The Pets Doc

Dr. Kevin Watkins, DVM


Archive for the ‘Puppies’ Category

Treat Fido As A Member Of The Family

Adopting a new pet can be a wonderful experience for a family. It’s an opportunity for us to demonstrate compassion and responsibility toward another sentient creature and to teach our children these same values. But first, parents should ask themselves, […]

The Puppy Diaries Part 2 – Introducing New Pets To The Household

In case you didn’t tune in last month, the Watkins family has a new puppy. We’ve spent the last six weeks with our newest family member teaching him the rules of the house and, of course, falling in love. Jovie […]

The Puppy Diaries Part 1 – With Our New Puppy, It’s Time To Practice What We Preach

For five years now, I have been advising folks on what to do about their canine behavior challenges, but more importantly, how to raise a well-behaved puppy instead. Each dog always presents unique personality challenges, but puppies are, by and […]

Picking A Puppy – Find The Right Match For Your Family

Is a puppy on your Christmas wish list? This month, I thought I would share some valuable tips for selecting the right breed for you and your family, and some things to keep in mind when you visit a breeder. […]

Many Factors Can Cause Puppy Stress

Q : My work schedule changed recently and my otherwise wonderful puppy started chewing up everything in my house, even when I’m home. Why has he reverted to this behavior, and what do I do about it? A: In answer […]

Making A ‘Good Doggie’ – Start Early To Socialize Your Puppy

Q: When is the best time to socialize my puppy? A: This is a good question since Spring (a.k.a. puppy season) has arrived again. When your puppy is 3- to 12-weeks-old, he will be learning the rules of fair play, […]

Great Crate Debate – Crate Training Is Not Animal Cruelty

I received a call recently from someone whose 4-month-old puppy was having trouble adapting to a crate. Whenever the pup was placed in its crate, it would howl, chew at the metal door, salivate heavily and would sometimes pee. All […]

Getting Puppy To Do His ‘Business’

Q: What is your opinion on using “pee” pads to help potty train my puppy? A: I have two opinions on pee pads actually. The short answer is, as a general rule, I don’t find them to be all that […]

Five Months Old And Counting – Training Puppy A Process That Takes Time

If you have been following this article for the past few months, you know all about the Watkins family’s new puppy, Jovie. You’ll be surprised to learn that Jovie is already 5 1/2 months old! Hard to believe, I know. […]

Aggressive Puppies – Watch For Signs Of Bad Behavior

Last year, a client came into our animal hospital with his newly adopted puppy to have it vaccinated. During that initial visit, the puppy was weighed, examined from nose to tail, and vaccinated. Sounds simple, right? Ordinarily, it is. Most […]

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