Learn what factors to consider during your dog’s adjustment period and get practical advice on fostering a lasting bond.
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.
Aggressive puppy warnings: Never excuse or ignore the behavior of an aggressive puppy! Without help, there is little doubt an aggressive puppy will become a dangerous dog!
How much food does my puppy need? When’s the best time to feed?
Navigating your puppy’s dietary needs can be tricky. Don’t worry — use our tips for feeding a puppy. Set a healthy feeding schedule.
When should I start training my puppy?
Caring for a puppy requires more than just cuddles, you also must invest time in puppy training either on your own or with a trainer.
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