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Your New Puppy Essentials!

 

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At Dogfather we know that getting a new puppy is extremely exciting, but can also be quite overwhelming. The Dogfather and Co. team are experienced and knowledgeable in all things dogs. Have a question? Ask us. We are always happy to help. The following is a list of the Dogfather’s staff picks of our favourite puppy essentials.

Please click on the following link to download and print your own puppy essentials shopping list:

Puppy Essentials Shopping List

 

CHEW TOYS!!!

Puppies chew A LOT. The best way to avoid having your furniture chewed is to provide your puppy with lots of different textured chew toys to satisfy their teething needs.

Planet Dog Toys

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Made in USA and guaranteed for life, these squishy yet durable toys are soothing on puppies’ gums and teeth. Infused with mint flavour, they also combat puppy breath! A good alternative chew toy to your fingers!

Rope Toys

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These rope toys are hand tied and dyed with non-toxic vegetable dyes, so they are safe for your little fur baby. As the rope frays it acts like doggie dental floss to help clean teeth. Dunk the toy in water and pop it in the freezer to soothe teething puppies’ gums.

Bully Sticks

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A great beef chew that works great for keeping puppies busy when you need a minute to yourself. They are safe to give puppies in moderation, as they are low in fat but high in calories, so giving too many too often can cause digestive upset.

Gorilla Chew

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Puppies instinctively love to chew wood, sticks, branches, and furniture. Made from solid Java Wood, these chews are a safe alternative for dogs that just love chewing on sticks. The surface is extremely durable and long lasting, making an excellent chew choice for dental and gum care by reducing plaque build-up.

 

BASIC ACCESSORIES

Collar/Harness and Leash

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No matter how small or young your puppy is, its very important to start training as soon as you get your puppy home. A collar/harness and leash are one of the most used tools in training. They also allow you to take your puppy out for a pee safely without them running away. Be sure that the collar/harness is not too big to make sure your puppy doesn’t slip out.

Food and Water Bowls

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Be sure to find a water and food bowl that aren’t too high so that your puppy won’t have trouble getting to their food at meal time.

Crate

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Some people thing this is cruel, but crates are an invaluable tool in training your puppy, as well as a replacement for their natural homes, dens. They help with potty-training and prevent unwanted chewing or urination in the house while you’re away. Ideally when choosing a crate, it is best to pick a size that is just large enough for them to stand up and lye down, to prevent your puppy from picking a corner to pee in. At Dogfather, we offer crates with dividers, so that you can purchase the ideal size for when they are fully grown, and use the divider as they are growing to be sure that they don’t pick one side to pee on.

ID Tags

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Imperative for all dog owners. Tags should be on the collar and or harness as soon as you get it. In the event that your puppy gets lost, whoever finds them can call you right away and get them home safe and sound.

Bed or Mat

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Beds or mats are an important tool in training to allow your dog to understand where they can comfortably relax in the house without being in the way. Dogfather has a very large selection of beds and mats, as well as custom beds available for sale. 

Brushes and Combs

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Depending on your dog’s coat, different brushes and grooming tools are necessary. Getting your puppy used to being brushed and having their nails trimmed at a young age is very important. Breeds that require professional grooming regularly should visit the groomer as soon as possible so they can establish a good relationship with them, and learn about the grooming environment.

Dogfather and Co. offers grooming in their Paw Spa, and specializes in new puppies first grooms. To book an appointment call (416) 960-1088.

 

FOOD & TREATS

Treats

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Treats are a HUGE part of helping your puppy learn. Its good to buy treats that either come in small pieces, or ones that can be easily broken into small pieces. This way every time your puppy does something that you like, you can reward them with a “Good Dog!” and a treat. This helps your puppy learn want kind of behaviours are wanted.

Food

Contrary to popular belief, dogs should not be on the same dog food their whole lives. That being said, it is best to keep your puppy on the same food that they were eating where they came from for the first week, so that you’re not changing everything all at once. After the first week, feel free to start feeding all the different foods you like. This is your chance to get your puppies tummies exposed to many things so that you can avoid sensitive tummies in the future. Dogfather recommends feeding a raw food diet above all, but if you don’t think you can afford it, we have plenty of other high end food options available.

Upset Tummies

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Always have a can of pure pumpkin on hand for diarrhea. Just one or two spoonfulls mixed with a meal over a few meals can help their digestive system get back to normal. Always have a can of pure pumpkin on hand for diarrhea. Just one or two spoonfulls mixed with a meal over a few meals can help their digestive system get back to normal.

 

CLEAN UP

Urine Off

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Puppies tend to have all sorts of accidents. Its imperative that you clean it up with a proper enzyme cleaner that will get rid of the urine smell. If you don’t use one of these specific cleaners, the smell will linger, and your puppy will continue going back to the same spot over and over again.

Pee Pads

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While pee pads can cause confusion and prolong the potty-training phase, sometimes you just can’t do without. For teacup and other delicate breeds, sometimes going pee outside in the winter just won’t happen. Pee pads are a good tool for these situations.

Poop Bags and Dispensers

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Poop bags and dispensers are a must have for all dog owners as leaving poop behind can end up leaving you with a hefty fine. Available at Dogfather in all sorts of colours and designs to suit your style.

 

If you have any other questions, please don’t hesitate to come in to the shop or give us a call and speak with one of our very knowledgeable staff. 

Uncovering Dental Myths – Let’s talk about teeth!

By Amanda Wong-You

In honor of Dental Month, Dogfather has put together a little information about what actually keeps your dogs teeth clean, and what gimmicks and dangerous treats you should stay away from. 

We all want our dogs to have sparkling beautifully white teeth and healthy gums. The reality is that around 70 percent of dogs’ ages 3 years and older have signs of oral disease. With overwhelming numbers of dogs requiring extensive dental work we are left wondering, what can we do to help?
We are going to discuss some of the most common myths related to dental hygiene in pets and offer up some helpful tips and tricks to get your pups smile in top shape!

Myth 1: Kibble & Kibble Size Can Help Clean Teeth

We hear this statement fairly often, and though we wish we could say it’s true, it sadly isn’t. If this were the case, every time you ate a bag of chips you could say you’re cleaning your teeth. Dogs have teeth and jaws that are made for gnawing, ripping, and tearing. For the most part kibble is rarely chewed much at all because dogs simply don’t have the jaw structure for lateral movement. Pieces and crumbs are left behind in a dogs mouth which can promote a less than lovely smell and the beginnings of plaque buildup.

Myth 2: Dogs Don’t Need Their Teeth Brushed

Many people can be surprised at the idea that they would brush their dogs teeth. While it may seem silly, teeth brushing is a fantastic way to keep dental disease at bay. Those with small dogs in particular have to be especially vigilant as small dogs mouths are notorious for overcrowding of teeth. Pint sized pups often need some help from us to help clear bits and debris that would otherwise allow disease to set in. If you aren’t comfortable brushing your dogs teeth there are always grooming services that will do it for you. This can have significant positive changes for your pup as dental disease has been found to have correlation with a myriad of other health issues both physical and behavioural as well.

Myth 3: Whimzees/Greenies & Any Other “Dental Treat”

Possibly the most asked question here at Dogfather! Hey, where are your greenies or “dental treats”? These explosively popular dental treats are often touted as aiding in dental hygiene. Let’s check out some of the ingredients; wheat flour, oat fiber, natural poultry flavour. None of these ingredients have any bearing or likelihood to remove tarter, plaque or anything else from a dogs mouth. Why? Well, this goes back to the anatomy of a dogs jaw and their ability to digest plant and other processed materials. One would liken a Greenie to giving a dog a potato to chew on, they may like it, but will it scrape off built up debris along the gum line? Nope. Greenies not only have poor quality ingredients but they can and often lead to sickness and blockages due to their size and digestibility. Whimzees are in the same boat, while they may be a fun treat; you aren’t likely to see much difference in your pooches smile from them as they are made up entirely of carbohydrates.

Myth 4: Bones are Bad!

Many of us are told time and time again that bones are not safe. This would be true if we were talking about cooked or rawhide bones. Bones cooked at high temperatures are devoid of moisture, leaving a dry brittle bone that will crack and splinter. Rawhide bones are not digestible, never mind all the bleach and chemicals that goes into its processing which eventually ends up going in your dogs body.

A dog’s mouth is designed to deal with raw meaty bones! The large canine teeth grab meat while jagged molars allow for bone and meat to be crushed. This gnawing action is equivalent to a good cleaning and flossing of the teeth and gums. An important fact about raw meaty bones, dental tendons, or cold smoked bones is that they are digestible and are not comprised of carbohydrates, and starches present in other “dental” chews made up of plant matter. They satisfy the natural instinct that dogs have to gnaw and chew, and provide an outlet for mental stimulation while ensuring that any debris left along the teeth and gums is grated away. You will save yourself money on vet bills for dental cleanings and avoid having to put your fur baby under anesthesia if you provide safe, natural outlets for your dog to clean its teeth.

 

Questions?

We are always happy to help. If you want to know more about what you just read above, come on in or give us a call and speak with one of our knowledgeable staff. They are always happy to spread the word and educate pet owners on  how to make sure they are getting the best and safest quality products for their furry family member. 

 

Disclaimer
The materials contained on this website are provided for general information purposes only and do not constitute sole professional advice on any subject matter. Dogfather and Co. does not accept any responsibility for any loss which may arise from reliance on information contained on this site.

“Must Love Dogs” Contest Winners Announced!

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Congratulations to our “Must Love Dog” Contest Winners! If your dogs first name and last name are on this list, you have won something!!

Stella and Chewy’s Winners
Molly Jordan
Eddie Deveny
Enzo Sosa
Mr. Pim and Bernie Stokes
Claudia Murphy
Abby and Benny Derkach
Angel Ilnicka

Bowser Bed Winner
Chewie Ohillon

Play Bed Winner
Oscar Lyons

Great Jacks Winner
Jasmine Woods

Play Toy Box Winner
Donlle Teixeira

Sleepy Pod Winners
Oliver Adams – Carrier
Florence MacNicol – Harness

Buddy Belt Winner
Bondi Russel

Grooming Discount Winner
Groomer Haruka – Panda Roy
Groomer Melissa – Turtle Zanderhoeven
Groomer Darlene – Bailey or Cooper Benegoi
Groomer Customers Choice -Coco or Suki Hazel

Trixies Kitchen Winner
Scout Tuer

Sunday Pets Winner
Emelie / Allie

Soft Collar Winner
Bart Kalster

Hunter Winner
Clint E. Goodwill

Health Kit Winner
Holly Sabasch

Plato Treats Winner
Leo Eubanks

PetKind Winner
Theo Styles

Azcor Toy Winners
Zoe Zitnonsky
Kobi Neil
Poppy Paul
Poppy Sokoluk
Sydney Scott
Stella Koustantinov

Once again a big thank you to our distributors who made this event possible!

Introducing Dogfather and Co’s Must Love Dogs Event

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From now until February 14th, you will receive a ballot for every $30 you spend to win one of many fabulous prizes. Below are a list of all our prizes by contributor:

Azcor

 A great toy assortment.

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Bowser Pet Products

An incredibly large and squishy bed. Pickles approved. 

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Buddy Belts 

A voucher for one of Buddy Belts famous harnesses.

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Dogfather and Co.

$75 towards your next groom at Dogfather’s Paw Spa.

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Freedom Pet Supplies

Stella and Chewy’s gift basket.

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 Define Planet Set

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PetKind 25lb bag

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PLATO assortment of treats

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Stewart’s Freeze Dried Food Basket

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Great Jacks

 A great gift basket containing one of our favourites Great Jacks’ treats and toys.

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Hunter Germany

A voucher for a Capri Collar and Leash set.

Natural Pet Distributors

A Play Bed.

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P.L.A.Y Toy Set

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Trixie’s Kitchen

An adorable box of gourmet hand baked cookies.

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Sleepy Pod

 An Atom Carrier.

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A Clickit Sport Seat Belt Harness. 

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Unison Pet Supplies

A Collar and Leash set by CoLLar Ukraine.

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A big THANK YOU to all our distributors and manufacturers that contributed to this event! It’s thanks to you that we were able to make this happen! 

Introducing Off Leash Studio!

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Dogfather and Co. would like to introduce Off Leash Studio. Looking for a great place to get that perfect pet portrait? Off Leash Studio creates beautiful and expressive portraits of your furry family member. For more information go to their website http://www.offleashstudio.com/