There are probably a thousand things you could worry about when you get a puppy. Here are just a few tips that will get you off to a good start with your new four-legged family member;
- SET EXPECTATIONS – Think about what your rules will be for your puppy and be consistent right from the start. Be sure to discuss with everyone in your household and get agreement before the puppy comes home. For example, where will your puppy eat and sleep? Will he be allowed on the furniture? What tolerance will you have for jumping or putting his front feet on people? Reward for correct behavior and redirect or ignore the behaviors you don’t want.
- CRATE TRAIN – Crating is the best way to house train your pup and prevent him from wreaking havoc in your house when you can’t supervise him. Make the crate a positive place by starting with very short periods of time and using lots of rewards. Both you and your pup will be happier and build a better relationship if he is comfortable spending time in his crate.
- SOCIALIZE, SOCIALIZE, SOCIALIZE – It is never too early to begin exposing your puppy (safely and gently) to many people, dogs and new experiences. If he learns early in life to deal with novel situations, he will be better able to cope with new challenges as he matures. Puppy classes are a wonderful way for your pup to safely meet other dogs and learn new things. (Dog parks are generally not recommended for young puppies as they may be frightened by rambunctious dogs or exposed to diseases before they are fully immunized.)
Zoom Room can help you navigate the challenges of raising a happy, well-behaved puppy. We offer puppy socialization, manners and agility classes beginning as early as 8 weeks of age. Our open enrollment schedule allows you to join at any time and attend as your schedule permits. We hope to see you and and your new furry friend soon!