It is important that dogs can play and be around other dogs and animals, but they cannot always do this by themselves which is why it is important to socialise your dog. Here are some handy hints on how to go about socialising one of the worlds most social creatures.
Early Socialisation; To ensure your dog is social it is important to start socialisation at a young age. It’s vital that this is done voluntarily and gradually because puppies like other young animals can get overwhelmed. Puppies also go through fear imprint stages in their early development which occurs around 8 to 10 weeks, and 6 to 14 months, which means during these times anything traumatic is more likely to impact their fears during their life.
Build Exposure; In order for your dog to feel comfortable in different environments, building exposure is important. During the fear imprint times... Click here to read more....
House training your pet can be tough and messy but with Urine Off those little mistakes on the carpet can be easily removed.
It is the only product of its kind with enzymes developed to work in combination with specially adapted bacteria that will actually consume uric acid crystals, and remove the odour with its pleasant citrus fragrance.
More information can be found by watching the below video and be sure to pick up a bottle of Urine Off when you’re next in store at Paddington Pups.
When it is time for you or your family to head away on a dog-free holiday, it sometimes can prove quite difficult to find the kind of caring facility suitable for your dog. There are a few options to choose from, so you need to make sure you have considered your pet’s needs and health requirements to ensure they are happy (so that you can have a stress-free holiday!). If you do have a dog that has special food/medication requirements, make sure you alert who ever is looking after them of their condition and what they would need to do in case of an emergency.
If you are interested is booking your dog into a boarding kennel while you where away, Queensland have many boarding kennels in that offer a range of services suitable for your pet. In almost all kennels, dogs are... Click here to read more....
Over the past twelve months, with the wetter-than-normal weather, I’ve been getting asked by many of our daycare and grooming clients about hotspots: what are they, and how do dogs get them? As a dog owner whose dog is also predisposed to forming hotspots, I’ve had to do a lot of research and of course spent much time at my vet asking the same questions!
The types of dogs that normally get hotspots are those whose coat holds in moisture, including (but not exclusive to) Golden Retrievers, German Shepherds and Cattle Dogs. When the coat gets wet and consequently takes a long time to dry, the affected area becomes itchy, and often the only “scratching implements” able to reach these areas are your dogs teeth, leading to minor cuts, grazes and other forms of broken skin.
This breakthrough new PIAA policy effective in NSW from 1 October 2012, Guarantees that:
Dogs purchased from PIAA member retail stores are sourced from PIAA approved breeders who meet animal welfare standards and whose operations are subject to independent audit by a veterinarian each year.
Recently, the Queensland Government proposed a new dog breeder identification system in an attempt to get rid of puppy farmers and ensure more dogs are raised and placed in good homes. The RSPCA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) was very excited at this recent piece of legislation. The RSPCA has taken care of more than a thousand dogs over the last two years that were seized from their cruel abodes on puppy farms. With the new system, puppies will be able to be traced back to their breeders for the rest of their lives.
Most dog owners know that walking their dog regularly for only twenty minutes out the day can do wonders for their dog’s health and longevity. However, even though most dog owners understand the importance of walking their dog regularly, a small percentage actually commits to doing so. Most people lead busy lives and find it hard to take the time to take their lovable canine companions out every day. Instead we decide to send them out to the backyard or get someone else to take our dog for a walk. Your furry friend may be getting his or her regular dose of exercise but you are still hurting yourself.
Most people forget, get caught up in their work, or simply cannot find the drive to go out and exercise by themselves. This is where your dog comes in.... Click here to read more....
The recent cold snaps throughout the last few weeks have surely been felt by us, but have you thought about your four-legged companions? They too struggle in this frostbite weather, so take a few steps to keep them warm this winter.
Paddington Pups has had a huge influx of queries for jumpers, so make sure you come in store to see our range of coats, jumpers and cardigans for all shapes and sizes. We also have plenty of fleecy and soft beds to meet any price range, including machine washable round beds to nylon hose-able beds!
Our hydrobath also offers heated water, so don’t deny them the opportunity to keep clean- we also offer blow dries in case it’s just a touch too chilly! If it’s grooming you’re after, remember our... Click here to read more....
Human medications can pose a serious threat to your dog. When your dog is sick it seems very tempting to simply give your dog medication to ease the pain thinking you are doing the right thing, when in actual fact it could be deadly to your dog.
Dog’s bodily functions differ heavily from ours, therefore their organs and respiratory / blood systems require different nutrients and vitamins to function properly.
It is important that you only give your dog what your vet has specifically prescribed for your animals. This includes creams, lotions, powders, ointments, and tablets, as anything designed for humans is not necessarily designed for our canine friends.
Some medications to be particularly careful of are –
Ibuprofen – contained in such medications as Nurofen, can cause poisoning, stomach ulcers and/or kidney damage.
Just like us, dogs require hydration on a daily basis to survive. Although they drink and thermo-regulate differently, denying a dog of their daily requirement could do a lot of damage to their health. Each dog requires different amounts of liquid due to their body weight and daily exercise, so it’s important to educate yourself on their individual needs.
Many owners struggle to tell when their dogs are lacking hydration, as they show the effects of heat stress differently to us. Dogs lose liquid through their tongue, paws and nose which are all important indicators to be aware of. Similar to us, they lose liquid through panting, breathing, releasing bodily functions, vomiting and evaporation through their feet. A very anxious dog will leave a dog paw print on the floor and that’s another... Click here to read more....