No Need to Panic: There’s Nothing Unusual About Puppy Hiccupps

Puppies can get hiccups after eating, playing or drinking. Don’t worry – it’s quite normal (not to mention very cute). If the hiccups continue for more than a day, however, it might be a good idea to take your puppy to see a vet, just to be safe.

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How to Make Longer Vet Stays More Comfortable for Your Dog

Bring a piece of your worn clothing to the vet if you have to leave your dog overnight or if she is having a procedure where she has to spend a day at the vet’s office without you. Personal items that carry your scent will be comforting to her in the strange environment of a vet’s office.

If you don’t have a t-shirt or other piece of clothing that smells of you, then bring a small soft toy that is a favorite of hers and rub it all over your skin before leaving it with her.

Don’t Let Your Lab Become a Compulsive Ball Retriever

Any of the retrieving breeds can become neurotic and unable to stop themselves from compulsively retrieving objects. The Labs who spend their waking hours bringing you tennis balls and dropping them at your feet are actually suffering from a form of canine OCD and need help by not making balls always available and only playing fetch for short designated play periods. Visit for your pet supplies.

Good Manners = Good Dog

Teach your dog manners at a young age. Remember, dogs crave boundaries and you desire peace in the household. So take charge and keep in mind that you are the pack leader, and your dog will follow the pack leader.

Teach your dog that misbehaving – nipping, biting and barking incessantly – is not good dog etiquette. Even very young puppies can be taught the sit/stay, down and come commands. You can get a good dog training book, watch the Dog Whisperer or enroll you and your pup in obedience school.

If you are a proud parent of an adult dog that will need some retraining in doggy etiquette 101 don’t fret. It’s never to late to teach an older dog new tricks and the art of good manners. Dog Training Collars can be very helpful in getting the desired results.

How Often Does Your New Puppy Need to Go Out?

The rule of thumb is that a puppy can hold her urine for the number of hours that correspond to her age in months, plus one. So a two month old puppy can hold it for three hours (2+1). Keep in mind this is the maximum time she can hold it but she may feel the urge before that. If you are unable to let your puppy out at the required time, you may want to consider using a dog crate to protect your carpeting and other belongings.