Welcome to Our Puppy Blog!

Welcome to our blog! I am a small hobby breeder of Schnoodle puppies. My Schnoodles are a cross of the White Schnauzer with a Red Poodle. These dogs do not shed, are great for allergy sufferers, are friendly and easily trained.

We have 4 breeding females and sell our puppies face to face as required by APHIS rules for hobby breeders.

Our breeding dogs are from purebred Akc lines and the Schnoodle puppies are registered with ICA (the registry for Designer breed dogs.)

They will be vet checked, have their first set of shots, and be Ugodog Puppy Toilet Trained. But this is just the beginning! Read through our posts to see the special care and attention we give our litter. You will enjoy watching our Growing Puppies!

We sell our puppies through our Waiting list. We do not post them on the blog for purchase. If you wish to be contacted with updates on the next litter email me at GrowingPuppies@gmail.com

Update: We are so excited for our winter puppies. I also hope for a litter in Summer 2018.

Friday, February 15, 2013

A Guide to Choosing Toys and Chews

When you visit the pet section of most stores, the number of wonderful little toys is a feast for the eyes.  Bright colors, unusual shapes and sizes....so many cute things, I want to buy them all!  But a look at the price tags quickly brings me to reality.  Rather than spend a fortune its best to make smart choices.
Avoid toys made of thin rubber.

So what's the big deal about buying toys?  Wouldn't a trip to the dollar store for a bunch of small squeeky things do the trick.  Actually that could be a disaster.  The first thing you  should consider when buying a puppy toy is safety.  You don't want to buy a toy that is meant for children and find the rubber is so soft your doggy tears pieces off, or pulls out the squeekers.  What if he swallowed some of these parts?  It could mean a trip to the veterinary.

The first rule of thumb is to buy toys for dogs that are meant for dogs.  Next find a toy that is breed appropriate.  I owned a Border Collie many years ago.  There were very few toys on the market that would not be destroyed in the first few minutes....His jaws were that strong.  I quickly figured out that sturdy rubber balls, and heavy duty Kong toys (the largest sizes) were the only kind that were safe for him.

With a miniature Schnoodle you buy a totally different kind of toy than a Border Collie.  Your puppy won't like the large tough rubber toys that the working dogs need.  The great part is there is a very large range of fun toys that are available for the miniature size Schnauzer or Schnoodle.

Things to consider:

1.  Choose the right size.  Small toys are good, as long as they are not too small that they can be ingested.

2. Make sure there are no detachable parts.  This includes ribbons strings, plastic eyes...and especially squeekers.  The metal part that squeeks on some rubber toys also can be swallowed.

3.Don't buy a toy with sharp or protruding parts

4. Do buy a variety of chew toys!  The dogs need them especially during teething.  Nylabones are considered the safest bones because they don't splinter...but try to get ones that are not too big and tough for a young puppy.

5. Don't be too beguiled by cute toys.  After all, your dog doesn't care about all the bright colors...your dog doesn't care if his toy looks just like him.  Basically the cuteness won't make a difference to the dog.  And after all isn't your puppy all the cuteness you need?.   
A floppy Wooly sheep...my dogs will love it!

Doggy Toy Stuffed Animals
There are many cloth toys made for dogs.  The ones that do not contain stuffing are better than those with stuffing.  Some contain squeekers inside.  These toys need to be checked often, so you can remove the toy if it gets any holes or becomes shredded in any way.   I am very selective about the stuffed animal toys that I buy.  I use them sparingly because don't want them to think they can play with my children's stuffed animals.  We like to use them for games.  For instance, we might hide a soft toy during 'hide and seek' games.  Using the command "Go find the toy!" our dogs will run around in excitement trying to sniff it out. Generally I prefer rope toys to cloth toys...because they last longer.  The dogs still enjoy running with them and chewing on them....but they are not so easily confused with people clothes or kid toys.

Treat Stuffing Toys:

The Kong Company makes the best quality toys for stuffing treats.  These toys can be filled with all kinds of things.  They are a great way to entertain a dog in a confined area, and encourage appropriate chewing.   Some people fill them with kibble, then seal the hole with peanut butter and put it in the freezer.  When they have to leave the puppy in the morning.  They give them a Kong to occupy him for a while and give him his meal that way as well.

When your puppy is a little older you can start experimenting with a variety of other stuffing options for your Kong.  The Kong Company has a large number of homemade recipes your dog is sure to love.  Here are just a few, "Bubbas breakfast" is scrambled egg mixed with cheese.  Diva Dinner is a mixture of Chicken, Carrots, peas, rice and gravy.  That was the menu for our dinner last night!...I could stuff Kongs with our leftovers!  For more Kong recipes, visit.  http://www.kongcompany.com/recipes/   Just keep in mind that not all people food is suitable for dogs.  Dogs for instance are allergic to onions and chocolate.  So research appropriate foods before stuffing them in your dogs Kong.

Recommended KONG Products for Puppies 7 to 12 Weeks:

  • KONG Puppy rubber toys are ideal for training, rewarding, and getting your puppy through that terrible teething phase.
  • Stuff’N Puppy Easy Treat and Stuff’N Puppy Snacks are great for stuffing puppy KONGs.
  • Puppy Wubba is a fun squeaky toy. Your puppy will love to play fetch and tug games with it.

A blog follower recommended this toy...and I have to say, it is ingenious!  The Bob-A-Lot is a Treat Dispenser and Toy all in one.  It releases kibble slowly as the dogs play with it.  Dogs really prefer working for their food, then gobbling it down in 2 minutes and the fun is gone.  Yes, this is now on my wish list!  Thanks for sharing!

Natural Chews:

The typical raw hide treat
Rawhide is the most popular chew for dogs.  Rawhide is made from the inner layer of a cows hide.  The soft inner layer is cut and formed into different shapes for dog chews.   This soft hide is not digestible.

There is a lot of controversy over Raw hide chews.  The benefits of the Raw hide chew is that dogs love them, and they satisfy the dogs natural urge to chew, helps with teething and cleans teeth.  The danger is that if the dog chews off a small piece they could easily get lodged in the throat and cause a blockage.  If a blockage results surgery could be required, and if not resolved a blockage can lead to death.   Some say the risks are not very high when you consider the number of dogs that do eat raw hides without any problems....but I still feel there are safer choices.

So if you choose to give your dogs raw hides you must keep an eye on them.  Remove the little pieces that may get broken off.  Remove the rawhide when it gets very small.  We are warned to watch the dog eating the rawhide to remove it if he breaks off pieces small enough to choke on.

Bully sticks
Bones are another very contraversial chew for dogs because they are not digestible and can splinter.  If you do give your dog a bone choose an uncooked thick heavy kind.  The meat dept sometimes offers bones for dogs. dogs.  But never use cooked bones, or chicken bones.  Chicken bones are especially dangerous.  Most of all a greasy smelly beard is a great reason to avoid real bones!
A safer alternative to Raw Hides and Bones are the Bully stick.  It is made from ....I know this is disgusting...the bull penis.  They are apparently very appealing to dogs, and fully digestible.  But I have never bought them....yes, they gross me out!

I would also never purchase Bones or Bully Sticks because they are likely to make a dogs beard stinky and smelly.  This is an important consideration with a bearded dog.

Elk Antler
Some other chews I recently discovered are Antlers and Hooves.  These chews do not leave a dogs beard greasy.  They are cleaner, they don't splinter as readily as bones and my dogs love them.   I have not purchased hooves before, but I understand they splinter more than antlers.  They do work best with small dogs whose jaws are less strong.

Nutritional Chew Treats

Greenies are very popular chew treat intended to also clean a dogs teeth and freshen breath.  I looked into the reviews of this product and they are very popular...but some people have had problems as well. 
-Do NOT give before 6 mths of age. Be sure to give the size that is appropriate for your dog. 
-They are suppose to be digestible, but some instance have occurred where dogs had blockages caused by this treat. 
- The instances are not common given the fact that millions of treats are consumed by dogs every year.  Nonetheless, be cautious with this treat like all chews.  Be sure your dog chews it into small pieces.  If he tends to eat it without chewing sufficiently, then discontinue use. 

 So as you see, there is a whole lot of choices out there for chews and toys.  Buy a variety of different ones so you can rotate them daily for your pup.  By keeping him occupied and interested, he learns to entertain himself alone in a confined space.  This reduces unwanted behaviors, crying, barking and separation anxiety.  By teaching him appropriate chew objects, he is less likely to chew on your valued possessions.   I hope this guide gives you some ideas when choosing your puppy toys!  Check out all my favorite toys and chews in the Our Shop page of our BLOG under the category, Toys and Chews.

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