Hey Poochy!

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
Bad day? Check this out. — January 23, 2018
Heaven on Earth — January 11, 2018
Happy Halloween! — October 31, 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.

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.

 

Love fest — September 20, 2017
Hot Summer Days and Your Poochy — August 15, 2017

Hot Summer Days and Your Poochy

It’s another scorching, summer day. Another heat wave in Canada. I went to a park with my Poochy. I always remember 2 main items to take with me.

  • Booties: Dogs can’t sweat through their skin, like we do – they sweat through the bottom of their paws, and by panting. So I always remember to put rubber booties on them. You can get these booties at any pet store. These booties protect doggy paws from hot pavement, mud and rain. Love them!
  • Water: I always bring a bottle of water and a portable cup. I make it a rule to offer water to Poochy, every 15 minutes, or even sooner if I see signs of dehydration.

*** Good To Know ***

Dogs can’t sweat through their skin. They sweat though the bottom of their paws. So always remember about booties, booties and booties.

They also sweat by panting, so always bring water, water and water. Dogs that are overheating will start excessively drooling. Look out for signs of dehydration.

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Now keep in mind that we went for a quick 10 minute walk. Usually, if I know it’s going to be a hot and humid day, I like to take Poochy for walks early in the morning and late in the evening. If the pavement is too hot for you, than it’s too hot for them. A quick way to check if the pavement, is to do a palm heat test:

  1. Put your hand on pavement that you are planning to walk on with your pooch.
  2. If you can’t hold your hand still for 3 seconds, then it’s too hot.
  3. If it’s too hot for your hand, it is too hot for your pooch’s paw.

*** Good To Know ***

– darker coats absorb more heat, than lighter coats

– overweight dogs are at a higher risk for dehydration

– different breeds deal with heat differently

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