Don’t scold your dog for YOUR lack of active supervision. Clean it up and pay more attention next time so you can make sure he goes in the right place! In honor of National Train Your Dog Month, I have decided to create a series of blog posts featuring…you guessed it…my favorite things! First up, since so many people purchase or adopt new puppies over the winter holidays, I’m going to cover potty training (the information works for adult dogs, too). Below are 10 tips to help
It’s January, and that means it’s time for all of the Christmas puppies to come out and meet the world! Raising a puppy is both an art and a science. Too much of something can be just as harmful as too little, so here are some tips to get it “just right.” An American Bulldog puppy wearing a lacy bonnet has its front legs and chest on a white doll bed with a blue blanket. There is a teddy bear leaning against the front of the bed. 1. Feed your puppy, but not too much, and not
It’s that time of year again! Barbeques, picnics, pool parties, and fireworks…just some good ol’ wholesome fun, right? Not quite. The image is of a colorful fireworks show that lights the entire night sky. Summer, and particularly the 4th of July, can be a very dangerous time for your pet. More pets end up picked up by animal control or hit by cars on July 4th-5th than any other time of year. Some county shelters report that up to 30% of the animals brought in for the entire
Every year, thousands of people decide to bring home a puppy or newly adopted dog, but very few of them take any time to set their puppy up for success. In my over 7 years working in a pet supply retail store, rarely did a day go by without someone coming in with a newly acquired puppy or dog (who, sadly, usually looked terribly overwhelmed by all the sudden environmental changes) that had either been purchased completely on impulse (always a terrible idea), or they had plann
Big puppy eyes, soft puppy ears, and wet puppy kisses….so irresistible! Walking past the puppies in pet shops and shelters tugs at our heartstrings. A young woman holding a pencil is looking up and to the left where a heart-shaped "dream bubble" shows a cute Rat Terrier puppy's face.
Many of us had a puppy growing up and it was all fun and games, right? Let’s be honest, who actually took care of it? Probably your parents. Or maybe you raised your last dog from puppyhood, but
The average age that people acquire their puppy is 8-10 weeks. The critical socialization period of that puppy’s life begins closing at 12 weeks of age, and the door to that critical period has slammed shut by 16 weeks. What does this mean? It means you have only 2-4 weeks left to set your puppy up for success in being comfortable with all the experiences life has to offer him for the rest of his days! Regardless of where you acquire your dog from, it is your job to continue