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Real Funny Dog Videos in 2018 of our Fluffy Companions

There are very few bad days that can’t be fixed with pet videos. Whether cute or funny, our lovable, furry friends can brighten up any dark day. For those days, enjoy these funny dog videos of 2018 videos compiled by our Dog Video Expert, who has tirelessly watched video after video. Dreadful, I know. Enjoy!

Speed Racer

We all know dogs LOVE the beach. Our furry friends could sit by the waves all day. This golden loves the ocean soooo much that he races right to the water, captured by a GoPro on his back. This speed demon isn’t wasting any time!

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What are your doggie door options for your large growing dog? We have them!

The perfect big dog door for your large breed doggie

Not all dogs are made the same. Some are brown, some are white. Some have spots, some have stripes. Some are small and some are big…really big.

Since all dogs aren’t built the same – it would make sense that all dog doors don’t come built the same either. Mastiff owners might not be able to get away with the same doggie doors that cater to Chihuahuas and Yorkies. But not all pet stores are able to cater to the needs of all dogs – it takes a retailer with a large catalog and large heart to cater to the needs of Large Dogs as well as breeds with higher populations. Continue reading

From training to security, get to know ten dog door facts you may have missed!

10 Dog Door Facts You Didn’t Know

Dog doors simplify life for man’s best friend. Installing a pet door in your home makes it easier for your dog to come inside or go outdoors. They don’t require your assistance to go out, so there is less barking and scratching at inconvenient times of the day or night. Continue reading

5 embarrassing things we do with our pets

  1. Pet selfies

The fever for taking pictures of yourself and everything that surrounds you, namely coffee cups and handbags, has immortalized the most irrelevant scenes in the history of mankind through Instagram. This imminent need to document our lives with vintage filters and blurry backgrounds has served as a torture machine for countless dogs. I can’t recall the number of times I tried to have my puppy stay still, while smiling, while putting her paw over my arm, while balancing a toy on her head for a photo. The hashtag “dog” is a top 85 most used tag on instagram with more than 52 million posts. From celebrities like Lady Gaga to the President, people can’t help but to capture their best friends doing cute things. Or just laying there. Continue reading

Mikey the Border Collie, a happy puppy

How big will my puppy get?

Whether you are shopping for a pet door or just wondering, it’s a common to question: how big will my puppy get as it becomes fully grown? While not an exact science, there are a few different ways to project it reasonably well:

  1. Weigh your puppy
  2. On puppychart.com pick the breed (approximate is ok)
  3. Pick your dog’s birthday (approximate is ok)
  4. Enter the date and weight from the last time you weighed your dog
  5. See the projected adult weight posted.

Alternative options:

  • Look at your dog’s parents or adult siblings
  • For mixed breeds, you can average out each breed to get an idea

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Office puppy diaries volume 5: nutrition

Puppies grow…fast. In fact, dogs usually reach 90% of their adult weight by the age of 6 months. Since Mikey’s a Border Collie, she’ll likely grow to be 35-40 lbs range. This means that at 6 months she’ll likely be ~32-36 lbs or so. We got her at 8 weeks when she weighed only about 8 pounds, meaning she’s going to gain 6-7 pounds for each of the next 4 months. Because puppies are growing, their nutritional requirements differ than an adult dog whose size is largely static.  The time frame for feeding your dog puppy food can vary, but in general it lasts until they are a year old.  However, it’s always suggested that you consult with your vet as there could be instances where the switch might have to be made sooner.  

Puppies need diets made especially for growing dogs with up to 2x the requirements of those for dogs who are already full grown.  This means that foods especially for puppies should contain a larger fat content for their energy requirements (something that is not needed for adult pets as it could lead to them being overweight), more protein to help in building up their bodies, and all the vitamins and minerals to keep them healthy.  Puppies should be fed 3 times a day until about 6 months and then scale it back to twice a day.

Another question is what type of food should they eat?  Moist and wet foods are easier to chew and digest, but don’t have as much protein as the kibble and since they have more water that means less nutrients.  They also tend to cost more and will spoil faster so they need to be sealed and stored properly.  Dry food has some good benefits for cleaning the teeth and is easy to digest too!  The favored route is to do a combination, mixing some kibble with the wet or semi-moist food.  You can switch it up from meal to meal, say dry for breakfast and wet for dinner.  I personally combine kibble with moist or semi-moist food along with a small amount of water which helps to be able to mix it all together.

 

Be wary of grocery store foods and “fad” diets at the pet and feed stores, they can suffer from lower quality ingredients. Bargain brands many times will only have the bare minimum of requirements, and are not the most highly recommended for a rapidly growing dog. Our vet recommended we stick with ProPlan, Science Diet by Hills, Iams, Nutro and Eukanuba (also recommended by our breeder). Many of the “premium” diets need to be fed in smaller volume, which conveniently makes picking up after your puppy easier!  That said since some vets and stores tend to push certain brands of pet food more than others it’s up to you to really dive in and read the labels to make sure that what you are feeding your new puppy is the best choice for them.  

 

We compiled the general recommendations for this blog from PetMd.

 

Office puppy diaries volume 3: can puppies play with bigger dogs?

While your puppy can be a little ball of boundless energy and may want to play with everything, should you let them? As we mentioned in an earlier post, it’s important the puppy’s had all their shots before they really go nose-to-nose with other dogs.

There are other reasons to be cautious. It is not uncommon for puppies to lack the concept of moderation and it is extremely important that their owners moderate their exercise and play to a safe and healthy amount. Puppy’s muscles, tendons, joints and ligaments are not fully grown and are “still soft” until they are around 10 months are so.

There have been many sad stories of when puppies suffer serious (and costly) injuries that stemmed from playing too much, too soon. Even if you pup isn’t showing any signs of being tired, it is not a good idea to let them retrieve for hours at a time. It’s best to start small and to gradually let them work their way into playing and exercising more intensely.

The same mindset goes with letting puppies play with bigger dogs. Assuming they’ve had their shots, puppies can love playing with other dogs but the key is to not let them play too much. The younger the puppy the more you want to limit how long they go at it and if the other dog is much bigger, you’ll want to make sure they don’t get excessively rough to keep your pup safe.

Under the right conditions, puppies can play with bigger dogs but it’s up to the responsible owner to ensure it stays safe. PetDoors.com had a 3-month Aussie puppy stop by the office, so Maverick and Loki were able to enjoy some puppy time. Here’s some of the action in slow motion:

Top 3 Reasons Why Your Pet Isn’t Using Your Pet Door

Dog looking out dog doorA pet door can be the perfect solution for busy pet owners and active pets. When pets are able to let themselves out, a range of issues are solved. The result is more independence for both the pet and the owner. Some of the benefits of pet doors include:

• No longer having to schedule and plan around letting the pet out
• No more sudden wake-ups in the middle of the night
• Fewer messes to clean up in the home
• More freedom and more exercise for pets

While all those benefits sound great, some pets take to pet doors much more easily than others. Pet door problems and lack of use can happen for a variety of reasons. Here are some of the most common: Continue reading

Office puppy diaries volume 2: staying healthy

After getting a new puppy, it’s a good idea to take them to your vet for a basic checkup. Mikey took her first trip to the vet since leaving her mom and the good folks at the Animal Care Clinic gave us lots of good information. Choosing the right veterinarian is incredibly important for your puppy. Two key areas that need to be addressed with new puppies are making sure they get their necessary vaccinations and they get wormed.

While with their mother, puppies receive antibodies that help protect them. As they grow more independent, they need your help to get them vaccinated to ensure they develop a strong immune system to stay healthy. One recommendation is to have the DA2PP vaccine every 3 weeks from when the puppy is age 6-weeks up until they are 5 months. The DA2PP protects against parvovirus, parainfluenza, hepatitis and distemper. Rabies vaccines will also be need at 4 months (by law). After the first yearly booster, both the rabies and DA2PP vaccines need to be repeated every 3 years.

In addition to vaccines, worming is also important in keeping your pup healthy since virtually all puppies are born with hookworms or roundworms. All puppies should be wormed for both hookworms and roundworms for their whole lives, starting at 6-weeks. As the dog matures, worming will only be needed annually but it is needed more regularly earlier on.

So far Mikey was nice and healthy and even came back to the office to test out a recently installed pet door.