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Young at Heart CotoNEWSMay 15, 2014
Young at Heart Puppy

Puppies sure are lovable! 

Chillin can be fun!
My pup is my best bud!
Let's play follow the leader! 

In This Issue
Puppy Gallery
Did You Know?
Puppy Health Tips
Canine Trivia
True or False?
Puppy Training Tips
A Pup's Perspective
Doggy Humor by Sophie
Dog Lover's PAWS for Thought
Words of Wisdom
Champion Ancestors of our Cotons
Puppy Bladder and Bowel Control

Puppies do not normally have "bladder and bowel control" until 6-9 months of age.

Quick Links

Puppy Chewing
 Puppies will chew on EVERYTHING they can get their teeth on. This is how they explore and learn about the world. Even HUMAN children put things in their mouth. It's up to the puppies owner to guide a pup as to what is OK to chew and what is not. If a pup is chewing something bad, say , "No chew" and hand them a toy they can chew. To keep your pup healthy, it is wise to pick up anything you find hazardous that you don't want them to get into. 

According to Donald McCaig, approximately how many years has it been since man and dog formed their partnership?

20,000 Years 



Young puppies normally cannot hold their bladder for more than 1-2 hours.

If a pup nips you too hard, talk to him in dog talk, by giving a loud YELP. This is one way dogs talk to each other. 


Questions & Answers

A Puppy's Perspective 


Dear Scarlet....what does it feel like to be a puppy? The following article from an unknown author may be helpful in answering this question:



I am your Puppy, and I will love you until the end of the Earth, but please know a few things about me. I am a Puppy, this means that my intelligence and capacity for learning are the same as an 8-month-old child. I am a Puppy; I will chew EVERYTHING I can get my teeth on. This is how I explore and learn about the world. Even HUMAN children put things in their mouths. It's up to you to guide me to what is mine to chew and what is not.I am a Puppy; I cannot hold my bladder for longer than 1 - 2 hours. I cannot "feel" that I need to poop until it is actually beginning to come out. I cannot vocalize nor tell you that I need to go, and I cannot have "bladder and bowel control" until 6 - 9 months. Do not punish me if you have not let me out for 3 hours and I tinkle. It is your fault. As a Puppy, it is wise to remember that I NEED to go potty after: Eating, Sleeping, playing, Drinking and around every 2 - 3 hours in addition.If you want me to sleep through the night, then do not give me water after 7 or 8 p.m. A crate will help me learn to housebreak easier, and will avoid you being mad at me. I am a Puppy, accidents WILL happen, please be patient with me! In time I will learn.I am a Puppy, I like to play. I will run around, and chase imaginary monsters, and chase your feet and your toes and 'attack' you, and chase fuzzballs, other pets, and small kids. It is play; it's what I do. Do not be mad at me or expect me to be sedate, mellow and sleep all day.

My play is beneficial, use your wisdom to guide me in my play with appropriate toys, and activities like chasing a rolling ball, or gentle tug games, or plenty of chew toys for me. If I nip you too hard, talk to me in "dog talk", by giving a loud YELP, I will usually get the message, as this is how dogs communicate with one another. If I get too rough, simply ignore me for a few moments, or put me in my crate with an appropriate chew toy. I am a Puppy; hopefully you would not yell, hit, strike, kick or beat a 6-month-old human infant, so please do not do the same to me. I am delicate, and also very impressionable. If you treat me harshly now, I will grow up learning to fear being hit, spanked, kicked or beat. Instead, please guide me with encouragement and wisdom. For instance, if I am chewing something wrong, say, "No chew!" and hand me a toy I CAN chew. Better yet, pick up ANYTHING that you do not want me to get into. I can't tell the difference between your old sock and your new sock, or an old sneaker and your $200 Nikes. I am a Puppy, and I am a creature with feelings and drives much like your own, but yet also very different. Although I am NOT a human in a dog suit, neither am I an unfeeling robot who can instantly obey your every whim. I truly DO want to please you, and be a part of your family, and your life. You got me (I hope) because you want a loving partner and companion, so do not relegate me to the backyard when I get bigger, do not judge me harshly but instead mold me with gentleness and guidelines and training into the kind of family member you want me to be. I am a Puppy and I am not perfect, and I know you are not perfect either. I love you anyway. So please, learn all you can about training, and puppy behaviors and caring for me from your Veterinarian, books on dog care and even researching on the computer! Learn about my particular breed and it's "characteristics", it will give you understanding and insight into WHY I do all the things I do. Please teach me with love, patience, the right way to behave and socialize me with training in a puppy class or obedience class, we will BOTH have a lot of fun together. I am a Puppy and I want more than anything to love you, to be with you, and to please you. Won't you please take time to understand how I work? We are the same you and I, in that we both feel hunger, pain, thirst, discomfort, fear, but yet we are also very different and must work to understand one another's language, body signals, wants and needs. Some day I will be a handsome dog, hopefully one you can be proud of and one that you will love as much as I love you.

Your Puppy. slurp slurp.




 Doggy Humor by Sophie


The little furry buggers are just deep, deep, wells  
you throw all your emotions into.   

                           Bruce Schimmel


Dog Lovers "Paws" for Thought  


Did you ever walk in a room,         

 and forget why you walked in?

                I think that is how dogs spend their lives.


Sue Murphy.   




            Thorns may hurt you, men desert you, 

                   sunlight turn to fog; but you're

        never friendless ever, if you have a dog  


 Douglas Mallock


 Champion Ancestors of               our Cotons   

                             Cotonbrie Tres Jolie Bebe
          Agility Titles- NA, NAJ, OA, OAJ, AX, AKJ, NJC.
                       "Bebe" is an ancestor of Scarlet. 



 Tom Rimmer

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