Barker shows Wags how to Set for the start of a race

August 11, 2010 - Leave a Response
Barker holds the Set position ready to go...

I'm ready to take-off any second now...

Wags: Did you need the loo before we do this?
Barker: Pay attention Wags; I’m showing you how to Set yourself at the start of a race
Wags: Oh, is that what you’re doing, you look like you’re about to..
Barker: Concentrate Wags, we stand a good chance in the 50m dash and it’s all about your start

Barker and Wags provide helpful products for dogs with joint pain, arthritis and dysplasia.


Barker and Wags turning circles

August 4, 2010 - Leave a Response
Barker and Wags turning circles

Which way did you say?

Wags: I’m beginning to feel dizzy
Barker: What are you doing?
Wags: I dunno, but I like going round and round, it’s fun
Barker: I’m showing you this so we can enter you for the discuss stick throwing competition
Wags: I like sticks
Barker: I know, just think how much fun you could have if you could throw them for yourself as well!

Barker and Wags provide products and services to help treat dog arthritis, joint pain and dysplasia.

History of Dog Food Supplements

July 26, 2010 - Leave a Response

James Spratt created the first commercial dog food in around 1860. He called it the ‘Patented Meat Fibrine Dog Cake’ and began the first mass production of a prepared dog food. In fact this first commercial dog biscuit was the first dog food supplement given in addition to a dog’s normal diet (in most cases likely to have been scraps, raw meat, bones and available vegetables and fruit). Inspired by the reaction to this initial offering James Spratt continued to refine his recipe and develop more complete dog food for all kinds of dogs. Spratt’s created many formulas targeting different life-stages and went on to sell a range of other dog products. Spratt’s was eventually acquired by General Mills in 1950.

Spratt’s huge success in the prepared dog food market introduced many more manufacturers hoping for similar success and led to the multi-billion pound market we see today. Industrial and process development enabled new forms of packaging and distribution to service the market including tinned dog food which could be shipped all over the world.

The availability of ingredients increased significantly after World War II and so too did the range of foods and number of manufacturers. The ease and convenience for owners coupled with the scientific advancements in nutrition saw demand steadily increase for an array of dog foods and dog food supplements to meet owners requirements. 

As scientific developments enabled advancements in human nutrition, so too have advancements been made in nutrition for dogs and complementary dog food products (supplements). In the last twenty years the popularity and range of dog food supplements has increased through the sharing of information and as clinical trials revealed many ingredients used to treat human ailments could also provide significant benefits for our canine friends. 

There are essentially three types of supplements available:

(i)             ‘Pharmaceutical’ grade supplements can only be dispensed with a prescription from a vet (frequently patented products which generally include powerful concentrates of ingredients) and should only be given to a pet if prescribed by their Veterinarian.

(ii)            ‘Neutraceutical’ supplements are available over-the-counter (and on the internet). These are likely to contain ‘active ingredients’ which have various effects on a dog’s health and a formula is normally targeted to assist with a specific illness (ingredients are likely to include natural compounds which cannot be patented by pharmaceutical companies).

(iii)           ‘Herbal’ remedies which contain natural plant and flora extracts which may have a history of certain health benefits. 

Barker and Wags LeapDOG Natural Joint Nutrition is a neutraceutical maintenance supplement specifically for dogs suffering from or likely to suffer from any form of joint pain including arthritis, hip or elbow dysplasia. The formula includes glucosamine and chondroitin alongside other active ingredients, vitamins and minerals in an easily digestible oat-based pellet form that is quickly absorbed into a dog’s body. LeapDOG can be given to all dogs for a healthy more active life. Results are often seen within 3 weeks from taking the supplement. 

Barker and Wags LeapDOG Natural Joint Nutrition is available in 300g re-sealable pouches. Try Barker and Wags dog food supplement and if you are not satisfied get your money back.

Wags runs off with the big stick

July 13, 2010 - Leave a Response
Wags running with a big stick

How much further do I need to run?

Barker: Wags, come back we’re only practicing the ‘Clean and Jerk’
Wags: Is there an event where I can run with a big stick?
Barker: I guess we can put you in a relay event, but we need to find some fellow athletes
Wags: I’m good at carrying a big stick
Barker: You are Wags, but we need to stick to actual events that we can enter you for in 2012

Barker and Wags LeapDOG Natural Joint Nutrition

Wags working out

July 2, 2010 - Leave a Response
Wags picks up a big stick

How long have I got to hold it up?

Barker: That’s right Wags you got it
Wags: grrrsplth
Barker: What’s that Wags?
Wags: I said ‘grrrsplth’…it’s difficult to talk when I’m working out