Puppies are adorable, sweet, loving and fun to play with. Make no mistake, however, puppies are a lot of work. As a new member of the household, there are some steps you should take to ensure that your adoption is successful for both your family and your new dog.
Topics: Puppy Behavior
With spring just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about getting outside and stretching your legs. If you have a dog, then chances are your dog would enjoy burning off some energy as well. The good news is that you don’t have to stick with the same old choices like jogging or playing catch.
Nothing beats cuddling with your pup in front of the fireplace. But as good as that sounds, winter brings unique challenges both for pets and pet owners. Even if your dog is a cold-loving breed, you need to make sure that you take extra care during the winter.
“Use a pee pad,” the breeder said. “Puppies take to pee pads quickly,” your vet said. And while everyone you know swears by the pads, what most forget to tell you is that sometimes puppies will chew on, shred and proudly drag the used pad around the room. That leaves you with a trail of urine and shredded pad to clean up. That’s no fun. The good news is, you can stop the chewing and shredding and get your puppy back on track with just a few training tips.
Eco-friendly dog pee pads aren’t just good for the planet, they’re good for you and your dog too! You’d hope that all puppy pads would be safe for your dog, and eco-friendly, but they’re not. Many contain materials that aren’t pet-friendly, like bleach and dyes. Others are made through a non-eco-friendly manufacturing process. That’s why it’s important to know what goes into the puppy pad you’re buying and just what exactly it means when you hear ‘eco-friendly puppy pad.
Older dogs are like older people - it’s sometimes difficult to get to the bathroom in time. However, incontinence in older dogs can be a sign of an underlying medical issue or disease.
Dogs wiggle into our hearts at all ages. The joy of watching a puppy discover the world is truly exciting, but there’s a lot to be said for adopting older dogs too. With older dogs, we get a good sense of who they are, their personality and maturity. We get to skip the house training and extra hours of being a baby dog pet parent and skip directly to the joy of having a grown companion and protector. For the most part, we know what and who we’re getting in an adult dog.
Having a new puppy is a lot like having a new baby - you know you’re not going to get much sleep until they learn to sleep through the night. Teaching a puppy how to self-soothe, along with what bedtime really means, can go a long way in ensuring you both get the sleep you need. So how do you teach your puppy good sleeping habits? Make sure they:
If your puppy is peeing in their crate, even if you’re giving them frequent outdoor potty breaks, rest assured you’re not alone in your frustration. Other pet owners have the same problem. By understanding your puppy’s needs, adjusting your expectations, and making a few changes to your routine and theirs, you can stop the peeing and successfully potty train your puppy.
Although puppies don’t speak our language, they do have common behaviors and body language that they use to get our attention. They can and will let us know what they want from us if we pay attention and learn to interpret their behavior, cries, and actions.