It was just National Puppy Day, which means that we're all thinking about puppies! While puppies are the cutest little things in the world, they can be difficult, too! If you celebrated your puppy yesterday but are still having a tough time with them, we're here to help with some tips for new puppy owners.
While your dog is still young, be sure to establish a set mealtime for them. This will get them used to a routine and will help their potty breaks stay on track. Be sure to measure out the right amount of food to help them grow and stay healthy.
Crate training is very important, especially for puppies. Make their crate feel like a cozy home instead of a punishment, so that they don't get anxious about being in their crate when they go to sleep or when you go out. Put their favorite toys, a bed, or something that smells like you in there with them.
Make sure your puppy has productive toys to play with! While stuffed toys are cute, they can get messy if your pup rips them apart. Get toys meant for tough chewers and get puzzle games to help promote brain growth. This will help them stay sharp and give them something to do when they're bored.
Your dog should do plenty of socializing while they're still a puppy. This will get them used to interacting with all different types of people and dogs while they're still developing their personality, in term, helping them to be more social later in their life! Take them on walks around the neighborhood or playdates with other dogs and puppies.
Praise Potty Time
New puppies tend to have a lot of accidents. Instead of focusing on the bad, focus on the good! If you see them start to go in the house, pick them up and take them outside. Once they go potty outside, shower them with praise so that they know they did a good job.
This is one of the most important tips - have patience! Puppies can be a lot of work, and it can get frustrating sometimes. Remember how much you love your puppy, and how committed you are to helping them grow up to be a great dog. Even when they make mistakes, you have to remember to be tough, have patience, and show them how much you love them!