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 

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. 

 

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. 

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. 


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!

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!

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. 

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. 

5 Ways to Keep Your Dog Safe This Spring 
 As with every change in season, it is important to keep your dog healthy and happy as we transition into spring. Below are 5 ways that will help you ensure that your dog is safe this spring!
Watch out for ticks and fleas
As the weather warms up, ticks and fleas begin to come out and can become quite a problem for your dog. Therefore, flea and tick prevention measures need to be taken to make sure your dog remains healthy during the warmer months. Since fleas can cause a variety of health complications, it is important to start prevention as soon as spring begins. Ask your veterinarian which product is best for your dog, as there are many products that can help combat ticks and fleas. 
Keep an eye out for plants
When planting your spring garden, keep in mind that certain plants are toxic to dogs. Dogs love digging and getting into gardens, so selecting plants that are safe for dogs will put your mind at ease and keep your dog healthy. Hyacinths, tulips, daffodils, and some lilies are just some examples of toxic bulbs that can pose problems for your dog. Check with your veterinarian before planting your garden.
Ensure vaccinations are up to date
With more time spent outdoors and in parks, your dog is more likely to come into contact with other dogs, increasing its exposure to infectious diseases. Spring is a good time to check in with your veterinarian to make sure your dog’s vaccinations are all up to date. 
Stay away from mosquitos
In many parts of the country, mosquitos are around year round; however in those parts in which mosquitos come out in spring, it is important to administer heartworm preventative medication to your dog as soon as warmer weather hits. Spring is a good time to make sure your dog has been checked for heartworm and is current on heartworm preventative medication.
Hydration is key
Dogs are generally more active in the spring and thus require more hydration than they did in the winter when they were less physically active. Make sure that you provide your dog with fresh water, refilling the water daily with clean and fresh water.  Try to stay clear from unknown sources of water outside, as your dog may contract intestinal parasites. 

5 Ways to Keep Your Dog Safe This Spring 

 As with every change in season, it is important to keep your dog healthy and happy as we transition into spring. Below are 5 ways that will help you ensure that your dog is safe this spring!

Watch out for ticks and fleas

As the weather warms up, ticks and fleas begin to come out and can become quite a problem for your dog. Therefore, flea and tick prevention measures need to be taken to make sure your dog remains healthy during the warmer months. Since fleas can cause a variety of health complications, it is important to start prevention as soon as spring begins. Ask your veterinarian which product is best for your dog, as there are many products that can help combat ticks and fleas. 

Keep an eye out for plants

When planting your spring garden, keep in mind that certain plants are toxic to dogs. Dogs love digging and getting into gardens, so selecting plants that are safe for dogs will put your mind at ease and keep your dog healthy. Hyacinths, tulips, daffodils, and some lilies are just some examples of toxic bulbs that can pose problems for your dog. Check with your veterinarian before planting your garden.

Ensure vaccinations are up to date

With more time spent outdoors and in parks, your dog is more likely to come into contact with other dogs, increasing its exposure to infectious diseases. Spring is a good time to check in with your veterinarian to make sure your dog’s vaccinations are all up to date. 

Stay away from mosquitos

In many parts of the country, mosquitos are around year round; however in those parts in which mosquitos come out in spring, it is important to administer heartworm preventative medication to your dog as soon as warmer weather hits. Spring is a good time to make sure your dog has been checked for heartworm and is current on heartworm preventative medication.

Hydration is key

Dogs are generally more active in the spring and thus require more hydration than they did in the winter when they were less physically active. Make sure that you provide your dog with fresh water, refilling the water daily with clean and fresh water.  Try to stay clear from unknown sources of water outside, as your dog may contract intestinal parasites. 

Five Facts About Golden Retrievers

Are you thinking about getting a Golden Retriever? Well, Golden Retrievers are not just one of Hollywood’s favorite dogs, but also a favorite among families across the country. It should come to no surprise then that the Golden Retriever is one the most popular breeds in the United States. After reading the facts below, you will definitely see why!


1. Golden Retrievers originated in Scotland, and were used to retrieve birds and other game during hunting and shooting parties. They were bred to be obedient and receptive to training, as well as to be friendly with humans! No wonder they are great companions!
2. Golden Retrievers love the water and love to play! It is said that they have an innate love of the water. In fact, Zippy Paws was inspired by a Golden Retriever puppy who was playful and loved to have fun! 
3. Golden Retrievers have very gentle dispositions, making them ideal for families with children or other pets. In general, the Golden Retriever is calm and naturally kind and friendly.
4. Golden Retrievers are often susceptible to specific diseases, such as hip dysplasia, so it is necessary that they receive routine checkups to ensure that they are healthy and happy!
5.Golden Retrievers are famous! The breed has been features in films and television series, including Air Bud, Full House, Homeward Bound, Cats and Dogs and Up, just to name a few!

Five Facts About Golden Retrievers

Are you thinking about getting a Golden Retriever? Well, Golden Retrievers are not just one of Hollywood’s favorite dogs, but also a favorite among families across the country. It should come to no surprise then that the Golden Retriever is one the most popular breeds in the United States. After reading the facts below, you will definitely see why!

1. Golden Retrievers originated in Scotland, and were used to retrieve birds and other game during hunting and shooting parties. They were bred to be obedient and receptive to training, as well as to be friendly with humans! No wonder they are great companions!

2. Golden Retrievers love the water and love to play! It is said that they have an innate love of the water. In fact, Zippy Paws was inspired by a Golden Retriever puppy who was playful and loved to have fun! 

3. Golden Retrievers have very gentle dispositions, making them ideal for families with children or other pets. In general, the Golden Retriever is calm and naturally kind and friendly.

4. Golden Retrievers are often susceptible to specific diseases, such as hip dysplasia, so it is necessary that they receive routine checkups to ensure that they are healthy and happy!

5.Golden Retrievers are famous! The breed has been features in films and television series, including Air Bud, Full House, Homeward Bound, Cats and Dogs and Up, just to name a few!

Is A Dog The Right Pet For Me?

If you know anyone with a dog, you are probably well aware of the time, care, and resources it takes to not only own, but properly care for a dog. Unlike cats, but quite similar to children, dogs often need more TLC and attention in order to ensure they are healthy and happy. If you are thinking about getting a dog, look through these points to make sure a dog is in fact the right pet for you. 
Time
Owning a dog can be time consuming and not something to be thought of as “short-term”. Many of their needs are strictly dependent on their owners, such as food, water, exercise and medical attention, should they need it—all of which take time. Be sure that you are not only willing, but also committed to devoting the necessary time to your dog.
Resources
If you do not have too much free time on your hands, but you want to have a dog, it is then important to have the resources to ensure that they are properly cared for. This may include hiring a dog walker, finding a dog daycare or perhaps a dog sitter who will care for your dog while you are away.
Love

Dogs are loving animals and need companionship from their owners. If you are thinking about getting a dog, it is important that the pros (i.e., big, wet kisses when you walk through the door, adoration, unconditional love, etc.) outweigh the cons, such as the time and effort it takes to care for them, or their surprises found on the carpet. If your lifestyle and your heart has room for a dog, then a dog just might be the right pet for you!

Is A Dog The Right Pet For Me?

If you know anyone with a dog, you are probably well aware of the time, care, and resources it takes to not only own, but properly care for a dog. Unlike cats, but quite similar to children, dogs often need more TLC and attention in order to ensure they are healthy and happy. If you are thinking about getting a dog, look through these points to make sure a dog is in fact the right pet for you. 

Time

Owning a dog can be time consuming and not something to be thought of as “short-term”. Many of their needs are strictly dependent on their owners, such as food, water, exercise and medical attention, should they need it—all of which take time. Be sure that you are not only willing, but also committed to devoting the necessary time to your dog.

Resources

If you do not have too much free time on your hands, but you want to have a dog, it is then important to have the resources to ensure that they are properly cared for. This may include hiring a dog walker, finding a dog daycare or perhaps a dog sitter who will care for your dog while you are away.

Love

Dogs are loving animals and need companionship from their owners. If you are thinking about getting a dog, it is important that the pros (i.e., big, wet kisses when you walk through the door, adoration, unconditional love, etc.) outweigh the cons, such as the time and effort it takes to care for them, or their surprises found on the carpet. If your lifestyle and your heart has room for a dog, then a dog just might be the right pet for you!

Why Handles are Essential for Doggy Poop Bags

I don’t know about you, but when I’m out running with my dog, I’m usually juggling the leash, my headphones, a water bottle, and maybe even my iPhone to take a pic of that gorgeous sunset. So how am I supposed to turn the doo-doo bag inside out and tie that annoying knot, all while juggling to keep my hands clean and my headphones from falling into the dirt? 

The answer to the problem is: HANDLES. When we started to design a line of dog waste pick-up bags for ZippyPaws, we knew that handles were the way to go. 

HANDLES = LESS HASSLE
- Everyone (after trying bags with handles)

Keeping to that promise, we now have 3 products to make picking up after your dog a little bit easier. All 3 options come with handles so you’ll never have to worry about unwanted contact with doo-doo! 

Check our chart below to find the product that’s just right for you and your pup. 

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A Day in the Life: Golden Retriever Edition

1. At 6AM, I wake up bright and early! I immediately go wake up mom and dad.


2. After mom wakes up the kids for school, she and I go on a long walk around our neighborhood.

3. As soon as we get home, I drink a ton of water! Then I eat a quick breakfast, and go find the kids.

4. Once the kids get on the bus, mom takes me to the dog park to play with some of my best buds.


5. After the dog park, I take a nap at home on the softest bed ever! Check it out here


6. Once the kids get home from school, they take me out in the backyard and we play fetch with some fun toys! My favorites come from Zippy Paws

7. After we all are tired from playing so much, we all eat dinner together. Sometimes I even get to sit at the table!

8. After dinner, I like to watch TV with my family. Then I get in my comfy bed and get ready for another busy day!

Best Places to Have a Dog

Now, we don’t expect you to move to any of these locations just because they are dog-friendly. However, if you’re in the market, be sure to check these places out!

  1. Portland, Oregon

Dog lovers of the world unite in Portland, Oregon. Endless parks and trails make this city perfect for the active dog!

 

       2. San Francisco, California

Be careful here: your dog may have more social activities than you. With dog meet up groups, dog-friendly restaurants, and the third-most dog parks of any city (in the US), San Francisco is definitely one of the best places to have a dog.

        3. Austin, Texas

For the more pampered dog, try Austin Texas. Your dog can live in the lap of luxury, with dog boutiques, over 35 pet photographers, and a doggy food truck.

        4. Seattle, Washington

Transportation is made easy here in Seattle, where dogs are allowed on all bus lines, ferries, and light rails. Your dog will feel welcomed in dog-friendly Seattle!

 

         5. Boston, Massachusetts

Parks, parties and public roaming spaces. What more could a pup ask for?

 

Dogs Aren’t Just Man’s Best Friend

We all know what loyal companions dogs can make, and it extends to all members of the animal kingdom! 

New Years Resolutions for You and Your Dog

The new year is right around the corner! Have you made your resolutions yet? Even if you don’t typically make New Years resolutions, consider instead setting some goals for you and your dog to enhance your lifestyles and make 2014 one of the best years yet!

1. More Exercise

This is one of the most popular resolutions that people make for the new year, and it can also benefit your dog! Jogging with a canine can make the experience more enjoyable for you and this is also a good way to get your dog’s exercise in! 

2. More Snuggling

Strive to build an even stronger relationship with your furry friend. Spend more time with your pet during the day, snuggle with your pet after you get off work as a way for both of you to relax. Don’t forget to get some new toys!

3. Eating Healthy

This doesn’t necessarily imply dieting, but pay careful attention to what goes in your body. That goes for your pet as well- do you really know what goes into your dog’s food? This year, make it a resolution to thoroughly check both what you feed your furry family member and yourself! This means carefully measuring out food portions as well as finding age-appropriate food for your pet.

4. Groomed to Perfection

Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder, but grooming is essential for your dog to maintain its luscious locks, avoid tangles, and also for insulation. Make it a goal to take your dog to the doggy salon for some well-deserved pampering every once in a while… and spoil yourself too!

5. Try Something New

You have 365 days to experience something with your pet that you haven’t done before! Make the most of your year by introducing both you and your dog to a new activity! Some suggestions: kayaking, surfing, hiking a new trail, road tripping, or just learning a few new tricks!

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