Archive for February, 2018
There’s so much that goes into taking care of a puppy, but Petland is here to make things simple!
So, you’ve finally decided to buy a dog from Petland and your puppy is the newest member of your family. For sure you did your research and purchased food, a crate, puppy pillows, toys and the like, but there are some things that you’ll inevitably forget and that’s okay! Here at Petland, we want to cover all of the bases for caring for your puppy. One of the cutest, but often overlooked, body parts of puppies are their paws!
Here are 5 ways to protect dog paws:
1. Winter is here!
Your puppy’s paws may be affected by the cold weather, causing painful paws. Try moisturizing your puppy’s paws regularly for relief. Take this time to pamper your puppy! They’ll enjoy it and your bond will be deepened. With icy and snowy grounds, home owners are sprinkling various melting products. Use wet wipes to remove the chemicals your pup came in contact with. For your personal usage, purchase “pet friendly” ice melting products. They are safe to use around your puppy, however, still be sure to monitor the contact. Lastly, purchase some winter booties for your pup. It will take them some time to get used to walking in them, and you’ll surely be entertained, but they’ll protect your dog’s paws greatly.
2. Summer care is necessary, too.
For similar reasons as winter care, you will want to purchase summer booties to protect their paws from hot grounds. Moisturizing your pup’s paws aids greatly in their protection. Use the grass or a shaded area as much as possible on particularly hotter days. Use wipes to cool and cleanse them.
3. Nails should be kept trimmed.
It is so important to keep your dog’s nails trimmed. Long nails can cause injuries and discomfort. You can purchase clippers at Petland or have it done professionally. It’s a personal choice. Some people take their pets to a professional, because they don’t feel comfortable doing it themselves. This is especially true for with dogs with dark nails or dewclaws. The quick of the nail is nearly invisible and if cut can lead to bleeding. There are clippers especially made to detect the quick, allowing for a pain free and accurate cut.
4. Hair should be neatly groomed.
By keeping the paw hair neatly groomed, it can prevent matting and tangling. The long paw hairs can get caught in the nails causing pain. Long hair also holds more germs that even wipes can’t clean. In between grooming appointments, use small scissors to keep the areas short and sweet and neat!
5. Stay alert.
Keep your eyes open for where you’re walking. Be aware of large twigs, fallen branches, or broken glass. There’s a myriad of things on the ground that can be harmful to your dog’s paws. We can prevent injury by staying alert of your dog’s surroundings.
America might be late to the table when it comes to dog breeding, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t some unique American dog breeds from right here in the old US of A!
1. Boston Terrier – This seems like a no-brainer, huh? Well, we often say the names of dogs, but don’t always know the origin or pay really close attention. The Boston Terrier is one of the American breeds of dogs, originating in Boston, Massachusetts. They are nicknamed the “American Gentleman.” How stinkin’ cute is that?
2. American Pit Bull Terrier – Dun, dun, dun…Yeah, we know. These canines are famous not always for the best reasons, but let us shine some light on one of the top American breeds of dogs. They get a bad rep, because of some bad owners. Pit Bulls are loyal, loving, clown dogs and they are good with kids. They are more than their stereotypes!
3. Toy Fox Terrier – Terrier is the theme here! These toy pups are closely related to Chihuahuas and Smooth Fox Terriers. They were bred and raised to protect barns and properties from rats and other small vermin.
4. American Bulldog – These strong and sturdy dogs can’t be mistaken for the English or French Bulldogs. Of the American breeds of the dogs, American Bulldog are social, active, family friendly dogs. They resemble the American Pit Bull and have similar sweet dispositions and make wonderful family pets!
5. American Eskimo Dog – The white, fluffy coat of this dog is standout. They are lively and entertaining dogs. American Eskimos are in the medium sized category of the American breeds. They were originally names the American Spitz, but was changed in 1917. Their striking eyes will captivate you and loving spirit will ensure that you won’t be able to get enough of this precious ball of floof!
Considering adding a purebred puppy to your home? Check out Petland’s latest blog first!
You’ve settled on getting a dog and now you have to decide what kind and sex and many other factors. One great debate you’ll encounter is whether you want a purebred or hybrid puppy. Ah…decisions, decisions! But Petland can help you! Below are some pros and cons to owning purebred puppies.
PRO: Purebred puppies are pretty predictable in their physical traits. There are fewer chances of physical appearance changes that aren’t due to diet, disease, or aging. Your puppy will be distinct to you, but will look like most other dogs of their breed.
CON: On the flip-side, your purebred puppies will have traits that will stick with them for a lifetime, just simply because of their breed. For instance, certain large dogs pant and slobber and leave wet love notes wherever they go! That’s unlikely to change. As another example, dogs who shed as puppies will shed as adults.
PRO: You can predict the attitude and temperament of your purebred puppies, because they are generally the same within their breeds. This is especially helpful if you are selecting a working dog, for hunting, herding or special needs! If you need a dog to heard your cattle, you’re purebred dog’s temperament will be consistent with that of a working dog.
CON: Conversely, if your purebred puppies are inherently cattle herders, they may instinctively try to herd you, i.e. Corgis, Collies and many others! They may stay in working modes and it may be difficult the train and tame their behavior.
As you can see, many deciding factors go into choosing and buying a dog. We’re here to help you with your decision. Come to Petland today or contact us with your questions!
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