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How To Teach Your New Dog Its Name - Puppy's Home
We all love our furry little companions. When bringing home a new dog you may be anxious to start getting to know your little puppy. Hopefully, by the time you get your pet home you will already have a name picked out for it. Names are crucial in not only the training process but giving your little puppy a sense of identity as it blossoms into a full-grown dog. At first, your new puppy will not know its name. Luckily, there are easy steps in which are designed to help you to teach your new dog its name and begin to bond together.
The best way to teach a dog its name is to use positive reinforcement. We suggest picking up some of your puppy's favorite treats and beginning a fun and easy name learning session with your furry buddy. Start by calling your dog's name. When your new dog reacts to the name give them a positive sound in the form of a yes or good boy/girl and then hand the dog a treat. Continue this process over and over every day until your dog responds even without the treat. At this point, you will want to start using your dogs name for other demands of your dog. Use your dog's name when you are grabbing the leash. When the dog comes praise, them and put the leash on. Continuing this process with different activities in your dog's life is the best way in which to acclimate it with its new name. Dogs love interaction and spending time with their owners. Overall, you want to make this process ass fun as you can for the both of you. Find everyday tasks you can do with your puppy and start working its name into commands as much as possible. Before you know it, your little buddy will know its name in no time at all!
- Hannah Choi
How to Dress Up Your Dog for Spring - Puppy's Home
by Katherine Huang
As the spring season comes around with its longer days and warmer weather, it means it’s time to put away the thick, knit sweaters and find some bright, lighter outfits for our furry best friends to wear! In the spring, the weather is still a bit chilly and it depends on your dog’s breed, size, and hair coat for how much your dog can keep himself or herself warm. When it comes to small dogs, toy breeds, lighter-bodied breeds with shorter or thinner hair coats, like a Chihuahua or short-haired Yorkie, they may have a harder time keeping themselves warm, so it’s important to dress them in some kind of outerwear. This way they can feel comfortably warm and be happier!
In the spring, the material of your dog’s outfits is also extremely important. While wool and heavier fabrics were ideal for winter, a material like washable cotton or acrylic would be more much suitable for spring.
Puppy’s Home makes it easy for you to find cute, comfortable, breathable, spring-friendly outfits for your dogs.
1. Small Dog Harness
Puppy’s Home has a wide array of dog harnesses for you to select. Small dog harnesses are perfect for spring because they are light-weight and allow your dog to breathe. Spring is a little warmer so it’s important to dress your dog in a lighter-weight small dog harness that allows your dogs’ bodies to breathe. One of our most popular small dog harnesses is the Puppia Step-In Soft Vest Harness. The light air mesh material is perfect for spring because it is so breathable and it comes in so many fun colors for spring. In particular, the Puppia Spring Garden Over-Head Dog Harness just screams “springtime!” with its cute floral pattern that comes in 3 colors. Another popular choice is the Wrap and Snap Choke Free Dog Harness in Maui Pink and Hawaiian Blue. Again, this floral printed dog harness is perfect for your dog’s transition into spring. Other great options are the Cool Mesh Harness which comes in various colors or the Susan Lanci TInkie's Garden Step-In Harness which is ]perfect for a bold spring look.
2. Dog Raincoats
As the spring weather approaches, this inevitably means more rain! It is important to get your dog a raincoat because wet hair is very likely to make your dog uncomfortable and cold. Puppy’s Home has so many cute and smart options for the rain. The Rubber Duck Raincoat is waterproof with a duck face hood, both playful and adorable. The Fold Up Pocket Dog Raincoat is a great option because it conveniently folds up in a pouch and allows for easy carrying, so you can save room and travel on the go.
3. Bright Colors and Fun Patterns
The best part of the spring season is how it is the most perfect time for brightly colored outfits and floral, colorful patterned wear. You can put away the thick sweaters for walking your dog outside and bring out the light, floral dresses! The Ka-Bloom Dog Sundress by Oscar Newman and the Sunshine Chevron Dog Dress are both so fun and bright for the spring.
- Hannah Choi
Why do Dogs Chase Their Tails? - Puppy's Home
It’s no secret that dogs bring so much joy to their human companions. There’s nothing like coming home after a grueling day of work to a welcoming committee of dancing Chihuahuas, or getting your face smothered in slobbery kisses. You can’t help but smile - maybe even laugh. Our furbabies know how to make us happy, and will do anything to achieve that. One of the funniest things you’ll see a dog do is chase his own tail. While it’s pretty hilarious, especially with small dogs, have you ever stopped to wonder why they do it? Is it just a party trick, or is there something more to it than that?
Consider these possible reasons as to why your pup is a tail chaser:
Genetics - Believe it or not, there are certain breeds that chase their tails more than others. Specifically, dogs with predatory instincts. These include shepherds, terriers, and cattle dogs.
Not Feeling Well - Sometimes tail chasing is caused by an irritation. To be on the safe side, be on the lookout for fleas and get his anal glands checked.
Bored or Anxious - Dogs with excessive energy, such as Yorkies need to get the wiggles out somehow! He may just be looking for a way to pass the time until you return home, especially if your pup has anxiety or is alone quite often.
Seeking Attention - For the most part, dogs learn through reinforced behavior. For example, if you praise your Maltese, she’ll learn that tail chasing is an appropriate way to behave and repeat the activity in order to make you happy and feel your love.
Compulsion - Your pup may have Canine Compulsive Disorder (CCD). Generally caused by stress or conflict, some dogs exhibit exaggerated behaviors that are considered abnormal or out of context. Symptoms include tail chasing, biting, chewing, sucking a part of the body, and staring into space. If you have concerns, consult your veterinarian.
- Hannah Choi
Why Do Dogs Eat Grass? - Puppy's Home
From the smallest of dogs, like a Yorkie or a Chihuahua, to the largest of breeds, like St. Bernards or Wolf Hounds, one thing they have in common is their love for eating grass. Although certainly not appealing to any human being, dogs always seem to find a delectable patch of grass and will indulge, much like you and I would go after the tastiest ice cream. But for dogs, there may be a genuine reason why they like to eat grass, and here's why.
The Common Myth
A common myth is that dogs only eat grass when they are sick or have an upset stomach. Granted, 25% of dogs studied did have digestive problems when eating grass, and actually vomited after eating it, but 75% of the dogs didn't. In fact, only 10% of dogs that ate grass were considered sick overall, so there must be something else going on here.
Although dogs are carnivorous, they also need fiber in their diet too, and that is one of the reasons scientists believe that dogs eat grass. That extra fiber may help them when they are, ummm, going #2. It may help to empty their bowels and intestines, and may be a regular part of being a dog.
Of course, dogs may just like the taste of grass too. Eating grass has been studied in other wild types of dogs, including wolves and coyotes, and they seem to just eat grass because, well, quite possibly, it tastes good!
So, if your dog eats grass, they may have some type of digestive problem and grass may calm their stomach, but most likely, they just like the taste of it, making it the number one ingredient in every doggie salad.
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Reading Your Dog's Body Language - Puppy's Home
As any dog lover knows, dogs are expressive animals who are eager to interact and communicate their moods with their owners. Of course, your dog must primarily rely on body language to "speak" with you, and for many owners, it is not always clear how to understand this language. Below are four of the most common canine moods and the body language used to express them.
Alert and Aware
You can determine that your dog is alert to something new and interesting--or potentially threatening--when he stands tall and leans slightly forward with his tail held horizontally, his ears pitched forward, his mouth closed and his eyes wide.
Your dog is likely feeling stressed by something in his environment when he pulls his ears back, displays rapid panting with dilated pupils and puts his tail down while lowering the rest of his body.
Scared and Potentially Aggressive
Small dog owners in particular need to be in tune with their dog's body language when they are feeling scared or being aggressive; it is easy to not take a small dog's aggression seriously due to their size. You will know that your dog is feeling scared and is potentially aggressive when he lowers his body with his hackles raised and tail tucked, pulls his ears back, wrinkles his noses and curls his lips.
Recognizing that your dog is happy and in the mood to play with you is perhaps the easiest of his moods to understand. Your dog will hold his ears and tail up, will often wag his tail, his pupils will dilate and will have have his mouth open, often will his tongue sticking out.
- Hannah Choi
Do Dogs Have A Sixth Sense? - Puppy's Home
As a dog owner, you’ve probably wondered at times whether your dog has supernormal powers of awareness, or a ‘sixth sense’ if you will. Most dog lovers have known a dog that seemed to know when a loved one was coming home, racing to the door, whining, scratching, and wagging their tail in anticipation, even when that person was still miles away, and even when it wasn’t a regular time to come home. Then there’s the fact that dogs will often become protective and bark when a stranger comes to the door, but become friendly and calm if a bunch of strangers are invited in.
For centuries people have believed that dogs can sense the presence of ghosts and evil spirits, maybe you’ve seen your dog acting strangely when nothing’s there. And how do lost dogs find their way back to families that have moved hundreds, even thousands of miles away?
Sixth Sense, Or Super Sense?
Canine senses are much more acute than human senses. Their vision is much better, as is their hearing, and their sense of smell is as much as 10,000 times sharper. For instance, dogs can smell health conditions like high blood pressure and even types of cancer. According to researchers, the human sense of taste is a little better, and the sense of touch is about the same.
These super senses can explain a lot of the behavior that can sometimes seem uncanny to us humans. But there’s no getting around the fact history is replete with tales of dogs accomplishing feats that can’t be easily explained by these physical characteristics.
Do You Believe?
There has been much research done and circumstantial evidence collected for the existence of a ‘sixth sense’ of some sort, a heightened sense of awareness in both people and dogs, but to date no conclusive evidence exists, indeed there’s really no good way to test for it.
But dog lovers will tend to believe that their loyal friend is special in more than just the obvious ways, and that’s just part of the joy and mystery of owning a dog.
- Hannah Choi