Caring for New Puppies
By SMW Staff
Did you get a puppy for Christmas? You wouldn’t be the only one. Every holiday season, many people get a new family member that will be around for the next 15 years or so.
Having a new puppy is fun and exciting, but starting off right can greatly influence your relationship and help both you and your puppy adjust well..
10 Tips for Caring for New Puppies
- Crate training from the beginning is essential. Some people feel badly about crating their dog, but this is the best way to work through the training process.
- Get consistent and reliable puppy-training advice from a professional dog trainer.
- Plan to walk your dog frequently. Besides the exercise, puppies need to urinate every hour because their bladders are so tiny. It also helps to limit their water intake after 9 p.m. in order to help them make it through the night.
- Introduce your other pets slowly and with a lot of patience. It can take months before they become completely comfortable with one another. Discuss any concerns regarding this with a professional trainer.
- Puppies tend to communicate with their mouths, by biting, so be sure to teach them not to, by saying “no bite.” They will learn quickly.
- New puppies require a lot of time, love, and patience in order to be properly trained. Those who work should find a dog walker or area teen who can spend time with the puppy each day.
- Are there any allergy concerns regarding having a pet in your home? You can visit your doctor to get medication to alleviate it, however, some people just need an adjustment period to desensitize their immune system.
- Train your dog from the beginning in the behaviors that are expected. If you don’t want a full-grown dog jumping up on the couch or your bed, or gnawing on your hands or shoes, then start by teaching the puppy not to do it.
- Pets are living creatures and are a long-term commitment, both financially and time-wise. If things don’t work out, and you have exhausted all options and must re-home, then take personal responsibility for finding a loving home to place him in, or locate a reputable no-kill shelter.
- Be patient. Puppies take time to adjust and get trained. Give them the time, love, and patience they deserve.
“You will get out what you put in tenfold”, says Dori Scofield, of Guardians of Rescue. “Animals naturally want to learn and please you. Taking the time to train your dog properly will reward both you and your pet with a lifelong relationship filled with love and companionship.”
About Guardians of Rescue
Based in New York, Guardians of Rescue is an organization whose mission is to protect the well being of all animals. They provide aid to animals in distress, including facilitating foster programs, rehabilitation, assisting other rescue groups, and providing support to families, both military and not, who need assistance due to economic factors. They have also been instrumental in helping the animals that were impacted by Hurricane Sandy. Many families are still struggling to recover from the storm, making it difficult to care for their pet, either financially or while living in temporary housing. To learn more, or to make a donation to support the Guardians of Rescue, log onto www.guardiansofrescue.org.
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