I’m learning so much in my new role as a puppy parent! I recently adopted a 12-wk old pointer mix from the Animal House Shelter in Huntley, IL. We adopted our cat, Zuri from them a couple of years ago and we know that they’re a great, well run organization. Here he is:
Our new puppy, Chief!
I knew that I had a lot to learn about raising a puppy and the whole family was excited to jump in and do their part! I knew that housebreaking was going to be a challenge, but I was sure surprised by his unbridled energy!
As he ran around the house chasing the boys, the cat and everything else that moved I couldn’t believe that he would pick up and chew any and everything that he could get his mouth around. At one point, I found one of the larger cat toys with some small spots of blood. I was worried that he had cut his mouth somehow, but then realized that he was just teething. There are a lot of great articles on the web about puppy teething, but I knew then what I needed to do. I was off to find the best way to comfort the swollen gums of a chewing puppy that was finishing up his teething.
Petstages to the rescue! Petstages makes a couple of great products to address the teething issues of puppies and keep older dogs cool during the summer. I chose the two toys shown here:
Petstages Cool Teething Stick
Petstages Cool Teether
I took both toys off the card and had to give them up quickly to get checked out and carried around for a while. After he moved on, I picked them up and decided to try freezing them. I’m not sure that I knew exactly what to expect, but I thought that the toys would hold more water. I guess that a block of ice is not exactly what we’re shooting for here. When I removed the toys from the freezer a couple of hours later, it was so neat to see that they were cold, but not rock hard. Boy, the dog just loved them! He immediately carried the toys to his spot by the door and worked on them until they were back to room temperature. I’m no doggie mind reader, but it certainly looked like it was very soothing to have the cold toy in his sore mouth.
Kudos to Petstages for coming up with a product with a purpose – to help a teething puppy! I can’t wait to take these outside and try them out this summer!