New Puppy New Habits

New Puppy New Habits

It’s easy to fall in love with a puppy, regardless of its breed, shape or color. However, in order to be able to provide the best care for your new puppy, you need to do some research before making the big decision. Different breeds will suit your lifestyle and expectations differently and choosing the right fit for you and your family will ensure you can provide your new puppy with all the love and care it deserves.

Consider a breeder

There are many places you can get a puppy from and a breeder is an excellent place to start. Make sure to ask the carers for as many details or advice on how to select the best fit for you and your family.

Avoid pet stores

Puppy - Go Living HealthyIf you’re thinking about getting a new puppy, perhaps the first place you’ll look at will be the pet stores. However, bear in mind that often, pet store owners buy the puppies from puppy brokers, who obtain them from puppy mills. These pets might suffer from a variety of health and behavioral problems which might persist in the long-term. To avoid such issues, it’s best to get your new puppy from a reputable and conscientious breeder.

Consider a trainer

Puppy Training - Go Living HealthyYour puppy won’t come behaving in the way you might expect them to. To make sure it’s trained right, it’s best to hire a trainer, who will reward and praise your pet, when behaving correctly. It might be difficult to train your puppy yourself and trusting your new pet in the hands of a professional will result in better and more efficient training and, of course, a happier puppy. Disciplined dogs are less stressed and more obedient and will continue to make you happy for a longer time.

When working with a trainer, make sure to discuss specific issues such as the choice of the leash. The most productive training sessions for puppies last anywhere between 3 and 8 minutes. Little puppies generally learn fast, but are easy to distract, so don’t force them into unnecessarily long training sessions.

Leash use

Young Girl with Dog on Leash - Go Living HealthyWalking your puppy on a leash might seem harsh and unnecessary to you. You’re not alone and many pet owners let their puppies off the leash. This can, however, lead to discipline and temperament problems and using the right leash can help you train your dog and establish a healthy and lasting relationship between the two of you. As a pet owner, you need to be in control of your dog and make sure it will obey your every command. Get your puppy in the habit of following your lead – the more you teach your puppy to walk on a leash, the more it will look for you for direction and security.

House training

Puppy Timer - Go Living HealthyYour puppy’s new training doesn’t end with walking on a leash. Make sure to introduce routine into your dog’s life to ensure it will learn to eliminate in the right place. When behaving right, make sure to praise and reward your dog in order to reinforce the training.

If your puppy makes a mistake and eliminate in the house, make sure not to punish it. Clean it off and don’t make a big deal out of the accident. If accidents occur too frequently, this might be a sign that your puppy has received unsupervised access to your home too early in their training. Make sure that it has learned the rules before leaving it to run free in your home, and if accidents become too frequent, re-introduce crate training.

Night Time Help

It’s a good idea to feed your puppy just a few hours before bedtime. This will help them eliminate on time and cause less problems for you during the night. Take away their water bowl an hour or so before bed.

What turns your puppy “on”?

To train your puppy, you need to get an insight into what motivates their behavior. In order to be able to apply the reward system correctly, make sure you need to know what behavior makes your dog feel rewarded. Knowing what to offer in exchange for their good behavior is key to the successful and efficient doggy training. It’s especially important to keep your dog motivated during training sessions – young puppies learn faster and better, when they feel rewarded for their effort.

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WB Markovsky
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WB grew up in the electronics business in Ohio. He and his wife made the decision to move to North Carolina in the 80's where they both started a real estate career. In the early 2000's, they started an insurance business WB operates from a semi retired approach. Today WB and his wife are committed to write about Living Healthy.

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