hypoallergenic dog breeds that probably won’t irritate your allergies. There are loads of dog breeds out there and not all of them will cause their owners to sneeze all day long.


5 Healthy Dog Treat Recipes Your Pup Will Love!


Finding the perfect treats for your dog can be a nightmare. You never know what’s in them and so you can’t be sure that what you’re giving your dog is great for his tummy or his health. So, we’ve gone on the hunt for some fabulous dog treat recipes that you can make at home - they’re healthy and delicious and your dog is bound to love them.


10 Facts About Dogs That Will Blow Your Mind!


It’s no secret that we think dogs are pretty incredible and everyone knows the basic facts about dogs that make them so much more than a pet.


Dog-friendly Hiking Trails and Running Events in South Africa


Active types this one’s for you! Have you ever been hiking or participated in a 10KM running event and wished your dog was there to share in the moment with you before you’d even taken your first steps?


How to Get Fit WIth Fido in 2015!


It’s a new year and we’re sure you have a New Year’s resolution to get fit and healthy this year. But, while you’re focusing on your own health why not spare a thought for you pup as well? Many pet owners are unaware that their dogs are overweight and it’s important to realise that, just like you your pooch needs exercise and a healthy diet to stay in tip top shape.


Everything You Need to Know About Adopting a Dog in South Africa 


Welcoming a new puppy into your home is quite possibly the best thing ever. But while it might be amazing to watch your new pup discover the new world around it you might also want to consider giving your local pet adoption organisations and shelters a try before visiting a breeder.


Do You Need Pet Insurance?


Being a mom to a gorgeous fluffy pup is the best thing ever! But just like everyone else you love, your pet can and will probably get sick from time to time and unless you have money to burn taking out medical insurance for your pet is a must!


Choose the Right Dog Treats


We all love to treat our pups to a little treat every now and then. I mean, how else would we let them know that we love them more than anything? Plus, when they do something really clever or sit, stay and fetch exactly when we tell them to they should always be rewarded with something delicious.


Stuff Dog Owners Say!


There's no doubt about it, we dog owners have our own language! You just need to spend one afternoon at a dog park to realise that there are so many things only dog owners would understand and even more things that only a dog owner would say.


How to Choose the Perfect Harness and Collar for Your Dog

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We're so excited that summer is finally here because warmer weather means more walks and outside time with our pet pooches! Dogs love nothing more than spending a day out in the sun with their owners - it's a time to play and be free so they don't tear up the flower beds at home.


Famous and Fabulous Pooches from Around The World


Let's be honest, we all love a good piece of celebrity gossip! But did you know that the life of famous celebrity pups is just as exciting as that of their human counter parts? Over the years many dogs have demanded the spotlight for different reasons and we thought it was about time these furry celebs got their dues.


The Best Dog Kennels in Joburg and Cape Town


We're counting down the days until the summer holidays here in South Africa - sitting in an office while the sun is shinning outside just isn't right! The only problem with holidays is that most of the time you can't take your favourite furry friend with you. While we wish that every place on earth was dog-friendly unfortunately not everyone caters for having pets hanging


Easy Halloween Costumes for Your Dog Easy Halloween Costumes for Your Dog


Halloween is a just a few days away and we’re sure you have already finalised your costume but have you thought about what your pet pooch is going to wear? If your dog loves dressing up then you’re in luck because we have put together a list of super easy Halloween costumes for your pup!


Incredible Dog Breeds You've Probably Never Heard Of!

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Today we are putting your knowledge of dog breeds to the test with our list of incredible dog breeds you have probably never heard of. You can read our list and give yourself a point for every breed you already knew and while you're at it you will learn about all sorts of unique dog breeds. And, who knows you might find your new-favourite dog breed right here!


Dog Friendly Restaurants in Joburg, Durban and Cape Town!


Let's face it; nothing compares to your relationship with your pet pooch. Sadly, as much as we would love to take our dogs everywhere with us there are some places where dogs just aren't welcome. One of our pet peeves when it comes to taking our pups out on the town with us finding places to eat that are dog-friendly. Restaurants are generally not particularly welcoming to dogs but there are a few places where your dog can join you for lunch with the ladies, a quiet tea time break or much needed drink after work. Here is our list of dog-friendly restaurants in Joburg, Cape Town and Durban!


Hot Dog! Summer Doggie Fashion That's As Cool As Ice


Spring is on its way and with that comes loads of fun in the sun! But we humans aren't the only ones who are excited for shorts and sandals weather. There's no doubt that our pet pooches are also looking forward to shedding their winter layers and soaking up the warm summer rays so why not help them be on-trend this spring/summer with the latest doggie summer fashion?


Choosing A Dog - Which Breed is Right For You?


Getting a new pet pooch is about so much more than finding something warm and cuddly to love. It's very important that you do some research on different breeds and the type of dog that will suit you and your lifestyle before you rush out to the breeders or your local pet adoption centre.


Choosing The Perfect Bed For Your Pooch And Your Style


It's no secret that dogs love to sleep - in fact, dogs sleep up to 12 hours a day (lucky little buggers)! So, you can imagine that choosing the right bed is essential for


Do Dogs Need Sweater in Winter?

Sure, dogs come equipped with their own external layering system, but some dogs have lighter layers of fur than others, and Read More...

Wiggle Waggle Walkathon 2013, THANK YOU!


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Dog’s Life proudly took part in the Wiggle Waggle Walkathon this year! On Sunday 1 December, 1600 walkers and 1100 dogs took to the streets of Tokai, Cape Town in the annual SPCA


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It’s Summer time– time to get active and enjoy the outdoors! And while you may not be able to take your beloved pooch with you to the gym, or surfing, or