In order to fully enjoy your puppy and in the meantime protect your home you'll have to start training them. Plenty of schools can be found but one thing all trainers agree on is that puppies need treats and toys.
Here are 6 puppy friendly items I would recommend.
1. Peanut Butter/ Almond Butter to stuff a KONG Toy
When fed in moderation, both almond and peanut butter can be healthful, nutrient-rich foods that your pup will love. They're both decadent, once-in-a-while treats. Peanut butter is easy to find at almost any grocery store and is reasonably cheap. Almond butter is more of a specialty food and is made from a more expensive nut, so it tends to cost more per pound than peanut butter. If you're comparing organic peanut butter to organic almond butter, the price is closer but peanut butter is still less expensive. When choosing a nut butter, natural ones with no added sugar or salt are ideal for your doggy. The separating kind is also preferable because it contains no hydrogenated oils, which are the solidified form of plant fats.
2. Dried Liver for Training Treats
Remember when choosing training treats is that you want something small and bite sized. Training works best with repetition, so you'll be giving these treats to your pup frequently. My favorites are home made dried liver treats. Here are how to make them: Get some liver. Place baking foil onto a baking tray and lay down liver. Cook for 1 hour - 1 hour 30 minutes at a low temperature 100°C/210°F. Cut into little squares and freeze for when you need them.
3. KONG Wild Knots Bears Small
Wild Knots Bears are sure to be a hit with dogs and their pet parents. They are soft and cuddly on the outside while durable and strong on the inside. This cute plush toy contains only a small amount of stuffing, resulting in less mess if becomes damaged during extra wild play.
4. KONG Classic Puppy Small
KONG Toys are now one of the most popular dog toys in the world. The original Kong is virtually indestructible chew toy. It's made with an exclusive teething rubber formula. This classic hollow chew toy is designed so that the average puppy won't be able to tear off little bits of rubber and swallow them. And because the Kong is hollow you can fill it up with food like peanut or almond butter. This provides the dog with hours of entertainment trying to get the food out of the center. Especially if you freeze it first.
5. Dental Friendly Treats
Raw Bones (not cooked)
Never feed cooked bones as it can often splinter in dangerous ways. But did you know that raw, uncooked bones contain enzymes and probiotics that can help your pup’s mouth maintain an optimal balance of bacterial flora? These bones also provide a nice calcium boost, which supports strong bones and teeth. If you want to avoid regular dental cleaning under anesthesia, the right sized bones can save your dog a lot of dental trouble and save you tons of money on the long run. Feeding lamb or goat bones twice a week is recommended. The abrasive action of the hard, but not too thick bones is perfect for keeping your dog's teeth shiny without the risk of dental fractures. My canines are on the medium side, and we prefer to go with medium, humanely sourced bones that provide an extended chewing workout. To minimize messiness in our case the bones are eaten in the garden!
- Never cut or saw raw bones
- For puppies, stick to the softer chicken bones like wing tips
- Never feed bones with small children present
- Never leave a dog unattended with a raw bone
- Never feed cooked bones
- As an owner, it is your responsibility to ensure safe practice when feeding raw meaty bones
Crunchy vegetables and fruits with low sugar content
An occasional tasty raw carrot is low in calories — yet high in vitamin A and beta-carotene. Sliced crunchy apples, floret of broccoli or cauliflower are all well liked along young puppies. Easy, inexpensive yet cooling and soothing for those puppy teeth.
Berries as it turns out are actually “berry” good for your dog’s dental health. Cranberries, raspberries, and blueberries contains Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Calcium and Iron.
6. Rope Toys
The ones I like most is with a fairly simple and straightforward design, with a knot on each end. The color is 100% white for a nice clean crisp finish that doesn't use any dyes or you can choose colored ones. It's gentle on those puppy teeth and ideally suited for games of tug.