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Sunday, August 4, 2013

Puppy Happiness

We have had so many happy puppy parents visiting or store recently. Their little ones are lucky to have such conscientious and caring new parents.

Some of our most popular items with puppy owners are carriers, door bells, and of course, toys.

These sling style carriers are the best in those early days when your little dog wants to be close and feel safe.

Arlo loved to ride around in his carrier when he was a young'un. His favorite pose was handing his head upside down looking around. He's always been a Mama's Boy, and in those early days he loved being with me while I went about my tasks. We sell these all year round, and stock them in various fabrications throughout the seasons. Right now we have the Fresh Water Paisley, which is a lovely print that reverses to a soft, pale blue.

These carriers are perfect for the early potty training stage when you want to avoid accidents, yet bond with your little one. It is so important to get the potty training right and start early, be consistent, and you'll have a little pro for life. If your dog is  in the sling, no accidents can happen. Win-win.

I spent so much time reinforcing proper housetraining with Arlo, but it gave me a little dog with impeccable manners. My pride and joy actually rings a bell when he needs to take a walk in the yard. Never in my wildest did I imagine that I'd have a dog that would actually do this, but sure enough, little Curly Top from Texas never misses.

 I got the Gotta Go door bell unit for him way back when. This is a plush dog that hangs from the doorknob and dangles some little jingle bells from its feet. Frankly, it seemed like such a long shot that he'd ever use it, but I was determined to try. Arlo picked it up right away, and was soon jingling the bells with great swagger.

At that point I decided to add these to my store's inventory so I could make them available to everyone.

It's easy to teach your dog to just make a swipe with his nose to get the bells ringing. Clear instructions are given on the tag. After that it's just a matter of consistency and oohing and aahing over your pet's brilliant behavior, and maybe a few special treats, to reinforce the signal.

This is subtle, effective, and will amaze your friends and family. You'll feel like a dog training genius when your dog uses the bells, and it truly is amazingly simple to teach.

Although Arlo is going on five he still always signals with his bells. Very Jeeves-like and dignified. My favorite moment is when someone is over, chatting in the living room and they hear a little tinkling of bells in the next room. then I discreetly I excuse myself for a moment to let my little pal out into the garden. The disbelief and amazement at my dog's manners never fails to make my day.
 For a moment I feel like Cesar Milan and Victoria Stilwell are high-fiving my puppy parenting.

Of course our puppy owner customers have fun select toys for their new dogs.
We have little plush squeakers like these -

                               perfect for a puppy or small dog.

and big huggies for the puppies that will grow up tall.

There's nothing quite like the fun of a new puppy. Lots of work, and so much love!

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