Category: Posts from The Pup

Crate Training 101

Crate training is a useful part in the puppy training process. It is a helpful aid for housebreaking, traveling, and teaching some rules.

Dogs are natural den animals. Crates act as a den for the domesticated dog. If the dog is properly introduced to the crate, they will recognize it as their very own space. They will use this space to relax, sleep, or just take a break.

The key is to make the crate experience a positive one. You don’t want your dog to view crate time as a punishment. Make the crate cozy. You can do this by adding a blanket or a favorite toy. If your dog tends to experience some separation anxiety from you while in the crate, place a blanket, towel, or something like that that has either been used or worn recently or has been in your laundry basket in the crate with them. Your scent will be on this item which will help calm them. You can also cover the crate with a lightweight blanket to mimic a den. Just be sure that it is lightweight enough and there is still proper airflow and ventilation.

Get your pup used to the crate while you’re still there. Use the crate for “quiet time breaks.” Start with 10-minute intervals and gradually work your way up to longer time periods. If necessary, sit next to the crate while your dog is in it. This may help them relax and feel more comfortable in the crate. It’s a reassurance that the crate is good and they’re okay.

3 Don’ts of Crate Training:
1. Don’t leave your dog in the crate all day.
2. Don’t use the crate as punishment
3. Don’t lose patience. As they say, Rome wasn’t built in a day. It may take some time but it will be worth it.

Crates are a major tool in housebreaking. Puppies will usually not soil their bed or den. If you establish their crate as your dog’s ‘den” or personal space, they will learn to not go to the bathroom while in the crate. Instead, they will wait until they are let out. This is when you would teach them where to proper place to go to the bathroom is (in the backyard, out on a walk, etc.). You want to establish a routine with your pup. Get them used to going to the bathroom after crate time. Be sure to praise them after going to the bathroom to reinforce this positive behavior. Soon enough they will learn. But be patient – accidents happen. Just be sure to not give up and keep going with the training.

Crate training is also useful when it comes to traveling. Crates are a great option when you need to transport your pet. Whether in a car or on a plane, a crate is a safe place for your pet to stay during travel. If they are used to being in a crate, they will have an easier time during travel.

House Rules
Crate training also helps teach your pup some rules. Along with housebreaking, it helps them learn boundaries by limiting access to the entire home. Crate training will help them realize they may not have full run of the house, which can help limit the trouble they get into.

Choosing the Best Crate
You want the crate to be well-ventilated with proper air flow.
Your dog should have enough room in the crate to stand up, lie down, and turn around. The crate should grow with the puppy. If you plan to use the crate for their whole life, purchase a crate that is large enough for their expected full-grown adult size. Use a divider (this should come with the crate) to make the space smaller and adjust it as they grow. Proper sizing is very important for crate. Too small = uncomfortable. Too big = too much space invites bathroom accidents.

Types of Crates
There are different types of crates, the two most common being metal and plastic.
Metal crates are mesh- like and collapsible. They offer a higher level of visibility, creating a more open feeling. Metal crates are sturdy and typically escape proof (although there are some Houdini-pups out there).
Plastic crates offer less visibility and more privacy. These crates are good for plane travel.

Metal Crate
Plastic Crate

100% Guarantee Policy

Sometimes, things happen…

Maybe your dog developed an allergy or a medical condition, or maybe they just got tired of their food. Whatever the case, we understand.

At The Hungry Puppy, all of our food is guaranteed. Our “Empty Bag Guarantee” means that you can return a bag of dog food if it’s not right for your pet – even if the bag is empty. We guarantee all of our food because we want to ensure that your pet will do well on the food but also enjoy it. At any stage of a bag of food you may return it if you feel it is not working for your pet or they are simply not enjoying it.

If you (or your pet) are not satisfied with the food, bring it back, and we will gladly help you find the best food to try next. Our goal is to help you find the right food for your pet. With your pet’s health in mind, we’d much rather find the right food for them instead of having you feed them non-pet or people food.

Our customers and their pets are our number one priority and we want the best for them. Our mission is simple – to turn hungry into happy and healthy.

Burn Baby Burn – Preventing Lawn Burns from Urine

If you have a dog and you have a lawn, chances are you have experienced a lawn with brown, burnt, or dead patches. These spots are due to – you guessed it – dog urine. No one wants their lawn to look like this. But in order to fix the problem we must first understand it.

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Free Delivery and Automatic Deliveries

Free Local Delivery!

At The Hungry Puppy, we offer free local delivery to our customers, and we have for the past 30 years! Haven’t heard about it? Check it out!

Here’s the gist – our delivery men are on the road Tuesday through Friday delivering quality pet products to homes, farms, offices, and businesses. Call in your order the night before your delivery day and you’re all set! Meet one of our delivery minimums and there is no delivery charge! Our deliveries are not limited to just food – anything we sell in store is eligible for delivery! Pet food, supplies, and more delivered right to your door. It doesn’t get much better than that.

Oh wait… It does! What you may not know is that we also offer automatic delivery. On an automatic delivery schedule, you’ll never run out of food again! You set up your automatic delivery once and we take care of the rest. All you need to do it tell us what you need and how often you need it. Does Sparky need a bag of dog food every 6 weeks? No problem! We’ll bring it out to you every six weeks to ensure that Sparky’s food container never goes empty. If you come across a week where you need additional treats or biscuits, no worries. All you have to do is give us a call and we’ll make the proper adjustments. Let us help you make life just a little bit easier – set up for automatic delivery today!

To schedule a one time delivery or to set up for automatic deliveries, just call our store at 732-938-4470 or email us at

Wellness Exam


The Hungry Puppy Wellness Clinic


An Affordable Solution to Your Pet’s Wellness Needs


Wellness Exams only $40!

What is a wellness exam and why is it important?
A wellness exam is a routine exam performed on a healthy pet. This may also be referred to as a “check-up.”

Check-ups are important for pets because they’re a good way to make sure your pet is healthy and up-to-date on their vaccines. It is also a good way to detect any health problems. Preventative care allows for early detection of problems and treating these problems before they become serious.

During a check-up, your vet may also suggest a specific wellness program or routine for your pet based on their breed, age, lifestyle, or overall health.

What is included in the regular wellness exam?
A wellness exam at The Hungry Puppy Wellness Clinic includes:
  • Checking eyes, ears, teeth, coat, and paws
  • Listening to the heart and lungs
  • Weighing the pet
  • Anal gland expression (if needed)
  • Nail clipping
You may schedule a wellness exam at The Hungry Puppy Wellness Clinic by calling 800-815-4316 ext. 103

BBQ Dangers for Dogs

BBQs are a staple of summer time fun. While we may like it bring our pets along, it’s important to know some of the potential dangers that may arise for our pets.

The biggest part about BBQs that is dangerous for dogs is the food. There are different food items that are perfectly fine (and delicious) for humans but can be dangerous for dogs.

Foods to avoid for pets according to PetMD:
1. Ribs and other meats on the bone-
Although bones are expected to be okay for dogs to chew on, bones from BBQs are hazardous. Cooked bones are more likely to splinter. Splintered bones, when chewed and swallowed, can cause injury, including puncturing the digestive tract, which can lead to internal bleeding. Keep it safe and only give dogs bones that specifically for them.

2. Chicken (wings)-
The bones from chicken wings are small and can obstruct the intestines, get lodged in the throat, or have the potential to splinter.

3. Hot dogs-
Hot dogs are okay to give to pets in moderation. However, be aware that they are typically high in fat and high calorie. If you do decide to share a dog with your dog, be sure to cut them into small bite size pieces. If you give them a whole hot dog there is the potential for choking.

4. Burgers and steak-
Just like hot dogs, burgers and steak tend to be higher in fat. Again, sharing these foods can be okay in moderation, but be mindful of the effects of fatty foods. Fatty meats can result in pancreatitis which causes vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, and in severe cases, organ failure.

5. Guacamole-
This summer time snack is a big no for dogs. Onion and garlic can cause gastrointestinal issues, elevated heart rate, and red blood cell damage. Avocados are said to be toxic for dogs and can result in vomiting, diarrhea, or lack of stool production.

6. Fruit Salad-
Be wary of sharing fruit salad with your four-legged friend. While some fruits are okay for them to have, grapes should not be shared. Grapes are known for causing kidney failure in dogs.

7. Desserts-
When it comes to everyone’s favorite meal – dessert – it’s best to keep it to yourself. A popular flavor in dessert is chocolate, which is highly toxic for dogs. “Theobromine” causes the toxic effect in chocolate. Chocolate poisoning can cause heart arrhythmia, muscle tremors, and seizures.

Pet Finder’s Tips for Safe BBQs:
1. Make sure your pet’s ID tag is updated and visible
2. Keep charcoal, matches, and lighter fluid away from dogs
3. Consider keeping your pets on a leash – helps you keep an eye on them
4. Keep dogs away from grills and flames
5. Place citronella and other insect repellents out of dogs’ reach
6. Never leave alcohol unattended
7. Only use sunscreen and bug spray labeled for pets
8. Try to avoid giving dogs people food
9. Always keep an eye on your dog – if they seem overwhelmed, give them a break. Go inside or go to an area that’s away from the crowd.