Parenting a puppy is a HUGE responsibility. Most dog owners make it look easy, but your first puppy is always a challenging experience. Even if you had dogs gowning up, it was always a group effort on the part of the whole family. When you are raising an animal on you own, things change. You become the one and only person that puppy relies on for everything he or she needs. Food, shelter, and love are basic needs, but there are many other important factors when it comes to raising a dog.
The first thing you must know is that all breeders are not equal. The early stages of a puppy’s life are the most vital to the development of the brain. The breeder is the dog’s first person they interact with. They should be very invested in the happiness of their animals. Make sure the puppy is in a nurturing environment with lots of human interaction. It is a great sign if the breeder has small children that are socializing well with the pups. Interaction between children and dogs should always be supervised, especially when the puppy is young.
Never buy a puppy from a breeder if you cannot meet the Dam. If the dam is not in the breeder’s home this could mean several things. The mother may have unknown health problems or may have been abused. You never really know the dogs history or background, so ask questions. Questions to ask the breeder.
The breeder should also be able to tell you the daily schedule of their dogs off the top of their head. Timing is the most important aspect of raising a puppy, if there’s no structure, there will chaos.
By six weeks you puppy should have had its first bath and nail trimming. We have all seen that dog at the groomers/vets that will not let you touch their feet for anything. This can be solved by simply rubbing your puppy’s feet regularly. This also helps develop balance and touch.
NEVER purchase a puppy before they are eight weeks old. Between birth and twelve weeks of age is the most critical time of the dogs development, and a puppy must be with the Dam. Being separated from the mother before eight weeks of age can be very detrimental.
Getting your home ready is just as crucial aspect of raising and keeping your dog happy and healthy. Make sure all wires are out of site of the curious and most likely rambunctious pooch. Puppies have a tendency to bite and chew at anything and everything they can get their cute little paws on.
Making a schedule is also extremely important. Dogs like and need stability. If there is no structure dogs become unsure of what to do when. It’s a way to create communication and understanding. When you feed them everyday on schedule, they will be waiting for their food right on time.
A Day in the Life of a Dog
6 am walk/ bathroom break at least a half hour, preferably an hour
Short bathroom break
Crate while at work
Let out as soon as you come home, walk for at least an hour.
Dinner at 6
Bathroom break/ half hour walk
Crate for the night
Crate training is vital and you should never let your dog out of the crate if he/she starts whining as soon as you put them in it. A puppy will learn that when they whine you will let them out, they will whine every time. If your dog does not like the crate, it is most likely because he/she feels trapped. This should not be the case. The crate should ultimately become a safe place where the puppy can go to relax. In the crate, have toys and a Kong with peanut butter to make the puppy more comfortable. The crate should be like the mother wolves den in nature.
You should also learn about dog laws in your area.
To find the right breed for you should try out puppyfinder.com. Breed is a very important aspect of your new pet. You wouldn’t want to have a German Shepard in a small apartment where there is no place to run around and play. If you do not want to brush your dog everyday get a breed that has hair that does not knot and has a thin coat. Know all that you can about the breed you are interested in, an educated owner is a good one.
Before you get a puppy check this out.
Reward ALL good behavior… If the puppy sits tell him/her “GOOD SIT!!! ” even if you did not tell them to do so. It’s about learning the word with the action. Do this with every command you want the pup to learn. For example, “GOOD EAT” can also be a command.
A good way to teach puppies that barking is undesirable is to leave the room. Do not give attention to negitive behavior, they might think you are barking with them. Only re-enter once the dog is calm. You can also make barking a command if you do not mind your dog speaking up. If you live in an apartment however, a quite dog leads to happy neighbors.
Give attention on YOUR terms. If the dog is calm let them know you like it when they are calm with praise. If the dog is going crazy and jumping on you, turn your back and show them this is not the way to get attention.
Dogs deserve only the best veterinary care, check out your local vets.