Your everyday life and habits can be a danger to your puppy. Dogs seem to be able to get into anything... And that's not all! They wet the house, they chew on things, they bark etc., so what does a person do?! Here are just a few tips that can help life go smoothly with a new puppy.
Always be aware of where your puppy is. With the busy life of today this may be hard to do. Keeping track of kids is hard enough and most people opt for animals for just that reason, but they take up a lot of time as well. If you can't watch your dog 24-7 then it would be wise for you to set up 'safe areas'. Rooms, or parts of rooms that are blocked off from the rest of the house, are ideal; for example, have one room in the house that has nothing in it but their crate. In these safe rooms, be sure that the dog cannot access anything he or she isn't allowed to have.
Crate train your puppy. It's always good to crate train your animal, and it's not hard:<p>
Set the puppy up on a habit. When you go to sleep, put it in its crate.
The crate should be big enough for the puppy to lay down but barely enough room to turn around. This keeps the puppy from going to the bathroom in its crate. No animal likes to sleep in its own mess, and if the puppy can't move, then it won't go on itself.
In the morning, as soon as you wake up, let the puppy out of its crate and into the backyard. Watch the puppy until it does its buisness, or leave it outside for 15-20 minutes. That will be long enough for it to do its business.
When you leave for work, bring it in again and place it in its crate. If you have the opportunity to come home for lunch, then let it outside in the backyard to play until you have to leave the house again.
When you come home in the evening, let it out and bring it back in. Not only will this set it up on its crate training, but getting into a scheduled habit will help considerably with the potty training.
Beware puppy behavior! Puppies will get into anything, just like children. You must keep this in mind when you let the puppy roam free, which means you might have to move the location of cleaning supplies, or find a way to store shoes above the chest height. Puppies can get into cabinets under the sink and will chew on anything that looks or smells interesting. It's best to keep possible dangers out of the puppy's sight until it is fully trained.
Use your own instincts. Basic commonsense is the answer to a lot of questions people have about animals. If pet owners are doubtful about anything, then it is best to err on the side of caution. If you think your puppy might get into something, it probably will. It's best to take precautions before that happens, to save yourself from heartache over a sick animal and anger over a huge bill.
Research the dog's character. In order to provide the best life for you and your dog, try to research your dog's breed so you know what tendencies the dog may have that will affect your relationship:<p>
If the animal is bred to herd, then you might find activities that will work that instinct.
Many dogs need daily activity that is specialized for their breed.
Research your property. Parvoviral infection, which is a leading cause of death in most dogs, can live in the soil for over a hundred years. If you're not sure what Parvo is, then do an internet search, or ask your vet, and make sure to stay current on your shots. If you can't, then consider giving the dog to a home that can provide it with adequate health care. Check also that your backyard is safe for dogs and has no sharp objects, loose wires, deep holes etc. that might injure your puppy.Some of the symptoms of Parvo are vomiting and bloody poop
Talk to your vet. You'll need to build an on-going relationship with you vet if you are to provide the best care for you animal, and having the vet on speed dial isn't always a bad idea. Your vet will most likely be your number one source for all your pet needs.
Part of owning an animal isn't always about being sure to 'puppyproof' the house but is also about being sure you are trained as well. A good way to introduce you to a life with an animal is to contact local animal shelters and humane societies.
Many humane societies offer training classes for animals. While a lot of people see silly dogs doing crazy tricks when they think of such classes, a basics traning class will give you insight on how an animal thinks, and will help you know what works and what doesn't.
Walking on egg shells to avoid your puppy getting into something will just make you despise owning an animal. Learning the basics will make your life with your animal so much more rewarding, as well as make the 'puppyproofing' go so much more smoothly.
Always check with your vet for any special attention your puppy may need. If your puppy shows any symptoms that are out of the norm, call your vet, and trust your gut. It is usually okay to give a day or two when you spot a behavior that seems odd but mild in condition before seeing a vet. If you have a gut feeling it's something worse, then see if you can get an appointment that same day. It's always good to err on the side of caution.
Dogs can't speak, so they can't tell us where they hurt. It is up to us to determine what behavior isn't normal and to get them to medical help.