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Hunter & Maple… For ‘Reel’

Being a Guru GeekSTAR we got ‘reely’ excited to taste test the new Nothing To Hide – ‘Reel’ Fishskins.

Coming from a keen fishing family Hunter and Maple do love a fresh fishy treat when they can get their paws on them, but having these new naturally air-dried fish skins are a great way of keeping the fishy treats for longer and they have a great crunch!

The fish skins, like all the other products from Guru have ‘NOTHING TO HIDE’. They are packed with Omega 3 in each fishy square, which can aid brain development, help maintain a healthy heart and joints. They also keep your dog’s coat in optimum condition and we all know Hunter loves his coat looking shiny.

They are hypoallergenic, no grain, no gluten, no soya & a natural dental aid.

Hunter & Maple loved there first few bites and Maple snook into the packet to grab another! These are going to be a new firm favourite for them both.

With a great new colour adding to their packet range it was definitely an eye catcher over on the guru stand at DogFest this month…. be sure to catch yourself a packet or two, yum!

Amy & her adorablecockers xx

Sail on over to their outdoor adventures on Instagram here 

Geekster Muttley

Introducing Magnificent Muttley, not biased, but he is an ‘above average’ Hungarian Wired Haired Vizsla. Not only is he above average in height and weight for his breed (he’s nearly 5 years old and 42kg) he is also above average in his fussy ways, his tummy sensitivity and level of nervousness to change.

Growing up getting him to eat was a constant battle, he doesn’t eat raw meat, preferring his meat cooked and biscuits. He would eat more if they were soaked, but bored within a couple of days he was not food motivated, so covering anything in treats was futile and anything new he would only eat if his spaniel brother ate it first.  We tried several premium brands, within a couple of days it was the same story.

That was until we met the GURU team at Blenheim Palace.  The friendly team took time to explain the simple ingredients.  All this from a UK company that was synchronised with our own approach to healthy eating.  They explained the cold pressed process and how much easier it would be to soak the biscuits into a porridge for our fussy boy.  We also loved the idea that Muttley may not need to eat such a quantity (maybe as much as 33% less) to keep muscle on his 40kg+ frame.  Armed with a fair few packets of the samples, we headed home from the show with great hope.

We have never looked back and remember that day with much affection. Muttley was transformed!  He ate the first couple of sample packets that evening without soaking, and the following morning he got up from his bed to look for his breakfast.  We ordered a large bag of Full on Feast the day after.  Over the coming weeks we started to notice changes:

  • Big things like we could feed our dog like a dog, bowl put down food is eaten!
  • Smaller sensitive things like his poo was firm and not so smelly.  In fact this is a massive thing if you understand the issues of picking up after a large dog!
  • Beautiful things, he has a double wired coat, but it has got thicker and stronger.
  • Easy things, ordering the food direct on online, the Guru team give fast and constant updates until the food arrives in a couple of days.
  • Money saving things, we were not throwing out food or buying supplements.
  • Unexpected things, Muttley seemed to get calmer and grow in confidence, happy at meal times and much more positive to train and have fun in the field.

Thank you Guru for working magic on our Muttley, my fussy eater is transformed!

Love,

Janet & Geekster Muttley xx

Geekstars of Dog Fest

Hey furiends, it’s the Guru Geeks here!

We’d like to take this time to thank you all for visiting GURUWOOD at Dog Fest this year. We met friends old and new; had a blast and lots of laughs too!

For those of you in #TeamSouth, we were sad to miss our cuddles… however we believe it was for the best, as here at Guru we want the best for all dogs and your safety needs to be put 1st xx

So, incase you missed it our LOVEable GeekSTARs Ruby & Martha are going to talk you through the world of GURUWOOD… Enjoy!

We were greeted by the very excitable Geek Squad at Guru Pet Food!

Ruby and Martha lapped up the attention, leaving their stand a little slobbery!

As Guru’s LOVEable GeekSTARS, we couldn’t resist taking some photos in front of their ‘Guruwood’ backdrop.

Their display is always fantastic! The bright yellow is easily spotted across the field! Our faces were even on their GURUWOOD wall of fame!

We of course couldn’t leave their stand empty handed, so we picked up some treat cupboard essentials; Trip BonesVenison Sausages and their new REEL Fishskins.

At the stand we also met Snap the Doodle, Woody and Wilma (The Cotswold Spaniels), Layla The White Boxer Dog, Beau The Boxer and Butty The Pug.

Check out how much fun we had below:

We had such a wonderful time and loved our Geekster kisses xx

If you want to keep up with our loveable GeekSTARs, follow @boxerdogdiaries on Instagram.

Bye for now Geeksters xox

Woody rides the Guru wave

Woody has been driving me bonkers for months, refusing to eat anything at mealtimes. After trying all the pet food diet tips for feeding fussy eaters I could find, I was just about to lose all hope. That is, until I discovered the world of cold pressed dog food and our friends (or should I say saviours) at Guru*!

When I adopted Woody in September 2017, he had been fed solely on Chappie wet food. I was keen to get Woody onto kibble as soon as I could. It’s often more cost effective and easier to store.  For the first few weeks we experimented with different pet food brands, mostly whichever was on offer in the supermarket at the time, before finally settling for Wainwright’s Salmon and Potato. All was well and dandy for a few months, until one day just after the New Year, Woody turned his nose up completely.

It’s like he went on hunger strike. Outright refusing to eat at meal times. We ruled out medical issues early on and were left completely perplexed. At the time I dog walked professionally, which only added to the worry. With Woody walking up to 3 hours a day (and we all know spaniels don’t walk, they run!) it was only a matter of time before he’d start wasting away!

Just as I was about to lose all hope, we were kindly sent a selection of Guru’s pet products to try. We’d been speaking to them on #woofwoofwednesday for weeks and the team at Guru HQ were super helpful, offering us feeding advice whenever they could on how we could look to changing Woody’s dog food and improve his diet.

Being a Cornish dog, who loves a good walk at the beach, it was quite fitting to try Guru’s Surf & Turf cold pressed food. We were sent the 5kg bag but you can purchase them in 14kg sizes too. Something we’ll definitely be doing when we run out! When changing your dog’s food, you’re advised to do it gradually, over a period of weeks. However, with Woody refusing to eat his kibble, I took the gamble and swapped to Guru immediately.

Woody was tentative at first, a little unsure about the sudden change. The first night he didn’t eat, though this is most likely because he was full from the Trip Bone he’d been munching during the day! The bones come in two sizes and are a tasty meal for your pet on the go. They’re perfect for when you’re out for dinner in the evening or having a barbeque at the beach!

At that time Woody was accustomed to eating wet food in the mornings. With the magic of Guru’s cold pressed food, I was able to mix the pellets with warm water to create a softer meal. Woody wolfed it down in no time, result! He continued to eat his Surf & Turf food from thereon in, making mealtimes far more enjoyable for both of us.

The cold pressed dog food was a success and so were Guru’s tasty treats too! Particularly the Nothing to Hide Venison Sausages. They’re the perfect size to take on a walk, fitting nicely into my coat pocket. I also used them for training photoshoots too. It’s safe to say, they didn’t last long and Woody definitely went over the recommended daily allowance of 5 treats, oops!

It’s a paws up from us! At the time of writing this post, Woody’s just finished the last crumbs of his new favourite food. We’ll definitely be heading over to Guru’s online shop to purchase more. Their website is easy to navigate and their handy springer spanial feeding guide helps you calculate the right amount to feed your dog. They have an amazing online community too, with Guru Geeksters up and down the country!

*Guru kindly sent us these products in exchange for an honest review. As you can see by the photos, they’ve been a tremendous hit with Woody so far! We’ll keep you updated on the fussy eating front, though we’ve got our paws crossed that we’re onto a winner.

Head over to see Woody’s seaside adventures @TheCornishDog

Guru’s biggest Dog Fest loser

Here at Guru, we’ve had a few Biggest losers… however, this year at Dog Fest North we bumped into gorgeous Geekster Harvey the cavalier king charles spaniel and his hoomum.

We love to hear how our Geeksters are getting on with Guru and Harvey’s story is inspiring!

If you’ve got a minute or two to spare, grab a cuppa, put your feet up and read all about our 2018 Dog Fest biggest loser… Harvey xx

I just want to say a huge thank you to you all at Guru. You really have changed my pooches life.

This time last year (2017) Harvey was more than a little overweight weighing just over 18kgs!!!
He was struggling with his weight and this caused him to pant heavily all year round, he really struggled in the summer months as he just couldn’t keep cool and wanted to enjoy his walks but I could tell it was exhausting for him.

So… I visited Guru’s stand at Dogfest North and they were so friendly and helpful. Within a month or so after Dog Fest, I ordered Harvey’s first bag of Guru and he LOVED it.

Now I know he was overweight but he had always been a bit fussy about his food, never really seemed interested or bothered that he had any in his bowl. Well this certainly changed when we swapped to Guru. As soon as he knows it’s coming up to dinner time he jumps in his bed and waits, impatiently, and the drool starts, no matter what I do it’s just not in his bowl quick enough. By the time I’ve sat down with my own dinner he has licked his bowl clean!!

Harvey still has a little way to go but he is doing so well, and his weight is down to almost 14kgs!!! He is loving life and we both are loving Guru. 

The pictures speak for themselves, the top left picture below is from Dog Fest last year and the bottom left picture below is from January this year, he loved the snow and never stopped running because he wasn’t out of breath. The bottom right picture is from Dog Fest this year where we bought some more venison sausages and the new fish skins and well… you can see the difference from last year. 

So once again thank you so much from Harvey and me xx

Kubo Facebook

What do you feed your dog?’ is a question everyone seemed to ask us from other dog owners to our vet, family members and friends. Everyone also had their own opinion on the matter! ‘You need to feed him a raw food diet’ one said; ‘He should be on leftovers’; ‘You must feed him grain-free’; ‘You need to feed him xyz brand’. There were just so many choices and it felt like there was a lot of pressure to do the right thing. I believe that there is no set solution, one size does not fit all, both for humans and animals – you should do what is best for your individual dog.

Being ever the bargain hunter, when Kubo came to live with us I looked for sample and trial food packs. I even wrote to companies that we were interested in and asked them if we could try their food so we could establish what food we liked best but also which he preferred.

We were advised on several large brands by our vet and to always go with a food which has a calorie content on the bag. I feed the cats Royal Canin so naturally I thought we would feed the dog the same: it is recommended by vets and I have always got on well with it however, Dave (having too much time on his hands, I think!) became involved in researching different types of food.


A younger Kubo

Like every puppy, Kubo was hyperactive and Dave had read somewhere that a high carbohydrate diet can cause excess energy. Apparently high protein content is better so he started researching these and we ended up trying a cold pressed food. Kubo took to it really well and his stools became less frequent. He seemed happy with the change and enjoyed his dinner even more. Whether it was the food or just time passing, his energy levels did seem to settle somewhat also.

I had no idea what cold pressed food was though! I hadn’t even heard of it before. A bit of reading later, I discovered that cold pressing is a relatively recent new method of creating dog food; ingredients are ground, mixed together and then pressed at a low temperature. This keeps more of the essential nutrients resulting in a more ‘natural’ product. Nutrients are also released slower, dissolving from the outside, which can help to avoid bloating.

We were feeding him Orijen which we were getting on well with until December’s Barky Box delivery. I wrote a blog post about it here: I have never seen Kubo so intent to get into the box and it was all for a Trip Bone by the dog food company Guru. He is very food orientated normally but to be this interested in something must mean it was amazing!

I instantly fell in love with Guru, their people and ethos after reading their website. The next food delivery was 2 big bags of their Surf & Turf food, not to mention some more Trip Bones and tasty Venison Sausages. Apparently, according to Kubo, the Venison Sausages are the absolute best treat ever. I am surprised by some of the ingredients some companies put in food and treats but I am happy in the knowledge that these sausages have the best ingredients in them and Kubo will listen to us more than he ever had for even one of these!


Well this smells good, mum!

His love of Trip Bones had not waned either! He loves them just as much as the first one he gobbled and will try to sneak into the cupboard to pinch one if we let our guard down! They’re a brilliant treat for him and they do keep him quiet for 10 minutes or so.

But what about the food? Well, according to the feeding instruction, Kubo needed less than he would have had of other kinds of dry food and he seemed slightly unimpressed by this. Not that this made him hesitate – he wolfed down his first bowl straightaway! I am convinced that his stomach was full for longer though and despite having less food, he had definitely had enough. I gave him a choice of foods for his next meal, his nose went straight into the Guru bowl! Proof is in the pudding there!


Kubo’s first Trip bone

At the end of the day, the food we buy will be what is best for, and preferred by our dog but I will always have a soft spot for start-up companies, specifically UK-based ones! I think connecting with a company is important and I also highly value great customer service, good interaction with customers, and values that I can associate with – all of this I have found in Guru.

Honestly, I like the convenience of healthy dry dog food – it doesn’t smell like wet food does, it is not messy and it doesn’t take lots of preparation like raw food – but there was always a worry that dry food wouldn’t be the best thing for our dog so I was willing to explore options. Switching to cold pressed food though has been a positive experience for us; Kubo’s stools have smelt less and are better formed (win for the humans as the picker-uppers!) Doggy breath has also been much better and his energy really is more focused – it is not so ‘mad’! I like that we can feed him less whilst knowing that he is still getting the right amount of food so we do save a bit of money … this does just mean he ends up having more spent on treats and toys though! Despite all of the positives that I can think of with cold pressed food, my number one favorite thing is how much Kubo loves it. More important than anything is the happiness, welfare and wagging tail of our dog. Guru has ticked all of the boxes – we are absolutely proud to now be ‘Geeksters’!

Arianna & Kubo xx

Check out more of kubo and his adventures on:
Instagram – @kubo_bordercollie
Blog – Good boy Kubo

Geekster Family

Introducing my Geeksters; Frankie, Flower, Betty & Bear.

Frankie is such a sensitive soul, both tummy and skin wise. His ears were red raw and dreadfully scabby; NOTHING seemed to agree with him and I was on the cusp of expensive allergy research with our vet. I’d tried everything they had recommended and I’d searched & searched extruded kibbles for something suitable, but then I came across ‘cold pressed’…. and something called GURU. It LOOKED good, but what did the reviews say?

Despite great reviews, I didn’t hold much hope. But Frankie & Flo didn’t seem to be enjoying what I was currently feeding, and the puppies were about to start weaning… I wanted to give them the best start I could and I needed to make a decision. I went straight for a big bag – a sample pack wouldn’t last long with four hungry beasts and I figured someone’s dog would eat it if mine didn’t.

I was so impressed with Guru dog food. With FOUR hungry Frenchie’s; ranging from 6 weeks to almost 2 years, I loved the fact that literally, ‘one size fits all’.  I don’t have to faff about with puppy food, normal food and sensitive food.

My puppies are doing so well on it – not one upset tummy episode. Frankie’s ears are beautiful and pink again. Guru has cleared everything up in just a few weeks!

No need for that expensive allergy testing now and I’m more than happy to pay that little bit extra for the results I’m seeing. My bitch has always struggled with her weight, (don’t we all!!), but she’s coming down beautifully now after having the babies.

I’m super impressed with Guru and I’m recommending it to EVERYONE. Even my cats love it!! ❤️💕

Ila taste tests Guru’s ‘Reel’ Fishskins

As Guru Pet Food’s Dynamic GeekSTAR, Ila has been asked to taste test their brand new treats – Nothing To Hide ‘Reel’ Fishskins. Living up to Guru’s reputation, these treats have ‘Nothing To Hide’ and are made using quality ingredients with no unhealthy additives; they are made of 100% White Fish Skins from sustainable sources.

Fish Dog Food Treats

Being made purely from fish skin, they are hypoallergenic with no grain, no gluten and no soya. They are naturally air-dried which locks in all the goodness contained in the fish skin; such as Omega 3 – known to help with brain function, lower the risk of heart disease and reduce inflammation of the joints on most puppies and dogs. Not only this, but the crunchiness will also aid keeping your dog’s teeth clean. They come in squares of varying size and have a crunchy-chewy, texture.

Ila’s verdict: she LOVED them! In fact, she could not get enough of them (as with any of the Guru Pet Food range). Now it takes one sniff of the open packet and she dances around offering every trick in the book to get her paws on a bite. We followed the guide put together by the team at Guru around changing your dog food and treats to ensure she had a perfect diet throughout

If you want to get your hands (or paws) on a pack of ‘Reel’ Fishskins, you can buy them on the Guru stand at any of the Dog Fest events. I’m sure they will be in popular demand though, so make sure to visit! You can also get your paws on some HERE 

We will be at Dog Fest West on Sunday 24th June with the Guru team, we hope to see some of you there!

Lots of Love,
Georgina & Ila x

Hudson’s Story

Last spring we welcomed a puppy into our family, he was so small and very playful. Bentley, our Working Cocker Spaniel wasn’t happy at first, having to share everything with a new puppy after 8 years of him being the center of attention! But he slowly accepted him and now they love to be together and they even sleep in the same bed!

For the first few months Hudson, our English Pointer puppy, had lots of energy and he was growing every day. When he reached 8 months he was almost double the height of Bentley but he was also quite skinny. Although English Pointers are quite a lean breed (similar to whippets), they have a short coat and a big rib cage Hudson was becoming underweight (he weighed 19kg). We fed him large portions of food 3 times a day but he wasn’t gaining weight at all. We took him to the vets and they said he was healthy but he was slightly underweight. We tried about 6 different brands of dry food but none of them seemed right for him and after a lot of research, I came across Guru Pet Food.

They are very highly rated and use a unique method to make their food called Cold Pressing. This is where the food is mixed and then pressed at very low temperatures which preserves the nutrients and makes the food much easier for your dog to digest. I ordered a bag straight away and as soon as it arrived I weighed out a portion for Hudson, not only was Guru cheaper than the food I was buying before but as the food is so high in nutrients Hudson only needed 250g per day unlike his other food where he was having over 300g per day! Hudson loved his first bowl of Guru and we have never looked back!

I have been feeding Hudson and Bentley Guru for the last 2 months and not only do they both adore it, their skin and coat has improved and they have lots more energy too. Hudson also now has 2 meals of Guru a day instead of 3 as he was having with his previous food and now weighs just over 24kgs.

Thank you Guru!

Annabelle, Bentley & Hudson xx

The Guru guide to changing dog food

Would you like to change your dogs’ food? Is this something you should do? If so, where do you start?

If you find yourself asking similar questions, then this is the blog for you!

Changing your dogs’ food isn’t always a necessity, however circumstances sometimes mean you need to find a new food that suits both you and your dog.

So let’s start from the beginning. There are specific foods available just for pups, but is this always necessary? Many breeders have weaned their litters onto Guru. The pups thrived through their first months of life and onwards as they grew into adolescents and onto fully grown adults.

Guru is a healthy cold pressed dog food, it’s suitable for all breeds of all ages, meaning it’s super simple to feed, as Geeksters don’t have to change dog food throughout their life stages. The only thing that differs is the amount you feed, as puppies require more food during their early development and gradually require less as they become adults. We have two handy calculators on the feeding guide page of our website to help you work out exactly how much your furiend needs to eat. You just pop their weight in and it’ll tell you how much to feed: Go to Calculators

There may be times when changing your dog’s food is a necessity…

Some brands of regular dog food require you to change because of your dogs age, condition or breed. It can get quite confusing, so much so that it’s sometimes hard to know which food is the best for you and your furiend.

You may also find that you have to change your dog’s food if your dog becomes ill. Perhaps they’ve developed an allergy to an ingredient in the food, or maybe they’ve just become super fussy and refuse to eat? This may lead you to try a different brand of dog food and if this is the case (and you’re not already) you might just become Cold Pressed Obsessed! We’ve had so many fussy eaters who have transitioned onto Guru and they love it!

Don’t take our word for it, check out some of the blogs on our Buzz page as we have Geeksters young and old; big and small; short and long, all thriving on Guru!

Feel free to give the Geeks a call for a chat about our super tasty varieties.

You’ve decided to make the leap and change your dog’s diet, but you find yourself asking… how do I introduce a new dog food?

Well do not fear, the Geeks are here! You might just be looking to switch dog food brands. Maybe you’re just changing a dog food within the same brand or need advice about switching foods for either a puppy or adult dog. Whatever the case may be, we’re going to do our best to cover any questions you may have.

Are you ready? Let the eating commence… (oops sorry, we mean reading)

Introducing a new dog food requires a transitioning process. This is a period of time where you’ll gradually reduce the amount of old food, whilst simultaneously increasing the amount of new food.

If you decide to change dog food, it’s important not to transition too quickly, however each dog is unique and therefore transitioning time periods can differ. Also, it depends on the difference between the food your dog was previously on to the one you’re wanting to switch them onto.

It can seem complicated, but don’t panic! We’re about to break it all down for you and make it as simple as we can. So, if you’re looking to change dog food, keep reading and find the sections that are relevant to you and your furiend…

Tips on Changing Dog Food

  • How to switch Dog food brands

How to change dog food brands really starts with finding a dog food company you’re happy with. Here at Guru we want the best for all dog’s and welcome new Geeksters with open arms and paws!

If you’ve made your decision about what new brand of dog food you’d like to change to, you now need to see if and how the type of food may differ from your previous food. This means, even though you’re changing dog food brands, are you sticking with the same type of food, for example are you changing from a regular dried kibble to a regular dried kibble? Or maybe you want to change to a different type of dog food, like Cold Pressed, as well as changing the brand. Or a wet dog food to a raw diet?

There are so many options out there, you’ll need to make sure you’re choosing the right brand and type of dog food for you.

If the type of food is the same (e.g. Cold Pressed to Cold Pressed) it’s easy peasy! Your dog will already be used to the Cold pressed diet and is just simply trying a different recipe.

On the other hand, if your dog is changing between different types of food (e.g. Kibble to Cold Pressed or wet to kibble) we would recommend a gradual transition. Just start with 25% of their new food and 75% of their current food. As long as their stools are formed you can gradually increase the amount of new food and decrease the old food until you’re on 100% of their new diet, yay! Just remember that wet food can contain about 70% moisture (water) so the calculation between wet and dry is a little different.

Oh, just for your info… Guru Cold Pressed can be fed alongside a raw diet, as they break down the same in the stomach (we know, awesome right?) so you can go straight for 50/50!

  • Changing dog food within the same brand

Changing food within a brand can be super simple, as long as the food is made using the same technique or process.

For example, many of you may be feeding Guru Cold pressed dog food, but you’re thinking about switching your dog’s meals up and having a change of flavour. At the moment, we have two recipes… Surf & Turf (Beef, Sea fish & Vegetables) and our Grain Free Full on Feast (Duck, Sea fish & Vegetables). If you’re going to switch between recipes, this won’t be an issue and your dog should be fine without a transition period.

Now, if you feed a brand of dog food that sells different types of food, then a transitioning process would be needed. You can always check out how we recommend to transition on our ‘How To Switch’ section on the Feeding Guide Page HERE.

  • I have a pregnant/lactating bitch, do I need to change her dog food?

First of all, congratulations! It’s such an exciting time… we just adore puppies! Well, who doesn’t?

Something that’s super important for pregnant bitches is their nutrition, in order to ensure good health and growth of the newborn pups. This is another reason why Guru is so great. Expectant mums can be fed Guru during their pregnancy and her puppies can be weaned straight onto our Cold Pressed food as it’s suitable for all ages and all breeds throughout their life stages. We recommend using our puppy calculator to work out the correct amount of Guru to feed from around the third/fourth week of pregnancy. You may need to feed her little and often, as the pups take up more room! She’ll still need more food throughout lactation, so keep using the puppy calculator until around the fifth to eighth week of lactation. You can also start to wean the pups onto Guru at this time… Woohoo – mini Geeksters! xx

Pups can eat Guru dry straight from the bag, but you can also mix Guru with water. There’s a video showing you how to do this on the Feeding Guide page of our website, check it out HERE.

Again, if you have any questions, you can always call the Geeks in the office.

  • Can changing dog food cause problems or side effects?

Many people wonder if changing their dog’s food is going to cause their furiend any issues?

1. Does changing dog food cause shedding?

Every dog is different, but if your dog moves onto another food too quickly, they may shed some fur. To avoid this just take your time and transition gradually over a week or two. If you’re transitioning onto Guru, you should notice a big difference in the health of your dog’s skin and coat. This is because we add Cold Pressed oils to our recipes, which helps Geeksters get the Guru Glow!

2. Can changing dog food cause vomiting?

Switching between foods too quickly can cause vomiting. Make sure you take it easy when transitioning, as this will help to avoid problems such as this. However, vomiting may not always be due to the fact you haven’t transitioned properly… it could be caused by other factors, so we would always recommend consulting a vet.

3. Will changing dog food cause diarrhoea?

Poo… something us dog lovers find ourselves talking about all the time, haha!

We’ve had many dog’s transition onto Guru because their dog’s been suffering from loose stools and/or diarrhoea. Our Geeksters tell us they’ve actually seen a huge improvement in the firmness of their dogs stools in a very short space of time.

Sometimes, you may notice loose stools when you begin transitioning from one diet to another. This can be due to the fact their new diet is richer than the one they’re used to, or they may have a particularly sensitive stomach. In this case, we’d recommend to take your time transitioning and if needs be, take a step back. Don’t forget, every dog is different.

For all those sensitive tums out there, both of our GURUlicious recipes are hypoallergenic!

4. Can changing dog food cause skin irritation?

Skin irritation is the main reason a lot of people think about changing their dog’s diet. The Cold Pressed Oils in Guru can help to keep your dogs skin and coat healthy and most importantly, very happy!

There are many factors that can cause skin irritation, but changing your dog’s diet isn’t usually one of them, unless they have a specific allergy to something in the food. If you notice skin irritation you may want to visit your vet.

5. Can changing dog food change behaviour?

Dog food can affect your dog’s behaviour, a bit like us humans… if we have lots of sugary sweets and soft drinks (although they’re super tasty) we can become hyper!

This is why we find ourselves wanting to know exactly what goes into our furiends food.

We’ve had many people contact us after transitioning onto Guru, saying they’ve seen a huge improvement in their dog’s behaviour. Many have seen their dogs become calmer, as we don’t have any nasty additives in our food. Also, some senior dog’s pawrents have thanked us as they’ve seen a positive improvement in their dogs behaviour and a new found energy.

Check out our Buzz page to see blogs from our Geeksters and their experiences with changing to Guru!

Go to the Buzz Page

Changing Dog Food Information

We hope this blog has helped to clear up a few questions you may have had about changing dog food. If you’re thinking about switching to Guru and joining our Geekster squad, please don’t hesitate to get in touch!

Thanks for reading.

Lots of love,

The Guru Geeks xox

 

Queen Tobie – an “oldie” but goodie!

Where to start….

Queen Tobie here! I am what some people might call an “oldie”(but goodie), I am a wise girl with a silver fox(ette) face and a touch of arthritis. I am also a very proud Guru GEEK!

Myself and my sister (not wise, not remotely silver… Generally nothing going for her!) have been fed Guru since the summer of 2016, a month before I turned 11 years old.

The humans originally looked into Guru because it is a high quality food with some great herbal supplements, more specifically, Green Lipped Mussel extract – GLM is known to be a great aid for mammals with joint issues (helps strengthen and lubricate joints) – this drew their attention as I had an accident when I was not very wise at all resulting in the arthritis.

My humans never for one minute thought that swapping our food (as they had done plenty of times before) would do anything more than feed us and keep us going. Little did they know just how wrong their views were!

BG(Before Guru) I could go on 20-30minute walks, required plenty of rest & help getting up the stairs and onto the big bed most nights, However; within a week of our transition over to Guru I became more agile & energetic, lost the remainder of my extra pounds and really haven’t looked back since! I am now also fed a few herbal supplements in addition to help me as a I get a little wiser. The combination of all this means that at 12 years old I can now go for 3 hour long hikes one day play fetch for an hour the next day, climb stairs, swim, run, keep my svelte figure & act like a 12month old rather than 12 year old!!

Both myself and my foolish sister are fed Guru and will continue to do so as it is suitable for ALL ages, ALL breeds, ALL sizes! You can be weaned onto Guru as a brand new puppy and be fed the exact same recipe for the rest of your spoilt life with no need to swap and change recipes or brands of food as you age.

We still go absolutely bonkers for our dinner every single day! If we ever get the massive treat of training sessions with Guru as the reward, you should see just how much our eyes pop out of our head, it really does prove just how much we are certainly cold pressed obsessed!!!

So, if you’re thinking of changing your silver pup to a new food, we couldn’t recommend becoming a geek enough!

We owe an awful lot to this little Guru family we’re a part of, and can’t thank them enough for letting me be a puppy all over again (despite how annoying I may be due to this).

 

Go follow Queen Tobie and her sis, princess Lexi over on Instagram HEREyou won’t regret it!

Oh and fancy a few snaps? Contact their hoomum for Dog Photography HERE.

 

Spaniel Bella goes for Guru!

Finding the right food to give your dog is possibly the most important thing about owning one, different dogs will enjoy different things, but making sure that you’re feeding your dog a healthy and nutritious meal is something crucial for their overall health and wellbeing. There are so many popular dog food brands out there that many people put their trust in, without completely looking into the nutrition information, just purely trusting advertisement and popularity. But in reality, these brands are not as nutritious as people may believe, and aren’t actually helping our dogs much at all. Guru Pet Food however, is now a food I can say I trust completely.

Changing Bella’s diet to Guru Pet Food is a decision I wish I had made sooner, we have already noticed significant changes. Bella has always had a very sensitive stomach and even during the transition to Guru, we have found it easier to scoop that poop. We are so delighted that we have discovered something that we can feed without the fear of Bella getting an upset stomach, which is also why we often feed these pieces as treats throughout the day too.

Why is Guru Pet Food different to any other dry food?

Well, the main difference between Guru and regular kibble is that it is cold pressed. Cold pressed food is produced using low temperatures instead of high temperatures which are used in the extrusion process. This means that flavours and nutrients are maintained and our dogs aren’t losing the vitamins they need, as they would with regular kibble.

Another firm favourite of Bella’s is Guru’s venison sausages, they are hypoallergenic, so a delicious treat, even for those pups with allergies or intolerances. The sausages are cut up into smaller pieces, making them the ideal treat for Bella (also a great treat to get her to pose for a photo.)

Another thing we love about Guru are the trip bones, in particular the field trip bones. These are perfect for when you’re out and about, being easy and compact to take around with you. Guru trip bones are also suitable for small and large dogs, coming in two different sizes (also easy to snap them if you don’t want to give them a whole one.)

It feels amazing to finally open up about Bella’s food, as I now know that she is eating something I can trust to give her all the nutrients she will need while developing into an adult. If you are considering changing up your dog’s food, Guru is definitely a food to consider. Thank you so much for reading,

Olivia and Bella xo

 

Follow Bella’s journey as a spaniel pup through her adorable Instagram HERE and dog blog HERE.

All breeds, All ages!

Hi, Harley here! If you didn’t already know, I love my food! I wasn’t always like that; I tried numerous dry foods, wet foods and even a raw diet for a while but after a few days I would turn my nose up at what was on offer. I was also putting on some weight as not eating the food made me hungry and I turned to treats and as a senior, I was staring to have some joint problems and my coat was dull.

After starting my Instagram account, I made some lovely friends who persuaded me to try this new food called Guru. They sent a sample pack and it went down really well, so to cut a long story short, the parents decided to make the switch and I’ve never turned down a meal in nearly two years I’ve been on it.

When we got Raffles, we decided we’d raise him on Guru as it’s suitable for puppies from 4 weeks of age. It can be mixed with warm water to form a porridge like consistency, so it’s ideal for the little ones and they can gradually transition to eating it dry by reducing the amount of water mixed in.

Raffles thrived on Guru. He had so much energy, his coat was lovely and shiny and he was growing into a handsome little pup. As Guru is a cold pressed food, the ingredients are ground, then gently mixed together before they are cold pressed at very low temperatures which means that all the yummy ingredients, like beef, brown rice, sea fish, mixed vegetables and fruits retain all of their flavour, vitamins and nutrients.

It also contains oils, herbs and prebiotics; everything for a healthy immune system and a lovely coat and has the added benefit of making the stools easier to pick up – which human is going to say no to that!

A year on, Raffles has just had a health check and the vet confirmed what we already knew… he’s a happy, healthy pup, the correct weight for his age, his skin, eyes, teeth and coat are all perfect.

As for me, I’m nearly 10 years old now and thanks to Guru, my joint problems have disappeared and I’ve lost 3kg, I’m fit and healthy for my age and can run around and play with my little brother. Guru has done us both the world of good.

Are we glad we’re Guru Geeksters? We sure are! This old man and little pupster are proof of the benefits.

Lots of Love,

Harley and my little bro Raffles xox

 

Why not join this handsome pair on their adventures over on Instagram ‘here’, or check out their brand new GURUvy blog page ‘here‘…

Cooper Tried and Tested

A dog’s diet is extremely important and Cooper thoroughly enjoys mealtime; he’s been known to bring his bowl over in the manner of Oliver Twist! Cooper eats Guru Pet Food and he’s here with his hoomans to #spreadthelove

When we first brought Cooper home, no doubt like most first-time dog owners, we continued to use the puppy food that our breeder recommended. It was a popular brand and we bought in bulk, which made sense at the time.

Then after a few months, Cooper stopped eating the stuff. He would sniff his bowl and walk away. We tried different techniques, like putting it into frozen Kongs, changing his meal times and adapting the quantity. It was frustrating and worrying, as there was seemingly no explanation for it.

We paid a visit to the vet, who thankfully couldn’t find anything wrong, and they suggested we try another food. I took to the internet to research – my favourite past time! – and came across a couple of different brands our Instagram friends were trying.

This is how we came across Guru Pet Food. We bought a sample food pack from their website, which arrived a couple of days later, and you wouldn’t believe the relief of watching Cooper eat his food – no, sorry, devour his food – in seconds flat! And so began the transition over to Guru and we haven’t looked back.

Cooper’s favourite flavour is Surf & Turf, which is packed full of beef, sea fish and vegetables. As the food is cold pressed, it retains the flavour, vitamins and nutritional value that all growing dogs need.

You simply add warm water to the bite-sized chunks and watch it expand. Here’s a handy video to see it in action: PRESS PAWS HERE

In addition to the tasty GURUliciousness of Surf & Turf, Cooper also enjoys the occasional field trip bone when we’re out and about, and he’s quite partial to the venison sausages. These come in handy when we’re doing training or learning new tricks!

If you’re looking for something new to feed your dog, why not order a sample pack and give it ago? Become a Geekster like Cooper! 

 

See more of gorgeous Geekster Copper and his adventures through these links:

Instagram: www.instagram.com/cooper.squire

Website: www.coopersquire.co.uk

 

Flossie’s Guruvy journey: Pup to Princess!

Have you ever wondered if Guru is the food for your puppy?

If it really is as the Guru Geeks say ‘The Best For The Best’?

We sure want the best we can get, so when deciding to find a sibling for our 2 year old Geekster Spaniel, Maddie, we wanted ‘The Best’ for our new baby girl. The best breeder, the best parents and the best start in life for her. This meant Cold Pressed from the start.

For those that maybe haven’t heard of Guru, it’s human grade food containing high quality vegetables, fruit and muscle meat, that is ground, then mixed together. This preserves all the nutrients before it’s Cold Pressed at low temperatures. We wouldn’t feed them anything that we wouldn’t eat ourselves? Maddie has been thriving on it for the last two years (Check out Maddie’s blog here) so it was going to be the same for her sibling.

Flossie was the first born just after 11pm on January 13th. A beautiful bundle of black and tan followed shortly by her stunning brothers just after midnight. We chose her from that very night and followed from afar, until we finally got to meet her.

They really had the most attentive Mummy who cared so well for them. As weaning approached Flossie and the litter were given their first taste of Guru, crumbled and then mixed with warm water.

The outcome was snoozing puppies with the food not just on the inside, but on their paws and noses too. Happy and content after every meal!

We visited Flossie regularly and got to watch the litter thrive and grow so quickly. Their coats glossy and their playfulness was addictive to watch. Happy puppies just what we dreamed of. The litter was transitioned from wet Guru to dry by slowly reducing the amount of water added, so the porridge type consistency became thicker. Eventually by 7 weeks they were happy to eat it dry. Choosing the smallest bite size pieces or crumbling the larger ones she thoroughly enjoyed meal times and licked the bowl clean.

The time came when we finally got to bring her home. Armed with a puppy pack from Guru, Flossie was wrapped up warm and ready to start the second part of her life, with us. She was an angel, sleeping through the night, playing with Maddie and she even stole her big girl bed most days! Her energy, her coat, teeth and health was perfect. The vet was impressed saying ‘Whatever you are doing, just keep on doing it’ That was all we needed to hear.

At 9 weeks Flossie tried her first Cold Pressed Trip Bone, a meal on the go, or for Flossie who was still awaiting that first walk, a meal in Maddie’s big girl bed after she stole it again! She loved it and whilst supervised she munched her way through. They have become a Flossie favourite, meal times and days out they are the perfect meal to pop in your handbag. The same healthy Cold Pressed goodness just ideal for our Floss.

We used the puppy slider on the Guru feeding guide and monitored Flossie’s weight. Puppies can eat the exact same Cold Pressed right through to adult and senior as it’s so gentle on their digestion and contains all the goodness she needed to grow. The only thing she did need was a larger amount as she grew. Meal times were enjoyed as was the puppy post meal slumber.

She was the happiest little girl and even more than we could of wished for. She was playful, glossy and enjoying her food.

Guru have two recipes, Surf and Turf which is Beef, Sea Fish and Vegetables or Full on Feast which is grain free. This is Duck, Sea Fish and Vegetables and reading those ingredients on the bag, it sounds like our favourite Sunday Roast … yummy.

We feed our girls both flavours. There really is no reason for this as both are fine with the brown rice in Surf and Turf, but we like to serve them one in the morning and the other in the evening. The Trip Bones are Chicken and Vegetables which, as we already said, Floss adores. We wet the Guru and use it to fill our kongs or to make fun ice cube treats with extra carrot or banana on those rare Summer days. They are fun to make and she loves playing on the lawn with them. We’ve even started baking healthy treats with Guru and they’ve been given a paws up too!

Off lead training has been a dream as we use Guru’s air dried British Venison and apple slices. Just a shake of the packet and she’s back in a flash. Our saving grace to get an energetic Spaniel’s attention when she’s happily off swimming and chasing her friends.

She has hit all her milestones with flying colours, her coat is so soft with the cold pressed oils from the Guru. When asked on a walk what we use to bath her, we explain it’s the food we put in that gives her the shine, not the bubbles we use to wash off the mud.

As she’s so quickly passed her first birthday last month, Floss has now been on Guru a year and she’s an ideal weight at 11.5kg. She has energy on her off lead walks and easily surpasses her tracker 9000 steps target. Her stools are solid and pick up easily, her breath doesn’t smell and unless a naughty visitor lets her steal some thing she shouldn’t, then there’s no nasty gas smells either. No getting away with blaming the dog any more!

To us there really isn’t another option. It’s cold pressed all the way for our girls and we know for us it is the best we can give them.

So would we recommend Guru for new puppies? Oh yes 100%

Would we change anything we did? Not a chance!

Flossie is the perfect baby Sister and we love her with all our hearts. Whatever did we do without her? She fills our home with laughter and love and for all that she’s brought to our family we are giving her the very best right back.

We love you Floss

We love you Guru

x

 

A perfect blog by a perfect princess! If you want to see more of Flossie’s adventures, check out her Instagram: @Flossie_and_family
Or why not check out her and her big sissy’s brand new blog page HERE.

GeekSTARs Up Close & Pawsonal

Roll out the red carpet and get those royal trumpets at the ready because it’s time to give a HUGE welcome to our shining new GeekSTARs!

We’re super excited to announce our newest members of #TeamGuru…

Congratulations and applaws to all three!

So what will these gorgeous GeekSTARs be getting up to? They’ll be taste testing new products, attending at least one of the Dog Fest events with the ‘The Mother Ship’ and woofing about up and coming offers, giveaways and new products!

We were all so excited to find out more, so we couldn’t wait to ask Geekster Sam to get ‘up close and pawsonal’ in a sneak peek exclusive interview with each of our gorgeous GeekSTARs before they shout all about it on social media.

Get ready, get set… let’s go and spread some GURU Love xox

Sam: It’s that time of year again where I get the hard job of interviewing our newest Geeks on the Block.  It’s a tough job but someone’s gotta do it… haha! 

Hold onto your bandanas, blink and you’ll miss her, let’s give a HUGE welcome to our Dynamic GeekSTAR, the very energetic, super sporty Ila…

Dynamic GeekSTAR Ila

Hey Georgina & Ila, welcome to #TeamGuru. Can you tell us how you first got into blogging?
I had always thought of starting one when we first brought Ila home, however with usual puppy busyness I didn’t find the time. It was actually the wonderful Guru team that inspired us to finally set up a blog, after asking us if we would like to share how we feed Ila on a mixture of Guru and raw food.

Have you any tips for your readers who may like to get into agility?
Ila is my first agility dog and we started from complete scratch. My first tip would be to find a positive reward-based agility trainer. Our agility trainer is amazing, she is fun, positive and really believes in us. Secondly, it’s always worth putting in the very important foundations before starting on the obstacles, not only does it help you to run in synchronisation, as a team, but it also makes learning new skills and the equipment so much quicker and easier. And most importantly, have fun! Ila and I love working together through an agility course, it is both fun and rewarding for us both!

Next up, put your paws together for the two most loveable GeekSTAR boxers on the block… trust me, these two don’t need any introduction! 

Loveable GeekSTARs Ruby & Martha

Charlotte, Ruby & Martha, it seems so long ago since we last caught up! I know you have your own fantastic company which is called ‘Muttley and Martha’ but who inspired you to start your own company?
I was studying a degree in fashion and textiles at the time when I was working in designing bridal wear. One day, I came home from the studio and noticed Ruby’s collar was really worn and just plain boring. That’s when I had the eureka moment!

What are Ruby and Martha’s most loveable quirks?
Ruby’s loveable quirks would have to be her loyalty and ability to make us laugh every day. She’s also a very patient pooch, especially for the camera!

Martha’s loveable quirks would be how affectionate she is. She just loves everyone, she’s such a happy soul.

Yayyy!! I’m super excited to welcome our absolutely adorable Outdoor GeekSTARs Hunter & Maple. I love keeping up with their adventures/road trips and I’m sure you will too!

Outdoor GeekSTARs Hunter & Maple

Welcome Amy, Hunter and Maple to #TeamGuru tell us a little bit about yourselves.
Hey Geeks, thankyou for having us on your team! I am Amy, I’m 26 years old and live in Manchester with my two adorablecockers Hunter & Maple.  Hunter literally popped up into my life outside my work window! What a perfect surprise he was… Hunter has just hit 2 and a half and is still like the same old little bundle of joy. He loves a cuddle and is well known for his #sharingthelove from kisses with Maple to cuddles with old ladies, he is a charmer!

We got Maple just a few months after as Hunter clearly needed a lady in his life. Two puppies at once clearly was a silly idea at the time but they were smitten for each other. Hunter & Maple do everything together, they just love the great outdoors and running free and stealing each others toys.

What are you most looking forward to in 2018?
Honestly DOGFEST! We love seeing the GURU stand each year it definately stands out from the crowd. With lots of socialising, Hunter & Maple get to see their friends and we get to travel to different locations for more adventure time.

 

Thank you Sam, Georgina, Charlotte and Amy. Check out the full interviews here:

ilathetoller

Ruby the Boxer Dog

Adorable Cockers

We’re hoping to see all of our GeekSTARs at Dog Fest this year and we’re also looking forward to seeing as many of YOU as possible… Let’s make this summer extra GURUvy and one to remember!

 

Thanks for reading Geeksters and for continuing to help us #SpreadTheLove

Until next time… hugs, wishes and Geekster kisses to you all xxx

Top 10 Tips for a Healthy Dog Lifestyle

We all adore our dogs and want them to have The Best of The Best!

Here at Guru, our furiends mean everything to us and we want to do everything we can to make sure they have a happy, long and  healthy life as possible.

We know you feel the same too, so check out:

Our Top Tips for A Healthy Dog & Puppy Lifestyle!

1. Food glorious Food! – That sounds like a tasty place to start…

A top quality, nutritious diet is really important for a healthy lifestyle. Here at Guru, we want the best for all dogs which is why we believe that #ColdPressedIsBest!

Cold pressing is a unique method we use to prepare your dog’s food. The ingredients are ground and gently mixed together before being pressed at low temperatures for just a few seconds. This carefully retains as much of the ingredients flavour, aroma, vitamins and nutritional value as possible, which are essential to growth, digestion and good health. Cold pressed dog food guarantees a naturally nutritious and balanced diet for your best friend!
If you’re not a Guru Geekster already, why not try a sample? HERE

 

Good Diet Tips

2. Watch that Weight – One way to help extend your dog’s life and keep them happy and healthy is by maintaining a healthy weight.

Our furiends can become overweight if they eat lots of fatty human food, or if they just eat too much dog food and don’t get enough exercise. When we think of an ‘unhealthy weight’, a lot of us think of our dogs being overweight, however this isn’t always the case… we need to make sure our furiends aren’t underweight either. So how do you reach your dog’s perfect weight?

We recommend feeding your dog Guru cold pressed. We have a handy feeding calculator on our website so all you have to do is select your dog’s ideal weight (if they’re an adult), rather than the weight they’re currently at and it tells you how many grams to feed. This will ensure they receive the right amount of nutrition so they will shed the pounds or gain the bit of weight they need.  As Guru is cold pressed, it’s suitable for all breeds and all ages which means you can also feed our food to your puppy. As growing pups need to eat more (lucky pups) we have a separate calculator that works out the correct amount to feed as they grow into a fit and healthy adult.

Use our puppy & dog food calculator to see how much Guru food you need to keep your doggie healthy.

 

Dog Lifestyle Tips - Regular Exercise

3. Excellent Exercise – Dogs need regular exercise in the same way we do.

It’s completely up to you how and when they exercise however ideally they should have around 1 hour per day where they can run, jump and explore until their hearts are content, as well as having their regular walks for the day. Exercise requirements can differ depending on your dog’s breed, sex, age, and health. Allowing your furiend to socialise and play with other dogs during their exercise, is something they’ll enjoy as well as being a really good way of helping them maintain a healthy weight. This could also keep them emotionally healthy too!

 

Dog Lifestyle Tips - Puppy Training

4.Time to Train – Following on from our previous point, having a healthy lifestyle isn’t just all about the outside, it’s what you can’t see too!

Training is a great way to mentally challenge your furiend and help with mental stimulation. Making your dog work for their food is a great way to do this, either by making them wait, shake a paw or turning their feeding time into a fun game! If you want to challenge your furiend even further, you could  take up a hobby such as agility training… this will help keep both you and your dog fit and healthy, whilst simultaneously improving your dog’s behaviour and overall well-being.

 

Dog Lifestyle Tips - Dental Care

5. Time to shine Teefies! – Get those teeth sparkling…

Dental hygiene is an important part of your dogs overall health so make sure to inspect your furiends teeth and gums weekly. One of the benefits our customers notice is that their dogs have fresher breath! Guru cold pressed dog food is great for dental hygiene. The cold pressed crunch is great for your furiends teeth as well as our Trip bones (not to mention they’re super duper tasty… ask our Geeksters). We have two sizes, check them out: Field Trip bones (47g) and Road Trip bones (118g).

You could also check with your vet for instructions on regular brushing with canine toothpaste.

Dog Lifestyle Tips - Treats

6. Did someone say TREATS? – Yumm… we all love to treat our furiends, but are we giving them the best of the best?

Treats are just as important as your dog’s main diet, so don’t just think ‘anything will do’. For a healthy and obedient dog, we need healthy dog treats that makes training worthwhile. Our Venison Sausages are great for this! We have developed our  ‘Nothing To Hide’ range that’s made with 70% British Venison, apple and sweet potato which are sure to get your furiend wanting more. If you’re out and about, all you’ll need to do is pop them out your pocket and BOOM, you furiend will be right there. Why not try some HERE?

 

Dog Lifestyle Tips - healthy Dog Coat

7. Coat Care – The Cold Pressed oils within Guru help your dog’s skin, leaving your furiend with a healthy and glowing coat.

Improvements in the coat and skin are one of the main benefits Geeksters notice when switching to our cold pressed food!
Another thing to keep in mind with coat care, is to fight those fleas and tackle those ticks!
Fleas can cause many health problems, not just itchy skin and can be the source of allergies, anemia, and tapeworms. Luckily there’s a great number of flea control products available. Monthly applications should be given based on the weight of your dog and keep in mind you must treat all your pets, not just the ones when fleas are obvious. You need to be extra careful in warmer months!
Tics like to latch themselves on to dogs/humans and transmit disease… ew! Always check your dog for ticks after a walk in long grass or woodland, particularly their face, eyes and inside the ears.

 

Dog Lifestyle Tips - Hydration

8. Keep your furiend Hydrated – It’s important that we make sure our furiends always get enough to drink!

Especially in hot, sunny, summer weather (not that we see the sun too often here haha). Have cool fresh water available for them at all timesA good tip is to have more than one water dish out in different places, e.g outside, in the kitchen etc. Keep an eye on the water level to make sure your dog is getting enough to drink.

 

Dog Lifestyle Tips - Sleeping Dog

9. Keep it Clean! – Keeping bowls, bedding, towels etc clean is another key point to keeping your furiend happy and healthy.

Would you like to eat from a dirty plate or bowl? We’re guessing no… so why would your furiend? Making sure their bowls are clean is super important to avoid them becoming ill. Even if your dog enjoys rolling in mud, they should have a clean bed, so make sure to shake bedding outdoors and vacuum regularly to get rid of hairs. Also, don’t forget to wash covers, blankets and towels to keep fleas and smells away. Let’s not leave the car crew behind… remember the bedding and towels you keep in the car as well.

 

Dog Lifestyle Tips - Affection

10. Spread The Love – We’ve saved the best ’til last!

Most of you know, here at Guru, we’re all about spreading the love…

The bond between you and your best furiend is something special and something no one can take away from you. As their pawrent, your dog looks to you for love and is also looking to please you. Maybe they’re a cuddler, so you cosy up on the couch for a snuggle or maybe they just need some positive encouragement every once in a while. Little actions go a long way in maintaining a loving relationship with your pet.

It’s a reward for both you and your dog to display your unconditional love for one another. The love between you and your dog is super powerful, so powerful that it could have it’s own super hero name!

Showing your dog some love and affection can shape how they interact with other animals and people. Why not show your dog some love right now, go on… how can you resist those puppy dog eyes?

We hope you’ve enjoyed reading and maybe you can take something away from our 10 top tips for a healthy dog lifestyle. 

As we mentioned at the begining, we want to do everything we can to give your dog a long, happy and healthy life which is why we put all of our efforts into producing healthy and nutritious food and treats for your furiends.

Thanks for reading and don’t forget to head over to our website if you have any questions or want more information.

The Guru Geeks xox

A visit to make your dog’s mouths water!

On the way back from our recent holiday with the boys, we were lucky enough to visit Guru HQ and our favourite Geeksters! As we mentioned in our previous blog, on the way home from our recent holiday, we thought we would stop in to visit Guru. We had wanted to go and see them for a long time and thought this would be the perfect time.

When We Arrived

We arrived at Guru HQ full of excitement and when we pulled up outside, the boys instantly shot up out of their bed. They must have known they were in for a treat! We opened the car door, stretched our legs and the boys both sniffed the air. They most probably could smell their food, exciting them even more. Before we even were able to ring the buzzer, the door had already opened and the lovely Lisa (Co owner) and Sam greeted us with beaming smiles. Tails wagging, the boys both got lots of fuss (and us too!) and we headed upstairs. It was really cool to see where the magic happens. We also got to meet Steph, who had recently joined the Guru team. We chatted for a while, whilst Jacob & Bruno made themselves at home. They sniffed every nook and cranny in the office, had their noses in every box they could and even made sure the delivery man knew they were there by giving him a bark (or two!).

The Tour

Lisa offered us a tour and before we could accept, the boys were already by the stairs waiting for us! We made our way down to the ‘Packing Room’ where all of the yummy food and treats were stored before heading out to all of the Geeksters!

Oh my Guru! we had never seen so many bags of dog food and the boys were in their element. They ran over to their favourite food, the Full on Feast. We know that this is their favourite as they always get so excited at dinner time and when we first fed them the food, they licked and licked and licked their bowls clean, more than they ever used to! Jacob & Bruno have been eating their scrumptious Full on Feast Cold Pressed Dog Food since early last year. As the food is cold pressed, it locks in all of the goodness, which we can see has really benefited the boys as we get a lot of compliments on how healthy they look, especially on how shiny their coats are! We also find the online feeding guide really useful, meaning the boys weight has stayed consistent, which with any dog, can be tricky!

We had a mini photo shoot in front of the bags of food, which is a Geekster tradition. Every time a Geekster visits Guru HQ, they take a photo amongst their favourite food!

Earning Their Treats

After we had finished taking a few photos, it was time for Jacob & Bruno to earn their treats! Guru launched their wonderfully yummy Venison Sausage treats last year and the boys absolutely adore them. The boys were given two whole boxes full to help sort out, which they sniffed and sniffed and couldn’t wait any longer to have a few! The treats come in a really handy re-sealable packet, which seals in the goodness. There’s nothing to hide with these treats!

The venison meat is sustainably sourced in the UK and contain NO:

  • Gluten
  • Grain
  • Dairy
  • Soya
  • Beef

They’re also Hypoallergenic! Perfect for Jacob & Bruno.

They finished ‘sorting’ the boxes and were on to the next adventure!

A Bone For The Trip Home

It didn’t take Jacob or Bruno long to sniff out another one of their favourite treats, the famous Guru trip bone. We still had a good few hours until we would be home, so the Guru trip bones come in very handy. They have two sizes of these bones, the ‘road trip’ for the larger dogs and the ‘field trip’ for the smaller dogs like Jacob & Bruno. They’re perfect for long journeys, days out and adventures as they act like a meal on the go. The boys certainly enjoy them!

Homeward Bound

Before we knew it, it was time to head home. What fun we had all had! It was absolutely wonderful to see Lisa and Sam again. We already knew how passionate they are about Guru and going to the heart of it all was lovely. It makes us equally as passionate about the food as they do such a brilliant job. Jacob & Bruno were spoilt rotten and didn’t want to leave and to tell the truth, we could have stayed there for longer too!

Before we headed off, Andrew (the other co owner & Lisa’s husband) turned up! We had met Andrew at Dog Fest and it was great to catch up with him too!

We are really grateful for the special relationship we have with these guys. We really do urge you to check them out, their food has done wonders for the boys and it’s great to support such a wonderful company!

Thanks for reading

Oli, Jay, Jacob & Bruno xx

#Spreadthelove

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Alfie, Arthur & Deru – The Ginger Geeksters!

Let’s talk treats…..

Do you like to feed your dog species appropriate treats? Do you feed in accordance with their diet if you feed raw? Or… do you just buy whatever is on offer in the shops?

We must admit, in the past we have just picked up whatever is on offer in the supermarket (I feel like I’m swearing saying this now) However since switching to raw we are always now on the hunt for some tasty treats which go hand in hand with the boy’s diet. Luckily, we came across Guru Pet Food, some pretty pawsome cold pressed food and scrumptious snacks to go with.

Since doing more photography with the boys I feel like we need something that is tasty to keep their attention for longer but not something that’s going to fill them up or bloat them. Alfie and Arthur are easily pleased when it comes to food, Deru on other hand isn’t too fussed over a run of the mill gravy bone, chicken or beef for that matter. His tastes are much higher acquainted! So, when we came across the Venison Sausages we knew we were on to a winner. And, I am pleased to report they did not disappoint, Deru could not take his eyes off them and Alfie couldn’t wait to get in the packet. Arthur being an absolute foodie was hooked too.

Guru’s food is made by being cold pressed, which means they are one of the only foods that can be fed alongside a raw diet. This was another great pointer that appealed to me as I knew it would make life so much easier when it comes to the boys going on vacation, having the option to switch straight to the Full on Feast and not having any tummy upsets or switching over period is just great!

Since trying out the duck, fish and vegetable recipe alongside the boy’s current raw diet I would be 100% confident on switching them to this on a permanent basis. I feel like this is a huge statement for me as after feeding raw for a few years now, I’ve always said I would never go back to a dry food as we always seemed to have a struggle with skin allergies and weight loss in Alfie’s case.

We also treated ourselves to the Road Trip bones. These make the perfect on the road meal, or perfect as a tasty snack. Available in two sizes, road trip being perfect for the boys and the Field Trip bones perfectly suited for those smaller paws. Once again made with all-natural ingredients and being cold pressed, it’s the perfect on the go meal as an alternative to carrying round 3 dogs worth of frozen food. (I know you’ll agree with me here, we’ve all had those occasions where you just don’t have the freezer space on vacations) I must admit, I did have my concerns about these but once again was pleasantly surprised; no bad breath or smelly stools and, they’re just so easy. These complete meal bones can even be used as a meal replacement, so forget your Guru bites and feed a bone for breakfast, switch it up a little. I’ve often thought about using the bites as treats instead, if they love it then why not? Keep meal times interesting.

I have found that bones are the perfect way to get the boys settled down, whether it be whilst working from home or to help them settle whilst on vacation; with that in mind we will definitely be placing our order of Road Trip bones for our doggie vacation to the Lake District in May, so stay tuned as I’m sure we’ll be sharing our adventures with you once more.

We have found Guru to be a huge help if you have any questions about switching to their food too, the website is so user friendly, it even has a handy food calculator on there to help you out, don’t want to be over feeding now.

The part we have loved about trying out Guru the most is the social media. (We all know Mum’s snap happy anyway so having the opportunity to share them is just too much) The Guru family is such a fun family to be a part of, they’ve even named the week days to theme their photos… #TripBoneTuesday #WoofWoofWednesday. And not forgetting to mention the personalised samples and letter addressed to the boys, LOVE it!

You know that we only recommend brands that we know and love so why not order yourself a trial pack and see for yourself… trust us… your dog will thank you for it.

Lara & the gingers xoxox

 

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Maximus – Geekster Family

It’s crazy to think that Maximus has been on Guru Pet Food for over a year now, joining the Geekster family when he was just 5 months old in December 2016 and we haven’t looked back since! Quickly after we joined Instagram we noticed there was a lot of hype about this food and there’s no surprise why, it really is #TheBestForTheBest.

After a fair amount of research I was blown away by the benefits Guru had and it wasn’t long after that, the first bag arrived at our door. Then, it was the most important moment… the taste test. Thankfully, he gave his paw of approval, it’s such a rewarding  feeling knowing you’re feeding your dog something they love that is also full of goodness. I think Guru was actually the reason we had to get a slow feeder bowl because he’d just gobble it up so quickly! Not only is it super tasty, but it is also the closest food to a dogs natural diet you can get, meaning you can feed this food alongside a raw diet.. pretty good right? To me this proves just how high quality this food is.

Now, Max never lets me miss mealtime and dribbles with anticipation awaiting his food. Did you know a bag of Guru can last up to three times longer than other dry foods? This is because each pellet is packed with rich nutrients so you feed your dog less to avoid upset tummies. Therefore, whilst making your pooch healthier you’re also saving money!

The benefits of Guru are endless, check out this blog where I talk about it in more detail.

As well as their food pellets, I love their trip bones [and so does Max!] because they are so convenient to just pop in your bag when going out for the day, they make the perfect snack or a meal equivalent. I also love their bright packaging as it immediately makes the food appealing before even knowing just how good it is inside. I believe packaging is very important for first impressions and it definitely caught my eye straight away.

You can imagine our excitement when we were asked to be Guru’s Adventure GeekSTAR last June. It’s been a pleasure to work with them and we’ll be sad for it to end later this year.

The Guru Team are honestly the friendliest company I’ve ever met which is such an added bonus. This was particularly noticeable at the summer shows we went to with them last year, they made everyone feel so welcome and were always up for a good laugh. I’m not a particularly confident person myself [which I’m working on] but they made me feel so comfortable and relaxed. They are memories I’ll cherish forever and I can’t wait to catch up with them again this year.

We love Guru and their passion for what they do, if you aren’t part of the Geekster Family already, why not!?

Thanks for reading.

Charlotte & Maximus x

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The Guru Guide to choosing dog food

How to chose the right Dog Food?

With so many different types of dog food on the market, it’s hard to know which one to choose for your furiend. So what makes Guru Cold Pressed the best?

Sit back, relax and grab a cuppa as we enter the world of dog food…

One of the most common cooking methods of dry dog food is a process called extrusion. The benefit of dry extruded dog food is that it’s convenient for pet parents. However, this method uses high temperatures which can degrade the vitamins and minerals within the food. That’s one of the reasons why they spray it with fats and oils, once it’s been cooked.

Another diet choice many pet parents make is to feed raw. However, this diet isn’t always convenient for all dog owners, as it involves preparation time and can be expensive.

So what alternatives are available?

Well, this is where Guru cold pressed comes in!

You may have heard about Guru cold pressed from a family member/friend or you’ve seen one of our gorgeous Geeksters on social media posing with our products.

Perhaps you even feed Guru to your Geekster already, but the question is… do you really know what cold pressed dog food is?

Cold pressing is a method of producing complete dog food at very low temperatures (around 44 degrees). Our cold pressed method helps the ingredients retain their flavour, aroma and nutritional value. We only use the finest ingredients in Guru, so it’s almost like you’ve prepared it yourself!

We know what you’re thinking… a super diet must mean a super high price, right? Wrong!

Here at Guru, we want the best for ALL dogs! We provide GURUate food at the lowest possible prices.

Did you know Guru can cost as little as 62p a day to feed a 15kg dog. Yes, that’s 62p to provide your best friend with everything they need to be happy and healthy! This is because a bag of Guru can last up to a third longer than a regular dried dog food, how good is that?

As well as having many health and cost benefits, Guru cold pressed is also super convenient, as we do all the preparation for you. We even provide a handy calculator on our website to tell you how much to feed. All you have to do is pop in your dog’s ideal weight, measure out the correct amount of Guru and you’re good to go!

Here’s a link to our handy calculators here

When you weigh up all of the other food options available… Guru Cold Pressed really is the best of both worlds!

Go on, try #TheBestforTheBest today, your furiend will thank you for it xx

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Wonderful Wilson’s Story

Hello everyone. My name is Wilson and I’m a 4 year old Welsh springer spaniel. Mummy says I’m very lucky to have got to 4 years old for a number of reasons – I think my naughtiness being one of them! The main one though is that 18 months ago I became very ill with something called “immune mediated encephalitis”. Basically I had lots of lesions on my brain that shouldn’t have been there and it swelled up making me feel very, very dizzy and wobbly. My legs didn’t work properly and my head hurt It scared me and it scared my family.

This is a photo of me the day before I got sick – I look the picture of health don’t I?!

Thankfully I am now on the road to good health (though I will never be completely in the clear).

I’m getting back to my naughty ways, like stealing mummy’s socks and running away with them. I also like to wake her up sometimes with a big ‘boof’ of my paws (it’s even better when she is awake because then she will laugh and play with me). We go to agility classes too and I love doing that. It’s helped to keep my muscles strong while I’ve been on the steroids.

Here I am on my favourite beach in Cornwall just about to ‘boof’ mummy with my paws!!

Since I was a puppy mummy has always tried to make sure I was fed on a good food. She likes dry food because it is convenient for her (though the occasional treat of chicken or other meat was added too) and a balanced diet for me. I always had a lovely, glossy coat and people commented on how stunning I am.

After I became ill I couldn’t digest my food as well as before because the medicines had upset my intestines and also caused a mild pancreatitis. I had little muscle spasms/twitches that worried us. Mummy started to investigate further all the different foods that might help me and which diets had them in. The one I was on was a very good diet but didn’t have the vegetables and meat in it that mummy thought I needed. She then discovered Guru and my life has changed! It has alfalfa, broccoli and liver in it that she had read would help with my condition. I don’t eat any fruit or vegetables unless it’s in my dry food already because I don’t like them – I will spit them out in disgust! The other good thing was, as it is a cold pressed food, I would be getting more of the nutrients and able to digest them better because of the way the food breaks down more quickly. Within a week of being on Guru Surf n Turf my muscle spasms and twitches had lessened a lot and now that I am on it completely I rarely get them. When I do it is usually due to stress on my recovering muscles/body because I have overdone it on a walk or something. A couple of rest days and I’m back to normal again.

I’ve told my friends, Terri and Lili, about this food too and they are now trying it out as well. We all love the taste and our humans are pleased that we lick our bowls clean!

After a check up at the vet with mummy, there’s no signs of my neuro problem and the pancreatitis is under control.

Here’s a recent photo of me looking healthy again – long may it stay this way!

Geekster Wilson x

Connie Onnie Geekster

Woof Guru!

My name is Connie (I’m a standard poodle aged 2 years) and I just love getting out and about!

I love meeting other doggies, playing in the snow and in water, fetching balls and generally living life to the full.

To help me with all this doggified busyness, I have Guru as porridge in the morning and Guru bites as my main evening meal. This helps keep me superfit and full of poodle bounce!  Also, my coat is sooo curly and glossy…

Delivery of my food is easy, simple and quick, and for such a tasty food as Guru – the price isn’t bad either! 🙂

Lots of tail wags and bum wiggling 🐾🐾🐾

From Connie onnie x (that’s what my human calls me)

Practising Princess!

Like a dog with a bone…

Like a dog with a bone, that’s what we’re like when we’ve been given our Guru Trip bones. I’m very lucky to have the best job in the world in my eyes, and part of it means a lot of travelling and photoshoots with my dogs.

When asking a dog to do any task they should always get something positive in return, whether that is toys, treats or a tickle on the tummy. So this is no different out on our photoshoots. For me it’s treats to keep the dogs calm and in the same position, small treats are ideal for this, regularly rewarding them but not filling them up or making them ill. For this Woody always has his normal Guru food, he is absolutely obsessed with it so why not use his meal as treats. Wilma drives a bit more of a hard bargain and will only work for high priority treats, this is usually the Guru Venison sausages.

But for bigger blogging trips a bigger treat is needed! When away from home, if it’s just for the day or even longer, being able to settle your dogs is so important – one of the first things I train my dogs. There’s nothing worse than meeting up with a friend and their dog just won’t settle, instead is wriggling and jumping around all excited inside a cafe or restaurant. My dogs are absolute stars at this, especially Wilma [If you followed our recent trip to London you’ll know she literally falls asleep anywhere]. 

Whether they settle quickly or not, giving your dogs a bone or chew is the perfect way to calm a situation down. Leaving you in peace to enjoy a drink or meal with your dogs at your feet. The Guru trip bones are perfect for this, not only are they chewy taking the dogs a long time to munch on them; but they come in two sizes to be your dogs complete meal. For the smaller dogs [Wilma] there’s a mini bone and for the big dogs [Woody] you guessed it, a bigger bone. Perfect for a meal on the go!

I don’t use these to give them a meal whilst we’re travelling just because I don’t want to risk them being travel sick. But if we’re in a pub or restaurant, working on location on a project or just visiting friends the bones are their meal and are quick and easy to pack.

Plus every Tuesday is #tripbonetuesday so you can share your trip bone photos on social media and tag the Guru geeks for them to see. My favourite photos have to be the ones of the dogs holding the bones in their mouths. I’m yet to teach Wilma this trick but Woody is a pro!

Why not get some trip bones with your next Guru order and try them out, you won’t regret it!

Thanks for reading,

Megan, Woody & Wilma xox

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