Ever wonder why some dogs scratch a little and some all the time? Like humans dogs get irritated by things that cause them to scratch. Some scratch out of habit while other scratching have an underlying cause. If you notice your dog scratching more than usual then you might want to take a closer look. There are three main reasons why a dog could be scratching excessively. read about them here in Modern Dog Magazine.Read More
Summer is fast approaching and it’s a time when dogs have fun romping around outside. Aa your dog plays outdoors make sure you are aware of your dogs surroundings. Make sure they play in either a safely fenced in yard or otherwise play area such as a dog park. We know we love seeing our dogs happy off leash but if not in a prescribed area it’s not only against the law it can be dangerous to your dog. Unsupervised of leash can spell trouble for your dog.
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Many are not aware that summer flowers and plants can be toxic to your dog. Many common plants can cause vomiting, diarrhea, seizures and more.
Many of us rescue dogs--I have done so and currently have two rescued dogs. To me they are the best kind. However when you have a dog not as a puppy you don’t know their full history and sometimes getting them to learn new commands and behaviors can be difficult. Working with a certified trainer is probably the best way to begin to learn and understand your dogs behavior and make them a great member of your household.
Here is some advice from Ian Dunbar, a trainer, on having a rescued dog with no recall skills—which are pretty important if you want to take your new pal to the dog park.Read More
We recently completed the 9th Annual Fundraiser for All Breed Rescue and once again thanks to all those who participated it was a success. Over four days we photographed numerous dogs in both mini sessions as well as the ever popular calendar competition. All proceeds went to ABRT with over $1000 raised.
All the calendar entries were well thought out for this year’s theme which was “Domestic Dogs.” Each winner plus 9 other calendar contest winners will be in the 2019 All Breed Rescue Calendar which will go on sale this fall. The top 3 winners (judged by our sponsors) were Grand Prize, Ned as “Shower Dog” Tovjah and Anzhel as “Baking Dogs” and “Alexander as 50’s Housewife Ironing Dog (see photo above).
Don’t miss the funny behind the scenes video (below) from this event.
Bon Pet supplied all the treats for the goodie bags; BamPaws contributed to the winners prizes and Stay Happy Pet Sitting donated the $250 grand prize basket and gift certificate.
It's back--the 9th annual fundraiser for All Breed Rescue & Training. Once again we're gearing up to help ABRT and you can help us! This year we again have 2 ways to donate and get your dog's portrait taken: the mini session and the Calendar Competition. Mark your calendars- on Friday February 23 and Saturday February 24 and March 2 & 3 you can take part in this fun fundraiser.
The mini session is a 15 minute photo session of you and your dog or just your dog. For a $40 donation to All Breed you get the mini session - which is followed by a 10 minute viewing session so you can pick out your 5x7 print and if you want order additional prints or products. There is no waiting in line with this fundraiser-you select your time slot and show up--that's it!Read More
Much has been said in this blog over the years about the importance of taking your dogs portrait before it’s too late. What do we mean by too late? Not necessarily before your dog has passed away but as your dog ages their eyesight and hearing can go and walking gets difficult.
You might not necessarily want to remember your dog old, blind, and hunched over so it’s best to get them in for a portrait before then if at all possible. The dog above at left is amazing- he is 18 years old and could still focus on the camera and noises in the room. He had difficulty walking but still had his wits about him. The owners friend wanted to surprise them with a portrait of his two dogs and we gladly agreed, especially since this is probably that dogs last good portrait.Read More
Have a puppy that you’re thinking of getting photographed? When is the right time? Well we’ve done puppies pretty early in life—think between 6 and 8 weeks old. They are cute little balls of fur at that age and they love to sleep. We did 9 bloodhound puppies for a breeder—18 pound puppies—and had to work pretty fast because like newborn babies they like to sleep a lot!
Ideally between 2-4 months is great for puppy pictures. You can do earlier and get some cute sleepy shots but to have a puppy “pose” you need a little older. And having some basic commands is very helpful. The couple above wanted a “family” portrait as well as individual shots of their new English Pointer puppy. This is great as I recommend at least at some point in a dogs life to get a great shot ofd family with their pet—whether it’s one person or the whole family. It’s a great way to remember all the great times you had with your furry friend.Read More
We all think we have the smartest most well trained dogs on the planet—well most of us anyway. Some smart people realize that their dogs can often be a jerk. Or clueless, over eager or even overly aggressive. We think that if we’re just patient enough or nice enough our dog will get a clue and learn to be well behaved. But like kids need to learn certain things at home and school—so do dogs. And the earlier the better.
I see a lot of dogs pass through the studio and the dog daycare and boarding facility where I’m located. There are many times I see out of control dogs dragging their owners in the door. Many times these are the very people who think their dogs are the best. But a little training can go a long way to making your dog not only better behaved—but helping you interact with your pup better as well.Read More
Dogs can easily be distracted and was mentioned in the first part of Outdoor Pet Portraits. Most clients we work with prefer the undistracted environment of the studio. There aren’t birds or cats or even squirrels to content with. Even having additional people in the area can be distracting for some dogs.
However some clients really prefer the outdoor look and we’re happy to accommodate them. For safety I always have the client leash the dog. Even if you have the best trained dog int he world you don’t need them dashing after an animal during the session and getting hit by a car or knocking people over. It’s just a good safety precaution to leash your dog. There are ways to pose to minimize the leash and we can also digitally remove it if necessary.Read More
People struggling with addiction often lack the confidence or communication skills to form relationships with other people. By no means is this always the fault of the person in recovery. Our society stigmatizes those with special challenges, even though blind prejudice rather than fact underlies most of these misperceptions.
- Acceptance and love from a faithful companion.
- Comfort and happiness from positive interactions.
- Stress reduction that leads to lower blood pressure.
- Encouragement to exercise and to spend more time outside.
- Motivation to recover from illnesses and other challenges.
Of course, choosing a pet requires thought and preparation. In this post we'll focus on the things you should consider when taking this important step. These tips will help to ensure both you and your new friend have many happy times together.Read More
Mark your calendars for Saturday October 28th for lots of fun and a Halloween Costume Contest. We’re teaming up with BamPaws Stay & Play and Bon Pet Supply to bring you a fun filled Halloween event for you and your dog (okay cats can come too!).
We’ll have food, fun and games as well as the big contest. Think your dog has what it take to walk away with the Grand Prize? Well get your creativity going as it’s sure to be a stiff competition. Need help with a costume? Check out Bon Pet Supply for their selection of dog costumes.
The event will be at BamPaws—a brand new dog daycare and boarding facility located just south of downtown (815 S. Sierra Madre ST). Get creative then bring your dog!
So mark your calendars: Saturday October 28 from 10-12.Read More
Thinking about adopting a furry companion? That’s great! Pet rescues and shelters are filled with animals waiting to be adopted and re-homed. Giving a new forever after home to a rescued pet is a big decision. You want to give him a loving home and the best care possible. Pet adoption is lots of fun, but it does take time to plan and research.
You may ask yourself: How does it work? How do you choose the right pet? Where can I find a rescue or shelter near me? How does the adoption process work? We know you’ve got many questions on pet adoption, and we’ve put the answers together for you! We have created “The Ultimate Guide To Pet Adoption”.
We all love our pets and want to remember them, right? The majority of pet sessions are one of two types—you just got a new puppy or rescued a dog and want a great portrait to enjoy or your pet is aging and you’d like a portrait to remember them by.
Most people prefer to wait until their pet is older then come in for a portrait. But by waiting you might just miss the chance to get this done. Sometimes life gets in the way and before you know it your dog is elderly and has trouble, walking, seeing and hearing. Do you want to remember them this way? We’ve had calls trying to get in a terminally ill animal before it’s too late and we will absolutely make room in the schedule to get your animal in in such circumstances. But why wait?Read More
Most of us really love our dogs but do you know what to do for your dog in an emergency? I sure didn’t until recently.I knew of a few signs of dehydration and some low blood sugar indications as I have previously owned a diabetic dog. Beyond that I was basically clueless.
Not long ago I stumbled across an app for your smart phone developed by the American Red Cross. It’s free and once downloaded it provides an amazing amount of material for you to assist your canine buddy.
This app is very handy and is divided into sections that include understanding what is normal for your dog.Read More
We all love our dogs and sometimes it seems we love them a little too much! By that I mean a little too much food love.When you have a dog that either begs or sits right beside your table while eating it’s very tempting to toss them a little something from the table. But don’t get hooked on that!
A few scraps here or there isn’t so bad but they’ll develop a taste for people food and before you know it you’ll be cranking out the food to keep your dog happy. So what’s wrong with either too much people good or even dog food? You dog can rapidly gain weight and that becomes harder on their whole body—their legs and joints can go bad, they can develop diabetes and more. I know —I had a dog that I fed table scraps to, let him lick plates and gave him tons of treats. He soon developed diabetes. Not good. Two shots a day is hard enough but soon enough it can wear them down and their organs begin to fail. Really really not good.Read More
Once again it’s summer and the days are hot! If you feel hot just imagine wearing a heavy fur coat in this weather. High heat is hard on your dog so please take appropriate measures to make sure your dog is safe this summer.
Be sure to play with your dog and take your walks in the cooler parts of the day. I know I walk my dog extra in the early morning and then in the evening. If your dog has to be outside during the day please make sure that they have adequate shade that they can be in during the hottest parts of the day as well as plenty of water. Please don’t leave your dog in a hot car—if they need to be left make sure the car is in shade or the windows are down enough that fresh air can get inside the vehicle. In Colorado there is a law now that allows bystanders to break car windows to rescue children or pets left in a hot car. So if you don’t want your windows broken please protect your pet.Read More
After 8 years it was time to move though moving is never easy. Springs Pet Portraits is excited to announce that we have moved into a new space at 815 South Sierra Madre ST, #200, in the building with one of our marketing partners (BamPaws Stay & Play). With a nice open floor plan and higher ceilings (see photos above) this space allows us to better serve our clients. The open floor plan and concrete floor makes it easy for our furry friends to roam about.
We now have more room to accommodate large families with dogs as well large groupings of dogs. And having our fundraisers has just become a lot easier. Along with the new space we now have a larger parking lot to accommodate the needs of our clients. No parking meters here, just plenty of of free parking. And we have a nice handicap accessible entry. We are easy to access from I-25Read More
By Teoti Anderson, Modern Dog Magazine
Some dogs love everyone the second they meet them. (Yes, Labradors, I'm talking about you.) Others, not so much. Have you ever met a one-person dog? A dog who was completely devoted to just one person and really couldn't care less about anyone else? This level of attachment can be fine for a dog who is also secure and confident, but it can be a real problem if he is so dependent that without his special person he can't function.
We often have unrealistic expectations of our canine companions, wanting them to be friends with everyone. Not every dog is wired that way. Some breeds are specifically known for having a close circle of friends. For example, take the Chow Chow. Chows are independent dogs, fiercely devoted to their families. They are known for being aloof with strangers. Are there specific Chows who are social butterflies? Yes. But the breed overall is known for not being particularly friendly towards people outside its inner circle.
Some dogs love everyone the second they meet them. (Yes, Labradors, I'm talking about you.) Others, not so much. Have you ever met a one-person dog? A dog who was completely devoted to just one person and really couldn't care less about anyone else? This level of attachment can be fine for a dog who is also secure and confident, but it can be a real problem if he is so dependent that without his special person he can't function. We often have unrealistic expectations of our canine companions, wanting them to be friends with everyone. Not every dog is wired that way. Some breeds are specifically known for having a close circle of friends. For example, take the Chow Chow. Chows are independent dogs, fiercely devoted to their families. They are known for being aloof with strangers. Are there specific Chows who are social butterflies? Yes. But the breed overall is known for not being particularly friendly towards people outside its inner circle.Read More
Training tips for common dog behavior problems include understanding the basic needs that often neglected. The biggest: the need for Physical Exercise.The type and amount of exercise that is appropriate for a dog depends on his age, breed, activity level and overall health.For a young puppy, two to four months of age, a short walk several times a day is usually sufficient. As your puppy has not completed his series of immunizations yet be careful to walk him in clean, safe environments where you know that any resident dogs are well cared for. Avoid dog parks, pet stores or anywhere lots of dogs congregate. For puppies five to six months, slightly longer and more vigorous walks, twice a day, usually suffice. The best time to exercise your dog is early morning and evening, as this is the time he will be naturally more active. His walk will give him an outlet for his daily puppy zoomies. As your puppy matures into adolescence, six to twelve months for small breeds and seven to eighteen or more months for large breeds) regular daily exercise is a must.Read More
Outdoor portraits here in Colorado are really a no brainer—so much cool scenery to choose from. We get a lot of requests for outdoor family portraits and sometimes the family wants to add in their dog, after all they’re part of the family. There is a reason why 99% of our pet portraits are in studio—pets, especially dogs can be easily distracted. Can you say squirrel?
That doesn’t mean it cannot be done, just that there need to be a little planning involved. Going to a place familiar to your dog is always a good idea—that way they don’t feel the need to spend a huge amount of time smelling all the new smells in the area. Sometimes though, this is just not possible. For example the couple pictured were from out of town visiting the Springs. Their dogs weren’t familiar with Garden of the God’s but they wanted them in the photograph anyway.Read More