New Puppy

New Puppy

First Time Dog Owners

Bringing home a new puppy is a wonderful and exciting experience! There is nothing that compares to the devotion and lifelong friendship that dogs so willingly give. While there are lots of sweet and fun new moments too be shared with your pup. There’s also a lot of hard work and dedication involved in bringing home a new puppy. During this time, its normal to make a couple of mistakes, especially if you are a first time dog owner. With these simple tips you will be able to avoid some of the most common mistakes after bringing home your new puppy.

Preparing

Being prepared mentally and physically for having a new puppy in the house will help you avoid making many mistakes. Having a dog is a long-term commitment, and lots of everyday work. Be sure to really think through the logistics of having a new puppy before you bring him home, and never buy a dog on a whim. While mental preparation is very important when bringing home a new pet, its also important to physically prepare your home. Puppies are adventurous, and love to gobble up new things! While it may be frustrating when your pup chews up a shoe, it can be life threatening if he gets into cleaning supplies or chokes, so remember to always puppy-proof before bringing him home.

Reflection

Much of a dog’s personality is a reflection of the way he was treated as a puppy. The first few months of your time together are important for forming both your relationship with each other, and his personality. This is why you should not wait too long to train your new puppy. The longer you wait to teach him good behavior, the more bad habits he will acquire and the more difficult they will be to break.

During your training time, make sure to be very consistent. This means you always reward your pup when he performs the desired behaviors. Likewise, you always scold him when he doesn’t. If you are not consistent with this early part of training, your pet will become confused and may even stop trusting you. While rewarding your pup for good behavior is a great positive reinforcement, giving him too many treats is not. And can result in confusion. Only give treats when your puppy is being rewarded!

In these early months it is also important to socialize your dog. Make sure he learns how to appropriately interact with other dogs and humans. This will prevent him from growing into a nervous, unfriendly, or even dangerous pet.

Lots of Exercise

Puppies are curious and energetic and require lots of exercise and mental stimulation. If your puppy is under-exercised he will be more likely to develop lifelong behavior problems. This may include anything from excessive barking to generalized anxiety. To keep your new friend happy and healthy, its very important to make sure he gets enough exercise. Mental stimulation is equally important to the healthy development of a pup. Be sure to regularly play with him, let him explore, and provide stimulating toys.

Social & Supervision

Puppies are very social animals and love company! They also need lots of supervision, so leaving a new pup alone for long periods of time is never a good idea. Leaving your puppy home alone for an extended amount of time will likely result in accidents, and possibly abandonment and trust issues. Trust issues may also be caused by using punishment as a training method. While there will likely be some times when you need to punish your pup for bad behavior, in general they are much more responsive to positive reinforcement training.

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