Puppies are a huge commitment, regardless of how cute they are! These furry fluff balls start out as nipping, yipping, pooping, peeing, yappy, snappy whirlwinds and it’s YOUR responsibility to turn them into happy, healthy and safe dogs. Not much to ask, huh?
Training your puppy to grow into a confident, calm dog takes time, effort and lots of patience to make sure that he doesn’t develop any behavioural issues. Sadly, once the novelty cute factor has worn off when puppies reach adolescence, behavioural issues land many dogs in the local shelter or stuck in the garden by themselves for the rest of their lives.
It’s important to consider whether you have the time and patience to spend in training your puppy in being a ‘good boy’ before you bring him home. Make sure you do your research and everybody in the household is on board in helping socialise and care for your puppy and you are well on your way to having a positively perfect pup!
Before You Get Your Puppy
They are adorable, cute and just fantastic however puppies are also a huge commitment. Is getting a puppy right for me? What do I need to do before I bring my puppy home? These are the kind of questions we will be answering in the articles below:
- Is getting a puppy right for you?
- Adoption versus buying from a breeder
- Introducing a new puppy to your current dog
- Tips on Introducing cats and puppies
Preparing To Bring Your Puppy Home
You have just made probably the best decision of your life in getting a puppy 🙂 There are several things you should be aware of though before you bring your puppy home. The articles in this section will help you get your home ready and prepared for your new puppy.
- What is the correct age to get a puppy
- How to puppy proof your home
Training A Puppy
OK so you have a new puppy. The first thing I am sure you will notice is that it pees everywhere! There is some training I recommend you do right away in order to ensure it is manageable having a puppy in your home and to ensure they grow up to be happy, well behaved doggies.
- When is the best time to start training a puppy
- Basic commands and cues to train a puppy
- House training your puppy
Feeding A Puppy
Puppies grow at an extraordinary rate and need a lot of food to help them do it! Food for puppies is different from adult food as they have special requirements such as protein, calcium and calories. The below articles will give you all the knowledge you need to raise a healthy puppy.
- Feeding a puppy
- Best puppy food
- Best high end puppy food
Puppy Health and Care
This subject covers a multitude of different sub-topics. So much so that we have an entirely different section devoted to health and care for dogs. The next articles, however, provide an overview of the specific care needed during the first few months of your dog’s life.
- Top 10 Puppy Care Tips
- Puppy growth and stages
- How much exercise should a puppy have?
- All you need to know about puppy vaccinations
- Puppy Teething
In this section we take a look at puppy behaviour and cover the most important aspects that you need to be aware of so that you can raise a happy and well rounded dog.
- Controlling Biting & Jumping Up
- Raising Your Puppy
Socialisation, or ‘learning to behave appropriately in social situations’, is a hugely important part of your puppy’s training. Get this bit wrong and you could be setting you and your puppy up for years of stress.
It’s super important to expose your puppy to as many different sights, sounds, smells and experiences with people and other animals as possible.
Socialisation begins as soon as you bring your puppy home. Meeting the postman, saying hi to visitors and travelling to the vet for a check up is all part of your puppy’s socialisation. The first few weeks of a puppy’s life requires intensive socialisation to ensure problems do not arise later in life.
Read these articles to discover why socialisation of your puppy is so important and how to go about it.
- What is puppy socialiation and why is it important?
- Tips on socialising your puppy