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Choosing The Right Breed





Bringing a new puppy into your home will change your life forever. Puppies are definitely a lot of work, but they also bring plenty of joy to your world. Whether you are getting your first puppy or just need a refresher course, this is what you'll need to know. From welcoming your new puppy home, to training and health information, these tips will help you get your puppy on the right track to adulthood.

You may know what qualities you're looking for in a Family Pet, but how do you pick out those traits in a rambunctious litter of puppies, or a lineup of madly barking dogs at an animal shelter?

You talk to the people who care for the dogs; you compare the dogs' behaviour with one another; and then you give each dog you're interested in a simple temperament test. Following are two basic tests a New Dog Owner can use to check out a potential canine companion: one for puppies up to about six months old, the other for puppies and dogs older than six months.

Puppy test
Take the puppy to a quiet area, away from his mother and littermates. Most novice dog owners will find a dog that is neither too skittish nor too dominant the easiest to train and bond with. In each example below, the responses are ordered from fearful to dominant.

1. Set the puppy down and let him walk away from you, then crouch down and call him back to you in a friendly, happy voice. Does he put his tail down and stay away? Walk over to you and wag his tail? Run over to you and jump up or bite playfully at your hands or feet? Ignore you and explore the room on his own?

2. Pet the puppy from his head to his tail. Does he cringe? Roll over on his back? Nuzzle your hand or wag his tail? Nip at your hand? Walk away?

3. Roll the puppy gently onto his back and hold him there with a hand on his chest for 8 or 10 seconds. Does he yelp, cringe, or tremble? Struggle to stand up for a few seconds and then calm down? Flail and struggle wildly and bite or growl?

4. Drop a set of keys on the floor to make a sudden noise. Does the puppy cringe and cower? Startle, then look curiously toward the noise? Bark loudly or "attack" the keys? Ignore the noise?

5. Gently squeeze one of the puppy's toes. Does he yelp or jerk his foot back wildly? Pull his foot back calmly? Growl or bite at your hand?

6. Put a small amount of canned dog food in a dish and set it in front of the puppy. When he smells the food or starts to eat it, pick up the dish. Does he shy away from your hand? Look up at you? Jump up at the dish? Growl or bark?

Please know that although these tips do help to determine a puppy's personality greatly, they aren't fool proof. A puppy that may seem anti-social at first can be a great addition to any family with some training and lots of love.


Foods Dogs Should Avoid





Q. Which foods could be dangerous for my dog?

A.  Some foods which are edible for humans, and even other species of animals, can pose hazards for dogs because of their different metabolism. Some may cause only mild digestive upsets, whereas, others can cause severe illness, and even death. The following common food items should not be fed (intentionally or unintentionally) to dogs. This list is, of course, incomplete because we cannot possibly list everything your dog should not eat.

  • Fatty foods. Feeding your dog excessively rich or fatty foods can trigger pancreatitis (inflammatory disease of the pancreas).  Pancreatitis is more common in dogs than in cats and signs include vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhea and loss of appetite.
  • Raw meat. Never feed your dog raw or undercooked meat. It may contain bacteria such as Salmonella or E. Coli which, when consumed, can cause vomiting and diarrhea. It is as dangerous for your dog as it is for you.
  • Moldy foods. Moldy foods should also be avoided because they may contain certain mycotoxins, which, if ingested, can cause tremors, shaking, or seizures. If you wouldn’t eat it, he shouldn’t either.
  • Chocolate. Never feed your dog chocolate. Chocolate can cause increased heart rate, tremors and excitation, depending on the type and the quantity ingested.
  • Onion and garlic. Garlic and onion, regardless of form: raw, cooked, or powder, can cause damage to your dog's red blood cells, which could result in anemia.
  • Some nuts. Do not give your dog macadamia nuts. These can cause muscular weakness and tremors.
  • Uncooked dough. Rising bread dough can be life threatening to your dog. Your dog's body heat will cause the dough to rise in his stomach. Alcohol is produced during the rising process and the dough may expand to several times its original size. Signs seen with bread dough ingestion include: severe abdominal pain, bloating, vomiting, lack of coordination, and depression.
  • Raisins and grapes. These fruits have been shown to cause kidney failure in dogs when eaten in large quantities. The connection between grapes or raisins and kidney failure is unclear but is being studied closely in the veterinary community.

Your Dogs Health  depends upon your good judgment. Try not to feed your dog excessively from your table — but if you do treat your dog to table food, avoid foods that can make him ill.


Items to avoid

Reasons to avoid

Alcoholic beverages

Can cause intoxication, coma, and death.


The leaves, seeds, fruit, and bark contain persin, which can cause vomiting and diarrhea.

Bones from fish, poultry, or other meat sources

Can cause obstruction or laceration of the digestive system.

Cat food

Generally too high in protein and fats.

Chocolate, coffee, tea, and other caffeine

Contain caffeine, theobromine, or theophylline, which can cause vomiting and diarrhea and be toxic to the heart and nervous systems.

Citrus oil extracts

Can cause vomiting.

Fat trimmings

Can cause pancreatitis.

Fish (raw, canned or cooked)

If fed exclusively or in high amounts can result in a thiamine (a B vitamin) deficiency leading to loss of appetite, seizures, and in severe cases, death.

Grapes, raisins and currants

Contain an unknown toxin, which can damage the kidneys. There have been no problems associated with grape seed extract.


Unknown compound causes panting, increased heart rate, elevated temperature, seizures, and death.

Human vitamin supplements containing iron

Can damage the lining of the digestive system and be toxic to the other organs including the liver and kidneys.

Macadamia nuts

Contain an unknown toxin, which can affect the digestive and nervous systems and muscle.


Can depress the nervous system, cause vomiting, and changes in the heart rate.

Milk and other dairy products

Some adult dogs and cats may develop diarrhea if given large amounts of dairy products.

Moldy or spoiled food, garbage

Can contain multiple toxins causing vomiting and diarrhea and can also affect other organs.


Can contain toxins, which may affect multiple systems in the body, cause shock, and result in death.

Onions and garlic (raw, cooked, or powder)

Contain sulfoxides and disulfides, which can damage red blood cells and cause anemia. Cats are more susceptible than dogs. Garlic is less toxic than onions.


Seeds can cause intestinal obstruction and enteritis.

Pits from peaches and plums

Can cause obstruction of the digestive tract.

Raw eggs

Contain an enzyme called avidin, which decreases the absorption of biotin (a B vitamin). This can lead to skin and hair coat problems. Raw eggs may also contain Salmonella.

Raw meat

May contain bacteria such as Salmonella and E. coli, which can cause vomiting and diarrhea.*

Rhubarb leaves

Contain oxalates, which can affect the digestive, nervous, and urinary systems.


If eaten in large quantities it may lead to electrolyte imbalances.


Can become trapped in the digestive system; called a "string foreign body."

Sugary foods

Can lead to obesity, dental problems, and possibly diabetes mellitus.

Table scraps (in large amounts)

Table scraps are not nutritionally balanced. They should never be more than 10% of the diet. Fat should be trimmed from meat; bones should not be fed.


Contains nicotine, which affects the digestive and nervous systems. Can result in rapid heartbeat, collapse, coma, and death.

Yeast dough

Can expand and produce gas in the digestive system, causing pain and possible rupture of the stomach or intestines.

Xylitol (artificial sweetener)

Can cause very low blood sugar (hypoglycemia), which can result in vomiting, weakness and collapse. In high doses can cause liver failure.

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Dog Harness by Puppia

Your dog will be a star at the dog park in the Stellar Dog Harness by Puppia!

  • Star patterned and solid schemed
  • Warm and cozy feel
  • Vest style harness
  • Puppia rubber label

Why We Love It:

The other dogs will see what a star you have in the Stellar Dog Harness by Puppia. Stars cover this adorably vest style harness with white trim. Made of 85% acrylic, 15% wool, 100% polyester lining. Matching leash, hat and snood sold separately.

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Mobile Pet Carrier Bed

Tote your four-legged friend around in an award-winning pet bed designed to fit every pet’s individual needs!

  • Doubles as carrier and bed
  • Removable, machine-washable liner
  • Straps included for securing carrier in a car
  • Sleepypod Mini fits beneath airline seats

Why We Love It:

We love the versatility of this patented dog and cat carrier! The Sleepypod Mobile Pet Bed in Strawberry Red allows pets to travel safely in the comfort of their own bed. Luxurious plush and foam alleviate stress often associated with cat or dog carriers. Sturdy, dark mesh allows for privacy from outsiders and provides visibility for curiosity. Each Sleepypod includes standard black, ultra plush bedding. Check out the Sleepypod Mobile Pet Bed Air Mesh Bedding or the Sleepypod Mobile Pet Bed Ultra Plush Bedding for extra comfort! Sold separately.

Please note: If traveling by air, always check with your airline for carryon dimensions and pet policies before traveling.

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Dog Bed by Pinkaholic

Pamper your pet this season with a gorgeous and cozy dog bed!

  • Cute bow in front.
  • Soft feel and angelic look cushion.
  • Washable cushion.
  • Crown shaped toy included.

Why We Love It:

Your dog is going to love the luxurious plush of this dog bed! The Angelic Dog Bed by Pinkaholic is a round bed. This dog bed is thick and plush, featuring a super-soft lining that is perfect for snuggling. Best of all, this bed includes a free crown-shaped dog toy!

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Kong Dog Biscuit Ball

Unique Kong® Biscuit Balls has a hollow center and four bone-shaped ports that hold dog’s favorite treats. Insert some tasty morsels, and this durable chew toy will entertain dogs for hours. Made of 100% natural, puncture-resistant rubber. Provides a great way to promote good behavior while satisfying dog’s urge to chew. Made in the U.S.A.

Small is ideal for small dogs and puppies up to 20 lbs.

Large is perfect for medium and large dogs.

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Dog Shirt by Puppia

Give your dog a teddy they can carry around all the time with the Grizzly Dog Shirt by Puppia in Brown!

  • Bear shaped patch on the back
  • Luxury gold emblem
  • Ribbed neck, sleeves and bottom for comfort
  • 100% polyester

Why We Love It:

Dogs will love this teddy bear on the Grizzly Dog Shirt by Puppia. This shirt has beige bear applique on back. Luxury gold emblem bring out the designer Puppia label. Made of 100% polyester.


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