Prepare for your new pet to ensure they experience a smooth transition to your home. Give them time and attention to build a healthy 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.
Puppy-proof your home by using puppy pads, covering cords, securing trash, eliminating puppy poisons, and creating a busy bag.
Puppy feeding guide: Know what, when and how much to feed your pup. Growing puppies have important dietary needs that you need to manage.
For puppy potty training success, set a potty training puppy routine, read your dog’s cues, give him lots of opportunities, and consider crate training.
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.
The key to crate training a puppy is to project the idea that the crate or kennel is their castle, or in a dog’s world, their den.
Work with your dog and use simple tips on how to stop a puppy from biting: discipline, distraction, firm commands, and no rough play.
The Rat Terrier makes a terrific pet for families with young children or for senior citizens. They need 30-60 minutes of exercise per day.
German shepherds are fun, loyal dogs that are great pets for families with children. Because they were bred to work and perform high-performance tasks, they need constant exercise to be happy and healthy.
Older dogs usually accept a new dog, but some struggle. Let the dogs work it out. Step in only if the situation could become violent.