Pet Care Pet Health Puppy Training

How To Prepare Your Puppy Dog For Bathing

The best time for pets to become comfortable with bath time is when they are young. Play with your puppy in the bath (with no water) a few times until they become comfortable. Use a shampoo that is gentle and designed for the sensitive skin of a puppy. Waterless shampoo is an option for puppies that are particularly sensitive to water and the process of bathing. The product is worked into…

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Dermatology Pet Health

Healthy Skin – Healthy Coat

One of the first things I notice as an indicator of health in the pets I see is the quality of their coat. Over my 30 years as a vet I have consistently seen that pets with strong, healthy and shiny coats are equally internally strong and healthy. So what does it mean if your pet’s coat is looking dull and lifeless? And how can you help them enjoy better…

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Dermatology Pet Health

How To Treat Your Dog for Worms

Regular preventative worming is a normal part of caring for our pets. Dogs can become infected with a wide variety worms (tapeworms, hookworms, roundworms, heartworms). Some of these are irritating to our pets, some cause disease to them (and possibly to us) and some of them are life threatening. Puppies and kittens are most at risk during the first few months of life so it is critical to worm them…

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What is the Best Food for Your Puppy?

The importance of proper nutrition during the early stages of a dog’s life is critical. A puppy requires about twice the nutritional content of an adult dog so they need to be eating an energy-rich food.  Selecting the right food for your puppy is key for healthy development of bones, muscle, organs and brain function. When shopping for food, you have a few options: dry kibble, moist and semi-moist. Dry…

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Puppy Training

How To Train My Puppy To Play Nice in the Park

Park play can be great exercise and social engagement for your dog when managed carefully. To begin with, keep your puppy away from larger/older dogs. Small dogs may be intimidated by larger or older animals. Arrange a day at the park with some friends who are also raising puppies or small dogs. Some parks provide special time slots or separate areas where small dogs can play safely. Take care not…

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Puppy Training

Puppy-proofing Your Home

Keep garbage bags, bins and all household waste as far away from the puppy’s reach as possible. Be especially careful with pool and garden chemicals outside and cleaning supplies inside the house and keep them in a puppy-proof place. The same goes for medicine and cosmetic products. Any substance that could irritate the puppy should be securely locked away. Plug outlets with electrical covers to avoid licking and do not…

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Traveling with Your Puppy

Take your puppy on several short car rides as they get used to travel: Short trips will acclimate your pet to your car so there is no resistance during extended driving periods. During this time, you want to watch your puppy for car sickness. Bring safe toys to keep your puppy occupied. Keep a travel bag containing all pet necessities. This should include: Collar and lead Animal first aid kit…

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Puppy Training

How To Walk On A Lead

Don’t dive straight into lead training. Once your puppy is showing signs of being comfortable in their new home you can start to get them comfortable with their collar and lead. Apply the collar loosely and feed a treat. Attach the lead to his collar and feed a treat. Then, take the collar off, give them a rest and repeat later in the day. Let your puppy get comfortable moving…

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Outdoor Toilet Training for Puppies

Good training is all about consistency and it is important to start as soon as your puppy comes home for the first time. Be sure to take your puppy to the exact same spot each time you accompany him outdoors during bathroom breaks. Pay attention to your puppy’s “bathroom signals”. Sniffing, searching, restlessness, pacing in circles. Say “Outside” when he shows this behavior. This way you can avoid accidents and…

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Puppy Training

How To Avoid Biting?

It is important to remember that puppies learn and play by nibbling, chewing and biting. This is a very natural behavior that just needs to be managed carefully. Responding harshly to this biting habit will only confuse your puppy so we need to be careful with how we respond. When your puppy begins to bite, firmly say “No” or “Ouch” to let him no he’s hurting you. This is similar…

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