5 Great Things You Can Do For Your Puppy

5 Great Things You Can Do For Your Puppy
Everyone loves a puppy.  It’s impossible to resist their cute cuddly bodies and adorable animated faces.  Those perky ears and clumsy stumbles.  Yeah, puppies are awesome.  But puppies are a lot of work, too.  It’s not an easy task raising a puppy.  They require constant supervision, left to their own devices they are like toddlers on the move investigating and often trying to ingest everything.  They pee.  And poop.  Anywhere and everywhere at some point in their puppy life.  We meet a lot of young dogs in our dog walking business and find that there are some things owners do that make a big difference in the adult dog these little guys become.  Austin is lucky to have great resources for pet owners and excellent outlets for exercise and socialization.  Here are 5 things you can do to benefit you and your puppy.
1.  Crate Training:
Do everyone a favor and crate train your puppy.  It’s a tool for potty training, a safe place for them, and necessary for potential travel plans.  They will whine and cry and carry on for a few days in there until they settle down and realize you come back, it’s not punishment, it’s a home.  Try putting the crate in the same room with you when they are tired and likely to sleep anyway.  Have the crate where they can see you so they don’t feel isolated.  They will feel a part of the pack, even though they are contained.  This works wonders for young puppies.  Remember not to give in to the crying, they WILL stop.  Putting one of your t shirts or something with your scent in their crate is also reassuring. Good luck!
2. Leash Training and Simple Commands:
Beside setting the foundation for a well mannered adult dog, working with your puppy on a consistent basis enhances the bond between you.  Two birds with one stone.  You get to build trust and also work on obedience.   Just like socialization, there is a window of opportunity that should be harnessed.
3. Human Interaction:
“Puppies are most accepting of new experiences between 3 and 12 weeks old. After that age, they become much more cautious of anything they haven’t yet encountered. From about 12 to 18 weeks old the opportunity to easily socialize the puppy ends—and with each passing week it becomes harder to get the pup to accept and enjoy something that he’s initially wary of. After 18 weeks old, it’s extremely difficult, and sometimes impossible, to teach a dog to like something new, or help him become comfortable with something he finds frightening.”  – ASPCA
4. Animal Socialization :
Look here for information on how to introduce your puppy to other animals.  From the Human Society of the United States.  http://www.humanesociety.org/animals/dogs/tips/introducing_new_dog.html
5. Proper Diet and Vaccinations:
What you feed your dog is a personal choice, just like what you choose to eat is.  The importance of getting the proper nutrients to perform and feel your best is universal.  Animals need proper amounts of protein, fats, oils, minerals and vitamins also to look and feel their best.  Just like us!  That said the internet is a wonderful tool in researching what’s best for your dog and your budget.  As far as vaccinations, well that’s a no brainer.  Do it.
Having a pup is a lot of fun, enjoy it!   See you at the dog park!

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