He lovesssss to fetch! Unfortunately after this hour we found several open sores on his paws. Cuts from snow and ice. Yet he didn’t stop running!! Poor puppy paws. He’s a big boy so you forget that well he’s still puppy and his paws are delicate. We’ve since forced him to wear his booties but he doesn’t adore them. Be careful of your fur babies’ paws this time of year!
This time last year we were going through a FLUFFY phase 🙈
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💅🏻 Nail trims are so important! 💅🏻 I’m so happy to have a dog who’s super patient and stress-free for these, because his nails grow like crazy and he’s a very active guy. Without weekly or bi-weekly trims I believe he would end up with cracked and broken nails real fast!
I see so many dogs with claw injuries or even disfigured feet/unnatural gaits at work, all stemming from not having their nails trimmed. Long nails can cause a lot of trouble, pain, and even disease such as arthritis!
Please start practising these as soon as your new puppy/grown dog arrives, and make them an every-day, no-biggie thing. 💅🏻 If you’re scared or inexperienced, ask your vet to show you how to do them so that you can practise it yourself often. 💅🏻 With a new puppy, make sure you touch and handle every part of them, including paws, nails, ears and teeth often and in a relaxed way from the beginning. They soon learn to accept it and that it’s nothing special or scary, just a part of everyday life. 💅🏻 Get GOOD nail trimmers!!! It makes a huge difference! Personally I love the red Miller’s nail cutter, they are super sharp and do not squeeze the claws, which is uncomfortable for your dog. 💅🏻 Be careful! Do it more often rather than cutting a lot at the time in order to minimise the risk of accidentally cutting too much. You don’t want your dog to start associating nail trims with discomfort and pain. 💅🏻 Take your time! There’s no rush, maybe even start off with doing one paw a day if you’re feeling uncomfortable and like you’re too slow for your dogs patience. 💅🏻 Practise makes perfect! And doing this more often causes your dog to think of it as a normal, every-day thing. Eventually you gain a good feeling for how much to take off at a time. If I’m unsure, I always take less and then reassess rather than taking off too much.
This is part of your responsibility when you get a dog!
I sometimes compare it to kids; No child I know likes having their nails cut, but every parent knows it has to be done!
It’s not painful if it’s done right, and sometimes we simply have to accept things that we don’t necessarily like. Dogs NEED to have their nails in order!
Let’s talk about training for a second. One thing we have noticed is how many dogs are out there with behavioral issues.. We don’t mean they just bark, we mean reactivity, separation anxiety, extreme fearfulness, horrible on leash, the list goes on and on.
A lot of the time these dogs are so hard to place because rehabbing a dog, or training takes TIME. A lot of these things are 100 percent trainable, and that’s why we aren’t afraid to take them on.. but it’s finding a foster who is experienced enough to handle those issues, and unfortunately it’s rare.
We cannot stress enough the importance of training. If you commit to taking on a dog you better commit to setting aside atleast 20 minutes a day for a training session, and really just making everything for the dog a learning opportunity. People wonder why dogs develop behavioral issues, and get upset when they do.. but let’s look at the real reason why most times these develop.. More times than not it’s our fault for not giving them the direction in order to be successful.
It ’s over socialization, it’s under socialization, it’s trying to push a dog to be comfortable in situations where it’s not and more importantly, It’s not taking leadership seriously. Most times when a dog starts showing a small behavior we don’t like we ignore it.. we only tend to seek out help when they become a larger issue.
Get ontop of your training from day one guys! Be consistent, be disciplined, be fair. If you don’t have the time to train your dog, they will more than likely end up with a rescue group like ours.
The best way to spread Christmas cheer is window shopping with the ones you hold dear…and whoever said that money can’t buy happiness simply didn’t know where to go shopping!
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One of our favorite holiday traditions is walking around with the dogs and seeing all the stores’ Christmas window displays! We are very lucky to have a local outdoor mall that allow dogs in many of their stores, so if we see something that catches our eye we can go in and check it out. We, of course, make sure the pups are stylish as they prance (yes they do some sort of trot when they want people to notice them, I swear) with us down the sidewalk. Kira’s whole outfit here is from @Chewy, our favorite place to shop for the dogs especially to find unique & fun holiday clothes & accessories! They even featured it in a recent blog here: https://bit.ly/2OZisK5 Do you like her look? #MyChewyLook