Helping Your New Puppy Fit in at Home
Raising a new puppy is a rewarding experience. But to help your puppy get comfortable in his new home requires a few basics from you:
- Toys — Puppies love toys. They often use their mouths to interact with their environment and need suitable chew toys, especially when teething, such as plastic or nylon bones and rope toys. Puppies also like balls and squeaky toys to chase, stuffed plush toys to cuddle with, and puzzle toys to keep them busy.
- Crates — Puppies like to have a “place,” kind of like the human version of a bedroom. Some puppies do well in specially designed crates with ample bedding, and others just need a warm, cozy spot in the corner with a nice puppy bed. The best beds are either fully washable or have a washable and/or replaceable cover. The best crates are size-appropriate and can be folded up to move or for travel.
- Training — Puppies should begin training lessons as soon as possible. Teaching them the basics such as sit, stay, and come help build strong bonds between you and your puppy, and also provides mental stimulation to keep them from getting bored and too rambunctious. Training classes are also good places for your puppy to socialize with other puppies and people. Positive re-enforcement with treats and praise is the preferred method for raising a happy puppy.
- Housebreaking — Puppies need to learn where it is appropriate to do their “business.” Puppies should be taken out frequently and rewarded when they go where you want them to. Punishing them if they do have an accident is not recommended. Positive re-enforcement of good behavior with a nutritious treat is key to a well potty-trained pup!
- Leash and Collar — Your puppy will need to get used to wearing a collar, not just for leash walks later on, but for identification as well. Nylon and leather leashes and collars are popular, as well as other fabrics such as cotton. You should be able to fit two fingers snugly underneath the collar when fastened. Our associates can help you choose the appropriate size collar for your puppy. And be sure to monitor your puppy’s collar as he grows, since he may need a new one after a few months or a growth spurt.
- Playtime/Socialization — Puppies are social animals, just like people. When your puppy is old enough to head outside to play, introduce him to other puppies his age. Puppies learn many behaviors when interacting with one another, such as how much rough-housing is too much. This type of interaction will make your puppy a well-adjusted grown-up for trips to the groomer or doggy day care.
Remember: Pet Supermarket has everything your puppy needs to stay healthy and happy, and we’re here to answer your questions. Come in and see us today!