What Else Is My Pet Trying To Tell Me?

In a previous article, we discussed our dog’s body language and what they may be trying to tell us through the use of their tail, eyes, ears and mouth. Now let’s take it a little farther and look into what else our pet’s body movements are telling us. From jumping up, to barking, licking and even biting or nipping everything our dogs do is a way to communicate what they are seeking, thinking or feeling.

Jumping-Many times when we encounter a dog, maybe even our own, the first thing that they do is jump up on us to greet us. Dogs thrive on attention and companionship and so when they are jumping up at you they are almost always seeking attention and affection. In addition to being a sign of excitement, it can also mean that a dog is trying to exhibit dominance over a person, this occurs most often when the dog is introduced to someone new.

Barking– Though they can’t use words, they still can communicate with their voice. A dog’s level or rate of barking symbolizes the amount of energy they are putting behind the emotion that they are trying to exhibit. According to the, “Dog Whisperer” Cesar Milan, he claims a barking dog is essentially trying to tell you that they are bored, spoiled, confused, or scared. By carefully listening to the vocals of your pet, and studying and learning their body language you can begin to understand what they are really trying to tell you.

Licking– While we as humans tend to hug or shake hands, our dogs tend to lick as a greeting. It’s a sign to say, I’m excited to see you or I love you. Additionally, when our dogs were still tiny puppies nursing from their mother they often took or licked food from her mouth, that instinct is still present in our pets and is why they are so adamant about licking you on the mouth (other than you just ate something that they REALLY want)!

Biting or Nipping– Our canine friend’s innate nature is often to bite or nip when they are nervous, anxious or possessive of an object or person. You may notice that they incessantly chew on a favorite bone or toy or even on their own paw when their environment changes and they become nervous or uncomfortable. This is most often triggered by the presence of another animal or a stranger that they are not accustomed to. They may also nip or bite as a way of protecting their food, bone, toy or anything else that they don’t want anyone else to have- they do it as a sign of warning to back off. Lastly, dogs will bite if they feel threatened or in danger or if they are trying to protect their humans from the threat of harm or danger. Most dogs do not just bite without reason.

While we may never know all of what are dogs are thinking or exactly what they mean, we can have a very big understanding of what they are trying to tell us in a roundabout way. Our pets are patient with us as we try to communicate with them and it is important for us to extend that same patience with them. They are man’s best friend for a reason and we owe it to them to listen and learn.

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What Is My Dog Trying To Tell Me?

Our beloved canines are always communicating with us through both body language and movements. By observing these actions and learning to understand them we can begin to recognize what it is that our pups are really trying to tell us. In this article we will look at their body language exhibited by their tail, eyes, ears and even their mouth.

Tail – We’ve all seen dogs wag their tail when they are happy or excited or even when they get a big ole whiff of something they want to eat, but do dogs really only wag their tail when they are happy or excited? Not necessarily. A dog is also inclined to wag their tail even when they are exhibiting stress or anxiety or are fearful of something within their environment. This makes it even more important to understand all of your pups movements and body language. You may also notice that when your pooch is frightened, they may tuck their tail in between their legs. Additionally, a raised and stiff tail is signaling an aggressive emotion and is a warning to stay clear.

Eyes- Those big brown eyes aren’t just for making us feel guilty for not sharing our table scraps. Surprisingly, the canine’s eye movements aren’t that far off from a human. They will appear large when they are startled, uncertain, or even frightened. They can also show signs of something upsetting them, for example, you may notice your dog turn their head away, but they are still looking at you from the corner of their eye, this uncertainty that they are exhibiting can lead to aggression so it is best to stay calm until your pet becomes calm also. When they are relaxed their eyes will appear relaxed and start to slowly close. We often believe that when our dog is staring directly into our eyes it because they love us, and why that can certainly be the case, a frozen stare can mean a sign of warning and aggression, so pay attention to the movements of the other body parts discussed in this article.

Ears– Depending on the breed your pup may have floppy, pointed or rounded ears. And though, the appearance may be different the movements and the language are the same. A dog whose head is slightly turned to one side, with their ears at full attention (usually, stiff and upright or pulled back tightly), is showing signs of alertness, uncertainty, curiosity or even submission. If the ears are just slightly back, the dog is showing you their friendly and playful nature. Essentially, the further back a dog’s ears are the more afraid and fearful they are.

Mouth– Even though our beloved pups can’t use words to communicate with us, they can still use their mouth to give us insight on what they are trying to say. If your dog is feeling happy or at ease, their expression will have calm appearance with their mouth being slightly parted or their jaw relaxed. If they are anxious about something their mouth will be closed and their jaw tight. If a dog shows their front teeth while pulling up their lips they are showing signs of aggression. Additionally, if you find your dog is panting, they are trying to cool down. Dogs don’t sweat like us- they breathe out heavily and drool to cool down. They also, release heat through the pads of the feet.

We all wish we knew what our pets were thinking or that they could talk to us. But by simply watching your dog’s movements, you can recognize some very clear messages as to what they are actually trying to tell you. If you are looking to find your very own fur-ever friend or to find out more information on some incredible dog breeds, please visit premierpups.com today.

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The Golden Years of Our Pups

If pet parents had one wish for their fur babies an unsurmountable majority of wishes would be that our precious pups would live forever or at least as long as us. Our pups bring so much joy, love and unmatched companionship that it is hard to imagine life without them. As quoted by, –Agnes Sligh Turnbull, “Dogs’ lives are too short. Their only fault, really”. And oh, how true this is! So how can we make our pets golden years active, meaningful, and full of love?

Exercise

We all need exercise to keep our bodies and minds healthy and it is no different for our canine companions. In fact, many dogs need quite a bit of daily exercise no matter the size. Make sure to learn about the exercise requirements and mental stimulation needed each day for your pet’s breed.

Eating Properly

We are what we eat. If we eat poorly, then we feel poorly. If we eat good our body reflects that, as does our largest organ, the skin. This goes for Fido, also. We all know that most dogs aren’t picky about what they put in their mouth, but we as pet parents must be very aware of our pet’s diet and health. A high quality diet with plenty of nutrition is key to allowing your dog a long and healthy life. Talk with your vet about the diet that is best for your pup.

Regular Veterinary Visits

Our pets can’t tell us when something isn’t right and it can be difficult to always pick up on the signs. Regular scheduled vet visits will allow us to stay on top of any health related issues as well as keeping them vaccinated against disease. It is recommended to schedule a yearly vet visit for younger dogs and biannual as they become young adults into seniors. If at any time you feel that your pup isn’t acting right or may be ill, contact your local veterinarian right away.

Maintain a Healthy Weight

We love our pets so much and one of the best ways to show them this is to feed them treats and table scraps. However, too much can cause problems not only with diabetes and heart disease, but also with obesity. If a dog is overweight this can cause problems for their joints and back, as their small bodies aren’t designed to carry extra weight. Feed treats in moderation and keep them on a daily exercise routine to maintain their health and weight.

Limit Stress and Anxiety

Yes, our pets experience stress and anxiety just like we do. Though, the reasons are very different the emotion is the same. Our pooches rely on us for everything from exercise, to food, to attention and companionship. Most dogs don’t do well being left alone for long periods of time, so limiting the time we spend away from our pets will help to ease stress and anxiety. In addition, our pups are very keen on picking up our emotions, so if we are upset chances are they will feel that. If we are happy they will pick up on that also. So it is important to keep in mind that our canine’s attitudes can be correlated to ours.

Our pets fill our homes and hearts with so much joy and love that it is easy to want to return the same affection and devotion to them. Keeping our pet’s heathy and happy while they easy into their golden years is the best gift we can give them.

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Top Dog Breeds for Seniors

At any stage in our life we crave companionship and there is no greater love or affection than that of our beloved canine friends. They love without judgement and see no fault in anything that you do. Studies over the years have shown that owning a dog lowers blood pressure, cholesterol, and triglycerides. It also improves mental health by raising levels of serotonin and dopamine in the brain. Research has even gone onto show that those who have dogs to care for in turn begin to care for themselves more- so this becomes a win-win.

This is especially important as we begin to age and slow down. Immobility becomes more common after retirement and the demand of a job and raising a family are no longer necessary. While each individual has unique needs and abilities, dogs can also provide excellent motivation to get out of the house and walk, ensuring that seniors stay as fit and as safe as possible. In addition to help keeping seniors fit a dog helps to ensure they are getting out for fresh air and even meeting other people. Dogs are naturally social and curious creatures so with one by your side you are sure to draw attention and conversation.

Older people have a wide range of needs and preferences, so the perfect pet for one senior may be entirely unsuitable for another. Some breeds have certain combinations of traits that make them more popular choices for seniors and retirees. Most seniors do well with smaller breeds as they can handle them better and most require only moderate amounts of daily exercise. Below is a list of 9 of the most popular breeds for the active or (soon to be active senior). These dogs were picked based on size, temperament, trainability, grooming needs and companionship.

Shih Tzu
Miniature Poodle
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
Maltese
Pomeranian
Havanese
French Bulldog
Bichon Frise
Yorkshire Terrier

Having a canine companion is a great way to exercise, socialize with others in your community, and enjoy the benefits of unconditional love and true companionship. Many seniors also thrive on the experience of caring for and nurturing another living being. To find out even more on these canine companions or to find out how you can bring home one of your very own fur-ever friends, please visit premierpups.com and speak with one of the knowledgeable and caring customer care agents today. Financing is available.

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Have you met the Havashu?

This popular hybrid broke onto the designer dog scene during the late 1980’s. A cross between the Havanese and the Shih Tzu this little ball of fur and love is full of energy and an ideal companion for those on the go (as long as they are on the go with you!). Though this hybrid is not a recognized breed by the American Kennel Club (AKC) they do fall under the category of “toy sized breed”, because they have two small breeds as parents.

Designer dog breeds are fairly new to the dog world so personalities, temperaments, and appearances can vary between litters. To get a better understanding of the Havashu we must take a better look at the history and of its parent breeds.

Havanese

Bred as a companion dog to the Cuban Aristocracy during the 1500’s, and named after the Capital of its origin, the Havanese, also referred to as “the silk dog” of “Spanish silk Poodle” would become the national emblem of Cuba. Now almost extinct in its founding country, the Havanese was brought to United States during the Cuban revolution in 1959 when only 11 dogs were left to save the breed from extinction. Since then the breed has thrived throughout the United States and Europe. This toy dog breed is friendly, playful, alert and intelligent with a sweet, non-quarrelsome disposition. They are highly trainable and companion driven dogs that make for an ideal addition to the family.

Shih Tzu

Originating in Tibet, the Shih Tzu or “lion dog” is a descendent of its ancestor the Lhasa Apsos and a gift to the Chinese emperors during the 7th century. The Chinese royalty bred Shih Tzu and when the British arrived during the 1800’s, the breed made its way to England and then on to the United States. Always intended as a lap dog and affectionate companion, this is one of the most popular dogs today. They are sturdy, affectionate, loving and compatible pets making them a perfect companion for all pet lovers.
The Havashu inherited some of the best traits from both parent breeds and is indeed a well-rounded pup that makes an ideal addition for any new pet parent or family. With a height of 9 to 12 inches and a weight of 7 to 15 lbs. they have a small sturdy frame with tall hind legs making them higher in their back end. They have a small round head with dark brown eyes and a black button nose. They have a soft coat, plumed ears and come in various colors.

They get along well with children and other pets and enjoy giving attention almost as much as they like getting attention. Even though they are small, they still require daily exercise, play and attention. They are naturally curious creatures so plenty of mental stimulation through walks and toys is a must. They enjoy regular outings and running errands with their owner. They do not do well being alone for long periods of time as they crave attention. The Havashu is sure to fill your home and heart with love and laughs for years to come.

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Dogs Perfect for Apartment Living

There is no greater feeling than coming home at the end of a long day to your loveable canine friend greeting you with tails wags and kisses. Many dog lovers are under the false impression that living in an apartment means having a dog is out of the question. This type of setting is certainly not ideal for all dogs, but there are quite a few furry companions that would love nothing more than to share your small space with you.

All dogs no matter the size need an adequate amount of daily exercise and mental stimulation. There are some smaller breeds however, that make apartment living with a pooch very easy. These dogs require minimal space to roam and don’t need strenuous activity. In general a brisk walk or two each day will suffice. Most of these canine companions find comfort in sharing a space with their owner or family and are quite content with a basket full of toys for mental stimulation. Another great outlet for your pup is the local dog park, where they can meet and socialize with their four legged friends and it’s a great time for you to connect with other pet parents.

Below is a list of the top 10 breeds that make apartment living with a pooch a breeze.

Bichon Frise
Size: The Bichon Frise has an average height of 10 to 12 inches and an average weight of 10 to 16 lbs.

Hypoallergenic: No

French Bulldog
Size: The French Bulldog is about 11 to 12 inches tall. Males weigh 20 to 28 lbs., females 16 to 24 lbs.

Hypoallergenic: No

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
Size: The Cavalier has an average height of 12 to 13 inches and an average weight of 12 to 18 lbs.

Hypoallergenic: No

Havanese
Size: The height ranges of a Havanese are between 8-1/2 to 11-1/2 inches with weight ranges from 7 to 13 lbs.

Hypoallergenic: No

Maltese
Size: The Maltese has an average height of 9 to 10 inches and an average weight of 4 to 7 lbs.

Hypoallergenic: Yes
Pomeranian
Size: The average height of a Pomeranian is between 6 to 7 inches and the average weight is between 3 to 7 lbs.

Hypoallergenic: No

Miniature Poodle
Size: The average height of the Miniature Poodle is 12 to 14 inches and the average weight is 10 to 12 lbs.

Hypoallergenic: Yes

Shih Tzu
Size: The Shih Tzu has an average height of 8 to 11 inches and an average weight of 9 to 16lbs.

Hypoallergenic: Yes

Yorkshire Terrier
Size: The Yorkshire Terrier has an average height of 8 to 9 inches and an average weight of 4 to 6 lbs.

Hypoallergenic: No

Chihuahua
Size: The Chihuahua has an average height of 6 to 9 inches and an average weight of 6 lbs.

Hypoallergenic: No

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Dog Proof Your Furniture

Pets are our family and we want them to feel as calm and comfortable as we do in our homes. Many pet parents allow their beloved canines to curl up with them on the couch to watch a movie, share a snack or just cozy up under a blanket… (“guilty”), but we instantly cringe at the thought of tears or stains that can be left behind.

So how can we keep our pets happy without paying hundreds of out of pocket dollars for new furniture? Below are 5 tips that you can use to save your couch and your wallet.

1.Keep them Clean

Regular brushing and grooming of your pet helps to keep dander and debris that they may have picked up from outside or even just around the house from finding its way onto your cushions. Regular bathing will also help to eliminate soil from their topcoat or undercoat and in between their paw pads.

2.Invest in a Couch Cover

One of the easiest and most cost effective ways to protect your furniture is to get furniture covers. Putting a blanket or a cover specifically made to fit your sofa or chair will ensure that whatever your pup tracks in will stay on the cover. When you have company you can easily pull it off and throw it in the wash.

3.Find Pet Friendly Material

We all know that some material holds up better than others. So think about spending the extra money for a more durable material when purchasing new furniture. Leather and microfiber will go a long way in protecting your furniture from pulls and tears. An added benefit is that it is super easy to clean.

4.Choose Furniture with Removable Cushions

Having a spill on your couch cushion can be a real pain to clean, especially if you can’t remove the cushion. Cushion covers can be easily removed and washed by unzipping them and removing the inner cushion. This can save a lot of time and headache.

5.Have a Lint Brush on Hand

Hypoallergenic or not, ALL dogs shed. Some may be barely noticeable while others leave enough piles around to make another dog. This can be very frustrating when it sticks to your clothes or the clothes of your company. Keeping a lint brush or roller on hand can be a quick easy way to swipe away some of that extra fur and dander when you don’t have time to wash the cover or the cushions.

Keeping your pet happy and a part of the family can have its challenges, but is not impossible when you follow some simple tips and tricks. If you’re looking to bring home your very own fur-ever friend, please visit premierpups.com today and speak with one of the knowledgeable puppy agents who can help find the right match for you.

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Pamper Your Pet

Our beloved pets give us so much joy it is no wonder that we as pet owners want to find ways to return the favor. While pampering implies luxury, there are plenty of simple, inexpensive ways to give our pets the extra love they so deservedly need. In fact, pampering begins with giving your little one extra love and attention.

Here are 5 simple and inexpensive ways you can bring your pup more joy:

Homemade treats

Our pantry’s already hold the key ingredients to making the perfect homemade treat for our special pet. Peanut butter and oats not only make for delicious ingredients, but they’re also healthy for our canine friends.

Plan an afternoon adventure

Take the time to plan an afternoon full of your dog’s favorite activities. This could be taking your dog to their favorite dog park, on a hike or a trip to the beach. It could be a long car ride and a trip to their favorite pet store for a new toy or hitting the drive thru for a pup treat. No matter what it is make sure that you have your pet’s best interest in mind and make sure to have plenty of water and extra treats packed.

Give your pet a massage

We as pet owners enjoy a good massage and our pets are no different. Just like humans, a massage can help with health related problems by lowering the amount of cortisol (stress hormone) in the blood, and increases the levels of dopamine (feel good chemical) in the brain. As our pets age they experience aches and pains the same way humans do so pampering them with the human touch is a great way to ease their soreness and relax their minds.

Present them with a new bed

Pets deserve a good night sleep too. Orthopedic and memory foam beds provide extra comfort and support for our dogs delicate structures as well as eases joint/muscles aches and pains in our aging and senior pets.

Give them a new toy or bone

Pets are our children and they love new toys just like human kids do. Providing them with a new toy or bone will bring our fur babies with hours of happiness and energetic play (which they love). Make sure that the new toy is safe and never let them chew on a bone when they are unsupervised.

If you want to find out more ways on how to pamper your pet or to find out how you can bring home a fur-ever pet of your own, please visit: premierpups.com today and speak with one of the knowledgeable and caring puppy agents.

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Choosing a Dog for New Pet Parent’s

Becoming a first-time pet parent can be very exciting, but it can also be a bit overwhelming. With so many dogs to choose from it can be hard to know which one is the best fit for you. Before you can move forward with picking your new pet there are some things that you’ll first need to consider. Your lifestyle will have everything to do with your new puppy. Are you active or do you like to spend your leisure time at home? Do you work long hours or are you home throughout the day?

These are just some of the questions you’ll want to ask yourself. Puppies need a lot of attention when they first come home and an adequate amount of training and socialization. Feeding, grooming, exercise, play, and potty breaks are daily needs that must be met when caring for a healthy, happy dog.

Lifestyle

If you like most people you work an eight hour day and may not have a lot of free time. Think about opting for a smaller dog that has low levels of anxiety and requires less exercise per day than some of the larger breeds.

Living Space and Environment

Most dogs love a lot of outdoor space to run and play. If you have a large yard or adequate space for a pet to romp around than you can consider a larger dog. If you live in a small apartment, a small breed may be best. Keep in mind, size isn’t the only determining factor. Some dogs, large or small, have more energy to expend and require more time and attention. No matter the size your dog will require daily walks and exercise.

Family

Make sure to make an informed decision with your whole family. Not all dogs are a perfect fit for any family. If you have children, you’ll want to find a breed mix that typically does well in a family setting. Smaller dogs can become fearful of small children, if the child is too rough or too loud. If y member of the family suffers from allergies, you’ll want to look for dogs that shed less hair and dander.

Popular Picks for New Pet Parents

Bichon Frise
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
Pomeranian
Golden Retrievers
Labrador Retrievers
Poodle
Yorkshire Terrier

No matter which pup you choose your home and heart will surely be filled with love and laughter. The primary reason dogs end up in animal shelters is unfulfilled expectations, so please do your homework and make a well informed decision.

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Hypoallergenic vs. Non-Shedding

The question of hypoallergenic vs. non-shedding has become a question of great debate in the dog world. Many people ask, “Isn’t hypoallergenic and non-shedding the same thing?” Yes and no….

These terms have been used interchangeably for over a decade. When thinking of allergens, it is commonly believed that dog hair is the biggest trigger for allergic reactions. However, the reaction is actually caused by pet dander. Dander is the flecks of skin shed by dogs and other animals that attaches to pet hair. Thus, allergens found on our pets are triggered by dander, not the fur. So whether a dog is hypoallergenic (low shedding) or “non-shedding” they can certainly still release dander into the air.

Further, allergens do not solely come from dander. Allergens can also originate in proteins found in your pet’s saliva and urine. The most common symptoms are red or itchy patches of skin after being licked by a dog. These proteins can also be carried onto your furniture, rugs, upholstery, etc., if your dog sneezes or if they climb on furniture or roll around on the carpet after coming inside from taking a “potty” break.

What are common signs of allergens towards pets?

Signs and symptoms can vary from person to person. Allergic reactions are determined by your own body’s chemical make-up. However, there are signs and symptoms that are common in most all allergy sufferers. They include:

• Itchy and watery eyes
• Sneezing or nasal congestion
• Wheezing, as a trigger of asthma
• Itching or redness of the skin
• Eczema or atopic dermatitis
• Hives

Hypoallergenic Dogs

Contributing factors that make a breed hypoallergenic or less likely to cause allergic reactions in allergy sufferers are considered to make a dog hypoallergenic. Let us be clear, no dog is totally hypoallergenic. Hypo means less, not non. Hypoallergenic dogs tend to shed less since they do not have an undercoat and have hair, not fur. But just like humans, these animals will still lose hair. Since these dogs have significantly less shedding they are deemed safer for allergy sufferers.

What are popular hypoallergenic dogs?

Cockapoo
Cavapoo
Shih Tzu
Yorkshire Terrier
Maltese
Havanese

Non-shedding Dogs

To begin, all dogs shed. Much like the term hypoallergenic this is a created marketing ploy. There are dogs that shed much less than other dogs and therefore drop less allergen creating dander into the environment. The ever popular Poodle is at the top of this list and has been bred with dozens of other breeds to create mixed “hypoallergenic or non-shedding” pups.

What are popular “non-shedding” dogs?

Poodle
Goldendoodle
Labradoodle
Bichon Frise
Mini Aussie

If you want to learn more about these popular breeds or how you can bring home your very own fur-ever friend, please visit: premierpups.com today.

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