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Helpful tips for happy paws.

Car Break-ins Are Now Legal to Save the Life of a Dog — April 21, 2018
Dog breeds that match your Zodiac sign. —
Do you agree? — February 1, 2018
Heaven on Earth — January 11, 2018
Canine Influenza in Canada — January 10, 2018
A tired beauty. — December 1, 2017
The story of Lola — October 17, 2017

The story of Lola

Yes, I’ve been missing for 2 weeks – all thanks to an adorable, little furbaby, that I’ve adopted 2 weeks ago. She comes weighing at 4lbs and 1 ounce. A pure bread pug, named Lola. As any other puppy, she is full of energy, loves to sleep, eat and run around the house like a possessed puppy.

She does this thing, when she starts running from one end of the house, than runs around a piece of furniture, and then she is off to the other end of the house. I call this “Pugmonium”. It’s best to get out of her way when she decides to go “Pugmonium”. And because she is a puppy and isn’t potty trained, and sometimes pees on the floor. Sometimes I don’t see the pee… before it’s too late.

Which brings me back to being absent for last 2 weeks. While running around the house, Lola peed on the floor, and I didn’t see it. Oh boy did I not see it! By the time I saw it, I was flying across the room, just before falling and breaking my arm.

Get a dog, they said… It will be fun… They said…

Fun… is not the word I would use… but this has definitely been a learning experience. I’ve learned to slow down and look where I step. And if you have a puppy in potty training mode, you should slow down too.

Otherwise, you may end up like me, flying across the room, before falling and you know the rest…

At first I was furious with Lola for peeing on the floor, but suddenly I’ve realized that she is still learning. She doesn’t understand what she did was wrong. So instead of yelling at her, I chose to pick her up, with my one good arm, hug her and give her a kiss. Then I placed her in her playpen, and went to emergency room for X-rays.

Yelling at Lola wouldn’t have solved anything, except traumatized her… and that is not something I want to share with my dog.

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