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What Kind of Chews Are Best for Puppies?

Four weeks to go until we pick up our puppy!

Guys, I’m getting so excited for this!!

Our Weimaraner pup is about 4 weeks old now. He is one of only two boys in the litter of eight.

It’s been awhile since I’ve raised a puppy though (yikes!), so once again I’m turning to you for help.

Yes, I will discuss these with our pup’s breeder and vet, but I want to hear about your experience too.

I’d love to hear your suggestions in the comments.

See my past puppy questions here.

As I’m loading up on puppy supplies …

Here are my 6 questions this week:

what chews are best for puppies

1. What are the best types of chews for puppies?

I want something safe for a puppy but interesting to him. What worked the best for you in the past?

For edible chews, my plan is to get some bully sticks and beef tendons (because my senior dog Ace likes these!). I’m comfortable feeding these because they’re natural, they don’t seem to break or splinter and apparently they’re easier for dogs to digest than rawhides.

Mighty Paw Bully Sticks

For non-edible chew toys, I plan to have some Nylabones and Kong toys on hand. Ace likes both of these. I’ll stuff the Kongs with treats or peanut butter.

I’ll also have all sorts of other soft toys too like rope toys and stuffies.

… And we have a box of 50 tennis balls.

2. Can an 8-week-old Weimaraner puppy hold it from about 11 p.m. to 5 a.m.?

I guess I’ll find out!

3. Is the puppy less likely to cry at night if his crate is in our bedroom?

I don’t mind having his crate by our bed, even if he whimpers and cries some the first few nights.

Do you think having him near us will make him cry less or more?

We’re in an apartment so I want to keep the crying to a minimum, but, you know … puppies.

4. How often do you de-worm a puppy?

Our breeder recommends every month for the first few months and then putting him on a monthly heartworm/roundworm/hookworm prevention at six months. Seems like a lot to me, but I’m sure she knows what she’s talking about.

I give Ace a heartworm preventative every 6 to 8 weeks April through December.

5. Does diatomaceous earth actually work to prevent fleas?

Food grade diatomaceois earth for dogs

I currently use K9 Advantix II for flea prevention on my adult dog. I hate putting this on him, and I really don’t want to use chemicals on our puppy. However, we can’t use natural, topical flea prevention products in our home due to allergies. It’s out of the question.

However, what about food-grade diatomaceous earth? I’ve heard many good things about it naturally and effectively killing and preventing fleas, but I’ve never tried it. I’m pretty skeptical.

My question: Does this really work? And does it really work in areas where there are a TON of fleas?

I feel like some dog owners “think” their natural flea “prevention” is working but really they just live in an area with no fleas. For example, in North Dakota I never used any flea prevention and never once saw a flea. After a month of living in San Diego, all 3 of my pets had fleas. Hence, the K9 Advantix.

6. Is there any reason to take our pup to the vet right away at 8 weeks?

Should I bring our puppy in for a checkup that first week or just wait until he’s due for the next round of vaccinations + de-worming at 12 weeks?

I wouldn’t want him to get sick from something he picks up at the vet. Also, really don’t want to spend the money on an exam if it’s not needed.

Alright, your feedback is very welcome! Thank you in advance!

Also, leave your own puppy questions in the comments. I’ll get them answered for you!

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Sue Vanderlip

Sunday 10th of September 2017

I have a 6 mo old Vizsla puppy and a 5 yr old also.this puppy came from a breeder who did not have human contact with the puppies. Lincoln has been odd , not loving , he gets along with the older dog, but isn't affectionate with us. I try but not luck. He always wants to be near me but not interested in petting or being loved . What can I do, I noticed he's better with me if the older dog is outside, but he chooses him instead of people.He is our 4th Vizsla so we are aware of this indifference in him. Help please !


Tuesday 22nd of March 2016

Wow! Only 4 weeks away. I can't wait! When we brought home Archer we wanted to get him a vet check just to make sure everything checked out okay with him. It was more of a piece of mind thing then anything else. The vet charged us for the office visit. The good news was he didn't charge us for an office visit when we brought him in for his vaccinations a few weeks later. And yes, I'm always worried about disease at the vet office, but I kept Archer on my lap in my arms the entire time we were there (it was a lot more difficult when he was 16 weeks old).

Amy A

Tuesday 22nd of March 2016

Can't wait to see your new pup! We haven't had a puppy in a while we recently added an adolescent dog to the family who seems to think he is a puppy but its not the same as adding a young pup. For edible chews bully sticks are a great choice and tripe sticks are also a hit in our house but they have a strong smell. For durable toys west paw design makes has a zygoflex line that is fantastic. And I found when Nala was a puppy keeping her crate in my room helped with the whining but I did have to get up in the middle of the night for potty breaks.

Kellie O'Brien

Sunday 20th of March 2016

The BEST CHEWS for puppies are RAW MEATY BONES such as raw chicken necks, chicken wings or oxtail. Your puppy needs to gnaw & chew to massage his gums & clean his teeth. When he is older & his teeth & jaws are strong & healthy, work him into raw recreational bones.

I HIGHLY recommend the book RAW MEATY BONES PROMOTE HEALTH by Tom Lonsdale. His well researched information is spot ON!


Sunday 20th of March 2016

We are antler fans for puppies. Bailie was after a shoe shortly after her arrival. Mom took the shoe and gave her the antler. After it happened a few times with different items she learned to chew an antler and still does. We have several around the house.