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Cocomutz Tugs

Just taken delivery of the Cocomutz natural dog tugs.  These looks great and have given a large and a small out to 2 of my mutts.

Gam tackling the coconut tug
Gam tackling the coconut tug

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Photo and video is of Gem, a collie cross lurcher, she is a bit of a food guarder, which is why she is having it in the crate.  Saves a spat.  Definitely think I will be stocking these again.  What do you think?

Gem and the large coconut tug

How to fit a Back on Track Dog Coat/Rug

Following on from measuring for the dog coat, here is how it should be fitted.  Over the head, then the tail, then the back legs, drawstring tightened at the neck and then the tummy clasp

Another video – showing Jess, Mhairi Baxter’s collie, at Bisley, having the coat fitted.  The back leg straps have tiny button holes and so should be used equally front and back to hold the coat on firmly.

Fitting the Back on Track dog coat

How to measure for a Back on Track Dog Coat/Rug

This video shows Mhairi Baxter and her collie, Jess, being measured for a Back on Track coat at the flyball competition at Bisley this last weekend.  Felt it was worthwhile showing people how to measure as some of you order over the internet and it’s easy to guess rather than get it right.

The measure needs to be to the base of the tail.  This is especially important if your dog carries its tail up.  The tail needs to be taken through the zip on the coat and if it is too small, it will catch on the tail when walking/running and cause discomfort.  Hope the video helps

Measuring for a Back on Track Dog Coat

New Items from Back on Track

New items on their way from Back on Track. Hope to have samples, sizes and prices in the next fortnight.

First off there is the new Physio Range – is a high-quality range of braces for humans with 4 way stretch Welltex™ fabric lining. The Braces are breathable and have wicking properties, suitable for use before, during and after exercise. Their functional design is proving popular both with sportspeople as well as those looking for mobility and well-being. The range includes knee, wrist, ankle, neck and calf braces.

The warm and cosy Back on Track Bianca Dog Jumper with Welltex™ lining promotes circulation to provide the Back on Track effect around the entire body. The jumper extends from the base of the tail right up to a warm collar around the neck where it has a zipper closure. A stretchy lining around the front legs ensures the jumper is both snug and easy to put on and take off. Perfect for this time of year!

For those with whippets or whippet crosses, look at these! Back on Track’s Whippet Rug is made from a water resistant and breathable outer lined with Welltex™ fabric and is designed with the mobility needs of an athletic dog in mind. The Whippet rug comes with a soft fleece neck cover which can be folded down on warm days. Finishing touches include thick reflector straps, a wide strap around the body to hold the rug in place and non-removable elastic leg straps.

They are also introducing a budget range of the mesh and standard rugs – again sizes and prices to arrive with me. But here are the details – they do not have the tummy protector and have velcro fastenings.

The Back on Track Hugo Standard Rug has easy velcro closures at the front of the rug and under the belly that make dressing your dog very straightforward. The Hugo Standard Rug is made from water-resistant and breathable black polyester fabric lined with Welltex™.


Great for the active life
Great for the active life

Bianca jumper hugo mesh rug hugo standard rug whippet rug


The Back on Track Hugo Mesh Rug forms better to the body’s shape than other stiffer materials and is therefore gives a much smoother fit. Even dogs that sometimes don’t like wearing a rug will usually accept this light rug easily.

To help your dog stay safe in the dark, both the Hugo Standard and Mesh Rugs are equipped with reflectors on the closures on either side of the belly strap. They have non-removable elastic leg straps, easy closing straps in front and fully removable belly straps.

Care of the Back on Track products

I usually tell people about looking after their Back on Track products, it’s daft to spend so much money and then get it wrong.  However, here is the official version from Back on Track themselves on how to build up the use and how to care for the products.  I hope you find it useful and you can keep coming back to it when you forget.

Instructions for use

Please read carefully, both the usage and washing instructions, before using the product.

All Back on Track products should be implemented gradually. To start with, use the product for a maximum of four hours a day for the first 2-3 days. The body then has the opportunity to familiarize itself with the fabric’s effects.

The reason we recommend starting with a maximum of 4 hours use is that some people experience pain in the beginning. In horses and dogs, it manifests itself as a swelling. This is due to the increased blood circulation, which is actually a good indication that the ceramic fabric is taking effect. This initial pain or swelling can occur anywhere from a few to several hours of use. You should then cease using the product any more that day, and instead introducing it carefully and more gradually over the following days.

After the introductory period you should up the usage to a minimum of 8 hours per day, preferably more. After only an hour or so is often perceived a positive effect on tight muscles and stiff joints. More persistent problems may require several days, usually between 10-20, before the desired result is achieved.

After the introductory period of 2-3 days it is important to continue to use the product intensively at least 10, preferably 20 days, before assessing its impact. Since this ceramic fabric reflects more of the body’s heat radiation as you move, the effect is greatest if you wear the product when active. Back on Track also works when resting, even when you sleep.

Continue to use the product according to the routine you develop, or use it for two weeks and then take a break in the third week, this in order to avoid dependency. The sensitivity of this dependency varies from individual to individual. For maximum effect, the ceramic fabric should be in direct contact with the skin (if necessary, a thin cotton cloth inserted between).

Note: Caution is advised during simultaneous use with liniment or similar, since the effect is amplified.

Use the product only as directed and consult a doctor if symptoms persist. Do not use during pregnancy.

Specific instructions for use on horses and dogs

Keep in mind that the effect of Back and Track increases with movement when the body heat increases, so in addition to using pads and blankets in the stables, the horse can also be allowed to move around with the Back on Track products. Especially suitable in this context is Riding Boots, Bandages, Saddle Pads, Exercise Rug and Exercise Machine Rug.

For long term problems, the horse may need to use Back on Track for an extended period. Use the product for two to three weeks and have a break one week, to see if the symptoms persist.

As a preventive measure, Back on Track can be used with regular breaks. Use Back on Track 1 day before and 2 days after exercise and then stop until the next workout. For warm-up, use 1-2 hours before and 2-4 hours after exercise.

For dogs, one often uses the standard Dog Rug, which is rain repellent and breaths. However, it should be noted that for long-running problems, Back on Track should be used for several weeks, at least 8 hours per day, with regular breaks in order to achieve the desired results. This means that the dog can use the rug day and night, indoor as well as outdoor, 24/7. If being used at night, it is probably more comfortable for the dog to wear the Mesh Rug, which is more adaptable. Alternatively, the dog may be provided with a mattress with “memory foam” or a cover of Back on Track to the sleeping basket. The foam part molds to the body shape and relieves a sore back.


Back on Track products can be machine washed at 30 C with normal detergent. Air dry.

Note: Do not use bleach or fabric softener, or tumble dry. The product should be ironed at a maximum temperature of 50 C. The ceramic powder is fused in the fibres of polyester/polypropylene and does not separate when washed.

The textile is produced in China and consists of 100% polypropylene (PP) with ceramic powder or 50% polyester with ceramic powder and 50% cotton.

How Back on Track Works

Thought it was worth copying the information from the Back on Track website about how the product works. It is a great material and has many different uses. I have sold a lot to people with back problems, their dogs for warming up and cooling down before and after exercise.

How Back on Track works
Back on Track’s joint and muscle support are all made of functional textiles with heat reflective properties. The textile is a synergy of ancient Chinese experience and modern scientific textile technology. During the manufacturing of polyester- or polyester fibres, the ceramic particles are fused into the fibres. When heated, the ceramic particles radiate a heat back towards the body. This reflected heat is long-wave heat radiation, which is also known as long wave infrared radiation.

Heat Radiation
It is well established and documented that long wave infrared heat radiation increases the blood circulation. The increased blood circulation in the tissues helps to relieve muscles tension and improves performance. One important property is the injury prevention effect, which you get when the protections are used for training and competition.

Deepening in the function
Heat energy can be transported in three ways: conduction (transfer), convection or radiation.

When heat transfer or conduction occurs, the heat in a material spreads from one part of the material to another.
Convection is the loss of heat when a heated liquid or gas (e.g. air) is displaced, carrying the heat with it. The insulating material in ordinary clothing and joint supports, for example cotton, wool and neoprene, is designed to prevent convection and thus retains body heat in the air outside the skin.
Radiation occurs when a heat source emits heat radiation, where upon it collides with another surface and heats it. Back on Track’s products work with radiant heat, the purpose of which is to avoid trapping the heat through insulation. This is so that the protection has a respiratory function, while heat energy in the body tissues increases.

People and animals radiate body heat, both at rest and in activity, however less heat is radiated when at rest. When a material is hit with heat rays, three things can occur.

  1. The rays can pass straight through the material, which is called transmittance. An example of this is when the sun’s heat rays hit a glass plate. The majority of the heat radiation passes through the glass. You would feel this effect if you were to stand in a room with the sun shining through the window.
  2. The second thing that can happen is that the rays bounce on the material’s surface and are reflected away, called reflectance. If all the heat is reflected the material will not be heated as none of the rays radiate through the material.
  3. The third that can happen is the material absorbs the heat rays, which is called absorbance. Radiated heat can have different wavelengths depending on the temperature of the heat source and the material. Radiant heat is usually within the range of what is called infrared radiation, which means wavelengths between 0.7 microns and 1 mm. A material absorbs different amounts of heat radiation depending on the wavelength of the radiation. This is called the material’s absorption spectrum. The radiant heat absorbed increases the heat content of the material.

A material has not only an absorption spectrum but also an emission spectrum. An emission spectrum essentially means that different materials radiate heat of various wavelengths within different temperatures. The amount of radiation and the radiation wavelength varies depending on the heat source temperature and the emission spectrum of the heat source materials. Generally, one can say that the lower the temperature heat source is the longer the wavelength of the heat radiation.

When manufacturing the polyester and polypropylene fibres that Back on Track products are made of, ceramic particles are fused into the textile fibres. The selection of these ceramic particles is based on which absorption and emission spectrum they contain. The result is that when the ceramic particles absorb the body’s heat radiation, they expel heat of a specific wavelength, which is based in the long-wave infrared zone of the thermal radiation spectrum. It is well established and documented that long wave infrared heat radiation has a pain reducing effect and increases blood circulation.

Just like other materials, the body’s tissues have their own absorption spectrum. The wavelength that the ceramic particles issue is absorbed in the cells. A signal is sent to the brain telling it that heat energy has increased, to which the brain opens up the veins. The absorption happens not only in the skin but also deeper down the tissue, which makes the veins wider not only superficially but also in the muscles and around the joints. The increased blood circulation in the tissues relieves muscle tension and strengthens the body’s own ability to reduce inflammations and heal injuries. The products are therefore often used in cases where inflammation is part of the problem. Another important application is injury prevention, which you get when the protections are used for training and competition.

Merry Christmas

Not long to go now.

We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.  It hasn’t been an easy year for a lot of people but here’s hoping that 2017 is good for everyone. The photo is of Muttley being a blur in the garden when it snowed lolreceived_10153593906072537

Nellie Doodles and Dogs Today

We have just heard that Nellie Doodles is featured in Dogs Today magazine – the January edition.

feature about Nellie Doodles
feature about Nellie Doodles

Really exciting news, so if you have come across to have a look at us, welcome.  Hopefully you will find lots of items that you like and we hope to see you again



Not long to go

Still orders coming in here at Canine Cavern, so more wrapping and packing today.

We also have another delivery arriving from Dog Dreams Toys of food pouch tugs on bungees and coyote tails. Will put up photos on our Facebook page when they are in, and add onto the store in the next few days.

We still have treats available for those wanting extras for your dog’s stockings.atomic-drops

Anyway back to wrapping and packing, have a good day

Start of the blog

Hi All

Having never written a blog before I thought with the new webstore I should have a try. Here’s a little bit about how this new webstore came into being

We are combining 3 entities in the store:

Canine Cavern which finds small businesses, mainly within the UK, and stocks items from them to sell primarily at flyball competitions to flyballers, but also over the internet to dog owners and lovers. You will find lots of different items. Some you might not like, some you will love. Take a look through – more items are being added daily.

Nellie Doodles – this is work by the artist Simone Carline Carter – taking inspiration from her muse Nellie. I take Simone’s images and put them onto different products. These are usually small runs, apart from the prints and the cards. Originals are sold directly from her via her Facebook page www.facebook.com/nelliedoodles If you are wanting a specific image putting onto a product contact me and I will see if we can do it.

Back on Track – this is an amazing material from Sweden. It is converted into garments for humans, horses and dogs at the moment. If you want more information about it visit their website Back on Track They do not have a webstore – though many people think they do. They have stockists for their products throughout the world and Canine Cavern are one. We have a lot of their products in stock, however if you are wanting an item we don’t stock we can usually get it within a week.

On top of all this we have a loyalty scheme – it is worked out automatically, keeps a tab on what you are spending and when you reach £10 you can use it against your orders.

Will try to find some fun items to write in the blog, but for the first one I thought I would explain how this store came to be.

We are now getting closer to Christmas, so have a great time and if I don’t have time to write another blog prior to then

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

We all love Santa - one of Nellie Doodles images
We all love Santa – one of Nellie Doodles images