How to Road Trip with Your Canine Companion

How to Road Trip with Your Canine Companion Summer is definitely road trip season and if you’re thinking about hitting the highway, you’re certainly not alone.

If you’re bringing your canine companion along with you on the open road, there are several things you can do to manage traveling with a four-legged friend.

Although many people choose to find other arrangements and leave their dog at home, with a little bit of planning, your dog can take part in your summer road trip festivities.

If your dog typically has anxiety when riding in the car, and is relatively small, it might be beneficial crate the dog while you’re driving. You should also make sure that your dog has been exercised before they get in the car which might help them sleep for some of the ride.

If you are choosing to crate your dog while in the car, be sure to remove any leashes or spare collars that might them from being inside of the crate. If your dog does typically get anxious and paces the car, it can often be safe for you and your dog for them to be crated while in motion.

Be sure to bring a comfort item that your dog loves to help them keep calm and comfy in the car, such as a favorite toy or well-loved blanket.

You should also make sure to travel with your dog’s medical information in the event that something does happen while you are traveling. Be sure that the route you are taking allows you to make frequent stops in order to let you and your dog out to stretch, go to the bathroom, and get some fresh air.

You should also be packing food for your dog on the road along with a water bowl.  Make sure you have plenty of water available for them, especially if they are typically nervous in the car. Feel free to bring easy to eat treats along in case your dog needs a little pick-me-up or doesn’t seem interested in eating its food while in motion.

If you’re hoping to expand the furry portion of your family this summer, call Vicki Davis from Precious Pups 4 U today at 931-260-8838 to see if there’s a Cavapoo, Maltipoo, or Cavamalt available in your Tennessee neighborhood.

Benefits of Dogs for Senior Citizens

Benefits of Dogs for Senior CitizensIf you have pets, then you know the joy and comfort that they can bring you on a daily basis, just by showing you some attention and affection. For this reason, and many others, dogs can be great additions to the households of senior citizens.

There are many benefits of owning a dog for senior citizens:

Companionship

U.S. News and World Report says that owning pets bring senior citizens companionship that they may lack in their day to day lives. Foregoing daily visits to the office during retirement, and living far away from one’s family can make the days seem lonely. But a dog will always be excited to see you when you wake up in the morning or come home after a step outside.

Routine

Another benefit that seniors will enjoy when they have a pet is the creation of a routine. Routines, even simple ones like taking your dog for a walk and making sure he’s fed the same time each day, can give structure and purpose to daily life that could otherwise seem monotonous.

Healthy life  

Speaking of taking your dog for a walk—owning a pet also encourages exercise in seniors. A dog needs to be walked, which means that you’ll need to go outside and get moving, too. Healthy habits like taking a walk each day can help with arthritis pain and keep seniors in good spirits.

A Place for Mom says that owning a pet actually causes a chemical chain reaction in your brain that will help you lower your stress levels and increase the levels of serotonin in your brain.

Social Life

Owning a dog will also be a great way for you to make friends. Fellow dog-owners in your neighborhood may stop and say hello during their morning walk and these chats can lead to friendships.

If you’re a senior and are newly retired or are looking for a way to change things up, or if a family member who is older has seemed lonely lately, consider becoming a dog parent. Call Vicki Davis from Precious Pups 4 U today at 931-260-8838 to see if there’s a Cavapoo, Maltipoo, or Cavamalt available in your Tennessee neighborhood!

What Eye Contact Means to Your Dog

What Eye Contact Means to Your Dog Whether you meet someone new or you have known someone for a long time, you should be looking them in the eye when talking to them.

Meeting someone’s eyes is all about mutual respect, and showing them that you care about what they’re saying. Eye contact is a chance for humans to bond. When you have a child, staring into his or her eyes is an expression of love and helps establish a parent-child bond. As it turns out, eye contact can have the same effect on your dog.

According to CBS News, scientists have learned that the relationship between humans and their dogs have the same biochemical makeup as a mother’s bond with her child. What helps to create a mother’s bond with her child, you ask? It’s simple: eye contact, or “a loving gaze” CBS says.

Scientists involved in the study believe that dogs have acquired the instinct to gaze at their owners over the years, in an attempt to communicate and bond with them.

Have you ever noticed your dog following your movements with their eyes as you walk across a room? This trait is also found in children, gazing at their parents.

In an experiment in which owners and dogs looked into each other’s eyes over a 30-minute period, levels of oxytocin (which is the hormone that gives you that warm, fuzzy feeling when you’re around someone you love) rose in both K9 and human.

So there you have it, folks: scientific evidence that our dogs are simply a part of our family, and we love them in the same way that we love our own children.

Now, if you’re interested in testing out this theory for yourself, click here to view Cavapoo pups currently available at Precious Pups, and here for Maltipoos. Call Vicki at 931-260-8838 if you have a question about one of our available puppies, or if you’re interested in adopting!

The Amazing Rewards of Being a Dog Owner

Everyone should own a dog at least once in their lives. Whether it’s a tiny dog that can fit into your lap and keep you company at all times or a big dog that can accompany you on hunting trips, dogs make life better for everyone. Here are just a few of the benefits that you will enjoy when you own a dog.

A dog will reduce your stress and make you feel happier.

Do you feel down a lot? Getting a dog will certainly help with this. According to BarkPost, studies have shown that playing with a dog for just a few minutes every day can raise the levels of dopamine and serotonin in your brain and help your overall mood. It can also make you feel more relaxed and get rid of unwanted stress.

A dog will force you to improve your physical fitness.

Most dogs need to be walked on a regular basis. This means that you will be forced to get up off the couch and walk with your dog at least once every day. It won’t just be good for your dog; it will be good for you, too!

A dog will protect you and your family.

Some dogs are mild-mannered and wouldn’t hurt a fly if it flew into your house. But for the most part, dogs are very protective of their homes and those who live with them. So even if they wouldn’t necessarily attack an intruder, your dog will bark and alert you when there is danger nearby. It will make you and your family feel safer.

A dog will be loyal to you forever.

When you walk into your house at the end of a long day of work, your spouse might be mad at you and your kids might not be in the mood to talk to you. But a dog will always be there, ready to wag its tail at you and say hello. Dogs are some of the most loyal creatures on earth, and it won’t be long before you fall in love with one after you get it.

If you’ve been thinking about getting a dog, what are you waiting for? These are just a few reasons to get one, and it won’t be long before you’re coming up with others once you have a dog living under your roof. Precious Pups 4 U can help you pick out the perfect pup. Call or text us at 931-260-8838 today to find out more about the dogs we can provide for you.

The Benefits of Petting Your Dog

There’s something special about dogs and their effect on people, isn’t there? They can have a calming, comforting presence, especially for those most in need of some love and affection.

What are some of the benefits of petting a dog? Did you know that petting a dog can trigger the release of oxytocin? This is a hormone often called the “cuddle hormone” or “love hormone.” Basically, when you snuggle up with a dog, bonding, your own body gets the benefit of an oxytocin surge. It makes you feel good!

The feel of fur also has the ability to help a person lower their heart rate and blood pressure. It’s hard to “not” calm down when petting a dog.

Dogs also like to be petted– it makes them feel good, too. If and when you’re near a dog that’s upset, shaking, anxious or stressed out, pet them and see how you benefit them with your soothing, caring touch.

Where are the best places to pet a dog? They like to be petted on their chest, shoulder and at the base of their tail. People often like to pet the spot between a dog’s ears/the base of their neck, too.

With petting, watch how a dog reacts– if they stay close, you’re good. If they move away, they’re not in the mood.

In general, petting a dog is a way for a person and that dog to bond with each other. It’s a comforting feeling for both of them.

Davis Kennels of Tennessee breeds precious pettable puppies. They’re happy and healthy “Cavapoos” and “Maltipoos.” For more information on these wonderful breeds, please email vicki@preciouspups4u.com.

The Importance of Getting Your Puppy on a Schedule

Can we talk about feeding schedules for puppies? First off, consider that we humans should have our own consistent feeding schedules, but we often don’t… and therefore we get headaches, weight gain, and feelings of lethargy. Similarly, puppies should have consistent feeding schedules so they feel healthy and act their best. You don’t want a “hangry (hungry + angry) dog.”

It’s important to feed your puppy on a set schedule so he or she anticipates meals and doesn’t have to feel hungry for long periods of time. Ideally, like adult humans, a puppy should have three meals a day– morning, Noon and night.

Rather than just leaving out dog food all day, it’s much better to portion out appropriate “meals” three times a day, such that your puppy “eats everything in their bowl” at once, instead of grazing as he or she chooses. After letting the puppy eat for a couple minutes, it’s fine to then take away any food he or she left in the bowl. In this way, you, as the owner, get a real feel for your dog’s eating habits and when he or she is hungry…and when he or she is not. Thus, you can adjust the feeding schedule accordingly, until there’s a good overall balance and rhythm to it all.

A major reason to make and stick to a set feeding schedule is this: it helps set the dog’s potty schedule, too! Therefore, you can essentially regulate the times of the day or night when you have to let the dog out to poop. Most puppies will need to relieve themselves shortly after eating a meal, so for the sake of your and their daily schedules, it’s nice to know when your puppy will “need to go.”

Consistency is key. Meanwhile, don’t be afraid to reward your puppy with food. This works well when you’re trying to train the puppy to do something, and then food (a treat, usually) is the reward. Thus, the dog does what you want them to, and they do it knowing they’re going to get something special for making you happy.

Tips for Planning a Dog Playdate

Just like kids play together, dogs do too. As pets, dogs enjoy socializing with people, but they also, for the most part, crave connection with other canines.
 

Have you taken your dog to a play date? A play date is when two or more dogs get together to run around for fun and exercise.
 

Who do you know who owns a dog? Ask around and see who has a dog similar in size to yours, as well as temperament. Dogs who look alike and act alike generally get along just fine. A pit bull and a poodle wouldn’t make a good play date pairing, but two terriers would, for example.
 

Arrange the play date with the other dog owner at some place neutral like a local park. Rather than force two dogs to play with one another, let them move at their pace, which may be slow. Sometimes dogs seem to love one another instantly, while other times they’re “just not that into” the other one(s). Play dates for dogs are a lot like dating is for adults! If at any time you feel like your dog is not safe around the other dog then you should politely tell the other person the play date is over and take your dog away from the dangerous situation.
 

Remember, you’re in charge of your dog, so it’s up to you to protect your pet. If the other dog is being too aggressive with your dog, or the other owner sees nothing wrong with how the dogs are “fighting,” it’s up to you to step in and physically remove your precious dog from the play date that’s “going bad.”
 

Hopefully, when your dog is at a play date with another dog, they’ll get along well, and it’ll be a chance for them to chase one another, dig holes together, and do what dogs like to do outdoors. Can you have a play date indoors? Yes, but it’s easier outdoors since dogs tend to be like little boys– boisterous and active.
 

How Do Dogs Show Affection?

DogsThere’s nothing quite like the love a pet dog can show owners and caregivers. What are some of the major ways a dog shows affection to people?

Well, the first one’s an easy one that most everybody knows: dogs wag their tails when they’re comfortable, happy and open to showing affection. A wagging tail means everything’s alright with that dog and you can approach them. They might even be wiggling their butt– if so, they’re in a good mood.

Next, look for a dog that looks like they’re smiling or grinning at you. When they have an open, relaxed mouth, they’re feeling comfortable. Meanwhile, notice their eyes. If they look you right in the eyes and blink a bunch (rather than a hard stare), they’re showing you affection.

Of course, another sign of affection from a dog is when he or she jumps up on people. They may jump when they’re nervous or frantic, but for the most part, jumping is a sign of affection from a dog. It shows they care about you, want your attention, and are glad to see you.

Basically, if and when a dog stiffens up, that’s not a sign of affection. But if they’re calm, relaxed, leaning into a person and looking at them with soft, loving eyes, mouth open, smiling, that’s one affectionate dog! If and when a dog follows you around the house, that’s another way of them saying they care and want you to know they’re there for you should you need them.

Other ways a dog shows they’re comfortable around you include bringing you their toys (which is basically asking you to play with them), sleeping on a bed or sofa with you/near you, and giving you kisses on your face (licking you)!

One of the main reasons people want pet dogs is because it’s nice to be shown such affection. Precious Pups 4 U connects people with healthy, loving Cavapoo and Maltipoo puppies. If you have any questions, please email vicki@preciouspups4u.com.

Why Dogs Make the Best Pets

Pets Are you thinking of adding a new member to your family and preferably one with fur and four legs? If so, there are many reasons to consider bringing a new puppy home.

There is something so special about owning and caring for a dog. Some who have grown up with other pets might not have experienced what it is like to be a dog owner. Here are some reasons why we think dogs make the best pets:

• As an owner, you will have a sense of emotional well-being that comes from the unconditional love given to you by your dog. Dogs don’t seek anything from their owners in order to love them fully. The old saying is true, “A dog is a man’s best friend.”

• At the end of a long day, what greets you at the door is an overjoyed pup who will treat you as if you’ve been gone a century.

• Studies have shown that dog owners typically have less stress levels and lower blood pressure and cholesterol.

• You’ll stay nice and warm when it is cold out. Dogs are probably one of the best pets for couch cuddling.

• According to the American Heart Association, owning a dog may help protect you from having heart disease.

• Along with the above, a dog is the best workout partner. Long walks, a quick run, a hike, or need someone to motivate you? Well, a dog has no problem doing all of those.

• Dogs are great for teaching kids bout responsibility.

• Somehow, a dog can detect when you are feeling down and do exactly what you need to cheer you up.

• A dog is a constant source of entertainment.

As a dog owner, you will receive far more from your pet than you’ll provide to them. If you are looking to expand your household with another member, Precious Pups 4 U has beautiful new puppies who would be a great member of your family.

 

How to Find the Perfect Name for Your Pup

Naming a Puppy With Precious Pups 4 U, finding the perfect pup is easy! Each puppy is bred based on the knowledge of true breed standards and the commitment to bringing owners a sweet pup that will bring them love for years to come. But, once you pick up your new family member, you still need to find the perfect name that will “stick.”

When considering the perfect name for your new dog, start by deciding if you would like to choose a human name or nickname. While some prefer serious human names like Bella, Charlie, Lily or Simon, others might like cutesy nicknames like Tootsie, Bambi, Banjo or Oreo.

You should also remember that the name you choose will be used many times each day, so select a name that is easy to call and one you enjoy. Think about if names sound similar to the commands you plan on training your dog with. If your name rhymes with “No,” “Sit,” or “Stay,” you may want to consider a different name. Plus, pups tend to recognize their names better when they are only one or two syllables.

Selecting a name for your puppy is supposed to be fun, so get creative! See if any specific behaviors or personality traits stand out as you get to know your new pup. If you notice he or she is happy all of the time, you might consider a name like Chipper or Joy. You might even want to name your dog based on his or her unique appearance, like the classics Spot or Patch.

Don’t forget to consider your favorite things when naming your new pup. Some ideas include:

• Singers, Bands or Musical Groups

• Characters in TV Shows, Cartoons, Movies and Books

• Actors and Actresses

• Food and Drinks

• Hobbies and Sports

• Colors

• Flowers and Plants

• Famous Leaders and Icons

It’s okay to take a few days to try a few names out! With a little bit a thought, we are sure you will find the perfect name for your perfect new pup from Precious Pups 4 U!