Puppies bring a lot of joy into our homes and hearts and at the same time they can be a lot of work. When a puppy enters in your life and home it is suggested that a crate is purchased.
You can purchase a crate through many wholesale pet supply stores as well as many retail stores and catalogs. In the correct size crate a puppy should be able to stand up and turn around comfortably.
You may want to purchase another crate as your dog grows or use something to block the area available to your puppy in the crate should you choose to purchase a large crate from the beginning. The reasons for this will be discussed as we learn about crate training. Read More
You can start training your puppy at 8 weeks of age
The sooner you start training the sooner your puppy will begin to learn good behaviors. Because they are just puppies their attention span is much shorter than the normal 20 minutes allowed for adolescent or adult dogs. The ideal training schedule is to work your puppy on leash for 10 minutes in the a.m. and 10 minutes in the p.m. for at least 5 to7 days a week. During the week the puppy owner can have mini sessions in the house working on other basic obedience skills practicing 5 minutes at a time. During this time the puppy will begin to take on good house manners.
Example: Have your puppy sit before you give him his meal. You can also practice the come command in this manner as well by calling your puppy’s name each time you feed him. Young puppies like your attention and will usually come when called. Creating good habits now will allow obedience training to go much more smoothly later on.
So you brought a puppy into your home and it has been years since you owned one and you are asking yourself what do I do now? The suggestions below will help and make having a puppy in your home a lot easier. The main thing to keep in mind is that you have a puppy which is like a toddler so you will have to provide safety, comfort, a clean area, lots of love, training, fun activities and patience.
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- Crate train your puppy it will help with potty training and prevent bad behavioral issues.
- Leash your puppy when out of the crate so he or she cannot wander around the house and get into trouble and you will prevent a lot of bad behaviors such as going potty in the house, chewing your things, getting into the garbage and the list can go on and on.
- Create a daily schedule to keep yourself on track with training and raising your puppy with rules and manners.
Sample of a daily schedule for a puppy: Read More