Chewing is an innate need for most canines. Puppies need to chew because they are teething and they explore the world with their mouths, much like human infants! Adolescent dogs need to chew as their teeth are setting and molars continue to erupt and set into the gum line. Adult dogs chew as a way of entertainment, to release stress, to clean their teeth and because many of the things we give them to chew are tasty (to them!).

When I have a young puppy or young dog in my home, I can easily go through one chew per day. However, if you get stuck buying the same old large bully stick pack from Costco, your dog may begin leaving bones about the house and acting like chewing isn’t a fun pastime. The key is variety, rotation and knowing your dog.

A small breed dog might do great with greenies, whimzees and tiny twist no-hides but a larger breed will eat a large greenie in a matter of seconds!

My go-to list:

  1. No-Hides: these are very popular right now and we have them in 3 different sizes; tiny twists, 4 inch and 7 inch. We have chicken and venison flavor currently. For my 60 lb dog, a 7 inch no-hide can keep him entertained for a whole day (on and off). The twist is only a 10 minute goodie for my 20 lb dog but a much longer chew for a smaller dog or younger puppy with just baby teeth. We love them because they are “no-hide” AKA not rawhide. Instead they are made from digestable plant material.

  2. Back strap wrap or tail wrap: these are budget friendly chews that take time as the dogs tend to unwind the dried tendon on the back strap or the tail (of a cow). They are low odor, high value and loved my all. Also, no rawhide, so it’s safe.

  3. Water Buffalo ears: these $3 gems landed in our store as an accidental order. Little did I know these ears are about 10x longer lasting than pig ears, and are healthier with no risk of pancreatitis. We have seen many a puppy come back in the NEXT week for puppy class, still working on a single ear!

  4. Etta Says MEGA chews: I love these for allergy dogs. They are 100% X meat on the label as in the Elk has no other added protein. Same goes for all their flavors of Bison, Chicken, Venison etc. They are middle ground on the lasting chart. Fantastic for a reward for going into the crate!

  5. Vital Essentials RAW bar: These are a variety of animal parts that have been freeze dried to keep in nutrients. I love these for the pups, small dogs or a medium snack chew for a large dog. Our customers also LOVE the price point as most of these items are only $1-$4 each. Many of our puppy friends load up on the freeze dried chicken necks at the end of puppy social for the week, only $1 each!

So stop by, grab a chew. Your dog will thank you and you will be happy for some well earned down time!

FAQ for Group Classes

1. Q: My puppy hasn't completed his vaccine series. Can we still attend class and puppy preschool?

A: As long as your puppy has at least ONE set of vaccines and is ONE week out from said set, we approve them for classes and social events. 

2. Q: What is the difference between the class series and the hour drop-ins (IE Perfect Puppy Class vs Puppy Preschool or Primary Puppy School)?

A: Our class series have assigned homework you will receive with videos and tailored suggestions for your puppy or dog. The classes build on material learned and strive for mastery. Doing the classes also allows you to continue your dog's education with the next level course. Puppy Preschool and Primary Puppy School are one hour drop-in times that have playtime intermixed with light training and a talking topic. We encourage the drop-in times if you are not yet in a class, have a busy schedule that doesn't support a series class or you are in between a series.

3. Q: Can my children attend class?

A: We welcome children to attend but be aware of your dog's preference. Some dogs/puppies are very distractable and do better attending class with one handler, for at least the first class. Children must stay with their own dog unless it is during puppy playtime, and assist their dog in learning or do a quiet activity.

4. Q: I don't know if my dog is OK with other dogs, we just got him. Can we enroll in a class?

A: If you are not sure if your dog is reactive at other dogs on leash, we do need to meet your dog before signing up for classes. Please email to set up a quick assessment.

5. Q: What is the difference between Teens and Novice Obedience?

A: Tenacious Teenagers is one of our favorite classes that is topic based. Each week is a different common teenage dog struggle. This class is not about commands/cues but more about problem solving. The first week starts with Focus, the second week is all about Impulse Control. Week 3 is stays, week 4 is recalls, week 5 is heeling. Novice Obedience is for dogs that are not under that "tenacious" umbrella and need straight forward obedience that builds each week: sit, down, stay, come, heel, leave-it, wait at doors, resist distractions.

6. Q: I see their is a coupon code field when I am registering. Where can I find a code online?

A: This field is a part of the registration software we use. We cannot turn it off or hide it. While we do occasionally have coupons they are very specific--goodie bags with coupons given away at a local veterinary event or tradeshow, coupons for alumni dogs to return to training, Happy New Year coupons.

7. Q: I am getting a puppy months out from now and I don't see those classes up at this time. Are you still training in that month?

A: Yes, we train year round and have classes year round. Our schedule is typically out 1 month ahead as changes can occur due to holidays, trainer illness, extreme weather, pushed out classes to gain more enrollment. Specialty classes hit the calendar sooner--so you will see a July specialty class posted and available even in early May. You will not see all of our puppy offerings more than 30 days in advance. Rest assured, they will occur =)



Vaccine Policy

At Tailored Dog Training, we adhere by the American Veterinarian Medical Association Guidelines.

We allow puppies that:

1. Have at least 1 vaccine given administered by a liscened veterinarian AFTER 7 weeks of age as sooner will be blocked by mother's antibodies.

2. Are at least a week out from having received the vaccine.

3. Are visibly healthy: bright eyes, alert, no diarrhea or vomiting or coughing.


Direct excerpt below:

"The guidelines state puppies can start socialization classes as early as 7 to 8 weeks of age. In general, they should receive a minimum of one set of vaccines at least seven days prior to the first class as well as a first deworming.

Additionally, puppies should show no signs of illness during the classes and should be kept up-to-date on vaccines throughout the class.

While veterinarians are appropriately concerned about infectious disease in young puppies, the fact is that behavioral issues—not infectious diseases—are the number one cause of death for dogs under 3 years of age, according to the AVSAB. Veterinarians contribute to these behavioral issues when recommending pets be kept away from possible germs until their vaccine series is complete, the AVSAB stated.

"Puppies go through a sensitive period of socialization when they are uniquely prepared to benefit from exposure to social opportunities. From the time the owner adopts the puppy until 3 to 4 months of age, it is critical that the owner get the puppy out to meet other animals and people, and experience many different kinds of environments," said AVSAB president, Dr. E. Kathryn Meyer.

"These (unsocialized) puppies may also fail to develop coping mechanisms and grow up into dogs that are unable to adapt to new situations. This can severely inhibit the dog's quality of life as well as the owner's enjoyment of the pet," Dr. Meyer added."


One of the topic requests I got recently was about dogs begging for food at the table. This has been a contentious issue in my household between my husband and I for a long time!

Begging is a learned behavior. Dogs beg only because we have shown them that it works. They look cute and linger about the table, and we feed them scraps. Funny to think how that is a major factor that played into dog domestication. Dogs lingered at the edges of villages/camps and scavenged for the leftovers. Humans learned that the dogs didn't pose much of a threat and actually offered protection and soon the dogs got more brave and came closer and closer to the humans and eventually became domesticated animals (in a nutshell).

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