Brushing Your Pup’s Teeth

A very common question in the pet field has to do with the cleaning of a puppy’s teeth. Like people, puppies need to have good oral hygiene. This is important for many reasons other than to prevent bad puppy breath. Over time, animals develop tartar and plaque on their teeth just like we do. Tartar and plaque are formed by food particles and bacteria which sit on the pup’s teeth and gums. When this builds up, it can cause gum inflammation, which can affect the bone around the roots of their teeth. If left untreated, your pup could experience pain and discomfort as well as more severe health issues down the road. 

It is estimated that 80% of dogs develop some degree of periodontal disease by the age of two. One of the dangers of this is the bacteria in their mouth can make its way into your pup’s bloodstream and end up in places like his kidneys or heart, which can turn into something serious very quickly. 

Many veterinarians suggest your puppy’s teeth get brushed a minimum of three times every week. Although this will take some practice to perfect, you and your pup will fall into a good routine if brushing is done consistently. The more you do this, the easier and quicker it will get.

Some puppy owners use an actual puppy toothbrush, while others use human toothbrushes. The key is making sure the toothbrush has soft bristles, which will prevent your puppy from experiencing gum discomfort during brushing. 

Here are some tips which may help you in the puppy brushing process. 

  • Select a calm time and room for brushing. It is generally better to do this one-on-one with your pup to prevent distractions. 
  • Find a room in your home where the lighting is good. You want to be able to see into your pup’s mouth to make sure all of his teeth have been properly brushed. 
  • Introduce dog toothpaste to him prior to brushing. Start by showing your dog the toothpaste and letting him smell it and lick it from your finger.
  • Begin by brushing his top teeth. While doing this, you will need to gently hold his upper lip. 
  • Finish by brushing his bottom teeth. While brushing his bottom teeth, you will need to hold his lower lip. 
  • Throughout the brushing process, reassure and verbally praise your puppy. Soft petting of his head is also a good way to reassure him that you are happy with him and that he’s doing a good job. 

If you adopted your puppy from a reputable puppy adoption store that has a team of puppy care specialists, utilize their knowledge, and contact them with questions or concerns. These specially trained members of the puppy store will be more than happy to go over the toothbrushing process with you. 

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Considering A French Bulldog Puppy?

The French Bulldog, AKA The Frenchie, has become a tremendously popular dog in the US over the last several years. His adorable face, beautiful coat, amazing personality, and loving temperament are just some of the reasons this pup is as popular as he is today. He also has a
wonderful demeanor around children and very rarely shows any signs of aggression.

Before adopting your Frenchie there are a few things that are important to understand for his safety. Despite this breed loving to play, he does have limitations, which are important to know. His physical design prevents him from being outside for long periods of time in extreme heat. Unlike most other dog breeds, the Frenchie has a very short snout and airway which prevents him from naturally cooling down warm air as it enters his body, which can pose breathing issues. During the summer months, outdoor playtime is best completed before it gets too hot or after the day’s heat has subsided.

These pups love to swim and be around water with their families, but extreme caution should be used as they are not very agile swimmers. Many French Bulldog owners have their puppy utilize a water floatation vest while playing in the water. This allows them to enjoy pool time with the family while being safe.

For those looking for a snuggle buddy pup, you will not find a better one! This breed absolutely loves snuggling up with his owner and relaxing on the couch or in bed. He is just as happy napping with a family member as he is playing fetch.

When looking for a French Bulldog puppy, it is always a good idea to compare puppy adoption stores apples for apples. A quality pet adoption store will offer more than just a puppy. They will offer extra services that are designed to assure their puppy remains healthy even after adoption. They will also want their customers happy and tend to go the extra mile in doing so.

Something important to look for is a health guarantee. A health guarantee indicates that the establishment is confident with the health of their puppies. It shows that they care about their puppies and have invested the means in making sure their puppies were well-taken care of from day one.

Another big plus is if the store employees actual puppy care specialists over “cashiers.” A puppy care specialist is a specially trained member of the staff who specializes in puppy care needs. They have extensive knowledge about the breeds they offer and will work with their customers throughout and after the adoption process. It is always also wise to check for the store’s online customer satisfaction stories and reviews.

Taking the time to do your homework before shopping for a puppy will pay off in the long run. Buying a puppy should be a delightful and fun experience, and utilizing top-rated puppy adoption stores will help to ensure you have the best experience.

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Tips For Buying Pet Insurance

Pups are a part of the family, and we want them to be happy and healthy. We all know buying your puppy from a reputable and caring puppy adoption store that offers a long health guarantee is a terrific first step in puppy adoption. As with any pet, as your fur-legged friend matures and ages, health issues can come up.

As a safety net, many puppy owners purchase health insurance for their pups. This type of insurance is similar to a person’s health insurance and can be a significant financial saving should your puppy require serious medical care.

While you shop for insurance plans, here are a few tips that may help you narrow down the best plan for you.

  • Inquire what the annual premium will be for your pet as he ages. Many premiums start off considerably lower for younger dogs but spike in price as the dog matures.
  • Double-check and understand what is covered and what is not covered – AKA the “fine print.” One of the leading complaints received by regulators has to do with consumers who had their pets’ claims denied. If you are unsure what you are reading, consult with your veterinarian, who will have a better understanding.
  • If you decide to insure your pup, don’t wait too long. Many policies will exclude coverage for a preexisting condition. Often once your pup has a medical issue, insuring that particular issue may be complicated and or very expensive.
  • Do you need both illness and accident care? Some puppy owners buy one or the other. Accident care covers injuries, not an illness. Illness care covers being sick, not accidents.
  • What are the deductibles? Generally, you will find a lower annual premium if you have a higher per-incident deductible.
  • Read online reviews about the company. Do they have a lot of satisfied customers? An abnormal amount of complaints?
  • Shop around! Do not settle with your first or second insurance quote. It takes little time to get a variety of quotes. By shopping around, you could save thousands of dollars over the years and have a better policy for your pup.
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Long Live The Puppy!

There are several very important steps to take to assure your puppy lives a long, happy, and healthy life. The good health of a puppy should begin before he is even adopted. Buying your fur-legged friend from a puppy adoption store who only works with top-rated and licensed breeders that have high industry standards is a crucial first step to take.

After you bring your new best friend home, a healthy diet plan tailored around his needs is also very important. Too little nutrients and your pup’s mental and physical development will suffer. Too much, and he will suffer from weight issues, which may shorten his life. Being consistent in set feeding times and amounts is a great way to assure a healthy puppy.

Routine vaccinations and wellness checkups with your veterinarian will help keep your furball feeling his best. Daily grooming, keeping his teeth clean and proper exercise are also fantastic ways to extend his quality of life and years of life.

The average lifespan for well taken care of pups is between twelve to fifteen years. With a little luck and good genes, some pups have enjoyed sixteen to seventeen years of life. Once in a while, a “super dog” comes along and enjoys even a longer lifespan than that!

The oldest Poodle in the world resided with his owners in New York. This pooch, named Uncle Chichi, lived about twenty-five years! A pup named Coty, who was a Pomeranian, lived an impressive twenty-one years and eight months! A Cavalier King Charles named Tuppence enjoyed almost nineteen and one-half years of life. It goes to show, with proper care and love, a puppy can live well past his average life expectancy.

Nothing beats a loving puppy and the steps you take early in his life will pay great dividends down the road.

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Therapy Puppies

Man’s best friend serves many purposes in our world. Some of our fur-legged friends are used for actual work, as others are used to assist their hunter handlers to retrieve game. Many pups are used as good old fashion family companions, and some even as therapy and service dogs. Though there is a difference between a therapy dog and a service dog, both make life better for their human handlers and friends.

Therapy dogs provide psychological or physiological therapy for people. These pups have a stable temperament with friendly, kind, and easy-going personalities. Often, they visit hospitals, hospices, nursing homes, group homes, rehabilitation centers, and schools, to name a few. They enjoy being loved, petted, receiving, and giving attention, all of which play a significant role in cheering people up and making them feel better. After all, who doesn’t love an adorable puppy?

Dogs who complete and pass standardized therapy training receive an official therapy dog certificate. Therapy dogs are used around the globe and have been proven to enhance human wellness. These pups come in many shapes and sizes and are not breed-specific. Some of the more popular breeds that serve as therapy dogs are Poodles, Pomeranians, French Bulldogs, Cavalier King Charles, and Maltese.

If you are considering shopping for a new puppy to serve as a therapy dog, there are many things to consider. The most important is where you will buy the puppy. A reputable puppy adoption store that stands behind the health and wellbeing of their puppies is very important. This will help to ensure your new puppy is healthy and fit. Top-rated puppy adoption stores will also have a team of puppy care specialists who are trained to help answer any of your puppy care questions.

Puppy shopping should be a pleasant and happy experience. By taking the time to find a well-established and proven puppy adoption store, your experience will be a pleasurable one.

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Not All Puppy Stores Are Created Equal

It seems as if more and more pet stores are popping up. Although some of these stores are great for basic supplies and dog food, you really need to do your homework and learn about the store before buying a puppy from them. There are many things to consider when choosing which puppy store is right for you.

Here are some questions you may want to ask the store before purchasing a puppy from them.

-Where do they get their puppies from?

-Are the breeders they use licensed?

-Do their breeders follow strict guidelines to assure the mother puppy and her babies are adequately taken care of?

-Does the store work hand-in-hand with their breeders and take an active role in the breeding process?

-Does the store have more than just 9am-5pm employees, or do they have an actual team of specially trained puppy care specialists?
Specialists who are available for you and your puppy 24/7 if in the event something urgent is needed.

-What sort of puppy health guarantee do they offer? Do they stand behind their sale because they know their puppies are completely healthy and free of any issues?

-Do they offer local pickup and or delivery for those who request it?

-Does the company offer any sort of financing?

-How large of a selection of puppies do they have?

-Do they have public posts posted from satisfied customers?

It takes a lot to be considered a top-rated puppy adoption store. A good establishment will want your puppy buying experience to be more than just a puppy sale. They will understand that you are not just buying a puppy but adding a member to your family. Taking the time to learn about your puppy store will pay off in the long run.

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The Amazing Poodle…

The Poodle is a unique breed of dog with roots that trace back to the fifteenth century. Originally bred as hunting dogs who would retrieve waterfowl for their handlers. This breed has been a family favorite around the world for generations. A big misconception about Poodles is that they originated in France when their actual point of origination was Germany.

The Poodle is widely considered the most intelligent breed of dog in the world. They are easily trained and quickly catch on to what they are being taught. The breed’s personality and temperament are so well-liked that they have been used for breeding with more than forty types of other dogs!

Some of the more popular Poodle mix dogs include the Cavapoo, Sheepadoodle, ShihPoo, and Havapoo. These breeds have won the hearts of families for years and are considered all-around great puppies. They also tend to inherit their Poodle parent’s intelligent traits as well.

When shopping for a Poodle or a Poodle mix pup, it is very important to take the time to do your homework. There are many “pet stores’ that will sell you a puppy the same way a hardware store would sell you a hammer. Some know very little about where the puppy came from and do not have puppy care specialists on hand who are eager to help answer any of your questions.

It is also very important to read customer reviews and thoroughly check out the store’s health guarantee. The last thing you want to experience is bringing home your fur-ever friend only to find out the store does not back the quality of their puppies. Buying a puppy should be a happy and enjoyable experience and will be when you shop from the right puppy adoption store.

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Keep These Foods Away From Your Puppy!

All puppy owners want to make their beloved four-legged friends happy. Often our little furballs sit at our feet while we are enjoying a meal at the dinner table, patiently waiting and hoping for just a small piece of table scrap to “drop” off the table. And although there are some table foods that are safe for our puppies to eat in moderation, there are some that should never be given to them. Below are some of the most toxic and unsafe foods that can greatly harm your puppy.

Chocolate and Chocolate Based Products
The most well-known is chocolate. Although a very desirable treat for people, chocolate can cause serious health issues for your puppy. The reason behind this is chocolate contains substances called methylxanthines, specifically theobromine, which is a stimulant. When consumed by a dog, these substances can cause health issues ranging from diarrhea, vomiting, seizures, and irregular heart function.

Garlic, Onions, and Chives
Other foods that puppy owners must keep from their pups are garlic, onions, and chives. Although not many people would think to hand-feed their pups these types of foods, they often can be found in many backyard gardens. Pups like to munch on just about anything and have been known to taste test these foods without their handler’s knowledge. The issue behind these foods is they are known to damage red blood cells in dogs, which can lead to anemia. If consumed in a large quantity, they can cause poisoning.

Avocados
Keep Taco Tuesday’s sides away from your puppy. Avocados contain an ingredient called Persin. Although this is safe for human consumption, it is known to cause digestive issues for dogs. Avocado seeds are also unsafe as they can obstruct your pup’s stomach and or intestines.

Raisins and Grapes
The science behind why raisins and grapes are toxic to a dog is not exactly clear; however, these fruits are known to cause severe issues. For many dogs, all it takes is one or two raisins to make them extremely ill. These fruits can lead to kidney failure and even death. If you spot your pup taste-testing these fruits, contact your veterinarian immediately.

Products That Contain Caffeine
Caffeine can be found in a large variety of foods. Not many puppy owners are brewing their little furball a cup of morning Joe, but their pups risk ingesting caffeinated foods that are left out or torn through from the trash. Coffee grounds are a common substance that puppy’s find themselves tasting, which can make your puppy ill. Large doses of caffeine for a puppy can lead to very serious health issues.

By shopping for your puppy from pet adoption stores that have a professional team of puppy care specialists, questions on what foods are safe for your dog will be properly and answered. Not all puppy stores are the same! Check their online reviews to see what their customers have to say about them prior to making a purchase.

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Funny Myths About Man’s Best Friend

Throughout time dogs have been known to be loyal companions to their human handlers. Dogs are loyal, loving, and caring animals who want their family to be happy and safe. They have been so adored by mankind that the term “man’s best friend” was coined. Although that term is very true, here are a few very common misconceptions about dogs.

Puppies only eat grass when they are ill. Although some dogs will snack on grass when their stomachs are bothering them, most eat grass because they are dogs and dogs like to eat grass! Some experts believe this may be done out of boredom, but the mere fact that your puppy is munching on your lawn does not necessarily mean he isn’t feeling well.

Dogs are colorblind. The origins of this myth are unknown; however, the canine retina is similar to the human retina. A dog’s eye contains two of three photoreceptors that are used to see and recognize color. With two of these three receptors, their color spectrum may be less than what we see, but they none the less can see color.

Larger dogs are braver and more aggressive than smaller dog breeds. Although larger dogs may have more of a physical dominance, some of the smaller dog breeds such as the Yorkshire Terrier, Pomeranian, and Maltipoo think they’re indestructible! These cute pups make great family pets who are ready for any challenge!

A dog’s mouth is cleaner than a human mouth. The average human takes the time to brush, floss, and clean their mouth twice a day and visits the dentist twice a year. How many dogs that you know keep up this routine? This myth originated hundreds of years ago when wild dogs would lick their wounds as a part of the healing process. This would help to remove foreign body debris from their wounds, which in return allowed the wound to heal in a timely fashion.

Every dog year is equal to seven human years. False! In fact, the first year in a puppy’s life would be closer to thirteen years of a human’s life. Many factors decide a dog’s lifespan, with the most common being his diet, exercise routine, and bloodline. Knowing where your puppy came from is also very important as the pet adoption store where you got him from should have official documented records and only use reputable and ethical breeders. The adoption store should also have trained and experienced team members to help answer any questions you have about your puppy.

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Puppy Training Tips – Stop The Barking

Barking for a puppy is like yelling for a child; they do it naturally! The distinctive sound of a dog bark comes in many tones and pitches but generally serves the same purpose. To get your attention! Whether it be to greet you or another animal, to scare off an approaching threat, or out of excitement, your puppy’s bark is his form of communication. Even breeds such as Poodles, Cavalier King Charles, and Poochons, who are highly intelligent dogs, take time to learn good habits. Purchasing your puppy from a knowledgeable and caring pet adoption store and utilizing their puppy care specialists for great training tips and tricks is a wise decision to make. 

Although the bark of a dog is natural and normal, it can become a nuisance if not kept in check. Excessive barking training should begin when your puppy is young. Adult dogs tend to retain pesky habits they were not broken of as puppies. Here are a few tips and tricks to curb the habit of excessive barking. 

  • Be consistent with training. When correcting your dog’s barking, use the same tone and training responses. Meaning, do not use a corrective tone towards your dog one day and a laughing, joyful tone the next. This can confuse your dog and cause him not to understand that excessive barking is a no-no.
  • Make sure your puppy is not barking in excess because something is physically wrong with him. As noted above, the barking is to get your attention. If your pup is suffering from an ailment, you want him to alert you to the issue. 
  • Train your puppy with positive reinforcement and upbeat techniques. Do remember your puppy is essentially a step above a baby and his barking is in his DNA. Never use physical means of discipline or react overly harsh to his barking. You can’t “yell” at your dog in an effort to get him from not “yelling.” Consistent and loving training will payoff in the long run. 
  • Avoid putting your fur-legged friend in situations that may trigger a barking response. Puppies handle situations differently than mature dogs and allowing your puppy to feel safe will prevent a triggered barking response. 

Regardless of which training techniques you use, being patient and willing to invest time in your puppy’s learning process is the most important. A well-trained puppy will provide you years of loving dedication, companionship, and loyalty. 

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