Puppies are lovely but they are a lot of hard work! Here are some snippets of advice that will aid in the preparation, feeding/training and healthcare of your new pup. Following these helpful tips will hopefully make the experience (and the inevitable soiling of the carpet) a little less painful for your home and a smoother transition into adulthood for your pup!
• Decide where your new puppy is going to sleep and have a crate with suitable bedding e.g. a blanket or an old jumper.
•Some puppies may already be used to a crate or puppy playpen. They soon realise this is their own area where they sleep and keep their toys. A puppy will quickly learn not to make a mess in the crate, providing he is given plenty of opportunity to go to the toilet to relieve himself.
• Ensure the home environment is safe. ‘Puppy proofing’ is wise to avoid any unnecessary accidents.
• For the children in the family, this will be a very exciting time. It should be explained that the puppy is not a toy and that he needs to sleep undisturbed. This is a good opportunity to teach your children about responsible dog ownership
• Training your puppy should start straight away to avoid him developing bad habits.
Make clear and simple commands and show him what you want him to do.
• The puppy is bound to feel confused at first. Be gentle and kind and allow him time to settle in his new surroundings. Introduce him to the areas of the house where he is allowed to go and show him where his bed and bowls are located.
• A common puppy problem is mouthing. When your pup does this, keep your hand still, keep fingers closed and say NO in a low tone. When they stop using their teeth and start to lick your hand, give plenty of praise with your voice. Never play rough hand games with them.