Happy Friday everyone!! Have apple cider vinegar and dish soap lying around? Watch this video that will teach you how to make your own dog shampoo with these two ingredients! Not to mention, this shampoo will give your furry loved one that shiny coat of fur that all the other dogs will be jealous of! ;)

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Happy National Dog Day!

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Our baby boy turns 11-years-old!

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Everyone meet Jack, the cutest pup who can’t seem to get enough of our ZippyPaws dog toys! Watching him so happy puts the BIGGEST smile on our faces!

TOO. MUCH. CUTENESS. WE. ARE. GONNA. DIE.

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Oliver the Dog and Arashi the Cat: the cutest best friends ever!

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Our First Experience at the SuperZoo Convention!

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Puppy Training 101: Some Helpful Tips for Addressing the Basics 

You have brought home an adorable, sweet, puppy and you couldn’t be more excited. With all of the joy and excitement this new addition to your home has brought, you realize that training needs to begin as soon as possible if you are going to raise a loyal and obedient companion. Here are a few starting tips for shaping your dogs behavior as you enter being a new puppy parent. 

Consistency

One of the most important aspects of dog training is being consistent. Consistently reinforcing good behavior as well as disciplining for negative behaviors. This also involves getting the entire family on-board with training. Make sure everyone in your household is using similar language commands when addressing him/her so that they are not confused and able to pick up commands more easily. 

Reward with Affection

Affection, and giving your dog attention when he/she does something good is just as important as pointing out wrong behaviors. Saying “no” so often does not give your new pup much information, and while it is important to point out wrong behaviors it is also necessary to give praise and affection when they do something good. 

Treats 

Treats are a great way to reward your dog for learning a trick, obeying, or potty training. Pay attention to what kind of treats your dog seems to like (there are many types and not all dogs like the same treats). Experiment and find something they enjoy, that way they interpret your action as a real reward. 

Read Your Puppy’s Body Language 

When introducing your puppy to new situations, people, and especially other dogs it is really important that you observe their body language. Dogs primarily communicate with use of body language, their posture, facial expressions, and use of their tail are all indicators of how they are feeling in a certain situation. Watch how they react in a new environment and remove them if they appear uncomfortable, aggressive, or afraid—this will how them they can trust you and it will help build your bond. Additionally, it will give them a sense of comfort when exploring new situations around you. 

Be Realistic… 


When it comes to training you need to be realistic. Achieving changes in behavior takes time. For example, most puppies achieve housebreaking between 2 and 4 months old. This means until about 2 months you can not expect your puppy to be on track from accidents in the house. Other behaviors, including obedience behaviors and tricks take a while to reinforce and practice. Be patient with your dog as he or she learns and be realistic when making a timeline of training expectations. This will help you avoid frustration and stay positive about the outcomes of behavior training. Remember, do not give up—most behaviors take time to learn and shape, so remember that commitment and dedication will help your puppy grow into the adult you desire. 
 

Puppy Training 101: Some Helpful Tips for Addressing the Basics 

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Top 15 Best Dogs for Apartment Living

Here at zippypaws.com we wanted to compile a list of some of the best dog breeds for apartment life. First of all, it is important to clear something up straight away—many dogs that are not on this list can be well-fit for an apartment lifestyle. The key with a dog in a space of any size is how much attention and exercise you can provide it. It is important to look at your lifestyle as an owner. You may be able to get a larger breed or a more active dog if you plan on jogging with them outside or walking them regularly! Often, simply having a back-yard is not enough; certain breeds require regular walks and other specific types of attention from their owner. Let this list be the start of your research into what dog may be best for your lifestyle and apartment dwelling. 


1. Bichon Frise

This small, fluffy white dog is great for a small space. They do love human attention and are a very intelligent breed. Known to be quiet and loving, this may be a perfect fit for your small space—so long as you can carve out some time to love them back! 

2. Boston Terrier

Boston Terriers are compact and muscular dogs. Their size makes them well fit to use their energy in a small space. Additionally, they are low-maintenance for grooming. 

3. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel


This breed is known for being affectionate and very happy! They are well behaved and are known to get along well with other dogs. They do require attention from their owners, being highly sociable—but their size makes them a perfect fit for apartment life! 

4. Chihuahua

Their small size makes them well fit for a small space. Most Chihuahuas are very well tempered, but they do require attention and proper training from their owners. They do get very attached to their owners, making this breed a great companion. 

5. Chinese Crested

One of the rarer breeds on this list, the Chinese Crested is a great dog for low-maintenance seeking owners as they are a ‘hairless’ breed (except for its head, feet, and tail). Generally they good with other pets and children. Although not the most attractive, these dogs are great for an apartment lifestyle. 

6. Dachshund

Dachshunds are a diverse breed with varying hair lengths and sizes. A lively, affection, and devoted breed that also travels well. These dogs make great companions, but be wary, they have a tendency to dig and can sometimes be a challenge to housebreak. Training may require a bit more attention, but it isn’t impossible! 

7. English Bulldog

English Bulldogs are generally a very gentle dog with a loving spirit. An affectionate and dependable animal that is also known for its guarding abilities. They are gentle with children and make great companions for any housing lifestyle. 

8. French Bulldog

Pleasant, quiet, and playful are all good descriptors for the French Bulldog breed. Their small size and low maintenance coat make them a good choice for a small space. As with most other breeds, they require regular attention from their owners. 

9. Great Dane 

Probably the most shocking on the list so-far, Great Danes are GREAT apartment dwellers. They spend the majority of their time curled up in a comfortable spot in your home! Often referred to as ‘gentle giants’. Although large, their temperament makes them great for the apartment lifestyle! 

10. Greyhound

Like the Great Dane, Greyhounds are on the larger side of most of the breeds on our list. Although they do enjoy outdoor activity, they can be well-fit for an apartment, based on their overall temperament being calm and relaxed. Additionally, their short hair makes them very low maintenance to own. 

11. Havanese

These dogs are small and gentle—making them great companions to their owners! They are highly intelligent and affectionate. They do not have a tendency to bark, which, in addition to their size, makes them a great choice for an apartment lifestyle. 

12. Maltese

Small in size and highly devoted to their owner, Maltese are a great choice! Additionally, they have been said to be especially good at learning tricks, making them fun and playful dogs to own. 

13. Pug

As a happy and spirited breed, Pugs are very affectionate dogs to own! They are great watchdogs and protecting of their owners. Being quiet and small in size makes them an obvious choice for small dwellings. 

14. Shih Tzu

A dog with an incredibly lively character, Shih Tzus are a great choice for an owner with any lifestyle. They love people and tend to be good with other dogs. The breed does occasionally have problems with behavior, and thus, need an owner who does not mind focusing some effort on training and house-breaking. 

15. Yorkshire Terrier 

Small but energetic, the Yorkshire Terrier is a fun dog to own. They are loyal and affectionate with their owners and bring life to any home. They have been said to be easy to train and fit well with an apartment lifestyle. 

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5 Tips for Raising a Happy Puppy

Here at ZippyPaws, we absolutely love puppies! With their unlimited energy and curiosity, they add a wonderful and playful addition to any family.  To make sure you raise the happiest and healthiest puppy, you should keep several things in mind. Below, we outline 5 tips to help you give your puppy a great start at life.
Veterinarian Visits
An initial exam of your puppy within its first 2-3 weeks is imperative in the quest to raising a happy puppy! Your veterinarian will likely follow-up with a deworming and then the necessary immunizations, including vaccinations to protect your puppy from distemper, hepatitis, parvovirus, and rabies. Remember, a healthy puppy is a happy puppy! 

Puppy Boot Camp
Obedience training can often be a long and stressful process for both you and your puppy. When you first introduce your new puppy into your home, make sure you are giving your puppy clear verbal instruction (positive reinforcements work best!). Teaching your puppy obedience from the start will create a sense of security and comfort for the whole family.   

Puppy Potty Training

Another stressful step in raising healthy and happy puppy is the potty training stage but with calmness and a stress-free environment, the potty training process can run smoothly! Housebreaking your puppy is similar to obedience training: it should start from day 1, building up to a regular routine that will put both your and your pup’s mind at ease. 

Puppy Playtime
The best time to socialize your puppy is within the first 16 weeks. It is important to ensure that your dog becomes accustomed to different types of people, as well as other dogs and even cats.  You can find training classes specifically designed to socialize your little pup, but going to the park, or meeting up with friends and neighborhood children also work! 

Meal Time
Remember to pay special attention to your pup’s food and diet. There are many brands out there, so ask your veterinarian which brand is best. We suggest using a formula especially for puppies, with feedings three times a day. Don’t forget about the water! Keeping your puppy’s water clean and fresh along with the puppy food, will all contribute to your pup’s health and happiness!

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5 Dog Friendly Vacation Destinations

Summer is approaching, which means it is time to start planning those family vacations, and, if you are like us, your family may include some four-legged creatures. Planning the perfect family, and dog-friendly, vacation does not have to be difficult, especially with these five vacation destinations from us here at ZippyPaws!
Key West, Florida
Not only is Key West a great destination spot for people, it is also a wonderful place to bring your dog or puppy. With dozens of popular dog-friendly businesses, Key West not only welcomes furry friends, it also caters to them. Here you will find a variety of dog friendly hotels, restaurants, and fun attractions that your entire family will enjoy.
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina 
Another wonderful beach vacation location is Myrtle Beach. With its expansive dog parks, including Barc Parc and the North-end Dog Park, Myrtle Beach is one place that ensures dogs are having just as much fun as their owners. Although dogs have to be kept off the beaches during the day, mornings and evenings walks are not only welcomed, but they are encouraged! It’s a win for the whole family!
Lake Tahoe 
If a beach vacation is not quite what your family is looking for, try Lake Tahoe for some river rafting and skiing. For the more adventurous dog, Lake Tahoe is the vacation spot! Your fearless pooch can join you on mountain bike rides, fishing trips, and even water skiing. With dog-friendly hotels nearby in both California and Nevada, on-call pet sitters, and endless doggy activities, Lake Tahoe makes vacationing with your pet easy.
Cape Cod, Massachusetts
Back on the east coast, Cape Cod is a great spot to spend time with your dog and family. Because the beaches can be crowded with people during the warmer months, the Cape Cod Rail Trail is an excellent option to enjoy the beach towns and the great outdoors. Along this trail you can find food and water that both you and your dog will enjoy!
Sonoma Valley, California

Sonoma Valley is a great vacation destination for those interested in a quieter environment and fewer crowds. Sonoma, with its sprawling vineyards, is relaxing for you and your dog. Here, you can delight in their delicious restaurants, beautiful parks, and accommodating hotels, many of which are dog-friendly. 

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