Suggestions for New Puppy Owners


The Puppy Primer by Patricia B. McConnell and Brenda Scidmore

The Culture Clash: A Revolutionary New Way to Understanding the Relationship Between Humans and Domestic Dogs by Jean Donaldson

Family Friendly Dog Training: A Six Week Program for You and Your Dog by Patricia B McConnell Ph.D. and Aimee M Moore

All of the following suggestions are available at most pet supply stores.


Kongs are durable rubber enrichment toys that provide you and your dog with hours of fun. When puppies are teething, or during hot weather, they can be stuffed with a treat such as peanut butter or canned food and frozen, for a soothing cool treat.

Nylabone makes a variety of chew toys and interactive toys for dogs.  Puppies love the wishbone!

The Busy Buddy® line of treat dispensing chew toys are designed for longer lasting playtime!  Treat dispensing toys are great for mental stimulation.  Favorites include the Bouncy Bone and Twist ‘n Treat.  Other good options are The TreatStik® and Buster Food Cube.


Nature’s Miracle and Simple Solution offer a variety of products for cleaning and removing stains and odors.  They contain natural enzymes that break down urine and other organic matter to remove stains and odors permanently.

Grannick’s Bitter Apple Spray discourages unwanted chewing on furniture, curtains and other household furnishings.


Best Friends Animal Society is a great resource for articles on dog training and care.

Dog Star Daily has great articles on raising a puppy, puppy training, housetraining and more.