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Helpful tips for happy paws.

Surprise!! — September 28, 2017

Surprise!!

*** NOT A GIFT ***

Dogs should never be given as a surprise gift. If the recipient isn’t ready for a dog, that most likely, the dog will be surrendered.

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Giving a surprise gift to an unsuspecting person, who is not prepared for a dog, is never a good idea. Dogs are a lot of work – from training, to walking, to giving it enough attention. Getting a dog should never be a “spur of the moment” decision. If your gift recipient is ready for a dog, have them take this quiz to finding the right dog. Also have them read this blog, so they have an idea of what’s to come 🙂

Quantity or Quality? — September 27, 2017

Quantity or Quality?

Should you get one puppy or two?

Puppies are demanding. They are active, curious and full of life. They chew anything and everything. They explore the world around them with a zest, therefore requiring constant supervision. Teaching commands can be done one puppy at a time – one puppy is playing, while the other puppy is being taught. Teaching 2 puppies at the same time is difficult, as they are usually focused on one another.

You should choose 2 puppies only if you have enough time to dedicate to them. For beginners, its best to choose one puppy, and once they first puppy is used to you and its obedient, you may get another one.

 

To Neuter or Not to Neuter — September 26, 2017

To Neuter or Not to Neuter

It’s a good idea to neuter/spay your dog, if you are not planning on breeding them. It is also a humane thing to do, as neutering reduces aggression. In today’s society, we already have an abundance of homeless, unloved and unwanted dogs. Most of them get euthanized. Wouldn’t it be better to prevent all of that by neutering your pooch?

City of Toronto, charges less of an annual dog tag free for registering your dog, when it’s neutered. So when is it a good time to neuter your fur-baby?

The best time is always before the dog reaches sexual maturity. However, different dogs mature at different times. So as a general rule, most puppies get neutered/spayed at 5 – 9 month of age.

Here is the list of some of my favorite veterinary clinics, in Toronto and Area:

  1. Ajax North Pet Hospital – located in Ajax
  2. Brimley-Lawrence Animal Clinic – located in Scarborough
  3. Leslie Street Animal Hospital – located in Richmond Hill
  4. Dr. Brodetsky – Mobile Veterinarian for home visits

 

Simple Rules for Naming — September 25, 2017

Simple Rules for Naming

If you are reading this, you are probably a few weeks again from getting a pooch. I love you already.

Every dog is unique and I usually have a selection of names to choose from. I never choose a name ahead of time. I make a list of names that work, I wait until I get a dog and sense it personality, than I choose a name from my list.

So what are the rules of a good dog name? These rules aren’t set in stone, but they are here to help you call your dog faster:

  • Short names are best
  • Easy to call
  • Two-syllable i.e. Fido, Tofu, Zulu, Kiki

Long names

Long names such as Isabella, Thunder or Sunshine are too involved for calling. By the time you are done pronouncing it, the dog has moved on to the next project.

Warning Signs — September 22, 2017

Warning Signs

These are the signs to look out for when getting a new puppy from a breeder. If you come across the following, do not purchase the dog:

  1. Breeder doesn’t encourage you to visit puppies before selection one of two.
  2. The dogs don’t appear to be cared for or look sick
  3. The parents or mother in particular is aggressive, shy or anxious
  4. Puppies are kept in dirty environment, scared to ply and shy away from touch.
  5. Breeder doesn’t ask you about your living conditions and doesn’t have knowledge of dogs. Seems eager to sell.
  6. Breeder refuses to show you parent dog i.e. a mother, and refuses to show you their environment.
  7. Breeder doesn’t provide any medical records or history of a puppy.
  8. You are not given a certificate of vaccinations, deworming or micro chipping.
  9. Breeder raises a few different breeds of dogs and doesn’t seem competent.
  10. The price is extremely low, compared to other breeders.
  11. The dogs have lived without intensive human contact, and are scared when held.
The Art of Playing — September 21, 2017

The Art of Playing

Tennis balls aren’t the best play toy. It might be a cheaper solution, but also may cause issues for 2 reasons:

  • Pieces of the ball can get bitten off and swallowed. This may cause an intestinal blockage.
  • The outer layer of felt can easily get stuck in dog’s teeth.

Either one of the cases will cause large vet bills. Instead of putting yourself and your dog, through this hassle, simply invest in a few chew toys at pet store. This will save you on vet bills and pose no threat to your dog, plus it will also last longer than any tennis ball.

Best place(s) for bed — September 20, 2017

Best place(s) for bed

I am on one of those owners who spoil my dogs. They have more sweaters and tees than I do, and homemade treats galore. Same goes for their beds. Each room of the house has a doggy bed.

I allow my dogs to choose their “sleeping zone”. For example: My alpha male, Dido, loves to sleep under my bed. After he has chosen this spot, I simply put his bed there – this will be not only his quiet sleeping place, but also his safe zone. And by safe zone, I mean a place that belongs to the dog alone. A place where it won’t be disturbed.

 Clink on this link to see different beds from PetSmart for you furbaby.

 

Love fest —
Purebred vs. Mixed – Which is better? — September 18, 2017

Purebred vs. Mixed – Which is better?

When it comes to purebred, you can look up dog’s size, personality, temperament and appearance ahead of time. The description usually matches purebreds. If you love surprises, than mixed breed is for you. Sizes and appearance are harder to predict. The same litter of puppies can be quite different in color, size and in the inheritance of their parents’ traits. Mixed puppies are usually unique as no 2 dogs are alike.

There are many debates, weather mixed breeds are healthier/better. This is not so. The puppy may inherit some genetic imperfections from its parent, regardless of purebred or mixed. Some breeds have genetic illnesses. Mixing breeds is used as a tool to repair the genetic deficiencies. For example: Bichon poodles are prone to seizures. Mixing Bichon and Maltese, produces a higher chance of a seizure-free dog. Since mixed breeds come from at least 2 breeds, there is a chance they will not develop breed-specific disease. Doing some research before choosing a breed, will help you understand the complexity of each breed.

Once again, all dogs are amazing. I am yet to meet a dog I didn’t like. So this preference is entirely up to you. When you treat your dog like family, they will grow up to be gentle, playful and affectionate.

Tips for Leashes — September 15, 2017

Tips for Leashes

Since I live in the city, leash is a necessity. And with huge selection from the stores, how do you know which leash to get? It all comes down to preference.

I prefer nylon leashes. They are durable, don’t easily stretch and are easy to clean. When choosing the right leash, consider the following:

  • Does it feel comfortable in your hand?
  • Does it slip out of your hard easily? If yes, than this is not your leash.
  • If the dog were to suddenly pull, would the leash cut into your hand?
  • Are the clips durable and easy to open/close?

For city dwellers, the leash shouldn’t be more than 4-feet long. It should be long enough to keep your dog close to you and out of danger, yet let it feel unrestricted. If you live in a more remote location, than you can give your dog a little more wiggle room, as you aren’t limited by space