Starting Your New Puppy’s Life Right with #MyPuppyHood

Posted on Jun 20 2015 - 12:30am by Susan Bewley

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 Want to make sure your puppies first year is as amazing as possible? See what we think of - the latest resource for new dog owners here!

For many dog owners, one of the most important bonding times is puppyhood. This is the time where we don’t just bond and make puppies part of our family, but teach them everything they need to know to survive in a human world. This type of puppy training includes proper doggy manners and obedience training so they know what to (and not do) in public to make sure everyone is safe and happy. For first time (and sometimes veteran) dog owners, this can be a very trying and confusing time, especially if it’s been awhile since you’ve had a puppy in the household. This is especially true for us with Ivi.

Ivi Bitty Puppy

At 2.5 years since we had a puppy in the house, she is whipping us into shape and we are once again frantically searching for puppy accessories and the right puppy care instructions. Unlike with Reya, however, we have somewhat of a clue what we are doing, and are not as confused with the conflicting puppy advice and puppy info available on the internet (because you know, the internet is always right). Luckily, this time around we have a new resource of information that has made the milestones through puppyhood more fun and rewarding – Purina® Puppyhood®.

With only having one chance to get your dog’s first year right, Purina is happy to launch a new website dedicated to helping current (and future) puppy owners navigate through the scary terrain of puppyhood. At Puppyhood, you can take your puppy on virtual dog walks to learn about hotspots to bring your puppy, as well as informative content written by dog experts to help make sure everything is going smoothly for you on your puppy. For example, you can find amazing information on topics like:

  • puppy nutrition
  • puppy grooming
  • rescue or adopting a new puppy
  • puppy accessories and supplies (what is & isn’t safe)
  • expert puppy advice
  • puppy play
  • puppy development states
  • proper puppy training

As well, members get access to special features such as being able to track your puppy’s milestones, expert puppy advice, and even puppy friendly destination and resources in your own community.

Drinking Ivi

You can even learn why complete and balanced nutrition is important for your puppy and why they should be on a quality puppy food like Purina Puppy Chow, which offers a unique healthy-start blend made with high-quality protein, plus HDA and essential nutrients also found in mommy’s milk. They even offer frequent coupons for members! With this customized learning experience and tools, you can find everything you need to make puppyhood as amazing as possible for you and your pup!

Personally, we are big fans of the new Puppyhood site. Even as an experienced dog owner, I learned so much from the informative articles and got the reassurance we needed to make sure we are still remembering everything correctly when it comes to raising a malamute puppy. White I love the entire site, I have to say my favorite part is the ability to track Ivi’s own puppy milestones and see where she is in terms of general puppy development.

My beautiful puppies

Want to check out for yourself? We personally think it is a must for all new and experienced puppy owners. Best of all, Puppyhood is totally free and they even offer a free Purina Puppy Chow coupon during signup. To learn more, head over to today and have even more fun as you experience life with your new furry family member!


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Susan Bewley is a professional writer who has been writing content online & in print format for over 10 years. As well, she is an alumni of the University of Louisville with a Masters Degree in Special Education. When not working as an online business consultant or ghost writing, she can be found writing on Budget Earth, on her own novel, or working with various entities in the pet industry.

57 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Emma June 20, 2015 at 8:15 am - Reply

    Every puppy is different and presents new challenges. Such a cute pup you have! We like the Puppyhood site too, even though our puppy just turned two.

  2. Sue M. June 21, 2015 at 3:34 am - Reply

    I just checked it out, this has a lot of great information. I know someone who recently got a puppy, i’ll have to let her know about this web page. Thanks for posting!

  3. Irma Jurejevčič June 21, 2015 at 5:14 am - Reply

    I love the idea.

  4. Rosey June 21, 2015 at 8:03 am - Reply

    Ha! I love this post and the cute pictures. We are considering getting a puppy. I think it will be amazing if we do. 🙂

  5. sheila ressel June 21, 2015 at 8:23 am - Reply

    What a cutie Ivi is! It’s been a long time since I had a puppy in the house. I sure could have used this site then. It would have been very helpful.

    • Susan Bewley June 22, 2015 at 2:06 am - Reply

      There are so many things on that site I wish I knew when Reya was a pup. It is such a fantastic resource for new dog owners!

  6. desiree June 21, 2015 at 6:09 pm - Reply

    my dog princess is still pup and then she a chawaii and then she thinks she big dog

  7. Gloria Walshver June 22, 2015 at 7:19 am - Reply

    My puppy has grown into a dog but your ideas are great I will pass it along to my friends who have puppies.

  8. Holly Thomas June 22, 2015 at 7:31 am - Reply

    I love this site, Ivi is so darn cute!

  9. Eva D June 22, 2015 at 7:42 am - Reply

    We are looking for a puppy to love right now. This site will be a go to place for any questions we might have. I have raised a puppy before and know that it takes a lot of hard work dedication and patience

  10. Stephanie June 22, 2015 at 8:27 am - Reply

    OMG – your puppy is so cute. This sounds like a great resource. I’ll definitely bookmark it in case we decide to get another dog. When we got our puppy a few years ago, it was really hard to find reliable information online so Puppyhood is great.

  11. Jennifer Boehme June 22, 2015 at 8:29 am - Reply

    I wish everyone would have to do something like this. There are so many pets in the AC’s that some are being euthanized and some are people did not train their pets and lost control. This will be very helpful.

  12. william gossage June 22, 2015 at 8:32 am - Reply

    these are great tip on having a new puppy. My brother just got a new wean puppy so i past these on to him

  13. Lori Berson June 22, 2015 at 8:39 am - Reply

    Your posts are very helpful. Wish they had been here when our Roxy was a pup.

  14. Deborah W. June 22, 2015 at 8:40 am - Reply

    Every puppy has to learn what is acceptable behavior and what isn’t. It’s great to have a site where you can go to get advice and this is it! Thanks!

  15. Sue Mullaney June 22, 2015 at 10:31 am - Reply

    This is an excellent website. Purina did a great job with organizing all the different types of information to help new puppy owners!

  16. lisa June 22, 2015 at 11:00 am - Reply

    Did the two dogs take to each other right away? I don’t know much about dogs. I’ve always had cats and know it can be tricky trying to bring a new cat in.

    • Susan Bewley June 23, 2015 at 11:47 am - Reply

      It took the girls about 48 hour and then they were all about one another. 🙂

  17. Lisa Williams June 22, 2015 at 11:00 am - Reply

    My grown son just got a puppy of his own,he has never owned a dog because we always had cats but this site has a lot of great information on some of the behavior issues he’s having.

  18. Heather in VA June 22, 2015 at 11:19 am - Reply

    Those are adorable puppies. I haven’t had a puppy in a very long time as we adopted an older dog so I would really need the website to help me!

  19. Jodi Hunter June 22, 2015 at 11:52 am - Reply

    Love your puppy. He looks like he has so much energy for hours of playful fun for both of you.

  20. Kim Mangrum June 22, 2015 at 12:49 pm - Reply

    Nice post. Getting a puppy takes lots of time and research before you get one and while you have one. I love learning all I can for my pugs.

  21. Angelica June 22, 2015 at 1:38 pm - Reply

    Wow. I had no idea Purina had made such an awesome site. That commercial of theirs is soooo cute. I would have loved to have a place to track my dog’s milestones and for helpful info. Ivi is so gosh darn adorable!

  22. LeAnn H June 22, 2015 at 2:33 pm - Reply

    It looks like this contains a lot of useful information and will come in handy when I get my next puppy

  23. Sandy Weinstein June 22, 2015 at 2:35 pm - Reply

    i have 3 little gals and they were all different. the oldest now almost 14 was the easiest to train, very quick learner. potty trained in 2 wks, although now she is having problems b/c of her age. the 2 younger girls do well most of the time, but if left alone for more than a few hrs, leave mom some oops. they cant seem to get the hang up it. even though they know. they are all well socialized and very well behaved. the middle child hates to have her nails done, had an incident at the vet and now has problems. have to use a dremel and that is even hard with her. they all hate baths but will tolerate them.

  24. Ryan origin June 22, 2015 at 2:49 pm - Reply

    Having a puppy is so much work !!!! But I think they are well worth it <3

  25. Pamela Gurganus June 22, 2015 at 3:27 pm - Reply

    This new website by Purina is awesome! I wish I’d had something like this available to me when I had a new puppy! Thank you for sharing this information!

  26. Anita Mitchell June 22, 2015 at 4:13 pm - Reply

    What a cute idea. You have a great site!

  27. mycraftingworld June 22, 2015 at 5:17 pm - Reply

    I want another dog now. I am just not sure I want to go thru the puppy phase again. I am thinking about getting an adult dog from the shelter. I am sure Purina’s food for adult dogs is just as nourishing as puppy food is. Good luck with your dog.

  28. Robin Creager June 22, 2015 at 5:31 pm - Reply

    What a great site! I would tell everyone that is getting a new puppy about this site and what useful information it has. I wished they had a site like this back in day…it could’ve saved alot of frustration for me and my

  29. Sue E June 22, 2015 at 10:20 pm - Reply

    I haven’t had a puppy in years. But just like babies, they have to adjust to a whole new environment. I would have to read up again, because like everything else, there is always change & a better way to do things. How nice it is to give a free Purina Puppy Chow coupon during signup. I will signup when I get another puppy.

  30. Kat June 22, 2015 at 10:34 pm - Reply

    This is great advice! I will be using this on our next puppy!

  31. Lisa June 23, 2015 at 12:32 am - Reply

    Very interesting, this would have been helpful when my dog was a puppy. Your dogs are absolutely adorable, what cute faces!

  32. Samantha D June 23, 2015 at 7:09 am - Reply

    I have not had a dog in about 15 years (renter). But this is a great wealth of information on how to get back into the swing of things when raising a puppy. Most of all, patience and understanding come in handy as well. They are learning and growing every day! 🙂 Best of luck to all with little pups!

  33. Jana L. June 23, 2015 at 11:28 am - Reply

    Omg your puppies are so cute. That video is adorable. We are always trying to teach out dog certain tricks and to stop certain behaviours (like jumping on people when they least expect it). Thanks for the tips, we will try to incorporate it when we are training our dog.

  34. Sara June 23, 2015 at 11:30 am - Reply

    Theses pics. Are cute of theses dogs and their funny

  35. N Bear June 23, 2015 at 3:02 pm - Reply

    Cute puppy! The site has some useful information, but I definitely do not support any Nestle brands, and I prefer to feed my dog better quality food.

    • Susan Bewley June 23, 2015 at 3:18 pm - Reply

      Hi N Bear, we do not feed Purina products either but I do think it is a useful, very informative site for new dog owners. 🙂

  36. jovon June 24, 2015 at 12:28 am - Reply

    When my dog was a puppy she would eat purina dog chow. Recently though, she is very picky. There are days that she won’t even eat her dry kibbles and only eats her wet food I give her when she gets her pills.

  37. carissa joslyn June 24, 2015 at 9:40 am - Reply

    awe puppy! this is cute, and really good. We are getting a pitbull puppy when he’s ready to come home! We currently have a 10 year old pit who is amazing, but dying of cancer. We haven’t had a puppy in 10 years so itll be interesting! my oldest dog is 15!

  38. Sherry Compton June 26, 2015 at 6:35 pm - Reply

    So glad there are sites out there to help. Being patient is important. All dogs are a little different, and they have to learn you just like you have to learn and care for them.

  39. Aneesa June 27, 2015 at 5:39 am - Reply

    Really nice and thoughtful. Thank you very much.

  40. Melissa S June 27, 2015 at 3:59 pm - Reply

    Both of your dogs are so cute. The puppyhood site is great for 1st time and old hats at puppy care.

  41. Mary Czerczyk June 27, 2015 at 8:21 pm - Reply

    Thank you for sharing this information. I am planning on getting a puppy and this will be useful for me.

  42. terry myers June 28, 2015 at 2:48 am - Reply

    I have had many dogs the puppy stage for years I am 61 years old I do not like the puppy stage its worth it in the end hard is lose them when they grow old mine now is 11 years old I will take the puppy stage anyday

  43. Karen Beckett June 28, 2015 at 7:07 am - Reply

    Like humans, each puppy has a distinct personality. What works for one might not work with another. Just have patience!

  44. Cindy Merrill June 29, 2015 at 6:22 pm - Reply

    My Grandfather raised German Shepherd puppies for the police K-9 Unit; every puppy was carefully evaluated. It is extremely crucial to start obedience training as soon as possible, usually around 12 weeks old., some pups are quicker to learn than others.

  45. Jessica V. June 30, 2015 at 3:43 pm - Reply

    This is such a great idea. I haven’t had a dog since I was a kid and I really miss our doggy Tim-Tim.

  46. Trisha W. July 2, 2015 at 10:00 am - Reply

    We’d like to be pet owners some day. It would be fun for the kids to grow up with a puppy.

  47. Kay Moser July 2, 2015 at 11:19 am - Reply

    Great resource and should offer some comfort to overwhelmed first time puppy owners. The video is so cute.

  48. gloria patterson July 2, 2015 at 5:36 pm - Reply

    I have never raised a puppy! Have had adult dogs before but only raised kittens. I know it hard from friends

  49. angela smith July 6, 2015 at 2:10 am - Reply

    they have alot of useful information on that brother got a new puppy so i’ll have to point him in the direction of this site.we had a malmute along time ago.such beautiful dogs.i’ve never seen a brown one she’s so cute

  50. ellen schull July 6, 2015 at 6:17 pm - Reply

    This has a lot of really good information. I love ready anything dog related and informative.

  51. Jerry Marquardt July 7, 2015 at 7:30 pm - Reply

    I love the photo of the malamute on a computer.

  52. Jerry Marquardt July 7, 2015 at 7:41 pm - Reply

    I wish I could have my puppies back. They are so nice and cute when they are that small.

  53. Emily Endrizzi July 7, 2015 at 11:45 pm - Reply

    Puppyhood sounds like a really wonderful idea! I wish I had known of it earlier. We adopted Mickey when he was about 10 months old, so still technically a puppy. It could have come in handy!

  54. Meg Lund August 19, 2015 at 4:52 pm - Reply

    I really love that this program is being offered to help people prepare for puppyhood and make sure they train and bond with their new puppy correctly. I am thinking about getting a new puppy myself, but I have never experienced this before, and I wouldn’t know the first thing about properly taking care of my puppy. Thus, having something available that gives me nutrition advice, training advice, and even accessories and supplies advice would definitely help me to prepare to take care of my new puppy the right way. Thank you for sharing such great information about the puppyhood site!

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