Monthly Archive for July, 2012

Paddington Pups Dog of the Month – Congratulations Piedee!


Piedee is our beautiful just-turned-1 year old Cavoodle who has been coming here since she was just a small puppy and has been loved by all the staff here at Paddington Pups since day one.

Piedee has a very loving and cuddly nature but it’s her adorable puppy dog eyes and smile that we can’t resist about her, as well as her certain ‘lamb’ like qualities!!

During the day she likes to keep quiet with her friends in the small dog area.  However, come the afternoon, she is full of beans and loves running around and playing with us and her mates (she especially adores wrestling with Mia and Jess!).

Her best friends in daycare are Charlie Moss the Spoodle, Oscar Pearce the Moodle and fellow Cavoodle, Dog of the Month, Lani. We think she’s just a tad biased towards poodles!

Congratulations Piedee, we hope you enjoy all your ... Click here to read more....

The Senses of Dogs

It is often thought that dogs are color blind and that they see the world through black and white instead of the colors that we see. Dogs have a variety of senses that they use to interpret the world around them. It has been scientifically proven that dogs can in fact see color, although not in the same way that we do, but it is not only their sense of sight they use to navigate themselves through the world.

Smart Dog There are two main facts to show that dogs can see colors. The first has to do with the chromatic acuity being significantly lower than humans. Humans have 7 times the amount of cone cells in the retina. Cone cells are responsible for detecting colors. This means that when dogs see colors they are faded and paler compared to how we see them.  However dogs do have a great number of ... Click here to read more....

The New Facts About De-sexing Your Dog

As part of out policy here at Paddington Pups which ensures the safety of all dogs that attend daycare, it is a requirement that every dog over the age of 6 months be de-sexed. If your dog isn’t de-sexed yet and you are still considering whether or not it is a suitable option for you and your dog, here are a few reasons why we think that have your dog spayed or neutered is in the best interest for the both of you.

In Australia, to every human born there are 15 dogs and 35 cats born. This means that in a household of 5 people, to keep dogs and cats from over populating the streets and rescue centres, each household would need to care for 75 dogs and 175 cats! Pet overpopulation in Australia is a huge issue and as adoption is clearly not the only solution, de-sexing ... Click here to read more....

Staff Changes at Paddington Pups

As you may have noticed, the last month there have been some changes in our daycare staff. Unfortunately we have seen some fantastic staff leave us- Jess is off for a year long trip around Europe and Kellie has been accepted into the Police Force!

We are very excited for both of them and are very sad to see them go, but this has also meant we have had the pleasure of taking on some great new staff!

This will explain some unfamiliar faces in our shop, over the next few weeks but they are very friendly so don’t be hesitant in stopping and saying hello! Their staff profiles will soon be available to read on our website... Click here to read more....

Notes from the grooming table This Month: What is ‘Ear Plucking’?

All dogs differ as to how much hair they grow and how thick it is. Some dogs grow copious amounts of hair out of their ears, and some very little.

As a groomer, I was taught to pluck every dog’s ears by hand, but it wasn’t till much later I was told why we do such a thing. Of course the obvious questions came to mind: Does it hurt the dog? Is it safe? Does it really need to be done…?

Although there is some debate among vets (those against the practice are by far in the minority, however), the consensus is that ear plucking greatly helps to reduce the risk of ear infection. Ear infections occur when moisture is trapped into the ear canal. Large amounts of hair in the canal hold in any moisture.

If you remember February’s newsletter where I talked about hotspots, the ... Click here to read more....

Did You Know? Fun Fog Facts

The longest lived dog, according to the Guinness Book of World Records, was an Australian Cattle Dog, named Bluey, who lived to be 29.

The ten most popular dogs are in order: Labrador Retriever, Yorkshire Terrier, German Shepherd, Golden Retriever, Beagle, Boxer, Dachshund, Poodle,
Shih Tzu, and Bulldog.

Eighty percent of dog owners buy their dog a present for holidays and birthdays. More than half of them sign letters and cards from themselves and their pets.

The origin of amputating a dog’s tail may go back to the Roman writer Lucius Columella’s (A.D. 4-70) assertion that tail docking prevented rabies.

Most pet owners (94 percent) say their pet makes them smile more than once a day.

Small dogs live the longest. Toy breeds live up to 16 years or more. Larger dogs average is 7 – 12 years. Veterinary medicines have extended this estimate by about three years. However, some ... Click here to read more....

Heartgard Plus Video: Product of the Week

The most deadly enemy for your dog is the heartworm!

While other worms like tapeworm can cause minor harm, some like heartworm can cause even death. Heartgard Chewables are a tasty and easily administered treatment to safeguard your pet against this prognosis.

Take a look at the short video below with further explanation and we will see you in store at Paddington Pups.

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Cancer in Dogs

Cancer is one of the most common diseases that can sadly kill your dog and it is estimated that 1 in 4 dogs will die from cancer if it is not treated or found early. Just like in humans, there are signs of cancer that can be detected in order to prevent the cancer from spreading or getting any worse.

The most common cancers found in dogs are malignant lymphoma (tumour of the lymph nodes), mast cell tumours (a form of skin cancer), mammary gland tumours (or breast cancer), soft tissue sarcomas and bone cancer. Dogs are also the only non-human species that can get spontaneous prostate cancer.sick dog

Different breeds of dogs each have their own individual health issues associated with their breed. Some breeds are more susceptible to cancer, in particular the Golden Retriever, Boxer, Bernese Mountain dogs, and Greyhounds (primarily bone cancer or osteosarcoma). ... Click here to read more....

Breed Test: Schnauzer


The Schnauzer comes in three classified sizes- Miniature, Standard and Giant.

The Standard is the original breed, decending from Germany to hunt, herd and guarding flocks. The Miniature and Giant breeds were developed as variations of the original size to suit smaller households.

Standard Schnauzers stand to around 46cm tall to the shoulder, whereas Miniatures stand at 30cm followed by Giant’s at huge 61cm.

Their coat comes in a range of colours, including black, silver and salt and pepper grey. Although their outer coat is dense and wiry, their under coat is soft and woolly.

Although they do have minimal shedding, it is recommended they have regular grooms to avoid knotting in their beards and skirts.

The Schnauzer proves to be a formidable guard dog, protecting households from intruders and strangers. Although this can lead to barking problems, early training will eliminate this issue.

The Schnauzer is a friendly and ... Click here to read more....

Paddington Pups Thanks You


Firstly we would like to start of the month by thanking everyone for the huge support to raise funds for our trip to L.A. Our flash sale turned out to be very successful- more so than we could have imagined!

Thanks to the number of doggy daycare and grooming packages we were able to sell, both managers Mia and Suzy and of course Bree will be traveling to do a once in a life time training course with the Dog Whisperer, Cesar Millan in September of this year!

We wouldn’t have been able to achieve this goal without the continuous support from our amazing clients, so another huge thank you to everyone who helped us raise funds.

In light of the number of packages sold and their ongoing popularity from customers, the Paddington Pups team has decided to revise our current payment system and make improvements to ... Click here to read more....