Monthly Archive for June, 2011

Is Your Dog Eating Poo?

This can be such a frustrating problem for many dog owners!  Your dog eating poo is an undesirable behaviour that you want to be able to sort out quickly and easily, without affecting them negatively.

There are many theories as to why dogs do eat both theirs and other dog’s poo. It can also become an issue when they begin to eat other animal’s poo. The term for them eating poo is Coprophagia, and is very common within the dog world.

Some of the reasons for this behaviour include:

– Puppies develop this issue early on as a substitute for any lack of nutrition, as well as stomach upsets and gastric problems. The wrong diet, parasites or lack of feeding is often the cause of coprophagia.dog-eatspoop

Dogs have done this behaviour for thousands of years, simply as a way of scavenging and also keeping the den clean ... Click here to read more....

Breed Test: Great Dane (German Mastiff)

The Great Dane is considered one of the giant breeds, growing up to 109cm with a minimum of 76cm and weighing up to 100kg’s!

It is one of the tallest breeds of dogs, and can come in a range of colours including fawn, brindle, blue and harlequin.

Although their over-whelming size can be a bit to take in, their perfect and gentle nature has granted them the name “the Gentle Giant”. They can also be great guard dogs and can be quite territorial, but they should be socialised early to counteract aggression.

They do require exercise, although not as much as a highly active dog such as a border collie. Over-exercising this giant breed can cause joint and hip problems early on.

Similar to other giant breeds, these dogs can have many health problems in relation to their size. Heart and gastric problems are commonly found in Great ... Click here to read more....

Human Medications and Dogs

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.

Pseudophedrine – This drug is found in popular sinus products but ingested by your pet ... Click here to read more....

Why A Premium Diet for your Dog?

Diet is incredibly important towards a healthy, well balanced and well behaved dog.  Just like in humans if we have too many preservatives or colourings in the diet they can add to lack of concentration, hyperactivity, sleeping problems and really do cause issues that can be avoided.

A premium diet for your dog is very easy to achieve.  If your dog has specific allergies or dietary requirements your vet will be able to explain to you and recommend exactly what your dog should be eating depending on its age, breed, size and also match it with any allergies or health complaints your dog may have.

There are many different premium diets out there, both wet and dry for you to choose from.  Some of the more popular brands are Science Diet, Eukanuba, Nutro, Royal Canin and Advance in the dry food range and BARF in the wet ... Click here to read more....

Did You Know….? Dog Facts

The average city dog lives 3 years longer than a country dog

Dog’s nose prints are as unique as a human’s finger prints and can be used to accurately identify them

The bloodhound is the only animal whose evidence is admissible in an American court.

Dogs dream. If you look at your dog while it’s sleeping, sometimes you’ll see its eyes move and twitch under its eyelids. Humans do this too, and we definitely dream. So researchers are almost positive that dogs have dreams too.

Dalmatian puppies are born completely white

Dogs and humans are the only animals with prostates.

Like human babies, Chihuahuas are born with a soft spot in their skull which closes with age.

A dog’s mouth exerts 150-200 pounds of pressure per square inch

… with some dogs exerting up to 450 pounds per square inch.

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Dog Grooming Tips For Winter

Although our four-legged companions may not get as hot in the colder weather, it is still very important that their coat and hair is maintained over the Winter months. Regular brushing at home and a trip to the groomer every few weeks can help keep longer hair more manageable and remove dead hair from short-haired Winter coats.

Using doggy jumpers and jackets are great for keeping your dog warm during this time, especially for short-haired breeds. On longer haired breeds you can still use doggy clothing, but be aware that this can lead to matting around the neck chest and under the armpits. A trip to the groomer will help you keep matting to a minimum and remove any matts that have already formed (Hair under the armpits can be clipped off at any time as this does not impact the cute look of your dog!). Clipping of armpit ... Click here to read more....

Keeping Your Dog Warm During Winter

Just like us, dogs and puppies can feel the winter chill too. Although it is often thought that due to their coat, they don’t get cold, this is a common misconception. Dogs can also suffer the effects of a sudden drop in temperature, and display similar symptoms to us!

To monitor your dog’s temperature, feel their skin, places like ears and underneath their stomachs for an indication. If they’re skin is noticeably cooler than usual, then they might be suffering from the cold. Dogs also shiver in cold weather if they are trying to warm themselves up, or keep close to you / another pet for body warmth.

If you have an outside dog, it can be ideal to ‘vamp’ up their sleeping conditions during the cold seasons. Putting a foam layer under a blanket can insulate and trap heat in a layer underneath the dog. This will stop the ... Click here to read more....

Paddington Pups Dog of the Month Congratulations Max!

IMG_7792Max, (known to the staff as Maxibon, Bon Bon and Maximus) is our beautiful Mastiff cross that regularly attends daycare with his brother, Ringo the Huskey.

Max is a gentle giant, proving to be a real softie despite a tough look! He loves to play fetch with the team and can be found romping around with Joe the Great Dane and Bandit the Cattle Dog.

After hours of chasing the ball, Maximus will curl up in a trampoline bed with his favourite bone toy for a little R & R!

Max is also a great protector, barking at any unrecognised men in or too close to daycare.

Our beautiful big boy is a very special daycare attendee and is loved and adored by the entire team. Enjoy your treats Maxie!

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New Services at Paddington Pups

Our staff now offer number of services never advertised before!

These include:

Teeth Cleaning: 80% of dogs have oral hygiene issues, and this is a lot like your own teeth cleaning with specialised dog tooth paste (flavoured of cause) and specifically designed to assist in removing plaque and tarter. This is not as thorough as a teeth clean at your vet where your dog will be sedated and its teeth cleaned, but will still benefit your dog. At Paddington Pups this teeth clean is better off done regularly and can be used in conjunction with other teeth cleaning products like dog food specifically designed for oral care. $15

Conditioning Treatment: This is a Oatmeal based leave-in conditioner that smells divine but also conditions and softens the hair similar to a human conditioner. This is particularly good for dogs with dry skin, minor skin irritations or that get washed weekly ... Click here to read more....

Walking Equipment

Walking Equipment

There are hundreds of different products out on the market that you can use to walk your dog with.  Knowing which ones to choose and that work best for you and your breed of dog is the difficult part.

Depending on the breed of dog you have, their size, personality and strength will all be things you have to take into consideration when purchasing equipment for walking your dog.

Popularity with equipment has changed over the years depending on what training methods are also popular in walking your dog.  For instance; the ‘check chain’ collars aren’t as popular as they used to be, but instead ‘martingale’ or ‘slip’ collars are much nicer on your dogs neck and work in a similar way to the old choker chain without the risk of locking up or being put on the wrong way or getting so tight that they choke.

Head ... Click here to read more....