So you decided to add a new addition to your home. No, we are not talking about a room, but a new dog. Whether you’re guarding your puppy home, housebreaking, crate training, or teaching your dog a fabulous retreat or a new trick, the general care and maintenance required is equally important to your dog’s success.
It doesn’t matter if your new puppy addition came from a breeder and is a young puppy or came from a rescue and is older; Many of the steps will be the same in building a relationship and empowering both of you. The similarity is simply that their environment has changed. You are its new owner and now you must get used to your new social setup with you in charge.
Testing puppies at home is an absolute must. The idea is the same as when a baby is expected to come home. Make sure there is nothing around your puppy that could be destructive in any way. Be it chewing, dirtying, grinding and eating. It helps to get on all fours, yes, on all fours, and crawl around your house and you will see exactly what this new puppy will see. A world of laces, toys, shoes, table legs and much more. Don’t forget to keep them out of cabinets, chemicals, dangerous areas, and any other potentially dangerous places. Did you know that there is also an endless list of substances and foods that can be dangerous for your puppy? We thought we would share just a few of the ones you should be especially careful to keep away from your puppy: dark chocolate, raisins, grapes, oleander, and antifreeze are the most common hazards for your pup – check with your vet for the full list .
The best way to avoid destruction is to carry your puppy with you at all times and provide him with toys that are easily distinguishable from anything else (if your puppy cannot be with you, he can go in a crate). Next, we will discuss the importance of crate training when it comes to breaking and entering and other puppy-related issues. Another great way to avoid destruction is to give your dog plenty of exercise throughout the day. A tired puppy is a good puppy.
Stay tuned for more … and remember, if you haven’t picked out those Manola Blahnicks that you love, don’t be upset when your pooch decides she likes them better.