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Why Your Dog Licks You

Why Your Dog Licks You

Your dog licks you for a number of different reasons. Some you may not know and some will seem simple to you. So be sure to read the article and let us know what you think!

Firstly we’ll start off with the most simple reason that your dog licks you are simply just to show affection towards their owner. As licking is a dogs way of displaying their love and affection for humans. Dogs are also known to be affectionate animals, especially with their owner. Plus when a dog licks you, their brains release endorphins or happiness hormones which calms them down and reassures them that everything is okay. In terms of context, if you want to relate this to a different scenario then it is probably the same comforting feeling that a child would feel when their parents hug or kiss them.

Dogs will also use licking as a way of communication, as humans would use body language, speech or sound, dogs have their own unique methods such as barking or wagging their tail and licking is a dog’s unique way of communication. They may be trying to tell you that they want something from you, like some food or water. However, whatever it is that they want, by giving you a lick will indicate that they want something.

Another method of communication from a dog is that you’ll find that they literally just want your attention. Like a needy child, your puppy craves your love and attention and they know that you will give it to them if they hassle you for long enough. Dogs love to show that they love you so why not show them that you love them too by giving them a fuss, a treat or a belly rub?

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Why Your Dog Follows You Around

Why Your Dog Follows You Around

Why Does Your Dog Follow You Around?

You may be wondering why your dog follows you around everywhere you go. Sometimes you’re performing such an innocent task around your house and then all of a sudden your dog appears right at your side.

Firstly you need to understand that dogs are animals that usually live in “packs”. If you don’t know what this is this is where an animal will live in a group of the same species and they will live and hunt together in order to survive. Your dog will adapt to your family by considering your family as their “pack”. Dogs are also very sociable animals and descend from animals that live in packs such as wolves etc so when you leave for work etc your dog may feel vulnerable as the “leader of the pack” is not there. So when you return your dog will follow to show you that your presence in the household is very reassuring for them and that they feel better with you there.

Also, you may not believe this but dogs are naturally curious animals and your presence, or whatever you’re doing has attracted their attention and they are just simply wondering what you are doing in the house. You must also consider that what you’re doing in the house could also be an opportunity for your pet and if they are not curious about what you are doing then they may miss out. For example, if you’re preparing a meal for your family then there may be some spare food going around for them or may even a treat or two.

Finally, you may find that your dog will follow you around simply because they love you! They don’t want you to leave them because they are scared you will never come back. You will find it obvious that your dog loves you and that they will clearly need to show you in order to make it known to you. You will have an unbreakable relationship with your pet and that is not something to be taken likely. So the reason why your dog follows you around is that of the unconditional love that they have for you! Also, they may hope that you give them a treat or two.

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Top Tips For Training Your Dog

Top Tips For Training Your Dog

Tips For Training Your Dog

There are many different things to consider when training your pet. Firstly you have to take into account that it isn’t going to just happen overnight. Training your dog will take time and effort and a lot of patience so be sure to make sure that you’re treating your pet with respect and if you follow these steps then training your dog will be a piece of cake!

Firstly you should definitely be choosing your dog’s name wisely and correctly as this will lay down all the foundations that you require in order to train your new friend effectively and efficiently. The science behind this involves picking a name that ends in a strong consonant such as Jack, Jasper, Rocky as this will allow the dog to hear their name clearly every time.

Secondly, you will need to decide on house rules, before your dog comes home you will need to decide in your family or by yourself if the dog is allowed on your bed, furniture etc. So that both you and the dog can avoid confusion about the rules that your dog will abide by.

You can set up his own private area for the dog in order to enhance your dog’s training scheme. This means that from the earliest moment that your dog will need a private sleeping place that’s not used by anyone else in the family or pet. He or she will benefit from the short periods of time left alone in the comfort and safety of the dog’s den. Reward your pet if he remains quiet and relaxed and this will teach him to behave in this manner as he knows he will be rewarded if he does this and this is a valuable tool for housetraining.

Another method to help train your dog is to help he or she to relax when your puppy or dog comes home. Techniques that have been successful in the past are to give your dog a ticking clock and a hot water bottle then this will give your pet comfort as it will imitate the feeling of the heat and heartbeat of his littermates. Which will help to soothe him or her in their new environment which will improve your pet training scheme in the long run.

Teach your puppy to come when his name is called. Teaching him to come to you when is named is called is the command to be mastered first. By enforcing this relationship, your alpha status will be reinforced to the dog. Getting down to his or her level will be key to the success of this trick too so that when he does you can make a big deal using positive reinforcement. Of course, you can enhance this by rewarding the dog’s good behaviour. Reward it using positive reinforcement by using treats, toys, love or heaps of praise. Let him know when he’s getting the training right. Likewise never reward bad behaviour as this will get your pet into bad habits and confuse your pet.

Discourage your canine friend from biting or nipping you instantly. But instead of scolding him, a great way to put your pet doing it is to pretend that you’re in a great deal of pain when your pet is biting or nipping you. It’ll be so surprised he’s likely to stop immediately. However, if this doesn’t work, then you can try trading a chewing toy for your hand or trouser leg. The trick also works when your pet or puppy into your shoes. He or she will prefer a toy or bone anyway. If all else fails, you can try to break up the biting behaviour, and then just ignore him.

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The Smallest Dog Breeds In The World

The Smallest Dog Breeds In The World

Following on from our ‘Largest Dog Breeds In The World‘ post, we’ve decided to now look at the smallest breeds. Instead of following the route of giving you the measurements, ww want to talk more about the breeds themselves, because the personalities associated with the breeds is well worth a read.

Russian Toy

The Russian Toy (or Russkiy Toy) is a very, very small breed of dog that comes from Russia (obviously), but derives from the English Toy Terrier. When I say that they’re very small, they typically only weigh between 1kg – 3kg, so they’re about as tiny as you can come across. There is both long & short haired breeds of the dog, both equally as beautiful & both equally as small.

They’re very loving animals & usually care for their family a lot, so you can guarantee that the Russian Toy would be a loyal pet. They can be quite reserved to strangers, but if they are introduced in the right manner, you can be sure that they will be great. As a very active & cheerful breed, you can be sure that you’ll be spending a lot of time playing as they love to run around.

The breed was only provisionally recognised by the FCI in 2006 & is expected to gain its definitive recognition at some point this year. This is because until the 1990s, the dog was basically unknown outside of Russia, so it wasn’t really know to any other country. Since then, there have been various kennels set up around Europe & interest is also growing in Japan & the USA.


If you want to learn more about the Russian Toy, CLICK HERE.

Japanese Chin

The Japanese Chin (or Japanese Spaniel) is essentially considered royalty in Japan as it’s very important to Japanese nobility, this tiny breed has a very distinctive heritage. The Japanese Chin is again, very small, not as small as the Russian Toy, but still small. It weighs on average between 3.2kg – 4.1kg but the AKC & the FCI give no weight requirements for the dog.

It is considered to be very cat like in both appearance & traits. This is because it’s a very intelligent breed & they also have a very good sense of balance with a tendency to rest on high surfaces. While being very calm dogs, they’re well know for being very entertaining because they’re easy to train.

As for their importance to Japanese nobility, they are considered to be companions in Japan, which is different to most other breeds. Most other breeds of dog are seen as worker or helper animals. It is this superiority that led Japanese royalty to restrict ownership to those of royal & noble blood.


If you want to learn more about the Japanese Chin, CLICK HERE.


The Papillon (0r Continental Toy Spaniel) is another spaniel type dog, this time it is more well known than the Japanese Chin & the Russian Toy though. Typically weighing between 3.2kg – 4.5kg, it’s another small dog, but it stands out from the crowd with it’s fringed ear hair. For those who didn’t know, Papillon means ‘butterfly’ in French, which is given to them because of the appearance of their ears.

They are very loving, playful & adventurous dogs that will suit any family. They aren’t shy or aggressive by any means & will make a great companion for a family. They are a very active breed & playing usually wears them out a lot, but they should still have a daily walk, just like all other dogs.

The Papillon is another dog that has a great association with royalty, as it was greatly associated with Marie Antoinette. The dog is also know as the ‘Squirrel Spaniel’ in various places because of the tail (it slightly resembles that of a squirrel).


If you would like to learn more about the Papillon, CLICK HERE.


The Affenpinscher (or Monkey Terrier) is a German breed of dog that dates back to around the 17th century. The breed is ancestral to the Griffon Bruxellois (which we talk about next). This breed can weigh anywhere between 2.9kg – 6.0kg, so again it is a relatively lightweight dog. The coats are quite rough if they aren’t treated, but if they are, then they will be quite a soft & fluffy dog.

They’re are a breed with many defined traits, as they are both active but stubborn. This means that when it comes to training your Affenpinscher, you’ll have to use various techniques to makes sure that it’s effective. They’re very loving animals towards their families, which makes them the ideal family companion.


If you would like to learn more about the Affenpinscher, CLICK HERE.

Griffon Bruxellois

The Griffon Bruxellois (or Brussels Griffon) is a toy dog that originates from Brussels. There are technically 3 different types of dog that fall under the ‘Griffon Bruxellois’ bracket, which vary in coat colour & length mainly. Again, as a small dog, they can weigh anything between 2.5kg – 5.5kg, which is deemed healthy for this breed.

The Griffon Bruxellois is know to be able to get a long with almost any other animals, as well as being great with children. They’re known to have a big heart, which means that they love a cuddle with their master, which is great for any pet lover. As with most smaller dogs, they have no concept of their own size, so if you have any other pets in the house that are bigger, be sure to keep a look out for the Griffon Bruxellois trying to dominate.

The Griffon Bruxellois grew massively in popularity during the late 19th century with both workers and noblemen. Although, as time has gone on, they’re now aren’t as popular & generally an uncommon breed, which is sad because they’re such amazing dogs.


If you would like to learn more about the Griffon Bruxellois, CLICK HERE.

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Dogs In The Movies

Dogs In The Movies

There are countless movies around today with dogs in, but sometimes there are just some that stand out more than others. While we’ve all seem countless stories about Lassie & Beethoven (who were both great in their respective movies), I want to take a look at the dogs that don’t always get as much limelight. Personally, I think that the dogs I will mention deserve to be up there with Lassie & Beethoven.


Fang is the beloved dog of Hagrid (Harry Potter). I personally chose him because
he is the standout dog out of every film I have watched, not by any means is he a lead character, he’s just really lovable. He’sis portrayed in the films as a Boarhound, but in actual fact is played by a Neapolitan Mastiff. 3 dogs in total have played the role of Fang in the series; Monkey, Hugo & Uno. For me, he stands out because of his mannerisms & temperament, I can’t think of a more lackadaisical dog (for lack of a better term).

It’s also his drooling that just makes him even more lovable. As Hagrid’s only companion, he is really an essential part of the film, even though making only very brief appearances.

As a dog lover, I couldn’t think of a better companion than Fang, regardless of his size.


Marley from the film Marley & Me was played by a staggering 22 dogs during the course of the movie. This may seem a lot, but when you consider the fact that you see the whole life course of Marley, it’s not too bad.

This dog is definitely one that you fall in love with from the get-go. What makes it better is that you’re following the life story of a dog that can literally do anything & even you as the viewer would struggle to stay mad at him. For me, he’s defiantly a favourite as I’m sure you’ll all agree.


Some of you will be wondering who exactly Samantha (Sam) is, she is the only living companion of Robert Neville (Will Smith) in I Am Legend. During the opening scenes of the film, it is clear to see that he lives for his dog, Sam, who clearly feels the same way about him. Watching the two characters you quickly become very attached to them after the scene of his daughter handing him the puppy.

As the film goes on, the view begins to get more & more attached to the pair & when the inevitable happens & Sam becomes infected, the following moments aren’t easy to watch at all.

These are my selections, why don’t you let us here at The Leather Dog Co. know what you think & even let us know what characters you would of chosen?


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Picking The Right Dog Kennel Cage Size

Picking The Right Dog Kennel Cage Size

Picking your dogs’ kennel cage size can be quite difficult and it depends on the use of the cage e.g for travelling, sleeping etc.

The following sizing recommendations and breed examples are intended to give very general idea. So when picking a dog kennel cage please size according to the size of your dog as all dogs can vary in different ways. Essentially the cage needs to be big enough to at the very least lie down, stand up and turn around.

Kennel Cage SizeFor dogs that weigh;

24 – 30 lb,  ( Chihuahua ),  L; 18″  H; 11″

30 – 38 lb,  ( Shih Tzu ),  L; 20″  H; 14″

38 – 50 lb,  ( Cocker Spaniel ),  L; 21″  H; 16″

50 – 60 lb,  ( Beagle ),  L; 24″  H; 20″

60 – 80 lb,  ( Dalmatian ),  L; 30″  H; 23″

80 – 100 lb,  ( Alaskan Malamute ),  L; 33″  H; 26″

100 – 150 lb,  ( Akita ),  L; 38″  H; 29″

150 – 180 lb,  ( Newfoundland ),  L; 42″  H; 32″

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The Largest Dog Breeds In The World

The Largest Dog Breeds In The World

Great Dane

Height: Males 30 – 34 inches, Females 28 – 32 inches        Weight: Males 54 – 90 kg, Females 45 – 59 kg

A Powerful dog, often referred to as the gentle giant with its charming and affectionate manor.

Great Dane


Height: Males from 30 inches, Females from 27 inches    Weight: Males from 72 kg, Females from 68 kg

Another powerful muscular dog who is also referred to as a gentle giant due to their patient and watchful manor

English Mastiff

Neapolitan Mastiff

Height: Males 26 – 30 inches, Females 24 – 28 inches    Weight: Male & Female Up to 74 kg

A Peaceful affectionate dog. Serious, mild mannered and intelligent  however not for everyone as they drool A LOT , even more so in summer.

Neapolitan Mastiff


Height: Males 27 – 29 inches, Females 25 – 27 inches   Weight: Males 59 – 68 kg, Females 45 – 54 kg

A strong dog with an outstanding sweet temperament. Considered very loyal, devoted and trustworthy.


Newfoundland Dog Breed

Tibetan Mastiff

Height: Males 30 – 33 inches, Females 28 – 30 inches      Weight: Males 45 – 72 kg, Females 40 – 60 kg

Perceived as a courageous, fearless, even-tempered dog who is calm and thoughtful. They are also considered the most expensive breed in the world.

Tibetan Mastiff Dog Breed

Bernese Mountain Dog

Height: Males 24 – 28 inches, Females 23 – 27 inches     Weight: Males 38 – 50 kg, Females 36 – 48 kg

These dogs are known for their intelligence and good natured personality.

Bernese Mountain Dog Breed

Great Pyrenees

Height: Males 27 – 32 inches, Females 25 – 29 inches    Weight: Males 45 kg, Females 38 kg

Also known as the Pyrenean Mountain Dog they are Courageous, very loyal and obedient

Great Pyrenees Breed Dog

Irish Wolfhound

Height: Female & Male 28 – 35 inches
Weight: Female & Male 90 – 150 40 – 69 kg

The Irish Wolfhound is one of the tallest breeds in the world and are very sweet-tempered and patient.

Irish Wolfhound Dog Breed

Caucasian Shepherd Dog

Height: Female & Male 25 – 28 inches   Weight: Female & Male  pounds 45 – 70 kg

A very strong and hardy dog with strong willed and brave traits.

Caucasian Shepherd Dog Breed

Scottish Deerhound

Height: Female & Male 28 – 32 inches    Weight: Female & Male 34 – 50 kg

Considerably similar to the Irish Wolfhound they are tall, slim well mannered dog who is gentle polite and affectionate.

Scottish Deerhound Dog Breed

St Bernard

Height: Female & Male 25.5 – 27.5 inches     Weight: Female & Male 50 – 91 kg

St Bernards are giant, gentle dogs that are patient obedient and extremely loyal

St Bernard Dog Breed

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Top 11 Most Expensive Dog Items In The World

Top 11 Most Expensive Dog Items In The World

For some reason we have a compelling need to pamper our pets, specifically our pooches, more than we pamper ourselves!

From Mink Fur Coats to Dog Tiaras we’ve searched for some of the most expensive, or seemingly ridiculous items available to purchase for your dog.

Mink Fur Coat – $725

Mink Fur Coat For Dogs


22K Gold Thread Dog Mattress – $3,000

22 carat gold thread mattress


Versace Barocco Dog Bowl – $754

Versace Barocco Dog Bowl


Louis XV Dog Pavilion – $23,990

Louis VX Dog Pavilion


52 carat Diamond Dog Collar – $1.8 Million

52 carat Diamond Dog Collar


Sexy Beast Dog Perfume – $65

Sexy Beast Dog Perfume


Hello Kitty Crystal Dog House – $31,660

Hello Kitty Crystal Dog House


Super Dog House With Plasma TV & Spa – $410,825

Super Dog House with Plasma TV and Spa


Roberto Cavalli Designer Pet Clothes – $110-$1,200

Roberto Cavalli Designer Pet Clothes


Swarovski Pet Throne – Price Unknown

Swarovski Dog Throne


Lastly, The Most Staggering Of All – Dog Tiara – $4.2 Million

Dog Tiara

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National Dog Day

We all know that The Leather Dog Co are huge dog fans, and additionally we also know that dogs are well known as ‘a mans best friend’. We have been working to please dogs and dog owners alike for a nearly a year now, and it would be silly not to celebrate a day like yesterday, August 26, National Dog day.

All of us here at The Leather Dog Co are crazy about the dog pictures you send through to our email address info@theleatherdogco.com and love to see you tagging us in your doggie Instagram pictures, I mean… who doesn’t appreciate a cute dog pic. We especially like it if they are wearing one of our 100% soft leather, durable and fashion dog coats, collars, leads or harnesses… or indeed all.

It is well known that celebrities are some of those who adore sharing their canine friends to the social media world and we also receive great photos of our customer’s pets, which we would like to share with you…

Boss the french bull dog
Boss the french bull dog
Remix the dog
Remix the dog
Stanley from Toronto, Canada
Stanley from Toronto, Canada
This was from our Melbourne based customer
Our resident dog, Elvis
Dudley, our canine friend

Pet & Family Expert and Animal Advocate, Colleen Paige founded National Dog Day in 2004, which was created to help galvanize the public to recognise the number of dogs that need to be rescued each year. By acknowledging and showcasing family owned or working dogs on August 26 every year, the public are reminded that many people work selflessly to ensure dog’s lives are saved, protected or brought to ultimate comfort. Many of who may go on to help those who are disabled, trained to aid in police drug and bomb detection and acting as sturdy muscle when pulling certain victims out from car wreckages.

They said;

“Millions of dogs are killed each year because they’re simply unwanted, says Colleen Paige, founder of National Dog Day. They’re unwanted because no one realized how to properly care for the demands of the breed. They’re unwanted because they were bought as a Christmas gift for a child that didn’t keep their promises about caring for the dog…unwanted because they shed too much…unwanted because they bark too much. UNWANTED…simply because someone changed their mind. All a dog wants to do is love and protect you. That’s all. Dogs are amazing, courageous, sensitive and sentient beings that deserve compassion and respect. Please consider bringing what was once considered “unwanted love”, into your heart and home on National Dog Day and thereafter!”


National Dog was just yesterday, however that doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate your canine friends all year round, National Dog Day suggest 15 ways to celebrate your dog:


1. Adopt a dog from your local shelter or pure breed rescue organization. Volunteer at your local shelter and offer to walk a dog or play with a dog, clean cages or anything else they need help with.

2. Have a safety check of your home to make sure it’s safe for your dog and others.

3. Donate blankets, food and toys to animal welfare organizations.

4. Organize a peaceful demonstration in front of your community pet shop that sells puppies.

5. Spend the year taking photos of your dog.

6. Assist an ill or elderly neighbour by walking their dog.

7. Have a portrait painted of your dog to suspend the fleeting magic of dogdom.

8. Buy your dog a fun new dog toy…. or two… or five.

9. Give your dog some fun exercise

10. Brush your dog to eliminate excess fur.

11. Give your dog a massage or holistic spa treatment.

12. Teach your dog a new trick.

13. Buy your dog a fashionable collar and leash.

14. Hire a professional pet photographer for a fun photo shoot.

15. Take your dog to the beach.


Source: http://www.nationaldogday.com