Archive for January, 2019

  • Why Do Puppies Eat Poop?!?

    You are at a complete loss for words.

    Your pretty little pup took a poop and then took a bite! GASP! We know, it can be a jarring sight, but we are actually aware of this behavior, which is pretty common in dogs!

    The medical term for when a dog eats poop is called coprophagia and the definition is “the ingestion of feces by an animal.” There are some who eat their own stool and there are some who eat others. It’s not the most favorable trait to discuss that your pet has, but it’s not as unsafe as you may think. Since your pup is domesticated (and this goes for cats too), they’re likely on a healthy diet, which means their fresh stool is healthy. Don’t shoot the messenger! These are well-documented facts. On the flip-side, dogs who are unvaccinated are at risk of being sick if they consume stool.

    The Poopy Past

    Dogs have long since been scavengers. They survived from the waste and scraps of people living on the edge of civilization. Historically, the mother dog would clean her newborn pups and consume the waste when licking their genital areas. The mother dog would transfer the waste and the pup learned to like the taste.

    So, What Do You Do?

    Ideally, your dog shouldn’t be eating his or any other animal’s poop. As we mentioned above, healthy dogs will be okay, but if your pup becomes ill, that becomes problematic. It’s more so if they consume the poop of another sick dog, and so on. Pay attention to your dog’s poop to do make sure he doesn’t have diarrhea. If there’s presence, a stool sample may be necessary for your veterinarian.

    We know this is a crappy conversation to have, but you should also know that dogs who eat the stool of other animals can be trained to not do so.  They should be monitored at all times and if possible be confined to a fenced property where you know the scoop on the poop! If your dog eats poop of other animals, the best way to train your dog is through the “leave it” command. This is a relatively easy command to teach your pup. Once it’s learned you’ll see improvements.

     

  • The Barker – Why Do Dogs Bark?

    Dogs bark – there’s no getting around it. It’s one of their ways to communicate verbally.

    Sometimes it’s cute and fun and other times the dog barking is an annoyance. Of all of the dog behavior problems, barking is perhaps the most distressing one, especially when the dog who is barking is left alone. Hearing the variety of cries and whines can be heartbreaking, but still, not all barks are the same. Beagle puppies, for instance, have barks that are comical and somewhat inquisitive. Others, like the bark of a large breed dog, can be scary and intimidating. Knowing the distinction is important. Below are three of the most common barkers out there! Recognize any of these in your home? Hmmm…

    There’s the Demander

    These dogs are the types that just don’t want to be left alone after the fun stops. He’ll follow you with his bark. He may sit at the door where you are and bark until you come out and play with him. He wants the fun to continue – period

    There’s the “He’s Born With It” Dog

    If he’s a terrier, he’s likely a barker. If he’s a small dog, he’s likely a barker. The reality is that there dogs who are predisposed to barking. Whether it’s a mail person or simply a passerby, they may bark…just because! Don’t fear, however, because they can be trained to limit their barking. This takes persistence and consistency on your part, as the pet parent. And let us be clear that barking is okay, when it’s appropriate. It’s natural for them, so we don’t want to unnaturally curtail their innate behavior.

    There’s the Bored One

    My oh my…these are some of the most troublesome to neighbors who are directly next door, and not to mention to the dog as well! There are certain breeds that were bred to work all day long, and so if they’re not given the proper mental and physical stimulation, they will bark and they will also be physically destructive to things in your home. Some dogs are bred for companionship and when they are left alone for long periods of time, they tend to exhibit the same type of behavior. Try leaving them some safe toys that hide treats. The Kong brand comes highly recommended for this type of anxiety relief.

    There’s The Scared Dog

    A lot of small breed dogs like Beagle puppies will fall into this category. To most, it will seem like they’re barking out of aggression, but to us and other professionals in the industry, they’re barking out of fear. You know the saying about “being a big dog in a little dog’s body?” Those dogs typically fit this bill. They really need proper socialization to help with this behavior. They’ll become pleasant little pups to take on a stroll instead of being known as the neighborhood terror!

     

  • Preparing Your Puppy for Doggy Daycare

    We’re all so busy nowadays! Whether it’s because of family obligations or professional ones, we don’t always have the time to do everything necessary.

    When you found your German Shepherd puppy, you didn’t realize that you may not have the time to walk him. Perhaps you feel guilty leaving him home alone for hours. No judgment and we understand everyone’s home lives are different. So, if you’ve decided it’s best to take your pup to a doggy daycare during the day, we have some tips to get your both ready. We also applaud your efforts to keep your pup mentally and physically stimulated throughout the day! Below, we invite you to learn more about how to make this a smooth transition for both of you!

    Speak Up

    Upon arriving at the daycare, make sure that you talk to the daycare providers and communicate effectively with them. Especially in the beginning, you want to carve some time in the morning to be able to talk briefly with them to let them know anything that may be going on with your precious pup. For instance, was your pup scared or happy to come into the daycare? Has the home environment changed any at all that may affect your pup? Stuff like that is helpful to share about the German Shepherd puppy.

    Sit, Stay, Sit

    The daycare is an exciting place for your pup and as time goes on, you’ll see an increase in her excitement as you arrive. This is because it’s like going to school! Pups truly have fun and look forward to playing with each other. With all of the excitement, however, this can drive them to ignore their commands! Don’t allow this to happen to your pup. Reinforce the “sit” and “stay” commands consistently at home and utilize them at the daycare before you allow your pup to exit the car. Hammer this down so that your dog knows that it’s okay to be excited but they must always follow your “sit” and “stay” commands and THEN go play!

    Chill Out

    We know that you’re equally excited to see your pup once you’ve gotten off work, however arriving with too much energy can send the wrong signal to your puppy. It could cause them to jump, bark, whine or yank on the leash from excitement. Instead, calmly greet your pup and do not match their excitement. Chill out, be cool, and ration out the love…until you get home!

     

  • Part 2: General Dog Info You Should Know Before You Buy a Dog

    We have a series that gives you tidbits of useful information as it relates to getting a new dog or caring for the one you currently have.

    As pet parents, we’re in it for the long haul so we want to share as much information to you for your pet’s care.

    Cleaning Up

    If you’re a potential pet parent, before you buy a dog have you considered the clean-up process? It covers everything from picking up poop, to cleaning up accidents, disinfecting toys and cleaning bed linen, and having proper food storage and proper temperatures! Phew…we know that’s a lot, but it’s a less than gentle reminder of the various responsibilities.

    Grooming

    In order to reduce shedding, you should brush your dog regularly. This applies to dogs who are prone to shed most likely. Bathing your dog will keep your puppy’s coat clean and shiny and healthy. Most dogs don’t need to be bathed more than a few times a year, if you can believe it! Too many baths aren’t good for them, because they can cause dry skin and consequently discomfort for your pup. In between baths, you can wipe down your pup with pet-friendly wet cloths. This will freshen ‘em up!

    Health Checks

    When you buy a dog, you will always need to pay attention to your dog’s behavior and make a note of anything abnormal. Visit a veterinarian if your dog is sick or injured or otherwise off. Make sure your dog is up-to-date on vaccinations and heartworm preventative medications. Flea and tick prevention should be part of the wellness plan, too.

    Dental Health

    We can’t stress this enough. Brush your dog’s teeth at least twice a week. If you can’t do it, make sure that you give your dog bones that are made to clean their teeth and satisfy their gnawing desires. Your dog’s dental health is just as important as the rest of his body.

    Worms

    Yikes! The sight can definitely be off-putting, but those buggers exist and it’s not uncommon for dogs. Dogs who reside in urban areas aren’t off the hook. They can get them too. There are several types of worms and a few microscopic parasites that typically affect dogs. Most puppies, even those born from healthy mothers may have roundworms or hookworms.

     

  • Part 1: General Dog Info You Should Know Before You Buy a Dog

    There are some general things that you should know as a current or potential dog owner.

    Some of this information may be simplistic and that’s the point. Short, sweet, but chock full of useful tidbits.

    Before You Bring Home a Dog

    You will need healthy food, water and food bowls, a leash, a collar, a harness too, a training crate, a brush and comb, and toys!

    Housing

    Be sure to create a loving and warm space for your puppy. You’ll want it to be away from drafty areas and off of the floor. They love soft and comfy spaces just as we do! Get creative and be considerate of your new furry family member. Over time, make sure that you wash your dog’s bedding with pet-friendly cleaning agents.

    Official Identification and Licensing

    Before you buy a dog, make sure that you check your community’s regulations. Across the country, there are cities, counties, states, and neighborhoods that have established specific breed guidelines. Most places have a basic requirement of having an ID tag on your dog, but other places follow their laws to a T and require microchipping and the issuance of a license from your residing county. It’s important that you conduct as much research as possible before you buy a dog.

    Teach the Basics ASAP

    Nobody loves an untrained dog. They’re seemingly unpredictable and consequently receive less love than they crave and deserve. A well-trained dog is ideal and adored! Start training your dog early and begin with the basic ones like: sit, stay, come, leave it. A great investment into your doggy’s future is enrollment in an obedience class. Knowledge is key – education is power, isn’t that what they say?

    Exercise

    Every dog needs daily exercise for mental and physical stimulation. The amount is going to vary based on size, breed, weight, and sometimes attitude! In any case, get ready to commit to feeding your dog physically and mentally. They will need fun training games for mental training and they’ll likely require some sort of physical exercise, too. This is a healthy activity that will benefit you both while increasing your bond.

     

  • Beware of Your Backyard – Protect Your Shih-Poo Puppies

    Technically, the summer season may be gone, but there are still sunny and hot temperatures in some regions that need addressing!

    Winter may be around for other parts of the country but you “all year ‘round summer season folks” aren’t off the hook! We have some helpful tips to make sure that your sunny backyards are up-to-par for your Shih-Poo puppies despite the winter season!

    Pay attention to the plants and grass in your yard.

    Conduct a survey of what you currently have in your yard or garden. Now if you don’t have any of this, then it shouldn’t be much of a concern. Take an assessment of your onions or garlic or veggies in your garden. Onions and garlic are extremely toxic to dogs.   

    Grass and some plants are a bit harder to manage and detect what dogs may be allergic to, like poison ivy, are commonly found in backyards. To minimize any irritants, you may need to bathe your pup regularly and wipe their paws when they come inside the home.

    Purchase and use pest control products that are pet-friendly.

    Certain plant fertilizers and many chemicals can be harmful to dogs. Before you make a purchase, check the packaging or contact someone in customer service that can let you know if the product is pet-friendly and safe. While you’re at it, take a closer look at the current products in your home to make sure they aren’t harmful to your pups.

    Build a fence to protect your dog and keep animals out.

    If you already have a fence that’s great! Now we want you to check the perimeters around the fence regularly to make sure that it’s secure and that there are no weak spots surrounding the area. Some dogs like our Shih-Poo puppies are clever and can sneak and try to get their way through vulnerable holes in the fence.

     

    These are just a few tips to keep you on your toes as the winter season is in full effect in areas that don’t necessarily have typical winter temperatures. It’s important to always stay on top of things and to protect your precious Shih-Poo puppies from any and all seasonal changes.

     

  • Pampering Your Sweet Pooch

    Who doesn’t love a little pampering every now and then?

    As humans, when we need to decompress sometimes a glass of wine just won’t do it – so to the spa we go! Guess what…the French Bulldog puppies love the same thing! Studies have shown that there are numerous benefits and advantages that dog massages offer. Here are just five of them:

    1. Massages help with dog post-surgery rehab.

    Dogs that have undergone surgery will benefit from massage techniques applied with pressure and kneading. This will help to relieve pain and anxiety. This has been proven to be true for both dogs that have had surgery involving bones and muscles, and those with previous fractures.

    1. Massages help with establishing a connection between owners and newly joined French Bulldog puppies for sale dogs.

    Just as with humans, the sense of touch can be a soothing one that establishes trust and compassion. Creating this exact connection with your French Bulldog puppies will do that same. There’s nothing like the bond between a pet parent and furry baby.

    1. Massages help with increasing flexibility.

    Flexibility is important in dogs because it greatly reduces the chances of injury. Massages help with increasing flexibility and improve the state of the muscles and skeletal structure both before and after the activity.

    1. Massages help with blood circulation.

    When pressure is applied along with the movement of the skin, circulation of the bones and muscles are improved. The flow of blood vessels is also positively affected.

    1. Massages help with the development and maintenance of muscle tone.

    When adding in the overall improvement of blood circulation, massages also help with the development and maintenance of muscle tone. The former is most important as it relates to the age of the French Bulldog puppies. The earlier, the better for massaging puppies. Massage maintenance helps with older dogs and their muscles. This is especially true to provide temporary relief from joint pain.

     

    These are just some of the benefits related to giving the French Bulldog puppies that you purchased, in fact, any dog can benefit. Give it a try!

     

  • FAQs for Short-Haired Dogs

    Are you in the market and looking for Chihuahua puppies for sale?

    Is it primarily because they have short hair and seemingly easy grooming requirements? We get it! Most of our customers who take home our Chihuahua puppies for sale are motivated by the same reason. Because of that commonality, we’ve put together a quick list of frequently asked questions about grooming short hair dogs.

    1. What’s the best way to groom short-haired dogs?

    If you have a short-haired dog with smooth hair, using a hard rubber brush or grooming mitt will be sufficient. On the flip side, if your dog has a thicker coat you’d be better off using a bristle brush. Here’s a tip. Always move the bristle brush in the same direction of your puppy’s fur 1-2 times a week to effectively remove the dead or loose hair. In terms of bathing them, about once a month will be fine but never more than that because you don’t want to dry out their skin. In between baths, a damp cloth will be fine.

    1. Do short-haired dogs shed?

    Let’s face it, one of the reasons you purchased Chihuahua puppies for sale is because they are short-haired and tiny. The truth is that all dogs shed, but the degree varies by breed. There are some dogs with long hair that rarely shed and there are dogs like —- puppies for sale that shed moderately, despite their short hair. So, do they shed? It really depends on the breed.

    1. Other than your Chihuahua puppies for sale, what is the best short-haired dog?

    This is an oft-asked question and the answer is always the same. It really depends on your personal needs and desires. For instance, there are short-haired pups that are small enough to fit in a purse and some that are large enough to cover the back seat of a car!

     

    Which would you like? They range from small, medium, and large and they all have different temperaments. There are pups who are silly and playful more often than not, then there are pups who are more relaxed and lazy. Ultimately, this is a decision made based on your needs.

     

  • Exercising Your Senior Dog

    Have you been looking for some ways to keep your senior dog active and fit?

    Have those precious teacup puppies for sale that you got long ago start to slow down just a bit? Well, we’ve got some tips for you to keep your doggy healthy while aging.

    1. Start out slowly when implementing a new routine.

    As you know, your pup has gotten older so it’s important that you start off slowly with your dog. Much like with humans, dogs can overexert themselves when exercising. This is particularly true if your pup is out of shape or somewhat heavier than he used to be. Taking it slowly will help to reduce the chances of injury. We know, this sounds a bit daunting and serious and we don’t mean it that way. It’s just essential that you track any new activities you introduce to your pup, including the days and length of time. Progressive increments implemented is key.

    1. Warm-ups are good.

    When it comes to exercising, one of the most important parts is warming up. If your dog suffers from arthritis, he may be stiff in the morning. A quick morning walk will help to loosen up your doggy and get his juices flowing

    1. Low impact exercises are best.

    Arthritis is really common in dogs. In fact, 80% have arthritis by the time they are 8 years old. It’s pretty inevitable that those sweet little active teacup puppies for sale that you got long ago will need joint pain management at some point in their lives. It’s not fun to talk about but it’s a part of life and important knowledge to share. Low impact exercises, such as walking and swimming, are excellent for dogs with mobility issues like arthritis. High impact only hurts your pup or makes it worse. No jumping or extended games of fetch are recommended.

    1. Consistency is key.

    If you’re starting a new routine for one of your teacup puppies for sale that you love so much will benefit greatly with your consistency. Set a reminder of when you’ll be walking or exercising your dog and stick to it! Dogs that don’t get regular exercise are more likely to injure themselves versus dogs who regularly exercise. Consistency doesn’t mean repeating the same exercises every day. It means sticking to the schedule of actually doing it and properly tracking your pup’s progress.

    1. Work in massage time with your dog.

    Just as with humans who start a new exercise routine, dogs can be sore the next day. A relaxing doggy massage can help to soothe your dog’s muscles, increase blood flow and circulation, and decrease the level of stiffness and pain.

     

  • 10 Random But Cool Dog Facts

    There are some really cool and unknown facts about dogs that we want to share with you.

    Some are fun and some really make you go “hmmm!” Continue reading to learn 10 awesome and random fun facts.

    1. If you’re already familiar with the Chow Chow dog and its well-known blue/black tongues. Well did you did know that when they were born their tongues were actually pink? That’s right. They start turning blue/black around 8-10 weeks old.
    2. Dogs really do dream! Dogs and humans share the same type of slow wave sleep (SWS) and rapid eye movement (REM). It’s during the REM stage that dogs dream. Sometimes you’ll notice your Cockapoo puppies twitching and have random paw movements. You may even hear them make noises! This is a sign they’re in deep sleep and dreaming.
    3. You may be alarmed if your nose was wet all of the time. Well, for dogs it’s just the opposite. They should be wet and a sign of a dry nose isn’t always a good one. Dogs secrete a thin layer of mucous that helps them absorb and take in many scents. When they lick their noses, they are essentially sampling the scent through their mouths.
    4. When Dalmatian puppies were born, they are originally purely all white. As they get older, their spots begin to develop. And you guessed it, no two Dalmatians are alike.  
    5. Don’t worry, they’re not sick and it’s not a fever. The average and normal temperature for a dog is somewhere between 101 and 102.5 degrees Fahrenheit versus that of humans at 98.5 degrees Fahrenheit.
    6. Dogs have three eyelids – an upper lid, a lower lid, and the third lid, which is called a nictitating membrane or “haw.” It helps to keep the eye moist and protected.
    7. Speaking of their eyes, they also have a special membrane, called the tapetum lucidum, which allows them to see in the dark. They can wear their sunglasses at night!
    8. Wowsers! When puppies are born they have 28 teeth. As adult dogs, they have 42 teeth!
    9. Ever wonder why dogs kick after going to the bathroom? It’s because they are using the scent glands on their paws to mark their territory even more.
    10. Speaking of their paws, they sweat through their paws and that’s why they’ll sometimes be wet. In addition to sweating through their paw pads, dogs also pant as a means to cool themselves. A panting dog can take 300-400 breaths as compared to the normal 30-40.

    We hope these fun facts have been entertaining and educational for you! If you’re in the market for Cockapoo puppies for sale, feel free to visit our available puppies page by clicking here!

     

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