Do Speed Awareness Courses Affect Insurance?

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You may have read a recent blog detailing our National Speed Awareness Course (NSAC) on the official NDORS website, which is aimed at educating those who have been caught speeding on the road and who have been fired accordingly.

You may be wondering why a speed awareness course is on a grey hound website. Well, greyhounds are know for their speed and if you have a grey hound you might alos be a speed freak so this is an article aimed at those who might be tempted to drive over the limit.

Speeding Greyhounds are like speeding cars

If you have been caught speeding and you have either already completed our course or are in the process of doing so, you may be wondering about whether this would affect your insurance costs or not, and if it could be a point of concern to you. The simple answer is: yes, it will, but it’s important for us to explain why.

First of all, you simply have to tell your insurance provider when the time comes for renewal that you have been caught speeding within the past few years, and have completed a course as a result. If you don’t tell them and they find out later on, then this can result in your insurance being revoked, and/or you receiving a further financial penalty from your insurer. You may be thinking “but it’s only speeding”, but speeding takes up many forms. Speeding could be accidentally going faster down a hill, or slightly going over the road’s limit, or it could be doing double or even triple the road’s limit, which as you may appreciate is very dangerous and, in severe cases, could lead to major incidents. Your insurer is none the wiser if the explanation is “speeding”, so you have to let them know; if they find out at a later date, and your speeding did result in an accident, then you will be in a much worse position at that point.

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Secondly, it demonstrates to your insurer that you are being honest and up-front with them. The whole point of insurance is to cover you in the event of an accident which is out of your control, so if you are telling the truth about you speeding, they are more likely to state your case should you suffer a bump or a breakdown on the road. If you are not honest with them, this may be less likely, especially if it turns out that you have a history of speeding on the road. By being frank, their trust remains on your side even though you have been caught speeding, and completing our course indicates to them that you have learned your lesson and have moved on. In the short-term, it impacts your insurance costs, but long-term, you will find that this becomes less of an issue.

Finally, it acts as part of the logic to keep you from speeding again. So, you’ve been caught speeding and you’ve paid your fine, you’ve received points on your licence, and you’ve completed your course. But then you find out that your insurance costs have increased as a result. You may be unhappy, but if this wasn’t the case, would you really learn your lesson, especially if you are young and new to driving independently? However, increased insurance costs are a reminder to you: “I was caught speeding, and because of this outcome, I will not speed again”. Besides, if you were caught driving dangerously, as in speeding between lanes or on pavements in busy roads, you would expect that your insurance provider would hit you in the pocket as a result, so why wouldn’t this be the case for speeding, considering the potentially tragic consequences of speeding at an extreme level?

So, yes, attending a speed awareness course will impact your insurance costs, but hopefully we have explained why this is the case in sufficient detail. You can find out more information by visiting our website at www.ndors.org.uk.

How to ensure your cat uses the scratching post and spare your furniture

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No one like to get home to find the furniture torn and scratched by their cat. Cats like scratching things to leave a scent or mark their territory. When bringing your cat home you should ensure the home is cat proof so as to avoid all these upset and stressful moments.

Why does your cat need a scratching post?

One of the essential product your cat will need is a scratching post. You need to invest in a good scratching post for your cat that can suit its natural instincts and keep your furniture intact. A cat’s body is flexible and can stretch a lot from her paws to its back and hence need a scratching post that is high.

Cats are very territorial and mark their surroundings to scare away foreign cats. In a household of multiple pets supremacy battle may occur among the cats who want to show they are way above in the hierarchy. Just like cat spraying a cat marking its’ territory can scratch your furniture to rely a message. When deciding on the best place to put the scratching post ensure it is the preferred area of your cat, and over time can be moved to suit the home arrangement.

Scratching posts are great in a household full of multiple cats, with hierarchy battles the vertical and horizontal posts ensures all the cats are catered for and have their own territory without disturbing the peace of the other even while playing.

As you train your cat on the scratching post you want a positive result, do not forget to reward her once she climbs up and scratches on her way up to get a treat. Placing the treat on top of the scratching post will encourage her more often to go up the scratching post and this familiarity will make her stay more on the post and less on your furniture and carpet.

Sourced from https://www.buskerscat.com/best-cat-scratching-post-and-cat-trees-uk

Dog Clippers

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Best Cordless Pet Clippers for Dogs article published courtesy of https://www.rangersdog.com/pet-advice/best-dog-clippers-uk-for-dog-grooming/

Dog clippers come in various types, manual, mechanical or electrical and are used for dog grooming. According to wikipedia, Grooming is a vital part in the well-being and healthiness of a dog which can also improve their lifespan. While most dog shed their coats other don’t and therefore, need a professional or you to trim its coat.
What matters most in a decent dog clipper is the setting speed, weight, size, blades, decibels levels or quietness and whether you want a cordless or wired. Top tip before trimming your dogs fur or dog’s coat make sure it’s brushed properly and that there are no major cuts or burns before using the clipper for the most effective dog grooming.

What to consider when buying dog clippers?

– It should be easy to hold and ergonomic.
– You should check the set of blades.
– Cordless or Corded? A corded one is great for unlimited power but if you want some flexibility go for cordless.
– Consider a trimmer with low noise decibles to help calm your pet.

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Difference between dog hair clippers and human clippers?

Dog clipper are made of heavier metal, and are relatively sharper than ordinary human hair clippers. Because dog clippers are made from heavier metal it is more expensive than the human grooming clippers. Therefore, research has shown that you shouldn’t use human clippers for trimming dogs even though you can get away with it. Why not? Because human clippers blade teeth are usually arranged closer to one another, as opposed to dog clippers and may result in the jamming the tool, causing some form of discomfort to your pet.
Most general dog breeds that have an undercoat and would therefore need a suitable set of dog clippers and most importantly an electric. Electrical cords can be a danger when grooming your dog.
My advice, buy dog clippers for dogs with long fur coats.

For other articles around grooming like dog nail clippers check this article:- https://www.rangersdog.com/best-dog-nail-clippers-uk/

Dog Ramps — Folding, Telescoping & Step Ramps for cars

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Before you start reading this article you need to understand how to best choose a dog ramp for assisting your dog up any object they want to access. Thanks to rangersdog.com/dog-ramps for gifting us this article.

Getting in and out of a car is simple for most humans but for a variety of reasons, it can be a real chore for a dog. The three main points to consider when choosing a dog ramp are:

    • The exact height of the object be it, car, sofa, boat or deck you want your pet to reach
    • The level of mobility impairment your dog is facing,
    • How bad is the impairment getting and usually it will considering the dogs age, arthritis etc

Once the above consideration buying guides have been assessed, you can decide which dog ramp to pick depending on the characteristics listed below.

How Big Should the Ramp be?

Indoor and outdoor dog ramps help your dog avoid too much jumping and avoids joint and hip issues developing. One of the key benefits is preventing on-the-spot injuries and long-term complications such as joint pain and hip dysplasia.
As a prospective buyers you might encounter these 3 choices for your dogs telescopic ramp and folding ramp:

  1. Dog Ramps — advocated by vets for older dogs as they are flat inclined ramp ideal for dogs with mobility challenges and suffering from arthritis or hip dysplasia
  2. Dog Stairs — Ideal for small doys & toy dogs like chihuahua and usually come starndard with more than four stair steps. These steps aid your dog climb easily on the sofa or on your bed without any assistance from you
  3. Dog Steps — based on my research I, have found majority of the dog steps come with 1 to 3 steps and are aimed for medium dog breeds.

Best Dog Ramps UK

The most expensive ramp aren’t necessary the best dog ramps. However, we have done extensive research online and having had a few dog ramps before I know what to look out for which is why I have recommended these dog ramps since most of us are out with our dogs alot and we dont need to lift them after a long tiring walk. When we are tired we are more prone to injuiries ourselves and having a dog ramp will reduce the chances of injuring your back too. The material used to make dog ramps have been carefully chosen to make them lightweight and hence why most dog car ramps are made either of plastic or aluminium. This makes it for us to carry.

Below are the 7 best dog ramps in the market today.

  1. Solvit PetSafe Telescopic Dog Ramp.
  2. Pet Gear Travel Lite Tri-Fold Ramp with supertraX.
  3. Pet Gear Travel Lite Tri-Fold Reflective Ramp.
  4. Trixie Pet Ramp.
  5. Pet Ramp Safety Engineered by Doghealth.
  6. PetSafe Solvit Ultrlite Bi-Fold Pet Ramp.
  7. Pet Gear 2 Step Stairs

Indestructible Dog Toys UK for all breeds and Puppies

What are dog toys?

Dog toys are designed for fun, bonding, mental stimulation and increase dog exercise. These are part of the potential benefits a toy will bring to your pooch and if you continue  down this article.

Dog toys come in many varieties, including dog bones, puppy toys, balls, tug toys, training aids, squeaky toys, discs and frisbees, plush toys, and sticks. Most UK families have Labradors, Spaniels or Golden Retrivers and all these breeds are powerful dog breeds and are known for being strong chewers. Therefore, dog toys to these example of dogs will be shred to pieces and hence why we are going to talk about indestructible dog toys below.
Research by dog charities show that 5 particualr dog breeds often end up in emergency vet services and they include: Jack Russell Terriers, Labrador Retrievers, Golden Retrievers, Beagles and Pit Bull Terriers as they are considered heavy chewers. Therefore, need durable toys to stimulate them.

What are indestructible dog toys?

While no dog toy is completely chew proof, some are more durable than others. There is one company that is a pioneer of indestructible toys and I have bought a few toys from them for my puppies and senior dogs for friends. Have you heard of Kong? If you haven’t google them and every pet blogger writing about dog products will atleast put their toys on their list. I usually say, there is no point asking forums what is the best indestructible toy, go ahead and try kong. It wont burst your check book and once you try coem back and leave a comment what you think of it.
As you’ll see from reading reviews of dog toys, it’s hard to find one toy that has all 5 star positive reviews. One toy may seem indestructible to one dog breed and their owners, yet fall apart for others so its highly advisable to always inspect the toy before you hand it to your canine friend as you dont want it to fall apart and then end up going to the vet for scans to see if they have swallowed parts you can’t find.
To define indestructible dog toys would be hard for the reason mentioned above. However, most indestructible toys tend to be chew toys which are designed to be chewed by animals for purposes of stimulation and relief from boredomsay. This are ideal for puppies and materials used for these toys include durable rubber, hard plastic, raw hide and mineral.

Where can I buy the Best dog toys?

Since Amazon is a 24 hour market place and you have some guarantees when you purchase from them I like sniffing around the pet supplies section to see what is selling the best and then find a local pet store to order. Most of the big pet suppliers have stores on Amazon and Ebay so you can as well just order straight through them and you will get the same quality product at a bargain most times.

This article has been provided courtesy of rangersdog.com/indestructible-dog-toys