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Top Puppy Tips

Top Puppy Tips

If you're considering a puppy then many questions spring to mind. Here are my top ten tips for getting off to a good start.

Preparing to get a puppy?

If you're considering a puppy then many questions spring to mind. Here are my top ten tips for getting off to a good start.

1. Research the breed characteristics and the breeder carefully.

This should ensure that you have a puppy that is suitable for your lifestyle and free from health and/or behaviour issues caused by poor breeding and lack of early socialisation.

2. Prepare carefully for puppies arrival.

Ensure that you have all of the equipment and time that you need to settle him in during the initial trauma of leaving his mum and litter and bonding with you.

3. Give puppy a safe, warm, comfortable place and start leaving him in it for short periods with an interactive toy/tasty treat. Build up the time gradually.

This will help him to gain self-confidence and help to prevent separation anxiety developing.

4. Always accompany puppy when toilet training.

Be prepared to stay with them whatever the weather to reward them toileting outside.

5. Be sure to give your puppy lots of controlled socialisation between 8 and 16 weeks.

It should still continue after this but this time is critical in a puppies development. Lack of socialisation during this time will make things much harder for you and puppy later on.

6. Start training your puppy through play as soon as you get them home.

Don’t wait for puppy to attend formal training before beginning his education. Training with games will build a bond between you and your puppy that will make formal training much easier and more successful. Give puppy some toys but always save his VERY favourites to play with together.

7. Allow your puppy to play with other dogs in controlled conditions.

Any older dogs should never be seen by puppy to be more important or fun than you are. Never allow your puppy to bully or be bullied.

8. Start loose lead and off lead and recall training around your home and garden as soon as you get puppy home.

Only call puppy when you know he is motivated to come to you. To keep calling when he is not responding is teaching him that his recall is optional. DO NOT let puppy off in a public place until he has a reliable recall.

9. Teach puppy to stay and relax in their bed when told to.

This will help them to start to develop impulse control.

10. Last but not least... Enjoy your puppy

The time and effort that you put into your relationship with will pay off in the future. Leading to a well-balanced, well behaved dog that you can be proud of.

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