Bringing Home a New Puppy

Tips and Tricks for Bringing Home a New Puppy

 

Bringing home a new puppy can be an exhausting experience but once your puppy gets acclimated to their new environment; the fun never stops! Before you decide to adopt a puppy, owners should purchase items beforehand to ensure they have everything they need to make a smooth transition. Items such as a collar, a leash, and a bed are all necessities for bringing home a new puppy.

 

Getting Your New Puppy Acclimated To Their New Environment

 

  • Let your new puppy wander around -Once you get your new puppy through the front door of the house, let him wander around his home. Let him smell all of the different scents whether they are from humans or another fur friend for them to chase around. This will make him feel less nervous and allow him to adapt in his own way.

 

  • Introduce him to the human pack – Be sure that when you are bringing home a new puppy, the human pack is there to greet him when he arrives. Meeting everyone at the same time will make the transition of being in a new home easier than introducing several people at different times throughout the day. If you have young children, be sure to explain to them how to properly treat the puppy so they don’t scare him.

 

  • Meet & Greet with Fur Friends – If you already have another dog companion at home, be sure to introduce your new puppy and him on a mutual ground (We learned this the hard way). Let them meet outside at the park or down the street. Then let them walk back together. Meeting in a mutual place will allow them to assess one another without having to become territorial of the house!

 

  • Have some treats close by – Showing your dog the ropes will be a smooth process if you have some treats on hand. Fletcher LOVES the Mini Natural Treats (Salmon Flavor) and will do just about anything to get one! Use the treats to get your new puppy to follow you around so you can show them where he will sleep, eat, and how to tell you when he needs to go out.

 

Bringing home a new puppy can be a rewarding experience and with the right preparations it can even be a FUN one!  Are you planning on adopting a new puppy? Have you already brought him to your home?

Fletcher and Dirk would LOVE to hear about their buddies’ experiences! Leave us a comment and let us know 🙂

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Are Two Dogs Better Than One?

So as you all probably know we’ve been missing for a while. We sincerely apologize. Life gets busy and time seems to fly by. We hope you all have been well, and had a wonderful holiday season. If you follow us on social media, you probably have seen our new addition. Let me back up here for a second. From the moment I got Fletcher, I had considered getting him a buddy. Another doodle of some kind. I bantered back and forth, things fell through, and it never seemed to work out. I was at the point where I literally searched for goldendoodles, labradoodles, and any kind of doodle all day long. I leave for work pretty early (7:30AM) to be precise; and let me tell you, if you’ve never had big brown puppy eyes stare you down as you close the door, you’re very lucky. It’s seriously heartbreaking, especially if you’re obsessed with your pets like I am!

Why Two Dogs Are Better Than One

Why are two dogs better than one? It seems simple to me but, in my defense, I wasn’t just absorbed with looking at cute puppies all day. It was more than that. I wanted a companion for Fletcher and I love the breed. I constantly found myself stressed out about whether or not I was going to make it to the gym or exercise Fletcher. There just isn’t enough time in the day to get it all done. My argument for why two dogs are better than one was this; getting another puppy will give Fletcher a buddy and they will primarily exercise themselves. Playing, wrestling, and fighting over toys! It’s the best idea. I knew that getting another puppy probably sounded crazy, since Fletcher is still a puppy himself, but why not knock it all out at the same time! They will both be trained and will have known each other since they were young. In my opinion it was the perfect plan! So if you haven’t already figured it out, I got another doodle! This time a Labradoodle and we named him Dirk. He is currently 6 months old and doing great, one of the best choices I have ever made. In the beginning it is stressful and a TON of work, but when you see them romping and entertaining each other and having the best time, it makes all the work worth it. Since we have added Dirk to the family, we have received the same question from our fans, “Are two dogs better than one?

Now for the fun part

Maybe you’re going back and forth trying to decide are two dogs really better than having just one? Let me help you in making that decision. It’s a big one, but also a fun one!

HOW are two dogs better than one – 3 PROS

First off, you pretty much have a built in dog park. If you think about it, when you take your dog to the park they usually find that one dog they play with the whole time. Having two dogs is like your pup always being at the dog park!

Second, you don’t have to constantly feel bad about leaving your (single) dog at home. You might say, “Well now they are both at home. How does that help?” Well, think of it in this way, it’s just like you and I. When we’re lonely sometimes all we need is another person to be present, in the room, there with us. Having another dog will ensure that your pup will never be lonely. When you leave, there is always someone there.

Last but not least, it really isn’t that much more work. Some people say, “Well now we’re going to have to do this, and buy that.” You already buy this and do that, so now you’ll just do a little extra. I was one of those that thought I was going to have to double the work, but in reality the workload is pretty much the same; and that’s coming from someone with two fur balls. If I can do it, so can you! I hope this helps you in your decision, and if you decide to add another pup to your growing family I highly doubt you will be disappointed!

Did we answer your question,”Are two dogs better than one?” Do you know if you want to add a second pup to your family yet? Feel free to ask us any questions or leave your stories about why two dogs are better than one.   We would love to hear from you and hope this helps:)

Holiday Cheer

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Do you want to spoil your pooch this holiday season? Here are a few holiday pup recipes that we love and think you will too! Let us know what you think!

Christmas Carob Mint Dog Cookies via Pawlux.com;

Combine 1 cup flour, 1 cup baking mix (Bisquick or Jiffy), 5 drops mint flavoring, ¼ cup milk, 2 tablespoons margarine, 1 egg and 1 teaspoon corn syrup. Mix all ingredients and roll out onto a floured surface to approximately ¼ inch thick. Cut with bone shape or holiday cookie cutters and position on a cookie sheet sprayed with cooking spray. Bake at 350 for 25 to 30 minutes until lightly browned. Cool the dip cookies halfway into melted carob or spoon the carob icing over half of each cookie. Make sure cookies are cooled down before storing, gift wrapping or giving to your pup. Store these treats in a sealed, airtight container for freshness.

**DO NOT substitute chocolate chips, chocolate is toxic to dogs instead go with carob a safe alternative for your barking chocoholic. Carob should be found in your stores baking department.

Gourmutt Holiday Peanut Butter Dog Treats via Pawlux.com;

Mix 2 cups all-purpose flour and 1 cup of whole wheat flour in a medium sized bowl. In a large bowl, mix 1 teaspoon molasses, 2 tablespoons natural peanut butter and 2 tablespoons vegetable or canola oil. Add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients and mix until smooth. Scoop into small balls and place on a baking sheet sprayed with cooking spray. Flatten each ball with the back side of the fork in both directions, creating a crisscross score design. You can also get out your cookie cutters and have some yuletide fun! Bake at 350 for approximately 30 minutes. Cool before giving the treat to your dog. Store these treats in a sealed container for up to a week.

Gift Wrapping Ideas:

Package your homemade dog treats as nicely as you would a gift for a friend. You can recycle old empty Christmas tins or use gift basket, dog bowl, biscuit jar, small stocking or cellophane bag tied with reused & recycled ribbon. For a gift that keeps on giving in dog bones, you can write the treat recipe on recycled card stock and attach it to the gift.

If you are not a baker but have a dog loving friend that loves to cook we have an idea for you. Attach one of these delicious recipes on a recipe card to a dog bone shaped cookie cutter. This makes a paw-tastic gift for any dog owner & dog lover. But for the dog owner that has everything you can always gift them a doggy cookbook.

So gourmutts get baking and spreading Yuletide cheer!

Happy Pawlidays friends! We hope your holiday season is going great, just like ours. Don’t leave your furry friend out this season. Celebrate them as well! These awesome treats are sure to make them feel involved in the holiday celebrations!

Last Day

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Friends, don’t forget today is the last day for our Cyber Week Sale! Use the Code: “Cyber” at checkout for 40% Off of all Seasonal Dog Supplies! Don’t overlook this here post because we know your adorable furry friends need a little something for the Holidays. Shop Now

Santa Paws

The Golden DoodI’m probably one of the top ranked when it comes to being obsessed with Christmas. Right up there with Clark Griswold from National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. I hope you all know what I’m referencing. If not, you must watch that movie this Christmas season. Anyway, I love Christmas and all that it entails. Jesus Birthday, the lights, the colors and the scents, and especially the decorations. If it were up to me I would leave my Christmas decorations up year round. But for some reason that’s socially unacceptable, so for now I’ll just have to embrace the month of Christmas I do get! Another part of Christmas that I thoroughly enjoy is the shopping. Searching and searching for those perfect gifts, and then when you find them you feel so accomplished! I could go on and on about everything I love regarding Christmas. However, this Christmas is a little different for me. I have my own dog! I grew up with dogs and we always include them in the Christmas celebrations. They have a stocking full of goodies and partake in family Christmas photos. So believe me when I say, I am SO excited for my first Christmas with Fletcher. Now that being said, I will probably go a little overboard when it comes to gifts and goodies, but I’m going to try my best to not let that happen. So today I want to share a few of my must have items for my pet this holiday season! These items range from over $100 dollars to as low as $10 dollars. There is something for everyone!

#1. The iCPooch. This is on the top of my list this year. This gift may not be for you, but I spend a lot of time away from Fletcher. So being able to interact with him and give him treats while i’m away would be amazing for me. This is all controlled through your phone and home wifi. I think this is a great item!

#2. Rope Bulb Dog toy. I’m loving this item as well! And this one is priced super low. If you’re looking for some great priced stocking stuffers for your pet, look no further than Target! And how cute is this toy? I will definitely be making a trip to Target in the next few days!

#3. Harry Barker Dog Beds. I couldn’t just choose one to link, so I linked the whole page! These beds are so stylish and come in such variety. I’m in the market for a new bed since my little devil decided to tear his up. Which one is your favorite? We can’t decide!

#4. Harry Barker Festive Toy Bin. This is just one of many! You can personalize your buckets or choose one that is pre made. I love that these have a variety of items in them. They range in price as well, so it all depends on what you’re looking for. This would be a great gift for your pet, or even for a friend who loves their pet!

#5. Striped Ball Set. You can never have too many tennis balls, and these are completely adorable and stylish! Also they are priced great as well. We love everything that Harry Barker has to offer. Everything they make is stylish, durable, and affordable. Check out their website today!

#6. Stashing Through The Snow set. Whether you’re looking for holiday leashes and collars, or just an all year set; we have them all at The Dood Shop. Plus right now you can get up to 40% off your purchases! This deal will only be valid till December 5th, so take advantage and do some holiday shopping!

I hope this list got you in the spirit to start your Christmas shopping! I could go on and on with adorable items, but that should get you started. All websites I listed are full of adorable gifts. So head on over to the websites and browse around! I’m sure you’ll find something that suits your style. Happy Holidays friends!

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