Whether your new puppy is going to be your best pal, your work mate, your fitness buddy or ‘the kid’s responsibility’ its important to get them settled in for everyone’s sake.
1. SETTLING IN
When bringing a puppy home you may find that he or she is a little unsettled at first as they will be used to sleeping with their brothers and sisters. A great tip is to wrap a hot water bottle in a towel so they have something warm to snuggle at night that simulates the warmth of their pack mates. Putting a ticking clock in the room can also help imitate their little beating hearts.
2. TACKLE THE NIPPING PHASE
Most puppies go through a bit of nipping phase which, when they’re young isn’t very painful to us humans but no one wants a biting dog so it’s important to teach your puppy that this is bad behaviour. Believe it or not naughty puppies respond really well to being ignored (much like naughty humans) so try showing your pup that this is not the right way to get your attention.
Puppies also bite because they are teething, in this instance replacing you hand or favourite pair of shoes with a dog toy can often help relieve the discomfort as well as showing them the difference between a plaything and your footwear.
3. REINFORCE YOUR ALPHA STATUS
One of the first and most important things to teach your new furry friend is to come when he or she is called which will help reinforce your status as the alpha dog in the pack and help with future training too. Although they won’t get it straight away, when they do it right, shower them with praise and reward them with some fun and games – they will pick it up in no time!
The most important thing to remember with puppy care is to do your research and make sure you have a good understanding of the needs of your specific breed at their age.
When they’re old enough, PitPat is a great fitness companion for any dog to help you ensure they are getting the exercise they need to lead a healthy and happy lifestyle.