Why Do Puppies Like Kisses?

Why Do Puppies Like Kisses?

Few experiences can top the feeling you get when your puppy greets you at the door with a wagging tail and plenty of kisses. Puppy kisses, after all, are one of the best parts about owning a puppy.

But why do puppies love to give kisses?

Puppies seem to crave licking. Sometimes to the point where we, as owners, wish they didn’t. Surely there is a simple biological answer to this, right? Well, actually, it seems that it’s still up for debate whether puppies really do enjoy kisses in the human sense.

While there’s no conclusive, scientific evidence on why puppies love to lick, we can infer from our knowledge of mammalian biology and animal behaviour.

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Why Does my Puppy Always Lick Me?

Puppies lick for several reasons, most of which are socially based; puppies are pack animals, after all. 

Firstly, puppies lick each other to show affection and improve social bonding. When puppies lick themselves or another dog, hormones called endorphins are released. These hormones are often referred to as “feel-good” hormones because they help relieve stress and boost happiness. Thus, as puppies lick, they experience a sense of pleasure. Humans experience similar happiness boosting and pain-relieving sensations when they exercise, kiss, hug and receive gifts.

Puppies also lick to gather information about pack mates and show submission in social settings. Puppies will often lick higher pack members in an attempt to indicate their submission. This behaviour proves that they are not a threat and may also garner a reward in the form of food and attention.  

So, that explains why they like to lick, but do puppies enjoy kissing in a human sense?

It’s more likely than not that, for puppies, licking is more instinctive than cultural, as it is for humans. That is, your puppy’s obsession with licking your face may have more to do with the mucus, sweat, and oils on your face than with a sense of intimacy.

A large degree of canine affection occurs through non-verbal, non-contact communication. Puppies hug and kiss through body language and eye contact and bond through play. Endorphin levels in puppies spike when puppies communicate with body language and during play.

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Puppy kisses while giving a bath

Do All Puppies Enjoy Kissing and Licking?

While many puppies love to demonstrate their submission and affection through licking hands, feet, and faces, not all puppies love ‘kissing’. Some puppies like to have personal space and prefer non-contact communication.

Especially for anxious puppies, kissing can be a form of affection which increases stress and nervousness. Some signs off this include growling, turning away, high or low tail wagging, and staring.

Its important, if you observe these warning signs, that you avoid forcing you rpuppy to kiss you. Educate children on the warning signs of canine aggression and the importance of puppy personal space. Children, like puppies, are sometimes ill-aware of the concept of personal space. It’s always best to educate your puppy about recognising puppy behaviour so that they can avoid accidents and trauma.

That being said, there are many ways to show your puppy affection, including Belly Rubs, play, and training. If your puppy doesn’t enjoy kisses, invest time in finding a bonding activity that they do love for a long-lasting, loving relationship with your pet. 

Why Do Puppies Love Belly Rubs?

Why Do Puppies Love Belly Rubs?

If you like to pat your puppy then you’ve probably encountered the notorious “belly rub roll”. Puppies seemingly love to have their tummies rubbed. But why do rubs on the belly feel so much better than anywhere else?

The answer for this one is fairly simple; it feels really good.

Belly rubs for puppy’s builds trust, loyalty and love with your puppy.

A good belly rub is an awesome calming technique for the puppy’s temperament. If you find your puppy has way too much energy, try the belly rub technique and use a word like “Relax!” while stroking the belly. But important to note… you have to be relaxed while doing it.

I personally cut the nails of my Japanese Akitas while they are on their backs. In between feet and nails, they get their belly rubs, which they really love. They relax and trust me.

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It can make them relaxed when they are excited also, a calming technique which has many benefits.

Why Do Belly Rubs Feel So Good?

I bet you haven’t really put much thought into it before. You start patting your puppy and they like it. They roll over to expose their belly because they love the way it feels you’re willing to oblige because, well, you love your puppy.

It’s a simple process but there’s actually quite a lot of trust built into this exercise. A puppy’s stomach is an extremely vulnerable place. It houses important organs and is not protected by a strong, bony ribcage like their chest is. Puppies are naturally reluctant to expose their vulnerable parts so if they’re willing to roll over for belly tickles, it means you have quite a strong, trusting relationship with your puppy.

Now, onto why it feels so good.

While there isn’t much study into why puppies specifically enjoy belly rubs, there is firm scientific basis which we can apply in this situation.

Puppies are mammals, and most mammals (including humans) have an inbuilt neural response which reacts to hair follicle stimulation. Researchers found that a brain neuron called MRGPRB4 reacted strongly to gentle stroking but not at all to other sensations. More simply, when you stroke your puppy’s hair follicles a release of hormones stimulates feelings of pleasure.

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My Japanese Akita’s relaxing.

But why do belly rubs feel so good in particular?

Well this seems to come down to the smaller, much more sensitive hairs on your puppy’s belly. These hairs are more respondent to stroking and therefore make the MRGPRB4 stimulation more effective.

This could be a result of evolutionary selection. Perhaps puppies with more sensitive hair follicles on their stomachs learnt more quickly that they should guard their stomachs. Puppies could be taught through play that their stomachs were areas which needed protecting.

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Sleeping with the belling facing up means the puppy is very relaxed. Puppies will automatically roll over and this follows into adulthood.

What if My Puppy Doesn’t Like Belly Rubs?

While many puppies will revel at the opportunity to have their tummies rubbed, not all puppies enjoy this behaviour. For some puppies, exposing their bellies is a sign of different behaviours. For other puppies, contact with the stomach can be seen as hostile and trigger an appropriate response.

If your puppy automatically rolls over and exposes their belly to you when you walk into a room, this may be a sign of submission, rather than an invite to rub their belly. Puppies perform this trick to make themselves appear as unintimidating as possible to higher pack mates. However, if your puppy exposes their belly to you after you start patting them, then it’s more likely a sign of enjoyment.

If your puppy is exposing their bellies as a sign of submission, it’s important to build on the trust and bond you share. Being sensitive of anxious puppy’s needs is an extremely important part of growing a happy and healthy relationship with your pet.

How Do I Stop My Puppy From Biting?

How Do I Stop My Puppy From Biting?

Biting and nipping are natural puppy behaviours. Much like humans, puppies lose their “milk teeth” as they develop. This can cause considerable discomfort and, much like babies, your puppy will look to relieve this discomfort through biting, nipping, and chewing.

Unfortunately, puppies will sometimes direct this behaviour towards you, your family, and your belongings.

The puppy just out of being in a litter will think its normal behaviour from playing with siblings or mum and dad in this manner. It’s important to remember that your puppy doesn’t intend to hurt you.

While biting and nipping during the teething period is relatively normal, it’s important to stop this behaviour early to discourage your puppy from developing a biting habit. As your puppy grows into a larger dog, innocent biting could develop into a serious, painful problem.

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How to stop my puppy biting me? Redirection the puppy to a toy, works wonders!

How Can I Stop Puppy Biting?

With some patience and persistence, you can curb your puppy’s biting habit and prevent future biting. The following steps provide a guide to dealing with teething trouble.

  1. Acknowledge

The first step to stopping biting is to acknowledge that your puppy should not, under any circumstances, make contact with you using their teeth.

Puppies are most comfortable and well-behaved when there is a clear expectation of what is appropriate, and what is not. By acknowledging that biting is an inappropriate behaviour, you cement the expectation that your puppy should not be doing it.

When puppies play, there may be times when one oversteps the boundary. When this occurs, the other puppy will often let out a “yelp” to signal their disapproval. Litter mates will establish expectations this way and it’s important you do too.

If your puppy bites or nips you, it’s vital that you alert your puppy to the fact that it hurt and that it’s inappropriate behaviour. This can be done by:

  • Letting out your own “yelp” or “ow” sound
  • Pulling away can lead to a little puppy tooth catching your skin, and can hurt. Try not to move fast, but slow and controlled, kids might need to be told with softer skin how to be around a playful puppy.
  • Letting out a stern “ah ah” or “ow” (be sure not to yell) and not to use “No!”, avoiding this word will benefit learning for the puppy because for example, in normal day living, if someone asks “Do you want a coffee?” and the answer is “No!” It can create confusion if that’s the go to word for correction behaviour.

This way, you can teach your puppy that biting hurts and encourage them to avoid biting you in the future.

It’s important to maintain a firm, stern attitude when training your puppy not to bite. If you act in a playful manner, your puppy may view your reactions as playful behaviour, initiating a frustrating game. Once you have acknowledged negative behaviour, it is sometimes best to ignore it and allow your puppy to stop of their own accord. 

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Puppies can learn quickly from other dogs behaviour,
so it’s good to have nice friends at the development stage of a puppies life.
  • Redirect

Once you have acknowledged that biting is inappropriate behaviour, it’s important to give your puppy something else to chew on; this is called redirection.

Redirect your puppies desire to bite by providing things that you want them to chew. If your puppy is teething, their instinct is to relieve oral discomfort by chewing. Rather than trying to fight this instinct, you can have a great deal of success by learning to redirect it.

Have chew toys available at all times during the teething stage to encourage your puppy to choose these over you, your family, and your belongings.

If you notice that your puppy seems to nibble on you at certain times or in particular locations and situations, have a toy on hand to anticipate the behaviour.

If your puppy does bite you, acknowledge the behaviour, as in step 1. After your “yelp”, provide your puppy with a chew toy for them to nibble on.

* It’s important to avoid using redirection as a treat. Do not give your puppy food after they have bitten you. This will only encourage and reward the behaviour.

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Redirection, if you don’t have a toy to use, grab a
stick in the garden and use that for the puppy.
  • Play

You can discourage biting quite effectively by giving your puppy attention and praise through other, more positive games.

Some puppies learn to view biting as “play time”. This is especially true if you encourage the behaviour through attention or treats. When your puppy associates biting with reward, they are more likely to maintain a habit of biting as they get older.

Despite their innocent intent, it’s important to never view biting as a form of play. This can be especially difficult if your puppy comes to view any reaction as a reward of attention.

You can exercise your puppy’s desire to chew and play roughly through games.

Tug-o-war and fetch are both excellent examples of games which appease your puppy’s instinct to play and chew. By playing these games with your puppy, you can drain their energy, satisfy their impulses, and improve your bond with them.

Thus, play is an excellent way to reduce biting behaviour in puppies.

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Having well mannered puppies to play with is always handy,
same age and energy either siblings or from the local puppy school.
Having regular play dates teaches good behaviour.
  • Socialise

Lastly, you can discourage your puppy from chewing by allowing them to play with other friendly puppies.

Puppies naturally learn to handle biting behaviour through play. By allowing your puppy to play with others, they can exercise their need to chew without it affecting you.

Take your puppy to dog parks and puppy preschools, invite friends with puppies over for play dates, and search for puppy groups on Facebook.

A puppy who has the opportunity to expend their energy will be a lot calmer and happier. What’s more, a puppy who has used up their energy will be less likely to nibble on you and your furniture.

Even if only once or twice a month, allowing your puppy to socialise with other puppies will make them more rounded and happy overall. When your puppy isn’t playing with others, you can help expend their energy through games, walks, and training.

The most important thing to remember about training your puppy not to bite is that chewing is a natural instinct. It takes patience, persistence, and dedication to set clear expectations and firm guidelines.

If your puppy continues to chew, nibble, and bite, even after a month or so of consistent training, it may be best to contact a local trainer who can provide more individualised assistance.

Important to note, if a puppy is playful and catches jeans or clothing while you’re walking with their puppy tooth, stop and try to unhook their little puppy teeth, otherwise they might lose the K9 tooth and you might need to put a dollar under the puppy pillow.

Be consistent with the puppies training (meaning everyone, friends & family) everyone doing the same training techniques for quicker learning for the puppies.

5 Homemade Puppy Treats

5 Homemade Puppy Treats

While there are plenty of puppy treats available on the market, not only are these products often expensive, they also tend to have lots of nasty ingredients that puppies simply don’t need. Therefore, we’ve compiled this list to provide you with some healthy, delicious treats for your puppy that you can make at home with minimal preparation and time.

Remember to use healthy human food for puppies and you can read more here

Foods never to use for your puppy read more here.

Peanut Butter Bites for Puppies

The best part of these Peanut Butter Puppy Treats is that they require no baking. Simply mix the ingredients, refrigerate for an hour, and enjoy. We’re yet to meet a puppy who doesn’t enjoy peanut butter, so this is the perfect treat for hungry puppies. The treats can also be made small so that they are suitable for training.

For these Perfect Peanut Butter Puppy Treats, you will need:

  • 1 Cup Pumpkin Puree
  • ¼ Cup Peanut Butter
  • ¼ Cup Milk
  • 3 Cups Rolled Oats


  1. Combine the Milk, Pumpkin Puree, and Peanut Butter with an electric mixer.
  2. Gradually add 2 ½ cups of rolled oats at low speed.
  3. Using a spoon and your hands, roll the mixture into balls about 3 centimetres across. You should be able to make about 20.
  4. Cover and place in the fridge. The treats should be firm and ready in about 1 hour.

Pumpkin Strips for Puppies

Pumpkin is a great, healthy, and vegan treat for young puppies. Many puppies enjoy the taste and consistency of the vegetable much like humans. Not only does it taste great, but it can also help with constipation and diarrhoea by providing much needed dietary fibre.

For this super simple Pumpkin Puppy Treat, you will need:

  • 1 Pumpkin (Butternut or Jap work well)


  1. Preheat the oven to 180° C
  2. Slice the pumpkin into small pieces for quicker cooking time
  3. Cook the pumpkin until soft
  4. Allow the oven to cool to 60° C.
  5. Puree pumpkin with a stick blender or food processor until smooth
  6. Spread the pureed pumpkin over a non-stick baking tray and cook for 6-8 hours (until the pumpkin is no longer sticky to touch).
  7. When the pumpkin leather is cool, cut into treat sized strips.

Cheesy Bone Biscuits for Puppies

Bone shaped puppy treats are probably one of the most popular styles available. The good thing about these biscuits, however, is that they incorporate 4 simple ingredients to make fresh treats your puppy will love.

 To make these delicious dog biscuits, you will need:

  • 4 Cups of Flour
  • 2 Cups of Shredded Cheese
  • 1 1/3 Cups of Water
  • 2 TBSP of Coconut Oil


  1. Preheat the oven to 180° C
  2. Combine the flour and cheese in a large mixing bowl.
  3. Add in water and oil and mix until well combined. You may need to add more oil to fully combine the dough.
  4. Once the mix resembles a stiff dough, roll it out onto a cutting board until it is roughly 3.5 centimetres tall.
  5. Use a cookie cutter to make bone shapes of roughly 1-3 centimetres tall.
  6. Cook the dough for roughly 15 – 20 minutes until golden brown and semi-firm. The cookies will continue to harden as they cool

Pumpkin, Blueberry and Bacon Pupsicles for Puppies

When the warmer weather hits, it pays to be prepared. Luckily, these tasty popsicles are an all-time summer puppy favourite. This recipe is extremely simple, and you can substitute similar ingredients to cater to your puppy’s particular tastes.

For this refreshing puppy treat, you will need:

  • 1 Tin of Pumpkin
  • 1 Punnet of Blueberries
  • 1-2 Slices of Bacon – trim all fat
  • 1 Cup of Water
  • Pig ear Puppy Chews for the stick part
  • Popsicle Moulds


  1. Start by cooking the bacon to remove any nasty bacteria remember to trim all fat.
  2. Next, combine the bacon, pumpkin, and water in a food processor until fairly smooth.
  3. Pop 3-4 blueberries in the bottom of your puppy Popsicle moulds before adding the pumpkin mix. Leave a small gap at the top.
  4. Place pig ear chews where the puppy Popsicle sticks would usually be for an extra touch of flair.

Chicken Jerky for Puppies

There are various jerky varieties on the market and your puppy will likely love all of them. Unfortunately, both human-grade and animal-grade jerky varieties are often high in sodium, sugar, and preservatives. As a result, we searched for a better alternative, this is the result.

For this recipe, you will need:

  • Olive Oil or Coconut Oil
  • Chicken Breasts


  1. Preheat the oven to 120° C
  2. Generously grease a wire rack with oil and place it on top of a baking pan or cookie sheet. (The wire rack allows circulation of air and even cooking)
  3. Trim any visible fat off the chicken
  4. Slice the chicken into sheets of approximately 5mm or 2.5mm
  5. Place the chicken slices on the greased rack and cook for 2 hours, checking every half an hour or so.
  6. Flip the chicken after 2 hours and allow them to dehydrate for a further 45 minutes (or until fully crisp)

* Because this recipe uses no salt or preservatives, it should store for about 2 weeks in an airtight container in the fridge.

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Is My Puppy Dreaming?

Is My Puppy Dreaming?

We’ve all seen the signs, your puppy is fast asleep, but their tag is wagging, their face is twitching, and they may even be whining. When this happens, we can only presume one thing, our puppies must be dreaming. Pet owners across the world seem to agree, when their puppies sleep, they dream just like humans do. But do our puppies dream just like us?

Well… sort of.

A growing body of research seems to suggest that puppies do in fact dream, however, many of these studies suggest that while puppies are capable of dreaming, these dreams are different to the variety that humans experience.

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Humans experience sleep in different phases. These phases are known as Light sleep, deep sleep, and REM sleep and theyeach serve a specific regenerative purpose. The REM (Rapid Eye Movement) phase is characterised by high levels of brain activity. It’s during this stage that our most frequent, vivid dreams occur. Puppies have been shown to experience similar phases of Rapid Eye Movement while asleep. Thus, psychologists conclude, it is highly likely that puppies do in fact dream in a similar way to humans. 

A level of speculation occurs, however, when psychologists debate the subject of our puppies’ dreams. Humans are extremely complex, cognitive creatures capable of vast degrees of abstract thought. Puppies, on the other hand, are more instinctive, and concrete in their thought. While humans are capable of infinite imagination and complex thought, puppies are more earthbound and limited by their less developed neural structures.

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This leads many scientists to conclude that when our puppies dream, they are reliving their lived experiences. Experiences such as scents they followed, food they ate, new people they met, and sometimes even a scolding they may have received. Moreover, considering how attached puppies become to their owners, there’s a high probability that when your puppy sleeps, they dream of you.

Humans also relieve their daily experiences in dreams, similarly to their puppies. Studies have found that our brain activity during REM cycles of sleep often mirrors patters from that day. Another study into the dreaming activity of lab rats found that while dreaming, rats retrace the mazes they traversed that same day. This has led scientists to speculate that this storing and reliving process is a powerful tool that contributes to how puppies and other animals make sense of their worlds.

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So, while there seems to be solid evidence suggest that our puppies dream while they sleep, it is much more difficult to trace the subject of these dreams. If your puppy is twitching and their tail is wagging, then it’s fairly safe to assume that they’re dreaming.

Perhaps we can take solace in the idea that when our puppies sleep, there’s a good chance that they are thinking of us. Studies like this go further to prove that dogs really are man’s best friend.

How to Give Puppies Medicine

How to Give Puppies Medicine

Puppies and medicine don’t often mix. From spitting up their tablets, to eating everything in their bowl except for their medicine, puppies can make the healing process a real nightmare. But it doesn’t have to be this way, follow our puppy medicine guide for some great tips on how to make getting better a whole lot easier.

One important thing to remember is to not blame your puppy for not liking medicine. Think about it this way: If you didn’t know that medicine would make you feel better, would you want to take it?

How to Give Your Puppy Liquid Medicine

Liquid Medicines often come with droppers or syringes which make delivering them a lot easier. When giving your puppy liquid medicine, this should be your first choice.

Hold your puppy’s head gently. Do not tilt it up as this may cause them to resist or inhale and splutter their medicine. Put the dropper or syringe into the corner of your puppy’s mouth. Ensure that the tip is between their cheek and teeth and is pointing towards the back of their throat.

Empty the dropper or syringe into your puppy’s mouth and hold it closed. Softly blow onto their nose or gently stroke their throat to encourage them to swallow. It’s important to be calm during this time to avoid stressing your puppy. Use a calming tone to encourage your puppy and when you are confident that they have finished their medicine, treat them for their good behaviour.

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How to Give Your Puppy Tablets with Food

Some medicines can be given with food while others can’t. If your vet doesn’t recommend delivering it on an empty stomach, ask them whether your puppy’s specific medicine can taken with food.

If your puppy’s medicine can be consumed with food, then the best way to get them to eat it is by hiding it in a small amount of food. Hide the tablet in your puppy’s breakfast and/or dinner. Start with a much smaller portion than usual. This encourages your puppy to eat everything in their bowl. This way, you can give them the rest of their food after you are sure they have eaten their tablet.

Sometimes, puppies are either too smart or stubborn to eat their tablets and will eat around it in their bowl. In this case, you can get your puppy to eat their medicine by hiding it in a small piece of food such as spam or ham loaf. The trick is to get your puppy to try to swallow the tablet whole, so avoid bigger pieces of food. Puppies are smart and if they sense that the texture or taste of their treats are off, they might spit it out. It’s a good idea to give a few treats first in order to warm them up.

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How to Give Your Puppy Tablets without Food

Giving your puppy medicine without food can be somewhat more difficult than doing so with food. This is due to the simple fact that there is nothing to distract your puppy from the medicine itself.

If your vet recommends that your puppy’s medicine be taken on an empty stomach, then the first step is to get your puppy seated and in a comfortable position. Hold your puppy’s head gently and tilt their head back. Place the tablet as far back in their mouth as possible and close their mouth. Keeping your hands positioned so that you can ensure their mouth stays closed, gently massage your puppy’s throat to encourage them to swallow.

During this process, its important to remain calm. Offer your puppy words of encouragement and reward them for their good behaviour. If you make the process enjoyable for your puppy, you will find it is easier the next time they need to take medicine.

Should I Get a Second Puppy?

Should I Get a Second Puppy?

So, you’ve settled in with your puppy. You’ve established routines. They have their favourite toys and you have developed a close bond. This is an exciting time for many new puppy owners.

It’s around this time, however, that many puppy owners start to feel a growing urge within themselves. You notice the way your puppy feels when you leave, and you’ve started to feel guilty when they whine. At this point you start asking yourself “should I get a new dog?”.

This question is a difficult one which raises many more, but it is worth considering for the happiness and well-being of your puppy and your family. In this article, we discuss some of the key things to consider you’re pondering this question.

Should I Get Two Puppies?

Domesticated dog breeds descended form wild wolves which lived in large interdependent packs. These wolves depended on their packs to survive. Puppies today share this pack instinct and will treat you and your family as their “pack”.

Therefore, it is perfectly possible for a single puppy to live happily with one family, however, they may benefit from the company of another puppy. Having some canine company for your puppy can reduce their separation anxiety by giving them someone to play with while you’re gone. Raising two puppies at the same time can be a difficult adventure.

What Should I Think About if I Plan to Get Two Puppies?

You might be tempted to adopt two puppies from the same litter. After all, these puppies will have a strong connection forged from birth. If you’re considering this, its important to keep in mind the money, time, and space needed to raise two puppies at the same time.

Training two puppies at the same time can be something of a nightmare. It can be difficult for a puppy to understand what they should be doing when there’s another puppy doing the wrong thing in their vision. Having two, active puppies running around makes it difficult to concentrate on learning. In addition, puppies can potentially build on each other’s negative behaviours.

Lastly, it’s extremely important to consider whether you possess the resources required for owning two puppies. Do you have the space for two puppies? Can you afford twice the food and twice the vet bills? If so, then consistent training and persistence will ensure the that your puppies will settle in fine.

How Can I Raise Two Puppies at The Same Time?

It’s important to raise both puppies with consistent training and firm guidelines. If your first puppy is well trained, it will make the process of bringing a second puppy into your home much easier. This is because your second puppy will learn the correct behaviours from your first.

In addition, it’s important to choose breeds and puppy personalities which are compatible. If your first puppy is small and placid, bringing in a large, excitable puppy may create anxiety and shyness. Opposite sexes often adjust to each other better, however, ensure that your puppies are desexed before mixing. If you are getting puppies of the same sex, make sure they’re desexed to minimise clashes.

Raising two puppies at the same time can be an amazing experience when done right. Twice the puppies mean twice the fun. If you feel as though you can handle two puppies, then a second canine companion can massively improve the lives of both you and your puppies.

7 Signs Your Puppy is Spoilt

7 Signs Your Puppy is Spoilt

We all love to spoil out puppies. We want them to feel happy and safe and we’ll stop at nothing to make this happen. But let’s face it, sometimes we spoil our puppies a little too much.

With a rising number of dual-income families with no children, it’s no surprise that our pets are becoming increasingly spoilt. The term “fur-baby” arose out of this obsession with canine excess and has come to define our relationship with our puppies.

But how do you know if your puppy is spoilt? Are you just treating your puppy with the fairness and kindness it deserves, or are you taking it to the next level? Let’s find out.

Is My Puppy spoilt?

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#1 When you’re eating, your puppy is eating too

Let’s face it. You treat your puppy like there’s no tomorrow. When you sit down with something to eat, there’s a good chance that your puppy is going to get some too. What’s more, you have a list of homemade treats that you love to make for your puppy.

If this is you, check out our list of Puppy Approved Human Foods for treats to share.

#2 Your puppy’s food is homemade or is “vegan”, “organic”, or “free-range”

Buzz words like “vegan”, “gluten-free”, “organic”, and “free-range” have taken over the packaging of human foods and have begun to filter into the puppy world. If you find yourself reaching for the free-range puppy foods, then there’s a good chance you own a spoilt puppy.

If your puppy is even more spoilt, then you prepare your puppies meals yourself, by hand, using human grade products and ensuring that every meal has a touch of love.

If you love to spoil your puppy with homemade meals, then have a look at our DIY Puppy Treats article for some delicious and easy to make treats.

#3 Your puppy has more outfits than you 

Some people enjoy shopping for new clothes. Some people enjoy shopping for clothes for their puppies. If you’re a member of the latter, then there’s a possibility you may be spoiling your puppy. Christmas outfits, Easter outfits, dress ups, walking outfits… if your puppy has it all then they’re a member of a canine elite. At least they look good though.

#4 You plan your weekend around your puppy

Your friend calls you up and asks you what you’re doing this Saturday. They have plans and want you to come out with them… What’s your first thought? If you answered, “what will I do with my puppy?” then you’re the proud owner of a spoilt puppy.

If leaving your puppy alone for any period of time is a concern for you, then perhaps you should consider employing crate training. It’s a great technique for keeping your puppy calm over short periods and will assist puppy sitters if you intend to be out for a longer period.

#5 Your choice of restaurant is dictated by how well they accommodate puppies

Puppies make perfect lunch companions but unfortunately some restaurants aren’t exactly puppy friendly. If your lunch dates are planned around whether a restaurant is puppy friendly or not, then you probably spoil your puppy in other ways too.

#6 Your puppy has its own calendar

There is a socially elite sub-class of puppies who attend a range of social engagements. Puppy weddings, puppy birthdays. If your puppy needs their own calendar just to keep their social engagements organised, then they’re probably extremely spoilt. Not many puppies have to organise their lives. At least your puppy is living their best life though.

#7 Your puppy has an Instagram account

Pet Instagram accounts are a massively growing past time. Some of these social media accounts have massive dedicated following. If your puppy is one of these “celebrity” pooches, then consider yourself the owner of a spoilt puppy.

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Is There Anything Wrong with Owning a Spoilt Puppy

Yes and no. Your relationship with your puppy is all about balance. While treating your puppy with love and respect is important for their happiness, excessively spoiling them can lead to anxiety, mistrust, and misunderstanding.

Its important to ensure that your puppy is only ever eating a balanced, appropriate diet which incorporates protein, carbohydrates, and fats. Spoiling your puppy with treats and human foods can cause obesity and health issues such as heart disease and diabetes.

While your puppy is your “fur-baby”, they also need to understand that you are the “master”. Treating your puppy like a member of the family must be balanced with obedience training and loving but a firm stance on guidelines to ensure that they understand what is acceptable and what is not. For an example, puppy and children will try win the mind game against the parent or leader, but be firm in the decision you make and they will see the leadership quality when making the decision and standing by it, you can reinforce behaviour by feeding a treat and praise or petting.

While spoiling your puppy is generally completely safe, its important, like all things, to maintain a balance. This ensures your relationship will be happy and long-lasting.

7 Reasons to Use Coconut Oil for Puppies

7 Reasons to Use Coconut Oil for Puppies

We’ve been asked countless times “Is Coconut Oil Good for Puppies?” Well, the verdict is in. Coconut is a powerful superfood for puppies too!

It all comes down to a special ingredient which makes up 90% of coconut oil, Medium Chain Fatty Acids (MCFAs). Medium Chain Fatty Acids are easily digested by your puppy. MCFAs are processed directly by the liver, rather than being absorbed and stored as fat.

Below is a list of 7 wonderful reasons why you should use coconut oil for your puppies.

For tips on how to use this superfood, visit our article here How to Use Coconut Oil For Puppies.

Is coconut oil good for my puppy or dog
The benefit of coconut oil is amazing for any puppy

#1 Coconut Oil Can Help Your Puppy Lose Weight

Obesity is a common issue for puppies, especially in breeds that love to eat. The problem with this is that overweight puppies are significantly more susceptible to medical issues such as:

  • Joint problems
  • Diabetes
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Respiratory Difficulties
  • Liver Disease

Coconut oil can help to balance your puppy’s thyroid and create the hormonal balance needed for maintaining a healthy weight. MCFAs can also potentially reduce the size of existing fat deposits in puppies.

#2 Coconut Oil Can Disinfect Wounds and Soothe Cracked Pads

Coconut oil has powerful natural antiviral, antibacterial, and anti-fungal properties. As a result, coconut oil is a great natural topical ointment for puppies.

Coconut oil applied directly to your puppies superficial wounds can greatly improve healing times and soothe itchiness. If your puppy chews the pads of their feet, then coconut oil is perfect for soothing pain and helping them to heal.

Since coconut oil is safe for puppies to eat, you don’t have to worry about your puppy licking their wounds when you treat them with coconut oil.

#3 Coconut Oil Keeps Puppy Coats Shiny and Skin Healthy

Coconut oil hydrates your puppy’s dry skin and increases the presence of healthy oils and lipids, rather than stripping them like chemical treatments do. For this reason, it’s an exceptional moisturiser for puppies with dry skin or dandruff.

As an added bonus, coconut oil keeps your puppy’s coat shiny, sleek, and smelling fantastic.

#4 Coconut Oil Boosts Puppies’ Brain Function

Just like humans, puppy’s brains need a little extra stimulation as they get older. Coconut oil has been shown to improve cognitive function in puppies and older dogs, also. The Medium-Chain-Fatty-Acids found in coconut oil stimulate nerve and brain function and help to prevent the onset of dementia.

#5 It Improves Gut Health in Puppies

Our understanding and appreciation of gut health has grown and developed in recent times. More and more studies are discovering a link between the health of the digestive tract with the body’s overall health.

Fortunately, coconut oil is a cheap, natural, and effective treatment for gut imbalances. Coconut oil can remove excess yeast from the digestive tract, increase nutrient absorption, and reduce inflammation. If your puppy is showing signs of digestive illness then perhaps coconut oil could soothe their illness.

Organic for puppies is highly recommended

#6 It Cleans Puppies’ Teeth 

That’s right, coconut oil works as a fantastic puppy toothpaste. The antimicrobial properties of coconut oil make it effective at removing unwanted bacteria from your puppy’s mouth.

The best thing? Puppies love the flavour of coconut oil, making it easy and enjoyable for everyone involved. Using a toothbrush, a puppy toothbrush, or your fingers apply a small amount of coconut oil to your puppy’s teeth. This can be performed at the same time that you bathe your puppy.

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The Aldi version in Australia and great for puppies

#7 It Helps Repel Fleas, Ticks, and Mites

Studies have found that coconut oil is an excellent treatment for fleas, ticks, and mites. The lauric acid found in coconuts is repellent to these nasty parasites and will cause fleas, ticks and mites to jump off your puppy’s back.

Yes! Coconut Oil is Good for Puppies Too

Yes! Coconut Oil is Good for Puppies Too

So many people have discovered the vast benefits of coconut oil but have you considered the benefits of coconut oil for your four-legged friends? That’s right, coconut oil is as good for puppies as it is for humans.

Why Is Coconut Oil Good For Puppies?

Coconuts are an excellent source of nutrition. High levels of saturated fats in the meat, juice, and oil of the coconut are highly beneficial for puppies in a variety of ways. These include the maintenance of puppies’ skin and coats, aiding with puppies’ digestion, and the improvement of puppies’ cognitive functioning and energy levels.

Coconut Oil is Good for Puppies’ Skin and Coats

Coconut Oil is beneficial for your puppy’s skin and coat for three main reasons. Firstly, it has anti-microbial properties which can protect your puppy from harmful microorganisms. Due to coconut oil’s high Lauric Acid content (49%), when applied directly to the puppy’s skin, it may prevent the growth of fungi and bacteria.

Secondly, coconut oil can reduce inflammation related to skin disorders such as psoriasis, dermatitis, and eczema. Researchers found that by applying coconut oil to the inflamed ears of rats, they could relieve pain and reduce inflammation. This may be due to the antioxidant effect of the coconut oil increasing the puppy’s antioxidant status.

Lastly, coconut oil can help in keeping your puppy’s skin moisturised and hydrated. Studies have found that coconut oil is highly effective in reducing skin dryness for puppies and soothing irritation related to puppy eczema and contact dermatitis.

Is coconut oil good for my puppy or dog
Organic coconut oil is best for puppies and Aldi Supermarket is very affordable for the Australian family

For a guide on using coconut oil to maintain your puppy’s coat and soothe their skin, click here.

Coconut Oil is Good for Puppies Digestion

Coconut oil is highly beneficial for your puppy’s digestion for one key reason: medium chain fatty acids (MCFA). Medium chain fatty acids are easy to absorb and therefore ease the processing of lipids (fat) for puppies with disorders of lipid digestion, lipid absorption, and lipid transport. This means that puppies with digestive issues may find relief through the use of coconut oil.

Coconut oil can also reduce inflammation and fight unwanted microbes in the puppy’s digestive tract. This can help soothe problems associated with irritable bowel syndrome, pancreatitis, Crohn’s disease, and Chylomicron deficiency.

For tips on using coconut oil to boost your puppy’s digestion, click here

Coconut Oil is Good for Puppies’ Cognitive Function and Energy Levels

Medium Chain Fatty Acids have been proven, in both animal and human trials, to improve cognitive function. The fatty acids in coconuts act in much the same way as the Omega-3fatty acids found in fish. Coconut oil can therefore be highly beneficial for improving your puppy’s mental health.

Coconut oil can also benefit your puppy’s mental health by boosting their energy levels. Coconut oil is digested directly in the puppy’s GI tract which means that they are efficiently metabolised, providing an immediate source of energy.

If you’re looking to improve your puppy’s cognitive functioning and energy levels, find the help you need here.

As it turns out, the answer to many puppy related questions is Coconut Oil. If you have ever found yourself wondering “How do I Keep my Puppy’s Skin Moisturised” or “How Can I sooth my Puppy’s Irritated Skin”, then perhaps the answer was in your fridge or pantry all along.

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