Puppies need more energy from food to fuel overall growth.

A student cuddles with Schmear, a six-week-old border collie Puppy, at the Rent-a-Puppy event. The event is a joint fundraiser between IU's Rose House-Lutheran Campus Ministry and the City of Bloomington Animal Care and Control Center.

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Puppies are adorable and are not hard to love. Loving your puppy involves more than showing him affection — that's usually the easy part! Showing your puppy you love him also involves taking care of his basic needs (food, water, shelter) and helping him develop into a well-rounded and well-behaved adult dog. By showing your puppy love, your puppy will love you back and become a great companion.

Who gags the least when handling wet puppy food?

Sponsor one of our puppies today and help us train more life-changing dogs Puppies spend a great deal of time playing, chewing and investigating objects. All of these normal activities involve puppies using their mouths and their needle-sharp . When puppies play with people, they often bite, chew and mouth on people’s hands, limbs and clothing. This kind of behavior may seem cute when your is seven weeks old, but it’s not nearly so endearing when he’s three or four months old-and getting bigger by the day!

I can't stress this enough: Puppies are A LOT of work.

Our puppy trims are $15 and we can do them up until they are 6 months. We recommend doing several trims before they get their first full cut. And don’t worry if you don’t have a puppy that needs a cut. We also do puppy baths for $10 up until 6 months. Short haired dogs can use the same practice the long haired ones get! Not only do we want them to get used to grooming, we just really like cuddling with little puppies!

Damn, those puppy eyes. Damn them!


So, you want to find a puppy, huh? Great idea! Want to hear an even better idea? Rescue an adult dog. No pooch is too old for puppy love and puppies are only puppies for a few months after all, right? Oh, you have your heart set on a cute little puppy? OK, here's some food for thought and a few reasons why adopting an adult might be your better option: On the other hand, an adult dog's bladder is already fully developed. Shelter dogs are most often already housetrained and dog rescue groups make sure their adult dogs for adoption are housebroken before they go to new homes. You also have the advantage of knowing that your dog is physically able to "hold it" for several hours at a stretch. In most cases, adult dogs are by far easier to housebreak than puppies. You can teach an old dog new tricks! Housebreaking: Before you find a puppy, consider how much time your new family member will spend alone. Remember, a puppy requires constant attention. The key to successful housebreaking is consistency; preventing "accidents" is key. Once a puppy soils the carpeting, it becomes much more difficult to train them out of that behavior. Here's a good rule of thumb to consider: a puppy can hold his bladder just one hour for every month they've been alive. For instance, a 3-month-old puppy will need to empty his bladder every three hours! And yes, that does include the middle of the night! Before you adopt a puppy, ask yourself if you are available to walk your dog several times throughout the day, and if you have the patience and commitment to wake up and take him out several times throughout the night. Of course, before you can walk him at all, you will need to train him to walk on a leash, which is a project in itself. Many dogs in shelters or with rescue groups are already trained and ready to go! Adults have a much longer attention span than puppies, too, which means they're easier and faster to teach. Adult dogs already have recognizable personality traits, so you'll be able to select one who is great with children. Many rescue groups use foster homes to make sure each dog for adoption is trained to be well-behaved indoors. Although all dogs need attention and playtime, an adult dog's needs are far less demanding than a puppy's.