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Puppy Love - March 23 is National Puppy Day
Who can resist the allure of an adorable squirming puppy? And there is no better day to give in to the urge than on March 23rd, National Puppy Day!?! National Puppy Day was set aside to celebrate the unconditional love and magic that these cute little furry bundles of joy bring into our lives.
Putting an End to Puppy Mills
But even more importantly, it is a day set aside to make the world aware of the horrific conditions that many puppies find themselves in when being raised in puppy mills. In an effort to put an end to the atrocities of puppy mills, they are also working to create a nation of puppy-free pet stores. Although National Puppy Day does support responsible breeders, it enthusiastically encourages the public to choose adoption first, and purchasing second.
Puppy Mills are bad enough for the puppies, but imagine the poor neglected mothers of these puppies. They never escape these conditions. I adopted one such mother that was rescued from a puppy mill. Her name is Angel. When she was rescued, she had no fur. When I got her, it was starting to grow back, but it took me more than 12 hours over a few days to brush all the scabs from her fur as her skin healed. And vets cannot tell me how old she is because she doesn’t have enough teeth. Her canine teeth are half worn away vertically – probably from chewing on her cage wires! She is the sweetest and most personable dog I have ever had. The thought of what she had to go through absolutely breaks my heart.
National Puppy Day
National Puppy Day has been celebrated since 2006 when Pet Lifestyle Expert and Animal Behaviorist founded this day to bring these puppies’ plight to the public’s attention. National Puppy Day is part of her non-profit organization Animal Miracle Foundation & Network.
Dog Beds for Your Pet's Comfort
Grooming Your Dog:
Things to consider when adopting a puppy:
- Breed of Dog - Research dog breeds before adopting. Consider temperament, size and other breed characteristics, activity levels, etc. Also take your family’s lifestyle and home environment into consideration when making your decision. Ask to spend time alone with the puppy you are interested in, and question staff about the puppy’s personality.
- Kids and Puppies - Stress to children in the family that the new puppy needs to be treated with love, respect and care. Children should understand that they cannot pull on the puppy’s tail or ears.
- Age of Puppy – Puppies should be 12 weeks or older if small children are in the home.
- Consider the Cost – consider the cost of food, especially as the puppy becomes a dog. Don’t forget about yearly veterinary costs, not to mention the occasional unexpected trips required with injury and illness.
- Grooming Needs – When choosing the breed, consider also the breed’s grooming needs. Are you willing or able to do it yourself? If not, can you afford to have it done? Does the breed require frequent brushing?
- Activity Levels - How much exercise does your puppy need, and do you have the time to meet those needs? Frequent and shorter walks are recommended.
- Teething – provide acceptable items for your puppy to chew on. Puppies will chew when teething to relieve their discomfort.
This Book Contains a Great Potty Training Program in Addition to Many other Ideas:
- Potty Training – Make very frequent potty runs outside. Do not yell at, spank, or rub puppy’s nose in it. Never leave puppy unattended on carpeted areas. If puppy is caught in the act, immediately pick him up, calming and firmly say, “No! Outside.” Then put puppy on lease and take outside. Guide puppy to a designated potty spot. In a calm and friendly voice, repeat a phrase over and over that you want to teach the puppy to understand, such as “go potty” or “get it done”, remembering that you will have to use this in public spaces at times. Give the puppy 5-10 minutes to accomplish his task. When he does, praise him profusely. Make the experience fun, maybe even providing a reward so he will want to repeat the experience. In the event of accidents, Nature’s Miracleand other enzyme-based odor removers work very well as long as they are allowed to thoroughly dry.
Articles Dealing With Issues Adopted Dogs May Face
Anxiety and Fear Issues
Bathing Your Dog
Housebreaking Your Puppy or Dog
Behaviors and Issues
Training Your Puppy and Dog
Some Top Puppy Names
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Taking Care of Puppies
More About Puppies and Dogs
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Other Things to Consider:
National Puppy day encourages you to always consider adoption first. There are many purebred puppies that are available for adoptions nationwide. However, if you choose to purchase a puppy, visit the breeder. Observe their dogs and the conditions that their dogs are kept in. Be wary if any of the following conditions are observed:
- Unhealthy conditions in the kennels
- Bad odor in the kennels
- Puppies who are lethargic or have weepy eyes
- A puppy who is skinny or underweight
- A puppy who is limping or is otherwise injured
- A breeder who will not let you see the puppy’s parents
Searching for a Puppy
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Celebrate National Puppy Day!
Spend time with your favorite puppy. If you don’t have a puppy, enjoy your dog. Give him a hug and lots of loving for the amazing puppy he once was!