I’ve had lots of enquiries lately from people planning to get a new pup, so thought would share some useful tips to help with a new addition.
Plan time to settle pup in
Settling a new pup into a new home takes a lot of time and patience. After all, they’ve just been taken away from the only place they’ve ever own so expect them to be a little unsettle and plan for sleepless night. Just like human babies they won’t be able to sleep through the night and will need to be taken out for toilet breaks even during the night.
Start socialising your pup straight away
Puppies shouldn’t mix with strange dogs they don’t know but that doesn’t mean you can’t take them out!
Take them out in the car so they get used to travelling. Carry them outside so they can familiarise themselves with crowds, the sounds of traffic, people, children and see other animals and nvite people over to meet puppy. It’s important for puppy to see and experience as much as possible while they’re young. Puppies have a short window of socialisation and anything they’ve not experienced by 16-18 weeks of age will lively to be met with suspicion and apprehension.
Get puppy used to being handled, groomed, having ears, paws, coat and eyes checked. Handle him regularily so he is happy to be touched all over as this will make groomer and vets appointments in the future so much easier.
Sign up for puppy classes
A good puppy trainer will help you train you puppy using force free, positive reinforcement methods and be able to advise on a range of puppy problems such as toilet training puppy biting. You’ll also get help and learn how to teach your pup how to walk on a loose lead, how to greet people and other dogs, how to train recall as well as how to teach your pup to sit and down on command.
You’ll also get to hear what is normal, age appropriate behaviour and discuss what problems you need help with.
Be very cautious and avoid classes who have pups running riot and constantly interacting with each other. All that does is teach the puppy that every dog wants to play and runs the risk of your puppy growing into a boisterous, rowdy young adult who is not interested in you. You want a class where you are working with your puppy to teach him that playing and working with you brings lots of exciting games and treats!
You’ll need lots of toys to keep your puppy entertained. Before long he’ll start teething and will start to chew to ease his poor, sore gums. If you don’t provide him with suitable toys, he’ll find his own and he may take a fancy to your new trainers or that expensive dining room table!
Chew toys and the likes of Kongs which you can stuff with food and treats will not only give him something to chew on but will also keep him mentally stimulated which will tire him out and help him sleep! Win win!
Don’t forget if you’re out all day I offer pop in puppy visits to give your pup a toilet break, fresh food and water and when old enough a short walk where we work on leash walking and socialisation.
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