Puppy Care Tips
BE THE LEADER
Bear in mind that you should be your pup's leader, teacher, and ultimate guide. Your pup will look to you for direction. If you do not accept this responsibility, according to dog author and expert Barbara J. Wrede, " First, your puppy will lose faith in you. Second, your pup will have to figure out on its own what's okay and what isn't. Your pup will grow into a kind of ill-taught alpha dog, following it's own desires first and foremost." For this reason it is important to guide and correct your puppy right from the start.
FORM GOOD HABITS EARLY- Forming good habits early is easier and more gentle than breaking bad habits in an older puppy or dog.
ALWAYS PROVIDE CLEAN WATER-. Free access to plenty of clean water is important to your pup. You may wish to restrict your pup's water in the evening.
FEEDING TIPS -Always feed your pup in the same place, from the same dish. Since your puppy is likely to be easily distractible at first, try and find a feeding place outside of the immediate traffic pattern of your home. Maintain a consistent feeding schedule. Your pup will come to expect his meals at those times. About ten minutes is enough time for your pup to eat; after that do not feed your pup until the next meal. If your pup seems hungry after each meal, or looks thin and ribby, increase the amount you are feeding.
HOUSEBREAKING-When a young puppy eats, drinks, wakes up, or finishes playing, it will have to empty it's bladder. So shortly after these events occur take your pup to the place you have designated for him or her to potty. Supervise until your pup goes, then praise: "GOOD PUPPY!". Make a big deal of praising to reinforce your support.
OBEDIENCE CLASSES HELP- Get yourself and your puppy to an obedience class before your pup becomes six months old. You won't regret it. The actual physical presence of other dogs, people, and the trainer combine into an experience that can't be duplicated.