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How Your Dog Comforts you Through Stress and Addiction

How Dogs Help with Anxiety and Addiction

Every year, 40 million people suffer from anxiety in the U.S. It is a large problem as winter sets in and less sunlight is available in the northern part of the country. And now, with a major health concern forcing us to isolate from others, it is even more difficult to stop feeling caged in. It is always important to reach out to a certified psychologist to navigate a treatment option, but if you are receiving treatment for an anxiety disorder, your dog may also be another asset in helping to shield you from excess worry. Here, we highlight how your dog can help in the battle of stress disorders and other anxieties you may have.

Dogs and Cuddling

Researchers at the University of Veterinary Medicine in Vienna discovered that both humans and dogs that cuddle receive an increase in oxytocin. Oxytocin is a “nine amino-acid neuropeptide” that is associated with creating bonds between family members or romantic partners. The bonds between dogs and their owners are like the bonds between mothers and children. The more quality time a person spent petting their dog, the more their oxytocin levels increased. Therefore, dogs are powerful in helping us feel like we belong in society. So, pet your dog and show them some love and the benefits will be exponential.

Get to Playing and Relieve Stress

Most furry friends enjoy playing and romping outdoors. But playing with our mutts also helps us to relieve our own stress. When we play with a pet, we reduce cortisol — our stress hormone. Dogs and humans share emotions during playtime, so it is best to interact with your dog when you are not angry or agitated. Physical exercise is great for both you and your pet. You both get to bond and have a great time.

Children’s Anxiety and Puppies

A peer-reviewed study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that 12% of children with dogs were anxious compared to 21% of children without pets. Pets provide a great companion for children and cause them to deal with less loneliness in their developing years. Children in the age bracket of 7 and 8-year-olds said pets were better than adults in offering comfort to them and giving them better self-esteem. Pets also provide responsibility for children, so they grow to become more dependable teenagers in the future. Owning a pet not only enhances your life, but it also helps the life of your adorable children.

Stop Smoking for Your Dog

Quitting a habit is no easy task. It takes willpower and gallons of strength. In 2015, only 30% of smokers wanted to continue smoking. Cigarette smoking is especially difficult because of the addictive nature of nicotine. However, in 2015, a whopping 28.4% of cigarette smokers admitted that knowing that smoking could harm their pets in the future gave them an added incentive to quit.

The nicotine in tobacco smoke can be expulsed into the air and mix with other chemicals. Nicotine and nitrous acid combine in this process and cause cancer-inducing compounds. Pets either breathe in these gases or touch surfaces where tobacco is present. As dogs get older in a smoker’s house, they experience lung damage or nose cancer. Therefore, if you are looking for the mental fortitude to quit smoking, just remember the consequences smoking may have on your best friend.

Keep Your Pet Close for Your Health

After looking at all the positive effects of having a pet, I think we can all agree it is better for our mental health to have a furry buddy. A pet provides the ultimate comfort in times of stress and anxiety. Pets help us become better people as children learn responsibility and independence. No wonder 85 million families own pets in the United States! If you want to find out more about pets and your physical health, check out this blog on getting active with your best pal.

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From 2021 to 1961: Pet Days in the White House

Pets in White House

As anyone knows, the most famous pet lives with the Commander-in-Chief. Most of the Presidents in the White House have or have had adorable dogs or cats. It is seen as a guaranteed right for the highest office to house an adorable pet. We take a look back in history at some of the most adorable members of the Cabinet.

2021: Champ and Major

Presidential Pet Champ and Major
Image by Instagram Joe Biden via Tatler

The newest German Shepard friends make it to the White House this January. Champ has been with the family since the Obama Administration in 2008 at 16-weeks (Three Months).

Major was brought into the Biden family after he was fostered with the family for a couple of months. They could not resist his puppy charms, so they adopted him in 2018 from the Delaware Human Association. Our next four years will be filled with cute dog moments in the White House!

2009-2017: Bo and Sunny

Presidential Puppy Bo and Sunny
Image by Pete Souza via Official White House Photo

This double trouble duo of Bo and Sunny first came into the White House after Barack Obama won the election in 2008. Bo entered the picture in 2009 and Sunny followed in 2013. Both are Portuguese Water Dogs. This breed is energetic and active, so if you are considering following the 44th President’s steps in getting a Portuguese Water Dog, you should consider how active you may want to be.

2001-2009: Freddy, Bob, Bernadette, Barley, and Miss Beazley Bush

Bush and Barney
Image by Alex Wang at Getty Images

The Bush family are fanatics when it comes to pets! They brought along Barney the Scottish Terrier to the White House in the 2000s, and he becomes a sensation with his Barney Cam web show. Sadly, both Barney and Miss Beazley Bush, the Scottish Terrier friends, died. However, Bob and Bernadette, both cute cats, are living in the Bush’s Ranch. While Freddy, a puppy from the SPCA, is the newest member. The ranch must be lively with all the cute critters.

1993-2001: Socks and Buddy

Clinton and Socks
Image by the Clinton Library via Facebook

Socks, the tuxedo cat, came to the Clintons in an usual way. When Chelsea Clinton was a child, she used to attend piano lessons. At her piano teacher’s house, two cats were living under the porch. During one of Chelsea’s piano classes, she went to the yard to play with the kittens. Socks immediately jumped up into her arms and the rest is history.

Buddy, a sweet chocolate Labrador came into the White House in 1997. The Clintons now have two new dogs named Maisie and Tally, so they can also be counted as animal lovers.

1989-1993: Sully, Spot, and Millie

H.W. Bush and Spot
Image by J. Scott Applewhite via AP Photo

Everyone that knew George H.W. Bush knew of his affection for dogs. His dog Millie, a Springer Spaniel, rose to stardom through her best-selling book, Millie’s Book. Millie’s son, Spot, also lived in the White House and later lived in the White House again when George W. Bush was president.

Sully, another famous pet, was with H.W. Bush during his life after the presidency. He was a yellow Labrador and a service dog that helped injured veterans. Sully is a Hospital Corpsman First Class and a statue in Sully’s honor is on display outside the America’s VetDog building in New York. Sully loved H.W. Bush so much that she would not leave his casket when he died. H.W. Bush knew about the loyalty of a canine!

1981-1989: Lucky and Rex

Ronald Reagan did not move into the White House with a dog, but he got one as soon as a poster girl for the March of Dimes handed him a Bouvier des Flandres in 1985. They named him Lucky, and he began causing havoc all through the White House with his giant paws. His favorite place to visit was Camp David. Reagan realized the dog needed more space to expel all his energy, so he moved him out of the White House and into Reagan Ranch.

But soon after, Reagan bought an adorable King Charles Spaniel for Christmas and called him Rex. Both Nancy and Ronald Reagan loved their pets and mourned for them when they died. Reagan held funeral services for each pet. Pets were important in the lives of the Reagans.

1977-1981: Grits, Lewis Brown, and Misty Malarky Ying Yang

Like many presidents before him, Jimmy Carter did not move to the White House with a dog. However, his daughter’s schoolteacher bestowed a Border Collie mix on the family, and they called him Grits because of Carter being born in Georgia.  Finally, they gave Grits back to the schoolteacher because of behavioral problems.

They needed to deal with Misty Malarky Ying Yang, the Siamese Cat. The cat moved in with them to the White House, but he supposedly did not get along swimmingly with Grits. Misty was so famous that Gabor Szabo created a song for the adorable cat. Lewis Brown, the Afgan Hound, lived quietly in the White House while Misty Malarky Ying Yang and Grits got all the attention. Carter sure lived an eventful life!

1974-1977: Liberty and Shan

In President Ford’s memoir, A Time to Heal, he tells the hilarious story of how he acquired his cute Golden Retriever. His photographer, David, called a breeder, but he did not want to reveal that the dog was going into the White House. The breeder asked if Ford owned or rented the house. David replies, “I guess you might call it public housing.” However, finally, the breeder understood that it was someone in the oval office and the dog was transported to Washington. Liberty also had a litter of puppies in the White House, so she got the royal treatment.

Shan, a seal point Siamese, moved in with the family into the White House. She spent all her time with Ford’s daughter and was very close to her. The Fords loved their pets, and Gerald Ford spent time in the morning walking Liberty every day.

1969-1974: Checkers, Pasha, Vicky, and King Timahoe

Checkers, the cocker spaniel, is the most famous dog in presidential history. On September 23, 1952, Nixon gave what people consider his “Checker’s Speech.” It was one of the first speeches given to appeal to television viewers. Nixon defends his supposed “corruption” in the speech as a vice-presidential candidate alongside presidential candidate Dwight D. Eisenhower. He briefly talked about the puppy his daughters’ received as a gift. Nixon declares, “we’re gonna keep [the dog].” And he did just that! Eisenhower won the election thanks to the help of a little Cocker Spaniel. Talk about puppy power!

Pasha, Vicky, and King Timahoe all joined the White House after 1969. All the dogs got along well, and they had a great time in the White House. King Timahoe was an Irish Settler, Pasha was a Yorkshire Terrier, and Vicky was a French Poodle. Nixon loved all the dogs, and they loved him back!

1963-1969: Him and Her

Him and Her at the White House
Image by Ghost of Cities via The White House

Another dog lover, Lyndon B. Johnson, had two beagles named Him and Her. Johnson made national headlines when a photo surfaced of him pulling on Him’s ears. He quickly issued an apology stating that he played with Him like that all the time, and he did not mind it. Despite this, a 1964 Life article shared how Him and Her could swim in the White House pool and sleep in the Oval Office. It was obvious Johnson only wanted the best for the dogs. As dog owners, sometimes unfortunate slip-ups are made when dealing with animals, but these are learning experiences to consider.

1961-1963: Debbie, Billie, Tom Kitten, Robin, Macaroni, Tex, Pushinka, Charley, Clipper, Shannon, Maybelle, Blueball, and Wolf

John F. Kennedy definitely wins the prize for most pets in the White House. Kennedy did not mind animals roaming all around while he was working. In Kennedy’s White House he had:

  • Two Hamsters (Billie and Debbie)
  • The Gray Cat (Tom Kitten)
  • They had three Ponies named Macaroni, Tex, and Pushinka
  • A lively Welsh Terrier named Charley; A German Sheppard named Clipper; a Cocker Spaniel named Shannon; and the last dog, an Irish Wolfhound named Wolf.
  • Two colorful parakeets named Maybelle and Bluebell, and a Canary named Robin  

         As you can see, Kennedy’s family refused to live without their pets, and we also agree your pets should go with you wherever your next career move may be.

Your own Presidential Pet!

We hope you enjoyed taking a walk-through history by viewing some of the presidents’ favorite pets. If you are planning on moving into Washington and want a puppy, contact as at MyNextPup. We will help you adopt an adorable dog and transport them. You’ll be sure to have the best pup!

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Adorable Dog Names for Your Thanksgiving Pet

Thanksgiving Pet Names

If your puppy is born during November or you adopt your puppy around Thanksgiving, you should consider a stellar name to go along with your amazing pet. The fall brings a lot of foods and spices filled with warmth, and it might just go along with your adorable pup’s personality.

Ginger

Dog named Ginger

Ginger comes from the English word for the brown spice. Despite Ginger associating with Christmas, Pumpkin Pie uses ginger to give a unique flavor. It’s a great name for the “Ginger Rogers” in your family.

Spice

“Sugar and spice and everything nice.” Spice is most prevalent in the United States and it’s perfect for your little zinger. While most women in the 1940s named Spice worked unpaid domestic duties, your pup will have you wrapped around their finger.

Pumpkin

Name your Puppy Pumpkin

Since we have a deep affection for our Pumpkin lattes and Pumpkin patches, it’s time to give our best friend the treasured name Pumpkin. The Pumpkin is a fruit – not a vegetable. At the end of May, farmers plant the Pumpkin seeds in the United States. If you have a furry little cuddle ball, you should consider Pumpkin as your name.

Rocky

If you’re a fanatic about history, you’ll love a name that pays homage to Plymouth Rock.  The Pilgrims arrived in Plymouth Rock in 1623. One million visitors travel to the spot each year to reminisce about America’s origin. If you want your dog to represent America, you should go with Rocky.

Apple

Name your Puppy Apple

It may not be the first pie you think of but Apple Pie comes in a close second on the dessert tray for Thanksgiving. Coming in many varieties, apples can be sweet or sour. If your friend has both qualities, Apple might be the appropriate name for your best bud.

Autumn

A name that is quickly becoming popular, Autumn ranked 82 in the United States in 2020. The name Autumn signifies a time of bountiful harvest, so if your fur baby gives you many blessings in life, Autumn may be an appropriate name.

Hudson

This one goes only to the most sophisticated of pets. The name Hudson comes from the Hudson River. When the Pilgrims were at the end of their voyage from England, they crossed from Cape Cod into the mouth of the Hudson River before settling back in Cape Cod because of the dangerous weather conditions. It is known as a strong English name, and it is not very popular. If you want your pet to stand out, go for Hudson as the chosen name.

Cinnamon

Everyone knows fall is in the air when the warm scent of cinnamon baked goods hits your nose. Cinnamon is found in the bark of various types of trees from the Cinnamomum genus. Cinnamon is used for its flavor and health benefits. If you love cinnamon and your pet, it’s a match made in heaven.

Pick the Perfect Name

This Thanksgiving, give your dog a name that goes along with the season. You never know what spice or historical landmark will catch your eye. If you want to know more about how to enjoy Thanksgiving with your pet, check out our tips for spending time together with your furball.

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The First 24 Hours with Your New Pup

24 Hours with Your Puppy

You got a dog! Congratulations! You just made a fantastic decision to adopt a new family member. If you are a first-time dog owner, you may be unaware of several things that may happen as soon as your new friend enters your household. We break down the first 24 hours with your new puppy.

From 12 a.m. to 5 a.m. -Puppies and Sleep at Night

Puppies and Sleep

The temptation to allow your friend to sleep in your bed is inescapable, but it is far better for your puppy to learn crate training at first. Your best bet is to let your puppy sleep near you to reassure them that they are not alone in a new environment. As a puppy becomes accustomed to its new surroundings, it will no longer fear any part of your home. Puppies will need to go out multiple times a night, so you should be prepared to wake up to crying for a couple of months.

You can even play soothing music for your puppy to help calm them at night. According to a study done on shelter dogs at the University of Queensland, music encouraged dogs to relieve stress and constant boredom. Through a Dog’s Ears, by Lisa Spector, is a clinically proven album of soothing piano music for your pet.

The first 4 Hours and Beyond: Be Aware of Small Bladders

Puppies continue to grow and change, and because of this, they are often not in control of their bladders. Most puppies at 14 weeks can only control their bladders for an hour. It is why you should create a schedule for when your puppy is able to go outside. When potty training your dog, it is best to let them go out frequently, so they can understand what spots in your yard are acceptable.

9 a.m. to Afternoon: Your Puppy is In It for Attention

Most people understand how much work a new pup is, but it should be said again: puppies are not just cute and adorable, they need constant care. A puppy can be left alone in a crate for a few hours if you need to run out to the store, but puppies are like babies. Puppies may sleep for over 16 hours each day but when they are awake, most furry friends will be attempting to cause mischief by biting household objects or stealing food. For the first few weeks, a puppy needs to be constantly corrected on what they can and cannot do. Therefore, it is your responsibility to contemplate how a puppy will fit into your schedule.

12 p.m. to 1 p.m. -Be Aware that Puppies can’t Walk for Long

Puppies Can't Walk for Long

Yes, all dogs require some form of a daily walk, but puppies are special because they are still growing into majestic adults. As puppies develop, their bones are still growing. It is important to make sure your pup is not running up and down stairs. Depending on how large your dog will be, their bones may grow faster or slower.

Since puppies are so delicate, there are strict requirements on how long they should exercise. The rule of thumb taken from medical professionals is to exercise your dog “five minutes per month of age.” So, take it easy on your little buddy and wait until he is older to engage in anything extreme.

1 p.m. to 12 a.m. -And Most Importantly, Teach Your Puppy about Boundaries

Puppies are cute and wonderful, but you need to remember puppies are just like children. If you are a parent, you understand the importance of setting rules. Dogs remember certain things and record them in their brains. If you let your dog jump on the couch once, it will be difficult to teach him to not do it anymore. When you have an energetic pup, you can show them what is acceptable and what is not. Look for a great puppy socialization class near you when your friend reaches 7 weeks.  After that, you can sign up your friend for a proper training class at 6 months old.

But please remember, look for a trainer that uses positive reinforcements instead of punishments like prong or shock collars. Scientific data following the teachings of psychological behaviorism proves that harsh punishments can only cause your dog further anxiety instead of improving their behavior. So, make boundaries but do it in a loving way. You are never allowed to take out your anger or irritation on your cute pup.

From 24 Hours to Forever: Just Hang in There

As they always say, “the best things in life are worth waiting for.” Your pup may not be perfect and make a mess sometimes, but you still love them anyway. Getting a puppy is exciting and a lot of responsibility. If you persevere and remember our puppy rules, you’ll continue to grow a great relationship with your little fella.

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4 Urgent Factors For Your Dog and Home

Bringing a pet home

You may dream of having a majestic German Shepard or playing frisbee with an American Water Spaniel, but it is important to consider what home you live in. During the pandemic, many families long for a loving companion of their own. It is imperative to understand what breed is best for your living condition. Here we break down what you should contemplate when buying a dog according to your living situation.

What Dog is Right for You According to your Living Space?

If you live in an apartment or farm there are several factors you must think of first. If your space is limited, you will be unable to please a dog that longs to run across acres of farmland. Consider these factors when picking a friendly new member of your family:

Exercise Needs

In an apartment, you should be looking for a furry friend that is low energy. Some breeds you may consider include Poodles, French bulldogs, or Greyhounds for low energy companions. More active breeds include Border Collies, Dalmatians, or Doberman Pinchers. Whether large or small, be honest about how active you are, so you will not need to worry about being a star athlete.

Size

You may want a big dog, but you may not realize how much space a big dog needs. Depending on the measurements of your home, your wondrous canine may be inclined to feel like a brambling giant. If you have a yearning to invite a friend over, your large new pet may be taking up too much real estate. Think about how much you value personal space and what you consider to be the perfect size before you invest in a new companion.

Energy Level

 How many of us long for a boisterous puppy? Well, when that dog grows up, you might consider how much you want an equally boisterous adult. An energetic Giant Schnauzer may trip over grandma and cause an unfortunate accident. Kids also need to be careful with sensitive breeds because they may not like as much affection and roughhousing. A delicate Chihuahua may be too susceptible to harsh play for a family. It is important to find the perfect energy and character for your household.

Stranger Danger

Some dogs are more friendly than others. Depending on how many parties you host at your household, you may appreciate a dog that is less of a guard and more of a party animal. Protective breeds can get accustomed to other people if they are frequently socialized when they are younger. It is important to consider if you prefer a German Shepard and its overprotective tendencies or if you just need a lovable Golden Retriever. Along with accepting strangers, a dog may like or dislike large amounts of noise. A Labrador Retriever is more willing to accept chaotic situations than a timid Australian Shepherd Husky.

Preparing for your Puppy

Pay attention to these four factors when considering your next dog purchase for your home. A bad match could result in a bad partnership that could last seven to fifteen years. If you want to find out more about how to prepare before welcoming a puppy to your home, check out this guide.

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Why Goldendoodle Puppies Make The Best Pets

goldendoodle puppies

Have you ever seen Goldendoodle puppies? Whether you have or you haven’t, they are about as cute as cute gets. They’re soft, smart, sweet and friendly, and they’re a dog breed that everyone just loves.

By all accounts, these dogs, which are crosses between a Golden Retriever and a Poodle, are one of the most well-rounded dog breeds out there. It makes sense, too; Goldendoodles exhibit the best qualities of both of their parent breeds. If you’re in the market for a new furry friend, you should give a lot of thought and consideration to adopting or buying a Goldendoodle.

Goldendoodles’ Beginnings

Goldendoodles were first bred in the 1990s. A dog that is the result of mixing two breeds is known as a designer dog, and Goldendoodles were created when pet owners began to seek a larger version of the first-ever designer dog breed, the Cockapoo. Cockapoos first emerged in the 1960s and were a successful and popular merger of Cocker Spaniels and Poodles; people loved and still love Cockapoos, but some people wanted a similar but larger version.

Most Goldendoodle puppies today are the result of a cross of one parent from each of the two breeds. There have been few successful crosses – also known as multigenerational breeding – of two adult Goldendoodles thus far.

Because this breed is rather new in comparison to many others, there are not many breed clubs in existence for this unique breed other than the Goldendoodle Association of North America which was founded in recent years. The American Kennel Club does not yet officially recognize this designer breed, but many owners and online groups that exist to celebrate the Goldendoodle will be happy to tell you wonderful things about this breed. 

Read on to find out a wide variety of reasons why Goldendoodle puppies are so great. By the end of this article, you’ll soon be dreaming about having your very own Goldendoodle pup. 

Ten Reasons Goldendoodle Puppies Are the Best

1. They’re great with kids.

If you’re looking for a great puppy for your child or children, then a Goldendoodle puppy is a wonderful choice. They are not aggressive or territorial and get along with everyone. They love to play and cuddle and they are very social; it’s likely that your child will tire before your Goldendoodle does.

2. They don’t shed very much.

All dogs with a longer coat shed a little, but some shed more than others. Goldendoodles hardly shed at all, and this is great if you are someone who doesn’t like vacuuming every day.

Goldendoodles come in three different coat types, straight, wavy, or curly, depending on which of their parents’ genes they received. Those with straight coats have smooth fur that is more like the fur of their Golden Retriever parent, some have curly hair that is more like their Poodle parent, and some have wavy hair that is somewhere in the middle.

3. Goldendoodles come in all sizes and colors.

Because there are three different sizes of Poodles, Standard, Toy, Miniature, and Toy, there is a wide range of sizes of Goldendoodles available as well. Most Goldendoodles are a cross between a Golden Retriever and a Standard Poodle and grow up to weigh between fifty and seventy pounds. Smaller Goldendoodles weighing between fifteen and forty-five pounds are possible when crossing a Golden Retriever with one of the smaller Poodle breeds.

Also, Poodles come in a variety of colors. Although Golden Retrievers are always a blond, golden color, the introduction of the Poodle colors can result in a number of different shades in the Goldendoodle end result.

4. They are smart and learn quickly.

Goldendoodles, and especially Goldendoodle puppies, have a great desire to please humans and to learn. They want to be around people all the time and seem to enjoy training. They learn skills and tricks rapidly and retain many of the intelligence traits found in their parents.

5. Goldendoodles live a long and healthy life.

No matter what type of dog breed you choose, it’s crucial that you buy from a reputable breeder for optimum dog health. Seeking out a breeder with a health guarantee is always good practice. With that said, though, most Goldendoodles experience fewer health problems than some other dog breeds. 

Some of the health problems your Goldendoodle may experience, such as ear infections and allergies, are easily treatable. Others, however, such as hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, and Von Willebrand’s Disease, may be harder to deal with, but likely won’t arise until much later in your dog’s life.

Despite these common ailments, Goldendoodles are generally healthy dogs who will experience a long and happy life with you.

6. They are friendly and easy to handle.

Goldendoodles are outgoing without being pushy and are loyal to a fault. Their main goal in life is pleasing their owner, so once you get yours, be prepared for a companion who will never want to leave your side. In exchange for their wonderful qualities, these dogs require lots of attention and may get separation anxiety when you are apart. If you are someone who works or travels a lot, a Goldendoodle may not be the right breed for you. 

7. Goldendoodles are good for people who suffer from allergies.

Because Goldendoodles don’t shed much, they are a great choice for owners with allergies. They are not hypoallergenic, but people who have allergies often find that Goldendoodles set off their symptoms far less frequently than other, similar breeds.

8. This breed is energetic and sporty.

People who love sports and outdoor activities love Goldendoodles because they love to run and play all day. If you’re looking for a dog that can keep up with your active lifestyle, then a Goldendoodle may be perfect for you.

However, also keep in mind that they need lots of space and exercise on a regular basis, and they are not really suited for apartment living. Goldendoodles love to run and they need to run every day. 

9. They love water.

If you live near a river, lake or ocean, and enjoy swimming and playing in the water, then a Goldendoodle will be great for you. These dogs love the water and will flop around in it and swim in it any chance they get. 

10. Goldendoodles get along well with other dogs. 

Goldendoodles are friendly and happy-go-lucky not just with humans, but with other dogs as well. If you bring your Goldendoodle to the dog park, chances are that he or she will make some new friends within minutes and will soon be running around with a whole crew of happy pups. If you already have a dog in your home, introducing your Goldendoodle puppy to the pack will be a breeze. 

Happy Goldendoodle Shopping

Now that you know about all the wonderful qualities of this fantastic designer breed, you may want to go out and get one right away. Due to the popularity of Goldendoodles, you may have a hard time finding one.

Goldendoodle puppies are quickly adopted and this breed is rarely in rescues or shelters. Still, keep at it and keep looking and soon you will have a Goldendoodle of your very own. Good luck!

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Picking the Right Pup

Picking the right puppy is a big decision, but we want to help!

There are puppies for sale but you need help deciding which to take home. Picking the right pup to bring into your life is difficult, but we hope to help you think it through.

We have identified the main areas of consideration when choosing your fur ever friend. These areas are breed and size, activity and exercise, along with time and place.

Nothing like picking the right puppy and see it running excitedly toward you.

Picking a Pup that is the Right Breed and Size

The breed of dog you will be owning makes a huge difference in their temperament, size, and overall cost.

Some breeds of dogs like Labrador retrievers, golden retrievers, bulldogs, and newfound lands are naturally prone to being calmer and more friendly. Other breeds like pit bulls, Chihuahuas, and dachshunds can be prone to more aggressive behavior. That is not to say these are inherently safe or dangerous breeds, but that each breed is predisposed to a certain temperament, and that you should consider their nature when purchasing your pet.

For example, a smaller dog like a pug may save you money in food over their life-spans, but this particular breed of dog is prone to breathing and lung problems which can wind up costing you more money in veterinarian costs. The same is true of very large dogs as well, such as a Great Dane. Great Danes are prone to heart problems due to their massive size which can be taxing on their cardiovascular system. These cardiovascular issues can also lead to high vet bills so be aware of this before purchasing these, and similar, breeds.

Activity and Exercise

While you may think that activity and exercise are one and the same, there are some differences when it comes to keeping your particular breed of pet happy.

For example, a border collie is a high-energy, high-drive breed of dog which needs both mental and physical stimulation in the form of activities. Activities can include things like learning new tricks, obstacle courses, interaction with other animals, and of course physical exercise like walks and runs. If a highly intelligent breed of dog like this is left unstimulated, they can cause problems and become a nuisance to their owners and family members.

Other breeds like the bulldog are more suited to a companion lifestyle where they get enough exercise on a daily basis, but do not necessarily crave activity and stimulation like a border collie would. These dogs are best for elderly owners or people with small children who may interact unpredictably with the dog.

Think about how active you currently are, how active you want to be, and how much energy you are willing to expend on your pet. Knowing your limits and their needs will help keep both of you happy.

A group of puppies looking for a new home.

Time and Place

There are only twenty four hours in a day, and most of those are spent sleeping or working. How many hours do you have each day to dedicate to your dog?

The amount of time spent on your dog will largely depend on its age and activity level. Puppies, by nature, require significantly more time commitment. Picking the right pup will be largely based on your lifestyle. They need to go outside more frequently, exercise more frequently, and be monitored much more closely than a dog over the age of 2. Once your dog is accustomed to your schedule you can better plan your time, but during the early stages, be prepared to spend a ton of time with your puppy.

The place you live is also important when deciding the right breed. If you have a home with a backyard that is fenced in, your responsibilities will be a lot easier when it comes to potty training and light activities. If you live in an apartment or condo you will be limited to outdoors activities in designated areas or sidewalks.

Apartments and condos also typically have breed and weight restrictions along with pet deposits that you will want to be aware of. Review your lease agreement prior to making any final decisions.

Decision

Naturally, you will be tempted by the puppies for sale, but knowing everything that has been outlined above will help you make an informed decision and give you and your new puppy a fantastic life.

Still Can’t Decide on the Right Pup to Pick?

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New puppy giving you the blues? Here’s How to Handle it.

New pets are very fun and exciting, but can also bring in new stress into your life. It is important to process and accept these stresses and changes.

New Puppy Blues? Here’s How to Handle Them

You saw the “Puppies for sale” sign and you decided to fulfill your dream of pet ownership.
It is both a rewarding and exhausting process to own a pet – but you knew this before you invested in a lifelong partner. What you didn’t know was just how exhausting it truly is to own a new puppy.

Lately you have begun to have feelings of regret.
“Did I make a mistake?”
“Am I ready to own a dog for 10+ years?”

The good news is that these feelings are normal, and they have a name. These feelings are colloquially referred to as the “puppy blues” and they are temporary.

Signs and Symptoms:

You may be wondering if the “puppy blues” are what you’re experiencing. Sure you’ve got some frustration, but can it be classified as “puppy blues”? Signs that you may have the puppy blues include feelings of helplessness, anger and frustration, exhaustion, regret, buyer’s remorse, anxiety, feelings of being overwhelmed, resentment towards your dog, and feeling a loss of your freedom/time.

Symptoms that you may have the puppy blues include sleep deprivation, agitation, irritability, abnormally short temper, and erratic behavior towards others (not towards the puppy).

Sleep:

Tiredness during the early stages of dog ownership is an unfortunate and inescapable side-effect of the relationship. What matters most is how you deal with tiredness and how you can work to improve your, and your pup’s sleep. It is recommended that you and your pup sleep in separate rooms to maximize your potential for quality sleep. As tough as it may be to hear your puppy whine and cry during the night, these nights are necessary.

It is important to have your pet sleep in a crate during the early stages to ensure that they are in a safe, contained, and controlled space. It is not inhumane or cruel to confine your pet to a crate; in fact it is the safer way of treating them. Puppies are unpredictable and curious. Without the proper measures in place, they could hurt themselves and your property.

In order to maximize your sleep, try the following things:

  • Get a source of static noise. Something like a fan, sounds of nature, etc.
  • Keep your puppy’s crate in a room away from yours to cut down on the noise. 
    • It is OK to have them sleep with you the first night or two, but after that it is time for them to sleep alone.
  • Have a regular sleep schedule.
    • This will help potty train your puppy to know that at a certain hour they will go potty.
    • This will also help you track your sleep quality and make changes as needed.

Expectations:

Another crucial element to dealing with the “puppy blues” is setting and managing expectations. According to FidoSavvy.com with a puppy you can expect to:

  1. Afford equipment, food, training and health care (The Cost of Owning A Dog)
  2. Spend time on potty training… and cleaning up the inevitable messes.
  3. Be woken up once or twice a night for potty breaks, possibly for weeks
  4. Spend time daily working on manners and basic obedience.
  5. Invest time and money in formal obedience classes.
  6. Have your belongings chewed or damaged (even after puppy proofing).
  7. Stay home because your puppy can’t be alone for long periods – even when you want to go out.
  8. Feel worried or anxious about your puppy’s health/diet/behavior

Puppies are new to the world and it is your role to acclimate them to this wonderful world in place of their mother through training and attention. Understanding these expectations will help you cut down on feelings of frustration and being overwhelmed.

Help:

The final element to dealing with “puppy blues” is knowing when, and not being afraid to ask for help.

Many of your friends, family, and neighbors will be so happy and excited to meet and play with your puppy. Don’t hesitate to ask someone if they can take your pup on a walk for you in the evening so that you can relax; if even for only an hour. These moments of down time will help preserve your sanity and energy levels so that you can focus on raising your puppy with the care it deserves.

Conclusion:

The next time you see the “puppies for sale” sign, don’t be surprised if it feels like more than you bargained for.

By knowing the signs and symptoms, understanding the importance of sleep, managing expectations, and asking for help you will be able to combat the “puppy blues”; be it with your puppy or that of someone you know.
For more stories and to take comfort in the fact that you’re not alone, check out this link to forums discussing puppy blues.

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Puppies Desperately need Microchips Now

Pets after getting their microchip

So, you picked the right pup for you. Now, you must make sure they are safe! The simplest way to ensure the safety of your pet is to make sure that they are microchipped. In the United States, 6.5 million companion animals go to shelters every year and 1.5 million of these animals end up euthanized. Looking at the data above presents a compelling argument on microchipping your pet.

What is a microchip:

The RSPCA defines a microchip as a “permanent method of electronic identification.” At the size of a grain of rice, the microchip is a non-invasive and permanent safeguard against the possibility of your pet going unidentified if they are lost. Microchips implant into the animal subcutaneously – below the surface of the skin – via a hypodermic needle comparable to those used during routine injections for your pet. The microchip goes between the shoulder blades of your pet for easy scanning. The RSPCA also states, “Each chip has a unique number that is detected using a microchip scanner. The microchip number is recorded on a microchip database registry with details about the animal and the owner.”

Advantages of a microchip:

The main benefit of microchipping a pet is that it will be returned home. Based on a 2009 study from ScienceDaily, “the return-to-owner rate for cats was 20 times higher and for dogs 2 ½ times higher for microchipped pets than were the rates of return for all stray cats and dogs that had entered the shelters.” Every veterinary office or animal shelter will be able to easily and quickly identify your pet and get in contact with the owner.

Another advantage of microchipping is affordability. Petfinder estimates that the average cost of microchipping is a $45 one-time fee to implant the microchip. Afterward, you must register your pet in a national database for identification purposes. When compared to traditional identification methods such as physical ID tags which cost, on average $12 (not including the collar) it is easy to justify microchipping. The permanent nature of a microchip compared to the impermanence of a physical ID tag illustrates the value of microchipping. For less than $0.13 per day (over the first year) you can rest assured that your pet can be identified in case of emergencies.

Ease of installation is another advantage of microchips. With a quick and relatively pain-free procedure, the process of implanting a microchip is something that can be done during routinely scheduled veterinary visits. The entire process takes less than a minute and will not cause your pet any undue stress or harm. The best time to microchip a pet is when it is a puppy or kitten.

Next steps:

Contact your local veterinarian or animal shelter to get a quote on pricing for a microchip; if your pet does not already have one implanted. If your pet does have the microchip already, make sure you have updated your contact information.

Spread the word! Tell pet owners about the benefits of microchipping your pet! Your efforts could save someone’s pet from losing their family!

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7 Helpful Tips for Successful Puppy Training

puppies for sale

Are you getting a new puppy? Well, congratulations! It’s such a fantastic thing. By now, you have already decided on the breed you will get, or at least you’re looking at options. But something is lingering in your mind. How will I train it?

Obviously, this will be a new responsibility for you to ensure that the pet will behave appropriately. You don’t want your neighbors calling animal control because you’re unable to tame your dog.

So if you are looking for puppy training tips, here’s a comprehensive guide on the best ways to train your dog. Read further.

Successful Puppy Training Tips

There are many varieties of puppies; the Labradoodle, the golden doodle, and many more. To have them listen to your every command, make merry with your friends, and behave appropriately, you need to train them.

Training a pup is a whole pile easier with the right understanding of dog behavior and pack mentality. Plus of course, a bag of treats. That’s why these seven tips below will allow your training to be successful.

1. Give Your Puppy an Identity

Once you get home with your new puppy, it’s advisable to name him/her. Similar to when you get a baby, you want to name them and give them an identity. Try a name ending with a consonant to allow the puppy to hear it clearly, once called out.

If you buy an older puppy, you may find that they already have a name. You have the choice of changing it or embracing it. Just make sure it’s associated with something beautiful, warm, and loving. Remember that you will instruct them a lot of times and thus the name should be short and easy to pronounce.

2. Bond as much as You Can

It’s vital to have a relationship with the puppy during training. Especially during the first two to three weeks. Play with it, embrace it and socialize with it. It’s also an excellent time to introduce it to its environment and the surrounding people.

The process aims to open the puppy to a new world. The pet was probably at a place or facility, where their outside contact was limited and at times, never possible.

Taking walks creates a bond. Also, Let the pup meet its new family.

3. Define the House Rules

A good part of training a pup recommends having schedules and rules to follow. The goal is to bring order and control in the home with a new member to the family.

The schedule should table designated time against its designated activity. For example, what time to take the dog out to eliminate? What time does the pet eat? What time to nap? Who does what with the dog? This helps ensure that all the family members get quality time with the dog and the pet also gets some time alone to relax or nap.

Pup training dictates that limitations have to be set to avoid mistakes here and there – for example, no playing on the bed. These limits are not meant to be punishable acts per se. They are a way to guide the dog towards performing good behavior and refraining from bad habits.

Besides bringing order, house rules make it easier for you to train the pet even when you’re busy with other activities, like work. The schedule for the dog can be passed over to a caretaker or the kids.

4. Get a Crate for His Training

Buying a crate is the number one rule to puppy obedience training. Call it his or her private den, but it’s a secluded area where the dog can cool off without supervision. The privatized place could be his sleeping den where he gets to relax and nap.

A crate is essential for training the pup. A separate, yet secure place that feels like home is the right environment for the pup to sleep. You can customize the crate to fit the dog perfectly in size.

You can add accessories like a heater nearby or a water pen. Where you place the crate is also important. Ensure the area is somewhere dark and secluded to make it conducive for relaxation.

5. Be Consistent with the Commands

The hardest part about the training is teaching the puppy how to listen and pay attention. Especially for older dogs, their short spans of concentration makes it harder for them to attend to you. That is why you have to be consistent.

The usual commands simplify training for you. It’s a good idea to use the same easy phrases for common activities. For example, for places where they eliminate, or when you’re introducing them to a new concept. Teach them one phrase to follow throughout.

Treat every command with seriousness, so the puppy understands this isn’t a social call.

6. Rewards for Good Behavior

Pet training is quite easy as long as you understand the dog mentality. However, you may get a few setbacks from the puppy. Cleaning up their poop, washing your seats after they mess it up, and cleaning their crates.

Most dogs will perform a bad behavior, but its best to ignore it. You are advised to not physically punish the dog. This will make it less likely for them to perform the bad behavior again.

There is no point in secluding a dog as a form of punishment. It serves no purpose in training. Instead, the dog will wonder in confusion leading to distress.

7. End the Day with Compliments

To wind up on these obedience training tips, complete every day or every training session with compliments. Praise them and shower them with caresses, petting, or treats. It will entice them to do their next task, knowing they made you happy and proud of their efforts.

Find Your Next Puppy

Getting a puppy is a great experience. A new best friend to play with and walk with, in the park. But when you think about puppy training them, you get discouraged.

You don’t have to anymore. With these tips above, you can easily learn how to tame your puppy. Contact us, and let’s guide you as you get your next puppy.