For most new puppy owners, finding the perfect breed and the right breeder is the only hard part in getting their new and cute friend home. What they don’t know is that it’s going to be a little bit harder once they get home. New owners need to be wary on the different dos and don’ts in raising their new family member.
Several mistakes often leave a lot of new puppy owners tired and frustrated. In worst cases, the experience becomes too troublesome that they end up neglecting their puppies. But, if new owners can learn to avoid these common mistakes in raising their little pups, they are definitely in for a very rewarding experience. These are just the basics but, if you start out good the ending will definitely be better!
1. If you potty train your dog indoors, don’t expect them to automatically go outside when they’re older. Also potty training pads are very useful but when you stop using them, your little pup might mistake your nice looking, plushy rugs as his new toilet spot. So, you have to make it clear to your little puppy where he is or is not, allowed to answer the call of nature. Slowly ease him into a new training method when he is ready.
2. A puppy won’t know what he is missing unless he’s tried it. So surrendering to his requests and whimpers for the first few nights will not help. He’ll only cry longer and louder once you expect him to start sleeping alone. Remember you have to teach your puppy to be obedient and brave!
3. Crate training keeps your puppy safe when you’re not watching. So, don’t feel guilty about putting him in his crate. When no one else is home, he will feel much safer and secure if he is crated. It will not do him, or you, any good if he has an accident and you are not there to help.
4. If you want to bring your puppy to your outings, make sure that his immunizations are complete. Keep in mind that a puppy’s immune system is not fully developed yet. They are still young so they are more susceptible to different diseases.
5. Bad habits are hard to break. If you want a well behaved dog with you in the future, it is best that you keep your little puppy’s mischievous antics in check. What is cute in a puppy is not always cute in a full sized dog.
Raising a puppy requires great responsibility. You have to give it enough care and attention for them to grow up as brave, obedient and caring members of the family. Spoiling them or giving in to all their requests may feel good but, it will not have good results. They trust you as their new master so you should learn to live up to their trust. So, whoever said that being a dog’s best friend is easy might have not been on track!