Hey Poochy!

Helpful tips for happy paws.

Adopt Porsche — September 13, 2017
Fool Proof, Beginner Dogs —

Fool Proof, Beginner Dogs

Look at every dog as an individual – with its own personality and preferences. Therefore before getting a pooch, consider your living arrangements and the right dog for you. Some dogs need a yard to exercise and it would simply be cruel to restrict them from this basic pleasure. Some dogs have bad separations anxiety and don’t like being home along for extended periods of time. And some are simply afraid of everything and prefer to hide in your lap all day.

So how do you go about finding the right fit for you?

Looks like you are in luck! I found the best quiz, just for you– it will help you with determining the most suitable dog for your current lifestyle. So what are you waiting for? Click here to get started and find the right puppy!

 

How to create the perfect harmony — September 11, 2017

How to create the perfect harmony

If you are like me, than one dog is never enough. So I’ve made it as a rule, to allow the first dog to choose their mate. This does take some to find the right dog, but once it chooses its friend, there will be harmony.

Imagine for a moment, your parent bring home a complete stranger, off the street, and tell you, that this is your new sibling and you must love it like your own. Would you?

That’s how dogs feel about any other dogs that you bring home. So just to skip, all of the unnecessary hassle, I allow my pooch to choose their sibling/mate.

The main thing is to allow your dogs to establish their own hierarchy, in which the pack order is clear. This will ensure that conflicts will be rare.

Difference between Collar vs. Chest Harness — September 10, 2017

Difference between Collar vs. Chest Harness

Collars vs. Chest Harness                                   

I’m not a big fan of collars. I feel as if I am dragging my dog around by its neck, rather than allowing it to comfortable walk. Don’t get me wrong, there are pros and cons to both. However, as a personal preference, I love chest harness. I know that no matter how much the doggy pulls the leash, chest harness will never “choke” the dog. After all, when I go for walks with my pooches, I let them control where they want to go. If I see an obstacle, I can always redirect them, knowing full well, that they will change direction with a gentle tug of a leash.


*** Do not leave harness on your dog for more than 2 days. It might cause shaving and loss of hair. ***


So what’s the difference between collar and chest harness?  If your dog walks in zigzags, constantly tangling you in their leash, or squirm around a lot, than you can better control it with a collar, simply because they cannot twist around to all sides. However, as the collar sits on their neck, be sure that your dog doesn’t have an injury in the vicinity of a collar or trachea.

Chest Harness on the other hand, is more for dogs, who have mastered basic obedience skills. The harness should be well padded and fit the dog accurately, to avoid being too loose and to avoid chafes.

Click here for a helpful diagram about different chest harnesses, by Planned Urban Life.

The 9 Signs of a Healthy Puppy — September 9, 2017

The 9 Signs of a Healthy Puppy

The general rule is getting a puppy at 8 weeks old or later. It is essential for puppies to spend its first 8 weeks with its mother and siblings. In this short time frame, the puppy learns basic social behavior from its mother.  It develops its personality and learns how to get along with other dogs. If a puppy, is taken too early away from its mother, than it might miss out on learning basic social behavior. We all want our puppy to be happy and social.

Signs of a Healthy Puppy

  • Clear eyes and an alert gaze
  • The fur should be shiny, healthy and well kept
  • No discharge from eyes or nose
  • Has a nice “puppy tummy” and is well nourished
  • The anal region is clean
  • Puppy is curious and full of life, no trouble of running around, jumping and exploring everything around it
  • Expect dog’s droppings. There must not be white “rice” marks (tapeworm segments) nor  diarrhea
  • Check fur for fleas, by running your fingers against the lay of the hair
  • Check for blindness by moving an interesting object in front of them and check their reaction time
DIY Peanut Butter and Banana Frozen Doggy Treats — August 1, 2017

DIY Peanut Butter and Banana Frozen Doggy Treats

Ingredients

  • 12 oz. Banana Greek Yogurt
  • 6 oz. Creamy Peanut Butter

Instructions

  1. Mix ingredients together with a fork, until well blended.
  2. Pour the mixture into silicone ice cube tray and freeze for a few hours or until hard. You could use a regular ice cube tray, but they might not come out as easily.
  3. Use the knife to run over the top on the tray and remove any excess of the mix. Also, be sure to push mixture down so that they are nice and full – just gently tap the tray on the counter.
  4. Take out of the freezer and serve to your dog, one cube at a time!
The Dog’s Diary — July 31, 2017

The Dog’s Diary

  • 8:00 AM – Dog food! My favorite thing!
  • 9:30 AM – A car ride! My favorite thing!
  • 9:40 AM – A walk in the park! My favorite thing!
  • 10:30 AM – Got rubbed and petted! My favorite thing!
  • 12:00 PM – Milk bones! My favorite thing!
  • 1:00 PM – Played in the yard! My favorite thing!
  • 3:00 PM – Wagged my tail! My favorite thing!
  • 5:00 PM – Dinner! My favorite thing!
  • 7:00 PM – Got to play ball! My favorite thing!
  • 8:00 PM – Wow! Watched TV with the people! My favorite thing!
  • 11:00 PM – Sleeping on the bed! My favorite thing!
Hello from Hey Poochy! —

Hello from Hey Poochy!

So you decided to get a dog. Now what? Don’t you wish that you had some kind of manual that tells you what breed (and size) of dog, best suits your lifestyle? Don’t you wish that some kind of go-to-guide, would tell you about dog care, feeding, training and first aid? You are in luck. This is exactly what you have been wishing for. We will cover everything from bringing your pet home to raising a happy, healthy puppy. Isn’t that wonderful?

 

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