(Understanding what a puppy will need, once it has been placed into a new
Before you decide to bring home a puppy, it’s important to be prepared to change
your life style. Bringing home a puppy is similar to bringing a baby into your
home. It is extremely important before you release a puppy into your
environment, to make sure you removed all cleaning chemicals, anti-freeze and
poisons off the floor. If it’s there, a puppy‘s nose will find it. Remember, a puppy
is like a baby with a great scent of smell. If the puppy’s nose finds it, just like a
baby the puppy will try to eat it.
Here is a list of items to help you get started:
* Dog Crate or Bed
* Water and Feeding Bowl (Puppy Size)
* Collar and Leash
* Puppy Toys
* Blanket (some breeds of puppies like to be under covers)
* Food (pick a high protein puppy food)
* Small Soft Stuffed Animal (same size as your puppy)
* Baby Gates (to keep the puppy out of undesired rooms)
Veterinarian (make appointment as soon as possible)
It is extremely important that your family understand that raising a puppy takes a
The first days are the most important; everyone in the family (pack) wants to hold
and play with the new puppy. But remember, the puppy will only do what you
allow it to do. This means if you start holding the puppy all the time, as this
puppy gets older it will always want to be held. If you start allowing your puppy to
sit on the furniture, as this puppy gets older it will continue to sit on the furniture.
Your puppy will need some time to itself to adjust to the different environment.
Also, the puppy will need quiet time (being able to sleep undisturbed). Puppies
are like babies; they will need lot of sleep (undisturbed).
Puppies are very messy. They turn over water bowls, they push puppy food all
over your floor, and they pull out any items they can find on the floor. Puppies
also have accidents, and soil your home’s floors. So you will be cleaning up after
puppy like a baby. It is also important to place your puppy’s meals on a
schedule. Make sure only one person in the family (pack) does the feeding. In
the first weeks after bringing home your puppy, everybody wants to feed it. If the
puppy is fed the wrong food, it can make the puppy sick. Make sure only one
person feeds and gets the puppy a fresh bowl of water everyday. Puppies will
relieve themselves within 20 minutes after eating. You will need to take your
puppy outside when it has finished eating.
At night you will need to place your puppy’s crate in the part of the house where it
can’t disturb anyone with its whining. If your puppy is going to be alone during
the daytime, you should place the puppy in the crate at night. This will help the
puppy adjust to being by itself when no one is home. Remember, if you start
letting your puppy sleep in the bed, as it get older it will continue to do so. The
puppy will wake up in the middle of the night just like a baby, and start whining for
attention. This is where the small soft stuffed animal is placed in the crate with
the puppy. A clock is often used. The ticking makes the puppy feel like isn’t
alone in the crate. This may sound mean, but by leaving your puppy in the crate
by itself, you will help with the bonding process. In the morning when you come
to the puppy’s crate, it will be so happy to see you which increases the bond
between you and the puppy.
Playing with your puppy is a great feeling, but remember your pup will get tired
easily, so don’t force it to play more than it’s able to. Always remember play is
play, and praise is praise. Be sure to separate the two because your dog wants
praise over play.
Work with your puppy; playing games with a soft stuffed animal allows it to chew.
This chew game helps your puppy to focus on what it’s allowed to chew. This
game of chew helps you later during the teething process.
Make playing fun for you and your puppy. Use lots of energy, express
amusement, give an ovation and tell your puppy good job when needed. Play
pulling games with an old sock. Encourage the puppy to play ball (play fetch).
By playing fetch it helps build a bond between you and your puppy. Playing ball
with your puppy helps it receive the exercise needed to develop into a strong dog
by strengthening the muscles that are normally not being used. Always pick up
all the toys when you finish playing with your puppy. The pup needs to know the
balls (eventual training tools) always come from the leader when it’s time to play.
Make sure the household understands the rules, and make sure you enforce
these rules. Make sure the puppy knows where it is allowed in the house and
where it isn’t. Never allow anyone to (family members, too) hit or kick your puppy
or give it hard language. Just remind the household “we are working with a
baby,” And mistakes are going happen, so be patient with your puppy. The
puppy will learn very fast--right from wrong by trial and error. Puppies live in a
pack state of mind, and your family members are its pack. The household (pack)
needs to take turns spending time with the puppy, so it can get acquainted with
everyone in the pack.
Just remember to involve your household (pack) in the raising of this puppy, and
also enroll your puppy into some type of obedience training program when the
time comes. An obedience trained dog makes a pack stronger
Make sure to select the right puppy for your environment.
By Darryl T. Durham Sr.
Durham Working Dogs
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