Unfortunately get to I see many images of Papillons with paws looking like those in the pic below:
Please, do your dog a favor and trim his paws; especially between his toes, as well his pads (underneath). Your Pap will have better traction, bring less dirt into your home. Moisture on his paws will dissipate more quickly.
U ask: how to trim the paws of my Papillon/Phalene.
First, let me mention, that I am not a professional groomer.
I will show you here my :"make do" style. I do brush and take care of my Papi's feet often, but I am not a perfectionist, and not a groomer.
But they always look neat and clean to the most part, and I have gotten a lot of compliments on their clean looks.
I am not going here into nail clipping either. The best is for you to have that shown at a vets office, or groom place.
You can buy the utensils in any pet shop, or even Walmart. Some times I use just the shears, and sometimes I use the clippers + shears. So, if you just have a nice, sharp set of shears, it will do. But be careful not to cut into the paw pads!!
Trim all hair around the paw, in an oval shape, just like the paw's shape is. Some people prefer to leave some of the hair above the tows a little longer, to show the "spaniel breed" in the dogs. I prefer to round it off all the way.
The hair between the paw pads should be trimmed. It will also drag less dirt into your house.
A paw done in a hurry. But it works!!
To have your Papillon's dainty small legs, and paws show their best appearance, you should incorporate the "hock trimming".
Article and pics coming later.....
Natural Health Care + Diet Guidelines for your Puppy’s First Few Weeks
On this Post (Page) I want to focus on your puppy’s natural healthcare and diet for the first few weeks. It is not intended to talk about leash -, or potty training. The goal is to make the transition for your puppy from our home, or the breeder you chose, to your home, as easy and stress- less as possible. This post (page) will also be continuously up-graded, changed, added on, and you can see, if you followed my blog for many years, that it contradicts numerous earlier tips, and recommendations. My outlook in caring for my Butterfly flock has drastically changed, and the positive results are just incredible. The following recommendations/guidelines are just my guidelines, as I am an advocate of natural healthcare , for all creatures, humans, and pets.
I want to see that your puppy has a healthy start, to set stone for a long, happy and energetic life, you and your puppy both love and cherish.
The puppy you are taking home from Road’s End is already eating a Raw Meat Diet(click on the link to get to the Raw Meat page) Be prepared to continue with the same diet, and have your menu planed beforehand. If you have a grinder you can grind chicken necks, and wings to give to the puppy, and only offer an occasional chicken neck as a "recreational bone". Some 9-10 week old puppies already eat small chicken necks. Small means: not too small to choke on , but still of a fairly small, skinless size. I feed a puppy 3 times / day, and hope you will continue, till he is 4-5 months old, or depending on his size, if he is a skinny type pup, or a little eating machine. If he gulps down his food at every meal he gets, put a small ball in his dish, so he has to work harder to get to the food.
You will also get a small amount of food to take with you, when you are picking your puppy up from us.
Changing your puppy's diet from kibbles, or any commercial diet to RAW:
Get some of the kibble the puppy was raised, mix meat, egg, yogurt, DE with the kibbles, and serve small meals often. Reduce kibbles gradually every day.
There are some other items you should have prior to your puppy pick-up:
Nutri Cal, or Caro Syrup. Your puppy may get depressed or stressed, and refuses to eat. This will keep his blood sugar up, and may prevent to get hypoglycemic. Follow the instructions by putting a pea size amount on your finger tip, and insert it in his mouth-pouch.
When you are going home with your new puppy avoid wanting to give it a “bath” right away. The puppy is already taxed with all new issues. A bath would stress him out too much, and you will end up with a pup with diarrhea, or runny stool, which brings more stress and possible dehydration on your dog. (See below) Let him bond to you, and enter a more quiet home, when you get back ;not have 20 children, grand parents, neighbor,s all wanting to hold him and hug him-; and let him sleep when he is getting tired. Puppies sleep a lot!
It is very stressful for any dog or puppy to go to a new home. While some dogs and puppies just seem to “fit”right in to their new homes and life styles, others get gastric problems, and develop diarrhea. Please be patient with your dog. Provide him/her a quiet corner to rest/sleep. Dehydration is the biggest worry with any diarrhea so please be sure your dog is drinking, even if he/she doesn't feel like eating.
I use a small syringe (no needle), or an eyedropper, filled with water and a tiny bit of brown molasses. Molasses has wonderful properties, and helps to keep the blood sugar stable.
A tiny amount of plain Greek yogurt, or probiotics, added to the menu is helpful with treating upset stomachs and/or diarrhea.
Canned pumpkin is also known to help treat diarrhea. Feed your Papillon ¼ Teaspoon, to help form firm stools.
You all may have read the "10 Reasons why not to own a Papillon" by Deborah Wood. (Author of several books about Papillons)
I have been raising, and breeding Papillons now for 9.5 years, and during this time, I have experienced many Papillons in our home, from birth to senior. This may not be a long time in reference to other breeders, but it's surely enough for me to say, that I have now a pretty clear understanding of the nature/character, and temperament of a Papillon dog.
I am taking the time to pick each of the 10 paragraphs (reasons why not....) and share here my own thoughts to this subject of -own-, or not own a Papillon.
Read on if you are interested to find out my thoughts to this: 1.
They are "verbally gifted." You have to be willing to put up with a
lot of barking or work with your dog diligently
Yes, they do bark, or most of them.
Papillons are a 500 year + dog breed, and they specifically where bred to be a lap dog/watch dog.
I call them "4 legged door bells".
2. Many are not lap dogs. They look like lap dogs,
but many are like little, tiny Border Collies and would rather jump and run
In my experience they are lap dogs. There are lines of Papillons who are highly active, agile, and do have a similarity to Border Collies, but would I breed a Border Collie- Pap to a Border Collie Pap to have a perfect Papillon?, or a hyper to a hyper dog?- to create more off? No, my goal is to breed Papillons who are more on the calmer side, people oriented and affectionate, I do not have "Border Collies" in my breeding plans.
I see Papillons as highly intuitive, they blend in with your rhythm. When you are active, they are, when you are resting they will, and most will sit on your lap, to be with you, and some will lay right next to you, or down by your feet. I never had a Papillon running around like a wild rabbit, while I try to either sleep, or sit down to rest, they all tuned in and settle in time with me.
In other words, it is up to the breeder a little of what the outcome is. You just need to go to the right breeder to get your Butterfly, and learn about the history of your selection.
Many are very hard to housebreak.
Yes, they are hard to housebreak, but no more than most, or all other Toy Breeds. So, in my eyes, if you do not want to put in extra effort here in turns of housebreaking, get a larger breed.
Historically all small dogs got away with tinkling, or pooping in corners-, not often even seen by the owners; where large dogs got to be thrown out, yelled at, and what not, when they had accidents. Big breeds, when difficult to house train where not selected for breeding, and over time the average sized breed + larger, developed a finesse to quickly understand that the place to eliminate is outside.
Not so with our tiny friends. They got away with it, and still do; they do not understand this concept, no matter how intelligent they are. 4.
Many males, especially unneutered ones, tend to "mark." Deal with the
problem early and with diligence, or learn to live with belly bands. Doesn't this happen in all breeds? Yes, boys mark, but if you take one at home, away from kennel mates, where there is nothing to "claim" they will quit marking, or do a lot less. And guess what? girls mark also, same thing. When there are numerous dogs, and they have to claim toys, places, domains, when they come in heat- everybody marks; but once you take these little guys out of their kennel environment they quit to the most part, and when they get neutered, they quit even more so. This applies to all breeds, and if you can't deal with that, don't get a dog, or get a stuffed one.
Although Papillons are among the healthiest and longest-lived breeds, there are
some health concerns to check out. All breeding dogs should be checked for PRA.
A fairly common problem in the breed is luxating patellas.
No much to say to this point.
As I mentioned in the previous paragraph: Go to a reliable breeder and know the history of your possible selection, see his/her parents, and hopefully grandparents in person. Patella problems do not necessarily show up before the dog turns 2 years, and older.
6. With rare exception, Papillons aren't a good
combination with small children. They break.
That is the same with all small dogs (Toy Breeds). Again, seek a larger breed when you have toddlers.
7. Papillons usually aren't a good combination with
larger dogs. They break.
Small dogs break easily under many circumstances, I have received many-, many photos of Paps being best buddies with their bigger housemate. From Aussies to Rottweilers, to Mastiffs.
Know your existing dog from top to bottom, how he/she reacts to tiny animals, from cat, kitten, small dogs, birds, and then make your safe decision on purchasing a small dog. Bigger dogs, especially hunting breeds may chase smaller dogs when the occasion is given, ("rabbit hunting")So, if your dog has a strong chasing instinct, it may not be a good combination to
add a small dog to your home.
8. Most Papillons are very dependent. If you want
an independent dog, don't get a Papillon. If you want a dog that follows you
every where, including to the bathroom, it might work out.
I do not call that "dependency", rather in my views it is that the Papillon is highly human/ owner oriented. They want to be with a person, they love people, and it is their desire to follow you. This trade is found in numerous other toy Breeds, and larger breeds.
9. Papillons are beginning to appear in puppy
mills. Fortunately, most Papillon breeders are excellent and have a great love of
the breed. However, it's important to check out the breeder and make sure that
you are dealing with someone reputable. Never consider getting a Papillon from
a pet store, where they are increasingly common.
Absolutely right here!!
10. Papillons are intense. They are highly intelligent
and trainable. They are also sensitive, and some are shy. They will notice the
smallest change in the environment, and bark an alert. They will jump 4 feet in
the air if you look at their leash. They climb out of ex-pens and open
cabinets. They get bored and throw their toys in your face until you play.
Let's get back to paragraph # 2. Intense? Sensitive? Shy? ....you find sensitive and shy in many breeds. In all those years, I had only 2 puppies who climbed out of x pens. Again, Why would I want to breed any "hyper" dog, and worse, a hyper dog to another hyper dog.
It is the breeders responsibility to do selective breeding, and, yes, if you have a line of agility dogs, and like to preserve those trades, you will have Papillons who have the ability to jump 4 feet up in the air, but not all Papillons do jump, and there is a number of Papillons who are more laid back, and on the calmer side.
If you want an intelligent, portable, intense, dependent,
busy, trainable toy dog, a Papillon just might be the right dog for you. If you
want a quiet lap dog who is a couch potato, if you want a small children's pet,
if you want a dog who doesn't care if you raise your voice -- you probably want
a different breed.
My conclusion: Don't get a Papillon if you: do not want a dog small enough to carry around, people oriented, intelligent, trainable, active when the occasions arises, with a strong ability to tune into your life style, affectionate, lap seeking, somewhat hard to house break, and is a great alert dog. If this breed is your choice after all, make sure you don't get a Papillon without knowing some of his/her history as far as parents, and grandparents, breeders establishment, and care of the dogs he/she has .