5 Signs of Resource Guarding in Puppies

Resource guarding is when a dog protects his or her food, toys, bones, people, car, personal space, or anything else he or she finds to be important. Dogs can guard things from other dogs, people, or both other dogs and people. Resource guarding is a common behavior in many dogs and ranges from mild to severe. Genetics play a strong role in whether a dog will resource guard. You can often spot signs of resource guarding in puppies as young … Read More

4 Fun, Dog Friendly Things to do in Orange County

The weather has been beautiful lately here in sunny Orange County, making it a perfect time to get out and do more with your dog. Here are some of our favorite dog friendly places to visit and some of our favorite things to do with our pups: 1. Dog Beaches Soak up the sun and take your dog to the beach! Many beaches around here allow dogs year-round, though certain beaches restrict dog access during specific hours throughout the summer … Read More

Keeping Your Dog Safe in the Car – 5 Dos and Don’ts

Warmer, sunny weather means more frequent dog park and dog beach visits and traveling with your dog both around and out of town. Whether you’re just bringing your dog to daycare for the day or going on a long road trip, keeping your dog safe in the car is super important! Here are 5 dos and don’ts for doing just that. 1. DO Give Your Pup Plenty of Breaks Just like humans, canines need plenty of food, water, and potty … Read More

Dog Breed Spotlight: The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Dog Breed Spotlight: The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Cavalier King Charles are sweet, loving, and are affectionately called the “love sponges” of dogs! In our daycare environment, you can typically find them playing nicely, napping, or cuddling with our team members. In fact, we often recruit our regular Cavaliers to help out new Waggers during Meet & Greet appointments! Cavalier King Charles are ranked #19 in popularity according to the AKC, making them super popular in the United States. They … Read More

Dog Breed Spotlight: The Vizsla

Dog Breed Spotlight: The Vizsla Vizslas are cute, spunky, and energetic. In our daycare environment, you can usually find them chasing after a ball or loving on our team members! Vizslas are ranked #31 in popularity according to the AKC, making them one of the more popular breeds of dogs. History The ancestors of the modern-day Vizsla were excellent hunters that specialized in finding and retrieving game both in and out of water. These early Vizslas were first bred by … Read More

Dog Breed Spotlight: The Labrador Retriever

Dog Breed Spotlight: The Labrador Retriever Did you know that Labrador Retriever’s are the most popular dog breed in the US? We see many labs here in our daycare every single day! They come in a variety of colors. However, the AKC only recognizes chocolate, yellow, and black. History Labs first originated in Newfoundland, Canada, now known as the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. The dog breed gained popularity throughout the 1800s. Labs were first bred to retrieve waterfowl from … Read More

Safe & Healthy Alternatives to Rawhide Chews

Safe & Healthy Alternatives to Rawhide Chews Rawhide chews are a popular choice among pet parents, but we don’t recommend them. While they can satisfy the need to chew, they can also cause stomach irritation and internal blockages. Rawhide chews are made from dried animal skins, typically from the leather industry’s leftover scraps. The majority of rawhide chews are sourced from outside of the United States, and toxic chemicals are frequently used in the manufacturing process. There are plenty of … Read More

Dog Flu – Signs, Symptoms, and What to Watch Out For

Dog Flu – Signs, Symptoms, and What to Watch Out For In December 2017, Northern California saw an outbreak of canine influenza, also known as the dog flu. Since December, the virus has spread across the Bay Area, making it’s way to Nevada and parts of Oregon. Southern California luckily hasn’t seen any cases yet, but it’s always good to be prepared. There are two known strains of dog flu in the United States – H3N8 and H3N2. H3N8 is an older … Read More

Meet Hercules, the Latest Wags & Wiggles Rescue!

Meet Hercules, the latest Wags & Wiggles rescue! Hercules is a four year old Spaniel mix. He probably has a little bit of everything mixed in, including Pug, Beagle, and Cavalier. Unfortunately, his prior family could no longer keep him. He has been at our Rancho Santa Margarita facility for a few weeks now and is ready to find his forever home! Hercules is a very sweet, affectionate, loving dog. He is on the small-to-medium side, has a medium amount … Read More

Understanding Dog Body Language

Dogs have a lot to say! Understanding dog body language will help you communicate effectively with your pup. Dogs speak mostly through body language. Learning how to speak “dog” is important because you will be able to recognize when your dog is uncomfortable, scared, or threatened. Dogs rarely bite without multiple warning signs. You will have to train your eye to see quick body movements, as they may appear for a moment and then dissolve into something else. First, understand … Read More

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