Developing new dog beds can be a challenging exercise. What size and what colours is one of the trickiest issues. Dog bed buyers appear to buy beds that are bigger than they need  - like buying a kingsize bed for a single person!  So we tend to sell a disproportionate number of larger beds because every dog owner wants the biggest bed possible for their dog. 

Two other important aspects in developing a quality dog bed is its tensile strength and water repellency properties.  Dogs are not gentle on their beds, they scratch them, wet them, try to turn them into nests, and chew them. The net effect is that they don't last very long and very quickly begin to look worn out and scruffy.

Our search for the best technical solution often takes time. It is difficult to find a fabric that is both strong and water repellent. We have been testing samples recently - both Polyester and Cordura. The water repellency results are shown below. The first one is the fabric used in our existing Inka Dog Bed which holds water, while the second group of samples simply absorb the water - not good! But we are now sourcing fabric for our next production, which will hopefully be more water proof but remain breathable for greater comfort levels.

Announcing a new member to the Running Dog Quality Assurance Team. After a search for suitably qualified personnel, Spencer, with some experience, as he is two years old, has joined us as Chief Technical Officer responsible for ongoing quality improvements of our Car Seats and Boot Liners as well as improving our Luxury Dog Beds. We welcome him to the team.

We recently put in an order to our factory for the manufacture of a new batch of our Luxury Bed Lounger. Its hard to estimate quantities at the best of times - but we got it really wrong! We stocked too few large size beds and too many small size beds. You would think because these days small dogs are more popular than large dogs that we would have a bigger demand for small beds. Not us - exactly the opposite!

So we have an excess of around 90 of our small Dog Bed Lounger (which by the way isn't small at 90cm x 60cm x 10cm)  Easily suitable for Jack Russell, Maltese Poodle, Fox Terrier, Pug, Miniature Schnauzer, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and many larger breeds as well.

So what's the deal.  We are making this bed available for $39.00 shipped right to your door any where in Australia. Normal price is $59.00 and the equivalent bed in terms of quality costs $69.00 in the local pet shop.

Remember, its water proof, tear resistant - super tough - filled with poly cotton. Check it out here

We receive suggestions from time to time:

"What can we do to keep our dog, who likes to hang out the door window - from damaging and scratching the car door upholstery?"

Our suggestion is to add sides to the car seat cover!.We have done that.

The Norton car seat cover for dogs has zip up side panels that go up as far as the back door windows. Others have suggested that the side panel needs to be strengthened because over time it sags - and dogs can still get to the upholstery on the doors and damage it.

Car seat cover for dogs with zip up sidesWe have a new shipment in that addresses that issue. The new Norton Back Seat Cover for dogs has rigid battens going across the top side panels to keep them stiff and firm over time. The car window sill will now be better protected and car owners travelling with dogs will be better protected than ever.

The new Norton Back Seat Cover for Dogs: Tough, waterproof, rigid high zip up sides, and front and back slots for harness straps.

It is not surprising that most puppies chew at the almost anything and everything for some time during their early years.

Chewing can result for a number of reasons: Teething, boredom, curiosity, or loneliness (have you noticed that most chewing occurs when you are not around).

It is often the the thing closest to them that they chew the most - their bedding. How do you stop this? There are many manufacturers that produce dog beds that claim to be indestructible. If they are indestructible they probably aren't that comfortable or great looking. Take the trampoline bed for example. The trampoline bed is a suitable outdoor dog bed and is quite chew proof in my opinion. Manufactured from steel or hard plastic and covered with stretched out nylon, it is very difficult for your dog to get its teeth into around the hard outer edges. But lets face it, it is not suitable for indoor dogs and it is not a warm comfortable bed.

Chew resistant?

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What You Should Do During Pet Emergencies

Our pets are part of our family. Seeing them go through emergencies, or even a simple flu, can be an aching experience.

As responsible pet owners, we should know what type of possible health problems our pets will likely to experience during their lifetime. As trite as it sounds, prevention is always better than looking for a cure. With this in mind, it is always best to learn preventive measures to help save our pets during life-threatening situations.

Knowing what to do on the first few minutes of a pet emergency is critical to save your pet’s life. So, as a preventive measure, we will give you some of the most common pet emergencies and the things that you need to do when these unexpected situations occur.

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How to Keep Your Dogs Happy and Healthy

If you've ever owned a pet, you know the kind of happiness it can bring. The pleasure of playing with or snuggling up to these cute and cuddly creatures can ease our loneliness and brighten up our day. Health-wise, pets can relieve us of stress, anxiety and depression.

Indeed, having these adorable furry little friends can offer us comfort, great love and friendship. And like a worthy companion, we need to reciprocate that love by keeping them safe, comfortable and contented.

Here’s a list of practical tips to follow through in order to keep your lovable dogs happy and healthy.

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Why Is It Important To Buy a Great Dog Bed?

Consider this: Dogs sleep for up to 14 hours a day - that is almost double the daily time on a bed compared to the average human being. And dogs don’t tend to have sheets on their beds for a weekly clean. So finding the best high quality low maintenance dog bed seems like a good ideal. The ideal solution lies in buying the best dog beds.
When researching dog beds online it is a lot easier to compare features.

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