My pap wont play!

August 10th, 2008

3 years ago, I purchased my very first papillon. He is a male, and is the best friend I ever had, BUT..He’s very skitish and doesn’t play with any toys. He runs away when a someone else apart from me goes to pick him up.
If I call him over to play, he will not come, and i’ll findhim sleeping on the bed.
He is also afraid of water.
I’ve tried to play rough with him to get him excited. giving him toys with food, but nothing works.
The only thing he liked to do is agility.

Do you have an idea why he is like this?
If so, what can I do?

Papillon Showing

August 3rd, 2008

Hi, I am new to this lovely breed!  I have a 7 month old male papillon that I would like to show.  I live in northern Colorado, and papillons are very uncommon.  I have not been able to find a breeder/mentor in my vicinity. Could you suggest a good book/reference for showing and training papillons for the ring?

papillion coat

August 1st, 2008

I took my dog to petsmart for grooming and they cut his coat with a size 5 clippers.  They told us they knew how to groom a Papillion (that they groom all types of dog breeds and know what to do)  My daughter and I were so upset when we picked him up.  Will his coat grow back and look good? He is 6 months old.  I am shocked when strangers know that he is a papillion because he doesn’t look like one anymore.  I just want to cry.

Thanks for you help.

Fur/ coat question

July 9th, 2008

Hello there!

I have 11 week old Pap. I read that they go through an “ugly shedding stage”. I can see that my pap is starting to lose some fur/coat. When will it usually grow back to adult fur/coat?


Trouble with Potty Training

July 9th, 2008


New to blogging.  Please bear with me.

My Pap, Madison, is 11 months old.  Anyway, we are having a hard time house breaking her.  We got her last October and we immediately began crate training her.  We now use a puppy play pen for her when we are not home and at night.  She will not go in her pen (except for the occasional accident-which is usually our fault because she is left in there too long).  She goes constantly in the house.  She will not give us any sort of warning that she needs to go out.  We feel we have been consistent with her as far as taking her out regularly, using the same door to take her out, etc.  I’m constantly finding little pee markings in the house and poop here and there.  We do let her run freely in the house while we are home.  One friend suggested training her to use a bell to tell us she has to go out.  We tried this and she rings the bell, but so does the cat.  The cat figured out that when I say “Let’s go Potty” to Maddy, she can sneak out into the backyard (which she loves).  Any suggestions or ideas that anyone has tried would be greatly appreciated!  I’m desperate.  I’ll try just about anything at this point! 



July 9th, 2008

Hello Ruth Ann.   Our second Papillon is 2 years old now and her ears have dropped quite a bit.  Her Dad is a Phalene and her Mom is a Papillon.  Is there a way to post a picture to this blog?  I would like your opinion as to if you think she is a Phalene or not.  Thanks. 


Post-drinking vomit

June 22nd, 2008


I have a 3yr old Pap who spits up after drinking.  When we catch her drinking, we will pick her up and ‘burp’ her (much like the baby she is), and that will help with the problem.  Sometimes it doesn’t work.

This morning, I heard her drinking, picked her up and burped her, put her down and then I sat down to watch the news — sure enough, she jumped into my lap and barfed.

Anybody have any ideas?  I found a water dish from Contech Electronics, but I’m hoping there will be other input as well.  Other than this ‘problem’ she is the absolutely BEST dog in the world; mild mannered, friendly, very smart, well-socialized, travels well, sleeps in her crate. 

Thanks for reading.


Sanitary help

May 31st, 2008


Over the course of 30 years, I have bred Saint Bernards, Rotties, German Shepherds and Boston Terriers now I am hooked on Paps!!

I did alot of research, found great bloodlines had them both tested for PRA and looked into their history for genetic defaults. NOT a cheap or quick task – but highly worth it!!! I only breed when I have committed buyers and deposits. I have a 16 month old female and a seven month old male.

My questions – my female has come into her second heat cycle, her very furry vulva area is a mess! (Collects “debris” and dried yucks.) That is handle-able because God made soap and water for various reasons…my concern – when I do allow the male to have access, next year, is it recommended to trim up that area for easier access as well as sanitary reasons? 

She has a great coat and I do not want her fur to grow in thiner or shorter. (I am showing her.) 

Thank you for any help and suggestions.  

any help with a 5 mo. old pap

May 30th, 2008

Sometimes I think i don’t even have a true Pap, even though I have papers…he is so big at only 5 months – bigger than he was even supposed to get at an adult age…he is already standing up to my knee almost and weighs I would say around 12 pounds, not fat at all, just solid – and his ears are not standing up at all yet…….my problem is with housetraining…he will be so good for a while then all of a sudden start going all over the place again…i dont know what I am doing wrong, i know that they are hard to house train, so any ideas about this I would love…

One Year Papillon Peeing on Bed!! Help!

April 24th, 2008


 I have a nearly one year old Papillon (spayed) who has been peeing on the bed recently.  It all started a several months ago, she would do it when I was out of the room or not looking.  Last night the situation came to a head, as she peed on my boyfriend’s brand new $800 mattress….while we were in bed!!!  She had just gone outside and did her business. 

She is pretty well potty trained, at my condo she goes outside on the patio where she has fake grass and at my boyfriend’s high rise condo, I take her downstairs to the doggie area.  She lets me know when she needs to go and has very few accidents which are usually my fault if I didn’t take her out on time or open the patio door. 

I could start crating her at night and that would obviously eliminate the problem of her peeing while we are in bed, however, it doesn’t stop her from running in the bedroom when we are doing other things or not looking and peeing on the bed.  Any ideas on why she could be doing this and how to train her to stop?  I highly doubt she has a UTI or any other medical problem, as this has been going on for months.  It has to be behavioral.  Please help!!

do paps like water?

April 19th, 2008

i am just about to bring a pap into my home and i was just wondering if they like water or if they can even go in water…? I had a pom and they said because for their double coats poms shouldnt really go in the water. i know paps dont have a double coat but i do know they have long hair… i am just curious, thanks


oh… i have one more question: if the pap im about to get is 3months old and only weighs about 3lbs do you think he will stay small? obviously not 3lbs but will he stay w/in size limitations? i have a pom who is meant to be no more then 7lbs and he is 17lbs!!! he’s not fat he is just a big dog…

thanks again

Hello- I have a new dog with a few problems…help!

April 18th, 2008

propic1.jpgI’ve just taken on a 14 month old neutered Phalene male called Roo. He is a rescue dog who was kept in a kennel block until the age of 11 months. He hasn’t been properly socialised with people or other dogs. Luckily he is both sweet natured and trusting so we are making slow progress with his uncertainty over human contact but other dogs remain a mystery to him. We live in an apartment block so I’m also trying to teach him not to bark at the door when people pass by. Some days he is fine and some days he barks at every noise.

Our main problems at the moment are regarding house training. We live on the first floor and he has been crate trained previously. Mostly he is very good and will wait till we let him out, he doesn’t mark in the flat but nearly every night he eliminates on the kitchen floor. We are trying to find a routine where he won’t need to go at 4am but I’m starting to run out of ideas. It does seem like he just needs to go at a ridiculous hour in the night. We let him out at 11.30pm for his last toilet break and his first of the day is a 7.20am. What time do other people feed/toilet their dogs? I’m also gradually changing his diet to a better dry mix with more nutrients (the one he arrived with is terrible).

Any advice on what I should be doing will be gladly accepted. I’m new to dog ownership but have kept various animals. I’m using positive reinforcement training with food as a reinforcer (taken from his normal daily food amount).

Ahh on a final note we don’t crate him at night because he cries to go out at 4am and I like having my dog with me. Plus what if he needs a drink? Is it right to remove access to water? (considering he never pees in the flat).


March 4th, 2008

KrystalOkay–I think I figured this out–trying to upload a photo of my Pap


March 4th, 2008

Zelicaon Shooting Star
Hi Ruth Ann,

Thought I would add to the blog a photo of my Astro, Zelicaon Shooting Star.  This blogging is all new to me but will attempt this.

Kathy Ainsworth
Stargazer Papillons

Yule Picture

March 4th, 2008


This is Yule. Forevr Alfa Yuletide Tradition.

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