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It took me a good year and a half before I could even utter the word “puppy”.
We lost two of our dogs between 2016 and early 2017, and it hit me hard. They truly are our family and whether you feel the same or not, that’s just how it is for me. So I needed to go through the grieving process and it was a doozy.
The family kept begging for a new sibling for our boxer who was now alone and very needy.
So I caved and we found our newest family member, Curie.
Since our boxer is named Einstein, we decided to stick with the geeky scientific references and name her after Marie Curie, the woman responsible for discovering radiation. Yessiree, geek central over here.
As you can see, she loves her big brother and he has lost all personal space. But we think he loves her too.
Curie is an absolute joy, full of puppy yumminess and energy. She is also a Newfoundland and BullmastiffÂ mix, so she will be huge.
This means the training had to start early, as in, as soon as the first week she was home, when she was 8 weeks old.
Lucky for me, she is 100% food motivated. This makes training a lot easier, as I can get her to do almost anything for a treat.
I headed on over toÂ Food LionÂ and enlisted the help of theirÂ Companion brand of pet products.
Since Curie is a giant breed, she will be requiring a lot of food and treats. This brand, available exclusively at Food Lion, offers performance, nutrition, and ingredients comparative to national brands, but at the lowest price in the category.Â Learn moreÂ here.
Here’s what I used to help with our rambunctious giant breed puppy.
- Puppy pads. She has been great with potty training, but she is still a puppy and can’t control her bladder 100% yet. These give her a designated spot indoors when her humans don’t notice her waiting at the door to be let out.
- Multi-flavor dog biscuits. These are great because they are similar to what she receives at the vet for being a good girl. I break them into little pieces and use them for her training treats. So far she knows sit, stay and paw commands.
- Bull sticks dog chews. These things are amazing! This puppy has massive chewing needs. I did learn that it is a breed thing and they mouth everything. So this helps me turn her towards biting something other than human hands. It also helps her get rid of some of that puppy energy so she can settle down for nap time.
- New leash. She outgrew her first leash within a week. Giant breed dogs gain about 2-4 pounds weekly during the puppy phase, so I needed a good leash that expands as she grows.
Thanks to the great prices, I was able to stock up on these and many other items during my last trip to Food Lion.
I can’t wait to teach her more tricks and more importantly have a well behaved giant Newfy to love and enjoy for years to come.
Do you have pets? If so, what kinds and what are their names?
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Madam Curie is adorable, just look at those eyes. Training a new puppy takes time and patience, looks like you have all the right tools for the training.
This sounds like a great brand for dogs! Your puppy is adorable. We only have cats, and we have trained them to sit with treats, so that’s pretty cool.
Congrats on the new family member! Curie is such a cutie! It’s so hard when you lose a pet. We lost our fifteen-year-old cat last year and it was a tough time for us all.
Your new puppy is adorable and it looks like the two dogs are getting along well. My German Shepherd, Max, will be turning 4 years old this month. Seems like just yesterday that he was a little puppy.
We have a 13-year old blue tick hound. He’s such a huge part of our family. He’s grown up with our kids and we love him immensely.
Both of your dogs are so cute and the puppy will follow the older guy. I have not found a good brand of biscuit so these look like the one to try soon.
I have to check this out! Pet supplies can get very expensive over time. If you can find great stuff at an awesome price, you’re way ahead of the game.
what a sweet pea and what great ideas for learning how to train a puppy- we dont have on yet but these will come in handy when we get one soon!
Your puppy is so cute! I’ll need to check out this brand for my dog.
That face. How do you ever say no? Training is essential for a happy partnership between you and your pet.
It’s a daily struggle to be firm with her thanks to that face.
Oh my goodness, your new puppy looks SO cute. I also love that you’re working hard to train them, most people don’t put in the effort and it’s so important to do.
I think most dogs are food motivated, I mean what other things are there in a dog’s life? Anyway, good luck with your training. Training puppies can be hard.
That’s what I thought too, but I learned that some are more motivated by hugs or a toy. Who knew!
Great brand and a really awesome partner in training our dog.
We are thinking about having a puppy soon. Thank you for your tips. They help a lot to be more prepared about this impending argument!
Curie is such a sweetheart! I love the names you chose for your dogs too. This definitely looks like a quality brand of pet goods.
Animals are such a big part of our family! Starting with a new one is hard though. Potty training is the worst.
What a little sweetie pie. I am just now starting to work on training my new puppy. Still having some accident inside but only four month sold. She loves treats though so may give these a whirl!
Training a puppy can be so hard and time consuming but so worth it in the the end! Great tips and great post!
Curie is just too adorable and it looks like she loves her big brother! I’m glad that you were able to find products that she likes!