Christmas opening hours and delivery cut off for online orders

To ensure timely deliveries and to avoid disappointment over the holiday period, please ensure orders are made in accordance with the below recommendations.

Online Delivery Times:

Order Type Pre Christmas Delivery Cut Off 
Standard orders Thursday Dec 17th  (Noon)
Non Standard (Hazchem, bulky items & pallet deliveries) Thursday Dec 17th (Noon)

Normal delivery service resumes after the 4th of January 2021. 

Branch Opening and Closing Times:

Date Time
Christmas Eve Half Day
Christmas Day Closed
Saturday 26th Stephens Day Closed
Sunday 27th Closed
Monday 28th Closed
Tuesday 29th Open
Wednesday 30th Open
Thursday 31st Open
Friday Jan 1st New Year’s Day Closed
Saturday Jan 2nd Open

Normal trading hours resume on Monday the 4th of January 2021.


Please check with your local branch as some times may vary depending on branch location.

Customer Service Centre Lo-call 1890 321 321

Christmas Eve Closed
Christmas Day Closed
Saturday 26th Stephens Day Closed
Sunday 27th Closed
Monday 28th Closed
Tuesday 29th 8.30am – 6pm
Wednesday 30th 8.30am – 6pm
Thursday 31st 8.30am – 6pm
Friday Jan 1st New Year’s Day Closed
Saturday Jan 2nd 9am – 1pm

Give Them Kindness This Christmas

GAIN Pet Nutrition are delighted to launch our #GiftofGiving Christmas campaign on our Facebook page on Monday 30th November. We want you to nominate a chosen shelter or charity and give them the #GiftofKindness this Christmas. All you have to do is go to our Facebook page , go to the comments section on the competition post and comment your chosen charity or shelter. We will randomly select eight nominees and they will receive the #GiftofKindness this Christmas.

As Ireland’s leading animal nutrition company we believe that every dog has a right to lifelong health and wellness. Each winning charity/shelter will receive free bags of our GAIN Kindness range to help them over the Christmas period.

Robert O’Sullivan GAIN Pet Nutrition said “GAIN are delighted once again to run our ‘Gift of Giving’ campaign this December for shelters and charities around the country. 2020 has been a particularly difficult year for these organisations and we all owe them a huge amount of gratitude for the fantastic work they carry out 365 days a year. We hope that our nutritional support will go some way to help ease the financial burden they are experiencing, and that it helps one and all to the Christmas they deserve. We look forward again to working closely and offering our support in 2021 to these selfless organisations”.

Managing your dog’s weight

Has your dog been getting to many treats and oversized portions lately? Managing your dog’s weight is extremely important when it comes to maintaining a healthy weight and lifestyle for your pet.

Research shows that two thirds of dogs are overweight and the role of nutrition plays a vital part in ensuring your dog stays healthy and their weight is managed. It is important that as owners you keep an eye on your dog’s weight and monitor the daily intake of food. A dog will 9 times out of 10 eat all of what you give them which puts the onus more on the owner to manage your pets weight.

The health risks associated with obesity in dogs are very serious. They can include damage to joints and bones, heart disease, hypertension, difficulty breathing, decreased stamina, heat intolerance, decreased liver function, and decreased quality and length of life. You can check the chart above to see what bracket your dog falls into.

The first step to managing your dog’s weight is knowing how much you are feeding him. Always measure his food at every meal. That way, you know how much to feed in order to reduce his intake. Keep track of snacks and treats, and reduce those too when your dog needs to go on a diet. Just like people, dogs lose weight by consuming fewer calories than they burn. Therefore, to lose weight, a dog needs to eat less and exercise more.

What causes weight gain?

Weight gain is generally caused by too many calories eaten and not enough used up. Older dogs that are less active – sometimes due to health issues like arthritis – are more likely to gain weight, and may need changes to their diet to reflect their lifestyle. Certain breeds with tendencies to overeat, (golden retrievers, Labradors, basset hounds and Rottweilers) are prone to weight gain and may need regular monitoring of their weight to keep things under control.

Signs that might tell you that your dog is overweight

You need to loosen your dog’s collar

You can no longer see your dog’s waist or feel their ribs

Their tummy hangs down when they are standing

They have trouble walking

They move more slowly than they used to

They regularly become short of breath, and pant more than they used to

They have become bad tempered

They sleep more than usual

Ask the Experts

Dogs’ weight can be a tricky one because no two dogs are the same; if you are worried, it is always worth contacting your vet. They will be able to determine whether your dog is overweight, and to offer the best dietary and exercise advice if they are.

What is the ideal weight for my dog?

The graph above can help you in determining whether your dog is overweight or not however, there is no one ideal weight for all dogs. The optimum weight depends on your pet’s size and breed, and your vet can advise you on the ideal weight for your dog.


GAIN Pet Nutrition and The Irish Kennel Club are delighted to launch the 2021 calendar competition which will start taking entries as of June 15th.

This year has been very different for everyone and while we know that there have been many challenges, we hope that you are getting to enjoy spending some extra time with your families and pets.

Our pets have played a crucial role in helping us through our new routines and while we are staying apart, they are helping us keep it together.

This year’s calendar competition theme will be ‘Keeping Us Together’.

The competition will run until the 30th August with 13 finalists being chosen. There will be an overall winner who will be the 2021 calendar cover photo, a year’s supply of GAIN Pet Nutrition food, a canvas print of their photo and €500 cash. The runner up will be our January image and receive 6 months’ supply of GAIN Pet Nutrition food, a canvas print of their photo and €250 cash with the twelve other finalists will receive a large bag of GAIN Pet Nutrition food, a canvas print of their photo and €100 cash.

We are also excited to announce that PetBond has come on board as the 2020 co-sponsor.

PetBond is Ireland’s leading online platform where safe, ethical and trusted breeders can now easily find forever homes for their valued puppies. Managed by vets, supporting IKC breeders is at the core of PetBond as we together, lead the way in improving animal welfare. You can find out more information by clicking here .

How To Enter:

To enter, simply send your photo by email to Include your name, address and contact number.

The photo submitted must be larger than 1MB in size

A full list of Terms & Conditions can be found here. 

GAIN Pet Calendar Competition 2020 Terms & Conditions

We are delighted to launch our calendar competition in association with the Irish Kennel Club, the competition has kindly been sponsored by Petbond.

The overall prizefund is worth over €3000! Simply email the photo to to enter and your dog could feature in the Irish Kennel Club/GAIN Pet Nutrition Calendar for 2021.

See T&Cs below

  1. The promoter of this Competition is Glanbia Foods Ireland Limited t/a Glanbia Agribusiness, Purcellsinch, Dublin Road, Co. Kilkenny (the “Promoter”).
  2. The Competition will commence on the 15th of June 2020 and will run up until 23.59.59 on the closing date of the 30th August 2020.
  3. Entry into the Competition is free and no purchase is necessary.
  4. Entry into the Competition shall be deemed to be a full and unconditional acceptance of these terms and conditions.
  5. The Promoter reserves the right to amend, suspend or terminate these terms and conditions and the Competition at any time.
  6. Eligible entrants must enter by emailing a photograph (minimum size 1MB) to Entrants should include their own name, address and telephone number.
  7. All images submitted must be the work of the individual submitting them, it is the responsibility of each entrant to ensure that any images they submit have been taken with the permission of the subject and do not infringe the copyright of any third party or any laws. Entrants must warrant that the photograph they are submitting is their own work and that they own the copyright for it.
  8. Copyright in all images submitted for this competition remains with the respective entrants. However, in consideration of their providing the Competition, each entrant grants a worldwide, irrevocable, perpetual licence to the promoter to feature any or all of the submitted images in any of their publications, their websites and/or in any promotional material connected to this competition.
  9. Only one entry (photo) per person. Late, illegible, incomplete, defaced or corrupt entries will not be accepted.
  10. The winning entrant will be selected from valid entries received by the closing date of 30th August by an independent judge and the independent judge’s decision is final.
  11. The winner will have 28 days to claim the prize. If the prize is not claimed within this time limit, it will be deemed to have been forfeited.
  12. If the winner is not able, for any reason, to accept the prize, or cannot be contacted, the Promoter reserves the right to award the prize to another entrant.
  13. The prizes for this competition are:
  • 1st Place – Photo to feature on the cover of the calendar, €500, GAIN Elite pet food and a canvas print.
  • 2nd Place – Photo will feature in calendar, €250 & GAIN Elite pet food and a canvas print.
  • 11 Runner Up prizes – Photo will feature in calendar, €100 & GAIN Elite pet food and a canvas print
  1. The prize is non-transferable and non-refundable and there will be no substitute.
  2. The winner will be notified by the Promoter via email or telephone.
  3. The winners will be notified within 10 days’ of the closing date.
  4. In the event of any dispute regarding the rules, conduct or results of the Competition, the decision of the Promoter will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  5. Any person considered by the Promoter to be in disregard of these terms and conditions will be disqualified. The Promoter reserves the right to disqualify any entrant for any reason at its sole discretion.
  6. The entrants’ personal data will only be held for the purpose of the Competition and will not be used for any other purpose without their prior permission. By accepting the prize, the winner grants the Promoter the right to use and publish his/her name and picture in such media as the Promoter may choose (including but not limited to the internet) for advertising and promotional purposes without additional consideration.
  7. The Promoter accepts no responsibility for entrants taking part in the Competition or availing of the prize and they do so fully at their own risk.
  8. These terms and conditions shall be governed and construed in accordance with the laws of Ireland. Entrants submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of Ireland.
  9. All enquires relating to this Competition can be made for one month after the close of this Competition by emailing



Heading back to work? Get your dog ready for their new routine!

We have all spent a little or a lot of extra time at home recently and with that we have had a great opportunities to get to know our pets and spend more quality time with them. It has been great, hasn’t it?

With lockdown easing and restrictions being somewhat lifted, people are finding themselves getting back into some form of routine and with that, perhaps your dog who was once fine with being left to its own devices, is now feeling a little bit anxious about being left alone.

Anxiety is a common issue with dogs, more so than you would think. There are different types of anxiety such as fear and separation.

Now that your four- legged friend is more accustom to having you home, they don’t want you to leave.

There can be a number of symptoms to watch out for such as drooling, panting, digging holes, restlessness, aggression, howling or whining and potential ‘accidents’ amongst others.

Some helpful and simple tips to reduce separation anxiety include:

Training – This is not the routine your dog has been used to over the past few months. Begin by leaving them alone for a small amount of time and then build that time into longer periods.

Normality – Do not make a big fuss of leaving or coming home, there should be no long goodbyes or extravagant hellos.

Distraction – Give your dog a treat or a toy as you are leaving and take it off them once you come home. A long lasting chew toy may do the trick.

Familiarity – Leave out an item of clothing you have recently worn so your dog will have comfort in your scent and will be more relaxed.

Quite Time – We all need our space, including your pooch. While you are at home, let them sleep in another room so they can have their quiet time too.

If you are concerned that your dog is not themselves, we would always recommend seeking veterinary advice to rule out any possible underlying health issues.

When you do have the time to spend with your dog, ensure that you are engaging and interacting with them. Go for long walks/jogs, play fetch etc. this will ensure they are really tired at the end of the day but also really happy.

Your Puppy’s Journey

The first months – Getting a dog is like getting a new member of the family. The dog will have needs such as walks, play, affection and training. In all likelihood, owning a dog is not the only commitment that you have, so you need to work the dog’s schedule around that of your own.

At ten weeks old, you should take your new puppy to the vet, where they will check the overall health of the puppy and you will be advised on the right timings for vaccinations and worming doses.

The first few months is the time where boundaries are set and training should begin. A variety of experiences early on will build to a respectful and agreeable adult dog later in their life. As the owner, you must ensure the puppy is aware of their surroundings and allow them contact with children, other dogs and other animals early in their lives.

A feeding pattern should be identified early and any special requirements for nutrition should be met. Our GAIN Elite range offers an advance nutrition specifically for big breed puppy’s and small breed puppy’s. However, if your puppy has a special requirement such as showing signs of itchy or sensitive skin, we also have a grain free option known as our ‘Kindness’ range that could be a suitable alternative.

Puberty – This is a short phase and will last between one and size weeks. Puberty starts roughly at size months and can often lead to your dog behaving badly and not wanting to learn new things. During puberty, you should be persistent with the education program and continue with training.

The Adult Dog – You will know when your dog has finished puberty when a male lifts his leg to urinate or when a female goes into heat for the first time. This generally occurs within seven months up to a year.

The Senior Dog – Dogs tend to show signs of ageing between the ages of eight and ten, they will become less active and have a slower metabolism, Many older dogs show signs of weight gain, become grey and experience a deterioration of sight and hearing.

Each stage of a dog’s life cycle requires a different feeding regime. The typical feeding guidelines are generally displayed on the back of the pack/bag of dog food.

Making your puppy part of the family

Balancing Commitments It is imperative that you train your dog to ensure that you and those who live with you have a peaceful time. Every dog should have a few basic commands such as sit, down, stop, bed and stop talking. A badly behaved dog is difficult to live with, and if a dog doesn’t understand what it is being asked to do it can be very stressful. Dogs work best with clear guidelines of what they are expected to do.

Basic Training Before you take your puppy out, introduce your puppy to his collar and lead. Start with a light collar and let them get used to wearing it on its own. Do not buckle it too tightly – just enough to stop it slipping over his head. First, accustom them to the lead rather than trying to make them walk with it on.

Taking Your Puppy Out The lead is essential for keeping your puppy under control in public places and for the basic training every young dog must be given. Coax them to follow you by praise but if he tries to get away just hold the lead until he realises there is no escape.

Once your dog is used to the collar, you can begin the basic training, designed to turn them into a quiet, respectful and social animal.

The Basic Rules Make sure that the approach to training is consistent. Reward them with a show of affection and by stroking them when they do well. Do not punish a dog for not obeying a command. Simply withhold the reward or they will associate the command with punishment. Keep the lessons short and make it fun for the dog to learn.

Training a dog needs patience; it is useful to use short words of command with vowels that sound clearly different. The first four essentials are HEEL – SIT – COME – DOWN.

Knowing Your Dog It is vital that everyone in the household is able to tell when the dog is happy, afraid, nervous and angry.

Make sure your dog has safe toys to play with to stop them getting bored. It is important that a dog’s bed is far away from the front door as it gives the dog more time to make a decision on new visitors at the door, minimising the chances of any unwanted aggression.

Top Training Tips

  • Train your dog in general obedience so that you have control at all times
  • Feed your dog at regular times and keep to a routine. Do not give snacks or treats between meals
  • Feed your dog from their own dish, and keep away from dishes that you would use you’re your human family members.
  • Keep your dog on a lead anywhere near the road, or where there are farm animals
  • Do not allow your dog to ‘do their business’ on walkways, buildings, lawns and gardens or open spaces where children play. Always clean up after them.
  • Do not allow your dog to be noisy and disturb the neighbours
  • Provide your dog with their own bed. Don’t let them sleep in yours.
  • Never take your dog into a food shop
  • Keep your dog clean and regularly groomed
  • Register your pet as a patient and yourself as a client with the veterinary surgeon of your choice.
  • Make proper arrangements for the care of your pet when you are going on holidays.


Following a most successful contest, where over 5,000 votes were cast, we are pleased to announce that the winner is the Wire Fox Terrier

Bred in Dundalk in the famous Blackdale kennels of Harry O’Donoghue, ‘Ruby’ was bred in the purple amongst legions of other memorable Blackdale dogs down through the years, like her double Grandsire, Ch GB & USA Ch Blackdale Ringmaster, B. Going for Gold, B. Admiral, B. The Diamond, and so many other multi champions who completed their titles all over the world.

‘Ruby’, after winning her Irish crown, won her first CC at Belfast Ch show, and then made the journey across the water to Great Britain, where, piloted by Harry’s trusted friend and handler, Andrew Goodsell, she covered herself in glory, winning no fewer than 9 General Ch Best in Shows, a record for any Terrier bitch since 1937,  and 5 Reserve BIS, with 21 Group wins along the way. She was also won BIS at every Terrier Show and BIS at The Fox Terrier Show for three years on the run. BOB & Group 2 at Crufts 2008, she was also BOB at the World Show that year.

She was UK Dog of the Year all breeds in 2009, the first WFT to do so since 1972 and the first Terrier since 1988 (having been UK Bitch of the Year in ’08) and came back home to win BIS at the European Winner Show, held in Dublin that summer.  The following year she won her 9th  Best in Show at Scottish Kennel Club; just a week before taking her 37th CC and the 40 years old Breed Record, at Bath, the pinnacle of one of the most illustrious careers of any dog bred in Ireland.

Ruby wins for her owner & breeder a year’s supply of GAIN Pet Nutrition dog food, a canvas painting of Ruby, plus an engraved trophy.

Ten runners-up, (listed in alphabetical order) who receive vouchers from GAIN Pet Nutrition are:

The Afghan Hound Ch GB & Int Ch Ashahni Amir, owned by Mrs C Bollard O’Callaghan (Cobh)

The Afghan Hound Ch, GB & Int Ch Davashey To Tell The Truth, owned by Mesdames L Appleby, J Edwards, M Mulvaney & Mr J Minchin (Dublin)

The Black & Tan Coonhound Sh Ch Scentaway Sherlock Holmes, owned by Mesdames D Park, S Kelly & J Hough (Coleraine)

The Border Collie Ch & GB Sh Ch Naroff Blurred Lines at Huntly, owned by Mr D & Mrs M Connolly (Drogheda)

The Irish Glen of Imaal Ch, GB SU & AM Ch Abberann Conan, owned by Mrs A White (Greystones).

The Miniature Poodle Ch & Int Ch Sleepybrook Let Me Entertain U, owned by Ms O Keenan (Newry)

The Old English Sheepdog Ch & Int Ch Bellablue Bewitched By Scallywag, Owned by Mr J Dempsey (Meelick)

The Saint Bernard Ch & Int Ch Parsival Van’t Hof Ten Eynder, owned by Ms S English & Mr T Lawlor

The Sealyham Terrier Ch & GB Ch Forelegd Xlrate Lightning McQueen at Thornberryhill, owned by Messrs A Daly & K Crockett (Straffan)

The Staffordshire Bull Terrier Ch GB & Int Ch Zakstaff What’s The Story at Molru, ownned by Ms M Corcoran (Dun Laoghaire)

Tips & Tricks To Make Your Garden Pooch Friendly

With a lot more time spent at home these days, the dogs may be spending more time in the garden than usual.

Gardens can be beautiful playgrounds for dogs but can also be very dangerous. We have had a look at some tips to help keep your pooch happy and safe in the garden while you get to enjoy the unpredictable sunny rain that we are experiencing.

Garden Boundaries – Keep your dog safe and secure with good fencing and remember to keep the gate locked. Regularly check for any gaps in fencing or any little holes that may have been dug. Always keep the gate locked to keep your pooch from running out on to the road.

Create some shade – While the weather is never predictable in Ireland, it is important to provide some form of shade to your pet on the off chance that we get some of those hotter days. Ensure your dog feels safe by providing a little spot of their own, or a kennel that they can go for both shade and relaxation time.

Make it interesting – Dogs enjoy sensory play just as much as kid’s do. Create some steps and small benches to generate different heights for them to play around. Different textures would also provide some sensory stimulation; between grass, patio slabs or concreate, wood chippings or gravel would all provide interesting textures for your dog to feel and play around to make the surroundings more interesting.

Plant smart – While we all love the different colours, smells and textures of different flowers and plants, you need to be careful what you choose to display in your garden when you have a four legged friend roaming around the place. Some plants can be poisonous to our pets and pooches, so always do your research on what may be harmful before you start planting. Some very common and harmful plants are bluebells, buttercups, crocus, horse chestnut, ivy, kale, laurel, lily, lupin, maple, mistletoe, onion, spruce tree and walnut. For a more extensive list, visit

Some plants that are safe for dogs and cats are roses, orchids and sunflowers.

Be safe – Some extremely small guests may appear in your garden from time to time such as slugs, snails, ticks etc. keep any poisons/repellents away from where your dog plays and out of its reach. Also, ensure that your dog’s vaccinations and worm doses are up to date. Contact your local vet for more information on this.

Enjoy – Above all, have fun with your garden and with your pet. Exercise them, train and play with them, use different toys to stimulate them and allow yourself to relax, unwind and enjoy.


New routines for you and your pet.

While we are all settling into these new routines that have come amidst the Covid – 19 crisis, we have some four-legged pals that aren’t sure why their routine has been disrupted (for the better).

While most pets are used to self-isolation when everyone is gone out to work or school, they are now experiencing a lot more attention and a lot more walks throughout the day, which is great.

We need to remember to look after our dogs and ensure that we are all adapting to our new regime in a healthy way. We have some top tips on how to keep your dog safe while you are working from home, but also ways to make it fun.

Laptop wires dangling from the kitchen table might be misconstrued as a wonderful new chew toy, so try to keep them out of the way from mischievous, playful pets.

The new desk may be a little closer to the snack drawer than your old one was to the canteen,  your pet had no one on hand to pass out the treats when you were away for the day. Do not give into begging when your dog is gazing at you with those ‘puppy dog eyes’. It will lead to treats becoming part of the routine and may result in your dog overeating and gaining weight.

A nice way to start your day, is to get outside for some fresh air with your pal (within the 2km boundaries), they will want to stretch their legs too. It will also tire them out for the morning so you can get some work done in peace.

Don’t ignore your dog throughout the day, try and have some ‘designated’ play times. They will want a cuddle just as much as you do when the 3pm slump kicks in. It may increase your productivity too.

Be flexible. It is a different environment than what most are used to. Do not be hard on yourself if you are finding it tough. Laugh at the funny bits. If your dog joins your conference call for a few minutes, do not worry. I am sure it cheered up others on the call too.

We have had some great pictures and vidoes sent in from followers on social media showing us there new work colleagues, we would love to see more so feel free to share on our social channels.

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