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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.
Raising a puppy takes work and patience. Use DogsBestLife.com’s Puppy Training 101 guide to give your puppy the best possible start in life.
You can potty train a puppy in as little as two weeks with consistency and patience. Full housebreaking may take up to three months.
It generally takes between 6 months to a year to fully train a puppy, including potty training, crate training, basic commands and more.
Discover simple tips from using bitter apple to dog-safe chew toys to stop your dog from inappropriate chewing. Just don’t give your dog anything harmful.
Use these tips to create a furever home for your new pet. Get the right supplies, establish a schedule, and make your home safe and secure.
When is a dog no longer a puppy? Use six key indicators: age, attention span, size, teeth, sleeping patterns, and behavior.
Keep your dog hydrated and happy with one ounce of water per pound of body weight. Puppies may need more for activity and development.
Learn what factors to consider during your dog’s adjustment period and get practical advice on fostering a lasting bond.
Navigating your puppy’s dietary needs can be tricky. Don’t worry — use our tips for feeding a puppy. Set a healthy feeding schedule.