Advice For Puppy Owners
Honestly, some sage advice for puppy owners
is fairly simple. Everyone deserves a happy, adjusted dog. Truth be told, it just doesn’t happen by itself. A lot of work goes into socializing your puppy, and for good reason. Is there anything worse than an obnoxious or aggressive dog yapping non-stop, or running wildly out of control? It kind of reminds me of the last restaurant I was at, but it was kids acting out, not dogs.
Why is socialization of your pup so important anyway? This one
aspect of development sets the stage for later growth. Up until 20 weeks of age (5 months), this is the most important developmental period in your dog's life. Exposure is key. Make sure your puppy is around as many things as possible, including people, children, other pets, and noises such as vacuum cleaners and washing machines.
This may sound as simple advice for puppy owners but it's important advice just the same. Handle your puppy a lot and don't be afraid to allow others to gently handle her as well. Try to make experiences happy and don't forget to reward her for a job well done! One key component that will help your puppy learn new behaviors is to have on hand some of her favorite treats and positively reward her for calm and confident behavior. Don’t be in any rush to conquer her fears; remember small baby steps are huge accomplishments for a puppy.
Finally, exposure to children is very important too, and will set the stage for a lifetime filled with love and kisses. Remember that until your puppy is fully vaccinated, it's important that she only socializes with other dogs that are fully vaccinated too. This advice for puppy owners is very important to remember. Please try to avoid taking your puppy to community areas such as dog parks or other areas where dogs are allowed to roam. You can never be too careful with a puppy and you never know if other dogs have been fully vaccinated.
Puppies are wonderful and fun. They bring a basket full of happiness to your family, but they take a lot of work and time.