Bringing home a puppy to be a part of your family, is a wonderfully generous thing to do. A new life and personality that enters your home as a permanent resident in your home is a life changing moment for both your family and dog. As you’re finalizing your decision of owning a dog, you should be spare a few thoughts for how the dog will integrate and adapt into your family and home. A lot of care is involved as the puppy will be weak, fragile and needs constant looking after, around the clock without fail. However, it will benefit your physical and mental health, because it’s such a rewarding and pleasurable act of owning a dog. As time goes on, if you train your pet from puppy to dog, it will adjust to the role any subordinate pack animal plays; that means loyalty, understanding, obeying your commands, and possessing a friendly nature to your family and strangers alike.
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Resting and sleeping
Once you get the little one home, start thinking of creating its own corner or space in your home. You should establish an area for activities which is not so far from the sleeping area. Create a confined area close by you where you can keep your eyes on them. Inside the confined space, they must have a resting object, in other words, something like a leather dog bed on which they can feel safe as he/she dozes off. The material on which the puppy lays on shouldn’t overheat their bodies, yet softly hug them as they lay, so leather is a great spring material. Additionally, the cushion or bed should be able to give way and not be tough to press inward; so a poly fibre filling is also is more than adequate.
After arriving home, your puppy will be hungry and looking for energy. Before you set off home, ask the breeder or shelter from you either bought or adopted him or her, what kind of food they have been feeding the puppy. Whatever type of food or dog food brand they inform you of, that’s the food you should be giving. Ask them how you could emulate the place in which they have been living so your home is more comfortable for the dog. Something new might spook the dog and put them off their senses, and while the puppy is in a vulnerable state, a routine will reassure them. While he/she is eating, give them praise and gently stroke them. Your pup will need feeding 3-4 times a day until it is four months old when it can eat at normal times.
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Early house training
After around 20 minutes of your dog finishing a meal, take your dog outside and gently play with them, and get them to move around to help digestion. It’s important to know your puppy’s age as this will give you an indication of how developed their digestive system is, and as a general rule, a two-month-old pup will need around two and a half hours before they’re ready to go to the toilet. Around that time, take them outside and when it does, give it praise; this is the early stage of house training.