Monthly Archive for February, 2011

Teaching Your Dog to Swim

With the recent events, some of you may have wondered if your dog would be able to swim their way out of a flood situation.  We have had reports from some of our clients that they couldn’t keep their dogs out of the flood waters because they were having too much fun!

There are certain things we assume dogs know by instinct. Sniffing, for example, sometimes in embarrassing places! Barking too, and begging for food are also downloaded onto dogs internal computers at the factory.  Then there’s swimming.  It seems so integral to being a dog that we’ve even named a stroke after them – the doggy-paddle – so you’d assume that’s another thing that every dog is born knowing how to do.  It turns out that you’d be wrong.  Not every dog knows instinctively how to swim, and some can’t swim at all.  Dogs’ aquatic abilities are so ... Click here to read more....

Microchipping Dogs in Brisbane

Microchipping of cats and dogs is now a requirement in effect across Queensland.  This requirement was rolled out in local Council areas from 1 July 2009.

When an animal is implanted with a microchip, the microchip is given a unique number.  The unique microchip number is different to the animal’s Council registration number, and can be read with a microchip reader without causing distress to the animal.

When the microchip is read, the unique microchip number can be found in a Permanent Identification Device (PID) registry database, where it shows details about the animal, including its owner and owner’s contact details.

It is important to inform the PID registry when information about your pet changes.  If you move house or change your telephone number, for instance, you should let the PID registry know so that they can update your contact details in their records.

To find out how to contact ... Click here to read more....

Did You Know- Dog Facts?

  • It is a myth that dogs are colour blind. They can actually see in colour, just not as vividly as humans. It is akin to our vision at dusk.
  • The dog name “Fido” is from Latin and means “fidelity.”
  • The Basenji is the world’s only barkless dog
  • Different smells in the a dog’s urine can tell other dogs whether the dog leaving the message is female or male, old or young, sick or healthy, happy or angry
  • The inner nose is compiled with olfactory receptor cells to process scents.  Humans have 5 million olfactory receptor cells, a German Shepherd has 220 million, a Dachshund has 125 million, and a Fox Terrier has 147 million
  • Prehistoric cave paintings in Egypt show figures doing what appears to be the dog paddle.  It was the first swimming stroke used by ancient man, believed to have been learned by observing animals swim.
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Paddington Pups Evacuation Plan

In the event of an emergency, employees are alerted by a verbal announcement defining the type of emergency.  The policy of this establishment in the event of fire or other emergency is to assess the level of risk;

  • General Evacuation Required, or
  • Rapid Evacuation Required

In the case of General Evacuation:  All the owners of dogs present in daycare (and/or their emergency contacts) are to be phoned and advised of the situation, and advised to pick up their dogs immediately. Any preparations to avoid hazards are to be put in place by safety staff while evacuation is proceeding.  All staff are sent home and expected staff are advised of the situation.  All staff are continually updated on the progress of the situation and are advised on when the threat is over.

In the case of Rapid Evacuation:  Emergency services are to be called on 000.  All staff are to ... Click here to read more....

Dog Flood Recovery Facts How to care for your dog over the next 30 – 60 days

  • Disease and bacteria are the largest threat to dogs during floods.  This is why Paddington Pups has been fogged with an anti-bacterial, hypo-allergenic, food safe coating which kills germs on contact and doesn’t allow mould or mildew to grow.
  • Treat your dog for fleas, intestinal worms, Heartworm and ticks as a priority during floods.  Mosquitoes are the main carrier for Heartworm and other diseases which harm dogs.  Owners can use animal repellent or mix citronella with baby oil, wipe lightly onto skin surface.  You can also get pet friendly mosquito repellent and some top spot treatments will repel mosquitoes.  Outside Paddington Pups has been pest controlled to avoid an increase in bug numbers.
  • Restrict your dog to dry land and prevent them from playing and living in the flood waters.  The water has traveled a long way picking up all sorts of objects and muck, and you
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Paddington Pups Re Open – Flood Survival Story!

As you would know by now Paddington Pups was affected by the floods which hit Brisbane on Tuesday 11th January, along with many other businesses and homes.  On that Tuesday afternoon we succeeded in safely evacuating 35 daycare dogs, 6 grooming dogs and 8 staff members in under one and a half hours.

Paddington Pups Flooding

Paddington Pups Flooding

The flood waters didn’t reach into the shop until 3am Wednesday morning, and it wasn’t until Friday afternoon that we were able to access the shop again.  Fortunately we made the decision to take all of our stock upstairs where the flood waters didn’t quite reach, but we did lose walls, shelving and a lot of daycare equipment including beds, toys, bowls and grooming equipment.

By Thursday 13th January the water was at its peak, hitting the 3m mark inside the shop (we marked it on the wall!).  Luckily the water didn’t ... Click here to read more....

Paddington Pups February Dog of the Month – Fred

IMG_6234Congratulations Fred!

Our beautiful 1 year old Kelpie x Staffy enjoys 5 days a week at daycare with his friends!  His beautiful cuddles and kisses make him a favourite with all our staff!

Fred loves to chase the ball during play times with the other big dogs and play tug-of-war with our 1.5 metre Tug Rope!  After a huge play, Fred can be found taking a quick nap in one of the trampoline beds, recovering for hours more of playing!  Fred’s friends include his best buds Ringo the Husky and Joe the Great Dane, and his ‘girlfriend’ Chelsea.

Fred has been a part of our daycare team since he was less than 6 months old, and has been a regular visitor since.  The fabulous guard dog warns us of anything different or unusual, protecting all of us and the other dogs!

We look forward to hundreds more cuddles with ... Click here to read more....