6 Things You Didn’t Know About the Maltese

Many know the Maltese as the pampered little lap dogs that people love to spoil. The snow-white pooches love to stay by their owner’s side, and their undeniable charm makes them totally irresistible. These reasons alone make the Maltese one of PuppySpot’s most popular dog breeds, but there are plenty of interesting facts about this popular breed we bet you haven’t heard. Read on for 6 facts you need to know about the Maltese!

1. They’re royal pups.

Favored by royalty for their pure, white coats, the Maltese has for centuries been considered an “aristocrat of the canine world.” Queen Elizabeth I and Mary Queen of Scots treasured these pups, treating them like royal members of their palace.

2. They have an ancient history.

With ties to the ancient cultures of Greece, Rome and Egypt, the Maltese is an old breed, thought to be named after the Mediterranean region of Malta, and listed at the very first Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in 1877 as a “Maltese Lion Dog.”

3. They have special coats.

The Maltese coat was chosen for its special features. Roman emperors bred the dog to have a pure white coat because they equated the color white to godliness. In addition, they have silky hair coats that don’t shed, making them a great choice for people with allergies.

4. They’re fancy.

Whether in the show ring or the dog park, Maltese are some of the fanciest, most pampered dogs you’ll meet! While they can be groomed with a “puppy cut” for easy coat maintenance, many Maltese stand out for their long, sleek updo’s. One lucky Maltese pup named “Trouble” received $12 million of her late owner’s inheritance! Now that’s a fancy life!

5. They’re bolder than they look.
Despite what their toy size might suggest, Maltese dogs think they’re much bigger than they are—and they act like it, too. Because of their strong hind legs, they make great jumpers. Don’t be surprised if your Maltese pup jumps straight out of your arms on a walk to greet (or challenge) another dog!

6. They’re loving therapy dogs.
Maltese make the perfect therapy dogs, comforting people with cuddles and their conveniently lap-sized bodies. Maltese are valued by hospitals, nursing homes and schools for their therapeutic qualities.

Do you have a Maltese? What’s your favorite thing about them?

5 Things You Didn’t Know About the Maltipoo

The Maltipoo is a popular “designer dog” created from crossing a Maltese with a Poodle. These adorable little pups are #18 on our list of most popular dog breeds, beloved for their playful and clever nature. Maltipoos make the perfect companion dog, but there’s more to them than that. Read on for 5 facts you need to know about Maltipoos!

1. They’re allergy-friendly.
While they differ from one dog to another, Maltipoos are known for their allergy-friendly, low-shedding coats. Their Poodle genes give them this hypoallergenic quality, making them a great choice for people with allergies.

2. They come in a variety of colors.
While Maltese dogs are typically only white, Poodles can come in many colors, such as black, white, brown and gray. Likewise, putting these two breeds together can result in a combination of different colored Maltipoos. These include apricot, black and silver, red, café au lait and many more.

3. They’re not all the same size.
A Maltipoo’s size varies based on its parent breeds. Typically, a toy Poodle is bred with a Maltese to create a Maltipoo, but sometimes miniature Poodles are used, resulting in larger Maltipoos. Adult Maltipoos range from anywhere between 5 and 12 pounds.

4. They’re forever young.

A big part of the appeal of Maltipoos is their tendency to stay “puppy-like” even as adults. While they’ll grow physically and mentally, Maltipoos tend to maintain the same cute playfulness they had when they were puppies. You’ll never grow tired of them!

5. They’re a celebrity favorite.
Maltipoos are up in the ranks of celebrity fame. Their owners include big names such as Rihanna, Miley Cyrus, Blake Lively and Ellen DeGeneres.

What do you love about Maltipoos? Share your thoughts, below!

Steps to Save a Dog That Is Choking

Dogs are big food enthusiasts, but this enthusiasm can turn dangerous if they eat so fast that they barely chew their food before it goes down. Choking is a hazard that affects both humans and dogs, but in the case of an emergency, would you know how to help your pup? Hopefully as a pup parent you’ll never have to deal with the scare of seeing your fur baby choking, but in case it happens, we’ve got advice that could save your dog’s life before a vet can reach him.

Causes of Choking
There are many objects that can cause your dog to choke. Common examples are small balls such as golf balls, chicken bones and even the popular rawhide bones. Or, your dog may simply choke from eating too fast.

Signs to Look Out For
A dog that is choking will likely have a panicked expression that is enough to startle his owner into immediate action. He will probably be coughing, pacing back and forth and pawing at his mouth. Allow him a chance to try to cough up the item stuck in his throat first. However, if he shows trouble breathing such as with wheezing or unresponsiveness, it’s time to intervene.

Taking Action
When your dog is choking, it will take quick action to help him out of his predicament. Be aware that during this stressful situation your dog might try to bite you, so grip him with caution. You may be able to see the object in his throat and pull it out manually. Using both hands to open your dog’s mouth, pull down the tongue and look inside to see if you can spot the object in his throat. If you can, then use your fingers or the flat end of a spoon to carefully remove the object. Be careful not to push the object farther into his throat!

Plan B: The Heimlich Maneuver
If pulling the object out of your dog’s mouth does not work, then resort to the Heimlich maneuver to dislodge the object. The Heimlich maneuver for dogs is performed similarly to the technique on humans, but if done incorrectly, it can cause bodily damage to your dog. However, if your dog’s choking looks life-threatening and you don’t have immediate access to a professional, then performing the Heimlich maneuver to save your dog’s life is worth the risk of physical harm.

For a dog small enough to lift, hold the dog’s back to your chest and use your fist to thrust inward and upward under his abdomen. Perform five quick abdominal thrusts. For a big dog, stand behind your dog and place your arms around his back and under his ribcage. With one hand in a fist and the other hand cupping the first one, perform five quick abdominal thrusts, inward and upwards. After performing the Heimlich maneuver in either a big or small dog, check inside his mouth to see if the object was dislodged and if you can pull it out from his throat. If done correctly, the Heimlich maneuver should force air from the lungs into the esophagus and expel the foreign object.

If Your Dog is Unconscious
If your dog becomes unconscious at any point, you must perform CPR until he resumes breathing and regains a steady pulse.

Concluding Steps
After your dog has stopped choking, keep an eye on him to make sure he is breathing properly. It’s possible that the episode caused some damage to the dog’s throat, so you should contact your veterinarian following the event.

Choking is a serious problem you should hopefully never encounter in your dog or any of your other loved ones, but it helps to be prepared in case of an emergency. You can prevent a choking scare by monitoring his eating and chewing, and avoiding giving him large chunks of food or bones that your vet does not recommend.

My Dog Just Ate Chocolate. What do I do?!

You’ve probably heard that chocolate is poisonous to dogs, but just what will happen if your dog consumes some of the tasty human treat? The answer isn’t as simple as black and white. Factors such as the amount and type of chocolate eaten can result in totally different symptoms and varying degrees of severity. Our guide below can help you understand what to expect if your dog accidentally eats chocolate.

What Makes Chocolate Toxic to Dogs?

The substance in chocolate that is toxic to dogs is called theobromine. Combined with the caffeine also in chocolate, theobromine speeds up your dog’s heart rate and can be very dangerous, in rare cases, resulting in death. The darker and purer the chocolate, the more theobromine and the more toxic it is to your dog. On the range of different chocolates, Cocoa powder and dark chocolate are the most toxic, while milk and white chocolate are the least. Cocoa bean mulch, which is sometimes used on lawns, also contains theobromine and can be very toxic to your dog.

Signs of Chocolate Poisoning

According to WebMD, symptoms of poisoning can take 6-12 hours to appear. These symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea, abnormal heart rate, seizures, pacing and increased urination. The chemicals in chocolate last a long time in the body, and symptoms can persist up to 72 hours. In addition, the weight of your dog can affect the severity of her symptoms.

What to Do If Your Dog Eats Chocolate
If you suspect your dog has eaten chocolate, call your veterinarian or the Pet Poison Helpline (855-213-6680) immediately. Depending on your dog’s size and type of chocolate eaten, your vet may have you bring your pup in to induce vomiting, if she hasn’t thrown up the chocolate already. Your vet will give you advice on the best treatment, if necessary.

How to Prevent Chocolate Poisoning

There are a few simple ways to make sure your dog does not end up eating chocolate. Left to their own devices, dogs will eat just about anything. It’s up to you to provide the restraint and boundaries that your pup does not have. Keep chocolate stored far away from your curious pup, and out of purses, low countertops, and other easy-to-reach places. Be especially cautious during chocolate-filled holidays like Christmas and Halloween, and urge your children to keep their candy out of sight (and smell!). If a piece of chocolate suddenly falls before your pup, or you come across a chocolate candy wrapper while on a walk, the “leave it” command can prove very useful for teaching your dog to release something she shouldn’t have in your mouth. When leaving your pup alone, keep her safe by confining her to a crate or in an area closed off with a doggy gate. To keep a dog distracted and entertained, offer toys or chewable bones.

Chocolate may be a human’s favorite comfort food, but it has no place in your doggy’s diet! Hopefully, you never have a chocolate scare, but in the event that your dog does have a sweet tooth, quick action is necessary for protecting her from serious harm.

6 Things You Didn’t Know About the Beagle

Beagles are a popular American dog, and make our list of top 25 popular dog breeds at #17! The former hunting dogs are quick-witted with a knack for curiosity, and a nose as strong as their stature. We bet there are some facts about these joyful pups that will surprise you. Below are 6 facts you need to know about Beagles!

1. They’ve been around for a while.
Evidence of Beagles can be traced back thousands of years, with dogs of similar size used for hunting as early as 5th-century Greece. While it is difficult to trace the exact origins of this hunting hound, we know that the American Beagles of today were bred from attractive strains of the English Beagle in the 1860’s.

2. Their name means “loudmouth.”

Beagles are vocal dogs with a lot to say, known for their rambunctious barks and howls. Because of this, the French gave them the name “bee gueule,” which translates approximately to “loudmouth” in Middle French.

3. They used to come in a smaller size.

This might be hard to believe, but early Beagles actually used to be miniature. They were so small in fact that they travelled in their owners’ pockets on hunting expeditions, earning them the name “Pocket Beagles.” The puppy-sized pooches were only 8-9 inches tall!

4. All purebreds share a distinct feature.

Beagles were bred to have white-tipped tails so they’d be easy to spot out on the field, so if a Beagle does not have a white-tipped tail, then it is not 100% purebred. Some purebred Beagles have mostly white tails, while others might just have a few white hairs at the tip.

5. One was the star of a popular comic.
Charlie Brown’s best pup pal Snoopy was none other than a Beagle—a fictional Beagle, but a Beagle nonetheless. The widely popular “Peanuts” animated series owes much of its success to Snoopy’s thoughtful and imaginative character.

6. They have a special job in the US government.
Ever heard of the Beagle Brigade? Turns out that the US government trains Beagles to sniff out luggage at the airport for contraband. The dogs’ special noses help catch tens of thousands of illegal items every year.

What’s your favorite Beagle fact?

Father’s Day is For Dog Dads, Too!

They say that dog is a man’s best friend, but more than that, the relationship between a man and his dog is a lot like that between father and son. Dog dads do everything for their four-legged fur babies in exchange for their loyalty and unconditional love. This Father’s Day, we’d like to give thanks to all the dog dads out there for raising some pretty paw-some pups. Here are a few reasons why owning a dog is a special form of fatherhood.

1. Cuddles, Hugs and Kisses
The affection a dog dad gets from his fur baby is nothing short of generous. A dog will greet you with kisses the moment you come home, curl up at your side while you’re watching TV and cozy up with you in bed. A man’s precious pup never fails to show love for his or her pup parent, and a dog dad will show the same, even after his pup chews a hole through his shoe.

2. A Teammate Through and Through

A dog makes the perfect teammate for a dog dad by promoting an active lifestyle through fun and games. More often than not, your dog will be there to join in a game of ball or a hike in the wilderness. Through thick and thin, your dog remains a major player on your team.

3. Digging the Way to Your Heart

Owning a dog undoubtedly helps a man tap into his sensitive side. Since your pup requires a lot of nurturing and gentle care, it’s hard for a dog dad not to be a little bit of a softy. So even if your pup digs a gaping hole in the backyard, you’ll know how to respond with patience rather than aggression.

4. Pride for Your Fur Baby
A proud dog dad will constantly show off his pup’s accomplishments; after all, they’re a representation of a good owner’s efforts. Learned a new trick? “That’s my pup!” Stayed quietly in the crate? “That’s my pooch!” Played nicely with the neighbor’s dog? “That’s my boy!” You feel that anything good your pup does is a reflection on yourself as a dog dad, and you should!

Father’s Day shouldn’t only celebrate the parents of human babies. Fur babies need their daddies, too. Why not wish the dog dad in your neighborhood a happy Father’s Day today?

6 Things You Didn’t Know About the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is as royal as his name sounds, a favorite to European nobility during the 1500’s. He’s a comfort to his owners and has an eagerness to please that makes him fairly easy to train. Learn more about the Cavalier, #15 on our list of most popular dog breeds, with these 6 facts!

1. They’re TV stars.
The Cavalier was the dog of Charlotte York on the hit TV series Sex and the City. Two of the dogs also made an appearance in the final season of “The Tudors.”

2. They’re royalty.
The Cavalier is a royal favorite. The dog was known for warming the laps of English nobility during the 16th Century, and was also the dog of King Charles II of England, after which he was named.

3. They were only recently a recognized breed.
While the breed has a centuries-old history, the Cavalier only recently gained AKC recognition in 1995.

4. They’re part of the toy group.

Rather than being part of the sporting group with other spaniels, the Cavalier shares his place in toy group with other small-sized lap dogs. His current status as a cuddler replaces his brief history as a hunting dog.

5. They saved their owners from disease.
During the height of the Plague in England, Cavalier owners often brought their dogs into their beds to attract disease-spreading fleas to the dogs and away from themselves. Thus, the humans would be spared from being bitten by fleas.

6. They come in four different colors.

Cavaliers come in four different colors, each with an interesting name! The colors are Blenheim (chestnut and white), tricolor (white with black and tan markings), black and tan (black with tan markings) and ruby (solid reddish-brown).

Have anything to say about these adorable pooches? Share your thoughts in the comments, below!

Dog-Friendly Activities in Washington, D.C.

Our nation’s capital is full of history, culture and national pride, attracting tourists from all over the world. Along with human visitors to Washington, D.C., come their four-legged friends ready to explore. Whether you’re a local or a tourist visiting Washington, D.C., we’ve got the dog-friendly guide you need to roaming America’s capital with your pooch!


Exploring the capital’s famous monuments does not have to mean leaving Fluffy behind. Capitol River Cruises offers dog-friendly one-hour tours throughout some of the most popular D.C. attractions, such as the Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial and Roosevelt Island. If travelling without a tour, you can still visit attractions such as the FDR Memorial, a completely outdoor monument with plenty of park space dedicated to commemorating the 32nd president of the United States. Dogs are also welcome at the National Mall, a must for visitors who want to experience some of the greatest history and views D.C. has to offer. Just make sure to keep your pup on a leash.

Parks and Trails
Dog-friendly parks are a must in any location, and Washington, D.C. has many beautiful parks to choose from. At Rock Creek Park, leashed dogs can wander down hiking trails and miles of green in the heart of the city, ending in picnic spots by the creek. The National Arboretum spans miles of beautiful gardens and trees you won’t see in the hustle and bustle of the city. Dogs must be kept on leashes and stick to designated paths though. Montrose Park is a recreational area that allows dog-lovers to gather and socialize with their leashed pups. In addition to an open space for dogs, there are tennis courts and a children’s play area for the whole family to enjoy.

Places to Eat and Drink
After sight-seeing and socializing, you’re bound to work up an appetite, so grab a bite to eat with you pup at one of the various dog-friendly restaurants in D.C. You and your pup can wine and dine by the waterfront at Cantina Marina, where dogs are always welcome to join on the dock. They even have a happy hour for dogs every Monday from 5 pm to 8 pm with free dog treats! Or, check out Cafe Ole for their tasty Mediterranean cuisine and spacious outdoor patio.

Don’t miss out on all the fun D.C. has to offer you and your playful pup! Is there an activity we missed? Let us know in the comments below!

Tips for Dealing with Dog Fur

It’s a known fact that most dogs shed, but this doesn’t keep us from loving them. At the same, it can be a pain to find fur all over your clothes and furniture. Some breeds, such as Labrador Retrievers, German Shepherds and Siberian Huskies, shed more than others. Whatever the breed, we’ve got the tips you need to keep your dog’s shedding under control.

Brush, brush, brush!

Brushing your dog’s fur regularly (for some dogs, this means daily) pulls out the loose hair that will otherwise end up on your carpet. It will also leave Fido’s coat cleaner and softer and will prevent his fur from matting.

Invest in a good vacuum.

Especially if your dog sheds seasonally, you’ll need a good vacuum to pick up after his fur. Spare yourself the headaches that come with a weak-suction vacuum and get yourself a machine that will get the job done the first time.

Use a lint roller.

Don’t underestimate the power of a good lint roller. The simple, inexpensive product can be a lifesaver in a home with a super-shedding dog. Use an extra sticky lint roller such as this one to easily pick up stray fur from yourself and from around the house.

Feed your dog a high-quality diet.
Dog food made from mostly corn or grains can be difficult for your pup to digest, causing dry skin and excess shedding. Food allergies can also contribute to hair loss and skin issues, in which case a veterinarian should be consulted. A diet high in protein and omega-3 fatty acids can improve overall coat texture.

Choose the right brush for your pup.

The type of brush you use for your pup can make a big difference in controlling his shedding. Your veterinarian can advise on what kind of brush to use, but there are generally brushes for two fur types: short and long. For dogs like Beagles and Bulldogs with shorter coats, a natural-bristle brush or hound mitt can be used. For dogs with longer, thicker coats, especially double-coated breeds like Pomeranians and Collies, a slicker brush or rake makes a better tool for getting rid of all that fur. Start by brushing in the opposite direction of your pup’s hair growth, then brush again in the direction of hair growth to fully remove all the loose, dead fur.

Give your dog a bath.

Regularly bathing your pup is not only a staple of good doggy hygiene, but it is also key to a healthy coat. Products like NuVet Conditioning Oatmeal Shampoo help sooth itchy skin and prevent dryness that can ultimately lead to hair loss.

While shedding might be one of the few things we don’t quite love about our dogs, it doesn’t have to be a burden. Instead, grooming your pup can become a daily bonding activity for the two of you. Less fur, more fun!

Dog-Friendly Dallas: Parks, Restaurants and Hotels for Fido

The most populous city in Texas is Dallas: home to many a cowboy, cowgirl and cow-pup. Luckily, Dallas welcomes city slickers of both two and four legs to participate in much of what the city has to offer. Below are some of the best dog-friendly places to check out while in Dallas, Texas!


Bark Park Central: This 1.2 acre off-leash park features a younger crowd of dog owners and hip artwork for you and your pup to enjoy.

White Rock Lake Dog Park: Bring your dog to the popular White Rock Lake Dog Park for its separate play areas and plenty of open space to roam free by the lake.

Meadows Foundation Dog Park: This off-leash park is frequented by a community of familiar faces in the neighborhood. Open every day, visitors appreciate the park for its homey feel and well-kept play areas.

Central Dog Park: The Central Christian Church owns this park and provides special features you won’t see in other dog parks, such as fans and misters for temperature control and a dog washing station to clean up after a day of fun in the grass and dirt.

NorthBark: This place is 5 acres of puppy fun! There are separate play areas for large and small dogs, water fountains, a secure fence and of course, the beautiful lake.


Katy Trail Ice House: Cool down from the nearby trail with some beers on the outside patio, and a water bowl for your pup.

Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar: With “dog” in the title, you know this place has got to be Fido-friendly. Dogs are not only welcome on the outside patio, but with their very own menu, they don’t have to go hungry watching you dine at the table!

Lee Harvey’s: While this bar is dog-friendly Monday through Friday, Sundays from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. are “Dog Days” with Happy Hour prices.

Mutts Canine Cantina: With a name like this one, it’s no surprise dogs are allowed. The menu has a section just for your pup to enjoy, and dog lovers can purchase memberships for access to the restaurant’s exclusive dog park. That’s puptastic!


The Joule: The luxurious Dallas hotel features a modern, artsy atmosphere and allows your four-legged friend to stay with you at no extra cost.

Omni Dallas Hotel: At the Omni, you and your pup can feel like royalty with its year-round pool and spa, as well as convenient dog-walking space right outside.

Hyatt Regency Dallas: Four-legged guests at the Hyatt are treated just as well as human visitors. Your pup will receive a letter of welcome upon arrival, as well as his own water bowl and bed delivered to the room.

A List of Dog-Friendly Places in San Francisco

San Francisco is one of the most puppy-friendly cities in the country; in fact, the city has more dogs than kids! Because of this, you’re sure to find plenty of places in the city to spend with your four-legged friend. We’ve rounded up some of the best dog-friendly parks, restaurants, bars, hotels and other spots in San Francisco!

Places to Walk
San Francisco has plenty of parks, trails and beaches to offer where your pup is welcome. One such place is Crissy Field, where your pup can play with other dogs on the beach. The off-leash area allows pups to splash in the calm waters, but access to the Wildlife Protection Area is prohibited. Another dog-friendly beach, Baker Beach, offers off-leash play north of Lobos Creek, as well as stunning views of the Golden Gate Bridge. Golden Gate Park is one of San Francisco’s most dog-friendly parks, with four off-leash areas to choose from. It’s a popular place for pups to come with their owners, so your furry friend won’t be alone. At Land’s End, your leashed pup is welcome to hike on this beautiful trail with views of the rocky California coast.

Places to Eat and Drink
Hungry for a bite to eat but don’t want to leave your precious pup behind? Thankfully, there are restaurants and bars in the city that happily accept four-legged friends. Formerly known as “Stray Bar,” Holy Water in Bernal Heights is a local favorite that welcomes pups of all kinds through its doors. Toronado is another Fido-friendly bar, open from 11:30am to 2am daily, but we recommend you don’t bring your pup here on a busy night. Swing by Park Chow with your pup and sit outside on the lovely patio while you enjoy some quality dishes. Your pup can get a water bowl, too. For a lazy weekend or eventful weekday with your best pup pal, Park Chalet Coastal Beer Garden offers one of the most popular restaurants in San Francisco for dog owners. The restaurant is the perfect social spot for pups and their people to listen to live music on their big, green lawn out back.

Places to Stay
Need a dog-friendly place to lodge while you’re in town? There are several to choose from, but we’d like to share a couple of our favorites. Right by Crissy Field, the Inn at the Presidio makes a great choice for boarding with your pup. For an added $40, the hotel will accommodate your room to suit you and your furry friend. Plus, there’s even a bowling alley! At the Argonaut Hotel, each pup can join you for an extra $50, with “no size restrictions or extra charges,” according to the hotel’s website. This dog-friendly hotel in Fisherman’s Wharf is iconic for its coastal feel and under-the-sea theme. They also boast nearby recreational areas for you and your pup to enjoy.

Places to Ride

Before planning your route for the day, it’s important to know which public transportation services are welcoming to your pup. The Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) line allows dogs in carriers to ride with no extra charge. To get to places the Bart line doesn’t cover, you can take Muni, which is short for the San Francisco Municipal Railway. Pets on Muni can ride in a carrier during non-peak hours for a fee equal to the fare of its owner. When using the rideshare services Uber and Lyft, the acceptance of four-legged passengers is completely up to the driver. “Once you request a car, you can call the driver and ask if they allow dogs in their car. Lyft will refund any charges if you have to cancel the car” (7×7).

Your Puppy’s Development: 6-12 months

Congratulations, your puppy is now reaching adolescence! During these “teenage years” you can expect your pup to be a bit of a handful, but she’ll emerge as a full-grown doggy adult before you know it and you will miss these silly puppy days. She may be a bit awkward physically as well, as she reaches her adult height well before reaching her adult weight. Her appetite is likely to fluctuate along with her changes in height and weight. Both physically and behaviorally, this can be an age of inconsistency, but with the proper guidance and training, your puppy will settle into her adult body and temperament.

Much like human teenagers, adolescent pups use their newfound sense of independence to test their limits, which sometimes means acting out. While there may be occasional lapses in your puppy’s behavior, your reactions should remain consistent, firm and most of all patient. You may see further tests of dominance and ranking in the home around this time. Some misbehavior is normal as your dog explores her dominance in the pack, but it is important to continue to be firm about where she ranks in the hierarchy.

Physical Changes
By now, your puppy should have lost all her baby teeth and grown a full set of adult teeth. Her last teeth to fall out will be her upper canines, or “fangs.” You will need to continue to provide approved chew toys at least until all of her adult teeth have come in, although many dogs enjoy chewing on toys well into their adult years.

A puppy that has not been neutered will reach sexual maturity around this time and begin exhibiting sexual behaviors, such as mounting in male dogs. This is normal behavior, but can be minimized by spaying or neutering your dog before they reach maturity.

During the last stage of puppyhood, a puppy’s energy level skyrockets, and her need for activity goes up along with it. Keep her mind and mouth busy with sturdy toys and plenty of play. This can be a demanding time for puppy parents, especially if they did not establish boundaries with their puppy earlier. Try not to let your puppy get bored or leave her alone for too long, as this could lead to unwanted behaviors like chewing up the furniture or investigating the trash, especially at this age. Though it can be exhausting, this can be a very fun age with your pup and you should be sure to enjoy every minute!

Patience is key during this last stage of your puppy’s development, and so is practice, practice, practice! It may take a while to see results in your puppy’s training, but if you stay persistent, you will have a very well-behaved adult dog before you know it. Soon your furry friend won’t be a puppy anymore—but she will always be your baby.

Best Boston Restaurants and Bars to Bring Fido

Since dogs are like our family, it’s no surprise we like to take them everywhere with us. Thankfully in Boston, the third-most puppy-loving city in the country, there are plenty of public places where Fido is very welcome. Check out our top 10 restaurants and bars to bring your pup in Boston.

1. The South End Buttery
The South End Buttery is a well-known hangout spot for dogs and their owners in the city. The café and bakery offer both sweet and savory options, and doesn’t leave out Fido’s stomach, either. You’ll find dog-shaped cookies and water bowls waiting by the door for your pup pal.

2. Jacob Wirth Restaurant
While on the smaller side, this German pub is no stranger to four-legged visitors. Dogs are welcome to sit outside while you enjoy some food and drinks.

3. JP Licks
While JP Licks serves coffee, they are better known for their flavorful ice cream. But who says ice cream is only for humans? The shop is also the creator of Cow Paws, a peanut butter and honey sorbet that your pup will love!

4. Moonshine 152
This restaurant and bar combo has a dog-friendly outdoor patio that seats 30 people. Dine on some great food at Moonshine 152, and your pup might even get his very own cookie, too!

5. Cambridge Brewing Company
Cambridge Brewing Company, also known as “CBC,” has a wide selection of beer and welcomes leashed dogs in its outdoor seating area. You’ll be sure to find some serious pub grub to go with your beer while a server brings a water bowl for Fido.

6. Stephanie’s On Newbury
When weather permits, Stephanie’s is a great choice for a meal alongside your loyal pup. The Newbury Street restaurant seats 80 and is closed on rainy days.

7. Coppa
Coppa’s outdoor patio seats 20, and is open to four-legged friends, too. Open until 10pm, the area is shaded with umbrellas and around the corner from Peters Park, where you and your pup can swing by afterwards to burn off the calories from your meal.

8. Brendan Behan Pub
A truly dog-friendly bar, “The Behan” allows pups of all kinds to enter its doors, no ID required. The traditional Irish pub entertains with live Irish music Saturday evenings and is a hot spot for locals and their canine companions. The bar allows pups indoors since they don’t serve food, but you’re free to bring your own food and take a seat inside for a rowdy time!

9. The Kinsale

The Kinsale has plenty of outdoor seating for you and your pup in a dog-friendly part of town. College students and sports fans alike frequent this Irish pub and restaurant and enjoy the food and drink it has to offer, as well as an energetic atmosphere. This is a great place to spend some time with your pup after a long walk in the area, or just to unwind among friends.

10. Tremont 647
Last on our list of dog-friendly restaurants and bars in Boston is the aptly named Tremont 647, a restaurant known for its tasty and unique menu of American cuisine. Enjoy a $2 taco on Taco Tuesday, or roll in with your PJ’s during the weekend for “Pajama Brunch.” While you sip on a Margarita on the outside patio, your pup can enjoy a drink from his own water bowl.