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  • Keeping Your Apartment Puppies Warm This Winter

    Cuddling up with your pup by the fire sounds like an ideal way to wind down and warm up during the winter season.

    But what about when it’s time to go outside? How will your pup stay warm and healthy this winter? Just as we take extra steps and precautions for the winter, i.e. flu shots, we need to do the same for our dogs. Take a look at three tips we have gathered to help keep apartment puppies warm and healthy.

    Add Extra Layers

    Most apartment puppies are small but if they’re small and short-haired and living in a winter environment, then it’s likely they’re going to be cold. The best way to warm them up is by adding layers. That’s right…layers and by that we really mean clothing. Take the time to go shopping for your dog. Stock up on a few sweaters and there are even thick puffy coats for dogs. Your pups deserve the same warmth that you’d afford to yourself while going out on walks!

    Monitor Their Nutrition

    You are the only person in control of your dog’s diet so it’s your responsibility to feed your dog the best food available and possible. Quality and healthy dog food should consist of and be rich in fatty acids, vitamin E, and copper-zinc. Consult your veterinarian about how to add vitamins and fatty acids to your pet’s food if you’re unsure. All of these will help to promote shiny, healthy coats in addition to several other benefits. You can also give your dog warm drinking water in winter.

    Fight Off Dry Skin

    As we mentioned above, having a healthy diet will promote healthy, shiny, fur. The above also helps to keep your dog’s skin from drying out and being uncomfortable during the winter season. While Old Man Frost is outside, bathe your apartment puppies as little as possible to keep their skin from being dry. When you do, make sure the shampoo is pet-friendly, as human ones are harsh and acidic to their skin causing dryness and itchiness.

     

  • Money Saving Tips for Large Dog Breeds

    Owning a dog is a wonderful experience to have in one’s lifetime.

    There’s no doubt about it, however, it can also be expensive if you don’t plan properly. This is especially true for large dog breeds, because of …well their size! Everything is a bit pricier, so we’ve put together five money saving tips for you to implement with your large dog breeds.

    Make Your Own Dog Treats

    We’ve discussed this in the past in previous posts and it’s certainly worth mentioning here. Instead of buying expensive treats in stores, take the time to make some at home. Large dog breeds eat more than their smaller counterparts, so this will be beneficial to you as a pet owner. Make your treats at home and freeze them for later!

    Make Your Own Dog Toys

    Have you considered this as an option? Probably not, because most people would just go to a store and buy toys. We believe your pups should be entertained regardless of where they got their toys, but to save you some money, you can make your own at home, if you’re crafty…go for it!

    Keep Vet Appointments Up-to-Date

    One of the best ways to keep large dog breeds healthy is by maintaining regular vet visits. Sure, you’ll have to pay when you take your dogs however this will save you money in the long run. Their health assessments will be current and you’ll be proactive in caring for your pup.

    Use Duct Tape and Rubber Gloves For Hair Removal

    Phew, there are some large dog breeds that are downright furry and shed and that can be costly to maintain. For instance, German Shepherds are one of the top shedding dogs. To keep a handle on everything, we recommend that you use duct tape and rubber gloves to remove hair from your home in various places and on your clothing. This is cheaper than buying tons of lint brushes and it helps you cut down on the amount of vacuuming you may need to do.

    Groom Your Dog at Home

    The last money saving tip we’re sharing is to groom your dog at home. This can be a task, sure, but it can also be fun and most importantly it saves you some bucks. Pull out your old towels and shampoo your pup from the comfort of your own home! While you’re at it, try trimming your dog’s nails too. This takes time to do and learn so be careful and if you’re uncomfortable, leave to a professional.

  • Your Dog Has Separation Anxiety – What Now?

    At Petland, we fall in love over and over again with all of our dogs.

    From the small dog breeds to the larger ones, we love them all. Once they’re in your home, we know that life happens and your pup may be home alone, resulting in some sadness while you’re gone. Here are three ways to help ease the anxiety of your pup.

    Keep Them Busy

    Dogs that are well exercised or just downright tired are the best dogs! We say this because they aren’t as bored and will sleep that energy away that they just burned especially small dog breeds! When you leave your dog alone, leave them toys that are safe and can entertain them. Kongs are great for hiding treats and providing hours of entertainment. Leave some bits of dry food around your home too if you have that option. If possible, before you leave take your dog on a long walk. That will help them adjust to your departure because they’ll be exhausted coming home

    Have Quick Goodbyes

    As you’re getting dressed, your dog likely knows that you’re getting ready to leave. He may already be on edge anticipating it. Try not to make a big deal of you leaving, because it will get your dog even more worked up and excited and eventually sad.

    When you leave the home, make it a quick exit. Gently pet your pup and give him kind words like “I’ll be back soon,” and then leave. Make it nonchalant and then get outta there!

    Have Quick Hellos

    When you left the home, it wasn’t a big deal. When you come home, it should the same. As much as you want to hug and scoop up those small dog breeds into your arms, it’s best that you don’t. Because your dog hasn’t seen you for some time, he’s going to be hyper and wanting to jump all over you. Don’t allow it. Be nonchalant but do address your pup. Give it some time, maybe 5 -10 minutes and then shower your pup with love.

     

  • Siberian Huskies Are so Stinkin’…Cute That Is

    Okay, so you’ve come to our store and purchased one of our adorable Siberian Husky puppies for sale.

    She’s been home with you for some time now and you’re noticing that her coat isn’t quite as shiny or smelling as sweet as it once did. Sounds (and smells) like it may be time to give your pup a bath. Are you clueless? Perhaps you’ve only taken your Siberian to a professional groomer and you are finally ready for some DIY. We’ve got some tips to get you going.

    A Few Things of Note First:

    • A good rule of thumb to follow is that you bathe your dog once a month. Of course, if your pup plays in the mud, by all means, bathe her sooner!
    • Never leave your pup unattended.
    • Keep in mind the breed of your dog. Some are prone to dry skin so frequent baths could worsen the dryness and create discomfort for your pup. Most, including our Siberian Husky puppies for sale, don’t have dry skin proneness.
    • Brush your puppy regularly between baths. By doing so, you will manage any potential matting or tangling, thus making your lives easier.

    Start Soon.

    Even if you’re taking your dog to a professional groomer initially, you want to do this sooner than later. It will get your puppy used to bathing. If you’re doing this for the first time and in your home, use as much praise as possible. This will make her feel more comfortable.

    Choose a Location.

    Our Siberian Husky puppies for sale are small but not for long! In the beginning, sinks will do just fine to bathe your little beauty. As they start to get bigger, you’ll have to find another spot. Kiddie swimming pools in the summer are great, too.

    Make it Fun.

    You will have a much better time getting your puppy acclimated to bathing if it’s fun. Give your pup a toy or two to have while you’re washing her. Don’t forget praise…lots of it!

    Rinse Thoroughly.

    After you’ve shampooed your pup, make sure that you rinse your puppy thoroughly. Just like with humans, remnants of shampoo can cause dry and flaky skin. Minimize the amount of water you get in your pup’s eyes and eyes. Ideally, none should directly be sprayed in either.

    Watch Out for The Shakes.

    Commercials and videos of dogs happily shaking excess water from the bodies are circulated and viewed often. Sure it’s cute to watch, but not always to experience! Keep a towel nearby and pat dry your pup to keep the shaking to a minimal. If possible, use a hair dryer to assist in the process. When you purchased one of our Siberian Husky puppies for sale, you kinda knew that you were already getting a rather fluffy furball, so keep that in mind when bathing and drying them because their shakes are wide-spreading!

  • Porky the Pembroke?

    One of the things about being pet owners is that we all love to spoil our pups, somehow and in some way.

    It may not always be the best thing to needlessly reward your pup for just being cute, but it happens. After all, just looking at the adorable Pembroke Welsh Corgis for sale is probably how you ended up being an owner.

    If we were to reward our pets on looks alone with verbal praise or through sparking up a game, that would be acceptable, across the board. Unfortunately, our reward system can be detrimental to their health when we are giving them edible rewards. Even though their good behavior warrants good treatment, they can start to pack on the pounds. After all, if we are giving our Corgis more calories than they can burn off, the expectation is that they’d gain weight. Right?

    At any rate, we want our pups to be healthy and trim and it’s not always easy to tell. They are short and stout naturally and their fluffy hair makes them look pudgy, too. To aid in your discernment, here are three signs that one of the Pembroke Welsh Corgi puppies for sale that you bought is now overweight.

    Sign #1 — They Have No Definition

    ‘Tis true that each breed has its own unique shape and dietary requirements, but all breeds should have a certain level of definition. Considering that Pembrokes have a deep rib cage and only a slight tuck at the loin, you can still see a difference. If you seem to notice that there’s more width than normal to your pup, that is a sign of obesity.

    #2 — Can’t Scratch an Itch

    We know. Corgis have long bodies, like Dachshunds, and it can sometimes cause problems. With a normal and healthy weight, your pup should have no problems grooming herself. If she’s unable to relieve some ear itchiness with her legs, she is more than likely chunkier than she should be.

    #3 — Overexerted Quickly

    Much like with humans, if we’re overweight the slightest bit of movement that remotely resembles exercise can cause us to pant and get out of breath fairly quickly. Have you noticed any of this behavior? Sans extremely hot climates, your pup shouldn’t be overly exerted so easily. If you see this pattern, your dog is likely overweight.

    When you decided to purchase one of the precious Pembroke Welsh Corgi puppies for sale, you became responsible for the health and well-being of such a beloved animal. Any of the aforementioned signs are enough to warrant a vet visit to start discussing ways to get control of your pup’s diet and exercise. We all want healthy, happy, and comfortable dogs and you’re no exception. Hop to it and get your pup back on track!
  • Is Your Pug a Senior?

    We like to give useful and informative information about our Pug puppies for sale and what you can expect having one as your pet.

    As you know, we all get older and age and it’s a natural part of life’s process. Because dogs age differently than humans, sometimes it’s hard to quite distinguish when they are technically seniors or not. We’ve put together a list of things to look for when trying to determine their seniority, so to speak!

    Check for hearing and vision changes.

    Older dogs tend to experience a gradual loss of hearing. If you notice that one of the Pug puppies for sale that you purchased long ago stops responding to your commands, they may be experiencing a hearing loss which is associated with older age. Regarding their vision, if you notice that they are bumping into things when they walk, that may be a sign of sight loss. That, in addition to, cloudiness in their eyes, is also a sign.

    Check their skin and coat.

    Just like with humans, older dogs have digestive systems that don’t absorb or digest nutrients from their meals as efficiently as in the past. Have you noticed gray hairs sprouting up and about on your pup? If so, you’ll likely see the grays appearing mostly on their muzzle and around their eyes. Though when you purchased one of the Pug puppies for sale they didn’t have much hair, as they age it can start to thin out, become coarse, and dry. Be on the lookout for (extra) wrinkles on your Pug’s skin, too!

    Check for behavioral changes.

    There was something special that made you get one of those precious Pug puppies for sale. Perhaps it was how it stood out from the rest of the bunch or it was simply a connection you made and felt. Back then, you paid attention to your potential pup’s behavior. As they age, continue to do the same. Keep note of things that may be changing, because they can be very subtle in the beginning. Pay attention the following:

    • Disorientation
    • Reduced social interaction
    • Housebreaking habits
    • Sleep-wake cycle seems to be off or different
    • Lack of an appetite
    • Pacing
    • Confusion
    • Barking or crying at night
    • Sudden aggression

    Check their mobility.

    Senior dogs will most likely have reduced mobility. Your dog may be experiencing joint pain and the early stages of osteoarthritis. Various symptoms include limping, walking slowly, the refusal to walk up or down steps, and a lack of appetite.

    As pet owners, your job consists of caring for your pup through all stages of life. As your dog gets older, your responsibility of physical and behavioral awareness increases. Take care of your senior dog with the same love and care as when they were puppies. Continue to shower them with cuddles and affection.

     

  • 3 Common Personality Traits of Shih Tzu

    Shih Tzu puppies for sale are absolutely adorable.

    Enthusiasts champion for them and new pet owners fall for them almost immediately. We think it’s because of their cute faces and rumored sweet dispositions. Below are 3 reasons why getting Shih Tzu puppies for sale is a wise and endearing move.

    Shhh Shih Tzus

    They’re little but are a good package. Though they were not bred to be watchdogs, they can happily serve as one for you. Keep in mind that they won’t be attacking would-be assailants or anything like that. They will, however, bark to let you know if someone is at the door. I mean who likes uninvited guests anyway? We kid…kinda!

    Play, Play, Play

    When it comes to getting their play on, the Shih Tzu might as well take home a trophy, because they love to play. Families with kids should feel rather comfortable getting Shih Tzu puppies for sale because they will definitely serve as a (free) babysitter and playpal for your little ones. They are excellent around little kids, both young and old. They are small pups but they grow to be sturdy little dogs that can handle some rough and tough play with kids who might not be as gentle as older ones.

    Here’s what we know. Whether they are outside splashing around in a pool on a hot summer afternoon or engaging you in a game of fetch or tug-o-war, they are almost always ready! Speaking of games, they excel in the sport of agility. They enjoy pleasing their owners so if you’re game, so are they.

    Lap Dogs

    Shih Tzu puppies for sale were originally bred to be companion dogs. Take our word for it, and the rest of the world’s, when we say that they excel in this category. Pick them up and you may never be able to set them down! They will snuggle in and get oh so comfy. Watching a movie? They’re right there, secretly wishing they were eating the popcorn with you. Taking a quick nap? They’ll snooze with you.

    When you think of these pups they’re sure to bring a smile to your face. Contact us today if you want to discuss how you can take home one of our personable Shih Tzu puppies for sale.

     

  • December is Cat Lovers Month

    At Petland, we love all of our cats, dogs, and small animals in our care.

    December is Cat Lovers Month. In celebration, we’ve put together 5 reasons why owning a cat is awesome and the way to go!

    They’re Pretty Self Sufficient

    One of the greatest reasons people love cats is because of their self-sufficiency. They are incredibly low maintenance and very independent. Unlike dogs who normally require daily walks, exercise, and baths, cats can do all of the above themselves. There’s no need for walks. They can get their required exercise from zipping about in their homes.

    No Bath Time Required

    Cats clean themselves. Period. Every once in a while some will require a bit of cleaning and tidying up, but for the most part, they take care of their hygiene effortlessly. This applies to outdoor cats, too. Cats are mostly indoor animals so you needn’t worry about them jumping in mud and things of that nature. They don’t fancy it and lucky for you!

    They Add Love to Your Home

    There is no doubt one of the main reasons people become pet owners is because of an innate love or affinity for them. Cats bring tons of love into the home. They are wonderful pets and companions.

    They’re Quiet

    Unlike dogs, cats are not typically loud animals. They are relatively quiet animals. Sure, they’ll meow every now and then, but they don’t bark or snore, or even make noise when they walk. With dogs, you’ll hear their nails on non-carpeted floors or you’ll hear them playing. Cats inadvertently get the sneaky title because of their quiet and almost stealth mode movements.

    Housebreaking is Easy

    Forget about potty training your cat, because they are really good at learning this on their own. Provide them a litter box and kitty litter and they’re likely to just start going there. They like to have their own space and privacy. Of course, no animal is perfect so they may have an accident or spiteful incident every once in a while!

    These are just a few of the lovable reasons to own a cat. Celebrate Cat Lovers Month by purchasing a kitten from us.
  • The Maltese Name Game

    There are some dogs that are off the charts adorable and Maltese puppies for sale are some of them!

    They are little but pack a lot of punch when it comes to personality and charm. In this blog post, we giving you some interesting facts and options for naming your new puppy.

    Maltese Quirks and Facts

    • They have a lifespan of 15 years.
    • They get along well with people and other animals, so if you have another dog or cat in your home, you’ll be just fine as long as you socialize your Maltese early.
    • They are one of the smallest breeds so there’s some fragility associated with them. Be careful of little kids handling them.
    • They are hard to housebreak. Crate training is best for them.
    • They don’t shed much at all, which is great. Most people who purchase Maltese puppies for sale normally opt for professional grooming to keep them looking good and tangle-free.
    • They suffer from separation anxiety when left alone for long periods of time.
    • They are prone to sunburn along the hair parting.
    • They get cold and hot fast so keep in mind that they may need extra warmth during the winter and cool air during the summer.

    The Maltese is one of the most popular of the tiny breeds of dogs. As a result, they are often mixed with other breeds. Some of the names are downright funny!

    Here are some of the most popular and funny ones that we could find:

    • Poodle x Maltese = Maltipoo
    • Chihuahua x Maltese = Malchi
    • Pomeranian x Maltese = Maltipom
    • Shih Tzu x Maltese = Malshi
    • Perkingese x Maltese = Perkitese
    • Yorkshire Terrier x Maltese = Morkie
    • Beagle x Maltese = Maltibeag
    • Schnauzer x Maltese = Mauzer
    • Pug x Maltese = Mug
    • Westie x Maltese = Waltese

    Here are some cute girl name suggestions for Maltese puppies:

    • Cookie
    • Gigi
    • Gracie
    • Mimi
    • Izzy
    • Millie
    • Lady
    • Penny
    • Peach

    Here are some funny names associated with Maltese puppies for sale based on their size:

    • Tiny
    • Minnie
    • Itty Bitty
    • Mouse
    • Olive
    • Peanut
    • Gizmo
    • Baby
    • Squirt

    Here are some cute boy names for Maltese puppies:

    • Buttons
    • Oscar
    • Oliver/Ollie
    • Frankie
    • Finn
    • Winston
    • Ernie
    • Fritz

     

  • The History of Shih Tzu Puppies

    People always fall in love when they see Shih Tzu puppies for sale and who can blame them?

    They are simply adorable, with their smush faces and big eyes! They’re almost comical to look at sometimes. They have a deep history and respect bestowed up them. If you’re interested in learning a bit more, continue reading this historical post about Shih Tzus.

    • For at least 2,0000, they’ve been bred as a companion and referred to as the little “lion dog.”
    • During the 1920’s, the first pair of Shih Tzu puppies for sale were brought to England. They quickly gained popularity and began to be bred across many continents.
    • They were considered royal dogs of sorts, so they are known to occupy laps across the world, but they still need some daily exercising. They certainly enjoy a good walk, but they don’t demand vigorous outdoor activities like some other dog breeds.
    • Shih Tzus are known to be barkers so you’ve been warned! What does this mean for you as an owner? It means you’ll have an excellent guard dog who will alert you of visitors, both known and unknown to you.
    • Speaking of guard dogs, Shih Tzus used to work alongside the monks where they used to serve as guard dogs.

    There are so many wonderful things that can be said about Shih Tzu puppies for sale. What with their unique and royal history and their current reputations for being sweet and funny furry companions, they are favorites in homes across the world.

     

    If you’re looking to own one or more of our Shih Tzu puppies you’ve come to the right place. Take a look at all of our available puppies and then feel free to contact us. We offer advice and will help you select the perfect pup for you and your family.

     

  • Boston Terriers – America’s Gentle Dog

    At our store, the Boston Terrier puppies for sale are always such a hit.

    From their expressive eyes to their limitless energy, what’s not to love about a Boston Terrier? It’s pretty hard to find a reason not to, especially after reading these fun facts about this adorable breed.

    • An All American Breed — Boston Terriers were the first breed developed in America—and it’s no surprise which town they called home!
    • Very Stately Pups — Bostons were named as the state dog of Massachusetts in 1970. This is not common for all states, so it was quite the honor for the Boston Terrier to be named as the designated dog.
    • Dapper Dogs — It’s too easy to fall in love with Boston Terrier puppies for sale. Just look at them! They’ve been nicknamed as “the American Gentleman” because they look like they are all dressed up in a tuxedo. How cute!
    • Noisy Little Fellas — The short muzzles on Bostons cause them to take in a lot of air and consequently, they snort…and pass gas quite frequently!!!
    • Bred for Fighting — We know, it’s hard to believe that these precious pups were fighters and not lovers, but it’s true. Back in the day they were much larger and used to participate in dogfighting. Thankfully those days are over!
    • Nope, Try Again — Sometimes Boston Terrier puppies for sale are confused with French Bulldogs because they look so much alike. The best way to tell them apart is by looking at their ears. Boston Terriers have pointed ones while Frenchies have rounded, bat-like ears.
    • Presidential Pooches — President Gerald Ford had two Boston Terriers named Fleck and Spot. Warren G. Harding had one called Hub.

    Aren’t you pretty convinced now about purchasing one of our Boston Terrier puppies for sale? Who wouldn’t be at this point!? Stop by our store today or give us a call if you’re interested in learning more.

     

  • Beautiful Bichon Puppies

    They’re white and puffy and full of personality! What are we talking about?

    We’re talking about our beautiful Bichon Frise puppies for sale. You’ve definitely seen these little beauties because they command attention from the moment you set your eyes on them. The American Kennel Club has a standard description calling them “a white powder puff of a dog whose merry temperament is evidenced by his plumed tail carried jauntily over the back and his dark-eyed inquisitive expression.” That sounds about right to us! Continue reading to learn even more about Bichon Frise puppies for sale.

    Easy to Train

    Okay, so there’s one thing we can say for sure about the Bichon Frise and it’s that they are easy to train when it comes to tricks and commands. Isn’t that exactly what you want to hear? They love to please and respond well to positive reinforcement and treats. Bichons like to bark, we have to be honest, so when training them keep this in mind. This behavior can be unlearned. Conversely, Bichons are difficult to house train. Crate training is recommended for them.

    Gorgeous Coats

    We talked about their bright white coats, but let’s go a bit further. Did you know that Bichons are hypoallergenic? This means people who suffer from dog allergies can take home any of our Bichon Frise puppies for sale. They shed very little and they have coats that are very similar to Poodles. As their hair grows, it gets curlier and curlier making them even more adorable, if that’s possible. To keep them looking beautiful, professional and regular grooming is necessary to maintain their powdery white coats.

    Exercise and Physical Activity

    They are known to be hyper and excitable but Bichon Frise puppies don’t really require a lot of exercise. Of course, for any dog physical activity is good for them, but they don’t need as much as say Boxers. One or two daily walks a day is perfect for them, along with some play time around the house. Speaking of around the house, if you have kids at home, you’ll find that Bichons get along well with them and other pets, as well. They can live in an apartment or large home, as long as they’re loved and treated well, they’ll be fine in any living environment.

     

    If you’re interested in purchasing one of our Bichon Frise puppies for sale, contact us today for more information. We know you’ll enjoy these bundles of joy!

     

  • 5 Adorable Reasons to Love Chihuahuas

    This popular tiny dog breed is packed with big personality.

    Chihuahua puppies for sale have found their way into the hearts of dog lovers across the world. This has surpassed the days of them being poster-dogs for Taco Bell and Tinkerbell. They have created a name for themselves with their larger than life temperaments. We have compiled five fun reasons why we think Chihuahua puppies are some of the best to own!

    • They are fun to dress up!

    Come on, you know it’s absolutely adorable when you see little puppies dressed up and we like to think that Chihuahuas popularized the trend of dressing up dogs. Because of their tiny sizes, it’s almost impossible not to find clothing for them. Whether your pup is a male or female, they are cute and stylish in every outfit!

    • They can go everywhere with you.

    At their maximum weights of 7 pounds, they are the absolute perfect size to accompany you on any trip, whether it’s in a car or on a plane. It goes without saying that they are also perfect for apartments. If you’re a first-time pet owner, getting one of our Chihuahua puppies for sale was a great choice. They are rather low maintenance dogs.

    • They come in many types.

    Did you know that Chihuahuas come in many colors and hair types? They range from long hair to short hair, there are teacups, pear-head shaped ones, and even apple-heads. It sounds funny, we know, but they truly exist and each is a cute as the other.

    • They’ve got a rich history.

    Chihuahuas go back to ancient times, having the Techichi dog as their ancestor. These pups have been around since 300 BC. That’s a pretty darn long time.

    • They’re loyal to their owners and family.

    People purchase Chihuahua puppies for sale because they are cute, for sure, but they also may have heard about their loyalty. These beauties will defend you to the end…well as much as they can! Their protective nature and barking make them excellent watchdogs. Who doesn’t love that?

     

  • The Best Family Pet – Cocker Spaniels

    They’re kind and sweet and have one heck of a reputation. We’re talking about Cocker Spaniels, and we’ve got them right here!

    Do you want to learn more about these precious pups and how they can fit it your family? Continue reading below for some fun facts about these snuggle buddies!

    They’re an excellent kid companion. We’d shy away from kids that are younger than six years old, but those that are older are perfect for the affectionate and agreeable nature of the Cocker Spaniel.

    • Actually, they’re so well suited for family life that they’re nicknamed “The Babysitter!” Of course, we don’t suggest that you leave them home alone together, but while you’re home you’ll have a sitter that you’ll only have to pay in hugs and praise.
    • They get along with other animals, too. They have a temperament that is ideally suited for life with children and their size matches well. Because they aren’t really small, they are sturdy enough to handle life around rambunctious kids. On the flipside, they aren’t too big that they’ll end up knocking over kids.
    • They love being around the family so we have to tell you that they suffer from separation anxiety. Cockers love to be busy! They shouldn’t be left on their own for very long, or they may become bored and sometimes destructive.
    • They are very trainable, hands down! Group them with dogs like the Golden and Labrador Retriever, because Cocker Spaniels are extremely eager to please and love to learn. They are sugary sweet natured so use only positive reinforcement when training them.

    At Petland, we almost always have Cocker Spaniels in our stores and if we don’t, let’s have a conversation. We can figure something out because we’re here to help you make the best choice for a dog as an addition to your family!

  • Maltese to the Rescue

    What is that you say? You’re not feeling well? You’ve got a headache? Skip the trip to the doctor and come to Petland! Take two Maltese puppies and call us in the morning!

    Okay, we kid around just a bit. The reality is that Maltese puppies have a soothing energy and we’re going to talk about it some more!

    So, we recognize that there is no real evidence that connects the headache cure with an actual Maltese, but we do know that they’ve been bred for years to provide comfort. Way back in the Elizabethan day, there were rumors that the tiny dogs with long white coats could relieve pain and cure illness simply by snuggling under the covers next to the person who’s in pain. While we don’t know that to be precisely true either, we know that Maltese puppies for sure provide warmth both physically and emotionally!

    In fact, did you know that the Maltese dog breed has been serving in companion and confidant roles for years? Yep! They were and are currently known as “comforters.” They are one of many breeds of dogs that were bred specifically for comfort and to be lapdogs! Let us be the ones to tell you that they live up to their reputation, happily and easily.

    The Maltese has been known to be one of the most faithful pets, almost never leaving your side. If you’re in the market to have a majestic and beautiful pup to snuggle with and comfort you, you’ll definitely want to check out our Maltese puppies for sale. Oh, we should clarify one thing. Sure they’re bred for companionship, but don’t think these are just docile and lazy dogs, because they aren’t! They’re equally entertaining and energetic and learn to match your moods. They are simply one of the best and sweetest dogs to own and love.

  • German Shepherds – The Great Family Dog

    Let’s see…much has been said and reported about German Shepherd puppies. However, we’re going to add to it and talk a bit more about these powerful but lovable dogs.

    Sure, you know a lot about German Shepherd dogs and how they’re affiliated with law enforcement agencies across the world, but do you know that they make one of the best family dogs? They certainly do, and we’re not saying that because we happen to be in love with them. It’s the truth. Want to learn some more? Keep reading while we delve into this breed.

    They are as intelligent as they come and that’s one of the reasons why they are by the side of and in the field with police officers. Let’s put that aside and talk about their presence in a loving home and how they contribute to the lovefest! German Shepherd puppies start out and grow up to be friendly dogs to other pets and children. They have a protective but loving and playful nature about them. Having said that, these characteristics also make them a perfect choice for a family dog. Any family, whether there are children or other pets, will benefit greatly from having a German Shepherd.

    All they need is sufficient, diligent, and consistent training by someone with a firm hand. They are natural leaders and will need to know who’s really the boss in your house! Once that is established, you’re in for a treat with your German Shepherd puppies. Their athleticism is perfect for younger children who inadvertently engage in rough play. They will know to return it with gentle gestures.

    Don’t think that you have to keep your puppy outside, because you don’t. They’re just fine in the house with their families, in fact, they’d prefer it, sans exercising. They absolutely must have daily exercise and playing with the kids around the house won’t cut it! Take them for jogs or in places where they can run supervised.

     

    So with training, exercise, a healthy diet and lots of loving, German Shepherd puppies light up lives! It’s time you find out for yourself. Contact us today for more information on how one of these loyal and loving pups can enrich your life.

  • Bichon Frise is The Top Dog – Really!

    Bichon Frise puppies are perky, playful, and downright gorgeous. There’s no getting around their beauty.

     

    It’s just one of the reasons a Bichon Frise named Flynn was picked and earned the best in show title for 2018 at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show! That’s right, a Bichon Frise prevailed as American’s top dog, pleasantly surprising many in the audience. The competition was fierce, but as we mentioned, the looks of a Bichon was just one of the reasons Flynn won. There’s more than meets the eye with them. The trainability and tricks displayed beat out the competition. Are you interested in getting one of these prize-winning furry babies? Check out our available puppies page and continue reading below for some pointers on how to keep your Bichon Frise in pristine condition!

     

    Caring for Your Bichon

    They don’t just wake up looking all pretty and fancy. Their fluffy and show-stopping white coats require maintenance, which includes regular brushing and combing. They will need to be trimmed at least twice a month because their hair grows pretty quickly. And since the Bichon Frise doesn’t shed any loose hair, it is easy for their hair to become matted or tangled; therefore we suggest professional grooming.

     

    Training Your Bichon

    Bichons are very intelligent, but they require a firm hand when training. Never yell at your Bichon Frise, because it’s harsh and won’t ever yield the responses you want. We always suggest positive reinforcement when training new puppies. Give your pup treats to do exactly what you want! We aren’t professing that you’ll have the skills of Flynn the best in show winner, but it’ll be fun trying!

     

    Do you need more information about our Bichon Frise puppies? Come to our store today to play with one of our puppies. We also have onsite pet counselors waiting to answer your questions!

     

  • 4 Training Tips for Your Rottweiler

     

    Rottweilers are big beauties who command a presence, and we know exactly! Besides their looks, they’re smarty pants, but they need a little encouragement from their owners in order for them to reach their full potential!

     

    If you want to know how to train your Rottweiler, then you’re in the right place. We have 4 neat tips for you. Well, we have 4 and a half, because we have to start by imploring you to have patience, patience, and more patience! Okay, now let’s get to it.

     

    Step One: Start Young

    We have always recommended that training your Rottweiler, or any dog for that matter, at a young age is best. You will have the most success and yield the best results if you train your Rotty between the ages of 6 weeks and 6 months. If your Rottweiler is older, don’t worry. It may take a little more time and, ahem – patience, on your part. Don’t be discouraged because they are innately intelligent and obedient. Institute positive reinforcement training always.

     

    Step Two: Understand Dominance Training

    What’s dominance training? It’s the idea of constantly establishing rules that your Rottweiler will follow, to eventually improve his behavior. Dominance training is not meant to exert dominance over your dog. No! Never show aggression towards your dog and always be kind and careful.

     

    Step Three: Socialize Your Rotty

    It is imperative to make sure your Rottweiler is comfortable around other people as well as other dogs. This can be accomplished by taking your puppy for walks, or going to a park, or over a friend’s houses, and also by inviting guests to your home to visit. These tips are ways to get your puppy to be happy and comfortable around other people and pets. Having a well-socialized dog is critical to training him. It’s also nice to be able to take your dog for a walk and not have any confrontations or issues.

     

    Step Four: Utilizing Positive Reinforcement

    We mentioned this briefly in another tip, but this one is more detailed. Positive reinforcement is a type of training that gives your dog rewards consequential to his actions. Training by reward is the best possible way that you can communicate with your Rotty. By rewarding him with treats, toys, and praise, you’re relating to him your appreciation, and he’s doing the same.

    A very effective form of dog training involves creating mini training sessions that are set up like a game. When you are trying to teach your Rottweiler a command, and they perform the command to your liking, immediately give them their reward. Be mindful of the type and amount of treats you give your Rotty, because they are notorious for being overweight.

     

    These 4 tips will get you started on the right path to training and obedient yet playful dog!

  • Saint Bernard Puppies: The Gentle Giants

    Saint Bernard puppies are gentle giants.

    We know that sometimes large dogs get a bad rap, but these big beauties shouldn’t ever! They are extremely tender and tolerant. Put them in a family with kids and everyone will be pleased and happy to learn how well they get along. They are just too sweet and we love talking about them. Continue reading to learn even more, because they are one interesting breed!

    Plenty o’ Personality

    Saint Bernards puppies and adult dogs are loving and placid. People unfamiliar with their generally sweet dispositions are taken aback by their size and sometimes approach (or not) in fear. In some ways, we understand because Saint Bernard puppies are naturally quick to protect family members who they believe are in danger. In most cases, they are overwhelmingly friendly. They are perfect for families with children because they are known to be patient, especially with little kids who can be a little rough. They are careful not to injure the child, as they’re aware of their size.

    Sharing Your Space

    Saint Bernard puppies are social and they love being around family. Honestly, nothing makes them happier than participating in family activities. On the flip side, they will sulk and be sad if they’re left alone too much. In those cases, they can become a bit destructive, acting out of boredom. It’s imperative that they are trained as Saint Bernard puppies sooner than later. What you’ll learn, as they’re learning, is that they are quick studies.

    Big Dog – Big Diet

    You want to make sure that your Saint Bernard puppies are eating a well-balanced and nutritional meal. Of course you want to feed your dog the proper amounts, but be careful not to overfeed them, as they’re prone to obesity. Excess weight can strain the joints and create or worsen any problems in your dog’s hips or elbows. Saints have a life expectancy of 8 to 10 years so a proper diet and healthy living conditions will keep your pup around happy and healthy!

     

  • Remarkable Dachshund Facts

    We have previously talked about this fierce, quirky shaped, small dog and we’re doing it again!

    Dachshund puppies have been around for over 300 years and adored by all walks of life. There’s no wonder that we are highlighting these spunky pups. Continue reading to learn more quirky facts about Dachshund puppies.

    Dachshunds Galore

    The AKC first recognized the Dachshund breed in 1885, and they were originally only black and tan and one size. That was then, and this is now! You can find the Dachshund in 12 standard colors and three different kinds of markings. In addition to the various colors, they have two accepted sizes which are standard and miniature, and their coats can be smooth, long or wire-haired. Their personalities remain the same, so you have so many options to choose!

    Their “Hot Dog” Bodies

    There’s no doubt that Dachshund puppies have one of the most unique shapes. Their long little bodies make them one of the most recognized breeds out there. However, they weren’t bred to be marveled at for their cuteness. Over 300 years ago, they were bred to hunt badgers. Their name literally means “badger dog” in German. Their little legs and steadfast nature allowed them to enter badger dens and take on animals larger than they were in really small spaces.

    Dachshunds Are Respected

    Did you know that Dachshunds are the 11th most popular breed in America? They have so many qualities that make them great pet companions. They are exceptional guard dogs who will quickly alert family members to possible intruders (or the occasional mailman). They may have little bodies, but they are well known for their athleticism.

    Are you interested in finding out more about the Dachshund puppies for sale in our store? Check out our available puppies page to see all of our adorable Dachshund puppies!

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