Tag Archives: Puppy

Friends for Fido

dog wash in EvergreenDoes your dog do well meeting other dogs? Even when you’ve successfully socialized your puppy, having given her lots of positive interactions with people and other dogs, she needs continued socialization into adulthood. Some activities that encourage this include taking your pooch out to meet other people often. Regular play dates with other dogs and trips to the park can also be beneficial, but always be aware of your dog’s behavior and how she’s feeling. Don’t let her experience anxiety or show aggression toward other animals. 

If your dog doesn’t have regular playmates, there are ways to help her meet some friends. An afternoon or two a week at doggie day care will allow her to have play time with lots of other dogs, and you will quickly see how she does in social situations without you being present. Or you could consider using a dog-walker who walks several dogs at one time. The key is to provide lots of opportunity for positive interaction between your fur-kid and other dogs. If a negative situation arises, don’t hesitate to remove your pooch from the situation and discontinue the activity.

Dogs also need to meet and have positive experiences with people who come into your home. If your pet is aggressive toward your guests, one technique to try is to give every visitor treats that they can toss on the floor for her immediately upon entering your home. And of course, always reward good behavior with generous praise. Your fur-kid wants to please you more than anything.


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Puppy Play

dog wash in EvergreenPlaying games with your puppy is fun, but they can also teach your puppy obedience skills. For example, Fetch is a great game to teach your puppy, and playing it she can learn to come when called, retrieve a toy, and drop it on command.

In the beginning, toss or roll the toy a very short distance from your puppy and let her get it. As soon as she picks it up say, “Fetch!” so she associates the command with the action. Then praise her like crazy.

When she brings it back, give her lots of praise, petting her body but not her head so she’s not worried about you taking the toy right away. If she doesn’t come back, use a long lead attached to her collar and gently pull your puppy back to you with the toy. Praise her for coming back.

Once she’s had a moment to hold the toy, your puppy may drop it on her own. As soon as she drops it say, “Drop!” so she associates the command with the action. If she doesn’t drop the toy on her own, get a gentle grip on the toy and wait for her to drop it. Then praise her generously for the action.

Never play this game on a slippery surface. Be aware of how much fun your puppy is having – some dogs like retrieving over and over, while others prefer to play with the toy. Your puppy will be having fun, which increases her happiness. And your puppy is learning obedience which, in the long run, increases the happiness of you both.



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It’s Time to be Gorgeous

dog wash in EvergreenKeeping your fur-kid clean during messy weather can be a challenge, and we’re here to help. Dogma Pet Supply and Dog Wash™offers a self-wash service that makes the entire task so much easier. Dogma supplies everything needed to make your pup sparkly clean for just $16, including dryers so your dog doesn’t risk a chill going out into the cold. We provide Pure Puppy shampoos and mix all of our products fresh daily, so there is never any worry about what is touching your dog’s skin (or yours, for that matter). After 10 washes, you receive 1 free, and we have multiple dog discounts available. If you’re planning on coming in, please remember that our last single dog wash is one hour before closing. You get a clean dog, and we deal with all the mess. Wash areas are cleaned and disinfected after every use. Now is the perfect time to bring your fur-kid in, so she can be simply gorgeous for the holidays!


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Happy Paws

Why should I trim my dog’s nails?
There are more than just aesthetic reasons to trim your dog’s nails–untrimmed nails can cause a variety of problems including broken nails, which are painful and bleed profusely. And unlike humans or some other animals, a dog walks on his toes like a horse, not the soles of his feet. Long nails can cause the dog to rock back on his paws, causing strain on his leg assemblies and interfering with his gait. Some dogs (particularly overweight ones) may find it uncomfortable to put their full body weight on their feet with overgrown nails, causing sore feet, legs and hips. Over the long term, this can also contribute to the development of arthritis.

Groomers will trim your dog’s nails for him, but it can be a very stressful situation for your pooch. The compassionate approach is to use treats and rewards to habituate your dog to the process so you can do the trimming yourself.

The blog Dog-li-ness offers an easy to follow tutorial on nail trimming. The author says she grabs a bag of treats and heads to the bathroom and her dogs are racing to be first in line. If you can learn to trim your dog’s nails in a stress-free manner, it will contribute to his happiness and health.

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Posted by on August 18, 2011 in Better Life, Friends For Life


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The Smartest One in the Room

I try not to be pushy about it, but basically – I’m the woman in charge of everything. As long as all the dogs and puppies around understand that, well then, everything is good. Unbelievably, my own pets seemed to overlook this fact about me, and had the audacity to bring a much older male into our home. He came waltzing in like he was going to run the show. Well, I simply couldn’t stand for that. We tussled, he bit my ear – it wasn’t pretty. 

As I stepped back to regroup, I decided I’d watch him and discover his weaknesses. In doing just that, something quite surprising happened. I realized he was actually very charming. There was a way about him that I liked, and in that moment, I decided he should stay. 

Now, I don’t mean to brag, but I am by far the cleverest dog in the house, and a plan immediately formed in my mind. I would let him think he was running things, but in reality I would continue to get exactly what I want. So far, it’s working beautifully. My pets are totally in the dark, and so is he. We’re all happy, and I figure, what they don’t know…is definitely to my advantage.


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Apollo of All Dogs

Great Danes, with their imposing size, are like the king of the canines, but they are often called “gentle giants” because of their wonderful disposition. Charming and affectionate, they are playful and patient with children and they tend to love everyone and need to be around people. The Great Dane does not bark much and only becomes aggressive when the circumstances require it. They are reliable, trustworthy and dependable, as well as courageous and loyal. Some of the Great Dane’s talents are tracking, guarding and carting. Despite the fact that they are called Danes in English, they have nothing to do with Denmark and are, in fact, also known as German Mastiffs. This majestic dog was recognized as an official breed in 1887. 

Sometime, stop in at Dogma Pet Supply and Dog Wash™, and talk to Craig about his three beautiful Great Danes, a very old breed known as the “Apollo of all dogs.” Dogs resembling the Great Dane have appeared on Greek money dating back to 36 B.C. There are also drawings of these dogs on Egyptian monuments from roughly 3000 B.C. The earliest writings of dogs that sounded like Great Danes were in Chinese literature dating back to 1121 B.C. In 407 A.D. German Gaul and part of Italy and Spain were invaded by an Asiatic people (the Alans) who brought with them powerful mastiff-like dogs. They were admired for their ability to bring down bear and wild boar. The dogs were thought to have been Wolfhound mixed with the Old English Mastiff but with selective breeding the Greyhound was added in to create the Great Dane. Besides being used as a hunter, they were also used as estate guard dogs. Now, as long as they have their daily walk and are well-trained as puppies, they make superb pets – even for apartment dwellers!


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Love Bugs

The Evergreen Animal Protective League is the place you just might meet your best friend. The EAPL website has photos and information about cats and dogs looking for their forever homes. They have many beautiful animals from which you can find the pet that fits your needs and desires perfectly. These animals are all spayed or neutered and current on their shots, ready to be brought home. Just look at the EAPL and see who catches your eye, who steals your heart. Today, we’ll introduce a couple of cuties to you.

Meet Rikki, a  2 1/2-year-old Pomeranian/Pekingese mix. He is a love bug and wants to be with people, and loves going on walks. He is a bit shy – even of the camera! Unfortunately, his previous owners had to relinquish him for financial reasons, but Rikki really just wants someone to love him!





And this is little Coco. He is 8-months old and ready to go to his forever home. As with all puppies, Coco needs training and rules, and is looking for a home with the time and patience to give him the attention he needs.

Both Rikki and Coco would love to meet you, and introduce you to the many friends they’ve made at the EAPL. The place to get started is just a click away.


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