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  • Keeping Your Apartment Puppies Warm This Winter

    Cuddling up with your pup by the fire sounds like an ideal way to wind down and warm up during the winter season.

    But what about when it’s time to go outside? How will your pup stay warm and healthy this winter? Just as we take extra steps and precautions for the winter, i.e. flu shots, we need to do the same for our dogs. Take a look at three tips we have gathered to help keep apartment puppies warm and healthy.

    Add Extra Layers

    Most apartment puppies are small but if they’re small and short-haired and living in a winter environment, then it’s likely they’re going to be cold. The best way to warm them up is by adding layers. That’s right…layers and by that we really mean clothing. Take the time to go shopping for your dog. Stock up on a few sweaters and there are even thick puffy coats for dogs. Your pups deserve the same warmth that you’d afford to yourself while going out on walks!

    Monitor Their Nutrition

    You are the only person in control of your dog’s diet so it’s your responsibility to feed your dog the best food available and possible. Quality and healthy dog food should consist of and be rich in fatty acids, vitamin E, and copper-zinc. Consult your veterinarian about how to add vitamins and fatty acids to your pet’s food if you’re unsure. All of these will help to promote shiny, healthy coats in addition to several other benefits. You can also give your dog warm drinking water in winter.

    Fight Off Dry Skin

    As we mentioned above, having a healthy diet will promote healthy, shiny, fur. The above also helps to keep your dog’s skin from drying out and being uncomfortable during the winter season. While Old Man Frost is outside, bathe your apartment puppies as little as possible to keep their skin from being dry. When you do, make sure the shampoo is pet-friendly, as human ones are harsh and acidic to their skin causing dryness and itchiness.

     

  • Money Saving Tips for Large Dog Breeds

    Owning a dog is a wonderful experience to have in one’s lifetime.

    There’s no doubt about it, however, it can also be expensive if you don’t plan properly. This is especially true for large dog breeds, because of …well their size! Everything is a bit pricier, so we’ve put together five money saving tips for you to implement with your large dog breeds.

    Make Your Own Dog Treats

    We’ve discussed this in the past in previous posts and it’s certainly worth mentioning here. Instead of buying expensive treats in stores, take the time to make some at home. Large dog breeds eat more than their smaller counterparts, so this will be beneficial to you as a pet owner. Make your treats at home and freeze them for later!

    Make Your Own Dog Toys

    Have you considered this as an option? Probably not, because most people would just go to a store and buy toys. We believe your pups should be entertained regardless of where they got their toys, but to save you some money, you can make your own at home, if you’re crafty…go for it!

    Keep Vet Appointments Up-to-Date

    One of the best ways to keep large dog breeds healthy is by maintaining regular vet visits. Sure, you’ll have to pay when you take your dogs however this will save you money in the long run. Their health assessments will be current and you’ll be proactive in caring for your pup.

    Use Duct Tape and Rubber Gloves For Hair Removal

    Phew, there are some large dog breeds that are downright furry and shed and that can be costly to maintain. For instance, German Shepherds are one of the top shedding dogs. To keep a handle on everything, we recommend that you use duct tape and rubber gloves to remove hair from your home in various places and on your clothing. This is cheaper than buying tons of lint brushes and it helps you cut down on the amount of vacuuming you may need to do.

    Groom Your Dog at Home

    The last money saving tip we’re sharing is to groom your dog at home. This can be a task, sure, but it can also be fun and most importantly it saves you some bucks. Pull out your old towels and shampoo your pup from the comfort of your own home! While you’re at it, try trimming your dog’s nails too. This takes time to do and learn so be careful and if you’re uncomfortable, leave to a professional.

  • Your Dog Has Separation Anxiety – What Now?

    At Petland, we fall in love over and over again with all of our dogs.

    From the small dog breeds to the larger ones, we love them all. Once they’re in your home, we know that life happens and your pup may be home alone, resulting in some sadness while you’re gone. Here are three ways to help ease the anxiety of your pup.

    Keep Them Busy

    Dogs that are well exercised or just downright tired are the best dogs! We say this because they aren’t as bored and will sleep that energy away that they just burned especially small dog breeds! When you leave your dog alone, leave them toys that are safe and can entertain them. Kongs are great for hiding treats and providing hours of entertainment. Leave some bits of dry food around your home too if you have that option. If possible, before you leave take your dog on a long walk. That will help them adjust to your departure because they’ll be exhausted coming home

    Have Quick Goodbyes

    As you’re getting dressed, your dog likely knows that you’re getting ready to leave. He may already be on edge anticipating it. Try not to make a big deal of you leaving, because it will get your dog even more worked up and excited and eventually sad.

    When you leave the home, make it a quick exit. Gently pet your pup and give him kind words like “I’ll be back soon,” and then leave. Make it nonchalant and then get outta there!

    Have Quick Hellos

    When you left the home, it wasn’t a big deal. When you come home, it should the same. As much as you want to hug and scoop up those small dog breeds into your arms, it’s best that you don’t. Because your dog hasn’t seen you for some time, he’s going to be hyper and wanting to jump all over you. Don’t allow it. Be nonchalant but do address your pup. Give it some time, maybe 5 -10 minutes and then shower your pup with love.

     

  • Siberian Huskies Are so Stinkin’…Cute That Is

    Okay, so you’ve come to our store and purchased one of our adorable Siberian Husky puppies for sale.

    She’s been home with you for some time now and you’re noticing that her coat isn’t quite as shiny or smelling as sweet as it once did. Sounds (and smells) like it may be time to give your pup a bath. Are you clueless? Perhaps you’ve only taken your Siberian to a professional groomer and you are finally ready for some DIY. We’ve got some tips to get you going.

    A Few Things of Note First:

    • A good rule of thumb to follow is that you bathe your dog once a month. Of course, if your pup plays in the mud, by all means, bathe her sooner!
    • Never leave your pup unattended.
    • Keep in mind the breed of your dog. Some are prone to dry skin so frequent baths could worsen the dryness and create discomfort for your pup. Most, including our Siberian Husky puppies for sale, don’t have dry skin proneness.
    • Brush your puppy regularly between baths. By doing so, you will manage any potential matting or tangling, thus making your lives easier.

    Start Soon.

    Even if you’re taking your dog to a professional groomer initially, you want to do this sooner than later. It will get your puppy used to bathing. If you’re doing this for the first time and in your home, use as much praise as possible. This will make her feel more comfortable.

    Choose a Location.

    Our Siberian Husky puppies for sale are small but not for long! In the beginning, sinks will do just fine to bathe your little beauty. As they start to get bigger, you’ll have to find another spot. Kiddie swimming pools in the summer are great, too.

    Make it Fun.

    You will have a much better time getting your puppy acclimated to bathing if it’s fun. Give your pup a toy or two to have while you’re washing her. Don’t forget praise…lots of it!

    Rinse Thoroughly.

    After you’ve shampooed your pup, make sure that you rinse your puppy thoroughly. Just like with humans, remnants of shampoo can cause dry and flaky skin. Minimize the amount of water you get in your pup’s eyes and eyes. Ideally, none should directly be sprayed in either.

    Watch Out for The Shakes.

    Commercials and videos of dogs happily shaking excess water from the bodies are circulated and viewed often. Sure it’s cute to watch, but not always to experience! Keep a towel nearby and pat dry your pup to keep the shaking to a minimal. If possible, use a hair dryer to assist in the process. When you purchased one of our Siberian Husky puppies for sale, you kinda knew that you were already getting a rather fluffy furball, so keep that in mind when bathing and drying them because their shakes are wide-spreading!

  • Porky the Pembroke?

    One of the things about being pet owners is that we all love to spoil our pups, somehow and in some way.

    It may not always be the best thing to needlessly reward your pup for just being cute, but it happens. After all, just looking at the adorable Pembroke Welsh Corgis for sale is probably how you ended up being an owner.

    If we were to reward our pets on looks alone with verbal praise or through sparking up a game, that would be acceptable, across the board. Unfortunately, our reward system can be detrimental to their health when we are giving them edible rewards. Even though their good behavior warrants good treatment, they can start to pack on the pounds. After all, if we are giving our Corgis more calories than they can burn off, the expectation is that they’d gain weight. Right?

    At any rate, we want our pups to be healthy and trim and it’s not always easy to tell. They are short and stout naturally and their fluffy hair makes them look pudgy, too. To aid in your discernment, here are three signs that one of the Pembroke Welsh Corgi puppies for sale that you bought is now overweight.

    Sign #1 — They Have No Definition

    ‘Tis true that each breed has its own unique shape and dietary requirements, but all breeds should have a certain level of definition. Considering that Pembrokes have a deep rib cage and only a slight tuck at the loin, you can still see a difference. If you seem to notice that there’s more width than normal to your pup, that is a sign of obesity.

    #2 — Can’t Scratch an Itch

    We know. Corgis have long bodies, like Dachshunds, and it can sometimes cause problems. With a normal and healthy weight, your pup should have no problems grooming herself. If she’s unable to relieve some ear itchiness with her legs, she is more than likely chunkier than she should be.

    #3 — Overexerted Quickly

    Much like with humans, if we’re overweight the slightest bit of movement that remotely resembles exercise can cause us to pant and get out of breath fairly quickly. Have you noticed any of this behavior? Sans extremely hot climates, your pup shouldn’t be overly exerted so easily. If you see this pattern, your dog is likely overweight.

    When you decided to purchase one of the precious Pembroke Welsh Corgi puppies for sale, you became responsible for the health and well-being of such a beloved animal. Any of the aforementioned signs are enough to warrant a vet visit to start discussing ways to get control of your pup’s diet and exercise. We all want healthy, happy, and comfortable dogs and you’re no exception. Hop to it and get your pup back on track!
  • Is Your Pug a Senior?

    We like to give useful and informative information about our Pug puppies for sale and what you can expect having one as your pet.

    As you know, we all get older and age and it’s a natural part of life’s process. Because dogs age differently than humans, sometimes it’s hard to quite distinguish when they are technically seniors or not. We’ve put together a list of things to look for when trying to determine their seniority, so to speak!

    Check for hearing and vision changes.

    Older dogs tend to experience a gradual loss of hearing. If you notice that one of the Pug puppies for sale that you purchased long ago stops responding to your commands, they may be experiencing a hearing loss which is associated with older age. Regarding their vision, if you notice that they are bumping into things when they walk, that may be a sign of sight loss. That, in addition to, cloudiness in their eyes, is also a sign.

    Check their skin and coat.

    Just like with humans, older dogs have digestive systems that don’t absorb or digest nutrients from their meals as efficiently as in the past. Have you noticed gray hairs sprouting up and about on your pup? If so, you’ll likely see the grays appearing mostly on their muzzle and around their eyes. Though when you purchased one of the Pug puppies for sale they didn’t have much hair, as they age it can start to thin out, become coarse, and dry. Be on the lookout for (extra) wrinkles on your Pug’s skin, too!

    Check for behavioral changes.

    There was something special that made you get one of those precious Pug puppies for sale. Perhaps it was how it stood out from the rest of the bunch or it was simply a connection you made and felt. Back then, you paid attention to your potential pup’s behavior. As they age, continue to do the same. Keep note of things that may be changing, because they can be very subtle in the beginning. Pay attention the following:

    • Disorientation
    • Reduced social interaction
    • Housebreaking habits
    • Sleep-wake cycle seems to be off or different
    • Lack of an appetite
    • Pacing
    • Confusion
    • Barking or crying at night
    • Sudden aggression

    Check their mobility.

    Senior dogs will most likely have reduced mobility. Your dog may be experiencing joint pain and the early stages of osteoarthritis. Various symptoms include limping, walking slowly, the refusal to walk up or down steps, and a lack of appetite.

    As pet owners, your job consists of caring for your pup through all stages of life. As your dog gets older, your responsibility of physical and behavioral awareness increases. Take care of your senior dog with the same love and care as when they were puppies. Continue to shower them with cuddles and affection.

     

  • 3 Common Personality Traits of Shih Tzu

    Shih Tzu puppies for sale are absolutely adorable.

    Enthusiasts champion for them and new pet owners fall for them almost immediately. We think it’s because of their cute faces and rumored sweet dispositions. Below are 3 reasons why getting Shih Tzu puppies for sale is a wise and endearing move.

    Shhh Shih Tzus

    They’re little but are a good package. Though they were not bred to be watchdogs, they can happily serve as one for you. Keep in mind that they won’t be attacking would-be assailants or anything like that. They will, however, bark to let you know if someone is at the door. I mean who likes uninvited guests anyway? We kid…kinda!

    Play, Play, Play

    When it comes to getting their play on, the Shih Tzu might as well take home a trophy, because they love to play. Families with kids should feel rather comfortable getting Shih Tzu puppies for sale because they will definitely serve as a (free) babysitter and playpal for your little ones. They are excellent around little kids, both young and old. They are small pups but they grow to be sturdy little dogs that can handle some rough and tough play with kids who might not be as gentle as older ones.

    Here’s what we know. Whether they are outside splashing around in a pool on a hot summer afternoon or engaging you in a game of fetch or tug-o-war, they are almost always ready! Speaking of games, they excel in the sport of agility. They enjoy pleasing their owners so if you’re game, so are they.

    Lap Dogs

    Shih Tzu puppies for sale were originally bred to be companion dogs. Take our word for it, and the rest of the world’s, when we say that they excel in this category. Pick them up and you may never be able to set them down! They will snuggle in and get oh so comfy. Watching a movie? They’re right there, secretly wishing they were eating the popcorn with you. Taking a quick nap? They’ll snooze with you.

    When you think of these pups they’re sure to bring a smile to your face. Contact us today if you want to discuss how you can take home one of our personable Shih Tzu puppies for sale.

     

  • December is Cat Lovers Month

    At Petland, we love all of our cats, dogs, and small animals in our care.

    December is Cat Lovers Month. In celebration, we’ve put together 5 reasons why owning a cat is awesome and the way to go!

    They’re Pretty Self Sufficient

    One of the greatest reasons people love cats is because of their self-sufficiency. They are incredibly low maintenance and very independent. Unlike dogs who normally require daily walks, exercise, and baths, cats can do all of the above themselves. There’s no need for walks. They can get their required exercise from zipping about in their homes.

    No Bath Time Required

    Cats clean themselves. Period. Every once in a while some will require a bit of cleaning and tidying up, but for the most part, they take care of their hygiene effortlessly. This applies to outdoor cats, too. Cats are mostly indoor animals so you needn’t worry about them jumping in mud and things of that nature. They don’t fancy it and lucky for you!

    They Add Love to Your Home

    There is no doubt one of the main reasons people become pet owners is because of an innate love or affinity for them. Cats bring tons of love into the home. They are wonderful pets and companions.

    They’re Quiet

    Unlike dogs, cats are not typically loud animals. They are relatively quiet animals. Sure, they’ll meow every now and then, but they don’t bark or snore, or even make noise when they walk. With dogs, you’ll hear their nails on non-carpeted floors or you’ll hear them playing. Cats inadvertently get the sneaky title because of their quiet and almost stealth mode movements.

    Housebreaking is Easy

    Forget about potty training your cat, because they are really good at learning this on their own. Provide them a litter box and kitty litter and they’re likely to just start going there. They like to have their own space and privacy. Of course, no animal is perfect so they may have an accident or spiteful incident every once in a while!

    These are just a few of the lovable reasons to own a cat. Celebrate Cat Lovers Month by purchasing a kitten from us.
  • The Maltese Name Game

    There are some dogs that are off the charts adorable and Maltese puppies for sale are some of them!

    They are little but pack a lot of punch when it comes to personality and charm. In this blog post, we giving you some interesting facts and options for naming your new puppy.

    Maltese Quirks and Facts

    • They have a lifespan of 15 years.
    • They get along well with people and other animals, so if you have another dog or cat in your home, you’ll be just fine as long as you socialize your Maltese early.
    • They are one of the smallest breeds so there’s some fragility associated with them. Be careful of little kids handling them.
    • They are hard to housebreak. Crate training is best for them.
    • They don’t shed much at all, which is great. Most people who purchase Maltese puppies for sale normally opt for professional grooming to keep them looking good and tangle-free.
    • They suffer from separation anxiety when left alone for long periods of time.
    • They are prone to sunburn along the hair parting.
    • They get cold and hot fast so keep in mind that they may need extra warmth during the winter and cool air during the summer.

    The Maltese is one of the most popular of the tiny breeds of dogs. As a result, they are often mixed with other breeds. Some of the names are downright funny!

    Here are some of the most popular and funny ones that we could find:

    • Poodle x Maltese = Maltipoo
    • Chihuahua x Maltese = Malchi
    • Pomeranian x Maltese = Maltipom
    • Shih Tzu x Maltese = Malshi
    • Perkingese x Maltese = Perkitese
    • Yorkshire Terrier x Maltese = Morkie
    • Beagle x Maltese = Maltibeag
    • Schnauzer x Maltese = Mauzer
    • Pug x Maltese = Mug
    • Westie x Maltese = Waltese

    Here are some cute girl name suggestions for Maltese puppies:

    • Cookie
    • Gigi
    • Gracie
    • Mimi
    • Izzy
    • Millie
    • Lady
    • Penny
    • Peach

    Here are some funny names associated with Maltese puppies for sale based on their size:

    • Tiny
    • Minnie
    • Itty Bitty
    • Mouse
    • Olive
    • Peanut
    • Gizmo
    • Baby
    • Squirt

    Here are some cute boy names for Maltese puppies:

    • Buttons
    • Oscar
    • Oliver/Ollie
    • Frankie
    • Finn
    • Winston
    • Ernie
    • Fritz

     

  • The History of Shih Tzu Puppies

    People always fall in love when they see Shih Tzu puppies for sale and who can blame them?

    They are simply adorable, with their smush faces and big eyes! They’re almost comical to look at sometimes. They have a deep history and respect bestowed up them. If you’re interested in learning a bit more, continue reading this historical post about Shih Tzus.

    • For at least 2,0000, they’ve been bred as a companion and referred to as the little “lion dog.”
    • During the 1920’s, the first pair of Shih Tzu puppies for sale were brought to England. They quickly gained popularity and began to be bred across many continents.
    • They were considered royal dogs of sorts, so they are known to occupy laps across the world, but they still need some daily exercising. They certainly enjoy a good walk, but they don’t demand vigorous outdoor activities like some other dog breeds.
    • Shih Tzus are known to be barkers so you’ve been warned! What does this mean for you as an owner? It means you’ll have an excellent guard dog who will alert you of visitors, both known and unknown to you.
    • Speaking of guard dogs, Shih Tzus used to work alongside the monks where they used to serve as guard dogs.

    There are so many wonderful things that can be said about Shih Tzu puppies for sale. What with their unique and royal history and their current reputations for being sweet and funny furry companions, they are favorites in homes across the world.

     

    If you’re looking to own one or more of our Shih Tzu puppies you’ve come to the right place. Take a look at all of our available puppies and then feel free to contact us. We offer advice and will help you select the perfect pup for you and your family.

     

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