Puppies and Anxiety: How a Furry Friend Helps

A few months ago, The Huffington Post wrote an article about the calming effect that owning a pet can have on your heart rate. According to the article, Pedigree Australia performed an experiment in which three dog owners’ heart rates were monitored while they sat alone on a couch in front of a camera crew…. Read more »

June is Pet Microchipping Month

June is recognized as National Pet Microchipping Month, and it’s a great reminder to make sure that you have your pup microchipped if you haven’t already. Microchips are a superb way to help find your pet in case they go missing. Inserted beneath your pet’s skin – usually in the back of the neck for… Read more »

Listen Up: What to Know About Your Pup’s Ears

When you introduce a new pup to your home, you also have the responsibility of learning how to best care for your new best friend’s health. Your dog’s ears are one of the most sensitive parts of their body and need to be treated with special care. Depending on your breed, there may be specific… Read more »

About the Breed: A Look at the Cairn Terrier

Here at Pauley’s Pups, we are always excited to introduce new breeds to our customers, and the cairn terrier is one of our more recent breed additions that we’re incredibly excited about. This small, cute dog will be instantly familiar to anyone who has seen “The Wizard of Oz.” Whether you choose to name your… Read more »

Five Signs Your Dog Needs a Dentist

February brings us one month closer to spring, and boasts several holidays of its own. Of course there’s Valentine’s Day, but even more important for dog lovers and owners, February is National Pet Dental Health Month. Great dental health is a vital part of your dog’s overall health, as dental problems can lead to other… Read more »

Dangers of Ecigarettes for Dogs

With everyone today aware of the harmful effects caused by smoking, more and more people have turned to ecigarettes in recent years. While these devices are beneficial for those who are trying to quit or are looking for an alternative to traditional cigarettes, ecigs can potentially be just as dangerous to our pets as second-hand… Read more »

Yorkies Make Great Pets

When you’re looking to complete your family with a furry friend, make sure to consider the Yorkshire terrier. The most popular toy dog breed in the U.S. today, according to Dogtime, Yorkshire terriers are both elegant and devoted dogs that make fantastic pets. Let’s take a look at what makes these pups so unique and… Read more »

Don’t Stuff Your Dog with Bad Food This Holiday!

With Thanksgiving in just a few days and Christmas not too far behind, families across the country will be getting together to celebrate these holidays, and many will include their small four-legged friends in the festivities as well. Now while they won’t be sitting at the table – at least in most cases – that… Read more »

A Look at Miniature Pinschers

The miniature pinscher is a little dog, weighing in usually between only 8 and 10 pounds and standing between 10 and 12 inches high, with a whole lot of intelligence and a little bit of attitude. These may not be the right pup for a first-time dog owner, since they are liable to dart away… Read more »

Halloween and Small Dogs

The Halloween festivities can be fun to enjoy with your furry friend, but keep in mind that all of the excitement might be a little scary – especially to your smaller dog. Here are some things to keep in mind as you prep for the spooky season to keep your pup safe and feeling comfortable!… Read more »

Dealing With Intestinal Worms – A Look at the Four Types

While puppies from Pauley’s Pups have been treated for worms and other medical concerns before they join your family, your existing pets or new friend may at some point run into problems with worms. These invasive parasites are problems for nearly all four-legged friends, and while a deworming regimen can help to keep your dog… Read more »

Hero Dogs Are All Around Us

National Dog Day, held earlier this week, honors all of the dogs in our lives but there are some dogs that are truly heroic, as evidenced by the 2015 American Humane Association Hero Dog Award nominees. From dogs like Glory that can help detect cases of arson, to service dogs working overseas like Axel and… Read more »

Maltese Dogs: A Brief History of the Breed

A little dog with a big heart and even bigger personality, the Maltese has been known by many names, says the American Kennel Club. Called “Ye Ancient Dogge of Malta” and the “Roman Ladies Dog,” this breed stands out with its fluffy, white coat and springy personality. Growing to no more than about 7 pounds… Read more »

Exercise Tips for Toy Dogs at Home

Keeping fit is a battle every person faces not only for themselves, but also for their four-legged friends. Many pets can succumb to the same plights that affect each of us – too much time lounging around, watching TV or napping. Here are a few simple exercise tips to help keep your dog in tip-top… Read more »

Why Is There So Much Fur?

Just like you and I lose strands of hair regularly, so too do our canine companions. Dog fur sheds regularly as old and damaged hair falls out, often finding its way to the carpet, couch or the all black shirt or pants you’re wearing. Brushing is a great preventative way to reduce the excess hair,… Read more »

Feeding Tips for Small Dogs

Just as watching your diet is important to maintaining your health, your dog’s diet is crucial to their optimal growth and health. What, how much and how often you feed your dog will determine your pup’s mental and physical health. What to feed your dog Water Small dogs’ bodies are made up of 50 to 60… Read more »

Five Tips for Fireworks and the Fourth

With the Fourth of July just around the corner, summer fireworks season is about to explode into colorful spectacles in the evening sky. While the booms and flashes are fun for people, they’re not always as great an experience for your four-legged friend. Here are a few tips to help your pup through what can… Read more »

Preventing Puppy from Overheating While You’re Out

Every summer, as the temperatures rise outside, so does the thermostat inside. While you get up and go to your job every day – which hopefully is air conditioned! – your four-legged friend stays home. With the heat also comes the potential for heat-related illnesses and even heat stroke. Here are a few tips to… Read more »

Keeping Your Pup Cool in Summer

Summer is on the way! The days are longer and hotter, and it seems to be happening earlier than usual this year. As a discerning pet parent, it’s your job to ensure that your furry family member is happy and comfortable during these warm months. There are plenty of treats and hot weather games to… Read more »

Keep Your Pup Healthy with an Annual Vet Trip

As any responsible pet owner knows, your dog – even if in good health – should have an annual checkup by a veterinarian. Just as you have an annual physical and wellness appointment with your doctor, so too should your four-legged friend. There are a number of health areas that your vet will review with… Read more »

Tips for Road Trips with Your Pup

Taking a family vacation is not family vacation without your new family member. This means you will need to bring the puppy. Your puppy will be so happy to spend time away from the home, but how exactly do you travel with a puppy, and what accommodations do you need to make for your new… Read more »

What to Do if Your Pup Hates Storms

Spring is right around the corner and for new dog owners, they are thinking about how much dirt is going to get tracked into their homes. But, what they should be worried about is their dog’s reaction to the impending storms. Some dogs become extremely fearful of the storms and have increased anxiety. The reason… Read more »

Keeping Your Pup Warm

In many states, the month of February has been extremely cold; in some states it has even broken records for being the coldest month of the year and coldest month in history. There has been a lot of the white stuff flying around and that naturally will bring the temperatures around us down even more…. Read more »

A Little Background on Your Lhasa Apso

The Lhasa Apso was first seen in Tibet at least 4,000 years ago and was bred and domesticated as early as 800 BC, which makes the Lhasa Apso one of the world’s oldest breeds. It is also considered the breed most closely related to the wolf. Originally the Lhasa was a guard dog for monasteries… Read more »

Does Your Dog Need A Coat During The Cold Months?

Many people see dogs wearing clothes as something only elderly women do with their “babies.” But there is a certain kind of logic to sweaters and coats for specific breeds, especially in really cold temperatures that they may not genetically be predisposed to do well in. So the easy answer to the title question is… Read more »

Teddy Bear Dogs: What Are They?

Also known as “designer dogs,” Teddy Bears are hybrid crosses between small dog breeds like Bichon Frise and Poodles, Chihuahuas, etc. Breeders are still experimenting with other breeds like Miniature Schnauzers. If you want a dog that is cuddly, loving, easy maintenance, and easy to train, a Teddy Bear may be just the right dog… Read more »

How to Groom Your Shih Tzu

Shih Tzus have long hair that needs to be maintained constantly, particularly if you’re not cutting your pooch’s hair short. Ensuring that you brush and cut your dog’s hair regularly will ensure that there is less matting and less chance of your pup getting an infection of some sort. Here are some instructions on grooming… Read more »

Get Your Pup to Stop Biting

Dog aren’t vicious animals naturally, typically if they bite someone it’s because they are provoked or if you are doing something they have learned is wrong. The best way to get your pup to stop biting is to teach them biting isn’t acceptable behavior. This won’t work in every instance but it can help. Your… Read more »

Thanksgiving with Your Pup [Infographic]

Thanksgiving is coming up, and this is a time where we need to be mindful of what we are feeding our puppies. Some foods are ok for them to eat, and some definitely are not! Below is an infographic that outlines some of the things that are good for your pup to eat. There are… Read more »

Grooming Your Pug

Pugs can require a decent amount of ongoing care. Here are some general guidelines to follow to make sure you’re not missing anything! Facial Folds Those wrinkles on your pug’s face are commonly referred to as folds. There is a lot of stuff that can accumulate in there! Their faces are fairly flat, so when… Read more »

Exercising Your Pomeranian

Pomeranians may be small, but they have a large amount of energy. Releasing this energy throughout the day is essential for good physical health, for behavioral health, and for socialization. But just how much exercise should you give your Pom? For a puppy, too much exercise can affect growth, and for adult Poms too much… Read more »

Chihuahua Myths: True or False?

Here is some clarification about some of the most common myths about our friend, the Chihuahua.   Chihuahuas are high-string and yippy.  This isn’t true! Chihuahuas can be very quiet and very well behaved. It just needs the proper amount of training and socialization. This is the same as any other dog. When left alone… Read more »

5 Tricks to Teach Your Pup- And How!

There are many tricks that we wind up teaching to our dogs, and for various reasons. Whether it is for training or to spend some quality time with your puppy, here are some tips on achieving the basics. The Sit Command The first thing you want to do is get your dog its favorite treats…. Read more »

Puppy Problems: Controlling Your Dog’s Excessive Guarding

Dogs are a part of our family and a huge responsibility. They require love and attention as well as proper training to be good family members. Unacceptable behaviors that get out of control are as much your problem as they are your dogs. And it is only up to you to implement changes in behavior…. Read more »

Anxiety in Small Dogs: What to Know

If you were a small dog you would understand why they have anxiety, they are towered over by humans all day long. Not only are humans taller than them but in most cases they are stronger, which can be very intimidating. Some dogs may handle the anxiety better than others, but they will all have… Read more »

How Miniature Dachshunds are Different

Miniature Dachshunds are cute and curious dogs and they do have some differences between them and their larger counterparts. The average size of a Dachshund is 8 – 9 inches tall and 16 – 32 pounds.  The Miniature Dachshund is 5 – 7 inches tall at the shoulders and weighs up to 11 pounds.  Nicknamed… Read more »

Tips for Naming Your New Puppy

As a new fur mom or dad, the most important first step is to name your new puppy.  The name can come immediately once you see them, or you may try out a name or two once you get them home and see if they seem to fit one better than the other.   There… Read more »

How To Clean Your Puppy’s Ears

Although a little earwax is good for all of us, it’s important to keep your puppy’s ears clean to avoid infection. If you have a puppy with floppy ears, or if your pup likes to play outside in windy or cold conditions, it’s especially important to make sure that you clean their ears regularly!  … Read more »

Puggles – The Best Mix of Beagle & Pug

Puggles are one of the most popular mixed breeds available, and why not?  These dogs are super cute, energetic, and they are the perfect size. Puggles were first discovered in the late 1980’s when breeders began experimenting for designer dogs.  The colors of Puggles are typically fawn, tan or black.  Since Puggles are a designer… Read more »

The Energetic Morkie

The Morkie breed, a cross between a purebred Maltese and Yorkshire Terrier, is by far one of the most adorable toy dogs you’ll ever see. Due to their parentage and sweet appearance, the Morkie is often referred to as a “designer dog.” Even with given a glamorous and elite status as a designer dog, the Morkie… Read more »

Crate Training Your Pauly’s Pup

There are many instances where it will be necessary to crate your new puppy, but how do you do that so that it is a pleasant experience for both? Dogs instinctually seek out a den, a place where they feel safe and can relax-their home inside their home. You can use this when training your… Read more »

A French Delight: The Bichon Frise

If you’re looking for a cute little puppy that will attract a great deal of attention, this is one of the best. Here at Pauley’s Pups in Ashland, VA, we love the Bichon Frise breed for its happy-go-lucky, cheerful attitude, bundled into a cuddly little cotton ball. The Bichon Frise is a gentle and friendly… Read more »

Puppy Problems: Stop Your Dog From Begging

This is the fourth in a series of posts about solving common problems with puppies. Follow the whole series by subscribing to our blog at the bottom of the page.   It’s dinner time and your family sits down to enjoy your meal and discuss the day, and your dog, your pooch, your pal, your… Read more »

Puppy Problems – Part 3: Relieve Your Dogs Separation Anxiety

This is the third in a series of posts about solving common problems with puppies. Follow the whole series by subscribing to our blog at the bottom of the page.   Separation anxiety is a unique problem to have with your dog or puppy. In every instance, the cause of the problem is the same—your… Read more »

Puppy Problems – Part 2: Stop Your Dog from Digging

This is the second in a series of posts about solving common problems with puppies. Follow the whole series by subscribing to our blog at the bottom of the page.   Here at Pauley’s Pups, we know that dogs love to be in the great outdoors, where they can run and play. Many dogs have… Read more »