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Puppy Knowledge

So you want to welcome a puppy into your home? Pawesome! Before you pack up and head for the shelter, it's important to know you're prepared for having a pup. Or at least as prepared as you can be. Test your puppy prowess with this quiz, full of essential information for all new dog owners. Remember: with great cuteness, comes great responsibility. Make sure you are ready for all those sweet - and sometimes messy - puppy surprises.

  • True or False: All Puppies Should Be Fed The Same Diet.

    • True
    • False


    Puppies have different needs based on their size and breed. Feeding all young pups the same amount and kind of food can lead to health problems and/or obesity as they grow older. Discuss a specialized diet plan with a vet for your puppy.

  • How Often Should You Take
    Puppies Who Are In The Middle
    Of Being Trained To Be
    Housebroken Outside To Do
    Their Business?

    • Every 6 Hours
    • Twice A Day
    • Every 2 Hours

    Every 2 Hours

    Experts recommend taking puppies who are just beginning to housetrain outside every 2 hours during the day, especially after meals. This will help your new dog quickly associate the outdoors with doing his business.

  • What Is The Best Way To "Puppy-Proof" Cabinets?

    • Metal Hardware Or Locks
    • Train Your Pup To Stay Away
    • Child-Safe Latches

    Metal Hardware Or Locks

    Many curious and energetic dogs can easily outsmart or out-muscle a child latch. Metal hardware and locks ensure your young dog stays away from dangerous supplies until he learns not to enter cabinets.

  • How Should You Handle House-Training Accidents?

    • Crate Puppy After Accident
    • Show The Accident To Your Puppy and Discipline Him
    • Create A More Consistent Schedule

    Create A More Consistent Schedule

    Your puppy is still learning what you want and is bound to make mistakes. Scolding your dog will only make him fearful and may lead to more problems. Look at when and where the accident occurred and try to remedy your house-training schedule to avoid future accidents.

  • How Old Should A Puppy Be When You Adopt?

    • 9 Weeks or Older
    • 6 Weeks or Older
    • 4 Weeks or Older

    9 Weeks or Older

    Puppies spend their first 8 weeks working on dog-to-dog social skills. It's important that puppies are with their mother and littermates during this time to help with socialization. Unless the dog has been abandoned, the puppy should stay with other canines during this time.

  • What Should You Do If Your Puppy Bites You While Teething?

    • Quickly Pull Your Hand Away
    • Yell Out And Let Your Hand Go Limp
    • Scold Your Dog And Stop Playing

    Yell Out And Let
    Your Hand Go Limp

    By stopping play and interaction your puppy learns that biting stops the fun. Yelling "ouch" also serves as a verbal cue to your dog that he/she can learn to listen for and in turn avoid. While pulling your hand away quickly may be a natural action, the movement will likely excite your pet and encourage their rough play.

  • What Trick Should NOT Be Yours Dog's First?

    • Sit
    • Stay
    • Speak


    When you are training your pup, they are extremely absorbent to what they learn. The first "tricks" you teach them will be what they resort to when they are stressed, trying to please you or anxious, because it is what they learned during their formative weeks. Sitting and staying are helpful reactions from a dog, while speaking may make a stressful situation with your dog even more chaotic. Save that one for later.

  • True or False: Owners Should
    Start Introducing Their Puppy
    To New Situations Shortly
    After Bringing The Dog Home.

    • True
    • False


    The first few months of a dog's life will serve as a basis for his actions and reactions for when he is older. Introducing your puppy to different people, places, vaccinated dogs and experiences will help him become a social and comfortable adult dog. If your dog does show signs of fear towards a certain experience, you should stop exposure to that particular thing.

  • Crates Should NOT Be Used For:

    • Alone Time
    • Discipline
    • House-Training


    Crates are an especially helpful tool in puppy training. They can be a place for your dog to seek out comfort and they're great for travel. If you use a crate for discipline or as punishment for an accident, your puppy will avoid using a crate as an adult dog. This can pose problems when you need to crate your dog for travel, boarding, company, and other reasons.

  • What Dog Toy Is A Safe Choice For Puppies?

    • Rawhide
    • Baby Chew Toys
    • Plush Squeak Toys

    Plush Squeak Toys

    These toys serve as a comfort to your pup who may miss cuddling with mom. Also plush toys, unlike the other two, do not have small, hard pieces that can get lodged in your pup's throat. Play should still be monitored to ensure your pup does not choke on any part of the plushie.

  • Puppy Guru


    This must not be your first puppy. You have the knowledge it takes to provide a healthy and happy life for your new pet. What a lucky dog! Now that you have mastered the basics, enjoy the time you have to learn your dog's unique and adorable personality.

  • Informed Owner


    It's clear that you know quite a bit about dogs, but there is always more to learn. Puppies can really keep you on your toes, so don't be afraid to seek out more resources and expert advice so you are ready for anything.

  • Study-Up Pup


    Before you bring a puppy into your home, make sure you and the rest of your household are prepared. There are plenty of responsibilities and surprises that come with owning a sweet baby dog; we know you can master them in no time.

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Aquilus Domini

The way the last question was worded gave me a bit of an issue. Why even bring up human child toys? I thought you guys meant baby dog chew toys (because teething toys are not called chew toys when made for human children), which would have been correct if you spoke of baby dogs. And for larger dogs and destructive chewers, plush animals are a huge no no because the stuffing, thread, and plush materials can cause an intestinal blockage. Also, that one about letting the hand go limp when the puppy chews it, that doesn't work on all puppies. My St. Bernard thought it was a good time to drag me places when i attempted going limp in an effort to keep him from grabbing my clothes and arms. By the time he was 60lbs (3-4 months old) he could drag me places. Thankfully one day he just outgrew that. We tried everything to get him to knock it off but he was very stubborn about the issue until he was nearly a year old. Going limp in the animal world usually means they killed the prey and that it's time to drag it back to the family lol.

December 02 2013 at 10:47 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Soila Zapata, have you ever heard of punctuations? Writing a 45 word sentence without punctuations is extremely irritating let alone difficult to read. Yes it does take an extra second to do but the people reading it may think you are educated or actually care. Please, have pride and take the time so others don't have to try and figure out what you are trying to say.

November 30 2013 at 2:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Aquilus Domini

It's "try to figure out" not "try and figure out". If one is going to call the pot black they better not be the kettle...

December 02 2013 at 10:38 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Soila Zapata, have you never heard of punctuations? Writing a 45 word sentence with out any punctuations is hard to understand and frustrating to read. Yes it takes an extra 1/4 second to do but maybe someone will think you have had an education.

November 30 2013 at 2:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Any suggestions about what to do with a kitten who someone gave me when it was 7 to 8 weeks old. It was a starving, emaciated little orange skeleton. It was born in the yard of an 18 year old around the first of September and I guess the mother left or was killed because the baby had been crying under his mobile home for a couple of days when he brought it to me. It eats ANYTHING, even my German shepherd's food. I buy the good grain-free dog & cat food from Tractor Supply, which is better than kitten food from Purina or Friskies, and the little guy is actually getting chubby but he screams when he sees the dog or my two older female cats eat. The animals, incl the dog, let him eat first when he cries/screams (he doesn't hiss or growl, just acts like he's being tortured). In fact, the two girls groom him while he eats but I worry that he'll turn into a pig as he gets older, because this has been going on for 4 weeks tomorrow. He tries to get food out of your mouth and launches himself at your dish, so I've been putting him in the bathroom while I eat, where he screams until he's let out. He never scratches or claws or bites, just cries pitifully and has taken food out of the dog's mouth. My cat's shots are due Dec 30th so I'm taking him to the vet at the same time. Has anyone else had experience with a starved kitty or puppy?

November 29 2013 at 9:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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It could be emotional, but it could be physical. Be sure to have the vet check for worms, etc. when you take him in for his shots. Get a stool sample to take in, if you can. Also, watch how he interacts with the animals and his environment when they're not being fed to see if you see any issues forming. He may have been traumatized before you got him but he might have some health issues that are causing this. Be sure to ask your bet any and ALL questions and don't leave his/her office until you understand all the answers given.
You are very lucky that your other animals are treating this baby so well.
If the kitty eats before everyone else, maybe you could distract the baby while the others are being fed.
Just some suggestions. Bless you for rescuing this little creature. You're one of the GOOD ones.

December 02 2013 at 9:10 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

I am sue that there are many caring vets out there. However, I would like to see some vets share a day of the month to spay/neuter stray animals in conjunction with an animal shelter. This is done in some parts of the nation, but it is very rare that this happens. I am an attorney and I offer free legal advice for tenants with pets that are being evicted cuz of their animals. As a matter of fact the Bar strongly that attorney offer free advise for those that cannot afford this. Giving back, Vets should occasionally offer back to the community.

November 29 2013 at 10:45 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

i disagree with the last answer. both of my corgis EAT and i mean EAT plush dog toys. have since they were very young pups. plush toys do not make good toys for some dogs.

November 29 2013 at 1:50 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Anyone who says that Vets are only out for the money are going to the wrong Vets. We adopted a puppy who ended up unable to walk. Everyone at the clinic loved him. They even started a fund. "Pennies for Prancer" to help us with the enormous costs. Our Vet donated many, many services to try to help him. When his problems became too much for him, everyone at the clinic came to say goodbye with many tears. These people loved our puppy as almost as much as we did.

November 26 2013 at 5:55 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply
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My vet, too. I've been to ones that overpower my animals. AFter those experiences it was hard to get them back in the vet's office. You have to look for that "right" one until you find them. It will make all the difference in the world. I finally found a vet that is amazing. He has done so much for my animals and been unbelievable when it came to payments/charges. If an animal shows signs of fear or distress, my vet will quietly get down on the floor and slowly make friends before he will attempt to examine them. My pets end up getting excited to go see him. I had a cat that had to stay for a few days and when I went to check on him, I found my vet carrying him around with him while he was checking on the other animals. Animals need TLC, compassion, and empathy from the vet. They are out there but sometimes you have to look. I told my vet he better never go out of business as long as I have animals.
Be as picky picking a vet as you are picking your own doctor. It will make a difference.

December 02 2013 at 9:18 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Not all vets are out for your money... I work in a small clinic. We do not sell special diets or any food at all. If we recommend a diet for a pet, it's because we want to save them and you, as the owner, problems down the road. We do recommend getting vaccinations from a Vet clinic.. Any clinic. This is because you cannot be entirely positive that the vaccine was properly handles at the store. I've seen several Parvo cases come out of store bought vaccines. We aren't all money hungry. Some of us really care! Please don't group all veterinarian hospitals and staff together.

November 22 2013 at 10:57 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I would disagree with the comment veterinarians and not wanting to waste your money. The vets I’ve seen or interviewed are lazy and are in the business to make money off you the paying customer. When they continue to suggest vaccinations should raise your eye brows. Vaccinations are the resource of revenue for veterinarians. Read make your informed decisions not be pressured man in the white coat. The biggest concern is the rabies vaccination and its overuse, along with laws that govern this horrific injection to our beloved four legged creatures.

November 02 2013 at 7:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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What makes you say "horrific injection" ? Rabies vaccine is a core vaccine and if the proper one is chosen is painless and has little risk. A non adjuvinated rabies vaccine from a quality pharmaceutical company rarely causes adverse reactions and the fibrosarcomas that have occurred with other vaccines. Rabies virus is a 100% fatal disease!

November 22 2013 at 6:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Vaccinations are not the prime source of revenue, and we don't recommend them for our health. We recommend vaccines to protect your let's health. I've seen Parvo cases, distemper cases, leprosy cases, kennel cough... Vaccines really do serve a.purpose.

November 22 2013 at 11:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Rick's Solutions

My husband and I drive a semi. We are home every week. Our four year old Journey, beagle mix of some sort goes with us everywhere. She loves to eat. I know I am at fault. I cannot watch her 24/7 when she goes outside. Here is my sound off! Please stop telling me how fat my dog is!! This is not your business. She is beautiful, friendly and happy. Let the problems that we face be left to my husband and I. If you see Journey on one of our many stops on the highway just be friendly. She loves to make new friends. Leave the comments to yourself. Mom always said if you have nothing nice to say, say nothing! Thank You!

November 02 2013 at 4:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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have you ever had your dogs thyroid checked, my dog loves to eat also and i always
felt their was something going on with him and took him to the vet and had his thyroid checked and his was low and hes been on meds ever since , still gets tested once a year to make sure it is working order.

November 29 2013 at 9:09 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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