Should I bring my puppy?

As a new puppy owner it's hard to think of leaving your puppy at home alone. Ideally, you'd like to bring him everywhere but is that the right thing to do? Here's our take.

Can your dog participate? 

Leave your dog at home if you are doing something where your dog can't participate.  If your dog has to stay in the car leave your dog at home. For those that can't or won't leave their dog at home, here are three tips if you have your dog with you.

Bring someone with you that can get out and walk around with the dog in a shaded area while you shop or attend an appointment. In the summer months leaving your dog in the car is the most dangerous option. Even with the windows down cars can reach high temperatures that can cause your dog to overheat, so never leave your beloved puppy in the car.

Only visit stores that are dog friendly and your dog can go inside if he or she is on a leash. There are several pet friendly stores, banks, and restaurants. Call ahead to your destination so that you are aware of the company's policy.

Go through the drive thru. If you are running errands that have a drive thru such as the bank, pharmacy, and coffee shop, stay in the car with your dog so you can keep the car cool and take care of business. Your dog will love receiving treats from the friendly staff at the drive thru windows.

Your dog depends on you to make good decisions for a healthy puppy. In the hot summer months consider your puppies health and comfort by not leaving him in the car.

Fun activities for Dogs with lots of Energy

The sunshine and long summer days gives a unique opportunity for fun activities with your dog. Being in the house all day can not only be boring but it can leave your dog with extra energy. Here's are a few ideas for fun activities with your dog. 

  • Summer splash- If your dog doesn't mind the water using the hose or sprinklers can be a great way to give them exercise.  Let your dog bathe outdoors this week with a run through the water.Some dogs love chasing water that's coming out of a hose or sprinkler. Just remember to bring a towel or let them dry in the sun or your likely to have a mess on your hands after the fun. 

  • Hide and seek – Hide and seek is an easy teach-as-you-go game, so begin by hiding in an obvious place and tell your dog "come find me!" Have a celebration when your dog locates you, either with praise or a quick game of tug. Then hide again in a more challenging location and repeat the process. It's a fun game suitable for all ages that will put a dent in your dog's energy levels, and will increase the bond between you at the same time.

  • Nothing quite compares to the full body exhaustion that results from an intense dog play session. Not only is the body very obviously engaged, the social nuances that happen during the play date require that your dog engage her brain as well. This type of interaction takes more effort on your part because you have to find appropriate play partners. Pairing up dogs that are a similar age, size and enjoy the same types of interactions (for example, both  are large dog breeds who to wrestle or both enjoy a game of "catch-me") helps to ensure healthy and constructive play. By the end of the get-together, you'll have a tired and happy pooch.

Why some dogs bark and others don’t

If you live in an apartment and you are looking for the best apartment dog breeds then you've come to a great source. Understanding why some dogs bark more than others can help you select the perfect breed for your apartment lifestyle.

With proper training every dog can be taught not to make noise, there are quite a few dog breeds with innately silent behavior. These dogs require little to no attention in order to keep silent. Keep in mind that every single dog will bark from time to time. Also If you plan on getting yourself a furry friend, make sure you have enough time and resources to give him a comfortable life. Without the proper dog care and attention, you can expect barking.

All dogs were bred for different reasons. With some breeds, being loud and barking a lot was considered an advantage and for others the opposite is true. For example, many -- but not all -- hunting dog breeds are known for constantly raising alarms with their barks.

Besides that, there could also be genetic reasons and medical conditions that cause dogs to bark more or less. Breeds that are predisposed to certain conditions are likely to either bark more to alert of issues, or bark less simply because they cannot.

Finally, temperament of the dog is a huge factor. Canines bark for different reasons, and the more acute and sensitive a dog breed is, the more likely you’ll have a loud pet at home, constantly sending alerts about what it hears on the other side of the wall. Meeting the dog’s needs can keep it quiet. For example, people often assume that small dog breeds don’t require as much exercise and playtime as medium or large breeds, which isn’t true. Due to lack of exercise, many small dogs will bark more often. 

What Should I know Emotional Support Dogs?

Dogs can help relax and calm so, it's no wonder that people suffering from anxiety and depression commonly use dogs as emotional support animals.

Training requirements:

There is no training required for an emotional support dog, so any dog can be an emotional support animal (ESA) without any training. The main difference between an ESA and a service dog is that a service dog is trained to ground a person with a psychiatric disorder or does work or performs task to provide services to the owner. ESA animals simply provide comfort.

Rights and Protections:

Since emotional support animals are not considered service animals under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), they don't have the same rights and protections as service animals. Since ESAs have not been trained to perform a specific job, they do not qualify as service animals under the law and can be denied entry into public places including restaurants and stores. 

Emotional support dogs provide comfort, a calming presence and company. Emotional support dogs do not have access to all public areas, but there are two legal protections. First, they can fly with a person who has an emotional or psychological disability. Second, they can qualify for no-pet housing. A letter from a physician may be requested by housing authorities and airlines because the use of emotional support dogs has been abused by some over the years.

Characteristics to Look For:

Your emotional support dog should be devoted to you and responsive to your emotions and commands. The dog should also be calm and laid back. A rambunctious dog has the capability of becoming an emotional support dog, but it will require more training. It is recommended to look for a dog that is around one year old so you can build that relationship with him and have him be out of his curious puppy phase. However, puppies can be emotional support animals as well; they'll just need to be a breed that is people-oriented like Labrador retrievers, golden retrievers, Goldendoodle, and poodle.

Why Do Dogs Shed, Anyway?

There's no way around it, shedding stinks -- whether you're sick of encountering fur all over the house, or are allergic to dog dander, reducing shedding is a big priority for many dog owners.

Understanding why dogs shed can help you feel better about the daily struggle with dog fur.

Shedding is a completely normal occurrence for almost all dogs. Dogs shed for a number of reasons and regular grooming and bath times are the key to cut down on the amount of fur on your clothes and in your home.

Dogs Shed To Grow New Fur or hair.

Just like humans, dogs have hair that is continuously growing especially long hair dogs. Shedding is the normal turnover of hair, allowing old or damaged hair to be replaced with new healthy strands which keeps your dog's coat in tip top condition.

Dogs Shed When Seasons Change.

Shedding is especially evident during the changing of seasons. The transition from a winter to summer coat is usually the time of heaviest fur loss for dogs, so don't fret when your long haired, double-coated dog loses giant clumps of fur come springtime.

Some Breeds Shed More Than Others.

While all dogs shed to some degree, there is a significant difference between the amount of fur loss between breeds. Some breeds, like Poodles and Poodle-mixes, are known for shedding very little. Heavy coated breeds, like Huskies, will shed so much that you'll be surprised that your dog has any fur left.

Since understanding the cause of shedding won't reduce the amount of hair your long hair dog sheds, it's important to remember that grooming can make a world of difference. Try brushing your dog outside to reduce the amount of hair in your home. Also pet vacuums are designed to pick up dander and fur better than normal household vacuums so these can be a great option.

How to Properly Care for Small Dogs

Small dog breeds are wonderful and super cute animals. Taking care of small dogs can be tough at times because they are so little. You must have a special amount of patience for these dogs. So before buying one, we want to make sure you know how to properly take care of them so they can live long and healthy lives with you. We promise they will love you forever, as long as you take these precautions with them.

1. Take them on short walks.

Because of these dogs’ sizes, they can only handle so much exercise. It is important that you respect their size and do not drag them on long hikes that their bodies are not made. The most a small dog needs to walk around the block to get in a little exercise and handle their business.

2. Remove all small items from the ground.

This is beyond important when having small dogs. Dogs are curious animals, especially small dogs. They love exploring things on the ground by putting them in their mouths. To ensure their safety so that they do not choke on anything, remove all of the small toys you have in your house to higher up surfaces.

3. Feed them the proper amount.

Most small dogs will eat whatever you put in front of them. This is a great thing and something that should be taken with precaution. Because these dogs will eat anything sometimes they do not know when to stop. Make sure that your dog is being fed the right caloric amount every day – not too much or too little. You want your small dog to have a healthy weight to ensure that they have a happy healthy life.

If you are thinking about or already own a small dog this summer, please make sure to take these tips seriously. We want you and your dog to have a happy and healthy life together. Small dog breeds are special animals that should always be handled with care.

Caring for No Shed Puppies

Owning a dog comes with so much joy and also responsibility. This is especially true for people with allergies and is searching for no shed puppies. No shed puppies can be hypoallergenic depending on an individual's specific allergies, because they have coats made of hair. We take pride in providing education for pet owners. Read on to learn the basics of caring for no shed puppies.

Understand the shed cycle.

While they don't shed as much as dogs with fur, it is important to understand that no shed puppies do shed hair, therefore the terms "no shed puppies" and "no shed dogs" can seem a bit misleading. These terms are used to describe the breeds that shed considerably less compared to dogs with fur. If you have dog allergies it is important to note that as the seasons change, shed cycles begin, and irritation can follow. The first step in becoming a responsible and loving pet owner is choosing the right pet. If you suffer from allergies, stop by our store first and learn more about finding the right hypoallergenic dog for you.

Groom regularly.

Once you purchase one of our no shed puppies for sale, be prepared to create a relationship with your local groomer. Regular visits to a groomer will ensure your no shed puppies have coats that are well-maintained and free of tangles and debris. Hypoallergenic dogs shed dead hair, but often this dead hair will mat in their coat. This is especially true for curly haired breeds. Normal visits to the groomer can keep your puppy looking fabulous and make at home maintenance simple.

Choose the right type of brush.

At home care between visits to the groomer will keep your no shed puppies happy. With a wide variety of brands available, selecting the correct brush for your puppy's coat can be overwhelming.

Our staff specializes in providing education for pet owners. We are the industry leader in the arena of animal care because we provide ongoing staff training programs and in-store animal husbandry systems. We always have more information to provide and of course, we have recommendations for the best breeds to match your specific needs!

Hybrids and Designers and Purebreds...Oh My!

Let's just dive right into the differences between purebred puppies, designer dogs, and hybrid. As dog lovers and fanciers, we know that there is some confusion surrounding these definitions. These dogs are typically a blend of the best of both doggy worlds, making for dogs with affable and desirable temperaments. Below is our take on defining these types of pups and also a list of our top designer dogs.

Definition of purebred puppies.

They are dog breeds that encompass a unique genetic makeup that can be consistently reproduced. This means that any dog whose parents belong to the same breed is considered a purebred dog.

Definition of mutt.

Mutt is an older term and refers to two dogs from different breeds that mate and produce a puppy. A lot of times, the parents' breeds are unknown, thus so is the puppy's.

Definition of hybrid puppies.

A true hybrid is a dog that has been crossed with a wild animal, like wolves and coyotes. Normally these mixes are not intentional and occur in the wild. These dogs are not recommended as pets and in many places, they're against the law to own one.

Are they health concerns?

Most designer dogs are pretty unpredictable in a lot of ways, particularly regarding their health and inherited diseases, but because of their growing history, we're able to learn and report more about their health. Purebred puppies are tested for issues usually known to affect the breed, which is common and helps to detect diseases and potentially eradicate them. When breeds are crossed, it creates hybrid puppies with unknown results, thus they really can't be tested in advance.

Top 3 Designer Dogs We Have!

1. Maltipoo puppies

This adorable dog is a cross between a Maltese and a Toy or Miniature Poodle. They're smart and funny and tiny and our customers can't get enough of our Maltipoo puppies!

2. Labradoodle

The Labradoodle is a cross between the Labrador Retriever and Standard, Miniature, or Toy Poodle. These dogs are the ultimate smarty pants.

3. Goldendoodle

It is a mixed breed dog obtained by breeding a Golden Retriever with a Poodle. The Golden Doodle was originally developed as a guide dog for visually impaired people with allergies.

How to Prepare for an Apartment Puppy

If you are thinking of adding a puppy to your family but you live in an apartment, there's no need to fret – no one single bit. All you need to do is some well-thought-out research (a la this blog post) and to follow our tips. Here are five things you can do to make puppy apartment living easy and comfortable.

1. Check to see if your apartment has breed or weight restrictions.

Some puppy breeds are banned from apartments and even cities or counties. Take for instance, Rottweilers and Pit Bulls. They aren't the most welcomed breed, despite their true and innate kind dispositions. They get bad reputations. At any rate, you need to confirm with your landlord or apartment complex if they have dogs that are restricted.

2. Purchase a crate and get educated on crate training.

Living with a puppy in an apartment brings a unique set of challenges. Your puppy will depend on you to provide training. Crate training is a great way to help your puppy get adjusted to your apartment. Crate training should be a comfortable experience for you and your puppy.

3. Locate the nearest park.

Most puppies need exercise, so there is no exception for apartment puppies. Now that you've committed to ownership, you should plan on taking your new puppy to the nearest park... often. They'll need to burn off energy and it's downright fun!

4. Purchase in puppy toys.

To keep your apartment puppies entertained when they're left alone, purchase some toys. They will need them from being destructive and ruining stuff in and around your house! We're sure you don't want that and we're sure you want to make your pup happy. Toys are fun and they give your dog mental stimulation. Kongs are one of the leaders in providing hours of entertainment for dogs when they're home alone.

5. Purchase high-quality food.

Feeding your puppy high-quality food will ensure your puppy feels good and looks good! They should be low in fat and sugar and high in protein and nutrients. Sounds like human requirements, right?!

If you're looking for more information, feel free to contact us. We'll help to match you with one of our puppies!

3 Cute Dogs You Need This Summer

There are so many cute dog breeds. It is very special owning a dog because they become your best friend almost immediately. You are not going to want to spend any time without them. With that said, you may be wondering just what breeds are the cutest dog breeds? Well, we have a list of cute puppy dogs for you that we know you'll enjoy. These dogs are super sweet and love spending time with their owners. Here are just a few of the cute puppy dogs we think would interest you.

1. Yorkshire Terrier.

These are one of the cutest dogs because they are so small and full of personality. These dogs grow up to 4 to 6 pounds. They average about 8 to 9 inches and live for almost 15 years. These dogs are super smart and very stylish dogs to take carry around with you all day.

2. Pomeranians.

These dogs are super fluffy and cute. They grow up to 4 to 7 pounds and average about 8 inches in height. These dogs are so cute they are commonly found with celebrities. If you love to travel these dogs are exceptional travel pets. They love spending time with their owners and appreciate long cuddle naps.

3. Shih Tzu.

These are also super cute puppy dogs. They have long really elegant looking body hair. They weigh anywhere from 8 to 16 pounds. They are also part of the small cute dog team. These dogs only grow to about a foot in size. They are really easy to care for all of the time.

Almost every dog breed is really cute, but these dogs, in particular, have a very special cuteness quality that is unmatched by other dogs. If you are looking for a really cute dog to own this summer than these are some of the cutest dogs, you could ever buy. If you have any more questions concerning these dogs give us a call today!