Keeping Your Dog Safe on Thanksgiving

Keeping Your Dog Safe on Thanksgiving With Thanksgiving a week away, many of us are thinking about the incredible foods we’ll soon be enjoying.  However, it’s also important to think about how that food might affect your dog’s health.

If you are planning to share Thanksgiving dinner with your dog, you should first educate yourself on what foods are safe for your dog to eat.

White Meat Turkey

As expected, turkey is OK for most dogs to consume in moderation. Turkey is a low-fat, protein packed meat that is easily digested in a dog’s stomach. However, dark turkey meat, and turkey bones both contain grease and fat that is guaranteed to make a dog sick.

Canned Pumpkin

If you are responsible for preparing dessert, you might be able to share a portion of it with your dog! Canned pumpkin is actually a fairly healthy treat for both dogs and cats. It is high in fiber, low in fat, and packed with vitamins that can help regulate a dog’s digestive system. (Same goes with sweet potatoes!)

Fresh Cranberries

Fresh cranberries, not canned cranberries, serve as an incredible snack for dogs throughout the year. (But most of us have them around during the holiday season!) Fresh cranberries contain plenty of nutrients that can help encourage good bladder health in dogs. If your dog is often getting diagnosed with urinary tract infections, fresh cranberries can help to prevent them.

Winter Greens

Many winter green vegetables, including kale, Brussel sprouts, and cabbage are packed with healthy nutrients that can benefit your pet’s health. However, dog’s that eat winter greens will likely end up having a lot of gas afterwards. You can serve your pet these vegetables but do so at your own risk!

Don’t forget that a lot of holiday foods are not safe for pets. Foods including onions, grapes, raisins, relish, cheese, chocolates, and the majority of candies, are not safe for dogs to consume.

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Benefits of Children and Dogs: The Perfect Pair

Benefits of Children and Dogs: The Perfect PairIf you have both children and dogs in your family, you probably have witnessed the special bond between the two which is something special that lasts a lifetime.

There are a number of benefits that your children can experience if they have a dog growing up.

Experience an Active Lifestyle

In addition to being a loyal friend, dogs can encourage your kids to have a more active lifestyle which can help them stay healthy. Dogs need to play and run around outside, and children benefit from doing that to! Having a dog to chase around will keep kids active while playing fetch, exploring the neighborhood, and spending time outside with their four-legged friend.

Teach Kids Responsibility

Teaching your kids responsibility can be hard to do, but as parents, it is a must. Even at a young age, it’s important to encourage your children to be responsible. A pet needs to be cared for, fed, walked, cleaned up after, and so much more. Raising a pet can teach children to be responsible: even if it’s something as small as recognizing that your dog depends on them! Keep in mind though, children will often neglect responsibilities and you have to be willing to care for a dog as well.

Reduce Children’s Stress

Petting a dog increases cortisol levels in your brain which can help reduce stress. Kids who spend time with dogs are known to have lower stress levels, and unfortunately, many children deal with high stress levels as a result of school and other activities. Having a pet in the house can literally make your kids feel happier.

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Fun Products for Dog Owners in 2017

Best Products for Dog Owners in 2018When you welcome a new dog into your home, there are a bunch of items that you have to buy. For example, dogs need food and water bowls, a bed or pad to sleep, and possibly a crate or other area where they can be kept when you can’t keep an eye on them.

It is important to purchase products that you can use to keep your dog entertained and make your life easier.

Check out a few of the best products on the market today.

K-9 Kannon Tennis Ball Launcher

There are so many different games that you can play with your dog, but one of the oldest ones is still the most fun, made even better with the K-9 Kannon Tennis Ball Launcher. There’s nothing like going out into the backyard for a game of catch. Catch has been taken up a few notches in recent years, though, thanks to this mini-cannon that can shoot tennis balls and help you pick them up once your dog brings them back. Your dog will have a blast fetching the balls that come out of it.

Pet Peek Fence Window

Unlike you, your dog can’t see over the backyard fence and check out what’s happening out there in the world which often results in them jumping to find out but this “Pet Peek” window will allow your dog to see it all. It’s a 9.5-inch dome that you can insert right into your existing fence to give your dog a whole new vantage point. The dog will spend hours sitting by the window watching everyone go by.

Tagg Pet Tracker

Do you want to make sure you can locate your dog at all times? The Tagg Pet Tracker device, which fits right onto a dog’s collar, is designed to allow you to keep tabs on your dog, regardless of where it is. You can even have the GPS system that comes with it alert you if your dog is somewhere it shouldn’t be.

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Tips on Training for Puppies

TrTraining a Puppyaining a new puppy takes a lot of effort and at times, it can be exhausting.

Although training a puppy can be overwhelming, once they are properly trained, they make a wonderful companion and best friend.

We have a few different tips on how you can train a puppy to behave properly.

Start Training Early

You might be tempted to spend the first few days that your puppy is at home playing, and don’t get us wrong, you should definitely do that! However, it’s important to start training the moment your puppy walks through the front door.

Starting to train puppies early is the key to a successfully trained pup. Learned behavior makes an impact, and the younger that they learn, the better.

Make a Schedule

Consistency is key when it comes to training. Puppies need to be on a schedule for exercise, eating, and bathroom breaks. Take your puppy outside for a walk each day at the same time, feed him in the same time and in the same spot, and encourage bathroom breaks at the same time throughout the day.

Puppies are liable to get thrown off and confused if their dinner isn’t in the same place as it was yesterday. Make a schedule and do your best to stick to it.

Not only will this be good for your dog, but it’ll be easier for you to plan your day around a set schedule.

Reward Good Behavior

Immediately rewarding good behavior is important. If your dog gets a treat for sitting down an hour or so after he actually sits, they won’t learn to associate the action of sitting as the reason for the reward. Keep treats on hand while you’re training and make sure to reward them right away.

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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.