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HERE ARE A FEW USEFULL TIPS THAT MAY HELP YOU
What to buy
It’s much easier to get what you need for your new puppy in advance, rather than dashing out when he’s come home because you’ve forgotten something. Here’s a reminder of some useful items:
■Puppy crate (if using) I would recomend a crufts freedon pen which you can buy on line from www.croftonline.co.uk
■Dog bed and bedding
■Food and water bowls – one for each
■Food – it’s best to stick with the one he’s used to, at least at the start I recomend www.fish4dogs.com or www.happydoguk.com
■Collar and lead, plus dog tag
■Brush and comb
Setting up home
Decide in advance where your new member of your famerly is going to eat and sleep – they will need peace and quiet for both. A puppy crate/pen is ideal, or somewhere like the utility room or a room that is not used too often – just make sure anything your pup might be tempted to chew is out of the way!
Just like human babies, puppies need their sleep – so don’t disturb him when he’s napping, and make sure he has somewhere quiet and comfortable to snooze out of the way of a busy household. they will also need to learn where to go to the toilet, what meal times are all about, how to play nicely with children or other pets in the house, which toys are theres, what they are allowed to do and what’s out of bounds. And of course, They will have to visit the vets for a check-up and vaccinations, as well as learning to wear a collar, walk on a lead, come when they are called, and other basic commands, all of which are going to keep thim (and you!) pretty busy for the next few months.
Why training your puppy is important
However delightful your puppy is, never forget that he’s going to grow up – and to be a happy, well-adjusted adolescent and adult dog, he needs good training. Your training methods should always be kind, calm and reward-based – never shout or hit, because that will simply upset him.
A common reason for young dogs to end up in rescue is poor training – their first owners weren’t prepared to spend the time getting them to behave properly, and often give up on them. So it’s clear that training is essential. You can teach yourself via books or the internet, but a great place to start is at puppy socialisation classes at your vets or via local dog groups.
With house training, the key is to identify the place where you want your puppy to go, take him there often, and every time he performs make a huge fuss of him, with praise and treats. Take him out frequently – after play, feeding, exercise, entertainment, first thing in the morning, last thing at night, and at least once an hour. Stay with him, so you can reward him there and then, and if nothing happens wait a few minutes before you bring him in and then try again in an hour. Accidents will happen, especially at night time. If you are there when it’s happening, interrupt him and take him out to the right place, and reward him then. Don’t punish him if you weren’t there, because he won’t understand. Puppy crates can help with house training, because he won’t go where he sleep. Finally, if you take him out for a walk, make sure you keep going after he’s done his stuff – because he needs his exercise and fun just as much as he needs to ‘go’.
Chewing is a part of puppy teething – you can’t stop it, but you can give him some good chew toys (some of which you can stuff with food or treats, so he has a built-in reward) and make sure he can’t get at anything you don’t want him to chew.
Puppy proofing your home
Getting down to your puppy’s level can help dog-proof your house. Imagine he’s a toddler and make sure the puppy can’t get hold of anything he shouldn’t – trailing wires, unstable shelves, bottles of bleach, medicines, even houseplants. If you don’t want him to have it, or it’s potentially harmful – move it! Check the garden too – look out for puppy-sized holes in hedges or fences, and make sure pesticides are locked away.
Finally remember that when you get your puppy home he is going to experience lots of new things. Travelling by car, being left alone and meeting new people for example can all be new and frightening situations for a puppy.
How to socialise your puppy
The more different experiences, people and places your puppy sees, the better! Puppy socialisation, as it’s called, means getting your puppy used to the great wide world, and teaching him his place in it so that he knows how to behave and doesn’t get frightened or even worse, aggressive, in certain situations.
His mum should already have taught him the basics – and after his vaccinations you can carry on the good work. Puppy classes are great for socialisation – ask at your vets for details, or check out local dog training groups. To accustom your puppy to new noises, your vet can advise you on special CDs with which puppies can be exposed to many of the sounds he may later face.