Favorite Natural Chews for Dogs

by mindi on February 3, 2023

Why chewing is important and the best natural chews for your dog

Chewing is a beneficial, necessary behavior for dogs!  Here are the top 3 benefits of chewing for your dog:

1) Improved dental hygiene – Regular chewing helps remove plaque buildup and helps prevent bad breath.

2) Burns excess energy – Chewing provides both mental and physical stimulation for your dog.  This can help to avoid unwanted destructive behaviors due to boredom.

3) Relieves stress and anxiety – Chewing releases endorphins in the dog’s brain, which increases their sense of pleasure and well-being.

Now that we know why dogs need to chew, let’s look at some great options for natural chews that your dog might enjoy!

Here is a list of my personal favorites for my dogs:

* Bully sticks – They are highly digestible, great for dental hygiene, and my dogs love them!  I usually opt for the low-odor variety.

* Collagen braids -I go with the collagen braids instead of sticks because my dogs are heavy chewers and the braids last longer for them.  Another benefit is that these braids have minimal ingredients and are good for dogs who can’t have bully sticks.  Collagen also has other health benefits such as reducing inflammation and improving skin and coat health.

Happy chewing!

Puppy Socialization

by mindi on January 29, 2023

Proper socialization is one of the most important parts of raising your puppy well!  You will want to expose them not only to other puppies, but also to lots of new people, places, sights, and sounds.  When taking your puppy out to socialize, make sure to keep it short and positive so your puppy is not overwhelmed. Puppy classes, such as an AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy Class are also a great way to socialize your pup! Fieldgate Farm will soon be offering these classes!

What to Pack For A Stay At The Kennel

by mindi on January 28, 2023

When boarding your dog at a kennel while you are away, here are some important things to remember to pack:

1. Emergency contact information.
In case you can’t be reached, the kennel should have information for someone you trust with your pet!

2. Favorite treats and toys
These familiar and favorite things will make your pet’s stay at the kennel more enjoyable!

3. Favorite blanket or t-shirt from home.

Blankets and well-worn t-shirts hold the familiar scents of home and can soothe a stressed or homesick dog during their stay at the kennel.

4. Food!
Many kennels offer to feed food from their facility, but this can upset your dog’s belly.  It is recommended to pack plenty of your dog’s food from home.  This will not only help their digestion but also give them one more thing that is familiar to them from home!


Need a place to board your dog? We offer boarding and board & train at Fieldgate Farm. Call now to make a reservation (317) 349-2473 or find more info here.

Sample Puppy Schedule

by mindi on January 26, 2023

Bringing home a new puppy is super exciting! So exciting, in fact, that it can be easy to forget one of the most crucial parts of puppy homecoming; establishing a routine. Keeping your puppy on a consistent schedule is a game changer for potty training and establishing good behaviors! Here is a sample schedule that our trainers use for puppies on the farm!
6:00 am- Wake up and go potty outside.
6:30 am- Eat breakfast.
6:45 am- Pick up food bowl, and go potty outside.
7:15-11:00 am- Free time! Play, chew, train!
11:00 am- Eat lunch.
11:15 am- Pick up food bowl, and go potty outside.
11:45 am- Free time! Play, chew, train!
12:00-1:00 pm- Nap time in the crate.
1:00 pm- Wake up and go potty outside.
1:30-4:00 pm- Free time! Play, chew, train!
4:00 pm- Eat dinner.
4:15 pm- Pick up food bowl, and go potty outside.
4:45 pm- Free time! Play, chew, train!
5:00-6:00 pm- Nap time in the crate.
6:00 pm- Wake up and go potty outside.
6:30- Pick up the water bowl.
7:00-8:30 pm- Free time! Play, chew, train!
8:30 pm- Go potty outside.
9:00 pm- Go to bed in crate.
This schedule can be adjusted to fit your family’s routine! Remember, consistency is key!

Farewell to Bishop and Louie

by mindi on January 18, 2023

Bishop and Louie are now officially retired! They have blessed us and many families with fabulous puppies and their lines will continue for generations to come. Every dog is special to us but the boys that are a part of our program are a little extra special. We will miss these boys greatly.

Thank you, Bishop and Louie!