Pampered Paws

How Often to Bathe a Dog

That all depends on your pet. Factors include: his hair coat, hair length, how often he gets dirty, where he lives (if he is indoor or outdoors most of the time), shedding cycle, and any underlying skin problem. Some dogs need baths only a couple times year while others need weekly grooming. It is beneficial […]

Bright Clothing Colors and Reflective Dog Collars

To put it simply, put something on you and your dog to make you both as visible as possible. The brightest colors are best and a flashing light such as a bicycle light that flashes are worth their weight in gold. Also, for your dog or cat, the purchase of an illuminated flashing collar is […]

How Can Dogs Eat That

While dogs excel in the listening department, their sense of taste is a bit less refined. This is certainly evident in some of the things they find tasty. Compared to humans, dogs have approximately 1/5 the number of taste buds. Perhaps this serves as an explanation for the little complaints we receive for feeding them […]

12 General Rules for Training Dogs

1. Training should be an enjoyable experience for you and your dog. If you are not in the right mood for training, don’t even start. Keep training sessions short, on the order of 5-10 minutes, to maintain your dog’s motivation. If your dog doesn’t respond appropriately to a command after several attempts, don’t reward him. […]

Tips for Training Your Dog in Different Environments

According to Dr. Nicholas Dodman, once you have a dog performing the desired response greater than 85 percent of the time in a quiet undisturbed environment, you can move onto the next stage; starting to shape the behavior toward the ideal response. You might begin by rewarding a progressively faster SIT, that is, rewarding the […]

Dog to Dog Communication

Without a sound, two properly socialized dogs meeting for the first time can size each other up in just a few moments. An exchange of glances can tell each canine if they’re going to be friends or enemies. How can dogs do this without a sophisticated verbal language? The answer: facial expressions, body language and […]

Exercising Your Senior Dog

Exercise and play is important to all dogs, including your elderly dog. First of all, exercise helps maintain a healthy body weight. Being overweight may lead to a number of health problems. It places excess stress on your pet’s heart. Excess weight on degenerating joints can speed up the development of arthritis. Your elderly dog’s […]

6 Common Dogs Conditions – Learn How to PREVENT Them

1. Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD) – This disease is most often genetic and cannot be prevented. It is most common in Dachshund dogs due to a genetic problem with the disc. You can minimize the chance of this problem by preventing your dog from jumping off the bed or furniture. Provide a ramp if needed […]

Is A Dog’s Mouth Cleaner Than A Human’s?

Fiction. This misconception regarding the cleanliness of dog’s mouths probably originated from the thought that most diseases are species specific. This means that most communicable canine diseases, with the exception of rabies, do not generally affect humans. While it is true that dog bites are less likely to transmit a communicable disease to a human, […]

5 Signs That Your Dog Is Aging

If you are like me, then you love your dog so much that you wish he could live forever! Unfortunately, we can’t ignore some of the changes that occur as the years go by… Every dog ages differently, but there are some common changes that occur as the body ages. Today I want to tell […]