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All About Shedding

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Shedding is natural; “non-shedding” is a misconception

Shedding hair and skin is natural and all dogs shed to some extent; non-shedding is a misconception. A dog’s fur helps control his body temperature and protects his skin against the sun and other environmental elements. When a dog’s hair stops growing, he will naturally lose it by shedding. The amount and frequency will depend on several things, including the dog’s health condition, breed and sometimes the season and environment. With most dogs now living indoors as pets versus working and living outside, shedding tends to happen year round.

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Pet Owner Survey Says…

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Why do pet owners make certain pet care decisions? The National Pet Owner Preferences Study, released in April by the International Boarding & Pet Services Association (IBPSA), reveals why “pet parents” spend their money on pet boarding, pet sitting services and apps, and veterinary services. The professional trade association teamed with Merck Animal Health to commission the study of 652 pet owners to go beyond  the usual “how much” did pet owners spend to get to the “why” they make certain spending decisions.  The study revealed that reputation, recommendation, and certification all play key roles in pet care decisions.

“Understanding why pet owners make certain decisions provides invaluable insight for pet care business owners,” said Carmen Rustenbeck, Founder & CEO of IBPSA. “This survey reveals what the pet owner thinks.”

The 100+ page study, based on independent research conducted by Researchscape International, includes detailed analysis of the survey results. The following are just a few of the study highlights:
• The top considerations for selecting a boarding facility were safety and security and overall reputation
• Before deciding on a boarding facility or pet sitter, half of the respondents determined if the facility or sitter was certified and trained in caring for pets, including in emergency situations
• Eight out of ten survey respondents put very to extremely important value on vaccination requirements at boarding facilities
• Most pet owners surveyed discovered their pet sitter by recommendation of a family member, friend or neighbor, while the least common way was online

“Even as finding pet care becomes easier thanks to technology and growing competition, this study reinforces the importance to ‘pet parents’ of providing high-quality, professional pet care,” said Rustenbeck. Paws & Pals is proud to be a charter member of the IBPSA. All of our staff have completed the IBPSA educational programs and most have achieved their Advanced canine care certifications. We will continue to invest in our staff so that your pet receives the best care possible at Paws & Pals!


A Safe and Sane Canine Halloween

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We’re fast approaching the spookiest night of the year for dogs (and cats). Halloween can be particularly difficult for our dogs, who are assailed with new noises, doorbells ringing, and scary kids in costumes. This is a stressful time for animals, but with a little planning, you can make it an enjoyable and stress-free holiday for your four-legged family members. Here are some tips:

Leave the Trick-or-Treating to Humans
You might think your dog loves heading out to see all of the children dressed up in costumes, but the truth is, you’re putting your dog at risk to be injured, your neighbors at risk for being bitten and yourself at risk for a lawsuit.

This is the time of year that your dogs are most likely going to be happier indoors, away from noise, and out of range of doorbells being rung for hours on end. Consider crating your dog during this stressful time, or putting her into a room with a Kong toy and some relaxing classical music.

Train Your Dog to Ignore the Doorbell
Training dogs not to react when the doorbell rings is one of the greatest things you can do for them. The best way to do this is to start when they’re puppies and help them grow accustomed to noises gradually.

Keep Treats Out of Reach
There are so many toxic products that dogs can get into during this time of year, that I am unable to list them all. You must find a way to keep candy and other dangerous foods out of your dog’s reach. This often means discussing the dangers of leaving candy lying about with your kids and housemates.

Pet Poison Hotline is a great resource to keep on hand—there are apps for your cellphone and iPad, as well as a special number to call in case of emergency. Calls cost $39 but might save you an expensive emergency veterinarian fee if you call them first.

Keep Deadly Decorations Out of Reach
Decorations are very dangerous for pets. Whether it’s decorative corn, glow-sticks, plastic party pieces or wires and cords, decorative items present choking hazards and the possibility of bowel obstructions, not to mention possible burns or electrocution.

Wrappers are also a favored danger by pets because they make noise, smell wonderful and humans always seem to leave them lying around. Keep a close eye on your kids and make sure they are properly disposing of candy wrappers and any leftover pieces of candy that fall onto the floor.

ID is Imperative
It is particularly important that your pet is microchipped, wearing proper ID and is up-to-date on vaccinations during Halloween. This is a great time to make sure the microchip register has your current information. You might consider registering your dogs’ microchips at Found Animals, where a grant has helped make this free nationwide registry available to all pet owners (no matter what brand of chip your pet has).


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Working with the Pups

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Check out what our staff has been working on with some of the pups! So cute!

Paws & Pals Events Highlights Photos

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Cinco de Mayo at Paws & Pals!

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Cinco-De-Mayo_0268-TrackerWe had such a fun fiesta at Paws & Pals on Monday!

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How to Love Your Dog

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Shar-Pei Puppy with a Single Rose in his MouthChildren (and adults too) often want to show love to dogs the way we show love to each other, through hugs and kisses. Dogs do not naturally understand this, or even enjoy it. Hugs and face-to-face contact can be very threatening to dogs. The dog may tolerate this for a while, but at some point may bite or snap to protect himself once he has exhausted all his means of more subtle warning. Some dogs do enjoy a hug from a special person, if it is on their terms and done with some extra scratching on the chest. Few, if any dogs enjoy hugs the way young children do this, which is to clasp around the neck and hang on. Parents should teach their children to avoid face-to-face contact with any dog (even their own dog) and to show love to the dog in ways other than hugging and kissing.

Doggone Safe and Paws & Pals offer the following suggestions about how to love your dog in a way that the dog will appreciate.

Touch Your Dog

Invite your dog to come to you for attention. If your dog turns away or moves away, respect his wishes and leave him alone. Many dogs like to be near you, but not necessarily to be touched.

Scratch your dog on the side of the neck or on his chest.

Avoid hugs and kisses. People enjoy this, but most dogs don’t like hugs and kisses. They might tolerate it, but few actually enjoy it.         no_hugs1

Invite your dog to sit with you while your read or watch TV. Let him lean on you or put his head on your lap on his terms.

Some dogs enjoy a scratch behind the ears. Most dogs don’t enjoy hands coming down on the top of their heads.

Pet your dog and then stop. If he tries to get you continue then you will know he likes it.

Play With Your Dog

Play games like fetch and hide and seek that do not involve chasing or rough play.

Take your dog for lots of walks.

Understand Your Dog

Learn to read dog body language so that you can understand what your dog is trying to tell you.

A happy dog pants and wags his tail loosely. He may wag all over.

An anxious dog might show a half moon of white in his eye or he may lick his lips or yawn. He may turn his head away or walk away. He wants to be left alone.

A dog that suddenly goes stiff and still is very dangerous and might be ready to bite.

A dog with his mouth closed and ears forward and/or with his tail held high is busy thinking about something and does not want to be bothered.

Visit www.DoggoneSafe.com for more information about dog bite prevention, dog body language or to take an online course.

Reward Your Dog

Look for things your dog does right and give him a treat or praise, petting or play. Never hit or yell at your dog.

Give your dog a stuffed Kong™ or other long lasting chew treat to enjoy while he lies on a mat or in a crate.




Paws & Pals Voted Favorite Pet Boarding by Southwest Newspapers!

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Paws & Pals Favorite Pet Boarding

Paws & Pals was chosen as “Favorite Pet Boarding” in Southwest Newspaper’s 2013-2014 “Faves & Raves” edition. We also made the top 3 for the “Favorite Pet Groomer”. A huge thanks to all who voted! We look forward to serving you and your four legged friends in the new year!

Southwest Newspapers include:  Chanhassen Villager  • Chaska Herald Eden Prairie • News Jordan Independent • Prior Lake American • Savage Pacer • Shakopee Valley News

Tip: When to intervene during off-leash play

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watch for the safety of dog behaviors at the dog parkDo you visit the dog park?
Consider when to intervene during off-leash play.

Play it safe: It is important to keep your dog safe when visiting the dog park. If any of these things are happening; one dog rolling another, tucked tail, pinning a dog for 5 seconds or longer, hiding or hovering. Interrupt the behavior and consider taking your dog home!

Learn more about dog behaviors, training and socialization in our Dog Training Classes here or contact us at 952-447-3644!

Help us donate to the Carver-Scott Humane Society!

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We’re Donating $1 to the Carver-Scott Humane Society for Every New Facebook Like!

For every new like or share on our Facebook page, Paws & Pals will *Donate $1 to the Carver-Scott
Humane Society! Visit us on Facebook here for more info or click on the Facebook icon in the right sidebar!

*Up to $500 total. 100% of funds will go to support the Carver-Scott Humane Society.
Fundraiser runs from 9/4/13 to 9/14/13.

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