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  • 6 Best Heated Dog Bed Reviews 2021
    20 June 2021

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  • How To Build Dog Muscle – 5 BEST Ways To Bulk Up Dogs Naturally
    20 June 2021
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  • RIP Champ Biden
    19 June 2021
    The Bidens have announced the death of their older German Shepherd, Champ. He leaves behind his brother Major to guard the White House. RIP, good boy. We here at and offer our sincerest condolences to the whole family. Until next time, Good day, and good dog!
  • Bull – CA
    19 June 2021

    Meet adoptable deaf 4 month old Australian Cattle Dog puppy Bull who is looking for a loving forever home with someone who will cherish him, make positive reinforcement training/socialization a priority, and always keep him safe. Australian Cattle dogs are a working breed and need training/enrichment/exercise and a structured environment. They need room to run so a large fenced yard would be wonderful so Bull can play fetch, frisbee and explore (this is not an apartment dog).

    From his caregiver: This is a dog, that if it wasn’t for being deaf, would be in a AKC show ring. I have shown and competed in herding events, his sire is a Show and Herding Champion and his Dam is a Show Champion. Bull would make a good companion dog. With a fenced yard and room to run he will be a great addition to a loving home.


  • Marshal – NY
    19 June 2021

    Meet adoptable deaf 2 year old Marshall who is looking for a loving forever home with a person or family who will cherish him, teach him new things and always keep him safe.


    From his advocate: Meet Marshal! He’s neutered and ready to go to his forever home… Marshal is living with 2 fur brothers and kids…
    Don’t let deaf deter you, he listens better than a hearing dog.  This gorgeous boy is ready to learn all you want to teach him….His energy is fun and and that of a happy go lucky boy.


    We are looking for a home that has time for this love bug and will see him for the gorgeous young boy he is! Applications are on our website listed below.
    DEAF DOGS ROCK!!!!!!

  • Kola – Utah
    19 June 2021

    Meet adoptable deaf Jack Russell/Aussie mix Kola who is looking for a loving forever home with someone who will cherish her, make positive reinforcement training/enrichment a priority and always keep her safe. Kola is 13 pounds of pure joy!


    From her advocate: Kola is a mini Aussie/ jack Russell mix. She was born and orphaned and adopted by a cat and nursed off of the cat till she was 4 weeks old. Kola is deaf as you know and full of mischief. She has the sweetest temperament and is happy to see any human. She’s great with other dogs and people. She will get bored and chew things if your not careful. She is one year old as of May 15th and spayed with all her vaccines. She would make a wonderful companion to an active family or individual.

  • Tick bite fever in dogs: The causes, symptoms and remedies
    19 June 2021
    Most dog guardians have heard of Lyme disease caused by tick. However, have you heard of tick fever which can cause serious complication in your dogs?

    Tick fever is also referred to as canine Ehrlichiosis. It is found worldwide and has been reported to be present in almost all the states of the United States. Canine Ehrlichiosis is mainly caused by a microorganism called as Rickettsia. Rickettsia is a bacterium which mostly behaves like a virus, i.e. It can use your dog’s body cells for the purpose of reproducing and living.

    There are two primary forms of Rickettsia which are responsible for causing ehrlichiosis in dogs:

    Ehrlichia canis: This is mainly transmitted by the Brown Dog tick and is also the most prevalent form.

    Ehrlichia ewingii: This one is transmitted by the Lone Star tick and is less prevalent than Ehrlichia canis.


    For an easy read I have divided the article into the following sub categories:

    How can your dog become infected by tick fever?

    Signs and symptoms of tick fever

    How is tick fever diagnosed?

    How is tick fever treated?

    Prognosis for dogs suffering from tick fever

    How can you prevent tick fever? Are there any vaccines available?

    Can humans get tick fever from dogs?

    Some final thoughts

    Check out these other articles which may be of interest to you: How can your dog become infected by tick fever?

    Ticks are basically like vampires. The tend to suck the blood and take up residence for a long time on your dog. When ticks feed on a specific animal, the animal becomes infected. During the feeding process the ticks transmit the microorganism Rickettsia into the bloodstream of the animal they are feeding on, thus transmitting the disease. In case of the tick fever, when the brown dog tick or the Lone Star tick feeds on the blood of the dog, they transmit the Ehrlichia species into the dog’s bloodstream. Ehrlichia has a tendency to stay alive in the tick for a period of 5 to 6 months before it needs to be passed on to another host.

    When a tick carrying Ehrlichia bites a dog, it will immediately injected saliva into your dog’s blood. The saliva of ticks not only possesses an anesthetic effect (this prevents the dog from realizing the presence of an intruder on its fur, while the tick quietly drinks away the blood), it also has a very hard cement like material which allows the tick to stay stuck to the dog’s skin. Tick’s saliva also contains an anticoagulant which prevents the dog’s blood from clotting and allows the tick to continue feeding for days.

    This is definitely not good news for your dog or any dog whom the tick decides to make its prey. It only takes a few hours, (approximately 3 to 6 hours) for the microorganism Ehrlichia to get transmitted from the tick’s saliva into the bloodstream of the dog. Unfortunately, a single bite is enough for the dog to get infected.

    Once the microorganism is present in the bloodstream of your dog, it tends to multiply and spread to other parts of your dog’s body. From the point of the causative organism’s entry into your dog’s bloodstream, it can take around 8 to 20 days for your dog to start showing the first signs of being infected by tick fever

    Signs and symptoms of tick fever

    The symptoms of tick fever can present themselves in a very mild manner during the initial stages. Tick fever can be primarily be divided into three different stages which I have previously discussed as well:

    Stage I: The acute phase

    This is the earliest stage of tick fever infection. During the stage most dogs will only show the following mild signs:

    • swelling in the lymph nodes
    • low-grade fever
    • nasal discharge
    • loss of appetite
    • joint pain
    • difficulty in breathing

    The acute phase generally lasts from about 2 to 4 weeks. During this time the dog may also seem to start recovering until he or she starts showing symptoms of the next stages.

    Stage II: The subclinical phase

    This is the second phase which comes after the acute phase. During this stage the microorganism is definitely present in your dog’s bloodstream, but it does not show any visible signs or and symptoms. All the organisms does right now, is that it takes up residence in your dog’s spleen and remains dormant for a while. This phase can carry on from a period of several months to years during which your dog might appear to be completely healthy and normal. If your dog’s immune system is strong enough, then this would be the stage where your dog will fight off the organism and truly recover from the disease.

    Stage III: The chronic phase

    This is the final phase of the disease. This will occur if the dog is not able to fight off the infection during the sub clinical phase. The following are the symptoms of the chronic phase of tick fever:

    • Anemia
    • Eye inflammation [uveitis, retinal diseases, hemorrhages in the eye and damaged corneas]
    • swelling in the legs
    • tenderness in the abdomen mainly caused due to the enlargement of the liver
    • depression
    • bleeding episodes due to a massive decrease in the amount of platelets
    • kidney issues
    • neurological signs and symptoms
    • failure of the bone marrow

    Since the bone marrow is the organ which is responsible for manufacturing for the red blood cells, the failure of the bone marrow sentences the dog to a certain death.

    How is tick fever diagnosed?

    Tick fever can be very difficult to diagnose. It is specifically harder to diagnose in the early stages of the disease. Most dog guardians will not realize that their dog is suffering from tick fever unless the dog is already in the chronic stages when the symptoms have taken a turn for the worse.

    The diagnosis of tick fever is made on the basis of the history of the dog’s exposure to tick previously, the symptoms the dog is showing, a full blood work which would indicate a low platelet count as well as a blood test to check if the dog has specific antibodies against Ehrlichia.

    A dog’s immune system generally takes 2 to 3 weeks to start producing antibodies against Ehrlichia. Therefore, blood tests done during the early phase may report as false-negative. Due to this, your vet might recommend you to perform a second test a few weeks later to make sure that the first negative result was really negative.

    Thus, the precautionary dog care measure always recommend is that in case you observe a large tick [one which is full of blood] on your pup, first, remove the tick. Following this, you should have your pooch immediately tested for tick fever. If the result comes out as negative, have your pooch tested again after eight weeks of finding and removing the tick.

    How is tick fever treated?

    The method of tick fever treatment primarily depends on the symptoms the dog is showing and the severity during the time of diagnosis. If the dog is suffering from severe bleeding issues, he or she might need hospitalization, IV fluids as well as blood transfusion to help him/her become strong enough to start the treatment against Ehrlichiosis. If your dog is suffering from an kind of ocular inflammation caused by ehrlichiosis, corticosteroids might be the drug of choice to help reduce inflammation in the eyes.

    The only way available of getting rid of Ehrlichia is to administer a full antibiotics course. The primary drugs of choice for the treatment of tick fever are Tetracycline as well as Doxycycline. These are usually given for a period of three weeks to a few months.

    Dogs who are able to receive treatment during the early phases start to show signs of improvement within 24 to 48 hours of initiation of the treatment. However, dogs who are in the chronic phase may start to show signs of recovery after several months of starting treatment.

    Prognosis for dogs suffering from tick fever

    As is the case in most diseases, and early detection and treatment greatly increases the dog’s chance of surviving through the tick fever. Dogs who otherwise have a healthy immune system can be expected to make a complete recovery even though they may be susceptible to reinfection later.

    Order dogs who do not have a strong immune system, or those who suffer from bone marrow issues may have a harder time recovering from tick fever. It has been observed that breeds like Doberman Pinschers and German Shepherds have increased reaction towards tick fever and a poor prognosis compared to other dog breeds.

    Fortunately, if your dog recovers from tick fever, you can stay sure that he or she will lead a normal and healthy life. However, you must take all tick related precautions to prevent your dog from getting infected by a tick again.

    How can you prevent tick fever? Are there any vaccines available?

    Unfortunately, at this moment there are no vaccines available to prevent Ehrlichiosis. However, as a dog guardian there are a few steps you can take to prevent your dog from coming in contact with the tick altogether.

    Check out this blog post to know about 32 different types of tick prevention strategies and home remedies. There are many ways you can protect your pup from getting infected by tick. A few of them are as follows:

    You can use veterinary spot treatments which are normally placed under your dog skin. These will not only repel the ticks which come in contact with your dog, they will also kill the tick which might be present on your dog’s fur already. Make sure to consult with your veterinarian first about which product would be safe for your dog depending on your dog’s health and immune conditions.

    You can use tick repellent like homemade ticks sprays, anti-tick shampoos as well as dips

    Focus on treating the corners of your house, the furniture and lawn with anti-tick treatments. You can also use diatomaceous earth for getting rid of both fleas as well as ticks.

    Keep your yard inhospitable to ticks by use of pesticides. Remember to consult with your vet before you choose a pesticide so as so as to make sure that the pesticide does not harm your dog.

    Check your dog after every walk. Comb thoroughly through his or her fur to remove any tick which have gotten attached to your pup.

    Can humans get tick fever from dogs?

    The good part about this is that you cannot catch Ehrlichiosis from your dog. However, there is a chance that you can catch the dreadful disease if the infected tick comes and bites you. Therefore, preventing tick infestation on your dog as well as your house is the best way to go. Ticks have a very thick exoskeleton (outside shell) which makes it hard to kill them manually. Therefore, keep a strict eye out for any tick activity around you or in your environment.

    Some final thoughts

    The primary thing to remember here is that the longer the tick remains attached to your dog, the higher the chance that your dog will develop tick fever. Hence, if you find a tick on your dog, especially an engorged one [a tick who has fed on blood and increased in size], remove it immediately with the help of a pair of tweezers and contact your veterinarian. Remember to get your dog tested immediately and 8 weeks later as well just to be sure that your dog is not suffering from tick fever.

    Have you ever faced a situation like this? What antibiotics and supportive care did the vet advice for your pup?  How long did it take for your pup to recover? If you have a specific story or anecdote about your dog that you wish to share with everyone. I would love to feature your story on my blog.


    See you in my next blog post




  • Steps to Providing Your Pooch with a Carefree Life
    19 June 2021
    The saying that a dog is a man's best friend is true as dogs show unconditional love, sparing no expense and asking nothing in return. They are loyal and simply adore us in a way that other animals or even other people are unable to. This is the primary reason why our dogs deserve a long […]
  • Support on Juneteenth: List of black-owned pet care businesses in USA
    19 June 2021

    Guest blog: Black-owned pet businesses to support on Juneteenth and every day

    We want to celebrate Juneteenth 2021 by highlighting some amazing black-owned pet businesses and their founders. These founders have created brands and products that support the health and wellbeing of pets and the lives of pet parents worldwide. Here is our list of black-owned pet businesses to support on Juneteenth and every day. Remember to actively seek black-owned businesses and small businesses to support throughout the year and not only when it is a topic of discussion.



    PetNmind is a holistic pet food and supply store based in Coconut Creek, FL. Adrian Archie has always been in tune with animals and once had dreams of becoming a veterinarian. Upon realizing that his cat, Rocko, was growing ill from the pet food he was being fed, Adrian launched PetNmind to help guide pet parents through their dog’s and cat’s diet. PetNmind is devoted to providing the most appropriate holistic nutrition from trusted pet food brands and specializes in personalized guidance for pet parents. They also offer membership-based pet hygiene services and most recently began offering small format franchises.

    We asked Adrian: What does Juneteenth mean to you? 

    “Juneteenth symbolizes responsibility to me. Responsibility to my ancestors who endured and survived slavery only to have to endure another 100 years of Jim Crow,” he said. “Becoming the first black-owned company in the pet industry that is also franchising is not for my ego or vanity. Instead, it is a living and breathing representation of what my ancestors marched, bled, and died for. Their legacy allows me the opportunity to be audacious in everything I set out to do. I owe them my blood, sweat, and tears at a minimum.”

    Sir Dogwood

    Chaz Olajide grew frustrated when having to scatter the internet for the best dog wear products, so she decided to create her own online shop to include just that. Sir Dogwood is a black-owned pet business based in Chicago that curates quality dog wear and accessories from innovative designers in the US and abroad. You’ll find everything from harnesses by Wild One to premium sweaters by Cote A Cote. Best of all? A portion of Sir Dogwood's monthly sales are donated to One Tail At A Time, a Chicago non-profit whose mission is to end pet homelessness. Sir Dogwood is staffed by a small but mighty team of dog-obsessed women who are committed to offering top-notch customer service to dog parents and their pups.

    Homescape Pets

    Homescape Pets is a black-owned pet business based in Austin, TX offering limited-ingredient natural pet supplements, CBD pet products, and natural pet treats. Marcus and Nana Pfeifer sought out to create a way to keep pets healthy in a natural and affordable way after losing their first dog to cancer. When they couldn’t find the clean, preservative-free supplements and treats that they were seeking for their new dogs, they created them. Now they are helping pet parents naturally address the most common health issues that dogs and cats face: anxiety, joint issues, and inflammation.

    “It’s important that Juneteenth does not become a day that’s simply performative,” said Nana Pfeifer, cofounder of Homescape Pets when asked about Juneteeth. “In the wake of 2020’s protests and the ensuing anti-racism conversations, we saw lots of symbolism but not a lot of lasting inclusivity and change. I wish for and actively work for that change.”

    Pfeifer wants to show pet parents that black-owned businesses are thriving in the pet wellness industry. To do this, they are working to level the playing field and connect with other POC brands to help amplify their voices. “This is a long road and we’re here to walk it step by step,” she said. 

    5 Element Food Therapy

    5 Element Food Therapy is an Oakland-based black-owned pet business born out of the love of a 13-year-old dog named Hoochie. Sharon Felice started 5 Element Food Therapy after Hoochie was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and given a life expectancy of only 60 days. Sharon decided against chemotherapy and instead consulted Dr. Anne Reed, a Certified Holistic Vet, to explore acupuncture as a way of making Hoochie’s remaining days more comfortable. Dr. Reed’s treatment recommendations included a fresh food diet infused with Chinese herbs in addition to her regular kibble. Hoochie’s 60 days turned into 90, then 120 – and thriving on her new diet, Sharon and Hoochie played together and cuddled with each other for 9 months.

    Hoochie’s successful life-extending treatment inspired Sharon to share the health benefits of fresh food supplements. In 2016, she asked Dr. Reed to partner on a new endeavor. Together they created 5 Element Food Therapy, a line of whole food supplements based in Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine to help eliminate chronic disease and nourish the bodies of pets, companions, and best friends everywhere.

    Dogue Spa

    Dogue Spa is a Los Angeles-based dog grooming spa offering a unique, high-end salon experience to you and your four-legged best friend. Joshua White and Mehdi Elias joined together to create the highest level of excellence in dog grooming and styling. The star of the spa is Snow, Joshua’s female poodle, who has become a driving force behind Joshua’s success. This black-owned pet business serves celebrities and influential personalities in fashion, music, and television, but every pet parent is welcome to spoil their dog. Most recently, Dogue is working on launching its own signature dog apparel and accessory line.

    Trill Paws

    Pet wear meets pop culture at this Los Angeles-based pet accessory and lifestyle brand, Trill Paws. Rachel Jones combined her love for dogs and fashion to create pet accessories that are fun and stylish. Now she runs her own black-owned pet business to transform boring pet ID tags into fun pet accessories that pet parents will want to put on their cats and dogs. Her designs are inspired by iconic figures and sayings to keep up with the latest trends as they come.

    Guest blog by Dogdrop: Dogdrop provides the best dog daycare and pet care service in Los Angeles. Their daycare provides a safe place for socialization, directed activity, training reinforcement, and much more. They have the best quality dog essentials for pet owners. Dogdrop is the best place for dogs to learn, exercise, and socialize to become happier and healthier dog citizens.

    Juneteenth is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the emancipation of enslaved African Americans. While Paws For Reaction is a Canadian blog, we feel strongly about racial equity and ending systemic racism, especially for the African American community. We welcome guest bloggers with different opinions and perspectives about healthy pet care and want to be inclusive. While the views and opinions on pet health and nutrition, and the recommendation of certain products in this article do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Paws For Reaction, we believe in supporting black-owned business and allowing pet owners to make up their own minds when it comes to pet care. 

  • Shih Tzu Black and White
    19 June 2021

    Shi Tzus being, one of the most cute, adorable, and nice-looking little fellows, are Asian toy dog breeds. Their long hair and short snout made them even pretty and well-known among pet lovers. 

    Shih Tzus comes in different colors, but this dog breeds most beautiful and unique color is Shih Tzu black and white

    Shih Tzu black and white is primarily a black dog with white streaks, not a white dog with black markings! These small yet powerful dogs are indeed very hard to potty train; however, they are intelligent, they will get on you. 

    Do you want to know more about Shih Tzu black and white? If yes, what are you waiting for? This article will let you know all; continue reading!

    Are white and black Shih Tzus rare?

    As stated earlier, Shih Tzu white and black are mainly black dogs with white streaks. And hence, after reading about the rarest color of Shih Tzu, you will know that black is its most rare color.

    This clearly tells that white and black Shih Tzu (which is the black dog) is, for sure, amongst the rare dogs. And if you think about buying it, Shih Tzu black and white price will be more than other colored Shih Tzus as black and white is a remarkable combination of color in a dog like Shih Tzu.

    Along with being rare, Shih Tzus with black and white color are also very popular. 

    What is the rarest color of Shih Tzu?

    You may have seen Shih Tzu in many colors. However, there is one color that can be the rarest color and one that can be the most common color of Shih Tzu.

    What do you think can be the rarest color of Shih Tzu? The rarest color a Shih Tzu comes in is Black! Isn’t that bold and dominant?

    Most pet owners (especially Shih Tzu lovers) are found to be searching for this rarest color of the breed.

    A black Shih Tzu has an entire black-colored body, even the nose pigment, which is always black, no matter the color then.

    Nevertheless, with a full black-colored body, you may also find little white markings usually on their chest, but solid black is also available.

    As we are talking about colors, you need to know one more thing. Do you know that a Shih Tzu changes color? The answer to this is a big yes! As time passes and Shih Tzu (with whatever color) grows, its color changes. 

    However, that is not the case with black and white Shih Tzus; they do not change their color or shade.

    How much does a Black and White Shih Tzu Cost?

    Shi Tzus are as expensive as most other toy dog breeds; they have almost the same average cost.

    On average, a Shih Tzu cost starts from somewhere around $500 and can go as high as $3000. It all depends on where you buy these dogs. 

    When you buy the dog from a reputable breeder, you often have to pay more, but the quality of the dog will be excellent with no health problems.

    However, if you buy the dog from a disreputable breeder, you will pay less and get the dog. In this case, the quality of the dog will not be confirmed. The dog may also be suffering from some kind of medical illness.

    The board of “Shih tzu black and white for sale” hanging outside a shop might attract you but always go for dogs that are quality confirmed.

    Are black and white Shih Tzus common?

    Under the subheading “Are white and black Shih Tzus rare?” It is clearly said that black and white Shih Tzus are rare; they are not common. You will not easily find a Shih Tzu with a black and white coat. 

    They are rare and expensive, which also becomes a reason why not most pet lovers buy them.

    What is the Best Color of Shih Tzu?

    A Shih Tzu, just like other dogs, comes in many different colors. What colors, in your opinion, can be the best color of a Shih Tzu? 

    Black! Black is not just the rarest color but also a very beautiful and enchanting color that a Shih Tzu has.

    The people most like a black Shih Tzu (with no other hair color), and it looks so charming that one cannot stop gazing at these little charming black Shih Tzus.

    However, people are different; they have different choices. If one likes black, the other might go for white. If one wants to have a Shih Tzu black and brown, others may prefer to have a Shih Tzu white and brown

    So, it really depends on your personal preferences. Buy only the color that YOU think is the best!

    Is a male or female Shih Tzu better?

    The male Shih Tzu is better than the female. The male is more gracious and forgiving, while the female is aggressive at the same time. The female Shih Tzu tries to exercise her superiority. 

    Unlike the male, the female pet doesn’t prefer to chase a ball and play with children.

    The male dogs are more reliable and fun-loving, whereas females do not get too much attached. Perhaps, the females are more docile than the male ones.

    Do Shih Tzu get Attached to one Person? 

    A Shih Tzu is a loving and affectionate dog that behaves nicely to all. Being friendly and gentle is instilled in its nature.

    However, when it comes to choosing people, both Shih Tzu black and white male and female will choose only one person! Yes, it is true that a Shih Tzu gets attached to one person only.

    Whether a Shih Tzu is living in a huge or a small family group, there will be only one that Shih Tzu will be more close to.

    Do you know why that is so?

    Well, people who seem to be having the same personality and level of energy as them are more likely to be the favorite person of Shih Tzus than those who are just confined to spend a little time with them. 

    How do you know if your Shih Tzu loves you?

    Shih Tzus do so many things to tell you that they love you! If you see your Shih Tzu is being playful, eating well, showing no bad (destructive) behavior, and waving his tail, it shows he is happy, and he loves you. 

    And when he jumps at you excitedly, that’s also a sign Shih Tzu loves you. For showing him your love, you can hang Shih Tzu black and white clipart on the walls; he will love it!

    Why are Shih Tzus so Hard to Potty Train?

    The only reason found about why Shih Tzus are so hard to potty train is their stubbornness. Shih Tzus tend to be stubborn when it comes to their potty training.

    The average time taken to properly potty train a Shih Tzu is up to 2 to 4 months. In some cases, it also takes over eight months! 

    However, the time can be reduced, and your canine will still be potty trained properly. How is that possible?!

    Well, that can be done if YOU follow your part of the job appropriately in this task, and that is none other than showing consistency, patience, and remaining calm.

    How Long can a Shih Tzu hold their Pee?

    As told, Shih Tzu is a toy breed that has a small-sized body. Shih Tzu black and white full-grown just has a height of anywhere between 20 cm to 28 cm (both male and female).

    Hence, a short body becomes the cause of an even shorter and smaller bladder of a Shih Tzu. 

    Smaller Bladder is usually not capable of holding the pee for a longer time. And for this reason, a Shih Tzu has to pee every two hours. So, be sure and punctual to take your puppy to the potty place every two hours. 

    How many times do Shih Tzu Poop?

    Smaller dogs usually need to poop more than the older or larger dog breeds because of their small bladder size. If the dog is healthy, he will produce 10 to 20 ml of urine each day (for each pound of body weight). 

    So, ideally, a dog should go to poo at least 3 to 5 times a day. Therefore, if your Shih Tzu goes out to eliminate the waste four times or more, that should not be considered a big concern. 

    How many Times Should Shih Tzu Eat?

    It’s necessary to feed a Shih Tzu three times a day. And if it is so young, you need to feed him at least four 4 to 6 times a day. The amount of food that should be given to a dog somehow depends on its metabolism, activity level, build, and age. The RDA (Recommended Daily Amount) for Shih Tzu is 1/2 to 1 cup of good quality dry food. 


    A Shih Tzu black and white is a rare dog that many pet owners love. These are affectionate and caring for their owners and love to spend time with them.

    A Shih Tzu black and white name can be many. Decide an interesting name for him that you and he adore and live joyfully together.

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  • What does a Vizsla cost?
    19 June 2021

    The Vizsla was originally bred to serve as a gundog, though they are commonly kept as companion animals today. Many are still used for hunting across the world, with their popularity in America slowly increasing. Due to their nature of working closely with people, they tend to bond very closely with their people. These athletic dogs are also very intelligent, so they do require quite a bit of time and attention from their owners. 

    Compared to other large dogs, the average Vizsla is actually quite inexpensive. The average puppy costs about $1,000, though you can find puppies for as cheap as $500 and as expensive as $1,700. This assumes you’re purchasing the dog from a professional, qualified breeder. 

    Of course, your yearly expenses are important to keep in mind as well. The first-year expenses are typically the most expensive at around $4,000. This is largely because due to the large amount of vet care a puppy needs during the first year, as well as the many one-time purchases you’ll need to make. After the first year, you can expect to pay about $1,500 a year. 

    These costs cover preventative health care, training, food, and other supplies that you’ll need.

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    How much is a Vizsla?

    While the average Vizsla puppy costs about $1,000, this can vary quite a bit. It depends largely on where you purchase your puppy. While qualified breeders are often the best option, they are also the most expensive. This is because breeders put a lot more money into their puppies, which leads to an increased cost. 

    However, purchasing a puppy from Craigslist or from a rescue are often cheaper options. Still, you may end paying more in the long run for these dogs, as they may require more vet bills and training. They might also not be purebred but instead mixed with another hunting dog breed, such as the German Shorthair Pointer.

    Typically, qualified breeders know how to raise their dogs to prevent behavioral problems and properly perform health testing, so genetic problems are not passed onto the puppies. 

    Getting a puppy from Craigslist

    Purchase a puppy from Craigslist is often the cheapest option. However, you never know what you’re really getting when you go through these marketplaces. People selling on Craigslist could be literally anyone; that’s the point of Craigslist. However, when you’re purchasing a puppy, you don’t necessarily want to purchase one from just anyone

    Many puppy mills advertise on Craigslist, as they often don’t have their own websites or social media platforms. These puppy mills focus on producing as many puppies as they can as cheaply as they can. This often leads to many low-quality puppies that are sold at extremely low prices. Usually, the females are over-bred, which means that they often aren’t their healthiest when carrying and caring for each litter. 

    Furthermore, they often feed their dogs very inexpensive food and may not provide them with the correct nutrition. Most puppies are kept in small and unsanitary pens, which leads to them not getting the socialization they need. Because they are not raised in a home, they are less likely to adapt well after being adopted and may develop behavioral problems. 

    As you might guess, puppy mills do not perform the proper health testing and often don’t take their puppies to the vet at all. When you adopt them, it isn’t odd for these dogs to have parasites and similar health issues, which will cost you more at the vet. 

    Some puppies on Craigslist come from regular dog owners who either have accident litters or who are trying their hand at dog breeding. While not all of these puppies end up being low-quality, many of these dog owners do not understand how to raise puppies properly, which can lead to unadaptable and poorly socialized puppies. 

    Plus, many dog owners do not pay the extra money to health-test the parent dogs before breeding, nor do the puppies receive the proper health care.

    Getting a puppy from a rescue

    Vizslas are rarer dogs in the United States. However, they do occasionally appear at animal shelters. This happens most often in rural areas, where they are commonly used as gun dogs.  Usually, adopting a puppy from a rescue only costs about $50 to $300, depending on the particular shelter’s regulations. 

    Most of the puppies at rescues have unknown pasts. They may have been dropped off by a dog owner that ended up with an accidental litter or found as strays. Often, they did not receive much early vet care, nor have most of them been properly socialized. 

    However, once at the shelter, they do receive vet care, including treatment for any health problems and vaccinations. Most are spayed or neutered as well. Because they have seen a vet, you’ll likely be able to get a good look at a puppy’s past records. These records can give you a good idea as to what you’re getting yourself into before adopting the puppy. 

    In the end, you’re simply going to get a better idea of what you’re getting into when you adopt a puppy from a rescue. The puppy may not be the highest quality, but at least you’ll know what health problems they have before adopting them.

    Getting a puppy from a breeder

    Breeders are often your best option when adopting a Vizsla puppy. After all, most breeders have been breeding these dogs for years. They know how to properly socialize them to ensure that they are adaptable to a family home. Many also invest in the proper health testing for the parents and vet care for the puppies. 

    It isn’t odd for breeders to take puppies to their first veterinary appointment, as well as pay for their first round of shots. This can significantly reduce the price of vet bills you’ll have to pay later. 

    The puppies are often fed high-quality dog food, as is the mother when she is pregnant. This often leads to healthier puppies since they’re literally building themselves with the food they’re fed. If any of the puppies have health problems, most breeders treat them quickly and promptly. You can often see the vet records for any puppy you’re adopting, so you’ll know the exact care they’ve received. 

    However, all of this extra care comes at a cost. Typically, breeders are the most expensive option. The average cost of a Vizsla puppy from a breeder is about $1,000. Most puppies are in the $500 to $1,700 range. But you can find puppies for much more expensive as well.

    Costs of health tests

    The cost of health testing is one reason that puppies from breeders are so much more expensive than other sources. Health testing is done on dogs before they are bred to determine if they have any underlying health conditions. Many of these may not actually cause problems until later, but certain genetic conditions can be passed onto the puppies. 

    For instance, if a dog’s eyes show abnormalities, they may be a carrier for certain eye disorders. If they are bred, their puppies may inherit some of these eye problems, which can affect them later in life. Therefore, health testing lowers the chance that these dogs are bred, increasing the health of puppies. 

    The Vizsla Club of America recommends several health tests; these include hip dysplasia, autoimmune thyroiditis, eye examinations, elbow dysplasia, and a cardiac evaluation. When a dog receives these tests, they will get a CHIC number. This number can be searched online to see a particular dog’s test results. Ask the breeder for a dog’s CHIC number before purchasing a puppy. 

    Hip Dysplasia

    Hip dysplasia is a serious condition that occurs when a dog’s hips don’t align properly. This causes excessive wear and tear, which can lead to everything from minor pain to lameness. This is often linked to genetics. However, it can also be caused by improper nutrition and injury. 

    Hip dysplasia is tested for using an x-ray. Sedation is not always required if you can get the dog to stand still. Sometimes, the dog is only mildly sedated to relax them. Dogs must wait until they are over two years to be evaluated, as this is the point that their hip is done growing. 

    The typical cost is somewhere around $500 if they are done at a normal vet office. If the dog needs sedation, an extra $100 is added to the cost. The cost can vary widely, though. There are many health clinics that will do these tests for much cheaper. 

    Autoimmune Thyroiditis

    Because the Vizsla is prone to this condition, it is required that they are tested for it to receive a CHIC number. This occurs when a dog’s immune system attacks their thyroid, eventually compromising its ability to produce hormones. While this disease can start quite early, symptoms usually don’t occur until they are 2 to 5 years old. Even then, a dog may be “normal” for years before clinical signs occur. Therefore, this condition is often repeatedly tested for. 

    Most dogs who develop this condition end up with autoantibodies by the time they are 3 to 4 years of age. This is a sign that the dog has a genetic version of this disease. 

    This condition is tested for by taking a serum sample, which will include the antibodies the dog’s body is producing. The sample is then sent to an approved laboratory. Testing usually costs $50 to $150. 

    Eye Examinations

    This eye examination must be done by a board-certified ACVO Ophthalmologist. Usually, this isn’t terribly expensive. Depending on the area, it can cost anywhere from $50 to $250. Clinics will be much cheaper than making an appointment with a local veterinarian. 

    This test can determine if the dog has a variety of different eye problems. Many of these will not have symptoms right away, but they do have a genetic component. This is often done regularly throughout the dog’s life, as the eye problems may not pop up until later. 

    Elbow Dysplasia

    This disease is very similar to hip dysplasia. However, it affects the elbows instead. Usually, this is done at the same time as the hip dysplasia x-ray. If it is done at a separate time, it will be more expensive. Typically, the added x-ray can be anywhere from $100 to $450.

    If the dog needs sedation, it can be a bit expensive. However, if the x-rays are done at the same time as the hip x-ray, you won’t have to pay more for the sedation. 

    Cardiac Evaluation

    While this is technically “optional,” it is extremely recommended for all dogs that are in the breeding stock. Generally, this test is to catch any congenital cardiac diseases that the dog may have. Some of these may have a genetic component but no noticeable symptoms until the dog is much older. 

    Usually, the dog is evaluated first by auscultation. This is simply where the vet listens to the dog’s heart with a stethoscope. However, it has to be done by a cardiologist, so it can’t simply be done at a dog’s normal appointment. The cost for this is typically around $50. 

    Many owners also decide to get their dog evaluated with an ECHO. This is required for dogs that have a heart murmur to determine whether it is benign or not. This can cost around $400 and also needs to be done by a cardiologist. 

    Annual costs of owning a Vizsla

    When you consider adopting a dog, you also need to pay attention to the annual costs of owning a Vizsla. These dogs are a bit larger, so they tend to eat quite a bit. Usually, the first year will cost about $4,000. This includes on-time supplies you’ll need to purchase, like dog beds and collars. Puppies need more vet care than adult dogs. Therefore, these bills are typically more expensive for the first year as well. 

    For every year after this, you can expect to pay a bit more. Usually, the cost for food, preventative vet care, and similar expenses is $1,500. This doesn’t include any health problems that your canine may develop, which can quickly raise your costs. It also doesn’t include dog boarding, dog walkers, or similar services. 

    Vet expenses

    Vet expenses are likely going to be highest in the puppy’s first year. Your dog will likely need at least three vet visits to receive the proper examinations, vaccinations, and other preventative services. Each visit may cost anywhere between $70 to $200, depending on the exact care your pet receives. Common puppy diseases, like parasites, can raise this cost. 

    You’ll probably spend a total of $400 to $800 on these preventative vet visits. 

    You may also need to spay or neuter your canine. This can cost $150 to $450 for this size of a dog. Some clinics may charge only $50, so check in your area for these no-profit organizations. Generally, males will be on the lower end than females, as their surgery costs less. 

    The vet may recommend performing a gastropexy during the time of the spay or neuter. This can prevent Gastric Dilatation and Volvulus later in life. This is a life-threatening disorder that mostly affects large, deep-chested dogs. The Vizsla is not as prone to this as other canines, though. Usually, this adds $200 to $400 to the spay or neuter bill. 

    After the first year, you can expect to pay about $125 to $270 for an annual veterinary exam. This includes the exam itself, as well as vaccinations and basic preventative tests. This doesn’t include any illnesses or injuries your dog develops, which can greatly increase the cost of your dog’s medical bills.

    Food and toy costs

    Because these dogs are larger, they can eat a bit more than some other breeds. This increases your yearly costs by quite a bit. We do recommend that you feed your dog high-quality food, even though it will cost you a bit more. Just like people, dogs are what they eat. It’s important to feed them a healthy selection. 


  • How much does a Weimaraner cost?
    19 June 2021

    These large “Grey Ghosts” are prized hunting dogs and family companions alike. They are known for their friendly and obedient nature, which makes them quite easy to get along with. They are very people-oriented animals, allowing them to get along easily in most households. They also tend to be quite energetic, so they do best in active families where they can spend plenty of time running around. 

    While these dogs are decently large at 55 to 90 pounds, they are quite inexpensive compared to other larger breeds. The average puppy costs about $700, with the usual range being somewhere between $500 and $1,200. 

    The annual costs for this dog are somewhat low as well, though their caloric needs will cost you quite a bit in food. For the first year, you can expect to pay about $3,600 in supplies. This includes many one-time things you’ll need to purchase, such as a crate and dog bed. 

    After that, you’ll likely need to spend less each year, as you’ll already have all of the basic supplies you’ll need. You can expect to pay about $1,700 a year for an adult Weimaraner.

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    How much is a Weimaraner?

    Most Weimaraners typically cost less than other large dogs. The average puppy from a qualified breeder is only about $700. Even for a top-quality dog, you can expect to pay less than $1,700. However, these prices are assuming that you’re purchasing from a specialized breeder that specifically breeds Weimaraners. 

    There are other places to adopt this breed as well, though they are not always recommended. It is often possible to find these dogs available for much less than they typically are from breeders. Usually, you’ll pay for this later with higher vet and training bills, though.

    The rare color of these dogs (that is only found on a handful of other breeds – such as in Border Collies) makes these dogs sought-after and, at times, pricey.

    Getting a puppy from Craigslist

    Craigslist often lists dozens of dogs for sale, many of which are puppies. These dogs can range from $100 to as much as $2,000. However, because anyone can sell on these marketplace websites, you never really know what you’re getting. 

    Many puppy mills advertise on Craigslist. These businesses focus on breeding as many puppies as possible for as low of a price as possible. In the end, this often means that they take a lot of shortcuts on the dog’s health. For instance, some may remove the puppies from the mother at a very young age to encourage her to go into heat again. This results in more puppies to sell but may leave the puppies improperly socialized and lacking in proper nutrition.

    Puppy mills are illegal in many areas, as they often don’t get proper vet treatment for their animals. Most of the time, their dogs are kept in small and dirty pens, which usually doesn’t result in healthy puppies. However, they do still exist in some places, as it can be difficult to prove that a breeder counts as a “puppy mill.”

    Besides puppy mills, regular pet owners usually advertise on Craigslist as well. They may have accidentally ended up with a litter of puppies, which they are now attempting to sell. Alternatively, some of them decide to try their hand at breeding their own pet dogs.  

    While these at-home breeders don’t always produce low-quality puppies, they do come with many major downsides. Most do not health test their dogs, which can result in puppies with genetic conditions. Many may not even know that you’re supposed to health test your dogs. Plus, those with accidental litters obviously didn’t have the opportunity to health test the parents beforehand. 

    They may also not know how to properly socialize the puppies, which can lead to less adaptable dogs with more behavioral problems. They may not get the puppies proper health care either, which usually means that you’ll end up with a higher vet bill during the puppy’s first year. 

    You may not actually save much by purchasing from these listings, either, considering how inexpensive these puppies often are from breeders.

    Getting a puppy from a rescue

    While these dogs aren’t exactly the most common canines around, that doesn’t necessarily mean that they don’t show up at local animal shelters from time to time. Breed-specific rescues often have many of these dogs as well, though most of them are not puppies. 

    Usually, rescues only charge $100 to $300 for their dogs. Typically, puppies are more expensive than adults, as they require more vet care once they get to the rescue. 

    Usually, it can be difficult to tell where puppies came from before they ended up at the rescue. The puppies may have been the result of an accidental litter, or they may have even been strays. Sometimes, the rescue doesn’t even know where the puppies came from. They are typically not well taken care of before they end up at the rescue. 

    However, once the rescue has them, the puppies usually receive the proper vet care. Many receive their vaccinations and are treated for underlying illnesses before they are adopted out. You can usually ask to see the puppy’s records before you adopt, which allows you to know what you’re getting into before you take the plunge.

    Getting a puppy from a breeder

    If you’re looking to get the highest quality puppy available, then your best bet is to adopt from a breeder. Breeders often have more experience raising puppies, which means you end up with higher-quality puppies. Breeders usually know how to socialize and raise their dogs so that they are adaptable and friendly, making things easier for you after you bring your puppy home. 

    Many also provide more vet care for their puppies, which is one reason they are typically more expensive than other sources. Often, the puppies will receive their first vaccinations before they are adopted, as well as be treated for any underlying conditions they might have. Because these dogs see a vet before they are adopted, you can be decently sure that your puppy is healthy before you bring them home. Some breeders even get their puppies health tested for certain genetic problems. 

    Usually, breeders also provide their puppy with higher-quality food, as well, which can affect their development. 

    Most importantly, breeders health test their dogs before breeding. This means that the dogs are checked for certain genetic conditions that may not show symptoms until later in life. Because genetic conditions can be passed down to puppies, it is important to check for these conditions before breeding a dog. Otherwise, you may end up with unhealthy puppies that are more likely to end up with genetic problems when they are older, which will raise your vet bills substantially. 

    Of course, not all breeders raise their puppies the same or provide the same care. It is important that you ask your breeder about their particular routine. Ask about what health testing the parents underwent before breeding, as well as the health care that the puppies have received. You should check the parent’s CHIC number, which will show you the results of their health testing. If a dog doesn’t have a CHIC number, they have not undergone health testing. 

    Cost of health tests

    One of the biggest reasons that dogs from breeders are more expensive is that the breeding dogs have often undergone health testing. This costs quite a bit of money and often gets wrapped into the cost of the puppies. Dogs will often have to undergo several health tests throughout their life, as the signs of certain conditions may not be present until later. 

    Genetic Testing

    Weimaraners are one of the few dogs that have genetic testing available for certain health conditions. This allows breeders to tell if the dog is a carrier of certain genetic problems. If two carriers are bred together, then their puppies have a chance of being affected. Therefore, if the dogs are properly tested, they should not produce any puppies with these testable conditions. 

    All Weimaraners should be genetically tested for hyperuricosuria, hypomyelination, and spinal dysraphism. Usually, tests cost about $110 per dog. It only has to be completed once since a dog’s DNA doesn’t change as they age. 

    Hip Dysplasia

    Hip dysplasia is another condition that all breeding dogs should be tested for. Hip dysplasia occurs when the hip joints are not lined up properly, which leads to excess wear and tear. This can cause symptoms from minor pain to limping to lameness. It just depends on how affected the dog is. This disease does have a genetic component, but environmental factors and injuries can cause it as well. 

    There is no genetic test for hip dysplasia, so breeding dogs usually have their hips x-rayed to ensure that they are aligning properly. Dogs with obvious problems on the x-ray have hip dysplasia and may pass it onto their puppies – even if they have no symptoms yet. 

    A dog cannot be evaluated for hip dysplasia until they are two, as this is the age that their hips stop growing. The cost of x-rays is usually around $500 and can be done at a regular vet, though some may send the images off for an expert to look at if there is any confusion over the results. If the dog needs to be sedated, an extra $100 or so will be added to the bill. 

    Eye Certification

    Like most dog breeds, it is recommended that all Weimaraners being bred undergo an eye exam. This must be done by a board-certified AVCO ophthalmologist, so it cannot simply be done by a dog’s normal vet. 

    The cost of this examination varies widely and depends on your area. In some cases, it is as cheap as $50, while it may be as much as $250 in other areas. Clinics at events are often the cheapest way to get this done. 

    Usually, the dog will not need to be sedated. In fact, sedation is not recommended. However, if the dog is not cooperating, sedation will add extra to this bill. 

    Autoimmune Thyroiditis

    This is a mostly genetic condition that causes the immune system to attack the thyroid. The onset of this disease varies considerably, but most dogs will begin to show symptoms around 2 to 5 years. Autoantibodies are produced before symptoms begin to show, as the immune system needs time to break down the thyroid before the dog begins experiencing issues. Therefore, a blood test can confirm autoimmune thyroiditis 3 to 4 years at the latest. 

    For this reason, this condition is usually tested annually until the dog is four or five years old. After that, there is a good chance that they are simply not getting it. 

    Luckily, this test is not very expensive and works as a simple blood test. Usually, the vet takes a sample of the dog’s blood, prepares it, and then sends it to a laboratory. Testing usually costs around $50 to $150, depending on your geographical location. 

    Advanced Cardiac Testing

    While this testing is not required, it is very recommended by the Weimaraner Club of America, which oversees most professional breeders. This procedure can rule out both congenital diseases and adult-onset diseases. While these can have environmental factors, genetics can often play a large role. However, affected dogs may never show symptoms until later in life. Therefore, testing is the only way to tell if a breeding-age dog has one of these heart problems. 

    An advanced cardiac exam involves a cardiologist performing an ECHO on the dog. Some dogs may have benign heart murmurs that do not affect their capability to breed. An ECHO can determine whether a heart murmur is benign or not. Usually, this costs around $400. It may need to be repeated multiple times throughout the dog’s life to catch any late-onset diseases. 

    Annual costs of owning a Weimaraner

    On top of the cost of a puppy, you also need to consider the average yearly costs of owning a Weimaraner. Like most dogs, you should plan on paying the most during the first year. Puppies need more preventative vet care than adult dogs, as well as more supplies. Usually, this will cost you about $3,700 for the first year. 

    After that, your costs will fall by quite a bit. You can expect to pay about $1,700 for each year after that, with most of your costs going to training and food. 

    Vet Expenses

    Vet expenses are a major part of your dog’s annual needs. Typically, a puppy will need at least three trips to the vet during its first year. Each visit can range from $50 to $150, depending on the care included in each visit. This leaves your total at somewhere between $200 to $450 for the whole year. This cost includes all required vaccinations (though not all suggested vaccinations) and the general examination fee. 

    If your dog gets sick, you will end up paying more. This is one reason why it is important to adopt your puppy from a qualified source. 

    You may want to spay or neuter your puppy as well, which is typically recommended by most breeders. This can cost between $150 to $400. Some clinics cost as little as $50 and are usually run by not-for-profit organizations. Check your area if you’re looking to save some money. 

    A gastropexy may also be performed, which prevents your canine from getting bloat later. This is a serious condition that requires emergency vet care and surgery. It can lead to death in only a few hours. Usually, this can cost anywhere from $200 to $500. It can be added to the spay/neuter surgery to lower the costs. 

    After the first year, you can expect to pay about $120 to $260 for an annual vet exam. This includes some basic blood tests, vaccinations, and a heartworm test. 

    Potential Health Problems

    All of the above costs only include preventative care that every dog will need to receive. If your pet gets sick, you can expect to pay much more. 

    Hypertrophic Osteodystrophy treatment can cost anywhere from $250 to $1,500. The lower end includes dogs that simply need medication, while dogs that require hospitalization will be closer to the higher end. This is a completely preventable disease if dogs are DNA tested before they are bred. 

    Arthritis can cost anywhere from $50 to $400 a month – more if it is caused by hip dysplasia. This includes medication, supplements, therapy, and similar treatments. Surgery for hip dysplasia can cost as much as $3,000 per hip.

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  • 5 pointers for Dog Disaster Preparedness
    19 June 2021

    Dog owners can benefit from dog disaster preparedness. June is National Pet Preparedness Month. In the same case with humans, first aid skills can help you rescue your dog’s life, reduce the chances of excessive injuries, and activate a faster recovery. Knowing first aid is a crucial part of dog disaster preparedness.

    First aid for dogs might not be the top idea in your mind or for your fellow dog owners, but it is an essential skill you should master. Why the insisting on the first aid skill? Because your dog is surrounded by numerous hazards every day. All these can potentially contribute and trigger fatal accidents or sometimes are life-threatening situations.

    Why You Need to Take First Aid Courses For Dog Disaster Preparedness

    You should know how to recognize intestinal blockages, which is life-threatening to dogs. First aid skills will help you master how to bandage a dog if their skin has has been scratched or pierced. Many first aid courses can help you as a dog owner and general knowledge that meets pet industry professional standards.

    The most interesting thing about first aid courses is that they entail various subjects and topics, including treatment and prevention of injury and illness. The courses also provide information on keeping dogs clean and healthy, choking, external and internal bleeding, seizures, sprains, heat and cold injuries, allergic reactions, poisons, CPR and artificial respiration. Pet first aid is never a substitute for veterinary care, so a follow up with a veterinarian is always recommended.

    Is First Aid and Disaster Preparedness Knowledge a Replacement of Veterinary Care?

    Note that dog first aid skill is not a replacement for veterinary care; it only helps you to handle emergency conditions by realizing the problems early enough. When you recognize the problem in time, you make an effective approach and act quickly and appropriately. These tips can buy you precious minutes for your friend on the way to the veterinarian. First aid is one of the best ways you can be mindful of dog disaster preparedness.

    National Pet Preparedness Month promotes a robust awareness in training pet owners about disaster preparedness and first aid. Being equipped with basic first aid skills can help pet owners identify and solve some signs of health issues in their dogs and cats.

    Tips for Dog Disaster Preparedness and First Aid
    1. Identify and understand the possibilities. First, scan your environment and see if you can find different types of man-made or natural disasters. Examine and assess how they can occur, trigger the actions, and develop an effective plan. Have a plan on how to handle different situations in case they occur. Understanding and planning for future uncertainties are like the insurance cover for your dog. 
    2. Create Your Response Plan. Different disasters need unique courses of action. The sooner you develop a comprehensive disaster plan, the more you spare time have will have to prepare.
    3. Keep Updating Identification. Ensure you keep your dog wears a well fitting collar with current identification at all times. The identification details entail your name, contact details and rabies tag since sometimes you will not be at home. The details will help you handle situations effectively even if you are away from home. Also consider microchipping for your friend.
    4. Keep your dog’s records handy. Create a file for each dog if you have many. The files should contain vaccination dates, health history and a recent photo. Store the files in a secure and safe place.
    5. Research animal-friendly environments. If a disaster is forcing you to evacuate to a new environment, then research the next places. You don’t need to meet the same threats that may force you to shift again, which as a result, may waste your monetary resources. Ensure the next environment is animal friendly.

    In addition, always consult with a qualified specialist when you can’t handle some situations. Have a few numbers that you need to contact when some conditions are above your capabilities. Dog disaster preparedness is always evolving and changing. Make sure to have a plan for your best friend!

  • Why do dogs behave differently for some people than others.
    18 June 2021

    Well, there are likely about a billion reasons, from history of reinforcement to the rules and boundaries we set. Dogs are living, thinking beings that learn to behave in certain ways to get what they want, just like people. The genetic makeup (Genotype) often plays a big part in how motivated the dog will be …

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  • Pitbull Colors: 18 Coat Colors & Patterns
    19 June 2021

    The negative reputation that follows around Pitbulls is known throughout the world.

    Unfortunately, many locations have banned this breed, not realizing that a Pitbull can be a lot of different things and that there are many different Pitbull colors. In turn, the mere appearance of a dog can have it be marked as a Pitbull.

    In truth, Pitbulls can come in up to 18 different colors, spanning from blue and red to bronze and merle.

    People might try to mark the appearance of a Pitbull based on fur color, but this assessment is clearly faulty. This breed is not well-defined by its colors as there are so many.

    Defining A Pitbull Breed 

    While the American Pitbull Terrier is the known breed of a Pitbull, several other breeds are also confused for Pitbulls and therefore lumped into the Pitbull category.

    In addition to the American Pitbull Terrier, the American Staffordshire Terrier, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier, and the American Bulldogs are all referred to as Pitbulls, even though the definition is not correct.

    The American Pitbull Terrier is not a recognized breed by the American Kennel Club, but it is recognized by other kennels, including the Canadian Kennel Club, the United Kennel Club, and the American Dog Breeders Association.

    Most colors of Pitbulls are recognized by these clubs as well, with the exception of albinism and merle. Albinism is a genetic condition where the dog lacks pigment in his eyes, fur, and skin. Merle, on the other hand, is a combination of different colors, resulting in patches or spots.

    Does Dog Coat Color Really Matter? 

    While we might look at our dog’s coat and just think about how pretty they are, the color of a dog’s coat does matter. The color of the coat can affect many different factors, including the dog’s sense of smell, their ability to stay cool, and their ability to camouflage.

    In general, the paler coat of dogs, the less sense of smell that they have. Albino dogs, for example, have a terrible sense of smell, which makes them more susceptible to predators and can easily shorten their lifespan. This is called olfactory ability.

    At the same time, dogs with paler coats will have an easier time reflecting sunlight, therefore naturally staying cooler in the heat. Darker furs will absorb the heat and require more shade and water.

    In the wild, the more merle-like coats have an easier time camouflaging in their environment, increasing their longevity in the face of predators. These elements will not affect a domesticated dog as much.

    18 Pitbull Coat Colors Blue Pitbull Color

    Also known as the Blue Nose Pitbull, the Blue Pitbull is not really a blue color. Instead, this dog is a light grey color with a light grey nose.

    They will sometimes have white face markings in between their eyes and down their muzzle. They normally have white chests and will have other white markings as well.

    This is a recessive color, so both parents need to have the gene to produce Blue Pitbull puppies.

    Black Pitbull Color

    The American Pitbull Terrier and the American Staffordshire Terrier both can have black puppies. They can be solid black without any other markings or they can have white patches on their fur.

    The white is most often found along their necks and chests and might even cover their feet as well. They have a black nose as well. This is one of the most common colors of the Pitbull breeds because it is not a recessive trait.

    Black Brindle Pitbull

    Looking at a Black Brindle Pitbull, they still have the black coat, but they also have other colors involved.

    They will have a light-colored base coat with black colors on top, giving it the common tiger stripe appearance that we see with brindle coats. The Black Brindle pattern is usually near their heads or rumps.

    Red Pitbull Color

    Also known as a Red Nose Pitbull, the Red Pitbull, just like the Blue Pitbull, is not actually red but is closer to the color that we refer to when we say a person has red hair.

    Their coats are a copper or reddish-brown color. They also have a nose that will match the color of their fur. They do have redder lips and nails as well and will often have white chests and white along their muzzle.

    Red Brindle Pitbull

    A Red Brindle Pitbull will have a light base coat with red fur along the top.

    The paler undercoat is usually a white or light cream color while the darker fur will be shades of red. The darker fur will make striped patterns along the lighter fur as well.

    White Pitbull Color

    White Pitbulls are not a common coloring that you will see in Pitbulls. Most of the time, they are all white without any other colors of markings on them.

    They also have the standard black nose, but their eyes can be brown, black, red, or even have more than one color.

    This uncommon color is in high demand, but it is also associated with the negative reputation that Pitbulls have, so proceed with caution if this is what you are looking for.

    Tricolor Pitbull

    While most Pitbulls have one or two colors at most, there recently has been a Tricolor Pitbull introduced to the fold.

    The combination can be a mix of white, black, blue, red, chocolate, and fawn. The colors are usually on their chests, paws, legs, nose, and face. You might not have seen this combination yet.

    Grey Pitbull

    Grey Pitbulls are often confused with Blue Pitbulls. They are both grey, so it is not a bizarre confusion.

    The Grey Pitbulls are usually darker than the Blue Pitbulls and will often come about when a breeder is trying to achieve the Blue color and cross different Pitbull colors.

    Brown Pitbull

    Brown Pitbulls can easily be mistaken for Red Pitbulls, but they do have color differences. While the Red Pitbull is more like a redhead, the Brown Pitbull is more like a brunette.

    Their fur does not have the same reddish quality to it as Red Pitbulls but do often have white on them as well.

    Brindle Pitbull

    A standard Brindle Pitbull is a Pitbull that has a base color of brown with lighter brown and black stripes running through it.

    They usually have white patches along their chest muzzle, and even their feet as well. This is one of the most popular Pitbull colors out there.

    Seal Pitbull

    A Seal Pitbull is not common at all and it is difficult to create. They always have a black nose, but their fur colors can vary.

    It is usually a combination of black, chocolate, blue, or lilac colorings that do not have a patchy element or a brindle effect to them.

    Fawn Pitbull

    Fawn Pitbulls are almost diluted in their color. They are a very pale tan color, verging on yellow.

    They typically have tan or pink noses as well and will often have the white neck and chest that we see so often across the Pitbull breed. They also usually have white paws.

    Blue Fawn Pitbull

    The Blue Fawn Pitbull color is a variation of the Blue Pitbull. Like the standard Fawn Pitbull, it is almost as if their color has been washed out or diluted. They usually have a red or blue nose and will have white paws as well.

    Brown And Tan Pitbull

    Black and Tan Pitbulls have the same coloring as Rottweilers and can easily be confused as a result. They have black and tan patches all over their bodies and usually will have a white chest.

    This is more common in American Pitbull Terriers and is a result of a recessive gene.

    Liver Pitbull

    Liver Pitbulls are also referred to as Chocolate Pitbulls. They are a rich brown color, much like a Chocolate Lab.

    They have brown fur, brown eyes, and a matching brown nose. Sometimes they will be all brown, but can also have the white chest that is a common theme among Pitbulls.

    Bronze Pitbull

    The Bronze Pitbull is a rare color variant for the Pitbull breeds.

    The colors are a mixture of yellow and gold, but they have a red undertone that results in the intensified bronze result. This is a recessive combination, which is why you will not come across it very much.

    Merle Pitbull

    The Merle Pitbull, as we described above, is a combination of many different colors. The breed can even have one eye as one color and the other eye as a different color.

    Dogs this color, often appear to have spots, unlike the patches seen in other colors or the stripes found with Brindles.

    Blue Brindle Pitbull

    A Blue Brindle Pitbull has much of the same colors that we saw with the Blue Pitbull. The difference is that they have a brindle stripe, which is a lot like a tiger stripe pattern to their fur. They still have the grey nose that a Blue Pitbull has.

    How Do Pitbull Color Genetics Work? 

    Since there are so many different Pitbull colors out there, it’s a common question to ask how the color genetics work.

    To begin with, naturally, some colors are dominant and therefore more common than others, while the less common colors come from recessive genes, making them only appear if two Pitbull parents both carry the recessive gene.

    While there are many different genes that contribute to the appearance of a Pitbull, there are only eight loci that affect the color.

    Agouti (A) Locus: The A locus is in charge of producing the protein to release melanin in the dog’s fur. This contains the most dominant traits, including the red gene as well as browns.

    Extension (E) Locus: The extension locus includes four alleles in charge of black pigmentation as well as blue. The recessive trait in locus will give you lightly colored fawn Pitbulls as well.

    Dominant Black (K) Locus: This controls the most common Pitbull colors, which are black, fawn, and brindle.

    Brown (B) Locus: This is linked directly to browns, chocolates, and liver colors.

    Dilute (D) Locus: This locus will dilute the solid colors, turning black into gray or fawn into sable.

    Merle (M) Locus: The merle locus will dilute the natural black pigmentation, giving the dog’s fur an irregular and patchy combination of colors.

    Harlequin (H) Locus: This locus appears with white Pitbulls, pulling in black patches, giving the dog a harlequin appearance.

    Spotting (S) Locus: Last, but definitely not least, we have the spotting locus. This locus creates coat patterns on white or multi-colored dogs. It also is the same gene that creates the light blue eyes that are so striking and is the cause of high color deletion, changing the overall appearance of the coat.

    What Is The Most Common Pitbull Color?

    Naturally, as we listed so many different Pitbull colors, you might be wondering what the most common Pitbull color is. The answer is not incredibly straightforward, but we can lower down the amount of colors to give you the colors that we see most often.

    Remember that there are several different breeds that are lumped into the Pitbull umbrella, making the possibility of choosing just one common color impossible.

    What is also confusing is that the kennel clubs that accept the Pitbull breed often don’t limit the breed to just one color as an accepted color. Instead, they can have all of the combinations of accepted color, minus the Merle coloring.

    That said, we have found that the Red Nose Pitbull is the most common of the Pitbull colors. They are easy to identify and easy to find.

    Second to Red, we have found that the Black Pitbull is also a common color to come across, even if it is not the color that is most commonly thought of when it comes to the breed’s reputation.

    Rare Pitbull Colors 

    While there are a few different recessive colors that are less common with Pitbulls, the least common color of all is the Merle coloring.

    We have already mentioned this above, but the dogs that are this color usually have a darker base color and then become spotted with various colors. This color is the only color that is not accepted by the United Kennel Club because it is assumed that it is a mis breeding of color that leads to it.

    In addition to the Merle Pitbulls, the Blue Nose Pitbulls are also rare, though they are highly sought after and many Pitbulls are bred in an attempt to achieve this color.

    Finally, the Bronze color is also rare, though it is not as sought after. It seems to be a result of unintentional breeding between a Red and a Fawn Pitbull, leaving the dog a Bronze color.

    The Relationship Between Coat Color And Pitbull Health & Behaviour 

    There has been a lot of conversation about whether the coat of a Pitbull can actually determine whether the dog will be aggressive or not.

    Even veterinarians get into the conversation. It has been argued by breeders and veterinarians alike that Blue Nose Pitbulls are more prone to health and behavior problems.

    Health-wise, this could be true. Blue is a recessive gene, putting the dogs at a higher risk of some of the health issues that Pitbulls suffer. Behaviour-wise, this cannot be substantiated.

    Some health issues that are associated with coat color include:

    Deafness: This occurs a lot with White and Merle Pitbulls.

    Blindness: This also comes from the recessive gene found in both White and Merle Pitbulls.

    Sun Sensitivity: Naturally, White Pitbulls are more sensitive to the sun because their coat does not provide a lot of protection, but they do have a tendency to stay cooler in the heat.

    Skin Cancer: Both Merle and White Pitbulls do not have a lot of skin pigment, putting them at a higher risk for skin cancer.

    Otitis Externa: This condition is found in Liver Pitbulls. It is an inflammation of the ear canal which can lead to deafness if not treated.

    Skin Disease: This condition also affects primarily Liver or Chocolate Pitbulls. It is a skin condition referred to as Wet Eczema.

    In conclusion, the coat is really only a part of the dog and the way that he behaves has a lot more to do with how the dog is treated rather than the colors he was born with.

    Dogs of certain colors are treated as if they are automatically aggressive, resulting in them becoming what they are assumed to be like. No one is born with a chip on his shoulder and how we treat them definitely affects how he will act.

    Black Pitbull Color & Black Dog Syndrome (BDS) 

    Another thing related to Pitbull color that you might not have thought about has to do with Black Pitbulls. A situation that arises too often with Black Pitbulls is called Black Dog Syndrome.

    This condition happens when black dogs are not adopted because of their dark fur. When a black dog is put up for adoption next to a dog with lighter fur, the lighter dog is far more likely to be adopted quickly than the black dog is.

    In addition, black dogs are often euthanized at a much higher rate than Pitbulls of other colors, because they are not adopted out as quickly.

    Black dogs simply are more difficult to be homed and once a dog has stayed too long in a kill shelter, the shelter will do away with it.

    The prejudice against black dogs is thought to have a few different sources. There is dark mythology that surrounds the color of dogs that we see reflected in popular culture.

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  • 3 Tips for Becoming a Dog Groomer in 2021
    18 June 2021

    Dream of becoming a dog groomer? Make that dream a REALITY in 2021!

    Today, QC Pet Studies student and owner of Mount Zion Kennels, Camille Torkornoo, breaks down 3 awesome tips to help you launch the career of your dreams!

    Becoming a Dog Groomer in 2021

    Here’s a fun fact you probably didn’t know: according to the Global Pet Market – Analysis By Type (Pet Food, Pet Care Products, Pet services), Pet Type, By Distribution Channel, By Region, (2021 Edition): Market Insights, Covid-19 Impact, Competition and Forecast (2021-2026), the global pet market was “valued at $223.54 billion” dollars USD in 2020! Moreover, of all the animals getting adopted last year, dogs were reported as being the most popular.

    However, thanks to COVID, grooming services have faced a rather bumpy ride over the past year. With multiple waves and unexpected lockdowns, salons all over the globe went from open, to closed, to open again, etc. But here’s the good news: now that vaccines have been getting distributed, the chance of another lockdown is decreasing.

    As a result, businesses everywhere have been able to re-open their doors. This time, hopefully for good!

    What does this mean for YOU? Well, if you’ve been dreaming of becoming a dog groomer, now is the PERFECT time to turn that dream into a reality!

    Why NOW Is the Perfect Time to Get Started

    The adoption and sale of dogs saw a drastic increase over the course of 2020. But at the same time, many pet owners couldn’t always visit their local groomer. Now, however, we’re finally at a point where dog groomers likely won’t need to close their doors again. (Fingers crossed!) As more people continue to get fully vaccinated, and safety measures continue to be respected, this means that groomers will hopefully be able to run their businesses at full capacity soon.

    And as for all those new dog owners who couldn’t get their pooches groomed during lockdown? They’re going to be racing to their local salons to book appointments ASAP!

    Basically, this may very well be the best time to pursue your goals of becoming a dog groomer. Not only are grooming services in high demand – there are countless clients waiting to book with a groomer like you… and the industry is likely to remain this way for the foreseeable future!

    3 Tips for Becoming a Dog Groomer in 2021

    So, now that you’ve decided to go for your dreams and make them happen, how should you get started? Where do you need to begin?

    Luckily, I’ve got 3 awesome tips to help you take those important first steps!

    Tip #1: Enroll in Online Grooming School!

    The COVID-19 pandemic gave the majority of us a lot of extra time on our hands. You may very well still have that extra time. But eventually, that’ll be a thing of the past. So, why not take advantage of this by starting a new, exciting career before your schedule becomes hectic again? That way, once everything is officially back to normal, you can get paid to do what you’ve always wanted!

    QC Pet Studies is an in-depth, online grooming school where you can get professionally trained and internationally-certified in less than one year. The beauty of this school is that you get the exact same hands-on training and textbook knowledge that you’d get in a physical classroom… Except you get to work from the comfort of home, and entirely at your preferred pace!

    Moreover, as you progress through your training, you’ll get personalized feedback from their amazing tutors. These are people who are also real-working industry experts. When you graduate, you’ll become an official, designated dog groomer – with a proper certification to add to your resume!

    Enrolling with QC and getting professionally trained is a great place to start your career. It’ll make your pathway to becoming a groomer much easier, as well as provide great opportunities along the way. Plus, having that certification will benefit your career in countless ways!

    Keep in mind that I say all this from personal experience. After all, while I’m currently working as a professional dog groomer, I’m also a student of the craft. Right now, I’m working through two professional courses: Dog Grooming and First Aid for Groomers, both offered through QC Pet Studies.

    Tip #2: Take Advantage of the Increased Number of Potential Clientele!

    As we discussed earlier, many groomers had to close their doors in 2020. As a result, countless pets lost their groomers for long (and unexpected) periods of time. Plus, not all of the groomers who closed their doors last year have decided to re-open them. This means that there are more than a few dog owners who are on the hunt for a new groomer to tend to their furry family member!

    Moreover, many people also got new puppies during the lockdowns. Those puppies only add to the large number of dogs who need a new groomer in 2021.

    Since there’s now an overwhelmingly high volume of existing clients desperately trying to get back on their grooming schedule, a lot of shops are unable to take on new clients at this time. In fact, plenty of groomers are actually completely booked for the next 2+ years!

    You can take advantage of this by becoming a dog groomer! Chances are good that you could easily take on a full clientele, consisting of several different breed types, to help you expand your skill-set as a groomer and gain experience in the field. One place where you can start is to find friends and family who can’t get their dogs to a groomer. If you do a great job, they’ll probably tell their friends and family about your services. Pretty soon, you can have all sorts of clients through word-of-mouth alone!

    Tip #3: Find a Mentor and/or Do an Apprenticeship!

    I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again: there are SO many pets that need groomers, and grooming shops are overwhelmed right now. So, another option at your disposal is to look into applying to be a groomer or an apprentice at a local shop in your area!

    Many grooming shops are currently understaffed; facing difficulty in meeting the high demand of clients in need. As a result, they’re actively looking to bring on new groomers, trainees, and/or bathers. I would actually say that a bathing position would be the best place to start out in a grooming shop! After all, bathing and prep work is the foundation of every great groom.

    If you learn to master that part, it makes the grooming part a lot easier – as well as faster to learn!

    Do YOU have any other tips to add to this list? What advice would you give to someone who dreams of becoming a dog groomer in 2021?

    Share your thoughts in the comments below!

    Thanks so much for reading!

    Becoming a dog groomer has never been easier! Enroll with QC Pet Studies today and earn your professional certification in as little as 9-12 months!

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  • How to Master the Teddy Bear Cut
    11 June 2021

    If you want to be a successful dog groomer, you’re going to need to know the Teddy Bear Cut. But if you’re new to this haircut style, don’t worry! QC Pet Studies alumnus, April Costigan, is here to break down everything you need to know to get started!

    Introduction to The Teddy Bear Cut

    The Teddy Bear Cut is one of the cutest cuts – as well as one of the most requested. It features a rounded face, with a short clip to the body and legs, and rounded feet. Depending on the density of the coat, longer hair may be left on the legs if the coat is thin. This will help give the cut a more balanced look. Sometimes, especially on older dogs, the coat is thinner on the body and thicker on the legs. Thus, it may be necessary to compensate for these differences.

    QC Pet Studies’ online Dog Grooming certification course features this cut in their “Pet Cuts” booklet. Here, you get very thorough instructions on how to achieve a pristine Teddy Bear Cut. I personally refer to this booklet from time to time – specifically, when I have questions while working on a dog that has coat challenges, such as the ones mentioned above.

    Achieving The Teddy Bear Cut
    Prep Work

    To achieve the perfect Teddy Bear Cut, make sure you have completed all of the prep work first. This includes:

    • Trimming the dog’s nails;
    • Trimming the paw pads;
    • Performing a complete sanitary cut;
    • Cleaning the ears;
    • Bathing the dog
    • And drying them afterwards.

    When drying, make sure to blow out as much curl as possible (if you ‘re working with a curly coat). This is an important step in order to attain the look you want, which is an even coat length on the dog. Then choose a comb that’ll give you the length of coat your client prefers.

    Clipping the Coat

    Once the dog is completely dry, you can begin clipping the coat. Start at the base of the skull and run your clippers down the topline, to the tail. Next, clip the hips and beneath the tail. I like to clip both rear legs on the outside and the inside, before clipping the sides of the body. Personally, I feel this gives me a better opportunity to ensure an even length all over. It’s my personal preference.

    Once the dog’s hips and legs are complete, I then move to the sides. Once that’s completed, I proceed to the neck, shoulders, front legs, and chest. Complete the body and legs by giving the dog nice, rounded feet. You can do this using your rounded shears.

    Don’t forget to fluff the fur between the toes! This way, you can trim off any really long hairs and blend them into the tops of the rounded feet. After this, use your metal comb to fluff the fur all over the body and legs. During this part of the process, you can also trim off any stray or uneven areas using your blending shears. I like to use my rounded shears and my blending shears to blend the sides into the underside of the body. I’ve found that this gives the dog a nice, rounded shape.

    Want to see a visual breakdown of each of the above steps? QC Pet Studies‘ self-paced training outlines and demonstrates the entire process in their instructional video, as well as in their reference booklet!
    Creating The Teddy Bear Face

    Once you’ve blended and shaped the body, legs, and feet, it’s time to complete the Teddy Bear face! The face should be rounded and full when looking at it from the front. This includes the top of the head, sides of the cheeks, and the hair on the chin (a.k.a. the “beard”).  When combined together, all of these elements give the appearance of the soft, rounded Teddy Bear Cut.

    To reveal expressive eyes, first comb the hair on the top of the head forward. Using your straight scissors, rest them on the bridge of the dog’s nose. Then, with your scissors angled straight up, make the cut level with the stop. Trim the hairs on the top of the nose, close to the eyes. This will remove any hairs that could obstruct the dog’s vision and detract from the desired expressive look.

    Fun fact: trimming out tear-stained hairs will also brighten the eyes! So, trim back any long or scraggly hair that may appear on the outside of the eyes. If these are left, it gives the dog a sad, droopy expression… and that’s not what we’re looking for!

    I like to use my rounded scissors to shape the cheeks and jaw. Next, I blend the jawline into the base of the ears. Using my blending shears, I make a smooth transition from the head into the neck. Fluff the hair periodically on the head and face to ensure you can trim off any scraggly hairs that disrupt the rounded look. Remember: you’re trying to achieve a rounded, symmetrical shape!

    Trimming the top of the muzzle should be done with curved scissors and blended into the beard. Finally, blend the back of the neck by tilting the dog’s head forward and using your rounded scissors (or your blending shears) to create a slight arch that blends into the body.

    Watch Me Create a Teddy Bear Cut!

    I’ve filmed a video of me completing a Teddy Bear Cut on Riley, a dog of one of my regular clients. I do apologize for the quality – this was my first time at videoing an entire groom. However, I hope you find it helpful all the same!

    Enroll with QC Pet Studies

    QC Pet Studies’ Dog Grooming Course will prepare you to master the Teddy Bear Cut by introducing you to each element via written instruction. You’ll also have access to an excellent video tutorial by QC tutor, Lisa Day.

    As a student, you’ll have this access to all video tutorials FOREVER! As a result, you can refer back to your training materials anytime you need them. Plus, when you first enroll, you receive a physical copy of your course materials, too. I found it awesome to have these at my fingertips for quick access!

    Working with dogs and making them beautiful is a fun and exciting career. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. Good luck to you!

    Learn to master the Teddy Bear Cut (as well as a wide variety of other popular dog haircuts) by enrolling with QC Pet Studies today!

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  • How to Massage a Dog – Tips & Tools
    11 June 2021

    Who hasn’t had a dog that simply loves to roll over and have her belly rubbed? Similarly, most dogs absolutely love having you scratch behind their ears or just above the base of their tail. This is particularly true if your fingers gently massage or ruffle up the hair beneath the surface. So, do you... Read more

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  • Blue Wheelers Franchisee Stories – When Passion Drives Change
    11 June 2021

    My name is Jill and in October 2020 I left my job of almost ten years to embark on a new adventure as a Blue Wheelers franchisee. It has been a journey of learning, growing and self-exploration as I navigated a significant career change. But it was not just a career change; it was a lifestyle change.

    For the past 20 years I have held senior positions in marketing, public relations, and communication, working in Local Government, the disability sector and finally in education. I spent the past ten years as the Marketing Manager of a private school in Perth. It was a busy, challenging and sometimes stressful job, and one that I enjoyed, but for the past few years I felt as though something was missing. That something was passion. 

    I am unsure when the idea of becoming a dog groomer first entered by mind, but I first explored it four years ago when I came across an advertisement for a lady selling her mobile grooming business and trailer. I spent a day on the road with the lady and learned a bit more about what was involved but decided that ultimately, this particular opportunity was not quite right for me.  

    A few years passed. I thought about it more, spoke to a few trusted family members and friends about what would be involved in starting up a business, and sought their opinions on whether I would be capable of running my own business. The consensus was yes, I was capable, but there was also a huge risk involved in giving up a secure job and guaranteed income.

    I started looking to into the options for purchasing a dog grooming franchise. I investigated each of the options, spoke to relevant people from each company, went on trial days, did lots of research, spoke to existing franchisees and narrowed down my options to two. Then I got cold feet. Again.

    Jump to December 2019 when the whole world changed. COVID-19 hit, and I found myself, like many people, thinking about what was important to me, both personally and professionally. It felt like the right time to make the change and Blue Wheelers was the way forward for me. I started the ball rolling in July 2020 and by October 2020 I was on the road and running my own business.

    My choice of Blue Wheelers was based on the professionalism I experienced in all my communication with the company, their singular focus on dogs and dog grooming, and of course the big blue dog trailer, which as a marketer, was my best marketing tool! The cost price was affordable and included all the equipment I needed to get my business started; my own territory, air-conditioned grooming trailer, grooming equipment (clippers, blade, scissors, brushes, shampoos), grooming and business training, marketing support and materials and lots of support. Whilst COVID forced me into a decision, it also threw a few challenges my way, as far as setting up a new business and securing training at a time when restrictions were in place across the country! 

    Tails from Blue Wheelers – Western Australia

    My first day on the road as a mobile dog groomer was Thursday 8 October 2020. I will always remember my very first client and how nervous I was! That first week I visited nine customers. Of those nine customers, seven are now regulars. They could not see my nerves or my fear, but they could see that I cared for their dog, and for them. They could see my passion. 

    We have all heard the adage, “do what you love, and you’ll never work a day in your life”. This is what I love and somehow, I always knew I would love it.  It is hard work; physically and mentally. It’s not just washing and grooming dogs. It’s business management, scheduling, customer service, reversing a trailer (oh yes!), budgeting, marketing, planning, and much more.  I am seven months in and I’m working long hours to establish a solid reputation in my area, but my long-term goal is to scale back my hours once I have secured my customer base and make the business work for me. 

    I have met some amazing people and their fur babies. The pet industry is booming and people, now more than ever, consider pets a part of their family. They want the best for their pets, and for me, my Blue Wheelers service delivers this.

    It’s not an easy choice, leaving security and following your heart, but as with most matters of the heart, we can’t explain why we want what we want. This journey for me has had rocky moments, of course, but it has also had some wonderful, memorable moments. It has been a journey of constant learning and growth and constantly re-focusing. I have learned the importance of being present (dogs know when you’re not!), living in the moment, and being kind and compassionate. I have always had dogs in my life, and now they are my passion.

    If my story resonates with you in any way, contact Blue Wheelers and arrange a trial day with your local support team. You never know what you might find out about yourself!

    Written by Jill MacDonald, Blue Wheelers Landsdale

    The post Blue Wheelers Franchisee Stories – When Passion Drives Change appeared first on Blue Wheelers.

  • How Long Does It Take A Dog To Dry After A Bath?
    10 June 2021

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    Before bringing a puppy for the first time, you surely need to be concerned about what to bring when pick up a puppy from the breeder. The initial few hours of picking your pup from the breeder are the main base of you and your fur baby’s bond. Well, your pup may be nervous initially but it’s your fore responsibility to make your new pup feel at ease.

    First Day of Picking Up Your Puppy From The Breeder

    On your first appearance, your pup should feel a confidence of peace so that he may agree to spend his entire life with you. In other words, you surely need to provide the most affection and comfort to your baby. On the first day, he may be prey to many new and unusual sounds that he’s never heard after his birth. Remember that they are like human babies and their body is also fragile like that of a human body, so, you may carry your baby at a puppy traveling crate or your lap with the utmost comfort. This also makes him feel the warmth of your love.

    Preparations of What to Bring When Pick Up Puppy from the Breeder

    There are some sorts of dog accessories that are a must for you to purchase before you take a puppy home. These supplies are the initials for the few days. A short description of that selected stuff are mentioned below:

    Bringing A Puppy Home Checklist

    1. Identification Tools

    Your selected dogs surely need some signs so that he can be separated from the rest other. In such measure, you must carry a name tag with you. The name tag should be large enough so that his name including his address, your phone number, name of the vet, and other details fit perfectly.

    2. Puppy Travelling Crate

    Take a puppy crate for your new puppy to make him felt secured within it. This crate should be larger than your puppy’s size but in such a size so that your baby may also fit in it even in his adult age.

    3. Small Pup Collar

    This collar also has a great significance in establishing ease between you and your four-legged companion. As he gets older, he surely needs to carry his identity. In that case, he’d surely require one day to hand name tags with puppy collar and so it’s better to have your puppy accustomed to the habit of putting on a collar.

    4. Important Registration Papers

    Before the day you’ll pick up your pup from the breeder’s house, you need to assure if all the registration and formalities are done or not. Completing this task earlier makes the work easily accomplished within a short span of time.

    5. Some Treats For Snacks

    Pups usually catch hunger very fast. While traveling home from the breeder’s house, your baby may catch hunger, thus you should absolutely carry the most quality-full safe odor free treats for your baby.

    6. Some Dog Safe Chew Toy

    After taking your baby at home, you might require taking some extra care for your baby and this task becomes even hard if your dog doesn’t have any toy or chew to spend time with. So you obviously need to purchase some puppy chew toys for your baby for keeping him engaged with that.

    7. Small Puppy Blanket

    If it’s winter, this supply is a must for your fur baby. Besides, keeping the pup wrapped up with a waterproof blanket keeps him safe from all germs and viruses.

    8. Long Dog Leash

    If you plan to take your dog for a walk, you’d surely require a long dog leash so that he doesn’t get lost. This leash of course needs to be made up of either nylon or leather. And it should be at least foot extended in size.

    9. Puppy Shampoo and Some Cosmetics

    These bathing and cosmetic items are also a must for the babies new to the home. Pups love to roll over mud and dirt which gives rise to the risk of having flea, ticks, and other kinds of infection. To prevent this action from taking place, you must ensure the presence of the best Puppy shampooPaw Protector, and other stuff like that.

    10. A Bunch of New Combs and Brushes

    If you have a plan to home groom your baby, you must require some initial dog grooming products to start. Amongst brushes, there are a lot available specially designed for de-shedding or for some special feature. Well, actually this tool depends on the hair type of your dog's breed. So, you shouldn’t forget to once take the advice of your Vet.

    11. Dog Stain and Odor Remover

    Due to excessive rolling over grasses and mud your small furry buddy may gain odors emitting from him. Again, these odors are the main reason behind the formation of tick, infection, and skin disease. So, you must keep a deodorizer spray with you. In case of a pup with tear stains that appeared due to separation anxiety from the biological parent, you may also consider purchasing a tear stain remover.

    12. Stainless Steel Water Bowl and Water

    In case if your baby is hungry, water also plays a significant role besides any dry food. And it is better to make your puppy used to with that stainless bowl water bowl from the beginning. This will contribute a lot to his training life.

    13. Puppy Food

    You must also carry the most healthy and nutritious best puppy food for your baby. Be cautious of not feeding your pup any adult dog food, because it may reduce the chances of side effects.

    14. Nail And Hair Clippers

    Though these products aren’t the initial ones, they indeed play a significant role in dog home grooming for beginners.

    Steps To Be Taken During Picking A Puppy From The Breeder
    • Before you start your home journey, make a plan to have some short drives with your puppy for some initial times so that he doesn’t get scared of this new circumference.
    • Carry a puppy crate for your pup’s safety. But that should of course be large enough so that he can also adjust when he would reach his adult age.
    • Take Potty Pads with you during the travel period to reduce the risks of destroying of car seats.
    • Don’t take your puppy with you on the front seat. It will scare your baby as well as distract the driver from maintaining the car’s balance.
    • Stop the car within every couple of hours so that he gets time to do his excretion task.
    • Take a puppy collar for your baby which would act alternative to the crate while car traveling.
    • Take enough food and treats with you within the car.
    • Play within the car stops to get the food digested.
    How To Make Your Dog Introduced To The New Puppy?

    Dogs are by nature aggressive. They would never accept to share their love with any new partner. So, it’s a bit tough to get your new pup introduced to them. Some steps you can maintain are:

    • Put a leash on each pet to get them separated from quarreling with each other.
    • Put away all the favorite things of the previous pet so that he doesn’t get tensed while seeing the other new puppy.
    • Get both of their water and food bowl separated because dogs really hate sharing their food.
    • Allow them to sniff each other and have a good introduction.
    • Try to make your both pets have a better interaction every day by being the most patient and calm.

    Well, the list of items for a puppy isn’t confined to these few products only; rather you’d require a lot more. But these products were a short guide to the starting items of it. But the new puppy owner checklist is vast. But you need to be assured of the items if they are advised and recognized by your vet or not.

    Closing Warmth

    Bringing a new pup at home is pretty much similar to that of bringing a new human baby from the hospital. The total responsibility of that baby is yours. If it is your first time owning a fur baby, you must check out consciously what to bring when pick up puppy from the breeder so that nothing gets missed out. As the pups are quite delicate, they may get upset with any kind of harsh sound or noise. So, try to ensure that you and your family are always soft to him. If you start this new journey by loving your pup, he’d love you back two times but it would just require some time.

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  • JZ10 Coaching Session: The Cinderella Syndrome
    10 June 2021

    Joe Zuccarello’s latest video is live for L2GD Members!

    In this month’s JZ10 coaching session, Joe Zuccarello talks all about wishes and The Cinderella Syndrome! Do you ever wish something into one of your employees that they are not capable of?

    Tune in to find out what the Cinderella Syndrome is and how you can set yourself and employees up for success!

    Joe is also the host of the “Hey Joe!” podcast where he interviews a wide range of pet industry subject-matter experts.

    Each month, members get a BRAND NEW JZ10 on a broad range of topics, from keeping your staff happy to nailing your finances. Stay tuned for more!

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  • Easy Ways to Deal With Matted Dog Hair
    09 June 2021

    The post Easy Ways to Deal With Matted Dog Hair by Wendy Newell appeared first on Dogster. Copying over entire articles infringes on copyright laws. You may not be aware of it, but all of these articles were assigned, contracted and paid for, so they aren't considered public domain. However, we appreciate that you like the article and would love it if you continued sharing just the first paragraph of an article, then linking out to the rest of the piece on

    Matted dog hair is the worst! It’s ugly, dirty, sometimes painful, and once matted dog hair starts it can snowball out of control and become a health issue.

    I used to babysit a brother-sister Blue Picardy Spaniel team. These regal dogs have luscious, wavy feathering on their legs, underside and tail. This breed is also a ball of energy! Add that glorious feathered coat after a long hike with running and romping through streams, and you have yourself some serious matted dog hair!

    The kicker — the siblings’ folks were adamant that their fur could not be cut. I’d try to help by brushing them after our outdoor adventures, but I felt bad for the groomer when I’d drop them off and have to remind the staff, “No cutting!” Like magic, those two pups would come back with silky, mat-free feathers. How did those groomers deal with all that matted dog hair? Patience, the right tools, skill and help from vigilant dog parents.

    Dog with crazy-messy hair blowing in the wind. Photography ©cynoclub | Getty Images.What You Must Know About Dealing With Matted Dog Hair Here are some grooming tips for dealing with matted dog hair:
    1. First, train your dog to enjoy grooming so he’ll stand still long enough to get the mats out! Start brushing your pup when he is young, even if he doesn’t need it. Hand out praise and high-value treats so he can associate grooming with happy things.
    2. Pay close attention to areas that mat easily: behind the ears and legs, in the armpits, on the undercarriage and where his collar or halter rubs.
    3. Keep matted dog hair from forming. A detangler cream or spray helps prevent fur from getting clumped up and can be used before your pup jumps into a river or lake to make the post-swim brushout easier. Use only products specifically made for dogs.
    4. If your pup’s coat has gotten severely matted or hasn’t been cared for in a while, take a trip to the veterinarian. An uncared-for coat and extremely matted dog hair can cause skin irritation or infection that needs to be treated by a medical professional.
    5. To learn the best way to brush out your pup and kind of brush to use, talk to your groomer. Your groomer will be happy to share, as the better you are at daily grooming the easier her job is.
    6. Don’t ignore the paws. Hair that grows in between the pads can get matted. Keep that hair short. If you need a touch-up between professional grooming, then buy some dog clippers. They’re easier than scissors on your dog’s sensitive paw pads.
    7. Clippers are also useful to keep a pup’s rear end neat and clean. Between sitting and pooping, that area can get messy fast. A clean area around the anus is worth a little embarrassment between you and your dog.
    8. A good diet helps him have a healthy coat that’s less likely to mean matted dog hair. Look for omega-3 or fish oil in your pup’s food and supplements. Of course, consult a vet to learn the best amount to be giving your dog.
    How do pro groomers deal with matted dog hair? Photography by Laures/Thinkstock.Professional Groomers on Dealing With Matted Dog Hair 1. Deana Mazurkiewicz IGMS, NCMG, IFMS President, Intellectual Groomers Association and Master Stylist at Pawsh By Deana in Zephyrhills, Florida.
    1. Never bathe your dog if he has mats or tangled hair. Water acts as a sponge and only makes them tighter.
    2. Use corn starch to help loosen matted dog hair. Rub some into the mat to help loosen, then brush out.
    3. Don’t assume that conditioner will remove or loosen mats. They must be brushed and combed out thoroughly before the bath.
    4. NEVER try to cut out matted dog hair. The mats may be tighter than you think or have the skin caught up in them, and you can easily cut your pet.
    2. Windmere Kennels, St. Charles, Michigan;
    1. Brush! Dogs like Poodles and Goldendoodles that are considered non-shedding don’t shed the dead hair on their own, they need help by brushing a minimum of twice a week with a good slicker brush.
    2. Regular visits to a professional groomer is a must to stave off matted dog hair! Every six to eight weeks is recommended.
    3. Mats begin at the base and not at the top of the hair. While your dog might look to be mat free, get your fingers down into the nape of the hair to feel for any tangles and snarls. Catching a potential mat before it happens makes removing it much easier.
    4. Do research on your breed’s specific needs for proper grooming. Depending on your breed, the coat or hair will require different practices to keep it healthy and vibrant.
    3. Vanessa Hoyt, Groomer Girls Pet Salon, Lawrenceville Georgia.
    1. Always work on small sections, from the ends of the hair working your way up to the skin.
    2. Always use a good conditioner. Dematting can cause major breakage even if done correctly.
    3. Always use cooler warm water as a quick rinse as the last thing you do in the tub. This will help seal the hair shafts. Warmer water leaves them open, making the hair prone to breakage and damage. Broken and damaged hair tangles quicker.
    4. Always use a finishing conditioning spray.

    Top photograph: ©Tierfotoagentur | Alamy Stock Photo.

    Originally published on March 27, 2018.

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  • Things you need to know before going for a dog grooming visit
    05 June 2021

    Dog grooming is one of the best practices to keep your dog healthy and happy. Practices like bathing and cleaning maintain the good looks and health of your dog. Various service providers for dog grooming in Chapel Hill provide different grooming services to help your dog in good health.

    Before you take your dog for a grooming session, there are few things that you must consider. Educate yourself about the importance of these services and where to take your dog to ensure premium services. Let us dig deeper and list down all the things under consideration:

    Things to consider before going for a dog grooming visit What services you need

    The services offered by the dog grooming in Chapel Hill are extensive. You do not necessarily need all of it! Decide which are the mandatory services that you need for your dog and consult for the same.

    Where to take your dog

    The critical decision that one needs to make is which service provider is the best? Researches thoroughly about different service providers in your area before you make the final call. Read reviews and ratings on various platforms to get a clear idea of the service quality and decide where you want to take your dog.

    Consult with the expert

    Once you decide where you want to take the dog, make sure you consult with the experts there about different needs. Allow them to check your dog’s health and suggest the practices that your dog requires.

    How often to take your dog for grooming

    Yes, these services are beneficial for a healthy dog, but you do not need them every day. It depends on the breed and health of your dog, how often he needs a visit to a professional. The experts at your grooming center can help decide the frequency of your visits.

    Keeping all these things in mind, you are sure to get the best services for your dog. Regular visits and premium quality services for dog grooming in Chapel Hill can efficiently maintain the dog’s health. Not just this, you will notice a positive behavioral change in your dog, and its look and feel will mesmerize you as well!

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  • Essential Tips to keep your Dog Happy and Healthy
    05 June 2021

    For dog parents, their dogs are an indispensable part of the family. Like any other family member, the health and happiness of the pet dog are equally important. From proper nutrition to timely grooming, the parent would do anything that it takes to keep the pet in pinks of health both mentally and physically.

    Keeping these things in mind, many options came up in Chapel Hill for pet grooming. These service providers help keep the dogs well-groomed and offer various activities to keep the dogs fit and happy. Other than seeking professional help, there are things that every owner must do to ensure the health of their dogs.

    Tips to keep your dogs happy and healthy Diet and Nutrition

    Never deprive your pet of a healthy diet and proper nutrition. Consult with the vet and get a diet plan for your pet. It varies in every Dog depending upon the breed and the area you live in. stick to the diet plan shared by the doctor and consult before making any change.


    Take your pet out to meet other dogs in the locality! These days the Chapel Hill pet grooming services offer socializing sessions where an individual expert gives a healthy socializing session to your Dog. It is beneficial for mental health and ensures that it doesn’t get all gloomy.

    Doctor’s Visit

    Regular body checks up are essential for dogs. Take them for a routine doctor visit for a quick full-body checkup. Your doctor can identify any signs that can turn into a potential health issue and suggest timely treatment.


    Who doesn’t like to get pampered! Your Dog is no different. Moreover, the Chapel Hill pet grooming experts are proficient in handling dogs give them beautiful makeovers, making them look and feel all clean and cute.

    Other than this, one must give as much love and affection to the dogs as possible. Make them a part of your routine, and make sure that you spend some time with them every day. Much like humans, dogs find it very relaxing when they get their owners’ attention. Take them for regular walks and engage in some activity with them to make them feel loved!

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  • Where’s the Profit?
    04 June 2021

    Why do you groom pets? Ask ten groomers and you will find some similar answers; for …

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  • PetCloud & Wyndham Destinations partner to offer pet parents stress-free travel
    16 June 2021

    Australia’s leading pet services platform PetCloud has teamed up with resort company and hospitality giant, Wyndham Destinations Asia Pacific to make it easier for pet parents to ‘holiday here this year’.

    With more Australians owning a pet and more Australians holidaying at home, PetCloud has partnered with Wyndham Destinations to ensure pets can enjoy a holiday as much as their owners while also educating pandemic pet parents about the services available to them when they want to get away.

    For pets who are joining the trip, PetCloud’s nationwide network of pet sitters, dog walkers and pet taxis are available to assist when pet owners need some help looking after their fur baby on holiday, while a National Pet Directory uses GPS to locate pet-friendly beaches, parks, pubs and cafes nearby.

    For pets who are staying at home, PetCloud offers everything from house visits and house sitting to pet sitting, doggy day care and dog walking. Services vary depending on the animal’s needs and how long their owners will be away.

    The pandemic saw more Australians than ever welcoming a pet into their home and PetCloud CEO Deb Morrison said she wanted pet parents to know that there were services available that allow them to have their pet and holiday too.

    “Australia already has one of the highest rates of pet ownership in the world with animals in around two-thirds of households and when the pandemic hit, we saw a surge in pet adoptions, sales and fostering. 

    It’s wonderful to see so many animals in loving homes and that’s where we want them to stay so we’d love to see all pet parents take advantage of services such as pet sitting, dog walking and house visits to ensure their pet is safe and well whether they stay or go on vacay,” Ms Morrison said.

    Lorna Groves, Director Customer Experience & Lifestyle, Wyndham Destinations Asia Pacific said the timely collaboration between Wyndham Destinations and PetCloud would help travelling pet owners save money while also reducing any travel anxiety.

    "Pet resorts and kennels can be more expensive than a hotel room. At selected Club Wyndham vacation club resorts, we offer pet-friendly accommodation across the country from Hobart to Dunsborough, the Gold Coast and the Victorian Alps, which welcome families and their pets," Ms Groves said.

    "With vaccinations underway and borders reopening, Australians are eager to plan their next getaway and thanks to PetCloud’s range of accessible and affordable pet services, pet owners can more easily care for their pets at home or on the great Australian road trip."

    PetCloud’s network of more than 30,000 sitters, drivers and walkers is the largest and most trusted in Australia. All PetCloud sitters have had police checks, are trained in animal handling, insured, and have the backing of RSPCA Queensland, which is a proud partner of PetCloud.

    "Australians are as obsessed with travel as they are with their animals, so partnering with Wyndham Destinations, especially while we’re all holidaying at home this year, makes perfect sense. Our mission is to make responsible pet care easy and this collaboration is all about making it easier for pet owners to travel with or without their pet,” Ms Morrison said.

    "Club Wyndham’s pet-friendly resorts allow travelling pet parents to easily accommodate their pets and when they want to head off on a sightseeing activity that isn’t pet friendly, PetCloud can step in and offer peace of mind with easy, trusted, local pet care."

    To celebrate the partnership, PetCloud is offering a $30 credit* to Lifestyle by Wyndham members to use on their first pet service.

    *The promotional offer of $30 credit is available only to new PetCloud customers and Lifestyle by Wyndham members having a qualified stay at any participating Club Wyndham vacation club resorts. Travellers must book and complete their stay by December 31, 2021. Pet policies vary by hotel and may include certain restrictions on the type, size, and number of pets allowed. Additional hotel fees may apply. Learn more at

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  • Win 2 ALQO WASI Dog Sweaters for Winter 2021
    16 June 2021

    Following popular demand, we teamed up again with the amazing ALQO WASI team for your chance to win not one but two beautiful dog sweaters from their 2021 winter collection, coming to you straight from the Andes!

    Since we first discovered them in 2017, we have loved everything about this Peruvian brand, which creates timeless and authentic garments for dogs, made of luxurious Alpaca fibre blended with organic pima cotton.

    In Australia, you'll find a selection of their latest designs from DOGUE Online and in stores.

    Whether your dog is an adventurer who follows every rainbow and loves to climb every mountain, prefers lazing about on the couch or accompanies you on all your outings, there's a design to keep him / her stylish and warm all winter long!

    Once you've browsed through the latest ALQO WASI - Sweater Collection, the hardest part will be to choose your TWO favourites, enter via our social media channels!

    *** Win 2 ALQO WASI Dog Jumpers *** 
    (this prize offer excludes Game of Bones) 
    Total Min. Prize Value is $150 (based on our winner's chosen styles/sizes).


    1) Like our post (16/06/21) AND Facebook page and/or Instagram Account
    2) Like ALQO WASI on Instagram at or
    3) Comment "which 2 designs would you love to win (and what size) for your dog?" (please be creative and include photo or video of your dog/s) via the Australian Dog Lover Facebook page or Instagram page.

    Discover the latest ALQO WASI Collections at 


    1. This Competition will open on Wednesday 16th June 2021 (5pm) and will close on Saturday 26th June 2021 (midnight A.E.S.T.). Open to Australian residents only.
    Please allow 2-3 weeks to receive your prize directly from the ALQO WASI H/O (Peru).
    2. To enter, like/share our post and tell us "which 2 designs would you love to win (and what size) for your dog?"  (please be creative and also include a photo or video of your dog/s) 
    3. This Promotion is a game of skill and chance plays no part in determining the winner.
    The entries will be judged by the Australian Dog Lover team. The winning entries will be selected based on the most creative, informative or useful statement.
    4. Please note you MUST LIKE our Facebook page or FOLLOW @australiandoglover on Instagram to be eligible.
    5. Entrants in the competition can only enter once.
    6. Prizes not claimed within 48 hours will be redrawn.
    * Entry into the competition is deemed acceptance of all terms and conditions.

  • 7 Simple Tips to Stop Leash Pulling
    15 June 2021

    Note from the Editors:

    Many people think Ziggy was named after Bowie’s flashy alter-ego, Ziggy Stardust. Sadly the truth is far less rock-and-roll!

    Ziggy was a zig-zagger from the get-go – our walks involved him darting from one side of the path to the other, with a level of enthusiasm our shoulder joints weren’t prepared for.

    Thankfully Ziggy grew out of his zig-zagging phase, but his tendency to pull on his leash? Not so much. As walking on a leash should be something we enjoy doing together, recently we decided to correct his pulling for good.

    By following these 7 simple tips by professional dog trainer Steffi Trott, owner and founder of SpiritDog Training, we’ve seen a big improvement in Ziggy’s walking and pulling on the lead (now, if someone could just tell Ziggy the neighbourhood cats are not out to get him…!)

    If your dog is a puller and you’d like to make your walks together a fun and stress-free experience, read Steffi’s 7 easy-to-follow tips below to stop your dog pulling on the lead for good.



    #1 Use the right leash

    Teaching your dog to walk well on leash starts with using the right leash. Do not use retractable leashes for dogs that pull – because they teach your dog that by pulling, he gets to go where he wants! You should also not use an extra short leash. Some pet stores sell leashes as short as 3 feet. This length makes it impossible for the dog to not pull.

    The best leash for leash walking practice is a standard 6 foot leash.


    #2 Don’t practice with a wound-up dog

    In order to do well during your walks, your dog should not be too wound up. If he has been waiting in his crate for you to come home all day, he needs some time to run and romp before going on a walk. Whenever possible, give your pup some other form of exercise first, such as playing fetch in the yard, letting him run around with a doggy friend or playing a game of tug.


    #3 Grab some treats

    Dogs learn best by being rewarded for what they are doing right (rather than being reprimanded for doing things wrong). If you are struggling with your dog’s leash manners, you should always leave the house with treats. You can give some to your dog as soon as you step outside the door – that way he will know that you have something great to offer in exchange for good manners!

    The more often you reward your dog for standing by your side, the better. You can even do this inside your house – just 5 minutes spent giving your dog treats for being next to you in your living room will go a long way towards building value for this behavior.



    #4 Turn (and turn and turn and turn …) 

    If your dog is pulling while walking, the best thing you can do is to turn around. A dog who pulls does so because he wants to keep on going and going and going. And the best way to interrupt and correct this behavior is to not allow him to keep on going when he tugs on the leash.

    In the beginning, this might mean that you are turning around essentially the entire time. Perhaps you do not actually make it further than 30 feet in each direction before having to turn again! That is completely normal. Be consistent – the better you react to pulling with turning, the faster your dog will understand that pulling does not work anymore.


    #5 Practice often

    Leash pulling is a very ingrained behavior for many dogs. If your pup has pulled on the leash for weeks, months or even years; do not expect this to be changed in a single training session. You need to make up for all the times your dog rehearsed the bad behavior by proving many training sessions of practicing good leash manners.

    The more often you can train, the faster your dog will become better. The length of training does not matter as much as the frequency. It is much more effective to train 2-3 times a day for 10 minutes each time than to train once a week for 2 hours.


    #6 Work with one dog at a time

    If you have several dogs, do not try to teach them to walk well on a leash all at once. This is going to fail! It is impossible to train two, three or even four dogs well at the same time. When you are working with a pup, he needs your full attention in order to give his best. You can either train several dogs one after the other, or you can ask a family member or friend to work with one dog as you are training the other. 

    Once your pups can walk well individually, you can take them on walks together again.


    #7 Watch out for unrelated behavioral issues

    Sometimes leash walking is confused with other behavioral problems such as reactivity or anxiety. If your dog only pulls the leash in specific circumstances (such as when he sees other dogs that he lunges at, or when he hears sounds that freak him out), chances are leash walking training alone will not help with this. 

    Dogs can pull on leash when they are stressed, scared, aggressive or anxious. These issues can develop into difficult problems rapidly. If you observe that your dog is pulling on leash and getting very worked up, you should consult a professional dog trainer to prevent further progression of these issues.



    3 stylish no-pull harnesses we love

    These easy-walk, no pull dog harnesses are not only effective ways to teach your dog to walk on a leash, they  offer much better comfort and control for both dog and owner. Bonus points for being ultra-chic too!


    We hope the above tips will help you get started today to transform your dog’s ‘enthusiastic’ walking habits. Remember to have fun and practice, practice, practice!

    About Spirit Dog Training


    Steffi Trott is the owner and founder of SpiritDog Training. Originally training dogs in-person, she added online training in 2018 to her business. Steffi strives to provide game-based, positive training solutions for owners and their dogs, including helping dog parents every day to fix their dogs’ poor leash manners and make walks a joy for everyone.

    When she is not training other owners’ dogs she competes in dog agility or hikes in the New Mexico and Colorado wilderness with her own 4 dogs.

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  • Australia's outdoor activity brand Wahu launches Wahu Pets
    15 June 2021

    Iconic Aussie brand Wahu expands into the pet market

    Australia’s most iconic outdoor activity brand, Wahu, are excited to announce their expansion into the pet market. Launching during Australian Spring 2021, Wahu Pets will make the amazing outdoor fun and activities that are irrefutably Wahu even more enjoyable by including our furry friends and four-legged family members.

    With respect to timing, the latest statistical data shows a spike in pet ownership over the past 12 months, allowing Wahu to be confident that there’s no better time than right now to launch their product into the booming pet market.

    Andrew Lee, Managing Director of Wahu says, ‘It’s clear that we love our pets in Australia. In fact, previous studies have shown that 62% of all Australian households have a pet. That amounts to 4.8 million pet dogs in Australia alone.’ In fact, that figure is on the rise - with pet ownership showing incredibly strong growth thanks to Covid-19 lockdowns, and more of us reducing office time and working from our homes.

    According to Tegan McPherson, RSPCA Victoria Head of Operations, there’s been a 45% increase in dog adoptions alone since March 2020, and 59% of people who don’t own a pet currently, say they would like to own one in the future.

    It certainly is a dog’s world.

    Andrew continues, ‘We’ve always been about good family fun at Wahu, and our pets are most definitely an important part of the family. Expanding into the pet market feels like the natural progression for the Wahu brand and means we can bring even more fun and joy to the entire family.’

    With a diverse range of 30 Wahu Pets toys being released to the market during Australia’s spring 2021, there’s something to suit everyone (or should we say, every pooch) in the initial product release. 

    Pet lovers can challenge their dogs to a game of Wahu Pets Chew Wars on toys featuring dual end handles with ultra-grip technology and bonus squeak function for extra fun. 

    Or to encourage active dogs, owners can play with the new Fetch ‘N Squeak, the rigid flying disc that is ideal for use at the park, beach or in the backyard.

    The Wahu team haven’t forgotten about our furry pals’ health either. Figures from PetMD show that by age three, more than 80% of dogs have some form of dental disease

    To help, Wahu Pets have created the Teeth Clean Bone or Clean Dumbbell.

    These tough, flexible rubber design let your pooch have fun, whilst also cleaning their teeth in the process.

    All Wahu Pets toys remain Aussie born and bred and feature long-lasting and pet safe materials (yes, even for puppies!) for durability, performance, and safety. Now, thanks to Wahu, our furry best mates can have long-lasting fun at the park, beach, campground or backyard and the whole family can join in.

    ‘We’re excited to be able to offer our unique brand of family fun to the entire family now, including our family pets. We know what important members they are. Plus, nothing can match the joy that a dog feels fetching a flying disc along the beach. And that joy is infectious. Our new Wahu Pets range will help spread that joy throughout Australia and beyond’, Andrew concludes.

    To follow Wahu Pets on social media, please follow @WahuPets on Facebook or Instagram

    About Wahu

    WAHU, a homegrown Aussie brand since 1999, is known and loved as the company that embraces the classic Aussie outdoor lifestyle, and provides the games, toys and equipment to help families throughout Australia do the same. They have a vast array of toys for land, lake or sea, for both humans and pets, that enhance safe, imaginative and active play.
    MEDIA RELEASE, 15th June 2021
  • The PetLab launches Healthy Habitat® 3-in-1 Cleaner, Disinfectant & Deodoriser
    15 June 2021

    The PetLab® (laboratory) specialises in locating cutting-edge product and service technologies from across the world to provide solutions for easy pet parenting.

    Many people have added a pet to their family in the last 12-14 months but were a bit unprepared on how to keep their carpets smelling fresh and stain-free. This is where The PetLab® can help. The PetLab® is a locally owned-and-operated Australian company based in Melbourne that has one ultimate goal, to make pet parenting easy. 

    Recently, The PetLab® has launched Healthy Habitat®, a revolutionary organic 3-in-1 spray-on cleaner, disinfectant, and deodoriser that kills 99.9% of all germs without any rinsing required.

    The first category of their products focuses on one major issue that pet owners face: keeping their homes clean, disinfected, and odour-free when having pets. The main product line focuses on environmentally friendly, purely plant-based, and non-toxic cleaning solutions for people. Since the formula uses all 100% natural products for stain removal, they are not harmful to pets and family. 

    The PetLab® is a next-generation enzyme cleaner that uses unique plant-based enzymes and essential nutrients to remove pet stains and odours permanently. It is one of the best companies in the cleaning industry. In contrast to other brands on the market, it gives 10X more surface coverage and very high penetration levels. Moreover, it is 50% extra concentrated than other enzymatic cleaners.

    The PetLab® can handle any organic waste, including urine, feces, vomit, slobbers, and blood. Hence, an all-rounder to tackle all pet parenting problems. Furthermore, the list of eco-friendly cleansers sold by the company also includes an enzymatic cleaner for pet urine. 

    Unlike other cleaning agents that only disguise the stain and odour, the best-selling enzyme cleaning solution permanently eliminates all fresh and old urine stains and odours. The patented solution eats and digests the source of the odours and stains, enduringly removing it and reducing the likelihood of pets returning to the location to do their practice.

    The freshly released product Healthy Habitat®, the revolutionary 3-in-1 Cleaner, Disinfectant and Deodoriser, also works on the same principle, guaranteeing a clean, healthy, and happy environment for families with pets. 

    Multiple products are not needed since a single application cleans, disinfects, and controls foul odours. 

    There's no need to rinse because it destroys 99.9999 percent of germs, bacteria, and viruses with just a single touch. The formula is 100% safe for pets, children, and the community. Their extraordinary safe, 100% vegan, enzyme stain and odour remover cleans all rugs, walls, floors, upholstery, synthetic turf, pet beds, litter boxes, and bricks. 

    Moreover, it treats wood, laminates, asphalt, garments, sleeping bags, motor vehicle interiors, and other water-safe surfaces where pet stains and odours occur.

    Choosing The PetLab® over other cleaning company products offers several perks for pet owners. 

    The company makes shipping all over Australia, including express deliveries too. Also, shipping is free for those who spend $99, as per their shipping policy.
    They also have the option of one-time purchases or subscriptions (auto-delivery). It provides a 45-day money-back guarantee. Thus, allowing a risk-free trial for 45 days.

    Over the years, they have gained experience selling 20,000 bottles, and over 200+ pet owners have given the company a five-star rating on Google. They have cleaning materials that are ready to use and are highly concentrated. Adding on to its beneficial packages for customers, they accept returns without hassles. 

    All their products are biodegradable and recycled materials to the fullest extent possible. The materials used are all plant-based. Because the company promises to give eco-friendly solutions, it ensures no animal testing. Their products are ammonia-free and use spreading agent technology and allergy-friendly double strength formula.

    In a nutshell, all PetLab solutions are natural and non-toxic. It is effectively making pet parenting easier so that one can devote time and energy to love their beloved pets the way they deserve.

    MEDIA RELEASE, 15th June 2021
  • Poisoned dogs prompts warning over rat bait
    11 June 2021

    Worsening Australian mouse plague sees pet poisoning up by 300%

    With the recent mouse plague running rampage around regional Australia, Pet Insurance Australia is urging all pet lovers to ensure the safety of their pets.

    “We’ve seen a 300% increase in claim payments in the past three months compared to the same months in 2020 for rat bait poisoning,” Nadia Crighton from Pet Insurance Australia says. “It’s really important that if pet owners are utilising rat baits to take extra precautions when it comes to their pets.”

    For a dog (or a cat) rat bait can seem like a delicious find to a curious nose. However, it can cause deadly consequences for many pets. As it destroys the ability to make vitamin K, it can cause serious internal haemorrhaging and 
    stop the body’s ability to clot.

    Symptoms of rat bait poisoning in pets:

    ✔️ Lethargic & general weakness
    ✔️ White gums
    ✔️ Cough
    ✔️ Blood nose
    ✔️ Bloated abdomen
    ✔️ Blood in mucus
    ✔️ Blood in urine or faeces

    Symptoms can begin 2-4 days after the ingestion. Commonly the pet will begin to cough and blood could be present.

    “Commonly the first area to be affected is the lungs that can cause difficulty in breathing,” Crighton says. “The pet may then also show symptoms of bloating in their abdomen.”

    Treatment involves intravenous Vitamin K, in some severe cases, blood transfusions may be necessary.

    “Recent common breeds claiming for ingestion of rat bait included Australian Terriers, Australian Kelpies, Cattle Dogs and Australian Shepherds, ”Crighton says. “You can tell by the breeds affected that they are mainly working dogs that are currently coming into contact with masses of rat baits.”

    Prevention is key when utilising any type of poison in the home. Using a dog-proof bait station is paramount if you have pets in the home. 

    Always ensure your baits are stored in a sealed waterproof container and kept away from pets. Do not allow your pets to investigate or be off-leash near any areas that have had mass rat bait drops. 

    Keeping cats indoors and dogs on leash are the best way to preventing your pet from coming into contact with any poison.

    “Ensuring you are only utilising pet-proof bait stations can help prevent your pet from suffering from severe poisoning,” Crighton says. “If you suspect your pet has ingested any bait, or you notice blue or green granules in your dog faeces, you must seek veterinary treatment quickly.”

    Pets can also suffer from secondary poisoning if they have ingested a mouse/rat that has been poisoned. However, the pet would need to have ingested a sufficient amount to become to show any symptoms or become affected.

    PIA has registered claims of up to $11,000 for rat bait poisoning.

    MEDIA RELEASE, 11th June 2021
  • Montague Canine launches pet skin and coat care in eco-friendly packaging
    09 June 2021

    Montague Canine a new brand in pet care products has introduced a premium skin and coat care shampoo range exclusively contained in flexible eco-friendly packaging.

    Montague Canine has taken their premium pet shampoo range and decided NOT to bottle it! 

    The new-to-market Australian made and owned brand is affirming their stand in being an environmentally ethical label with the introduction of practical and lightweight packaging made with 76% less plastic than conventional bottles of the same volume. 

    What’s better than eco-friendly packaging? Knowing it is 100% recyclable with Montague Canine offering their customers complimentary recycling of the used packaging within the Terra Cycle recycling program. See their website for more information.

    “Our pet skin and coat cleansers contain pure botanicals and active ingredients for which UV protection is essential, and the choice of packaging is the perfect solution to deliver our products in an uncompromised state and ensure that every dog receives the benefits of the potent ingredients

    It encompasses all aspects of our requirements for a premium and eco-friendly shampoo range. It is an all-round win-win”. says Melissa Bogdanovic, owner of Montague Canine.

    Speaking of ingredients, equally exciting being what is contained inside every flexible pouch. Montague Canine has successfully blended the very best of nature and innovations in sustainable chemistry with the best possible result. 

    The shampoo range of eight products offers two cleansers designed to enhance the look and feel of the coat, with three cleansers dedicated to improving and maintaining optimum skin health in dogs. The collection also offers:

    ✔️ an extra-gentle shampoo for the sensitive skin and puppy baths
    ✔️ a luxurious wash scented with the Montague signature fragrance and 
    ✔️ a shampoo with a warming effect to aid in temporary relief of muscle and joint stiffness often experienced by our senior canine companions.

    Price & Where to Buy:

    RRP: from $28.00. Visit to order the perfect shampoo for your dog. You will receive 15% off PLUS free sample products with every purchase made until 30 June 2021.

    You can find Montague Canine on Facebook at and also on Instagram at @montaguecanine

    MEDIA RELEASE, 9th June 2021
  • Hinge and Uber partner to help single dog owners find love
    09 June 2021

    Hinge, the dating app designed to be deleted, has today announced its partnership with Uber to treat single dog owners to a first date. 

    For nearly two weeks, up to 10,000 Aussie Hinge users now get the chance to enjoy 50% off two Uber Pet trips so they can safely and conveniently transport their fur babies to and from their first date, and make sure their Hinge match is pooch-approved.

    According to the latest Hinge survey, the majority (71%) of Aussie Hinge users said their potential partner’s first reaction to their pet is important. Additionally, close to two in three (64%) Aussie Hinge users said their potential partner disliking or not getting along with their pet is a deal breaker.

    Pets are our loyal companions and highly valued family members. They also make the ultimate wingman as close to half (43%) of Aussie Hinge users are more drawn to those who own pets, particularly dog owners (69%).

    Close to two thirds (64%) of Aussie singles on Hinge think pets contribute to a healthy relationship, as pet ownership shows a form of commitment (57%) and that they bring more fun into the relationship (55%).

    Dr. Kate Adams, Owner & Head Veterinarian of Bondi Vet and Hinge Puppy Chemistry Expert, backed the importance of getting the tick of approval when it comes to your pooch and a potential suitor. 

    "We know how vital it is to share similar values in a relationship, and pets are not an exception. Nobody ever wants to be in a position to choose between a partner and a pet so exploring how a date interacts and feels about your furry housemate early on is valuable.

    “Most pets just want a little love, attention and acceptance, so uncovering this on your date is important. For those that might not own a car, it can be hard to bring a furry friend on a date for a vibe check. 

    Uber Pet can safely and conveniently transport your fur friend to join you on your next Hinge date, so you can see whether they are going to vibe with your pet or if you need to move on to someone more compatible with your values and lifestyle."

    When is this offer running?

    Starting Wednesday, 9 June until Monday, 21 June, the first 5,000 matched Hinge couples in Australian cities where Uber Pet is available will be eligible for the 50% Uber Pet discount code. To match, Hinge users must like or comment on the new Hinge Photo Prompt, ‘Are you a dog person because’, and their prospective Hinge date will also be eligible for the discount.

    Unique Uber Pet ride discount codes will be sent via email from Hinge on Wednesday, 23 June. The discount codes will be valid to use to and from a date for nearly two weeks and matched Hinge users are urged to take advantage of the offer and organise their first date IRL. Hinge users are encouraged to observe Australian federal and state COVID-19 restrictions and take all required precautions.

    To redeem, you must:

    Download the Hinge app via the App Store or Google Play
    Download the Uber app via the App Store or Google Play

    1. Starting Wednesday, June 9, update your Hinge profile with the new Photo Prompt ‘Are you a dog person because’

    2. Match with prospective dates by liking or commenting on the Photo Prompt ‘Are you a dog person because’

    3. Wait for your code! On Wednesday, 23 June, up to 10,000 unique Uber Pet ride discount codes will be sent via email from Hinge on a first-come-first-served basis.

    4. To apply the discount code, open the Uber app and tap on the Menu bar found in the left corner. Select ‘Wallet’ then scroll down and hit ‘Add promo code.’ Add in your unique 50% off Uber Pet discount code. You should enter the promo code shortly before ordering your Uber Pet trip as the code is valid for 24 hours after entry.

    5. Last but not least, find a pet-friendly venue and tee up your date. Then grab your furry wingman and use the 50% off Uber Pet discount to get off the Hinge app, into your Uber and out on a great date during the close to two week period.

    Terms and conditions

    The 50% off Uber Pet discount codes will be awarded on a first-come-first-served basis. The discount code giveaway ends the earlier of 21/06/21 or when a total of 10,000 codes are claimed. Each code is valid 23/6/21 (12am AWST) through 6/7/21 (11.59pm AWST). Limit 1 code per eligible user.

    Promotion is valid for Uber Pet only, and is for 50% off the next 2 trips. The discount code will apply for 24 hours only after the user has applied their code. Maximum discount value is $30 per trip.

    The 50% off Uber Pet discount codes are non-transferable and expire on July 6, 2021, at 11:59pm AWST. Promo Codes do not apply to tolls, surcharges, cancellation or wait time fees. Promo Codes cannot be used in conjunction with any other Uber app offer.

    This offer is only available to Australian Hinge users aged 18+ living in Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide, Gold Coast, Canberra, Newcastle, Hobart, Cairns, Sunshine Coast, Geelong, Wollongong or Darwin.

    Hinge users should observe Australian federal and state COVID-19 restrictions and take all required precautions.

    About Hinge

    Hinge is the dating app for people who want to get off dating apps. In today’s digital world, singles are so busy matching that they’re not actually connecting, which is what matters most. Hinge is on a mission to change that. So we built an app that’s designed to be deleted. On Hinge, there are no rules, timers, or games. Instead, you’ll connect with your most compatible matches, and you’ll have unique conversations over what you’ve shared on your detailed profile.

    About Uber Pet

    Uber Pet is specifically designed to give pet lovers peace of mind that their much-loved companions will be welcomed along for a comfortable and reliable ride. When you request an Uber Pet ride, you’ll be matched with a driver-partner who’s comfortable having you and your pet in their car.

    It’s important for owners to ensure their pet is comfortable and safe during car transport. Check out RSPCA for instructions on how to safely restrain your pet.

    Uber Pet is available in Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide, Gold Coast, Canberra, Newcastle, Hobart, Cairns, Sunshine Coast, Geelong, Wollongong and Darwin.

    MEDIA RELEASE, 9th June 2021
  • Ziggy’s Cake Smash: Carrot & Apple Birthday Cake for Dogs
    08 June 2021

    A fun, simple and scrumptious way to celebrate your dog’s birthday DIY-style, is by baking their very own dog birthday cake! 

    After all, if there’s one day of the year your dog should have their cake and eat it too, it’s their birthday. And for us dog mamas, there’s no better cause for celebration than honouring the day your fur baby waggled their perfect little doggie toosh into the world (as if we really need an excuse to spoil them anyway!)

    June 4th was our Ziggy’s birthday, and we wanted to spoil him with a special dog-friendly cake that combines his two favourite foods – carrots and peanut butter.

    What we love about this dog cake recipe is that it’s not only made with love, but also with healthy, protein-packed ingredients. And it’s super easy to make too!


    To make the perfect dog birthday cake for Ziggy that fulfilled the carrot and peanut butter brief, we adapted the Carrot Pupcakes recipe from the 52 Weeks of Treats eBook, and made a drool-worthy addition – peanut butter yogurt frosting.

    And boy oh boy, did Ziggy love it! After devouring his portion of cake in under 5 seconds, he gleefully licked the remaining frosting from his nose and chops long afterwards (as evidenced below).

    And being the extra kind of dog mamas we are, we just couldn’t bake Ziggy a dog birthday cake without setting up a cake smash photo shoot too! See our simple tips and props below to set up your own DIY dog cake smash photo shoot at home.

    SO. MUCH. FUN. (And mess. But fun mess!)


    Carrot & Apple Birthday Cake for Dogs (with peanut butter yogurt frosting!)

    2 Cups Grated Carrot
    3 Cups Wholemeal Flour
    1/2 Cup Rolled Oats
    4 Tbsp Cinnamon
    1/2 Cup Applesauce
    4 Free Range Eggs (Beaten)

    1 ½ Cups Plain Greek Yogurt
    1 Cup Smooth Natural Peanut Butter (unsalted with no added sugars)


    Preheat oven to 175 C/ 350F. Lightly grease a 25cm round cake tin (to achieve the shape, layers and size of our cake, using 3 x springform mini cake tins would be the easiest option!)  

    1. Combine grated carrot, beaten eggs and applesauce in a medium bowl.
    2. Combine flour, oats and cinnamon in a large bowl.
    3. Slowly add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients to form a thick batter.
    4. Spoon the mixture evenly into the cake tin/s and place in the oven.
    5. Bake for 25 minutes (may vary depending on oven). Allow to cool in pan for 5 minutes, then transfer to cooling rack.
    6. If you’re not using the mini cake tins, once cooled, cut out 3 x circles to create the cake layers. We used a knife to cut around a small 12cm bowl, but you can use anything available that’s round!
    7. Using a spoon, add your frosting mixture to each layer of the cake (including the top) and sprinkle with carrot peel gratings for extra texture, taste and decoration!

    TIP: With the leftover frosting, you can make cute bone or paw print moulds to decorate the top or base of the cake.

    DIY Dog Cake Smash Photo Shoot at Home

    There are endless creative options when it comes to your dog’s cake smash shoot! You could plan out an elaborate shoot, choosing a colour pallette, flowers and props to suit your theme.

    Or, like us, if you’re looking for something quick and easy with maximum wow-factor, start with what’s already available at home. Any left over party poppers, decorations or colourful props you can work with? If not, here’s a handy list of decorative items similar to those featured in our shoot:



    1. Attach your waterproof backdrop to the wall of a well-lit and spacious room.
    2. Decorate the back drop (get creative with your props and decorations, just be sure to leave a clear space for your dog to sit!)
    3. Once your cake stand and all props are in place, take a test shot of the scene (with your dog, but without the cake) to make sure everything fits well in the frame. Pay close attention to the height of the bunting, to avoid your dog covering it too much in the photos.
    4. When you’re happy with how your cake smash set up is looking, it’s time to bring in the cake (depending on how enthusiastic your pup is about cake, you may need someone to distract them at this point!)
    5. Ready, set, go! Set your camera’s shutter speed to fast (or your phone to burst mode) so you’re ready to capture every second of the cake smash action.

    We hope you love Ziggy’s birthday cake recipe and have plenty of fun creating your own cake smash shoot.  Don’t forget to tag us @pretty_fluffy in your photos  – enjoy!

    ** The above recipe is for treats only and should not replace your dog’s regular meal plans. Always check with your vet about any major changes to your dog’s diet.


    Check out the eBook 52 Weeks of Treats – Simple & Healthy Dog Treat Recipes for Every Season.

    Now in it’s 2nd edition, 52 Weeks of Treats has over 30 healthy DIY dog treat recipes – including everything from summer ‘Blueberry Pupsicles’ to hearty winter ‘Beef Bites’.

    With a handy allergies guide, quick references for grain and dairy free recipes AND a whole section just for special occasions (Doggie Birthday Cake anyone?) 52 Weeks of Treats is the ultimate dog treat recipe book.

    The post Ziggy’s Cake Smash: Carrot & Apple Birthday Cake for Dogs appeared first on Pretty Fluffy.

  • Win 1 of 3 Pet-Mat Heated Pet Pads for Winter
    07 June 2021

    Is your dog a heat-seeking missile trying to steal your doona or blanket, your spot on the couch and always edging closer to any heat source available? Then, they'll appreciate the comfort provided by the Pet-Mat Heated Animal Pad this winter!

    For those with a frail or hairless dog, a puppy, a senior dog suffering from canine arthritis or recovering from surgery, it is even more essential to keep those dogs warm and cosy during the colder months.

    For all these chilly nights and icy mornings, a great option is to offer them their own heated pad like the Original Pet-Mat™.

    The Pet-Mat™ uses the latest advances in Positive Temperature Coefficient Technology and is designed to reach a maximum temperature of 40 degrees Celsius whether it is covered or not. In reality, a more practical heat rise of 20-30 degrees Celsius is usually maintained above ambient conditions. 
    Since the Pet-Mat™ works on dynamic heat transfer, it should maintain a temperature slightly warm to the touch until body contact is made. It is simply impossible for it to ever overheat ensuring a consistently comfortable use for your pet, even if left on 24/7.

    For vets, utilising a Pet-Mat during and after surgery can also be a huge benefit to your patient.

    To clean your Pet-Mat™ you can wash it under running water or just wipe it off with a damp washer.

    *** Win 1 of 3 Pet-Mat™ Heated Animal Pads ***
    (Medium, 1 LargePrize Pool: $348.50)


    1) Like our post (07/06/21) AND our Facebook page
    2) Like the Pet-Mat Facebook page at or Instagram page @petmat_au
    3) Comment "how does your dog keep warm in winter?" (photos/videos welcome) via the Australian Dog Lover Facebook page or on Instagram (simply tag us in your post).


    1. This Competition will open on Monday 7th June 2021 (5pm) and will close on Monday 14th June, 2021 (midnight A.E.S.T.). Open to Australian residents only.
    Please allow 2-3 weeks for your prize to be delivered directly from the company.
    2. To Enter, Like our post (07/06/21) + Tell us "how does your dog keep warm in winter?" (photos/videos welcome) via our Australian Dog Lover Facebook page 
    or Instagram @australiandoglover.
    3. This Promotion is a game of skill and chance plays no part in determining the winner.
    The entries will be judged by the Australian Dog Lover team. The winning entries will be selected based on the most creative, informative or useful statement.
    4. Please note you MUST LIKE BOTH our Facebook page and the Pet-Mat:Heated Animal Pads pages to be eligible for a prize.
    5. Entrants in the competition can only enter once.
    6. Prizes not claimed within 48 hours will be redrawn.
    * Entry into the competition is deemed acceptance of all terms and conditions.

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