Useful Dog Tricks

November 13th, 2010

Meet Jesse, the incredibly talented and well trained Jack Russell! Jesse was trained by his owner Heather using Positive Reinforcement and Clicker Training, as you can see a little encouragement and reward has gone a long way with this clever boy!

Positive Reinforcement means rewarding good behaviors (through treats, praise etc) and ignoring bad ones. It is a highly effective method of training and a really nice way to bond with your pet too.

Negative Reinforcement means punishment for bad behavior such as shouting at your dog, physically hurting your dog by hitting or with choke collars, rubbing your dog’s nose in faeces etc.

This outdated training method is bad news but sadly still widely passed on to new dog owners. If your “trainer” uses these methods, we strongly recommend finding a new one! If you are based in Dublin, Mollys recommends the excellent Dog Training Ireland in Blanchardstown.

Halloween and Pets – Have Fun and STAY SAFE!

October 18th, 2010

Every Halloween we hear of those sad cases animals being intentionally hurt or accidentally injured or killed through carelessness or inexperience. That’s why on the run up to Halloween we always like to do a re-cap of the basic do’s and don’t’s – better to be safe than sorry.

Halloween can be a scary time for pets – fireworks, noisy kids in scary masks knocking at the door, bonfires…. Loud noises like fireworks can cause pets to panic and run, sometimes ending up in road traffic accidents or simply getting lost and never finding their way home. Make sure your pet has somewhere in your home that they can go to feel safe if they are not happy. Ideally with something over their head to make them feel secure so in a covered crate, under a bed or even in a boiler room where the noise can be drowned out is helpful.

Do your best to keep them calm and feeling safe and it is imperative to keep your dog or cat SAFELY INDOORS in the run up to and on Halloween night.

You should always make sure your pet has a microchip and is wearing a collar and ID tag at all times so they can be identified, regardless of the season.

If your cat is usually outdoors, we have plenty of cat toys available to keep him happily entertained inside. For dogs, try to get them used to loud noises as much as possible, turn the tv or radio up a little louder than usual and give lots of cuddles and dog treats as a reward for NOT barking at the noise, try not to “reward” the scared behavior itself though as this may encourage it.

DAP (dog appeasing pheremone) diffusers can also help de-stress your pets, as can our bestselling Sleepy Time Tonic.

Not all pets are bothered by fireworks and can really enjoy Halloween. If they are happy to play along why not include them in the fun with their very own Pet Costume? We have lots to choose from. Lots of pets (including Molly) are more than happy to dress up and really enjoy the attention but please don’t force your pet to dress up if they don’t want to.

On the night, don’t forget that chocolate and any sweets containing xylotol are poisonous for pets so keep them well out of their reach; that also includes any foil sweet wrappers that could cause a blockage if ingested. We have a wide range of dog treats and cat treats to choose from if you want them to join in the snacking.

Make sure there are no lit candles at “tail swatting” height or where your cat likes to jump up, unfortunately many fires start this way on Halloween. If you are carving a pumpkin please, please make sure there is no space for a kitten to climb into and singe their fur.

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Have a happy and safe Halloween!

Claire & Molly

Our Fabulous Dog Tornado Toy on RTE’s Four Live Yesterday

October 14th, 2010

A gorgeous dog called Timmy did a great job of demonstrating our bestselling Dog Tornado interactive toy on Four Live yesterday afternoon, thanks Timmy!

From our fun Interactive Dog Toy range, the Dog Tornado is a great way to bond with your pet while giving them a mental workout. There are different difficulty levels to help your dog find the treats easily at first, then work a little harder once they are used to it.

Timmy is currently looking for a forever home, please contact the ISPCA for more details.

Ok Go – White Knuckles – amazing dog video!

September 21st, 2010

Ok Go always make great videos but this one is extra great as it has dogs in it! :)
Even though it looks very tricky, basic obedience training (and a lot of patience!) is pretty much all that is needed to get started with your dog on a project like this. Once your dog can obey basic hand signals they can “dance”, notice how the dogs in the video are either looking at someone off camera for a cue or obeying a hand signal on camera. Aren’t dogs smart? :)

We can’t guarantee your music video will look this good, but if you would like to teach your dog a few tricks we have plenty of training treats to use as rewards for basic commands to start off with and interactive dog toys to stimulate their minds.

Pet Dental Care

September 15th, 2010

Apparently, September is officially Pet Smile Month, so I decided to use this opportunity to discuss this very important but often overlooked area of petcare.

Molly recently had to take some medication for a sore paw, it was a big beef flavored tablet which she seemed to love the taste of and gobbled up right out of my hand! I was shocked later when I happened to see what I thought was some of the beefy tablet stuck to her back teeth, but was in fact tartar build up. Her front teeth are nice and clean from regular chewy dog treats and her rope toy fascination so I didn’t think to check the back ones, I feel like such a bad owner! :(

PetSmile week aims to encourage pet owners to “lift the lip” and check their pet’s teeth regularly, you can’t see the teeth so you never know what’s lurking back there. Ideally, you would get your pet used to having their teeth brushed with a special pet toothpaste and brush several times a week from an early age, but this isn’t always possible and some pets simply don’t like brushing and will not allow it, especially cats!

Thankfully there are other options available. One of the bestselling products in our pet supplies department is Plaque Off – an all natural seaweed formula that you simply add to your pets food. You should see results within a few weeks, I highly recommend it.

If even a few weeks seems too long, to help with the dreaded “dog breath kiss” we have some nifty products that require no brushing such as this tropiclean Clean Teeth Gel kit. To help with halitosis our Fresh Breath Foam and Fresh Breath Water Additive work a treat, without harming your pet (or anyone elses as the range is cruelty free!)

With some simple additions to your petcare routine you can go a long way to preventing dental disease, which if left untreated can spread to other parts of the body including major organs. As well as the plaque prevention suggestions above, regular access to a chew toy can also help dislodge tartar. And of course, diet is very important. The better the quality of your dog food or cat food, the better condition your pet’s teeth (and the rest of him!) will be in.

Dancing Dog Does The Merengue

September 7th, 2010

This clever dog is called Carrie and she is from Chile. She could teach me a thing or two on the dance floor! :)
Apart from her talent, we just love how she looks lovingly at her owner, they’re having a great time.
We love her little dog outfit too! On Xpose Last Night!

August 27th, 2010

We’ve had a fun filled week here in Mollys!

Karen Koster and the Xpose crew called into us to film a piece about including your dog in your wedding. Robbie Williams recently married Ida Fields and had their eight dogs as bridesmaids. When the Xpose team heard this, they wondered if there were many items available for dog wedding guests or indeed including your dog in the ceremony itself. They were delighted to see that we had an array of dog bridal wear to show them and Molly and Lemar were only too happy to model it for them :)

In case you missed the piece on TV3 last night, here it is.

Mollys on Xpose

If you have any enquiries about collars, hairbows or dog clothing to include your pet in your wedding, please contact us and we’ll be happy to help!

Cleaning your dog’s ears…

August 4th, 2010

…and getting your furniture re-arranged for free! :)

Meet Arnie, a gorgeous hunk of a Rottweiler who his comfortable enough with his manliness to regularly shop in our Boutique.

He likes to keep his ears smelling clean and fresh (for the ladies no doubt!) with our Happytails Ear Clear.

He actually enjoys it so much he re-arranges the living room afterward as a thank you to his owners!

Thanks a mil to Ieva for the cute video!!

How to Treat Tear Staining in Dogs and Cats

July 29th, 2010

Dog’s eyes will naturally tear a little bit, especially when they are growing puppies with rapidly changing faces and sore teeth. For light or white coloured dogs this can lead to visible staining around the eyes and muzzle. If excessive tearing is causing a sticky build up that is irritating your dog’s face, or you simply want to remove the stains for cosmetic reasons, there are several options available.

It is very important to know that not all of these options are advisable.

Option one is to add a low grade anti biotic in your dog’s food. This will work cosmetically for a time but… the bacteria will most likely build up a tolerance to the anti biotic and also it is very important to let the tears come out naturally anyway. If the staining is a reddy brown – everything is a-ok and your dog’s eyes are healthy. However if here is a green or yellow colour a trip to the vet is needed. Checking the colour of the stains is an easy way of monitoring your pets health and I would personally much rather keep the anti-biotics for when they are genuinely necessary. Therefore we do not sell these products and do not recommend them.

Option two is to let the tears come out and then treat them externally. This is a much better idea for the reasons outlined above, but you still need to be careful choosing a product. Some products on the market contain bleaches and chemicals such as peroxide, we do not sell them either. Some people have success with apple cider vinegar but as this has a laxative effect I wouldn’t recommend it!

The products available on our website are natural and contain NO antibiotics, bleaches, peroxides, or anything else nasty that we wouldn’t be happy to recommend. For white coated dogs, Eye Envy is our bestselling product. It removes stains naturally and very effectively with a two part topical powder and liquid treatment that doesn’t sting! It is suitable for both dogs and cats.

Another all natural, safe and effective option is the Happytails Eyemunity and Eye Pad program. The Eyemunity is a safe, natural food supplement to help boost your dog’s immune system while the Eye Pads contain gentle ingredients like collodial silver to remove the stains externally. For dogs that just have a wee bit of staining or a grubby muzzle, the Eye Pads on their own are a great way to clean the stains off without harming your precious pet.

The Dog Beauty Pageant At Pet Expo 2010

June 17th, 2010

The must see event for pet lovers Pet Expo has moved to the new summer date of 2nd – 4th July for 2010 – that means there’s just two weeks to go till the fun begins! :)

Mollys Pet Boutique have been involved with Pet Expo from the very start and we always like to bring a fun, interactive event to the main stage. In the past we have had several pet fashion shows, The Ireland’s Next Top Dog Model competition and The Best Rescue competition.

This year as Pet Expo will be taking place on 4th July weekend, we thought it would be fun to host an American style beauty pageant…. but for dogs!

There will be a panel of judges each day of Pet Expo but instead of the human pageant Eveningwear and Talent rounds there will be prizes for the following categories to name a few:
Best Eyes
Best Smile
Best Outfit
Best Talent/Trick
Best matching owner and dog outfits
Best Personality
Overall Pageant King or Queen

The Beauty Pageant is a fun event – no need to spray tan your dog or get all stressed about it! If your dog mixes well with other dogs and people, enjoys dressing up and getting lots of attention, is comfortable in busy environments and enjoys having FUN with you then just fill in this application form and we’ll see you there :)