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Pick A Winner: The Best Puppy for Me

A Puppy Will Make it all Better

Peanuts creator Charles M. Schulz once said “Happiness is a warm puppy” and we couldn’t agree more. Puppies are so full of opportunity and love and that is why picking the perfect pup for you is so vital in creating your ideal situation.

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How to Pick out Your New Puppy

When you visit a breeder, rescue, shelter, etc., you will most likely be surrounded by available animals. You walk in and several puppies are jumping at your feet waiting for your love and attention.

Is the Puppy a Fit For My Personality?

Your first inclination may be to pick the one that came right up to you and is running around the room. However, you have to consider your own lifestyle. If you are an active person that may be the right choice, but if you are more of a homebody and want a relaxed animal, the puppy sleeping in the corner might be the better option.

Puppy Size: Large and In Charge

Size is also a factor. Not all breeds are suitable for small apartments just like some breeds aren’t suitable for back yard living. When considering a mixed breed, you may not know how they will turn out as far as size goes, so again, keep that in mind.

Your other pets that you may or may not have are also going to be welcoming your new puppy. Consider their size in addition to their temperament when picking their new partner in crime, they should compliment each other.

How Much Does a Puppy Cost?

The first year of a puppy’s life is going to be expensive, there is no way around it. Puppy vaccines are given every three weeks up until a certain age, so plan ahead. Spaying and neutering is often times done within that first year as well. These expenses can add up so look for veterinarians with puppy packages or payment plans to help spread out the cost and pay over time.

Everyone loves a puppy! They bring a smile to any face with their awkwardness and fearlessness. Keep these tips in mind when picking your next furry friend and be sure to enjoy every moment of the process, that’s the key to success!

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Oklahoma City: Dog House Divided

Football season is here and you know what that means, tailgating and watch parties! We all love getting together to enjoy a little rivalry between our favorite teams but where does this leave our four-legged friends? Not every pup is okay with a stimulating outing like tailgating, and that’s okay, but what do you do?

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Boarding for Away Games

Boarding is always an option for those out of town games. Some facilities, like Hefner Road Pet Resort for instance, are the perfect location to house your pet when they are in need of a home away from home. HRPR even has OSU and OU theme suites for your pet to feel at home!

Hosting a Watch Party?

If your pet is comfortable when a crowd comes over, be wary of those puppy dog eyes they give oh so well! Remind your friends that human food is for humans and ‘Scruffy’ may think he wants a bite but it won’t be worth the belly ache later, they’ll understand!

Home Alone Pet?

Leaving your pet at home is also an option but be sure you aren’t setting them up for failure. This is when kennel training comes in handy! If you have a rambunctious pet that happens to have acquired the taste for furniture, leaving them with something stimulating to do can really help! There are several toys available on the market, however, we’ve had great luck with West Paw Design’s Tux Treat Toy and Topple Treat Toy.

As pet owners, we love involving our canine companions in special occasions but we do have to be responsible pet parents at the same. This football season, think about you how can safely involve your pup in your fall festivities, you’re sure to have a waggin’ good time!

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Winter Pet Activities: Creative Ideas to Keep Your Pet Moving

Hefner_iStock_000018596044_LargeEven though the weather has been pleasant and the first signs of spring are on the horizon, February seems to keep us in a winter slump. It’s still dark outside in the early hours, making it a bit more difficult to motivate ourselves for that brisk morning dog walk, and the early sunsets don’t help much, either; especially when it comes to hitting the dog park after work.

However, despite the season and its apparent limitations, our pets do require daily exercise all year long. That being said, since it is much easier to feel that get-up-and-go during the spring and summer months, we thought it would be a great idea to offer up some creative ideas for winter pet activities. Continue…