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New Puppy Resource Launches To Aid Pet Parents #MyPuppyhood


Puppyhood is a very exciting time for a dog parent: The time goes by so fast, and that first year of a dog’s life is so much fun—but also can be a very scary time.

When I lost my beloved Cocker Spaniel, Brandy Noel, in 2008, I vowed to myself, “never again;” that is: never again will I allow myself to get this close to a dog and have my heart broken. I am happy to say that my passion for dogs trumped all and my “never again” sits at my feet and his name is Dexter. I can honestly say I could never NOT love this way again.

Dexter at 9 weeks old. My little puppy.

When Dexter first entered my life, it was quite the shock for me in some ways: Caring for an elderly dog with a multitude of health issues meant adjusting rapidly for a new baby in the house. I recall one particular phone call I made to the veterinarian back then, asking why my puppy might be vomiting yellow bile. I forgot: Puppies do that, especially when they eat too many treats or try to ingest things that move: You know, like bugs.

Entering Puppyhood with a Trusted Friend

If only there had been a resource like the new around when Dexter was growing up, my life would have been so much easier. Our neighbor recently brought a new puppy into her life, and here is Graham in all his puppyhood glory:


cute golden retriever
Graham says, “Hey cutie in the mirror, come on out and play!”

Golden Retrievers grow up fast, like most puppies do, so during his first year of life, some of the things his dog mom will learn at the new site include:

  • Puppy stages: Did you know during their first year puppies go through just about as much developmental changes as a child does in their first 14 years?!
  • Puppy play: Find out which games puppies should play to encourage and foster stimulation;
  • Puppy training: Commands every pet parent should know. When Dexter was a pup, we began with basic commands and tenets of the Canine Good Citizen (CGC) program administered by the American Kennel Club. I am proud to say he passed!
  • Puppy grooming: Did you know that if your puppy is younger than 7-8 weeks, you should hold off. His little body isn’t ready to self-regulate his body temperature just yet?! But you can wipe your puppy down with a warm cloth if you need to give him a quick clean.

Beyond all of this, the website is a treasure trove of personalized information geared for you and your pup.


Members Only: Free

As a member of the free website at , an array of special features is unlocked after signing up, including a:

  • Puppy milestone tracker: Proud dog moms and dog dads, show off your puppy’s steps and advancements (plus have a record of it);
  • Expert advice: Search, ask questions, get answers STAT;
  • Things to do and access within your own community: Customized to your pooch!


What About the Pre-Puppy Process?

I received advanced access to the site, so imagine my glee in exploring when I found the new puppy adoption section: Designed for pet parents who want to adopt a new bundle of joy. If you have no idea what sort of puppy would be fit for your life and lifestyle, this section will walk you through, as indicated with this screen shot:

puppy selector

Back to my buddy Graham: One of the cutest things he does is takes all his toys outside, and his mom recently shared this cute photo where he left his snake toy in the doggie door. Using the resource, Graham’s mom could investigate why her puppy has this behavior and what it means. This is very helpful because when we think like the dog, we can anticipate what they are thinking, what they might do, and be a better pet parent as a result… like Graham meeting a tennis ball for the first time: is a portal or hub for pet parents to learn everything needed for puppies to get off on the right paw in life. Now if only there was a way to bottle that sweet scent of puppy breath, how fantastic would that be?!

Learn more by visiting the official Puppyhood site, find them on Facebook, and visit them on Twitter.

Have you ever raised a puppy? What sort of things did you use as a resource/helper during that first crucial year of life?

A dog lover of the highest order is how Gayle King introduced Carol Bryant, when she appeared with her Cocker Spaniel on Oprah Radio’s Gayle King show to dish dogs. Carol created and owns the trademark, My Heart Beats Dog® and lives that mantra. A 30-year veteran of the dog world, she is President of the Dog Writers Association of America (DWAA) and the 2020 DWAA winner for Best Dog Blog.


  1. Robin (Masshole Mommy) says

    I only get rescues, so I have no idea what to do with a puppy. This sounds like a great resource!

  2. char says

    Awww I miss having puppies! I may just have to check out my local shelter this afternoon and get on the puppyhood bandwagon!

  3. Cathy Armato says

    This is definitely a great resource for puppy parents, I’m sharing. Dexter was the most adorable puppy, and Graham is super cute! I got my Husky as a puppy and I learned so much. I read a lot and went online to Siberian Husky sites. Learning about the breed as well as how to raise a puppy in general were both important. It was so great seeing you & Dexter at the conference! BlogPaws did an amazing job w/ this event – thank you!

  4. susan gusriglia says

    my puppy (3mos.) love her to death, but I am at my wits end with her biting my arms show it. I am now trying time out and water spray, that I carry around.I. give her treats when she’s good but the bites hurt.

  5. lisa says

    I do not miss puppy stage. I love puppies but it is like having a baby again! These are very helpful resources for puppy owners.

  6. Jeanine says

    This sounds great! We have 3 dogs, two of which we rescued as pups and one is their pup. NO MORE pups will be in this house! But this is a really great sounding resource!

  7. Megan @ Nepa Mom says

    I have to say that I’ve never heard of such a resource for puppies but I love the idea! Being a puppy parent is kinda like being a human parent, but it looks like puppies come with a handbook! LOL Thank you for the great resource!

  8. Emma says

    Mom has had four dogs, the three of us current pups have all been raised from pups to adults, with the exception of Bailie who is a teenager. In a way, Mom feels bad as each of us gets a better life than the last pup as she learns about what one needs to do to have the best puppyhood and then adult dog ever. It is a learning curve and this site is a great idea.

  9. Bri says

    I have never raised a puppy but I really want to. Its great that there is a highly informative website to help new puppy owners.

  10. Susan Bewley says

    Awww!! It was so cute seeing little Dex! We know all about puppy scares around here and I don’t know if there is any way to truly ‘prepare for a puppy since like humans, they all have unique personalities. Having resources like this is truly amazing for dog owners like us who want to make sure we are doing the best for our furry family.

  11. Debbie Denny says

    We lost our beloved fur baby a few months ago. I swore never also. I find myself thinking bout another recently.

  12. Lorane says

    Dexter is so cute and lovable.. I knew Dogs grew fast but i had no idea 1 year in Dog Life is equivalent to 14 Years in People years. I found this post very informative

  13. Rosey says

    That’s a cool fact about the one puppy year to the 14 human ones. That’s a lot of developing in a very short time.

  14. Tonya C says

    We got a puppy last year and he’ll be one in July. He’s not exactly a puppy anymore but still acts like one even though he’s already 80 lbs!

  15. Ellen says

    I am getting a new puppy later this year. Your article is timely for me, and I’ve already bookmarked your recommendations. Thanks for the tips and the helpful suggestions.

  16. Ellen says

    It’s been awhile since I had a puppy, but does your blog remind of time past. You’re so right that puppyhood is so quickly fleeting. I’ve bookmarked this post so that in the future I can refer to this info when needed. This post is evergreen!

  17. MattieDog says

    What a pawesome idea – thank you so much for sharing it! Oh, and for sharing little Dexter’s picture – what a cutie pants – his eyes make my heart melt! Much ‘lub’ to you and yours – and I’ll help spread da word on dis posting!

  18. FiveSibesMom says

    Sounds like a great resource! We raised our three Husky siblings, the FiveSibes “Pupsters” , since they were just 8 weeks old! Yep, three at one time! It’s been great seeing them grow up together over the years (they are now 7). This sounds like it would be a terrific resource to have. LOVE baby Dex!

  19. Jen Gabbard says

    As someone whose been through it numerous times I can certainly say puppy parents need all the helpful resources and guides they can get. Just when you think you’ve seen it all here comes another challenge lol. And I’ve also told myself “never again;” the last time it only lasted a month before I adopted.

  20. Abby Chesnut says

    Aw! Such a cute photo of Dexter! I am so glad that there is a site like this because so many people have questions about their puppy, or need help with some sort of issue they are having. There is so much info online that it is hard to sift through it all, and this site will help tremendously! (and I agree with you on bottling puppy breath!)

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