Hypoallergenic Puppies… Do They Really Exist?

It is estimated that ten percent of all people have a dog allergy of some sort. These allergies can cause a runny nose, coughing, and or watery eyes. Many people believe the solution for this is to simply adopt a “hypoallergenic” dog.

A hypoallergenic dog simply means the dog is “less likely” to cause an allergic reaction. If you suffer from a dog allergy, it is important to research which breeds are less likely to trigger an allergic reaction for you. 

While no dog is 100% hypoallergenic, it is possible to find pups that are considered to be less-allergenic for allergy sufferers. Typically, these dogs have a non-shedding and very predictable coat that produces lower amounts of dander. Dander, which clings to your puppy’s hair, is what causes most pet allergies in people. 

Let us go over a few breeds that have hypoallergenic qualities and tend to be a good fit for those who suffer from dog allergies. Although many breeds hold this status, the list below is a combination of pups who are good for allergy sufferers and who also have a great temperament and are family-friendly. 

Portuguese Water Dog 

 A very fun, loving, and athletic breed of dog, the Portuguese Water Dog is great for active families. These pups do best with families that enjoy lots of playtime and physical activity. They will also bond quickly with children and have a great temperament. Their coats do have hypoallergenic qualities which make a good fit for those who suffer from dog allergies. 

The Poodle

Coming in three sizes, the Poodle not only makes an excellent pet for those who suffer from dog allergies but a great fit for households of all dynamics. Between their friendly and loving personality to their love for learning new tricks, the Poodle is a fantastic pup! Considered the smartest breed of dog in the world, the Poodle is sure to provide years of entertainment and enjoyment for you and your family. 

Bichon Frise

The Bichon Frise is an all-around fantastic puppy. These pups do well with families and are known to have very mild temperaments and friendly personalities. A big plus with this breed is that they don’t shed! This pup’s fur continually grows, which prevents clumps of it from dropping throughout your home. 

The Maltese

Maltese pups have been very popular in the US, especially for those who suffer from dog allergies. Their coats do have hypoallergenic qualities, which allows those with allergies to adopt them without many issues. Besides their coat qualities, these pups have a friendly and playful demeanor and make great family pets. 

The first step in your search for your puppy should be contacting a reputable puppy adoption store. A reputable store will stand behind their puppies and offer a solid health guarantee. This indicates that the store knows their puppies are healthy and have been well taken care of since birth. They also tend to provide their customers with professional puppy care specialists who can be contacted should you have any questions or concerns. There is a big difference between a “store employee” and a puppy care specialist. Buying your puppy should be an exciting and happy experience, and patronizing a quality puppy adoption store will help to assure you find the puppy of your dreams. 

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The Top Three Best Cuddling Pups!

Playing fetch, going for walks, and chuckling while new tricks are mastered are all reasons why we love our puppies. Undoubtedly though, the most enjoyable activity with a puppy is good old fashioned snuggle time! What beats the feeling of your fur-ever friend curled up next to you relaxing after a long day? Their love and affection are like no other.

If you are seeking a puppy that loves to snuggle and be a tremendous companion, here are three of America’s top-rated snuggle breeds.

The first breed on our list is the Cavalier King Charles. These pups are absolutely adorable, soft, and loving. They make it a point to rest their little face on your chest and look in your eyes as they rest. These pups have a very warm and loving temperament and will be waiting at the door for you when you get home. They are also the perfect size pup for couch snuggling!

Coming in a close second is the adored French Bulldog. These stocky and cute puppies love three things. A good meal, a warm blanket, and a loving owner who loves to snuggle. Frenchies are not overly energetic pups, and much prefer spending one on one movie and couch time with their owners. They are a low shedding pup, which is great for people who suffer from allergies. They make an ideal pet for people who are seeking a true best friend and who love to take naps!

And finally, the loyal Bichon Frise. This breed of puppies are not only lovable but have funny personalities and love to make you laugh. Their soft and fluffy fur feels great to pet while their warm bodies snuggle up to you. They adapt well to their environments and are equally happy in a custom home or apartment. Their temperament is very stable, which is why families with children also seek out this breed. The Bichon Frise is sure to be a companion who will provide years of love and happiness.

When shopping for a “snuggle pup,” consider puppy adoption stores that offer these specific breeds. Speak with the store’s puppy care specialists to learn more about them.

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New Puppy Owner? A Must Read! (Part Two of Two)

Cleanup In Aisle Living Room 

Puppies will have accidents. There is no way around it. The key is being patient, loving, and consistent with your puppy while he learns and grows. 

Puppy accidents can damage your carpet and flooring when not cleaned up quickly and correctly. The most important aspect of cleaning up a puppy accident is to remove the scent. Puppies tend to urinate on areas that they already marked as their own. When cleaning an area, start by blotting any liquid, followed by rinsing the area with warm water and clean water. After the area is rinsed, apply an enzymatic-based cleaning solution to the area in question. Allow this cleaning agent to sit on the soiled area for ten to twenty minutes, followed by blotting the area thoroughly. This will help to remove odors and stains. 

Why Is My Puppy Licking And Scratching Himself So Much?

Should you find your puppy licking and or scratching himself very frequently or compulsively, he may have an allergy. A good indicator of this is if your pup has red skin or is missing fur from scratching so much. 

Some allergies are caused by fleas, their food, or the shampoo being used while bathing them. It is important to keep an eye out for this and make changes in the products as needed. It is also a good idea to speak to your veterinarian for his or her professional opinion on this should the behavior continue after making these changes. 

How To Introduce Your New Puppy To Other Household Pets

Your current pet has already established his territory. He is most likely calm and settled, and out of nowhere comes a pint-sized ball of energy. It is important to make sure your senior pup does not feel like he is being replaced or second in command. After all, his space is now being shared with a complete stranger who thinks he owns the place! 

Begin the introduction by not allowing your new pup to startle your senior dog. Under your control, allow your puppy to see and smell your current dog. Sometimes we get lucky, and the two act as if they have known each other for years and begin playing. Other times it can take a few weeks for the two to get comfortable with one another. When feeding your dogs, start by feeding your senior dog first. Teach your puppy the boundaries and allow your senior pup to get used to his new friend before allowing them to mingle unsupervised. 

Generally, most dogs will get along well after the initial introduction stage. The MalteseCavalier King CharlesFrench Bulldog, and the Bichon Frise tend to especially get along well with other dogs whether they are the new puppy in town or your current dog. 

As you can see, there is a lot to know when bringing home your new puppy. It is a learning process for you and him. Make this process one that will allow for you and your puppy to bond. This is a great time to show your puppy the love you have for him. Some days may not be easy and at times frustrating, but do know that your efforts today will pay off greatly tomorrow. 

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New Puppy Owner? A Must Read! (Part One of Two)

Many new puppy owners find themselves with different puppy related questions. Things ranging from routine health care needs, proper ways of training, healthy diet requirements, housebreaking, routine behavior problems, and more. 

In this two-part series, we will go over some of the more common questions asked by new puppy owners. This guide will help you and your puppy throughout your journey. It should be noted that a top resource for puppy-related questions is by utilizing the knowledge of puppy care specialists from the puppy adoption store you bought your puppy from. These pup experts can be extremely helpful for new puppy owners. 

Required Shots 

Let us begin with what shots your puppy will need and when. First, if you purchased your pup from a reputable puppy adoption store, the store will have all records of your pup’s health-related items. They tend to take your pup’s health seriously and some, even offer extended health guarantees on their puppies.

Beginning around the eight-week mark, your puppy needs three sets of DHLPP puppy shots. Each set is administered by your veterinarian in three-week intervals. These shots are essential and protect your fur-legged friend from: 

  • Distemper
  • Hepatitis
  • Leptospirosis
  • Parainfluenza
  • Parvovirus

At sixteen weeks of age, your puppy will be given his Rabies shot. Annually he will receive his booster shots, which will help to maintain immunity. 

Relax – Puppies Do Get Worms 

Most puppies will develop worms. This is a very common and treatable condition. Many of the worms can be found in your dog’s feces. Should you find this, it is always best to contact your veterinarian. He or she will be able to prescribe or administer a quality de-wormer. Although you may find over-the-counter de-worming products, it is always best to rely on your veterinarian for professional treatment. This is a simple condition that can be easily treated; however, it can turn into something more serious if not properly taken care of. 

Basic Puppy Training

All puppies need training. Remember, they are babies and learning the rules of your home. Basic puppy training should begin when your puppy is about eight weeks old and the level of training should progress as he matures. Using positive reinforcement-based training is the best way to train your fur-ever friend. This method, paired up with reward-based training, is proven to yield great results. Your pup wants to make you happy and is happy when you are. Accidents and mishaps will take place as he learns. Always be consistent, patient, and loving while teaching your pup. The effort you put into this now will pay off in the long run. 

Puppy Food

Next, we will go over the best types of puppy food. There are so many to choose from! It is important to remember that the quality of your pup’s food is crucial in his mental and physical development. A quality dog food is also a great way to enhance his quality of life and extend it! 

When deciding on his food, a good rule to live by is to select puppy food that indicates the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) approve it. This will help to ensure your pup’s nutritional requirements are being met. The top ingredients in the food should also be of high protein. Lamb and chicken are excellent initial ingredients. 

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Ideas For Your Puppy When He Is Home Alone

Your pup misses you as much as you miss him when you’re away. Unfortunately, most of us must work and are not home eight to ten hours a day. Alone time for a pup can cause him separation anxiety and, in some cases, lead to destructive behavior. You need to remember; your pup adores you and wants you by his side day and night!

Although all dogs need your time, love, care, and attention, there are certain breeds that tend to do better than others when left alone. Those breeds include the Yorkshire Terrier, French Bulldog, and Maltese. They generally adapt better and self-entertain themselves when alone.

Below are a few basic tips to help your puppy adjust to being home alone:

Hire a dog walker, even a day or two each week while you are at work. A brief fifteen-minute walk midday will allow your puppy to burn off some energy as well as socialize with the walker. Many dog walkers are reasonably priced and will provide your pup with love and great attention.

Provide mentally stimulating toys for your pup. It is suggested that these specific toys are given to him right before you leave and are put away once you arrive home. This will allow the toy to be something he looks forward to and finds comfort in when alone.

Leave the TV or radio on for mental stimulation. The sound will help to prevent your fur-ever friend from feeling isolated and alone. A calm TV network, such as a news network, is suggested.

Leave one of your old sweaters out for him. Pups have a great sense of smell and love cuddling up on something that is soft smells like his best friend.

For pet owners who have the means, consider a buddy for your puppy and adopt a second pet. Puppies such as the Maltese, Cavalier King Charles, French Bulldog, and the Bichon Frise tend to get along well with other dogs.

Consider a two-way audio-video pet camera system and check in with your puppy. These cameras are generally not expensive and will allow you to check in on your puppy right from your cell phone. He will be very happy to see you and hear your voice throughout the day.

If time allows, take your pup for a walk or engage in physical activity with him before leaving. This will allow him to burn off some energy and be more relaxed.

For more information and tips, speak to your puppy adoption store’s team of puppy care specialists.

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Best Apartment Puppies

Those who reside in apartments have many suitable dog breeds to choose from. A misconception is larger breeds do not do well in smaller dwellings. The actual deciding factor on the right pup has to do with the breed’s activity level. Yes, larger pups take up a little more room on the couch but, in general, tend to have a lower activity level and need less physical space to be comfortable versus a smaller pup who’s very energetic.

Here are some things to consider if you live in an apartment and are considering a puppy.

Barking tendencies of certain breeds: Many folks residing in apartments have pet stipulations in their lease, and a pup that barks in excess could cause issues with other tenants and the landlord. A calmer pup who is not overly rambunctious tends to do better in apartments.

Exercise need: All pups require exercise to stay mentally and physically fit. Certain breeds, however, require much more indoor and outdoor playtime than others. Generally, apartments do not offer a great deal of open indoor or outdoor areas where your pup can freely play. A puppy who requires basic walks and simple playtime is better suited to living in an apartment than a pup who needs forty-sixty minutes of high energetic playtime a day.

The breed’s temperament: Some breeds are a bit feistier and more protective than others. Living in an apartment means there are more “strangers” per se that your puppy will see and have interaction with while coming and going. Besides other tenants, other pets may reside in the same apartment complex. This makes having a low aggressive and more tolerant dog a good idea.

Noise sensitivity: Pups that are not as sensitive to noises and unexpected sounds tend to be better off in apartments. Some apartments have very noisy tenants! A puppy who is not easily alarmed will be more comfortable in this type of environment than a puppy who is on high alert all of the time.

Which pups do well in apartments?

Bichon Frise – This hypoallergenic and loving pup is a playful yet behaved companion. They have a warm temperament and do not require an excessive amount of activity. They make a great fit with families who live in an apartment.

French Bulldog – The Frenchie makes a great apartment puppy. They are loving, loyal, and very easy to get along with. Their favorite pastime is a soft couch, his owner, and a Netflix movie! Requiring only minimal daily exercise, this pup will make a great fit in an apartment.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel – A quiet and happy puppy, King Charles puppies adapt very well in apartments. They are also intelligent pups that can be housebroken quickly. They do enjoy taking outdoor strolls with their owners but do not require an excessive amount of outdoor time. Their warm and loving temperament makes them a great fit around other people and animals within the same apartment complex.

Shih Tzu – These pups love your lap and a cozy home. They do not require extended periods of outdoor exercise time and are perfectly content in apartments. They are not overly sensitive to noises and tend to get along well around other pets. With a great personality and friendly demeanor, the Shih Tzu makes a great apartment pup.

If you are looking to compare puppies and have questions about them, your search should begin (and end) at a reputable puppy adoption store. Consult with the store’s puppy care specialists, who can help answer questions you have. Your new puppy will be an instant fit with your family and provide you years of loving companionship.

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Ideal Dogs For Retirees

Many who have made it to their career finish line and are enjoying retirement often seek a fur-ever friend to share their time with. No more last minute meetings with the boss, long days at the office, or getting home late after being stuck in rush-hour traffic will allow for extra time, which can be shared and enjoyed with a puppy.

Below we will review a few dog breeds that make a great fit for retirees. They are a good balance between “active” and “relaxed”, which is what most retirees are seeking.

Toy Poodle: This breed is a classy, loving, and very loyal puppy. They are very smart and train with ease. They love to be around their family and do best with people who spend time at home with them. For families that are away most of the day, this pup can suffer from separation anxiety, which is why they do great with retirees who tend to be home often.

Bichon Frise: This loyal puppy loves his handler and does best when he is nearby. Known for its sweet temperaments and easy-going demeanor, this pup fits in well with everyone. For those who enjoy a little indoor and outdoor activity each day, this pup makes a great match.

Maltese: These pups quickly bond and attach to their owners. They do best when their handler is not away for long periods. A breed of dog that is eager to make you happy and who wants you by his side. They love being spoiled and the center of your attention. If a lovable semi-active pup is what you are looking for, this breed makes a great fit.

French Bulldog: The Frenchie… One of the best breeds known to man. This puppy loves a quality snuggle and nap after going for a healthy walk outside. With an amazing temperament and great personality, this pup is sure to win your heart. He much prefers one on one time with his best friend and does not like to be left for long periods of time. This pup is the perfect match for someone who spends most of his or her day at home yet likes to stay semi-active.

Pomeranian: Soft, warm, and fuzzy, the Pomeranian is simply adorable. They are one of Americas’s top breeds of dogs and do well in all sorts of households. They seem to do best in households where someone is home during the day because they become very attached to their families. For those who enjoy a twenty-minute evening walk and a good movie after, this pup is sure to be a good pick.

When shopping for your fur-legged friend, it is always recommended that you shop from reputable puppy adoption stores that stand behind their puppies. A reputable store will offer health guarantees and have a team of puppy care specialists to guide you through the adoption process. Many new puppy owners will have questions after bringing their puppy home and having a reliable and knowledgeable puppy care specialist to talk to is always a big help.

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Brushing Your Pup’s Teeth

A very common question in the pet field has to do with the cleaning of a puppy’s teeth. Like people, puppies need to have good oral hygiene. This is important for many reasons other than to prevent bad puppy breath. Over time, animals develop tartar and plaque on their teeth just like we do. Tartar and plaque are formed by food particles and bacteria which sit on the pup’s teeth and gums. When this builds up, it can cause gum inflammation, which can affect the bone around the roots of their teeth. If left untreated, your pup could experience pain and discomfort as well as more severe health issues down the road. 

It is estimated that 80% of dogs develop some degree of periodontal disease by the age of two. One of the dangers of this is the bacteria in their mouth can make its way into your pup’s bloodstream and end up in places like his kidneys or heart, which can turn into something serious very quickly. 

Many veterinarians suggest your puppy’s teeth get brushed a minimum of three times every week. Although this will take some practice to perfect, you and your pup will fall into a good routine if brushing is done consistently. The more you do this, the easier and quicker it will get.

Some puppy owners use an actual puppy toothbrush, while others use human toothbrushes. The key is making sure the toothbrush has soft bristles, which will prevent your puppy from experiencing gum discomfort during brushing. 

Here are some tips which may help you in the puppy brushing process. 

  • Select a calm time and room for brushing. It is generally better to do this one-on-one with your pup to prevent distractions. 
  • Find a room in your home where the lighting is good. You want to be able to see into your pup’s mouth to make sure all of his teeth have been properly brushed. 
  • Introduce dog toothpaste to him prior to brushing. Start by showing your dog the toothpaste and letting him smell it and lick it from your finger.
  • Begin by brushing his top teeth. While doing this, you will need to gently hold his upper lip. 
  • Finish by brushing his bottom teeth. While brushing his bottom teeth, you will need to hold his lower lip. 
  • Throughout the brushing process, reassure and verbally praise your puppy. Soft petting of his head is also a good way to reassure him that you are happy with him and that he’s doing a good job. 

If you adopted your puppy from a reputable puppy adoption store that has a team of puppy care specialists, utilize their knowledge, and contact them with questions or concerns. These specially trained members of the puppy store will be more than happy to go over the toothbrushing process with you. 

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Considering A French Bulldog Puppy?

The French Bulldog, AKA The Frenchie, has become a tremendously popular dog in the US over the last several years. His adorable face, beautiful coat, amazing personality, and loving temperament are just some of the reasons this pup is as popular as he is today. He also has a
wonderful demeanor around children and very rarely shows any signs of aggression.

Before adopting your Frenchie there are a few things that are important to understand for his safety. Despite this breed loving to play, he does have limitations, which are important to know. His physical design prevents him from being outside for long periods of time in extreme heat. Unlike most other dog breeds, the Frenchie has a very short snout and airway which prevents him from naturally cooling down warm air as it enters his body, which can pose breathing issues. During the summer months, outdoor playtime is best completed before it gets too hot or after the day’s heat has subsided.

These pups love to swim and be around water with their families, but extreme caution should be used as they are not very agile swimmers. Many French Bulldog owners have their puppy utilize a water floatation vest while playing in the water. This allows them to enjoy pool time with the family while being safe.

For those looking for a snuggle buddy pup, you will not find a better one! This breed absolutely loves snuggling up with his owner and relaxing on the couch or in bed. He is just as happy napping with a family member as he is playing fetch.

When looking for a French Bulldog puppy, it is always a good idea to compare puppy adoption stores apples for apples. A quality pet adoption store will offer more than just a puppy. They will offer extra services that are designed to assure their puppy remains healthy even after adoption. They will also want their customers happy and tend to go the extra mile in doing so.

Something important to look for is a health guarantee. A health guarantee indicates that the establishment is confident with the health of their puppies. It shows that they care about their puppies and have invested the means in making sure their puppies were well-taken care of from day one.

Another big plus is if the store employees actual puppy care specialists over “cashiers.” A puppy care specialist is a specially trained member of the staff who specializes in puppy care needs. They have extensive knowledge about the breeds they offer and will work with their customers throughout and after the adoption process. It is always also wise to check for the store’s online customer satisfaction stories and reviews.

Taking the time to do your homework before shopping for a puppy will pay off in the long run. Buying a puppy should be a delightful and fun experience, and utilizing top-rated puppy adoption stores will help to ensure you have the best experience.

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Tips For Buying Pet Insurance

Pups are a part of the family, and we want them to be happy and healthy. We all know buying your puppy from a reputable and caring puppy adoption store that offers a long health guarantee is a terrific first step in puppy adoption. As with any pet, as your fur-legged friend matures and ages, health issues can come up.

As a safety net, many puppy owners purchase health insurance for their pups. This type of insurance is similar to a person’s health insurance and can be a significant financial saving should your puppy require serious medical care.

While you shop for insurance plans, here are a few tips that may help you narrow down the best plan for you.

  • Inquire what the annual premium will be for your pet as he ages. Many premiums start off considerably lower for younger dogs but spike in price as the dog matures.
  • Double-check and understand what is covered and what is not covered – AKA the “fine print.” One of the leading complaints received by regulators has to do with consumers who had their pets’ claims denied. If you are unsure what you are reading, consult with your veterinarian, who will have a better understanding.
  • If you decide to insure your pup, don’t wait too long. Many policies will exclude coverage for a preexisting condition. Often once your pup has a medical issue, insuring that particular issue may be complicated and or very expensive.
  • Do you need both illness and accident care? Some puppy owners buy one or the other. Accident care covers injuries, not an illness. Illness care covers being sick, not accidents.
  • What are the deductibles? Generally, you will find a lower annual premium if you have a higher per-incident deductible.
  • Read online reviews about the company. Do they have a lot of satisfied customers? An abnormal amount of complaints?
  • Shop around! Do not settle with your first or second insurance quote. It takes little time to get a variety of quotes. By shopping around, you could save thousands of dollars over the years and have a better policy for your pup.
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