Sunday, July 27, 2014

Grooming For Good Dog Health

Every dog needs to be kept clean and well groomed, regardless of breed, for their good health and comfort.  Whether you tackle the job yourself or hire a professional, there are certain aspects that should not be overlooked. 

*Haircut- Longer haired dogs often require clippings to maintain a healthy coat, free of matts and dead hair.
*Brushings should be done weekly and can easily be done at home.  Brushings improve circuation and keeps your dog's coat healthy and flake free.
*Brushing teeth is important to remove harmful bacteria from the mouth that can potentially spread to other parts of the body.
*Bathing from time to time.  My suggestion is about every 4 weeks in warmer months and perhaps every 8 weeks in colder months.
*Nail trimmings are important to prevent pain and injury from occurring on the paws from lengthy nails. 
*Ear cleanings about once a month will help prevent harmful infections which can lead to hearing loss.

A typical amount of clippings for a month from Murray

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Hot Dog Days

Murray is sad at the end of a hot summer day when he isn't able to get a walk or play very much.  Most days in the summer it's just too hot for him.  He also doesn't like to swim...or I should say he can't swim.  What types of exercise does everyone else do with their pups in the heat?

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Mutt Day Is Coming!

Next Thursday, July 31, is Mutt Day!  Murray qualifies...half poodle and half golden retriever!...but hey, lets celebrate all our pups, mutts or not!

Things to look for when considering a breeder:

* They should want and encourage you to visit and meet your puppy's parents.
* Puppies and dogs should be living at/in the house with the breeding family.
* The breeder should decide with you which puppy would be best for you. 
* The breeder's house or kennel should be clean, dogs should be clean, active, properly fed and friendly.
* Puppies should show comfort being handled.
* The breeder should be an open book and willing to answer any and all questions regarding their dogs and the breed.
* The breeder should willingly share health tests done (OFA and CERF).
* There should not be over breeding.  Females should not be bred more than once a year.
* You should be interviewing each other.  References should be available from both the breeder and the buyer.
* It's also fairly common, and a good sign, if your breeder asks you to sign an agreement that you will return the dog to them if you should discover you can't keep it.  This shows they want to re-home their own dogs instead of having them end up in shelters.

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