As a new dog owner, it’s key to meet your dog’s basic needs, including veterinary care, food, water, shelter, and toys.
Puppies! What could be cuter than a roly-poly bundle of fluff who wants to be loved?
When you bring a puppy home, you start with a blank slate.
You are responsible for turning that cute ball of fluff into a well-mannered dog.
Use DogsBestLife.com’s Puppy 101 guide, to get your puppy started on the right paw.
Puppy-proof your home: Puppies are notoriously curious, adventurous and sometimes downright mischievous, so it’s crucial to prepare. Puppy-proof your house to make it safe for your puppy.
Start puppy socialization immediately: Puppy socialization helps dogs learn to respond positively to problems and challenges by demonstrating appropriate behavior.
Understand your puppy's growth timeline: By knowing what to expect at different ages and stages, you can be prepared as the owner to plan for training and socialization activities.
Puppy potty training: Start puppy potty training techniques early. Old thinking suggested owners wait until the dog was 12 weeks old. New thinking recommends starting sooner.
Stop puppy biting: Work with your dog and use four simple tips to eliminate puppy biting: discipline, distraction, firm commands, and no rough play.
Train your puppy to walk on a leash: Keep puppy walks short and fun. Be patient. Take the time and make an effort now, and you will never dread walking your dog.
Stop puppy jumping: Break your puppy's jumping habit with the sit-stay command. Use positive reinforcement training to get good canine behavior.
Before you get a child a dog, make sure you have the time, energy, and financial resources to care for a new family member.
Raising a puppy takes a lot of work and patience. Use DogsBestLife.com’s Puppy Training 101 guide to help get your puppy started on the right paw.
Tips for first-time dog owners include stocking up on the products that you absolutely need for a new dog.
Puppy games can be fun for both of you. They also help prevent boredom and provide a fun, easy way to teach your puppy basic commands.
Use puppy bonding games to strengthen key skills that every pup should have including coming when called and sitting when asked.
To make sure you’re ready for a puppy, use this checklist to be sure you can take on the commitment and responsibility.
For dog training success, use positive reinforcement, punishment-free training. Reward your dog with positive feedback when their behavior is appropriate.
Follow tips to make your puppy’s first night easier: Create a routine, establish a sleep location, and make a plan if your fur baby whines.
Prepare for puppy: Get your house ready, hold a family meeting, buy supplies, get a license, and hire a dog trainer.