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Who Should Care for Your Puppy When You’re Away?

Posted by Shawn Hostetter at 19th July 2018 in Puppy Care
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Are you leaving your dog along for long hours while you work? Does your pup get stressed in a crate? Does your pet need more exercise and stimulation during the day? Does your canine pal crave the company of other dogs? Do you need occasional help caring for or exercising your puppy? While many people […]

Hunters and Hounds

Posted by Shawn Hostetter at 11th July 2018 in Choosing a breed, Uncategorized
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Dogs have been helping people hunt for thousands of years. Ancient cave drawings show men and dogs hunting side by side as far back as 8,000 BC. Over the millennia, dogs have been bred to hunt using specific methods that suit different types of hunters. Because so many hunting breeds are intelligent, sociable, and loyal, […]

Which People Foods are Okay for Dogs?

Posted by Shawn Hostetter at 4th July 2018 in Puppy Care
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Since the earliest days of dog domestication, canines have been begging for human food. And for thousands of years, humans have been sharing our scraps with the dogs around us. Even young children instinctively want to feed a begging pup. However, not all human food is safe for your dog. And too many table scraps […]

Safer Car Travel with Your Puppy

Posted by Shawn Hostetter at 27th June 2018 in Activities, Puppy Care
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Car travel is an activity that is a bit frightening for young puppies. But as any dog lover can tell you, once your puppy gets a taste for car rides, it will quickly become one of your pet’s favorite activities. A ride in your vehicle offers your dog a bit of adventure. Most canines enjoy […]

Swimming in Lakes and Rivers with Dogs

Posted by Shawn Hostetter at 20th June 2018 in Activities

Summer is here, and it’s a great time to cool off in local rivers and lakes. Many dogs love water, so you want to bring your dog along on your next outing to splash and swim. Some breeds of dogs are natural swimmers, and crave time in the water, including Airedales, Portuguese Water Dogs, Golden […]

Cool Dogs: How to Avoid Heat Exhaustion This Summer

Posted by Shawn Hostetter at 13th June 2018 in Puppy Care
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Summer is here, and it’s hot outside. While people slow down quickly in the heat, dogs, especially young puppies, may keep going even when the temperature climbs. That’s why it’s so important to keep a close watch on your dog in warm weather. Keep Your Dog Hydrated If you’re heading out in the heat, bring […]

Surprise! These Breeds Make Great Watchdogs.

Posted by Shawn Hostetter at 6th June 2018 in Choosing a breed
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Tenacious Terriers, Smart Sheepdogs, and One Adorable Lapdog Watchdog breeds are loyal, intelligent, and naturally inclined to bark to alert owners of new or potentially threatening activity. While breeds like German Shepherds, Doberman Pinchers, and Rottweilers are well-known as fierce watchdogs, many smaller, less intimidating breeds are also adept at warning you of approaching strangers. […]

Happier Hiking With Your Dog

Posted by Shawn Hostetter at 30th May 2018 in Activities

Every dog loves a good walk, and we’ll let you in on a little secret about hiking: it’s just a more interesting way to take walks. Whether you’re exploring pathways in your local park or venturing onto nature trails, hikes are a great way to tire out pups. The additional exercise can also help curb […]

Lovable Lapdogs: Are They Right for You?

Posted by Shawn Hostetter at 23rd May 2018 in Choosing a breed

While some owners of larger breeds will tell you their dogs love crawling onto their laps, many smaller breeds and toy breeds were meant to snuggle. “Lapdog” is an informal term for almost any type of dog that is both small and friendly. More formally, it refers to a variety of companion breeds with a […]

5 Beach Tips for Puppy Owners

Posted by Shawn Hostetter at 16th May 2018 in Activities

Summer is finally here, and for many people on the East Coast, that means trips to the beach. If you’ve never brought your dog to the beach, you may be nervous about the combination of sun, sand, water, and lots of new people. But with a little planning, you can create a beach trip that’s […]

5 Tips for Safe Park Outings with Your Dog

Posted by Shawn Hostetter at 9th May 2018 in Activities

Daily walks are a must. Letting your dog romp in the yard is an excellent way for your dog to work off extra energy. However, like people, many dogs tire of the same old routine. That’s why your pup may enjoy trips to other open spaces. Local parks may provide a new place to explore […]

Puppy Socialization: A Beginner’s Guide

Posted by Shawn Hostetter at 2nd May 2018 in Puppy Care
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If you’ve been around dogs and puppies, you’ve probably noticed that some dogs play well with others. Some dogs are comfortable around people and day to day noises, while others seem stressed or nervous in new situations. Some dogs seem to make friends quickly. Other canines seem uncomfortable, restless, confused, or jumpy. What makes some […]

Which Dog Bed Should You Choose?

Posted by Shawn Hostetter at 24th April 2018 in Puppy Care
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A comfy bed is crucial to a good night’s sleep. That’s true for people, but even more true for our pups. Since dogs spend more time sleeping than people, the comfort of your canine’s bed plays a starring role in the comfort of his overall life. And while most humans sleep on some variations of […]

Spring Cleaning: Keep Your Pup Safe From Cleaning Solutions

Posted by Shawn Hostetter at 13th April 2018 in Puppy Care
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Spring is here, and for many of us that means Spring cleaning. The warm weather and open windows inspire us to scrub away the dust accumulated over the long winter. Our instincts tell us that cleaning is a healthy activity, but if you have a pup in your home there are some cleaners you should […]

Muddy Paws: Tips for Paw Care After Walks

Posted by Shawn Hostetter at 12th April 2018 in Puppy Care

Everyone knows that April showers bring May flowers, but all that rain also means it’s easier than ever for your pup to get muddy on walks. Puppies and dogs naturally want to play in the dirt and mud, and a little play time during walks is healthy for your canine, even if it means they […]

How to Puppy Proof Your Home

Posted by Shawn Hostetter at 4th April 2018 in Puppy Care
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As a pet owner, you want to keep your pup safe. Dogs are, by, nature, explorers. Puppies are even more curious. They explore with their eyes, nose, tongue and by chewing. With such an inquisitive animal in your home, each part of your home and yard presents dangers. When you introduce a new puppy or […]

How to Exercise Your Puppy Indoors

Posted by Shawn Hostetter at 29th March 2018 in Activities
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When the weather is warm or sunny, walking your dog or taking them to the park is a great way to exercise. But when the weather gets too cold, or damp, or stormy (or even too hot) for your pup, you may have to think of ways to give him the exercise he needs inside. […]

How Should You Feed Your Large Breed Pup?

Posted by Shawn Hostetter at 22nd March 2018 in Puppy Care
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NOTE: Keystone Puppies strongly recommends talking to your vet before committing to any food or feeding routine. Find out if there are any nutritional considerations to be made based on breed, age, or existing health problems. We categorize our dogs in thousands of ways – by breed, by ability, by temperament, and more. But when […]

How Should You Feed Your Small-Breed Pup?

Posted by Shawn Hostetter at 15th March 2018 in Uncategorized
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NOTE: Keystone Puppies strongly recommends talking to your vet before committing to any food or feeding routine. Find out if there are any nutritional considerations to be made based on breed, age, or existing health problems. There are hundreds of different types of dogs, but when it comes to choosing food, it really breaks down […]

How to Find a Vet for Your New Puppy

Posted by Shawn Hostetter at 9th March 2018 in Health, Veterinarian
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Getting a new puppy is an exciting process. But not every decision you’ll make is fun or easy. As soon as you get your adorable Keystone Puppy, you must take them for a vet visit to confirm health, and get them scheduled for regular checkups. That means you’ll want to do your research on your […]