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Tips For Washing Your Dog

When you have a shower and wash your hair, have you ever considered how many days’ you let pass by without giving your dog a bath? Dogs have the same basic needs as us humans and are required to get the same treatment. Here are some guidelines to consider when washing your dog.

How frequently should you wash your dog?

We all know dogs love the outdoors and run amuck with getting their coats muddy. Pet owners should consider bathing their pets at least once a month. Dogs, no matter what size they are, have a habit of being scared of ‘bath time’. This is because they associate ‘bath time’ with being a terrifying time for them.

How do you choose the right shampoo for your dog?

Deciding on the right shampoo for your dog is important for their skin and coat. At Slaneyside Kennels, we offer a number of shampoo products that will suit your dog.





Cost (€)

Wahl Cooper Tones Shampoo

  • Natural and organic shampoo
  • Suitable for red, brown, copper and blonde coats
  • 500ml




Wahl Deep Black Shampoo

  • Natural and organic shampoo
  • For black coats only
  • 5 litre




Wahl Dirty Beastie Shampoo


  • Suitable for dirty, thick and matted coats
  • Natural ingredients
  • No harmful detergents or cleansers
  • Extracts include pear, peach, passion-flower and kiwi fruit




Wahl Tea Tree Shampoo


  • Natural ingredients
  • No harmful detergents or cleansers
  • Extracts include Tea Tree Oil, Coconut Oil, Wheatgerm Oil and Peppermint Oil
  • 500ml




Wahl Diamond White


  • Enhances white coat and removes dirt and stains
  • Leaves the coat looking shiny and healthy
  • 5 Litre and 500ml





Wahl Oatmeal Essence


  • Natural ingredients
  • Removes odours
  • No harmful detergents or cleansers
  • Extracts include Coconut and Sweet Almond Oil
  • Suitable for sensitive skin
  • Suitable for all coats types
  • 500ml





What are the appropriate steps to washing your dog?

1. Brush your dog’s coat
2. Have your supplies ready, i.e. towel and dog shampoo
3. Remove your dog’s collar
4. Turn on the tap to warm water
5. Talk to your pet to calm them down
6. Wet your dog’s body
7. Use the dog shampoo
8. Dry your dog with a towel
9. Reward your dog with a treat

Contact Us

If you would like to purchase any of our products above or you want to know more information, then we would love to hear from you. Please contact Donal Kehoe at slaneyside@gmail.com or phone: 053-93-88567 / Mobile: 0877959550

How To Avoid Losing Your Dog

If you are a pet owner, then you understand that sinking feeling you get in the pit of your stomach when your dog runs off on you, or worse, goes missing. At Slaneyside Kennel Solutions, we offer GPS pet tracking devices that are designed to help you pinpoint your dog’s exact location when they decide to run off. If your dog likes to explore the outdoors and runs off on you whenever the opportunity presents itself, then you should consider the following.

Why use the GPS tracking device?

GPS (Global Positioning System) is a network of satellites that communicate radio signals to handheld devices that help people get from point A to point B. Tracking your dog should be no different when it comes to the technology we use daily. At Slaneyside Kennel Solutions, our pet tracking devices have a built-in chip that sends signals to the receiver’s device in communicating the location of your missing pet. Tracking your pet has never been so easy!

How does it work?

Our GPS tracking device consists of a 35 gram collar clip that you attach to your dog’s existing collar around their neck. When your dog goes missing, the lightweight collar clip will act as a transmitter in sending out a signal of its exact location through GPS to the receiver’s device. This is sent as an alert at no cost, directly to your phone, internet or other handheld device. Once you log on to the pet tracker system, the information given to the receiver is a detailed snapshot of your dog’s location via a live map. Directions on how to get to the location of your pet is also included.

How much does it cost?

Our Tractive GPS Pet Tracking device works using cellular networks. This means that the signals that are transmitted to the receiver’s handheld device are transmitted through cell phone towers. As we pay the data fees, we charge a low monthly service fee that allows you to monitor your dog 24/7.

Tractive GPS Apps

Downloading the Tractive GPS app for your iPhone or Android device is completely free. The app gives you the comfort in knowing that you can locate your dog’s whereabouts if they ever go missing. Furthermore, you can add as many pets on to the GPS tracker as you want.


If you would like to talk more about how you can track your pet down and bring them home, then we would love to hear from you. Please contact Donal Kehoe at slaneyside@gmail.com or phone: 053-93-88567 / Mobile: 0877959550




How To Clean And Disinfect Your Dog Kennel

How to clean and disinfect your dog kennel

We all know that keeping your dog inside a kennel has its advantages. However, did you know that kennels that are left unclean can lead to your dog having unhealthy problems? Would you leave your house dirty for more than a few days? No! If you are a dog owner and are keeping your dog inside a kennel and would like to save costs on trips to the vet, then here’s what you need to know.

Why should you clean your dog kennel?

We all know dogs love the outdoors, are always hyperactive around everything and anything that moves and always ends up getting dirty one way or the other. However, when inside their homes and yours, they tend to bring bacteria along the way.

Bacteria are germs that everybody dislikes. They are microorganisms that can be found from contaminated areas such as soil. As these microorganisms are typically found in unclean kennels which can be a health hazard, it is fundamental to have regular cleaning check-ups to ensure a safe and health-free environment for both you and your pet.

How often should you clean your dog’s kennel?

Cleaning your dog kennel once a week should prevent your pet from having any health complications in the future. At Slaneyside Kennels and Runs, we have a range of odour germ free products that are designed to disinfect and kill any bacteria living inside your dog’s kennel. Our range of products are dog-friendly and are harmless to the environment.

What are the steps to cleaning your dog’s kennel?

First, remove any bedding, toys, bowls and unwanted waste such as dog residue. Using a hose, rinse these items and the kennel thoroughly. Using a sponge, soak it in water and use any of our Kennel Cleaning Products. Scrub all surfaces inside to remove unwanted dirt. Rinse the kennel with the hose afterwards to kill off any additional bacteria.


If you would like to purchase any of our odour germ free products or you would like to know more about how you can clean your dog’s kennel, then we would love to hear from you. Please contact Donal Kehoe at slaneyside@gmail.com or phone: 053-93-88567 / Mobile: 0877959550

Microchipping Your Dog

Microchipping your dog is now legal in Ireland

Thousands of pets are either stolen or go missing in Ireland each year, with less than half being reunited with their owners. Under Irish law, from March 31st 2016, it is now a legal requirement for all dogs to be microchipped and registered. Here’s everything you need to know.

What is Microchipping?

We all know that microchipping is the best way for pinpointing your dog’s exact loaction when they go missing. It is a small electronic device with a 15 digit code, about the size of a large grain of rice, that is injected into the dog’s skin at the back of its neck, but, did you know this could be the difference between finding your pet to losing them forever.

Why register your dog?

Under the new legislation, when your dog is implanted with a microchip it is vital that you register their details such as name, home address and phone number on a government-approved database.This is to identify dogs that go missing which can then detect who their owners are, and so it is compulsory to make sure your dog’s details are up-to-date. According to the Irish Statute Book;

“A dog must be microchipped and registered by implanting a microchip that is suitable for the internal use in the body of an animal which apply to all dogs from 31 March 2016.”

At Slaneyside Kennel Solutions, we believe that dog owners should never have to go through the heartache of searching for their pets when they go missing. We offer GPS tracking devices that are designed to help you pinpoint your dog’s exact location by sending a signal to your handheld device.


If you would like more information on how to register your dog before March 31st 2016 then you need to visit fido.ie. If you would like to purchase our GPS tracking device, then please contact Donal Kehoe at slaneyside@gmail.com or phone: 053-93-88567 / Mobile: 0877959550



DSPCA http://www.dspca.ie/microchipping

Fido https://www.fido.ie/ad-regpet.jsp

Irish Statute Book http://www.irishstatutebook.ie/eli/2015/si/63/made/en/pdf

Leaving Your Dog At Home While On Vacation

We all know that leaving your dog at boarding kennels or getting a pet sitter are the easiest options when you travel, but, is it really the best option? Imagine leaving a small child in surroundings it doesn’t know with strangers while you are away. Crazy, right?

If you are going on a new vacation in 2016 and you are thinking of leaving your dog behind in the good hands of a neighbour, friend or family member, then you need to follow these essential tips.

Why is leaving them at home the best option?

While you are away on vacation you want to make sure your dog is taken care of. Having someone you know pop in to check up on them is the most ideal and cheap option in the long run for both you and the pet you love. Why? As dogs are used to their own kennels you know they will be comfortable around the people they know. They are used to the surroundings of your home and are happy with life. Not to mention you don’t have to pay any fees!

Preparing to leave

Before you go away, spend small amounts of time with your pets so they can get used to you not being in the house. This will give them time to readjust to things on their own. Open the hatch of their kennel so your pet is free to play in the garden while closing the back door well in advance so they don’t escape the perimeter of your home. Placing a bowl of water beside them will also help them to avoid being rehydrated. At Slaneyside Kennels and Runs, we have a range of Dog Bowel sets that are bolted to your dog’s kennel, acting as a great accessory when you leave your home.

Asking a neighbour, friend or family member

When asking certain neighbours, friends or family members to keep an eye on your pet, make sure to introduce them first. This is a safety precaution in case of any attacks on the person looking after your pet while you are away. As they are the ones looking after your animals, providing them with useful information such as medication, feeding times to contact details of your dog’s veterinarian is required in case of any problems they might find themselves in.

As the person you ask will have their own daily routines, tell them to swing by your house twice a day, preferably in the morning and evening time. This is a reassurance for your pet that they will always be cared for.


At Slaneyside Kennels and Runs, we offer a range of sturdy dog kennels and dog runs that will suit a dog of any size. Email Donal Kehoe at slaneyside@gmail.com or phone: 053-93-88567 / 0877959550 for more information.

Travelling With Your Dog By Car

We all know dogs have special relationships with their owners so it’s no surprise when you see a dog loosely traveling with their owner by car. Being irresponsible with your pet is like us humans allowing our children to ride the car freely without a seat-belt on!

As this becomes more common, safety measures are needed to be put in place, as this could have major repercussions on both you and your pet. If you are one of those people who like to take their animals with them on the road, then here are safe measures tips you need to know.


Before any trip, give them time to get used to your vehicle first. It is highly recommended to bring a dog crate with you, as this acts as a safety precaution. By going for short distance drives, this technique is used to avoid your pet getting motion sickness when traveling for longer journeys. Always make sure to turn on your air conditioning as well as having a window open slightly. Securing the crate using a seat-belt is also important in case of any sudden jolt movements from the car.

Why use dog crates?

Dog Crates are the best inventions ever made when it comes to traveling with your animal. They act as a safety harness for your dog and are less inclined to distract you when driving. Dog crates should be large enough where your pet can stand, sit, lie down and turn around in. As the summer approaches, it is highly recommended to have ventilation holes in your dog’s crate where air can easily be passed in and out.

According to the DSPCA, the temperature outside can travel into an air conditioned carin less than five minutes once it is turned off, acting as a furnace for your pet. At Slaneyside Kennels and Runs, we have a great selection of Dog Crates to suit a dog of any size. Our crates have secure plastic food and water bowls at the front of the crate so your pet can help themselves to a drink if and when they are re-hydrated.

What should you bring?

When traveling with pets make sure to place a seat cover inside the crate, as well as having paper towels on hand. This is to protect your car from any potential accidents happening. Stuffing the crate with your dog’s favorite bedding and toys will ease them into being calm in the car. Don’t over feed your dog. According to EuroPetNet it is recommended to feed your dog at least two hours before you leave that day. Giving them plenty of exercise will also warn them out and they will want to sleep the majority of the way.


If you would like to know more information on how dog crates can work for your pet then please email Donal Kehoe at slaneyside@gmail.com or phone: 053-93-88567 / Mobile: 0877959550

Europetnet – https://www.europetnet.com/travel/item/1378-planes-trains-automobiles-and-more.html
DSPCA – http://www.dspca.ie/summerpetcare

How To House Train Your Puppy

Are you tired of cleaning up after your dog every time you come home from work? We all know when a puppy gets overexcited they have no filter when it comes to going to the toilet leaving you with messy accidents. By potty training your puppy you are the one in control by teaching them to eliminate their deposits in the right place and at the right time. If you are thinking of house training your new puppy, then here’s everything you need to know.

Getting a dog crate

Before getting a puppy, it is highly recommended to get a dog crate for your home. By placing the crate in a small area that is water resistant such as a kitchen, this method will encourage them to view their home as a security blanket.

The aim of the dog crate is to teach your puppy the boundaries of right from wrong. Placing your dog’s favourite blanket and toys inside will encourage them to get in. Close the hatch of the crate and slowly leave the room. This will teach them that dog crates are safe and secure. However, don’t close the hatch of the crate when you leave the house.

Creating a routine

Getting a puppy to stick to any routine is challenging none the less it is the most effective strategy. It allows them to be the ones in control of their bladder and be able to eliminate their deposits when they are let out. When they do go to the toilet in front of you it is important to reward your dog with praise. This will show your puppy that this is the behaviour, you want from them and will help you to get rid of any bad habits they may of had, i.e. urinating on the curtains inside your house.

Write down the times your puppy goes to the toilet during the day and include that into the feeding schedule you have planned for them. You will then start seeing a trend where your puppy has adopted to the routine you planned and will go at those appropriate times.

How long do you lock them up for?

Locking your pet inside their crate is all well and good, but, how long would you leave them locked up for? Imagine being held captive inside a small room and being told you have to hold on to your bladder for hours? Crazy, right? According to Dogtime.com;

“It is recommended to take the age of your dog and add 1 on to that number, i.e. if you have a four-month puppy, your dog should be able to stay in their crate for no longer than five hours. However, puppies and adult dogs should never be kept in their crate for longer than nine hours (the average work day)”.


If you would like to learn more information on how you can house train your puppy, then please contact Donal Kehoe at slaneyside@gmail.com or phone: 053-93-88567 / Mobile: 0877959550


Timber Infill Kennels

Does your dog leave you with a mess to clean up every time you leave them home alone? At Slaneyside Kennels and Runs, we understand the frustration you get when you come home after a hard’s day work having to clean up after them. If you are looking to buy a home for your dog, then here’s why you should consider a timber infill kennel.

What are Timber Infill Kennels?

Timber Infill Kennels are the most popular choice when choosing dog homes. At Slaneyside Kennels and Runs, we use galvanised stainless steel sheets that stop your dog from hurting themselves by chewing through the panels. The materials that are used will help to protect your dog from all types of weather which gives the dog kennels we produce the best life span possible.

What’s inside Timber Infill Kennels?

The infill of the kennel is made of pressure treated tongue and groove ship lap timber. All our wooden sheds are 6-foot-high and consist of two access routes.

The full height door allows you to enter your pet’s house where you can change their bedding and be able to feed them. A panel trapdoor can be added as an extra accessory to allow your dog to enter and exit their sleeping area.

Why choose Slaneyside Kennels and Runs?

We want you to tell us apart from our competitors in knowing where your products have come from. Our professional manufactures have the expertise in building brand new dog sheds on site that suit both you and your pet. All our kennels are made to the top quality standards and are 100% Irish. They are rust-free and are designed to protect your dog from any pesticides that are loitering around your back garden.


If you would like to view our special offers on our Timber Infill Kennel range or would like to discuss a customised design you had in mind, then please email Donal Kehoe at slaneyside@gmail.com or phone: 053-93-88567 / Mobile: 0877959550

Dog Cuisine Masterclass

Healthy eating is as ever on trend in the human world, but now it’s time our four legged companions got a look in. The question is are we doing right by man’s best friend in giving them processed foods?

Imagine eating the same bland food day in, day out, every day of your life. Boring! We wouldn’t do it so why should we expect our furred companions to do so? So put away those cans of dog food and leave the food pellets in the bag, get cooking!

Are you a dog cuisine novice? Worry not, we here at Slaneyside Kennel Solutions have scoured the internet and found two delicious recipes for you to try out. So this weekend, break out the pots and pans and whip up some tasty food for your favorite pooch.

For the mains:

Chicken and Garden Greens Risotto (Source: Wag The Dog UK)


  • 1 kg of boneless chicken thighs and/or breast
  • Brown rice 300g
  • 400g/14oz Spinach
  • 200g/7oz Peas
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh Basil
  • 50g Parmesan Cheese (for less calories omit)


  1. Preheat oven to 180° C or (375° F), add a small measure of oil to an baking tray. Bake chicken for 35 minutes or until juices run clear.
  2. Prepare brown rice according to instructions.
  3. Wash spinach, add basil and chop in food processor. Adding a little of the chicken juice helps blend the greens together. Hold off on the peas, they’ll be added later.
  4. Add chopped spinach, basil and peas to rice. Mix together.
  5. Once chicken is cooked, cut into bite size pieces. Can be cut up before cooking if preferred.
  6. Mix chicken, rice and Parmesan cheese. Add the chicken juice from the pan as well.

The recipe can be either doubled or halved depending on the size of your dog. It will last three days in fridge but can also be frozen into single serving sizes.

For treat time:

Dog Biscuits (Source: All recipes)

Makes 18 biscuits


  • 250g (9 oz) wholemeal flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 275g (10 oz) unsalted natural peanut butter
  • 225ml (8 fl oz) skimmed milk


  1. Preheat the oven to 190 C / Gas mark 5. Grease baking trays. Stir together the flour and baking powder; set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix together the peanut butter and milk. Stir in the flour mixture until well blended. Turn out dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth. Roll out to 1cm thickness and cut into shapes using biscuit cutters. Place 2cm apart onto the prepared baking trays.
  3. Bake for 20 minutes in the preheated oven, or until lightly brown. Remove from baking trays to cool on wire racks.

Here’s a quick reminder of some of the foods (not all) to avoid adding to your culinary masterpieces to avoid a sick dog.

-Grapes and raisins
-Macadamia nuts
-Mustard seeds
-Onions and onion powder
-Caffeine products

Please consult your local vet or other reputable sources if unsure. There are plenty of dog cookbooks out there including the recently published Dog Diet by Kate Bendix, so there’s no excuses.

For a chance to win a €50 voucher for our online store, post your delicious recipes and share photos of your dog enjoying them on our Facebook and Twitterpage. Don’t forget to use the hashtag #Slaneyside

Good luck and happy cooking!

Walking Your Dog

Dog walking is an essential element in regards to caring for your dog. Dogs are meant to be walked at least once a day, the duration of which depends on the breed and activity level. Not only is regular exercise good for your dog, but it can also improve your own health and can be both a fun and enjoyable part of your day.

Need a few pointers? Puppy Leaks have their top ten tips for dog walking;

  1. Use a front clip harness if your dog pulls on the leash.
  2. Give your dog more stimulation by letting them sniff around.
  3. Don’t use a retractable leash for dog walks.
  4. Always pick up after your dog.
  5. Bring plenty of water for your dog.
  6. Make sure your dog is wearing proper identification.
  7. Watch out for hot surfaces in the summer.
  8. Keep your dog’s focus by bringing along treats.
  9. Ask before approaching other dogs.
  10. Wear reflective gear during evening walks.

6 Top Dog Walking Tips for Becoming the Pack Leader

Dog walking can be an enjoyable experience for both dog and owner but sometimes this just isn’t the case. Need a helping hand with walking your dog? Dog guru Cesar Millan gives his top six tips for becoming the pack leader in dog walking;

1. Walk in front of your dog.

You should be the pack leader, the first one out the door and the first one back in. During a walk, your dog should be beside or behind you.

2. Use a short dog leash.

This allows you to have more control. Attaching the leash to the very top of the neck can help you more easily communicate, guide, and correct your dog.

3. Give yourself enough time for the dog walk.

The specific needs of each dog differ, at least 30 minutes to one hour is recommended.

4. How to reward your dog during the walk.

Reward your dog for good behaviour during a walk by for example letting them explore. The timing of which is not dictated by the dog.

5. Keep leading, even after the walk.

Don’t stop leading once the walk is over, continue leading at home.

6. Reward your dog after the walk.

Reward good behaviour by providing a treat or meal after the walk.

Now that you have the hints and tips from the professionals, there is no excuse not to get out and about with your four-legged companion.

Adding variety to your walking routes can help to make dog walking less of a chore and more of a fun pastime. National parks are always a great place to start and there is also a plethora of dog-friendly places to go. Pet Friendly Ireland lists some interesting dog-friendly visitor attractions around Ireland that include Blarney Castle, Glendalough and Coole Park.

Don’t forget to practice responsible dog ownership wherever your travels take you and pick up after your dog.


Have you any other dog walking hints or tips or perhaps know of some perfect dog walks in Ireland that you would like to recommend? Let us know by heading over to our Facebook page and leaving a comment. We would love to hear from you.