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Fun Fact Friday!

Posted on May 18, 2018 by Chelsea Smales



Did you know that dogs have the same type of sleep as us? They have SWS (slow wave sleep) and REM (rapid eye movement) sleep just like us, and dream like us too! When you look at your pup twitching or "running" in their sleep it's true that they are dreaming! 😍🌙⭐

Posted in Fun Fact

Potty Training Your Pup In the City

Posted on May 04, 2018 by Chelsea Smales

The joy of getting a new puppy is one that we should all experience. How could you NOT love those squishable rolls and puppy breath?! But, puppies really are like babies. They need CONSTANT attention and unfortunately, the downfall with a puppy instead of a baby is that you can’t put a diaper on it (well you could, but you may get more than a few odd looks from others).

Potty training a puppy is something we all dread, and to make matters worse, living in the city means that most people don’t have an accessible yard.


How are you going to do it?! You have to get over the obstacles of having to know when your dog needs to go, race them down the elevator, through the lobby and outside, hopefully to find a minuscule patch of grass.


The trick is TIMING IS EVERYTHING. In the beginning you can start out by training on pee pads, or splurge on a lovely piece of “fake grass” for your balcony. This trick often works for small dogs as we can all imagine, their “business” is just as small as they are and easy to clean.


If you’re a large dog lover though, this isn’t the most practical method. When they are little it is acceptable to pee pad train IN CONJUNCTION with training to go outside. But as they grow, you won’t want those giant messes in your building.


Start tracking your puppies habits. Get a journal and write down when they usually eat, drink, play and need to go out (or have accidents). This will give you a decent timeline of when you should try and take them out.


Most puppies need to go to the bathroom shortly after eating, drinking, and sleeping so those are good times to take them down to the streets. Some dogs will need training to go on concrete, and others grass if you have it nearby. Take them to your ideal spot and give command words such as “Go pee!” or “Do your business!”. When they do go, give LOTS of praise and training treats to reward the positive behavior.

Try and catch them before they start whining when they are indoors. Usually, by the time you pack them up and try and get them out, it’s too late. As your puppy gets older you can start spacing out the time between walks as their bladders will become stronger. An adult dog though will still need a walk to go to the bathroom at least 3-4 times a day. Plenty of exercise for the both of you!


Bullwrinkles Tenderchips or Liver Lovers are a great option to use as training treats. They are easily broken into small pieces which is great for having to give multiple treats throughout the day. They also smell AMAZING (to dogs of course).


As a tip, don’t end your walk right after your pup has done their business. If you do this, they may start to hold their bladders and bowels to get more walk time in. Tricky!

Posted in Helpful Tips

National Pet ID Week

Posted on April 20, 2018 by Chelsea Smales

This week has been National Pet ID week!

Click the link below to read about why making sure your pet has some form of ID on them is so important 

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Posted in Raising Awareness

Spring is here! Time for some spring cleaning for your pets!

Posted on April 06, 2018 by Chelsea Smales

Spring is making its appearance and it’s time to start thinking about “Spring Cleaning." Not just your house, but your pets as well!


Grooming your dog is an important part of pet wellness. Whether you have a short or long-haired furry friend they all need some sort of maintenance. With this warm weather coming, it’s the perfect time to trim things up and brush things out!


Short Haired Dogs:


Fairly low maintenance, but these dogs still have dander and shed those small, prickly hairs. Give them a good conditioning bath, and brush them out with a rubber curry comb or shedding blade to help to loosen up any dead hair and skin left behind by the dry winter air. Trimming nails and making sure their ears are clean is also an important part of general grooming as well for all pets.


Medium/Long Haired Dogs:

These dogs are a bit more work when it comes to their coat, and it will differ between breeds on how much maintenance they will need. Springtime is usually when most dogs start a big shed and so getting them to a groomer for a thorough bath and cut is essential in keeping those hairy tumbleweeds at bay. Giving your dog that much-needed haircut will also help to keep them cool in the warmer weather and reduce the likelihood of mats and tangles that tend to happen from outdoor activities in the spring and summer.

Posted in Helpful Tips

Fact Friday!

Posted on March 23, 2018 by Chelsea Smales

Did you know dogs drink with the back of their tongue?!
Dogs curve their tongues backward in a ladle-shape to catch a little more liquid. When they rip their tongues out of the water, they cause a significant amount of acceleration; about 5 times that of gravity!
 
MIND BLOWN 🤯

Posted in Fun Fact

Meme Monday!

Posted on March 12, 2018 by Chelsea Smales

This is especially true with Daylight Savings Time upon us...

Posted in Dog Meme

Inspirational Story Of A Dog Who Has Changed His Owner's Life

Posted on March 09, 2018 by Chelsea Smales

Posted in Raising Awareness