Happy New Year everyone!
Hopefully you all have settled back into your regular routines. Now that 2013 is behind us, we thought we would start off 2014 with some tips for those of you who received a new, furry family member as a gift! Before you become frustrated, don’t despair. Here are a few ideas to help you and your family out with that new puppy.
- Crate training is a great way to teach your puppy about bedtime while also potty training them. Dogs are ‘den-dwellers’ and a crate will give them that comforting den feeling. The crate can also be useful during dinner time or when guests come over. Use the commands ‘crate’ or ‘bed’ and be consistent.
- Just as you child proof your home, you should also puppy proof your home. Make sure the children’s rooms are picked up while not forgetting to check the laundry room, the bathrooms and the kitchen. Make sure your puppy can’t get access to items like the trash, anti-freeze, toilet paper, candy or extension cords. Puppies are just as curious as young children and there are a lot of items that can harm or seriously injure that precious pup.
- Assure that all family members are on the same page when it comes to commands. For example ‘lay’ means lay down, ‘down’ means off the furniture, etc.
- Doggie daycare is a great way to socialize your new family member. Once your puppy reaches 16 weeks and has been through each round of vaccines (usually 3), it is the perfect time to begin doggie daycare.
We hope these tips help make your early experiences with your new furry friend more enjoyable and less stressful!