Twelve Tips For Your Puppy’s Health and Safety In 2021 (Part three of four)

We all love puppies and want them to remain happy and healthy. Finding the right puppy for yourself should be a fun and happy experience like no other. When you are ready to begin this experience, consider a first-class pet establishment to assist you. One that cares about puppies as much as you do. For you’re reading pleasure, enjoy part three of tips and tricks to assure your puppy’s health and safety.

July: As we celebrate our nation’s independence, the sound of fireworks will fill the air. As many states relax firework laws, the trend of amateur firework enthusiasts continues to grow. Although these displays look and sound amazing, the noise from them often wreaks havoc on our fur-legged friends. Here are some tips to help keep your pup less affected by fireworks.

· Modify your walking times to daylight hours. This will help avoid times when fireworks are likely to be set off.

· Close windows, shades, and curtains to muffle the sound of fireworks.

· Play soft music or your tv to mask the sounds of fireworks.

· Create a calm and quiet space in your home where your dog can feel safe and in control. Often your basement provides the most soundproof area of your home.

August: The long and hot days of August have arrived. We all know what it’s like to be outside when the thermometer reaches triple digits. As it is very important for us to remain well-hydrated, we have to make sure our furry friends are also adequately cared for. When taking a puppy outdoors in extreme heat, avoid them from being in it for long periods of time, especially in direct sunlight. Macadam surfaces can be very hot, dangerous, and painful for puppies in the summer. Did you know that on a typical August day, a macadam roadway or driveway can reach up to 140 degrees? A quality pair of puppy paw protectors will keep his paws comfortable and prevent burns. Paw protectors are very easy to find and work well. If you have questions regarding the use of these, be sure to contact a reputable caring pet store for more information.

Extra cool water should be on-hand for your puppy while he is outside playing. After coming inside, a thirty-minute low activity cooldown period is a great way to allow your puppy to cool off and feel rejuvenated. On sweltering days, limiting their outdoor activity to the early morning or early evening hours are recommended.

September: September is National Preparedness Month. Planning ahead is the key to keeping yourself and your pets safe should a disaster strike. Our pets are our family, and assuring their wellbeing should be second to none. Here are a few easy tips that can be of great help to your pet should an unexpected natural disaster occur.

Be sure your puppy is microchipped. This will allow for a much quicker way to reunite with your best friend should he get separated from your family.

Prepare an emergency kit for your puppy which is readily available and easily deployed. This kit should include one week’s worth of nonperishable dog food, one week’s worth of fresh drinking water, and a list of your puppy’s medications. This list is important should you need to evacuate your city and seek refuge out of town. An extra dog leash and collar with his ID tags on them is also an essential item in this kit.

Putting this kit together takes very little time, effort, and money and can be invaluable during a crisis and is one less thing you will need to worry about.

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Twelve Tips For Your Puppy’s Health and Safety In 2021 (Part two of four)

Now that we have three months of safety and health tips out there for your puppy, enjoy the next three month’s worth. Although all puppies are different and have specific needs, they all need one thing that is the same. Our love and care! A puppy will bring you years of happiness and memories and finding the right pet store, such as Premier Pups, will help you find your fur-ever friend!

April: April showers bring May flowers! Dogs love to be outside. Rain, snow, or other, they enjoy the great outdoors. It is important to remember that when your puppy is in the rain and gets wet, he will need a good bath and brushing after. Wet puppy hair can easily become tangled and matted. This is not only uncomfortable for him but also takes away from his charming looks too! A tip to keep your fur-ever friend from having tangled and matted hair is applying a dog-friendly, anti matting spray on his coat before brushing him. These sprays are available in pet stores and online. Your puppy will love you for this!

May: Spring has sprung, and a new change of pace to your daily exercise routine may include taking your pup to the dog park. As you open the car door for your pooch to hop in, he’s overly excited! He jumps in and off you go. Many of us often forget or may not even realize that even a few mile drive poses a danger to your pup. Your puppy is a part of your family and you always want to keep him safe. A very basic and inexpensive vehicle dog harness is the perfect measure to take for road trips. These harnesses are designed to protect your fur-ver friend the same way a seatbelt protects us. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!

June: The warmer weather is finally here! With the warmer weather comes some of nature’s unfriendly critters, though. Ticks are out and about, and your fur-legged family member is a tick magnet! Tick prevention and detection for your puppy is essential. American Kennel Club’s Chief Veterinary Officer Dr. Jerry Klein suggests the following measures are taken to protect your puppy from ticks. After consulting with your veterinarian, consider topical tick treatments, anti-tick collars, and shampoos. These will help ward off ticks, which can cause your pup health issues. After each outdoor play session, be sure to take a few minutes to inspect your puppy for ticks. Look especially on his feet between his toes, in and under his ears, under his legs, on his lips, around his eyes, and under his tail. One area that ticks tend to make a home is under your pup’s collar, so be sure to check there too!

This is part two of four in ways to assure your pup’s health and safety in 2021.

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Twelve Tips For Your Puppy’s Health and Safety In 2021 (Part one of four)

As we ring in the New Year and celebrate what hopefully will be a year of good health and happiness, let’s take a few minutes to go over twelve-monthly recommendations to assure the health and happiness of our fur-legged friends. In this four-part blog series, we will explore different tips, tricks, and ideas to help keep our puppies happy and healthy.

January: Over 55% of Americans ring in the New Year determined to stick to their resolutions. Many are looking to seek better health and are committed to more exercise. Exercise is essential in your health, as is it in your puppy’s health! Consider including your fur-ever friend in your daily exercise routine. A long brisk walk or jog is great for your pup’s mental and physical health. This is also a great opportunity to bond with your pup. Exercising can be fun when you and your best friend do it together.

February: Baby, it’s cold out! You made it through the first 31 days of your New Year’s resolution. By now, you and your puppy are enjoying daily exercise and quality time together. Although your furry friend is well wrapped in his fur coat and may seem fine, extra layers for him while outdoors is very important. Depending on the climate of your region, it is suggested that most dogs wear a single layer coat while outside. For very cold climates, a double-layered fleece style coat is suggested. This will keep your pup warm, happy, and looking forward to exercising time. The stylish jacket also allows for a great photo op of your puppy!

March: It is custom that every spring, we check our smoke detector batteries at home for safety. This is also an excellent time to examine our puppy’s collar and tag and replace and or update them as needed. A quick check to make sure your puppy’s collar is in good condition is important. His collar should fit him well and not show significant signs of wear. His tags should be readable and provide appropriate and up-to-date contact information for you. Any tags on his collar, which are hard to read or have outdated information on them should be replaced immediately.

This is part one of four ways to keep your puppy healthy and safe in 2021.

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Suitable Puppies For Families With Children

A common question that parents have while shopping for a puppy has to do with what type of dog is most suitable for children. The assumption is a dog too small runs the risk of being injured while playing with kids, and a puppy that will grow to be too big runs the risk of injuring kids while playing. The truth is that the puppy’s size does not matter when both the puppy and children are taught “the rules” from day one. 

Your new puppy should be taught the basics, such as no jumping up against people to greet them and other similiar behavioral pet peeves. Many puppies also “nip” while playing. Although they do this to play, this habit needs to be addressed and corrected immediately as even playful nipping can harm a child. Children should be taught that puppies do not respond well to yelling or being pulled around, even if it is playfully done. Yelling and screaming can alarm your puppy and cause him to become overexcited and overly rambunctious. The early stages of a puppy’s development are much like a child’s and mold their behavior into adulthood. 

Most puppies are naturally kind-hearted and good with children. This especially true with children living in the same household as the dog. They tend to be protective, loyal, and loving members of the family. One consideration that needs to be taken is the breed’s instinctive personality. Some breeds are very easygoing and tolerate things that other, more high-strung breeds will not. Dogs that have a lower tolerance are still good dogs, but certain breeds are naturally wired to react differently to stresses, noises, and situations. 

The following five dog breeds are historically great around children and should be considered if you are looking for a new family pup. 

Leading off is the Morkie. These are tiny dogs with giant hearts. This breed of dog is very affectionate and adores people, especially those in his family. They enjoy playing and your children will quickly have a new best friend. 

Next is the Maltese, which is a smaller pup who is very even-tempered. They respond well to children and families of all sizes. The Maltese is known to be sweet, playful, and loyal and is one the entire family will adore. 

Another family favorite is the Frenchie, also known as the French Bulldog. This adorable puppy is loving, cuddly, and sturdy. The Frenchie enjoys being with his family, especially while snuggling on the couch with them. He is mild-mannered and very easygoing, which is an excellent trait for families with children. His adorable little face is second to none. 

Who doesn’t love the King Charles Cavalier? This breed is not only adorable but very gentle and makes a fine choice with families that have children. This versatile puppy is just as happy snuggling on the couch watching a movie as it is outside chasing a ball, swimming and running around. 

The final breed on the list is the Poochon. This breed enjoys being around people and other pets and would make a great addition to households that have other pets. They are also a very suitable breed for first-time puppy owners. This affectionate puppy makes a great fit in any family.  

Taking the time to teach your puppy and children safe ways to interact and breaking any bad habits early is the key to success.

 

 

 

 

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Puppy For Sale!

Is your family considering a puppy? If so, you’re not alone. There are more than sixty-three million American families who have at least one fur-legged friend living with them. These numbers have surged over the last eight months as more and more families spend time inside their homes due to Covid-19 restrictions. Unfortunately, this incredible increase in people looking for puppies has opened the door for scams that are taking place across the US.

In November, The Better Business Bureau reported puppy sale scams have skyrocketed. Authorities say the scams are hard to spot and anyone could easily fall victim. This is why it is important to only buy a puppy from a licensed, reputable, and proven establishment

Many of these scams take place online as what looks to be an innocent and legitimate puppy for sale. The person posting the puppy for sale will have adorable pictures of the dog posted, a well-written description, and even a phone number to call. And their price is very reasonable considering how tough it has become to buy a puppy due to the breeder supply chain running low in the US.

It has to be legitimate, right? 

After the to-be victim speaks to the person selling the dog, a level of trust and comfortability are formed. The seller kindly explains that due to the current high demand and interest for this puppy, a deposit is required to hold it. It’s nothing personal, but we have many interested people and we can’t hold the puppy for someone without knowing for sure they are going to buy it.  Fair enough the victim thinks. 

The victim obliges with a deposit sent to the scammer electronically. These deposits can range from a few hundred dollars to well over a thousand dollars. The victim is told that once the deposit is received, a date and location to meet to exchange the puppy and collect the rest of the money will be coordinated. 

Victims that the scammers believe are oblivious to this fake sale may even contact the victims after the deposit has been received and request additional money for licensing fees, vacsinations, being chipped, etc. The longer the scam goes on, the more money the scammer will reel in from the unsuspecting victim. 

A week or so later, when the big day has come for the victim to claim their puppy, the Victim is left waiting and waiting as the scammer never shows and discontinues contact with the victim, who is now out a lot of money. Although some of these fraud scams are investigated by police, many go unsolved because the scammer is conducting business outside the US. Once the scammer receives your money, getting it back is near impossible. 

Save yourself a lot of grief and time and only shop for puppies from an established and licensed puppy seller. 

 

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Is Santa Bringing Your Little Ones A Puppy For Christmas?

While the family is gathered around their Christmas tree on Christmas morning, Mom is doing her best to keep all the torn and shredded wrapping paper in a somewhat orderly fashion. Dad, wearing his slippers and holding his favorite coffee mug, takes a sip and smiles, knowing the last gift Santa left is going to be the best one. As the children examine the final neatly wrapped box with a big red bow on top, Mom begins to smile. Moments later, children’s excitement can be heard throughout the house as the most adorable little puppy you will ever see pops out of the box!

Every year for Christmas, thousands of children in the US are gifted their fur-ever friend from Jolly Old Saint Nick. It is surely one of the most heartfelt gifts a child will receive and will provide a lifetime worth of memories. Besides having a new lovable member of the family, an essential part of this gift is that it will also teach children the responsibility of being a responsible pet owner.

Owning a puppy has many perks but also requires his family to take care of him. Since Santa did not include a manual in the box with the puppy, here are few tips on how you can help teach your children to responsibly raise their new puppy.

All puppies need training. Whether it be potty-training, trained to not jump on people or furniture, or trained to obey basic verbal commands. A well-trained puppy will grow to be a behaved adult dog. During your training, be sure to include your children. Allow them to take an active role in this process. This will allow your children to learn about their new puppy and see that the time they invest in working with their puppy is paying off, especially when they see their puppy following the rules.

Have your children be responsible for feeding the puppy. Feeding time should be at the same time each day. The proper amount of food and water needs to be left out daily. Although this may sound like a basic task, it is a very important one. Your children will have a sense of accomplishment in knowing they are taking good care of their new best friend who is fully dependent on them.

Allow your child to feel as if he or she is the puppy’s primary caregiver. Under supervision, have your child harness the puppy’s collar and connect the leash. Teach them that by taking their time and adequately leashing their puppy, they are protecting the puppy. Allow your child to handle their puppy and allow them to go for practice walks in the backyard. Your puppy will love the exercise and your children will feel a sense of pride and responsibility.

Each evening have your child care for the puppy’s wellbeing by teaching him or her how to properly and gently brush the puppy. A good brushing will render instant results of a smooth and soft coat. Children are very impressionable, and allowing a child to nurture and directly care for a puppy will build a sense of pride and compassion.

These life skills are invaluable and will help your children understand the importance of being a responsible young man or young lady.

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Pamper Your Pet

Our beloved pets give us so much joy it is no wonder that we as pet owners want to find ways to return the favor. While pampering implies luxury, there are plenty of simple, inexpensive ways to give our pets the extra love they so deservedly need. In fact, pampering begins with giving your little one extra love and attention.

Here are 5 simple and inexpensive ways you can bring your pup more joy:

Homemade treats

Our pantry’s already hold the key ingredients to making the perfect homemade treat for our special pet. Peanut butter and oats not only make for delicious ingredients, but they’re also healthy for our canine friends.

Plan an afternoon adventure

Take the time to plan an afternoon full of your dog’s favorite activities. This could be taking your dog to their favorite dog park, on a hike or a trip to the beach. It could be a long car ride and a trip to their favorite pet store for a new toy or hitting the drive thru for a pup treat. No matter what it is make sure that you have your pet’s best interest in mind and make sure to have plenty of water and extra treats packed.

Give your pet a massage

We as pet owners enjoy a good massage and our pets are no different. Just like humans, a massage can help with health related problems by lowering the amount of cortisol (stress hormone) in the blood, and increases the levels of dopamine (feel good chemical) in the brain. As our pets age they experience aches and pains the same way humans do so pampering them with the human touch is a great way to ease their soreness and relax their minds.

Present them with a new bed

Pets deserve a good night sleep too. Orthopedic and memory foam beds provide extra comfort and support for our dogs delicate structures as well as eases joint/muscles aches and pains in our aging and senior pets.

Give them a new toy or bone

Pets are our children and they love new toys just like human kids do. Providing them with a new toy or bone will bring our fur babies with hours of happiness and energetic play (which they love). Make sure that the new toy is safe and never let them chew on a bone when they are unsupervised.

If you want to find out more ways on how to pamper your pet or to find out how you can bring home a fur-ever pet of your own, please visit: premierpups.com today and speak with one of the knowledgeable and caring puppy agents.

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Choosing a Dog for New Pet Parent’s

Becoming a first-time pet parent can be very exciting, but it can also be a bit overwhelming. With so many dogs to choose from it can be hard to know which one is the best fit for you. Before you can move forward with picking your new pet there are some things that you’ll first need to consider. Your lifestyle will have everything to do with your new puppy. Are you active or do you like to spend your leisure time at home? Do you work long hours or are you home throughout the day?

These are just some of the questions you’ll want to ask yourself. Puppies need a lot of attention when they first come home and an adequate amount of training and socialization. Feeding, grooming, exercise, play, and potty breaks are daily needs that must be met when caring for a healthy, happy dog.

Lifestyle

If you like most people you work an eight hour day and may not have a lot of free time. Think about opting for a smaller dog that has low levels of anxiety and requires less exercise per day than some of the larger breeds.

Living Space and Environment

Most dogs love a lot of outdoor space to run and play. If you have a large yard or adequate space for a pet to romp around than you can consider a larger dog. If you live in a small apartment, a small breed may be best. Keep in mind, size isn’t the only determining factor. Some dogs, large or small, have more energy to expend and require more time and attention. No matter the size your dog will require daily walks and exercise.

Family

Make sure to make an informed decision with your whole family. Not all dogs are a perfect fit for any family. If you have children, you’ll want to find a breed mix that typically does well in a family setting. Smaller dogs can become fearful of small children, if the child is too rough or too loud. If y member of the family suffers from allergies, you’ll want to look for dogs that shed less hair and dander.

Popular Picks for New Pet Parents

Bichon Frise
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
Pomeranian
Golden Retrievers
Labrador Retrievers
Poodle
Yorkshire Terrier

No matter which pup you choose your home and heart will surely be filled with love and laughter. The primary reason dogs end up in animal shelters is unfulfilled expectations, so please do your homework and make a well informed decision.

To learn about these popular breeds and to find out how you can bring one into your home, please visit: premierpups.com and talk with one of the knowledgeable and caring puppy agents today.

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Hypoallergenic vs. Non-Shedding

The question of hypoallergenic vs. non-shedding has become a question of great debate in the dog world. Many people ask, “Isn’t hypoallergenic and non-shedding the same thing?” Yes and no….

These terms have been used interchangeably for over a decade. When thinking of allergens, it is commonly believed that dog hair is the biggest trigger for allergic reactions. However, the reaction is actually caused by pet dander. Dander is the flecks of skin shed by dogs and other animals that attaches to pet hair. Thus, allergens found on our pets are triggered by dander, not the fur. So whether a dog is hypoallergenic (low shedding) or “non-shedding” they can certainly still release dander into the air.

Further, allergens do not solely come from dander. Allergens can also originate in proteins found in your pet’s saliva and urine. The most common symptoms are red or itchy patches of skin after being licked by a dog. These proteins can also be carried onto your furniture, rugs, upholstery, etc., if your dog sneezes or if they climb on furniture or roll around on the carpet after coming inside from taking a “potty” break.

What are common signs of allergens towards pets?

Signs and symptoms can vary from person to person. Allergic reactions are determined by your own body’s chemical make-up. However, there are signs and symptoms that are common in most all allergy sufferers. They include:

• Itchy and watery eyes
• Sneezing or nasal congestion
• Wheezing, as a trigger of asthma
• Itching or redness of the skin
• Eczema or atopic dermatitis
• Hives

Hypoallergenic Dogs

Contributing factors that make a breed hypoallergenic or less likely to cause allergic reactions in allergy sufferers are considered to make a dog hypoallergenic. Let us be clear, no dog is totally hypoallergenic. Hypo means less, not non. Hypoallergenic dogs tend to shed less since they do not have an undercoat and have hair, not fur. But just like humans, these animals will still lose hair. Since these dogs have significantly less shedding they are deemed safer for allergy sufferers.

What are popular hypoallergenic dogs?

Cockapoo
Cavapoo
Shih Tzu
Yorkshire Terrier
Maltese
Havanese

Non-shedding Dogs

To begin, all dogs shed. Much like the term hypoallergenic this is a created marketing ploy. There are dogs that shed much less than other dogs and therefore drop less allergen creating dander into the environment. The ever popular Poodle is at the top of this list and has been bred with dozens of other breeds to create mixed “hypoallergenic or non-shedding” pups.

What are popular “non-shedding” dogs?

Poodle
Goldendoodle
Labradoodle
Bichon Frise
Mini Aussie

If you want to learn more about these popular breeds or how you can bring home your very own fur-ever friend, please visit: premierpups.com today.

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The Shih Tzu – 5 Things You Didn’t Know

1.Their Name Means “Lion Dog ”

According to legend, the Shih Tzu or “Lion Dog” was a small dog that traveled with Tibetan Buddhists that could turn into a large lion that served as a guard. It is said, that the Shih Tzu also earned this name because of their big hearts and even larger personalities. During the early years of this breed, trading, selling and transporting of the dogs to anyone who would take them out of China was strictly forbidden.

2.They are Athletic

These little ones are known for breaking the stereotype of dogs with agility. There true nature is a low key companion dog with minimal exercise requirements however under those long locks of hair is a sturdy and muscular physique. Many Shih Tzu over the years have won agility competitions. In fact, as recently as 2014, a Shih Tzu became the first of his breed to win both a champion title and an agility title.

3.The Breed is Older than you Might Think

The average life span of the Shih Tzu is between 12 to 16 years, but there breed is more than 1,000 years old! In fact, DNA analysis indicates that the Shih Tzu is one of the most ancient pure breeds in existence today. Ancient artifacts depict the presence of what may be this breed in art work that is believed to be over 2,000 years old.

4.They were once considered, Guard Dogs

Shih Tzus were once regarded more than a companion lap dog. Tibetan Monks considered this breed as holy, even trusting them with the task of guarding their temples. These Shih Tzus worked beside the monks, acting as guard dogs or alarm dogs alerting the temple occupants of any intruders. They carry much of this instinctive trait today, warning their owners if anything seems amiss or if a stranger is approaching their home.

5.As of the 1930’s there was only 14 Shih Tzu’s in the World

Seven male and seven female dogs comprised the entire gene pool of all existing Shih Tzu. These fourteen included the Pekingese dog that was brought into England in 1952, three Shih Tzu were imported from China, and eight additional imports to England between 1933 and 1959. Three other Shih Tzu were brought from China in 1932, including a female that was the only Shih Tzu bred in the Imperial Palace to reach the Western world. Today, all Shih Tzu can be traced back to these 14 pups.

To find out even more cool facts on this breed or to find out how you can bring one home, please visit: premierpups.com today and speak to one of our knowledgeable puppy agents.

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