Puppy Myth Buster #1

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b) Needing to chew.

Dogs do not have opposing thumbs and they explore the world with their mouths. Add to that, puppies have a very strong need to chew when they are teething. It helps relieve the pain of new teeth growing in. It is our responsibility to provide them with an appropriate chew toy or bone.

Not all chew toys are created equal. Do some experimenting and find something your pup really loves to sink his teeth into. Our top picks: raw frozen marrow bones, a rubber toy that’s made for stuffing with food, and big pressed rawhides soaked in some chicken, beef or veggie stock. Use common sense and maintain chew toys and monitor their size as your pup gnaws.

Learn more here: http://www.ultimatepuppy.com/how-dogs-learn/ and here: http://www.ultimatepuppy.com/how-dogs-learn-3/

New Puppy Rules – Bonding

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We have taken puppy raising concepts and broken them down into a few key points to help make them easy to remember and to practice. With each new set of rules you will find a link included to take you to ultimatepuppy.com, where you can get a comprehensive explanation and/or lesson on the concept.

 

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Click on the link to learn how: hand feeding and food bowl exercises.

Good Golly Miss Molly – Boundaries for ALL

“This is a Swiss Appenzeller. Her name is Molly and she’s 8 years old. Well, she’s not the brightest dog I’ve ever had, but that’s not why we get dogs, do we? Molly knows 5 commands. I’ve always had dogs and you know, my advice is to raise your children the same way you raise a dog…with structure and boundaries. That’s how I raised my daughter and she turned out fine.”