Tips to Protect Your Dog This Holiday Season

The holidays bring an abundance of joy including celebrations, decorations and but also potential hazards for our dogs. Make sure this holiday season is all of the fun it should be. Here is a list of important things you should watch for to help keep your dog safe during the holidays.

Keep Decorations Out Of Reach
Decorating for the holidays might mean candles, trees, ornaments, and seasonal plants. However you celebrate, if you use decorations, it means lots of new smells, sights and unfortunately tastes that dogs can be drawn to out of curiosity. Continue reading

Popular Pet Services for Your Dog

As dog owners, we love to pamper our dog. Whether our friendly companion is in need of a cut, or a wash, we have some wonderful pampering ideas and ways to help maintain your dog’s health and beauty.

Grooming
Keeping your dog fresh and clean is the best way to keep him happy and healthy. Grooming is not only confided to washing and trimming, but to a plethora of other services. From flea dips, hand stripping, and trimming nails there is no shortage of the ways you can pamper your dog. If you feel that your dog is in extra need of treating, some grooming salons will offer the service of a peticure, where not only can they have their nails trimmed, but also painted! Continue reading

Common Tools Used in Obedience Training

Many dog owners wonder why they are not getting the best results in training their dogs. Training all comes down to setting forth the foundations that the owner sets for their dog.

First, a dog owner requires the right materials for successful obedience training. Without the proper tools and equipment, executing the actual dog training based solely on the various different training techniques and approaches, would be extremely difficult, and in some cases even can be impossible. Continue reading

Why Crate Training Is So Important?

Crate training is one of the most valuable skills your dog can have. Crate training your dog is not in humane, cruel, or mean. Often times we as humans relate a crate to jail or feel sorry for a dog that is in a crate, but it is important to remember that we are training through your dog’s mentality, and not our own.

There are many beneficial reasons to crate training your puppy or dog. There will be many times in your dog’s life that they are going to be put in a crate. Whether it be at the vet’s office, boarding, a friend’s house, the groomer, or in the car. Preparing your dog for these situations is important. Not crate training your dog can cause anxiety, lots of stress and can be extremely difficult on your dog when they finally need to be put in that situation. Below are some other important reasons why crate training is beneficial for your dog. Continue reading

Convenient and Practical Ways to Exercise Your Dog

Exercise is an essential part of your dog’s overall wellness and is also an important part of your dog’s training. A tired dog is a good dog, and sometimes, with hectic work schedules and a busy, achieving a tired dog status is easier said than done. Below are five ways to help get you and your dog on your way to tired dog status.

Running Or Walking
Taking your dog for a walk or run is one of the easiest routines and is one of the best and most effective exercise your dog can benefit from. Continue reading

Pet Care Tips for Dog Owners

Being a dog owner is very rewarding. It promises years of companionship and pleasure to owner and dog alike. But being a dog owner is also a long term commitment and heavy responsibility. Below are eight tips on how to care for your to which you have made such a commitment.

Vaccinations
Vaccinations are vital to your dog’s well being. Dogs should follow a strict schedule of vaccinations to prevent diseases. Keep your dog current on his vaccinations, following the schedule recommended by your veterinarian. Continue reading

Fleas and Ticks on Your Dog

If your dog spends a lot of time scratching, chances are he may have fleas. In order to make sure, separate a patch of his fur so you can see his skin. If you notice a lot of tiny black specs, your dog most likely has fleas. Fleas are the most difficult external parasite to get rid of because they reproduce extremely fast and also because they can become resistant to insecticides. Your veterinarian can help you to rid your dog and your home of these annoying critters.

Ticks
Ticks are more than just a nuisance because the often carry diseases, such as Lyme disease, ehrlichiosis, and tick paralysis. They feed off their host’s blood by burrowing their mouths into the skin, so a disease can be easily passed from tick to animal. Ticks can easily be spotted on shorthaired dogs, but finding a tick on a dog with a longer coat can be a bit challenging. It is important to check your dog for ticks often, especially if he spends a lot of time in grassy or wooded places. On dogs, ticks tend to prefer areas near the neck, ears, and head, so check these spots most often. Continue reading

Dog Supplies

So you have decided to get a dog and now it is time to prepare your home for the new addition. Below are just a few of the basic dog necessities that you will need to have when your dog arrives.

Bed
Dog beds come in a wide variety of sizes and styles, from thin pads to orthopedic foam to soft, loosely padded pillows. When you find the right kind of bed, be sure that it is large enough to let your dog stretch out and relax and should also be be washable. Continue reading

Papillon Dog Breed

The Papillon is also called the Continental Toy Spaniel and the dwarf spaniel. Papillon is the French word for butterfly, which reflects the butterfly appearance of the breed’s large, upright ears covered in long, fringed hair.

Personality
Happy dogs at heart, Papillons need plenty of socialization from puppyhood. Papillons are spirited little dogs with energy to spare. They love to chase balls and run around the house, though they are happy to take a break to soak up a little love and attention whenever they can get it. They learn things quickly, and are often at the top of their class in obedience and agility. Papillons make excellent family dogs, in that they can keep up with kids who want to play. They make excellent companion animals for first time dog owners.

Exercise: These little dogs have abundant energy, so plenty of exercise and obedience training are a must to keep them physically and mentally balanced. Continue reading