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Pets Playhouse carry puppy's that come from certified breeders only!
We also have kittens. Selection of puppies & kittens very from day to day.

Unless you can monitor your puppy 24 hours a day, don't expect the house training process to be completed until your puppy is at least 6 months old. It's normal for a young puppy to be a little 'input-output' machine. Since puppies are growing and developing rapidly at this stage, they eat more food, burn up more energy and seem to need to eliminate constantly! They also have not yet developed bowel and bladder control, so they can't 'hold it' as long as adult dogs.

 

Dogs have 28 deciduous teeth (temporary) and 42 permanent teeth. Deciduous or "milk" teeth begin to appear when a puppy is about four weeks of age, and are lost gradually between 14 and 30 weeks of age. During this time, puppies may eat slightly less and chew more. Hard rubber or rawhide toys made especially for dogs are a good investment to help prevent household damage during this time.

I catch my dog digging in the garden one more time..." Fortunately the thought of taking drastic action gives way to frustration as you try to cope with a dog who digs.

The annoying habit of digging ranks high on the list of behavior problems of dogs. Unfortunately, there is no one answer to solve this particular problem.

In some instances, the instinct to dig is the heritage of the breed. Over the centuries dogs have been bred for a variety of tasks ranging from the close interaction of toy breeds with their owners to sporting dogs who require regular sessions of physical activity. Nordic dogs dig holes to cool themselves. The heritage of terriers (from the Latin, "terra," for earth) has been to dig underground after rodents and small game. Dachshunds were developed to chase badgers into their holes.

Some dogs, regardless of heritage, may be more inclined to dig if they are left alone in the yard for long periods of time. Digging is often the result of boredom and this can be a learned behavior in some dogs.

Companionship is a primary reason for having a dog. Being a companion means forging a bond through regular playand exercise with your dog. Without this stimulation, dogs often turn to digging or other forms of destructive behavior to alleviate their boredom.

The problem of "the digging dog" may go beyond the instincts of the breed or boredom and relate to other problems. A dog that is pushed outdoors after it misbehaves in the house may continue its misbehaving by digging in the yard. Controlling your dog's behavior inside addresses that problem as well as unacceptable digging outside.

A dog left alone may be reacting to the absence of family members. If this is the case, you need to work with your dog to help it tolerate gradually longer absences. Your veterinarian can help you plan this behavior modification training.

During summer months, if your dog digs a hole to cool itself, consider providing a cooler location for it such as an umbrella, or inside the house or basement. If your dog is housed outside, be certain it has access to some shade throughout the day and that fresh drinking water is always available. Some dogs find hot weather comfort in their own wading pools with fresh, cool water.

Some dogs tend to roam and will dig under a fence to get out of the yard. Ideally, a fence should fit tight to the ground or even be buried a few inches underneath to prevent a dog's crawling or digging out from under it.

If your dog is trying to escape, try to determine why it is leaving home. Is it simply bored, or an intact male indulging in sexual wanderlust? Unless you plan a responsible breeding program which includes placing puppies in good homes, neutering is recommended. A neutered dog is generally calm and tends not to wander.

If you find it virtually impossible to discourage your dog from digging, provide it with a "digging area." When your dog digs in this designated area, praise it and reward it with attention or a treat. If your dog digs outside this area and is caught in the act, a firm "no" is usually a deterrent. However, all family members must cooperate and must reprimand the dog only when it is caught digging outside the designated area.

In this aspect of training, as in all others, family members most work together as a team. Giving a variety of verbal commands confuses a dog. One overly indulgent family member can create problems by not cooperating in training a dog. Dogs pick up on this and may use that family member to their advantage.

A final thought
Your dog's behavior is influenced by the lifestyle you maintain for it. Regular walks or play periods with your dog and praise for tricks you teach it will make its life fun and stimulating. Such a dog is less likely to develop annoying behavior problems resulting from boredom.

Cat information

Weeks with Mom:  New kittens eat nothing but their mother's milk at first.  She begins weaning them at about four weeks.  If you look at their sharp little teeth, you can see why.  She usually weans them to solid food by 6 to 8 weeks.  We prefer kittens 8 to 14 weeks old.  These sturdier kittens resist diseases better and adjust to new homes more easily.

Avoid Bottled Milk:  Mom's milk contained colostrum which helps protect them from many diseases.  Cow's milk contains half the protein of mom's milk.  It also contains lactose which about half of all cats cannot digest.  They're lactose intolerant,  just like Santa.  Cartoon cats and kittens drink milk.  Real cats and kittens upchuck milk.

Kitten Food:  Your kitten's food is its second line of defense (our vet is its first line) against health problems.  If you change from one kitten food to another, expect some diarrhea.  We recommend you stick with the food we  feed your kitten.  If you decide to change foods, mix the two together and change it over gradually.  Sticking with the same food also helps your new kitten adjust to its new home.  Keep your fast-growing new kitten on kitten food for 10 to 12 months.  By the way, pregnant moms and lactating moms also need the extra protein and fats in kitten food.

Dry Foods:  Healthy kittens need no vitamin or mineral supplements when you feed a quality kitten food.  Dry foods offer several advantages over canned foods.  They cost less, take less room to store, rarely spoil, and feed out more easily.  Plus, you don't have to keep their stinky extras in your fridge.

Canned Foods:  Kittens eat canned food more readily than dry foods.  They have to.  It's mostly water,  80%.  They have to eat four times as much to, break even, nutrition-wise.  However, we recommend you feed the food YOU prefer,  not the food your kitten prefers.  Dry food also keeps your kitten's teeth cleaner and healthier.  Feeding canned food can make cats lose their teeth prematurely.

Water:  Provide fresh water daily.  Keep your toilet lid closed.  Toilet bowls present no danger to cats, but kittens can drown in a toilet.

Litter Box:  Healthy kittens always use their litter box,  IF they can find it.  If your new kitten has to go and his litter box is four rooms away (and he doesn't know right from left), he can find your shirt, shoes, or bedspread easier.  Confine him to a small area (with no shoes) until he learns where to find his litter box.  Also, keep it clean.  Cats and kittens hate dirty litter.  By the way, expectant human mothers should never handle dirty kitty litter due to the risk of toxoplasmosis.

Allergies:  Some people react strongly to cat dander.  Kittens rarely bother them, but these people experience severe reactions to adult cats , which all kittens grow into.  Before adding a kitten to your family, nuzzle a friend's cat to check for allergies.  Allergic reactions take all the fun out of owning a cat.