Keep your puppy safe by puppy-proofing your home, avoiding harmful substances and keeping a close watch on your puppy until he is old enough to trust him with some independence.
There is nothing quite like a sweet little dog. They are soft and fluffy, cosy and sleepy. But even with those big eyes and fuzzy ears. While most owners know what they are into when they bring a new puppy into the house, even the most well-equipped humans can forget about this.
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- They’re like babies! Puppy owners are often exhausted, with some owners comparing a puppy to the newborn day of a baby. It is true, however, that newly minted puppies simply do not have the capacity to sleep right through the night. Work to create a consistent schedule right away but do not forget that you might have another cup of coffee for that first month or two.
- They pee everywhere! The battle is real. While consistency and keeping your pooch close to a distance until they can go potty outside can be key in preventing frustration or being overwhelmed during the first months. Just when you think your dog finally had a breakthrough, you discover two new puddles on your floor of the living room.
- They bite and it hurts! Sharp puppy teeth are no joke and the little nips that they use to communicate can quickly become out of control if you don’t remedy it. Invest in a few high-quality chew toys and keep your boundaries consistent; they will be receiving the message sooner than later
- They don’t listen! Even as small (and big) kids, the puppies learn about the world in which they live. Learning words and commands is not something that they will learn at a young age. Patience and practice relieve your frustrations over time.
- They eat everything! Puppy learn so much by putting things in their mouths. Unfortunately, this can mean that they can get there. Keep your puppy safe by puppy-proofing your home, avoiding dangerous substances and keeping a close eye on your puppy until he is old enough to trust him with some independence.
Puppies are certainly hard work, but it is well worth it when you see the “ah” moment of recognizing a command or finally going potty-bound in the backyard instead of on your floor. Keep it for new owners and don’t forget to ask for help on everything from potty training to obedience.