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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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 dog… 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 a… Read more »

Puppy Problems – Part 1: Stop Your Dog from Chewing

This is the first 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. At Pauley’s Pups in Ashland, Virginia, we love cute puppies more than anything else in the world. But when they chew up our new pair… Read more »

Keeping Your Pauley’s Pup Warm in the Winter Weather

The past few weeks have put many people, all across the country, through some very frigid winter weather. Of course us humans dread going outside when the temperature dips too low. But we tend to forget that our dogs and puppies can get cold as well. In fact, extremely cold temperatures can be very dangerous… Read more »

Malt-a-poo: A Fluffy Bundle of Fun and Love

There’s been a lot of talk about “designer dogs” – dogs that are not considered mixed breeds, but are bred purposely to combine the best of 2 breeds. At Pauley’s Pups, we love these types of puppies. Cross a miniature or toy Poodle with a Maltese and you get the Malt-a-poo, a loving and playful… Read more »

Lhasa Apso: The Tibetan Sentinels

At Pauley’s Pups, we love to learn about small dog breeds and how they came to be. As Lhasa Apso owners already know, their dogs like to be aware of their surroundings. Always protective of their companions and healthily wary of strangers, the Lhasa Apso is a small dog that doesn’t let its size get… Read more »

Should I Dress Up My Pauley’s Pups?

Have you seen other pet owners walking around with their dog dressed in clothes and wondered if you should do the same for your animal? At Pauley’s Pups, we’ve seen our fair share of doggy outfits -some reserved, some extravagant, and some just plain ridiculous. If you don’t currently dress him up, are you keeping… Read more »

What NOT to Feed Your Pauley’s Pup

Last time, we posted about what to feed your puppy, mentioning that some foods are actually toxic to dogs. So this week, we’ll talk about what NOT to feed your new puppy. First, there are foods like sugar and alcohol that are bad for just about any species that might ingest them. Dogs, especially small… Read more »

What Do I Feed My New Pauley’s Pup?

As soon as you walk out of Pauley’s Pups, you’ll be carrying the responsibility of a growing puppy in your hands. The first few months of a dog’s diet are crucial to set them up for a happy and healthy life. While it’s always good to consult your veterinarian about your particular dog and the… Read more »

Vaccines For Your Pauley’s Pups

At Pauley’s Pups, we know that while no one likes getting shots, they deliver vaccines that keep us guarded from potentially dangerous diseases. Much like their human owners, dogs require a certain regimen to protect them from an array of potentially deadly medical conditions. Here are some common canine diseases serious enough to consider having… Read more »

Pauley’s Pups to Obedience School: Choosing a Trainer

At Pauley’s Pups, we care deeply about the dogs we carry, both before and after we find them a home. To get your relationship off on the right foot, you should start thinking about how you’ll train your puppy immediately. Here are a few things to consider when looking for the ideal trainer. Check Their… Read more »

The Chipper Chihuahua

When thinking of Chihuahuas, two common references undoubtedly come to mind. One is courtesy of Taco Bell, with the famous Chihuahua mascot exclaiming, “Yo quiero Taco Bell!” The other is the image of a tiny Chihuahua tucked in the purses of posh female celebrities, going everywhere their famous owner goes. While Chihuahuas don’t necessarily want… Read more »

Basic Grooming Tips For Dogs

When grooming your dog, there are some basic things to remember to ensure everything goes smoothly and you keep your dog safe.  Choose the right time – Just because you’re in the mood to groom your dog doesn’t mean your dog is in the mood to be groomed. Pick a good time to go to… Read more »

Should I Spay My Puppy?

At Pauley’s Pups, we specialize in connecting small breed dogs with loving, caring, lifelong human companions. After we help you find your new friend, you’ll have many choices to make that affect her future health and behavior. One such choice is whether to spay your puppy, a common practice with many scientifically recognized benefits. The… Read more »

Neutering your Puppy

Although it often has a negative connotation, neutering your puppy is not a bad thing; it keeps your dog from fathering any unwanted puppies. Neutering involves an incision made in the front of your puppy’s scrotum in order to take the testicles out. When male dogs are neutered, they become less aggressive because they have… Read more »

The Gentlemen Terrier

The Boston Terrier was first bred in the 19th century to be a ferocious fighting dog, but what was really created was a loving, gentle and playful breed. The Boston Terrier has the most unique features compared to other terriers. The Boston has a strong and sturdy body, as well as a boxed-like head and… Read more »

Taking Care of your New Puppy

If you’ve just acquired a puppy, it would be nice if they came with a manual. Since puppies do not, we have some general guidelines to share with you regarding the first few weeks and months of having a puppy in your life. Did you know the USA has the most dogs per country on… Read more »

Tips for Naming Your New Puppy

You’ve brought home your new best friend and now it’s time to name your puppy. Where do you start? Here are a few things to consider when choosing a name for the new addition to your family! Try to avoid popular names – Duke, Bella, Sparky; these are all typical, generic names for your canine…. Read more »

The Puffy Pomeranian

Of all the small dog breeds, if you are looking for a small, curious and active pup, the Pomeranian is the dog for you.  Known for being playful and self-confident, Pomeranians live each day to the fullest. Their foxlike expression combined with their small, rounded body always turns heads, as does their puffy double coat… Read more »

Advice for Caring for Your Pug

A pug is a great choice for a family pet. Pugs adapt well to any lifestyle, they learn to love what their family loves, and they bond well with children. Many people adore pugs for their endearing faces and cute pooch noises, but they also make great companions for coping with stress or healing ailments…. Read more »

Tips for Keeping Your Dog Cool in The Summer Heat

It is just as common for dogs to get overheat in the summer months as it is for humans. When we overheat, our bodies shut down, we feel weak, heart rate spikes, we get sweaty and even blurred vision can occur. These symptoms can also happen if your dog spends too much time in the… Read more »

The Bold and Adorable Miniature Dachshund

One breed that’s gaining a great deal of popularity these days is the miniature dachshund. While this breed is a smaller version of the standard dachshund, the characteristics between the two are very different. The dachshund name comes from two words in German translation, dach meaning “badger” and hund meaning “dog”. In 17th century Germany,… Read more »

The Lion of Dog Breeds

According to Animal Planet, tales say the Pekingese is a product of a lion that fell in love with a monkey. While it does have both lion and monkey characteristics, it tends to display more lion characteristics, at least in our opinion. Physically, the Pekingese has a massive, flat head with a smushed face. Donning… Read more »

Why We Love the Westie

We know how difficult it can be to choose a breed of dog to suit your lifestyle, perfectly. Fun loving, intelligent and beautiful are all characteristics of the West Highland White Terrier, otherwise known as Westie, in fact if you ask us, the Westie breed is the most attractive of the Terrier family. Originating in… Read more »

Health Benefits of Owning a Dog

Aside from being a loyal companion and providing unconditional love, there are many more benefits to owning a dog. In fact, owning a dog is beneficial to your health and the health of your family in various ways. For starters, owning a dog, or cat for that matter, is great for your heart. Not only… Read more »

Bring Home a Puggle Today

Another great family addition is the puggle. If you are looking for a high-energy, fun loving companion, the puggle is a wonderful choice. Created in the 1980s, the puggle is a cross between a purebred pug and beagle. Considered to be a small lap dog, puggles can weigh anywhere from seven to thirty pounds. A… Read more »

Owning a Chihuahua is Loving a Chihuahua

When you take home your new Chihuahua, you’re taking home a lot of love in a tiny package- so there are a few things to know. First, know that your Chihuahua will love and respect you, even when you discipline him. You must teach the dog that you are the alpha, in your daily routines…. Read more »

A Maltese Makes a Beautiful Companion

Looking to add a new member to your family? You won’t believe the unconditional love and entertainment a dog can bring to your life. We’d like to introduce the . The Maltese is easily adaptable and loves company! In general, the Maltese is a well-rounded dog, a perfect fit for everyone. The vital statistics of… Read more »

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