To ensure that
the new puppy in your life settles down in your home and grows up to
become a good family pet, here are some of the best puppy dog
Do not allow
your puppy to develop bad habits. Bad habits can include biting and
chewing footwear and furniture, excessive barking and general
disobedience. Puppy training at an early stage can help prevent
Socialization - Other People
your puppy under wraps. Make sure it meets other people. This is an
important aspect of growing up for the puppy. When living with
humans, it is important that the puppy is at ease with a variety of
Socialization - Other Dogs
should learn to be comfortable in the company of other dogs.
puppy in your possession whenever you can during the early stages of
its life. Take your puppy with you when going out. This may seem odd
but it will help you bond more quickly with your puppy. Of course,
if it is a large breed, it may not be possible to carry it on your
person for long.
scared or apprehensive behavior. If your puppy shows fear of his dog
crate for example, do not mollify it in such a manner as to let the
puppy think that there is something wrong with the crate. This will
only emphasize that there could be something to be afraid of with
cannot control their bladders until they are about 4 months old.
Until that time, use newspapers to cover the floor.
As the puppy
gets older, you will learn to recognise the signs that it needs to
carry out bodily functions and be able to act on them.
puppy out at regular intervals. If this is not possible, take it to
a chosen area in the house for this purpose. Whenever your puppy
does the toilet in this area on its own, be sure to praise it.
Give your new
puppy its own place to sleep. A dog bed (size dependent on breed) or
even a cardboard box will do to begin with. This will help it feel
make use of a puppy pen as a toilet when going out. Cover the area
inside the pen with newspaper or other material to support the idea
that there are only certain places that the puppy should do its
deed. If you don't have a puppy pen, leave newspaper in strategic
places around the house.
persistent barking. This is something you should quickly nip in the
bud. If left, it will become more difficult to stop later.
Never punish your puppy dog for chewing. Chewing is a natural
function of the teething process. Pups need to chew in order to
stimulate the growth of permanent teeth that will later replace
their baby teeth. It's a good idea to provide your puppy dog with a
number of chewable objects to help protect your furniture and other
important items like your mother's slippers.
This is very
common amongst puppies and is often a means of seeking attention.
Ignore whenever possible and ignore any whining when you first
isolate your puppy dog for sleeping. Failure to do this will only
encourage it to whine more and could lead to problems later.
with children doesn't necessarily
work with puppies. Don't be
tempted to use the "time out" principle with your puppy. If you use
a puppy crate or cage for example, you risk the puppy associating
the crate or cage with something bad without understanding the
reason behind it.
If you already have a dog, it should only take a little while for
your dog to lose any jealousness it may have
towards the pup. Since dogs are very sociable animals this jealousy
will soon pass and the puppy will be accepted by the older dog
extremely useful for carrying around those things that you cannot or
don't want to carry. Train your puppy early.