Help For New Puppy Owners

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puppy in waterEven experienced dog owners sometimes feel overwhelmed with the challenges of training a new puppy. Their energy, enthusiasm and ability to make trouble and messes exceeds most of our memories and patience. Here is a great article that lists a number of tips including Number 1. Get a Crate!  Crate training is the smartest thing a dog owner can do and since dogs are basically descendant of cave dwellers, they all adjust real well to the idea.


It’s around day two of life with a new puppy that most people start to ask themselves, “what the hell have I gotten myself into?”

When you bring a puppy home, you are suddenly faced with obnoxious puppy behavior like whining, biting, jumping, chewing, and pooping on the carpet.

And if you’ve done any research at all, you know that proper care and training is critical during a puppy’s first few months. The things your puppy experiences now are going to affect him for the rest of his life. No pressure, right?

Between managing the puppy’s destructive tendencies, worrying about stuff like vaccinations and socialization, and dealing with well-intentioned but often incorrect advice from friends, family, and TV shows, a puppy parent can get a little overwhelmed.

So here are some bite-sized puppy tips to get you through the next few months. Bookmark this page so you can refer to it later on, when the sleep deprivation has set in and you can’t remember the difference between a clicker and a Kong.
1. Get a crate. It makes housetraining incredibly easy.

2. Let your puppy sleep in your bedroom, at least for the first few nights. This whole experience is scary for a pup. Don’t make him sleep in the laundry room. Put the crate next to your bed so you can reassure him.”

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