Puppy Playtime: Meet Our CTO, Elton

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    Otis here. I’m wriggling my bottom with excitement to introduce you to Elton. Elton is our CTO—Chief Toy Officer.

    Elton helps test our toys, so Chopper and I can take breaks from play to guide the company.

    He’s not quite one year old. He brings a youthful perspective to our toy testing.

    A Real Pup-and-Comer

    Elton is a French Bulldog whose birthday is weeks away. An indoor dog for most of his early life, he’s been adventuring with his parents over the summer.

    Puppies learn the ways of the world through play. Besides sleeping, eating and more sleeping, Elton’s favorite activity is playing. As our main toy tester, Elton has a master’s degree in play.

    Elton is also a Pittsburgh native. Go Steelers!

    Chopper & Otis: Elton (As big as your heart)

    Baby Teeth

    Elton lost the last of his baby teeth a few months ago, meaning he’s been through the teething puppy phase more recently than my brother and me.

    Teething usually starts around eight weeks and wraps up around six months of age. A puppy’s razor-sharp baby teeth are replaced by 42 permanent chompers.

    For those pup-parents wanting to play tooth fairy, we lose teeth from front to back. The adult teeth push the baby teeth out of the way. You may luck out and find one in a toy, but don’t reach into the mouth to help pull out a loose tooth. Dogs usually just swallow the teeth. (No need to call the vet—it’s normal for us.)

    Toys for Teething

    Elton made it through the teething phase with some choice puppy toys and very understanding parents.

    Teething hurts. Pups like to chew to ease the discomfort. It’s important to give them something firm yet flexible. No brittle toys that could injure gums allowed. Toys should be right-sized for puppy mouths and durable.

    Get a few toy options for your little buddy, but don’t offer them all at once. You don’t want to give the idea that everything is meant for chewing. Rotate the toys, giving your pup two at a time for chewing. And, hide things your rascal shouldn’t chew during this teething phase. (I’ll admit that I’ve chewed on a shoe or two in my day.)

    Always supervise play. Inspect toys for missing pieces or breaks. Replace any toys that could lose pieces to your enthusiastic chewer.

    Elton had three favorites to help him through his teething time.

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    • Beco Pets’ Beco Ball— Wobbly, chewy and made from natural rubber and rice husk fibers. The hidey hole can hold little snacks to reward your chewer.

    Chopper & Otis: Beco Pets' Beco Ball

    • Le Sharma’s Eco Ring— Exercises the jaws and soothes the gums. Made from boiled wool and natural dyes, you don’t have to worry about your pup ingesting toxins while gnawing on this softer toy.

    Chopper & Otis: Le Sharma's Eco Ring

    Remember that toys are meant to be played with (and destroyed) so your pup doesn’t turn his attention to your belongings for rough play. It’s far better to replace a toy than try to find another pair of special edition sneakers.

    We’re very happy to have little Elton on the Chopper & Otis team!

    Until next time--

    Chopper & Otis

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