Sunday, December 28, 2014


Elizabeth Rozanski, DVM, a specialist in emergency and critical care at the Cummings
School, has this advice for owners worried about canine influenza:
“Don’t panic. The flu in people and dogs has high morbidity - many get sick - but it
has very, very low mortality.”As of this writing, outbreaks of the virus, which began in horses and crossed to racing Greyhounds and other dogs, have been identified in a half dozen states, including
Florida, New York and Washington. Few deaths from complications, such as pneumonia,
have been reported.However, owners should limit their dog’s exposure the same as they would with any other infectious disease, Dr. Rozanski said. “Avoid high volume boarding kennels and
pet store puppies. Very old, very young dogs and immunosuppressed dogs - from chemotherapy, diabetes or prednisone - are at risk. Dog parks should be fine. They tend to
cater to dog lovers who take good care of their dogs.”
The signs are coughing, sneezing, nasal discharge and loss of appetite. Treatment                              consists of supportive care. Assessing the public health impact, Dr. Rubin Donis of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a briefing that horses have had equine
influenza virus for more than 40 years. “In all these years, we have never been able to
document a single case of human infection with this virus.”
Said Dr. Rozanski:“The informed owner will recognize this is a minor crisis unlikely, except in rare circumstances, to cause problems.”
Updated information appears regularly

Tuesday, December 23, 2014


No matter your canine companion’s age, breed or disposition, he needs to learn good household manners. The most important of these is housetraining. A dog who eliminates indiscriminately will cause headaches for his humans and himself. Luckily, a consistent
behavioral program can give your dog perfect elimination etiquette.- By C.C. Holland Advice for every stage of your dog’s life.
The Key: Watchfulness and Frequent Trips Outdoors
The best advice when housetraining a puppy:
“You can go with the flow of using the puppy’s natural instinct to keep his den area or bedding clean,”
said Nicholas Dodman, BVMS,
MRCVS, director of the Behavior Clinic at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University.
To begin, keep your puppy in a dry, secure area, such as an exercise pen or kitchen. Several times during the day, take him on-leash to a designated elimination area. Put the puppy down, keep him focused and let him move back and forth. When he eliminates, immediately offer a food treat and lavish praise. If he doesn’t eliminate within 10 minutes,
take him inside and keep an eye on him. Either confine him or attach his leash to your belt, wait 15 minutes and then, repeat the exercise.
“It may take two or three 15-minute blocks,”
Dr. Dodman said, “but if at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.”
Stay with the puppy outside to teach him the correct behavior.
“So many people just turn
them out in the yard and wait for 30 minutes, let them in, and they urinateon the floor,” said Dr. Dodman. In general, puppies can hold their bladders for their age in months plus one; a 2-month-old puppy can go a maximum of three hours without a potty break. This means you’ll need to
make frequent trips outside during the day and usually at least once overnight. In addition, offer elimination opportunities 20 to 30 minutes after a meal and when the dog transitions from one activity to another, Dr. Dodman said.


Never punish your dog for an accident, Dr. Dodman said. He can’t associate the punishment with the deed, or worse, he’ll simply learn not to eliminate in front of you - and that means outdoors as well.
If your dog begins to squat or urinate in the house, make a sudden, loud noise to distract him and interrupt what he’s doing, then calmly and happily attach a leash and take him outside, Dr. Dodman said. encourage him to eliminate there, and if he does, praise him to
the heavens and give him a treat. If you’ve adopted an older dog, especially one who’s been in a shelter, even if he’s supposedly housetrained it’s wise to act as if he isn’t and begin at square one. Stress or changes in environment may cause some backsliding. Once he’s reliable, a dog door can be a great aid to both owner and pet. “A dog door means the dog can now take charge of his or her own life, which is stress-relieving,” Dr. Dodman said. If a dog does have accidents in the house, you must clean up the mess and - most importantly - eliminate any associated scent. Once an area is soiled, it’s marked as an elimination
spot and a dog may tend to use it again. “Don’t try to mask the odor with another scent,”  Dr. Dodman cautioned, “because your dog will still smell it. Use a solution that will destroy the compounds that cause those odors.” He recommends Zero Odor (, an oxidizing agent that removes both scent and stains.


Incontinence can plague older dogs, but it’s usually associated with medical problems rather than age, Dr. Dodman said. While kidney function may decline as a dog gets on in years, that alone usually won’t cause accidents. However, a variety of health challenges
can cause incontinence or more frequent urination, including cystitis and various metabolic disorders. Also, Dr. Dodman said,
“If you get a dog who is 10 or older and suddenly starts to have
accidents, think about canine cognitive dysfunction.”
House soiling is one of the hallmarks of the disorder, which can also cause disorientation and changes in sleep patterns and behavior. excellent medications are available that can either eliminate or alleviate the symptoms in about two-thirds of treated dogs, Dr. Dodman said.In addition, certain medications - such as cortisone and bromide - can cause the dog to drink more, which can also lead to accidents. “Don’t immediately blame the dog - think about the circumstances,” Dr. Dodman said. The bottom line: If your older dog begins to soil the house, have your vet check him out. If your dog has a medical condition that’s incurable and causes incontinence, diapers designed for dogs can provide a good solution.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Your dog.... The Tuffs Newsletter for dog owners

                                                           ( Artemis )

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

How to Trim Dog Nails ( We recamend you always have a pro show you how to do it before you do)

Trimming your dog’s nails is an important part of your dog's regular care. Learn how to trim your dog's nails with help from our grooming expert.

By | Posted: December 4, 2012, 8 a.m.

Trimming your dog’s nails is a necessary chore and should be done every three or four weeks.  You can do it yourself or have a groomer or vet clip your dog's nails for you. Most groomers will be happy to show you how it’s done and it might be a good idea to do this the first time around.  If your dog absolutely detests the process and it turns into a huge struggle, my advice is to let the pros do it. This unhappy scenario can be avoided by getting your dog used to having his paws handled when he’s a pup.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Detox Your Dog

Simple steps to keep your dog healthy from the inside out.

An important part of helping a sick dog heal is to detoxify her body. Toxins can build up in the body, either because of chronic disease or extensive use of medications, such as corticosteroids, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), antibiotics and anti-fungal drugs. Using gentle herbal and homeopathic remedies and nutritional supplements, veterinarians who practice integrative medicine help cleanse the dog’s body and allow greater healing to occur. The following tips can help you with your pet’s detoxification:

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

The Rottweilier (Part 2)

                                                  The Rottweilier (Part 2)



 The Robust Rottie

Virginia Parker Guidry
Strong, handsome and powerful, the adult Rottweiler stands out in a crowd. Its distinct, self-assured presence is evident to onlookers, regardless of their familiarity with the breed. As puppies, however, this awesome dog breed is round, fuzzy and reminiscent of a little bear. This look, combined with their puppyish antics, make these dogs incredibly endearing-perhaps to a fault, for who can resist a cute, bear-like creature?
Choosing a Rottweiler puppy, however, is a much more involved process than simply giving into temptation. It's a process that requires critical thinking and careful evaluation. Following are a few thoughts and ideas from breed enthusiasts to help you do just that.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

The Rottweiler (part 1)

                   The Rottweiler  (part 1)

                      (Brody and Murphy)

 Fast Facts

Country of Origin:Germany
AKC Group:Working Group
UKC Group:Guardian
Use today:Guardian, companion, cattle drover
Life Span:9 to 11 years
Color:Black with tan or rust-colored markings.
Coat:Short, straight, coarse and dense.
Grooming:Groom as needed.
Size:Medium Dog Breed
Height:22 to 27 inches at the shoulder
Weight:Proportionate to height   

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Dog Pulling on Leash

Dog Pulling on Leash

Don't let your dog pull you around. Essential leash training tips to keep your dog from pulling.

By | Posted: March 5, 2012, 9 a.m. EST

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

De-Stress Your Traveling Dog Holistically

All-natural remedies to calm your dog while on the road.

Does your dog turn into a whimpering pile of mush whenever you try to take it for a drive? Traveling is daunting when your best friend throws up on the upholstery, then attaches itself to your brake foot. If you approach the problem holistically, however, travel for the two of you can be downright fun. Ask yourself these questions:

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Pumpkin and Dogs

Discover why you can feed pumpkin to your dogs for constipation, diarrhea and to help with weight loss.

By | Posted: February 6, 2013, 10 a.m. EST

It’s a fruit! No, it’s a vegetable! It’s a … pumpkin and, believe it or not, it is good to feed to your dog. Although most people think of pumpkins as vegetables, they are really a fruit born from vine plants of the genus Cucurbita, part of the gourd family.
Pumpkins are rich in carotenoids, beta-carotene, alpha-carotene, fiber, zinc, iron, vitamin A and potassium. In fact, you can tell the pumpkin is rich in the antioxidant beta-carotene, just by looking at its bright orange color.
Pumpkin is really simple to feed to your dog too. All you need is canned pumpkin. Canned pumpkin is just as packed with nutrients as fresh pumpkin, according to the Mayo Clinic website.  Canned pumpkin is a puree so it is easy to mix in your dog’s food, give it to your dog as a treat or use it as an ingredient when you make dog treats, such as these Pumpkin Paw Prints. Look at the back of the label to make sure you are getting 100-percent pumpkin and not pumpkin pie mix.
Can you feed your dog pumpkin seeds? Yes, but most recommend that you first roast them and then grind them up. Do not add salt.
You do not want to feed your dog the stem or leaves, which are covered in little, sharp hairs that will irritate your dog.
See your veterinarian if you have questions concerning dogs eating pumpkin. We never know how dogs will react to new foods, so only feed a small quantity at first to see if it causes your dog stomach upset, such as gas.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Have you been to the Putnam Lions Memorial Dog Park, located in Putnam, CT?

18 Kennedy Drive
next to the Putnam Farmers Market
Putnam, CT 06260
7am to dusk
Managed By:
Town of Putnam Parks and Recreation
Days Closed:
None, but there is a porta-potty at the Farmers Market
Park Size:
under 1 acre
Type of Park:
Other Notes: Opened June 14, 2014. This dog park has a separate small dog area, shade, and benches. Be sure to bring water and some to share. Putnam Vet is right on the other side of the road from the dog park.  The parking lot is shared with the Farmer's Market.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Goodnight Sweet Dreams

                                                        (Riley Peaches)
 Hello everyone, we enjoy posting the Goodnight Sweet Dreams photos of your puppies as much as you enjoy viewing them. We have just a few photos left and would like to invite you all to send in some more. Everyone is welcome to send in photos, whether you are a first timer or you have already sent in photos. We like to feature pups that are known to our followers, not just pulled of the web. So feel free to continue to send in photos whenever you feel like seeing your pup in the spotlight.  Please send them to

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Kennel Cough

Our expert vet explains the signs, treatments and prevention options for this common and contagious dog illness.

By | Posted: March 11, 2012, 9 a.m. EST

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Ready for a Dog?

Great Kid-Friendly Dog Breeds

Looking for a good pet for your child? These 20 dog breeds typically do well with kids.

By Jackie Brown, Andrew DePrisco, Allan Reznik and Ernie Slone | Posted: September 12, 2014, 10 a.m. PST

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Running With Your Dog

Running with your dog is a great way to exercise, bond and keep both you and your four-legged friend in great shape.
Posted: March 18, 2012, 6 a.m. EST

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Goodnight Sweet Dreams.

      Hello everyone, we enjoy posting the Goodnight Sweet Dreams photos of your puppies as much as you enjoy viewing them. We have just a few photos left and would like to invite you all to send in some more. Everyone is welcome to send in photos, whether you are a first timer or you have already sent in photos. We like to feature pups that are known to our followers, not just pulled of the web. So feel free to continue to send in photos whenever you feel like seeing your pup in the spotlight.  Please send them to


Sunday, October 12, 2014

Golden Retriever

Fast Facts

Country of Origin:Scotland
AKC Group:Sporting Group
UKC Group:Gun Dog
Use today:Field trials, obedience competition
Life Span:10 to 12 years
Color:Varying shades of gold.
Coat:Medium length, dense undercoat and water repellent outer coat.
Grooming:Brush daily during heavy shedding in spring and fall, otherwise two to three times weekly. Bathe as needed.
Size:Medium Dog Breed
Height:21.5 to 24 inches
Weight:55 to 75 pounds

Thursday, October 9, 2014


This is a video of last winter when we had just started the business. The pups you see her are Artie, Theia, Beau, puppy Jake and Dexter.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

6 Steps to the Perfect Puppy

Follow these steps to raise a happy, well-adjusted dog
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Follow these steps to raise a happy, well-adjusted dog
By Steve Duno

Monday, September 29, 2014

Pool Party at Stella's house.

This is a great excample of our summer home visits. If your pup is in need of some exercise give us a call and your pup can join in on the fun.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Dachshund, Miniature

Fast Facts
Country of Origin:Germany
AKC Group:Hound Group
Use today:Earthdog
Life Span:12 to 14 years
Color:Red, cream, dapple, brindle, sable, or bi-colored (black, chocolate, wild boar, gray or fawn with tan markings.)
Coat:Three coat types: smooth, long-haired and wire-haired.
Grooming:Moderate. Frequency depends on coat type.
Size:Small Dog Breed
Height:Longer than tall
Weight:under 11 pounds

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Morning fun

Theia and Rudy play this game every morning. It is so funny to watch them. Rudy comes before the day starts so we can spend some alone time with him and our K9 Home Base pack. The HB pack is made up of Dex, Theia, Gesta, Budders, Rudy and Alice. It is a great mix of dogs and they all love each other.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014


Fast Facts

Country of Origin:Mexico
AKC Group:Toy Group
UKC Group:Companion
Use today:Companion
Life Span:14 to 18 years
Color:Any color or combination of colors is acceptable.
Coat:Two coat types: Smooth - soft and glossy. Long - flat or wavy coats, ears should be fringed; tail is full and long.
Grooming:Monthly grooming. Brush long coats twice a week. Clean teeth regularly.
Size:Small Dog Breed
Height:No height standards
Weight:3 to 6 pounds


Sunday, September 21, 2014

Thursday, September 18, 2014

American Pit Bull Terrier

Fast Facts

Country of Origin:USA
AKC Group:Rare
UKC Group:Terrier
Use today:Companion
Life Span:10 to 12 years
Color:All colors, patterns, and combinations permitted. Any eye color except blue.
Coat:Short, smooth, glossy.
Grooming:Brush, trim nails, and clean teeth weekly.
Size:Medium Dog Breed


Monday, September 15, 2014

AKC Meet the Breeds


The well-conditioned middleweight athlete of dogdom, the Boxer is a powerful dog with an intelligent and alert expression. While they are instinctive guardians, the Boxer loves to be with his people. This personality has allowed them to succeed as couriers during war time and as seeing-eye dogs for the blind. Appearing in both fawn and brindle colors, the Boxer currently ranks as one of the most popular dogs in the United States according to AKC® Registration Statistics.
Learn about the lifestyle of a Boxer, its grooming needs, and more, here.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Putnam Lions NEADS Dog Walk to support "Canines for Combat Veterans"

We had a great time at the Putnam Lions NEADS Dog Walk to support "Canines for Combat Veterans". Mandy came with us and did great with the people that came by to say hi. Thank you to all that came by to say hi. Thank you to the Putnam Dog Park

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Finding Fido: Gadgets That Keep Track of Your Pets

A new breed of gadgets helps pet owners track their wayward pals.
By Katie Kempl

It's simple and painless -- and best for indoor
that often go
collarless. Your vet injects a tiny computer chip (the
of a grain of rice) under the animal's skin between the shoulder blades. Along with your contact info, the chip's number is added to a database accessible to animal hospitals, shelters, and humane societies. Since the chip can't get lost or damaged, it lasts for a pet's lifetime. Ask your vet for info or go to Pros: An affordable, permanent way to identify your pet.
Cons: The procedure must be performed by a vet. Plus, the animal, once found, has to be picked up by a vet or shelter with an ID scanner.
Cost: $25 to $40

Monday, September 8, 2014

Spot light on Lil Rudy

Lil Rudy is with us almost everyday. He has become part of K9 1-ON-1's main pack. Rudy Cuddles with the old to set them at ease, he lays with the scared to bring them peace and shows love to all he comes across. Rudy may be little but he will stand up for the under dog. He  also knows when to let the other pups find their spot in the pack. Rudy is a special  part of K9 1-ON-1 and we love him sooooooooooooo much

Sunday, September 7, 2014

How to Foster a Pet

Welcoming a furry friend temporarily into your home can change an animal's life (and your family's) for the better.

Friday, September 5, 2014

How to Handle Pet Health Emergencies

Just like kids, dogs and cats are prone to accidents. "It's so important not to panic when your pet is hurt," says Ines de Pablo, chief officer of Wag'N Enterprises, specialists in pet emergency management. "Having the right tools on hand and enough knowledge about how to help before you can get to the vet is crucial." Our guide shows you how to prevent incidents and be prepared if and when a problem strikes.
injured pets

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Toys and Tips for Boosting Pet Dental Health

You brush your teeth every day -- but what about your dog's or cat's? "Most people have no idea that taking care of a pet's teeth will extend the animal's life," says Larry Corry, DVM, president of the American Veterinary Medical Association. "In fact, periodontal disease is the most commonly diagnosed problem in
." Left unchecked, periodontitis can lead to painful infections, and in severe cases, become life-threatening because harmful mouth bacteria can enter the bloodstream and inflame other parts of the body. But don't fret. Use these tips and toys for getting your pet's mouth squeaky clean. By Maridel Reyes

Sunday, August 31, 2014

How to Care for Aging Pets

Learn how to take care of your elderly dog, cat or other pets to ensure that they stay healthy and young at heart.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Barney and Gus

Barney and Gus have become great friends. They enjoy playing chase, tag, tug and swimming.  We love our pups here and love watching them having fun with each other. It always makes our hearts smile.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Meet Cody

Cody is from New Hampshire and loves chasing after the people that walk past his house. In fact a few people would not walk back by to go home...... if only they knew that he wanted to kiss them to death. We love you Cody please give your family a big wet kiss for us.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

A wonderful walk

There is not to many things we love more than a sunny day the girls by our side and a pack of pups walking with us. Today we had  Cooper, Kesci, Little Cooper, Izzy, Lil Rudy and Theia 

Tuesday, August 19, 2014