Monthly Archive for September, 2011

Breed Test: Deer Hound

The Scottish Deer Hound shows great resemblance to that of the Irish Wolf Hound, both in size, shape and feel.

The Deer Hound was once bred to hunt Red Deer in Scotland, but is now much more of a companion dog.

They can weigh in as much as 50kg reaching heights of 80cm, and are described as ‘hairy Greyhound’s’. They are tall and lean with a running build, but are rough-coated like the Wolf Hound.

As their background suggests, they do require exercise, not just leash walking, to ensure their health is at its optimum. If they are city dwelling, long runs at the park are a must!

Despite their exercising regimes, they are an easy-going breed and are exceptionally friendly. They are fantastic with children but should be supervised simply because of their size!

Because they are a giant breed, they do suffer common health problems ... Click here to read more....

The Dogs that Died on the Titanic

The Titanic was one of the worst tragedies that ever occurred in the history of mankind. The amount of people that died for this tragedy is common knowledge. However most people have no idea that there were a number of birds, cats, dogs, and some other types of animals on board the ship when it went down. The survival ratio of these animals was just as bad, and in some instances worse, than the loss of human life. Of the twelve dogs that were on board the Titanic when it sank to the bottom of the ocean, only four survived. This article is a tribute to spread the message of the eight unfortunate canines that lost their lives that fateful day.

The first was a French bulldog named Gamin de Pycombe. His owner was twenty-seven year old Robert Williams Daniel, a banker from Philadelphia who boarded the Titanic in Southampton ... Click here to read more....

How to Take a Good Photo of Your Dog

Paddington Pups Dog ChelseaAlmost every dog owner loves taking pictures of their pet. Some like to do so when their dog is acting funny, some like to take pictures of their dog for Christmas cards and to share with family, and others just love taking photos of their pets a few times each and every day. If you’ve ever tried to take a photo of your dog, you’ve probably noticed just how difficult getting a good picture of your canine companion can be. Dogs rarely stay still and unless thoroughly trained, don’t understand how to strike a pose or stay in one position for a picture. The following are just a few tips to follow that will increase your chances of capturing that picture perfect moment.

Time your shot as best as you can. Most people want action shots of their dogs that show their dog’s playful side. Trying to catch your puppy ... Click here to read more....

Did You Know…? Dog Facts

An African wolf dog known as the Basenji is the only dog in the world that cannot bark

There are 703 breeds of purebred dogs

Dachshunds were originally bred for fighting badgers

The world’s smartest dogs are thought to be (1) the border collie, (2) the poodle, and (3) the golden retriever

… while the dumbest dog is believed to be the Afghan hound

Dogs judge objects first by their movement, then by their brightness, and lastly by their shape

Chocolate contains a substance known as theobromine (similar to caffeine) which can kill dogs or at the very least make them violently ill

All dogs are identical in anatomy – 321 bones and 42 permanent teeth

Female dogs are only ready to mate – “in heat” – twice a year for a total of roughly 20 days

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Dogs and Joint Issues

Like many pet owners, I have experienced the heart ache of watching a family pet age. Although we can’t turn back the clock, we can make the process easier and pain-free for our favourite four legged pals.

As dogs start to get up in age their joints begin to deteriorate and joint issues start to crop up just like they do in elderly humans. However, unlike humans, dogs can’t verbally tell you when they start to experience joint problems and sadly most dog owners don’t know how to spot when their dogs begin feeling the pains of old age; nor do they know how to help their dogs through the pain. Below are the basics of dogs and joint issues; how to spot and treat joint doggy joint problems for your aged puppy. Follow the below advice and you are likely to help your dog live comfortably for many ... Click here to read more....

Can Your Iphone Help Your Dog!

‘There’s an app for that!’ It’s a phrase almost everyone is familiar with by now. Although many dog owners are unaware of the many apps available to help them take care of their furry family companions. ‘Best of’ lists are very biased to say the least but these are a couple apps that every dog and dog owner can benefit from in one way or another. All of these apps are available for iPhone users and most are available or will soon be available for Droid users as well.

The first app on the list is called Off Leash. Dogs are sociable creatures that need their space and free time just like humans do. Dog parks are great places that promote positive physical and mental health in your canine. ‘Off Leash’ helps you locate the five closet dog parks in your area and provides driving directions to help you get ... Click here to read more....

Your Dogs Carbon Footprint

With all the talk of ‘A Carbon Tax’ we thought it would be interesting to look at the Carbon emissions of Paddington Pups and our Dogs.

A book came out a couple of years entitled “Time to Eat The Dog: The Real Guide to Sustainable Living”. This book stated that a medium sized dog had a carbon footprint that was twice the size of what it takes to create a Toyota Land Cruiser, due to factors such as the production of commercial dog food. After taking into account the average twelve thousand miles people drive in a year the overall carbon footprint of the Toyota and the medium sized dog evened out but it was still hard for people to believe that their beloved furry friend was having such a negative impact on the world.

Feeding your dog with locally sourced organic foods that have natural protein such as fish, ... Click here to read more....

Who is the Real Boss in Your House?


It is important to keep in mind that household dogs are extremely close descendents from wolves. Both wolves and the household dogs people keep as pets are instinctually social creatures that have a hardwired alpha male/pack leader way of looking at those around them. To have a truly well behaved and healthy dog you need to be the pack leader in your puppy’s mind. This method of training and commanding your dog is known as dominance theory. It is the method embraced by Cesar Millan and has been growing exponentially in popularity over the last decade due to its effectiveness.  (Cesar Millan is coming to Brisbane 17th November it set to be an amazing show you can get tickets at Ticketek.com)

How can you tell if you’re the pack leader?

It’s simple, does your dog obey? Sit, stay, heel, a lack of begging, etc, are all ways to ... Click here to read more....

Paddington Pups Queensland’s #1 Doggy Daycare Centre!

Paddington Pups is proud to be Queensland’s #1 Doggy Daycare centre; what makes us number one is this huge list of great stuff below:

Low dog to staff ratio, there is one human supervisor to every 10-13 dogs. The supervisor makes sure a good time is had by all, whilst monitoring play times and observing for any possessive or aggressive behavior.

We have a highly qualified crew here at Paddington Pups, all of which are experienced in animal handling and who love dogs. To work within the Paddington Pups environment all employees must possess energy, a passion for animals and above all patience. We have a very high expectation of all of our crew to ensure you have 100% confidence that your dog is with the best in Queensland!

With years of industry experience, Paddington Pups is one of the longest established Doggy Daycare Centers in Queensland!

Our vet grade ... Click here to read more....

Surfing Dog

This great Youtube video is thanks to Linda – Chelsea’s Mum.
So thanks again Linda this video is great.

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