Monthly Archive for October, 2011

Summer Grooming Tips

Is your puppy in need of a bit of grooming TLC? Not only can our gorgeous groomers offer a fantastic range of grooming services at an affordable price, we thought we would share some handy hints for keeping your furry pals in top shape this summer.

Follow some of the advice below to keep your canine companion as cool and clean as he or she can be during the summer.

With the onset of heat as we come out of Winter, you may find your dog begins to shed in copious amounts. A regular, even daily, brushing will help your pet shed their dead winter coat (and minimalise the occurrence of finding hair on clothing and furniture). Paddington Pups groomers can also help both long, doubled coated breeds – such as Collies and Samoyeds – and short coated breeds – such as Labradors who are notorious for shedding ... Click here to read more....

Is Your Dog Stressed?

If your dog is showing signs of anxiety, discomfort, and even fear, your dog might be dealing with stress. Yes, while our pets are certainly a way to relieve the stress in our own lives, they themselves might be getting stressed out too. The bad news is we can’t 100% relieve what causes our dog’s stress (just like us, living comes with problems). The good news is that we can easily recognize the telltale signs our dog is stressed. Furthermore, much like us, we can control our dog’s stress and find ways to make things a wee bit better for them.

Our dogs can suffer from depression, being separated from their owner, and most of all, boredom. These are the stress factors in our dogs’ lives that might eventually result into aggression, urine marking, digging, and even health problems like diarrhea. Dog stress raises their blood sugar and ... Click here to read more....

Dogs and Storms

A large number of dogs, especially herding breeds, tend to show signs of intense anxiety during a thunderstorm. Your dog may start drooling excessively, talking back to the thunder, run under a piece of furniture, start shivering, whimpering, pee in the house, or become violently agitated, start tearing up the house or possibly even attack someone. These are all anxiety signs that can cause major health risks to your dog including reduced immune systems and increased chance of experiencing fatal heart conditions.

You may notice these tell tale storm anxiety signs before the storm has even arrived in your area. Have you ever heard the stories that claim dogs can sense oncoming storms? It may seem a bit farfetched but it actually makes scientific sense. Dogs are more sensitive to drops in barometric pressure, which happens just before a storm occurs, than humans. Dogs can also hear higher and ... Click here to read more....

Breed Test: Basenji

The Basenji is a well-established breed once bred for hunting in central Africa. Although popular due to their size and cute appearance, the Basenji only comes into season one time annually, causing puppies to be snatched up quickly by breeders.

The breed is often referred to as the ‘barkless dog’ due to its unusual shaped larynx causing more of a yodelling sound.

In many ways the Basenji is very similar to the Australian Dingo, in their colouring, vocal sounds and lack of odour.

Their appearance includes a wrinkley forehead and erect ears, and come in an array of colours including red and white (shown) and brindle.

Although highly intelligent, they are considered very aloof but loyal. Constantly wanting to play, the Basenji is well known for teasing owners until they play!

For health conditions, the Basenji is thought to be relatively fit and healthy, only rarely having skin ... Click here to read more....

Why Does My Dog Lick His Paws?

Should you be alarmed when your dog licks his paws or is it just a bad habit like biting your fingernails that you need to put a stop to? Unfortunately, there is not just one simple answer to this common problem for dog owners. There are actually multiple reasons why your dog licks his paws from the mundane (he’s cleaning them) to the alarming (he has injured a paw).

Starting from the less cause for worry, your dog might just be anxious or bored. He may be suffering from a case of separation anxiety, adjustment to a new environment, or other stress. As a result, this stress is manifesting in his behaviour like licking his paws. Dog anxiety can be treated by a vet with both medication and therapy. You can also help reduce your dog’s stress with certain techniques mentioned in the Is Your Dog Stressed Article, ... Click here to read more....

Did You Know…? Dog Facts

  • Dogs’ only sweat glands are between their paw pads
  • Like human babies, Chihuahuas are born with a soft spot in their skull which closes with age
  • The breed Lundehund has 6 toes and can close its ears
  • In 2002 alone, more people in the U.S. were killed by dogs than by sharks in the past 100 years
  • The bible mentions dogs 14 times
  • Dog’s nose prints are as unique as a human’s finger prints and can be used to accurately identify them
  • 70% of people sign their pet’s name on greeting and holiday cards – I know you’re one of them, So am I
  • 58% put pets in family and holiday portraits
  • Dogs have no sense of “time”
  • Dogs judge objects first by their movement, then by their brightness, and lastly by their shape
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Helping Your Dog During Allergy Season

dog in flowersIf you have seasonal allergies then you probably have firsthand experience concerning the consequences of not taking the proper preventative medication during allergy season. The same issues are common amongst our furry friends. Dogs are just a susceptible to suffer seasonal and lifelong allergies as humans, including issues with hay fever and allergies to blossoming plants.

However, spotting and treating the problem can be much more difficult since your dog can’t tell you in words how he or she feels. Instead, you have to watch for the symptoms which include scratching, biting, sneezing, otherwise incessant itching, weeping eyes and runny noses.

Most dogs undergo allergic reactions during the spring and summer which also happens to be flea season. Fleas can give a false positive of the above symptoms and can even cause such reactions if your dog is allergic to fleas. Before running off to the veterinarian, check ... Click here to read more....

Breed Test: Brussels Griffon

griffonThe Belgium Griffon Bruxellois, or better known as the Brussels Griffon is one of the toy breeds. Named after a city in Belgium, these cute-faced terrier-like dogs were bred to control rodents.

The name of these adorable puppies actually refers to three different breeds, with only very small differences in colour and coat!

The Griffon is a perfect lap dog, recognised for their cuddly nature and desire for human attention.

Known for their ‘small dog syndrome’ (thinking they are bigger than they are!), it is important they are introduced to bigger dogs early!

Although they are very aware and sensitive at times, proper socialisation as a pup can provide a perfect-natured Griffon!

These very loyal pets tend to devote their love to one human in particular, and at times can be unsuitable for families with small children. Proper training will help them adjust to different family dimensions.

Unlike many others ... Click here to read more....

Boston’s Experience at the Vet

This Pupdate information comes from a very stressful recount of my Sunday Night.  What do you do when your beloved Beagle rushes in your door foaming at the mouth and struggling for breath when only minutes before he was fine?

I already had the laptop out, I quickly searched the internet but with no helpful answers.  Not on my watch I’m having a Blue Beagle! So I decide to wash his mouth out and see if that will help it stop, it took me 30 seconds to catch him cause now that I’m worried and chasing him, he thinks it’s a game.

I catch him and take him to the bathroom to check his airways and wash his mouth out.  I think it could be an obstruction, a poison or it could also be a cane toad poison.  With no obstruction in his mouth, so I clean away the foam ... Click here to read more....

Woofs Of Wisdom

Today’s post is a gift from Dr Marc Dussault, The Exponential Growth Strategist and dog lover. Whenever he comes to Brisbane, he passes by to visit Paddington Pups and the dogs. He published an Exponential Words Of Wisdom for his business clients and thought – why not do the same thing for dog lovers?Exponential Programs – Woofs of Wisdom

I’m happy to include it here as his and my gift to you today.

This is an example of what Marc teaches his clients – having fun doing out-of-the-ordinary things to create extra-ordinary results with the least amount of effort and lowest cost. His holistic approach to success in business includes making sure you establish work-life balance to enjoy life’s pleasures, in our case it’s time with our dogs.

Marc doesn’t have a dog of his own (he travels too much), but loves all dogs he meets. As a fan ... Click here to read more....