Correct Puppy Raising
Looking back Over the years, I have raised many puppies, and made many discoveries along the way.
1. House training is easy with a crate or other confinement, like a puppy pen. Hitting, rubbing noses in poop and so on are so outdated that you may as well operate on babies without anesthetic if you still believe this.
2. Puppies need to chew. Provide lots of toys, chews, empty toilet paper rolls and old t shirts plaited into chews. Put valuable away.
3. if you see your puppy with something of yours, use a reward to take it away and deflect attention. Don’t hit or shout at your puppy. He doesn’t know what’s right or wrong and hitting him only serves to teach him that you are a little unpredictable……this facts later training like a recall….why come to you if he may get hit? Why surrender an object if you are going to punish him?
4. Attend puppy classes
5. If you don’t want your puppy to sleep on the couch, bed, or go into areas of your house, start like that in the beginning. It’s unfair to offer something and remove it just because your puppy is getting older or bigger
5. Honestly, if you work all day and want your dog to live outside, even at night, don’t get a dog. How much time can you spend with him or her honestly? Rather volunteer to walk dogs at a shelter, and cuddle them. A life left in a garden with only a little attention isn’t a life. Allow your dog to spend night time inside with you and your family.
6. If you plan on getting a puppy, plan on sleepless nights, comforting, training poop, wee, chewed stuff, holes, garden destruction, and disruption. If you can’t bear that….get a cat.
7. Unless you are certain of your puppies parentage, adult size is always a guess. Consider your size options carefully. It’s unfair to return a puppy because it turns out the wrong size. It’s not a shoe.
8. Don’t get a puppy for your two year old. Just don’t. Rather get a toy for them to cuddle. Children are not able to really do much with dogs until they are much older and able to take care of one and enjoy it. Getting a Labrador for your toddler is akin to having another baby to entertain the one you have.
9. All puppies are cute. They all become dogs. For a long time. If you haven’t got up to 18 years to commit to a dog then don’t.
The most important thing I’ve realized is that there are millions of unwanted dogs and puppies. For every one we save, there are ten who never find homes, and never get love. Don’t breed. Sterilize. Save a life.
An article by trainer Mandy Barrett – The Dog Guru