Winter Weather Safety Tips

Winter is quickly approaching and while that means lots of outdoor fun with your dog, it’s great to be mindful of tips that can keep your pet safe, warm and happy through the cold season. Keep Them Cozy Many dogs are very susceptible to the cold and snowy conditions despite having their own ‘blanket’ and would greatly benefit from being …

Three Grooming Myths and Facts

Myth #1 – Short-Haired Dogs Don’t Require Grooming Fact – All dogs require grooming of some sort to keep them looking and feeling their best. Short-haired dogs will benefit greatly from a regular bath, teeth brushing, nail trimming, ear cleaning and keeping the pads of the feet and sanitary areas clean and free of excess hair. Myth #2 – Shaving …

Can Your Dog’s Paws Handle the Heat?

With the unpredictable weather we often get in Hamilton, temperatures and outdoor conditions can quickly change from one day to the next or even from hour to hour. During extreme temperatures at both ends of the thermometer, deciding how best to take care of your dog can give you paws pause. One of the things to consider in these warmer …

Dogs Just Want to Have Fun. You Just Want Time to Relax.

You know the feeling. As much as we all love our dogs, and can’t wait to see their wagging tails at the end of the day, sometimes you just need a break. Whether you use that time away from your best bud to clean the house, get some work done or just have a few furball free moments, we can …

Heat Wave and Your Dog

It’s no secret that in the Greater Toronto Hamilton area, we have had an exceptional heat wave. And while we have been trying to find ways to manage through it, our pets have likely been feeling it worse than we have. After all, they are wearing a fur coat every day. We here at Pooch Haven are committed to help …

What dog breed is the best to adopt?

Well we love them all, but we did a bit of research to find out more about which dogs have the most desirable traits when it comes to incorporating them into the average family. We based our criteria on 4 categories: 1) Intelligence 2) How much they shed 3) Disposition 4) How much or how little they bark. Just as …

Why your dog can’t stop scratching (and how to help)

Dogs get allergies just like we do. They may not always experience itchy eyes and sneezing fits, but they do get the doggie equivalent to hives. We often refer to them as hot spots that are so itchy, they end up scratching and biting at them until their poor puppy skin is raw. Hot spots are usually caused by tree, …

5 Doggie Fibs Debunked

I bet you (like I did) believe that dogs can only see in black and white (and shades of gray). Apparently dogs can see colour – just not the way most humans do. Based on the canine retina, dogs probably see shades of blue, yellow, green, and grey the best. Their eyes are also sensitive to light. While dogs certainly …