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The weather is warm and the days are long.
You spend your week working so it’s only right to enjoy the weekend and head outdoors with your puppy, but if you’ve ever felt anxiety about bringing your pup with you as you seek out adventure you aren’t alone. As a pet owner, it’s fun to make memories with your furry friend, but you may be faced with making the decision as to whether or not your pet will adjust to a new environment. There are many unknown variables in new environments including people and other animals.
So how can you help your dog learn to be happy in new settings? The answer is simple: A well-adjusted puppy requires preparation and training. Whether you’re at the outdoor brewery, a summer festival, a dog park or just relaxing at the lake, here are some ways to make sure your puppy stays happy.
A great way to reduce anxiety for yourself and your puppy is to choose dog-friendly activities so that your puppy can feel entertained and included. Picnics can be a fun occasion for your family and your pet. It’s important to pack a doggy bag just for them.
- Your doggy bag should include:
- A water and food bowl
- Water bottles
- Food & treats for your puppy
- A leash
- And their favorite blanket
Puppies love to feel at home so make the outdoor picnic area as relaxing and familiar as possible for them. Offer your dog food at the same time that you eat and keep unsafe human food like grapes, onions, and chocolate out of reach. Bringing some fun activities for your pup to enjoy such as chasing balls or frisbees will not just keep them entertained but also provide some good exercise.
Choose the right outdoor event for your pup
Adjusting to the outside world can be a challenge for your dog. Some dogs are naturally more aggressive or territorial than others and feel uncomfortable in unfamiliar surroundings with strangers. A stressed-out and barking dog won’t make your outdoor fun very enjoyable.
Always consider your pet’s temperament, age, and even their breed when you choose the type of outdoor event you plan to take along. Some puppies may be too young for larger crowds while others may be too old for loud music and new surroundings.
If your puppy does not have the people friendly temperament or tends to be out of control in a crowd take the time to attend a PetCenter puppy training. After some successful training sessions, test out your puppy’s new skills by starting off with small events with a small crowd of people to give them a chance to adjust.
Eyes on your surroundings
The outdoors are unpredictable, so it’s your job to ensure your pup’s safety. Watch out for sharp objects and other outdoor dangers such as litter and other waste. Since your puppy has a super sense of smell, they may be attracted to trash and objects on the ground at an outdoor event, so it’s up to you to make sure that your dog doesn’t consume anything harmful.
- Use approved dog toys like the Chuckit Zipflight frisbee rather than picking up a stick. Sticks and other such objects can cause splinters or other abrasions in your dog’s mouth.
- Always be aware of other plants and animals that could be potentially harmful. We all know skunks can be stinky, but some plants can make your dog sick.
- Check the leash laws or rules for where you’re going. Not all places are made for unleashed pets.
Check your dog’s temperament
Before you venture out to enjoy a beautiful summer day assess your pup’s mood. Is your dog energized and happy? If so then they will most likely enjoy a day in the outdoors. Is your dog anxious or irritable? If so then it may be best to choose another day to explore. No matter how badly you’d like to take your puppy out, don’t force it. Taking an unhappy dog out into the world could be stressful for you both. It’s best to set your puppy up for success by assessing whether or not today’s a good day to enjoy the sunshine.
The summertime can be the best season to enjoy the outdoors and bonding with your puppy can make the time spent even more pleasant. By taking the steps necessary to ensure your pet’s safety, you will create everlasting memories.
Now that you’re ready, enjoy your summer adventure with your furry friend, time to get hopping and go exploring!
Summer’s heat can be extreme, but just imagine how your dog feels wearing a fur coat and no shoes during these high temperatures.
Today we are going to discuss dog paws, which are just as sensitive and likely to burn as human feet. If you’ve ever stepped outside barefoot to experience scorching hot concrete or asphalt, then you understand the importance of this topic.
Regardless of the size of your dog, walking on a hot surface can be detrimental to your pet’s toe beans. As the protector for your beloved pup, it’s important that you are equipped with the knowledge for summer care. You’ll have a happier pet if you follow our six tips to protect their paws from hot surfaces.
The Grass is Greener
Dr. Heather O’Bannon of the Medical Lake Veterinary gives this advice, “Avoid the heat and take your dog on a walk when the temperatures are cooler, such as early morning or later evening.” If you have to walk your dog when the temperatures are hot, try and walk them on a grassy surface or in shady locations. You can test the surface and know if it is too hot for your pet by touching it with your hand and hold for 10 seconds. If you can’t bear the heat, your dog will also be uncomfortable walking on the surface.
Protect the paws
Shoes aren’t just a fashion accessory; they are a necessity to protect our feet from harm. The same applies to dogs and their paws. Dog shoes are an ideal way to protect paws from the searing heat. Be sure to get your dog fitted for the right shoes so they’re comfortable for them.
It may take a while for them to adjust to wearing the shoes, so give it a little time. In the meantime, they may walk funny until they’re adjusted. Not all dogs can adjust to walking with shoes, but it is worth a try to protect your dog’s paws. When you’re shopping, make sure the shoes have rubber or neoprene soles since these are the most protective.
Rough and Tough Method
One method of preparing your dog for the hot days of summer surfaces is to toughen your dog’s paws. Just as ballerinas form hard calluses on their feet to endure uncomfortable shoes, your dog’s paws can become rough and tough to endure hot surfaces. Keep in mind tough paws aren’t ideal for cuddling.
So, how do you toughen up puppy paws? Simply taking them on regular walks on the pavement during the cooler days of the year will help create natural calluses when they walk on the cement surface. These callouses will create a protective and heat resistant barrier for hot days. However, we suggest that you pay attention to your dog’s reaction to hot surfaces even when they have tough paw pads to ensure they aren’t uncomfortable.
Wax on, Wax Off
Paw wax is an easy to apply product and will help protect your dog’s paws from the hot surfaces in the summer heat and also conditions your pup’s feet and makes them soft and cuddle friendly. This great product will leave your dog’s paws in better shape to handle adversely hot conditions (and great for winter, too!), and they will be less likely to suffer from cracking or splitting from calluses.
Though not exactly designed to be eaten, it’s not harmful if your dog licks his paws.
These Boots were Made for Walking
Investing in all-terrain boots for dogs is a great way to protect their paws from extreme heat. These boots are similar to regular dog shoes but are more rugged.
All-terrain boots are more expensive, but they are definitely worth it. Designed to be custom fitted for your pet, they have wrap-around closures and are perfect for the pooch that has an avid hiking buddy.
Dog shoe suspenders are another option for protecting your dog’s feet. If you’ve tried dog socks, shoes, booties or boots and your dog is not adjusting to them, try dog shoe suspenders. As strange as they may look, they can be effective in preventing your dog from removing the shoe.
The suspenders protect from direct contact with the pavement and they are a more natural feeling option compared to shoes alone. These suspenders are adjustable and may be just what your pet needs to avoid the hot surfaces of summer days.
Don’t risk your pup’s paws this summer. With asphalt reaching temperatures of 125 degrees and hotter, the safest option is walking your pet early in the morning or later in the evening. Your dog’s paws are just as important as your feet, use these tips to have a burn-free happy summer for your pet.
Who doesn’t love a tasty, frozen treat?
We surely do and your pups are no exception! Thankfully, there are some tasty treats that you can make from the comfort of your home especially for doggie. Take a look at these tasty treats.
Peanut Butter & Jelly Fruit Ice
(This is a relatively easy recipe and requires little prep!)
What you’ll need:
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
- 1 cup chopped fruit
- 2 tablespoons of flax seeds
- bundt or cake pan
What you’ll do:
- Blend the peanut butter and water, then pour into the bundt or cake pan.
- Add chopped fruit and flax seeds.
- Freeze for 4 to 6 hours, before serving in grass to your pups.
Homemade Frosty Paws
(Bone shaped ice cube trays for fun)
What you’ll need:
- 1 large container (32 oz) of low-fat, plain, organic yogurt
- 3 handfuls of fresh blueberries
- 1 banana
- 2 tablespoons of peanut butter
- Other fruits as you’d like – apple slices, orange slices, pineapple slices, and more
What you’ll do:
- Chop of mash the banana into small pieces.
- Mix all ingredients together.
- Place the mixture in ice cube trays and freeze for about 3 hours.
- Pop out the frosty paws and serve!
Frozen Meaty Treats
What you’ll need:
- 2 cups cooked meat/poultry/fish
- 3/4 cup plain low-fat or fat-free yogurt
- Small handful of finely chopped parsley
- 1 carrot, cooked and mashed
- 3 tablespoons of olive oil
What you’ll do:
- Stir all the ingredients together
- Freeze in ice cube trays or 3 hours.
- Pour into piping bag and pipe droplets onto a parchment-lined baking sheet, then freeze.
Yogurt holds everything together, and great for digestion
Olive oil is good for maintaining a shiny and soft coat.
Parsley is a great breath-freshener! Fennel seed can be used as a substitute
Summer’s steadfastly approaching and that means longer days and shorter nights!
That also means the temperatures are going to soar and you’ll need to keep your dog cool and comfortable. Below are 6 useful tips for you.
If you don’t have air conditioning in your home, don’t worry! Find a nice little spot in the shade and put together a kiddie pool for your pup. Try putting a pan of ice in front of a fan and blowing it towards him. You can also lay down a wet towel for your dog to lie on and cool off.
Choose outdoor exercise times wisely.
Take your dog outside early in the morning or later in the evening to exercise. These are the coolest parts of the day and will greatly ensure your dog’s comfort.
Watch for signs of dehydration.
Since dogs don’t and can’t sweat, they cool off by panting. If your dog is overheated, you’ll notice him drooling more than usual. Does he look lethargic or appear a little pale? If so, these are signs of dehydration.
Keep your dog hydrated!
Always keep fresh water out and accessible for your dog. If you’re going out for a walk, carry a bottle of water with you for his drinking purposes. If possible, keep it near a cooling pack in your backpack or carrying item.
Never EVER leave your dog in a parked car.
You’ve heard this before and seen horror stories, but we’re going to reiterate these important words of caution. Do not leave your dog in a parked car. Do not leave him, even if your car is in the shade, because cars retain heat more than an open area. If you’re in the car on a trip, keep the AC running for his safety.
If he digs, let him dig!
Dogs in nature will dig dens to hide out, search for food, or give birth. If you see him digging, let him. He’s probably hot and trying to keep cool. If it’s possible, locate a shady area where it’s okay for your dog to dig. Sit back and watch him work!
All of these tips will help aid in keeping your beloved dogs comfortable and cool!
Are you struggling with anxiety and depression?
These mental disorders are some that we try to avoid talking openly about in modern society, but the fact is these mental disorders are some of the most common mental health concerns in the United States. You are not alone while trying to fight this battle and your fight could be a lot easier if you had one of these amazing puppies by your side. Below is a list of puppies that make for the best friends while struggling with anxiety and depression.
These mighty creatures are undeniably the most affectionate little guys where you could invest your money. They are known for being patient, easy going, and extremely bright. This is the perfect dog to comfort you in times where you feel like giving up. This dog is small enough to fit on your lap at any given time and give you a sense of safety and security.
If you want a bigger animal to help you through life you should definitely consider a Labrador Retriever. These furry friends are known for their complete kindness and gentle personalities. Taking care of these playful pups can be just the right distraction for you when you’re feeling overwhelmed. These dogs are fun to spend time with and give you unconditional love.
These dogs are faithful, intelligent, and alert. They are just what you need in your home when you are feeling down. Poodles love to play as well as being affectionate in times where you need them. These dogs are extremely intelligent and can sense when their best friend needs a little love.
Having a dog to take care of gives your life a sense of purpose to help you break free of anxiety and depression. These friends are the best faces to come home to after a rough day. They will be there for you no matter what and live to make you happy. If this makes you more interested in buying a dog Google “puppy stores near me,” and visit our store today.
As pet owners, there will be times when you have questions about your pup.
The concern may not warrant an actual vet visit, but it’s still valid nonetheless. Your question could be simple or complex. At any rate, PetCenter has the answer to your problem, because we have staff that is well-suited to assist you. In comes Solutions.Pet for your pet solutions!
What exactly is Solutions.Pet?
They are an experienced and extended branch of PetCenter with staff who are willing, able, and capable of assisting you with your various concerns. Solutions.Pet is an online space where you can ask questions and be provided pet solutions by pet professionals in real time. Anytime that you contact them, they will be able to access your previous calls or concerns. They keep a record of your inquiries, in addition to having a database full of answers to questions of varied topics.
What’s the availability and turn-around time?
The staff at Solutions.Pets works directly with clients and vets so that they can provide the most accurate pet solutions for you. Solutions.Pet has live representatives available Monday – Friday from 9 am to 8 pm EST, Saturday from 10 am to 8 pm EST, and Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm EST. You can submit unlimited concerns online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You will receive a response within 24 hours to your questions. This is an invaluable feature and benefit. Did we mention there’s no cost for these experts giving pet solutions to your problems?
Solutions.Pet helps us to keep our PetCenter clients and pets happy. Feel free to contact one of our pet counselors if you have any questions about how Solutions.Pets works! You can visit the Solutions.Pets website by clicking here. Your peace of mind is worth it!
Pug puppies are so adorable!
Their big and inquisitive eyes capture hearts around the world. At PetCenter, we have Pugs for sale, and they are no exception to their levels of cuteness. They are one of the most loving and owned breeds. Read on to learn more about why Pugs are so famous. But first, are you anxious to see a few of our currently available puppies? Click here to view the Pugs for sale we have in our store.
- Do you know what a grumble is? The chances are if you’ve seen a pack of Pugs playing and running together, then you’re unknowingly familiar with the word grumble. That’s what playing Pugs in a pack are called!
- Pugs for sale have been purchased to be featured in tons of movies. Many Pugs have appeared in films such as “The Adventures of Milo and Otis,” “Men in Black,” “Pocahontas,” and “Hotel for Dogs” to name a few.
- Pugs have their roots in China. However, their popularity has spread across the globe.
- The American Kennel Club formally recognized the breed in 1895, even though they’ve been around for centuries.
- If you can actually imagine, those sweet-natured babies “served time” in the military. Okay, they didn’t serve in combat, but they were used for tracking purposes. They could pick up the scents of dogs and humans, and at some point, they even served as guard dogs.
- Pugs for sale in Germany are called “mops.”
- Pugs look like their pretty slow, don’t they? Well, that’s because they are. Those precious pups run an average of 3 to 5 miles per hour, and that will wear them out and exhaust them physically! If you’re looking for a running or exercise partner, keep searching!
We hope you’ve found this information useful and entertaining. These facts don’t compare to the joy and entertainment you’ll experience with ownership. Come check out our Pugs for sale today!
Shiba Inu puppies are rooted in Japan.
They are somewhat little dogs with huge personalities and the looks to match. They stop people in their tracks every time they step outside! We’re sure it’s because of their beautiful and mystifying fox like features and their fluffy mane. Adding one of these pups to your family is sure to bring you instant neighborhood fame! Here are some facts that we’ve compiled about these furry babies and their vibrant personalities.
The Great Getaway
We have to let you know upfront that Shiba Inu puppies will try (and many have been successful) to escape. There have been plenty of owners who have left their pups outside for some time thinking they’re just playing and come back to find them missing! These pups are little escape artists, and they must be leashed and secured when they’re outside, or they will get away.
They’re The Aggressor
They’re gorgeous to look at, no doubt. They are harmless to people, but there are corroborated reports of Shiba Inu puppies who have been aggressive toward cats and other small pets in the home. They would be best suited in homes where there are no other pets.
They Don’t Bark
Shiba Inu puppies don’t bark even if they see something suspicious or abnormal. They make sounds, but barking isn’t one of them.
They Are Runners
Shibas are extremely agile and can run tirelessly. Remember we mentioned that they’re also escape artists? Well, forget about chasing them on foot, because they are natural born runners! They also have a very high prey drive, which means they will track something small as long as they can.
They Aren’t Loners
Don’t leave your Shiba Inu puppies alone for long periods of time because they suffer from separation anxiety. They don’t necessarily whine, but they demonstrate destructive behavior. When able to, exercise your pup for as long as possible before you leave home.
They Are Possessive
Shiba Inu puppies should be trained very early on in their lives. Shibas are widely known to be possessive of their food and toys. Little children should always be supervised carefully around a Shiba and taught never to snatch the dog’s toys away.
They Are Extremely Clean
Shiba Inus are also well known for their cleanliness. They groom themselves (and other dogs in the household) incessantly. You needn’t worry much about housebreaking them, because of their hygiene, they’re on top of this task!
Shiba Inu puppies are unique in so many ways, and we love talking and sharing information about them. Now, it’s time for you to come by our store and experience one for yourself!
An argument can be made for large and small breed puppies for sale!
It really boils down to personal preference. At PetCenter, we have both, but in this post, we’re playfully siding with the small dogs! Here’s our lighthearted take on the glory of owning a small dog.
- Let’s face it, walking them is a breeze! The majority of small dogs don’t require a ton of exercise, and if they do, it’s quite easy to tire them out! There’s no need for taking laps around the block or neighborhood with these pups. Sometimes a game of fetch in the house is sufficient!
- Our small breed puppies for sale are portable. By that, we mean they’re easy to accompany you to places. If you live in pet-friendly cities, bringing them inside stores won’t cause an uproar and may even be welcomed!
- Owning a dog, in general, is a great way to meet people. Having a small dog opens the social pearly gates even more! People aren’t as intimidated, and they usually come up to you to start conversations about your precious pup.
- Small breed puppies for sale are cheaper to feed, for obvious reasons. Need we say more
- Not all watchdogs are big dogs. The small ones can serve as deterrents too. Not all small dogs have high pitched barks either. Take the Shih Tzu for instance. Boy, do they have barks that’ll make you pause! Corgis have powerful barks too, even though they’re very friendly. An intruder won’t assume so especially if they can hear but not see them!
According to the American Kennel Club, the most popular dogs registered with them each year are small dogs. Below are some of those small breed puppies for sale found right here at PetCenter.
- Yorkshire Terrier
- Poodle (including Miniature and Toy Poodles)
- Shih Tzu
- Miniature Schnauzer
Though the Australian Shepherd for sale in our store will likely be a loving family pet, they are historically working dogs.
They love to keep busy, so you’re in a for a sweet and fun treat owning one of these precious pups. Read on to learn more impressive facts about this beautiful and somewhat mysterious breed.
Friendly Furry Babies
Like any dog, you should introduce your newly purchased Australian Shepherd for sale to new people and situations early in their lives. If not, they may become somewhat wary of strangers which would consequently make them excellent watchdogs (win-win), and they’ll bark at potential intruders. In any case, they are friendly with children and other pets.
One of the reasons you fell in love with our Australian Shepherd for sale is likely because of their striking and distinctive eyes. Back in the day, however, they weren’t so beautiful and captivating. Some people found them off-putting. Others, like Native Americans, found them to be sacred and thought they harbored spirits and respectfully kept their distances.
We found this fact interesting to share because tails are rather useful in establishing the physical balance with dogs. They also serve as means of communications to other dogs in a pack. Australian Shepherds are actually born without tails. Historically known as working dogs, they were removed or docked. Today, you’ll find an Australian Shepherd for sale with or without a tail, which has no bearing on their sweet personalities either way.
Because of their high intelligence and easy trainability, they were perfect for the rodeo. They gracefully jumped rope, ran through barrels, and performed tricks. Australian Shepherds were eventually made famous by starring in popular Disney movies.
Don’t be surprised if the Australian Shepherd for sale that you purchased randomly herds you around the house! They can’t help it, because it’s in their blood. They’re Shepherds after all. Many owners with kids have reported that they’ve entered a room to find their little ones in a corner laughing and playing and it’s not by accident or coincidence. Their pup gently moved them there! This is harmless (and maybe helpful), but they can indeed be trained not to herd your kids!
We have an Australian Shepherd for sale that’s just waiting to meet you! Come to visit us today.