In my 25 years of dog ownership, a lot has changed.
I brought home Max Sr as a 8 week-old puppy and placed him in his crate the first night. He howled and whined the entire night. After speaking to my vet the following day, I was given the recommendation of placing a small desk clock or other analog clock with a towel wrapped around it to mimic a mama dog’s heart beat. He also advised to play soothing music. This worked.
Nowadays, with everything digital, it’s hard to find a small analog anything. This concerned me as we were preparing for our newest addition, Mollie.
We were purchasing the majority of puppy items on Amazon so I searched for the answer and found it. The Smart pet Love Snuggle Puppy:
This is a furry, dog-shaped stuffed animal with a little pocket to insert the provided “heart” which is battery operated (with an on/off switch). The heart has 2 options: 1. Continuous and 2. Timed. I only used the timed method but apparently, the batteries will last 2 weeks if left on continuously. I have yet to need to replace the batteries. That’s pretty outstanding if you need to leave your puppy alone for longer periods throughout the day.
The Smart Pet Love Snuggle Puppy also came with a heat source which lasts about 8 hours (similar to Hot Hands hand warmer) to emit heat as a mama dog would.
I did not regret this purchase. After the first 3 weeks, we no longer turned the heartbeat on. Now it’s just something to snuggle with. However, there have been a few puppy outbursts where Mollie grabbed her “mama” and tugged on it like a chew toy.
The Snuggle Puppy is also machine washable in case there are any accidents. Just make sure to take out the heart before washing.
After 2 months of owning the Smart Pet Love Snuggle Puppy, when it’s time for bed I tell Mollie to “Go lay with mama” and she scurries to her crate for the night.