Pet Care

Training

Physical Exercise

Although some dogs need more physical exercise than others and some dogs might need more mental exercise, all dogs need sufficient daily off-leash exercise. Please make sure that your dog is in a safe environment.
  • A puppy should not have more than 20 to 30 minutes of leash walking at a time - in other words, no long hikes or 5 mile walks with them until they are over a year.

  • If they get tired when playing in the yard or house, they will stop and lay down.

Proper Training

It is best to start training your puppy immediately but smoothly. Dogs are pack animals and are looking to you for leadership and guidance when they join your pack. It can be very exciting and rewarding when your pup learns something new! Along with potty training the first few days, you can also start teaching them a few commands. Starting at minutes a session.
  • Some cues you can start with are “place”, “sit”, “down”, “stay”, “crate or house” and “go potty”.
  • You can do these on your own or you can have a trainer come to your home and help you or watch some videos together so each of the family members are using the same commands and sounds.
  • It is important to enroll your puppy in a puppy kindergarten class or puppy school once your vet has given you the go ahead that your puppy is finished with its vaccinations and is safe from Parvovirus. They will get to socialize, start learning self-control and begin on basic obedience tasks and many more benefits.

Proper Training

  • Crate training is strongly suggested to use as a great tool to help aid you in potty training. Puppies will rarely potty where they sleep. If you cannot watch your puppy or it is nap time, tuck them into their crate.
  • In the beginning you need to carry them right outside having the leash ready to snap on when you put them down in their potty spot. If you don’t carry them, they sometimes squat after just a few steps!
  • When your puppy has an accident, just clean it up thoroughly after taking puppy out. Try not to react. Rubbing their nose in it, yelling is not beneficial and can be harmful to your puppy’s progress.

Depending on your bedtime schedule,

  • Last feeding of the day is around 3 to 4 hours before bedtime.
  • Remove food and water 2-3 hours before your bedtime to allow the puppy a greater chance of holding it all night. Your puppy’s bladder will not be fully developed until he or she reaches five months old.
  • If you do have to take your puppy out during the night, use caution not
    make this a play session. Keep it strictly “business” (as little talking and interaction as possible).
  • Praise the potty behavior and put your puppy right back into the crate. These puppies are very bright and if they know that you will get up in the middle of the night to play, talk sweetly and love on them, they will start waking you for this extra special attention. In general, your pup will need to potty every 30 minutes as well as after a nap, vigorous play, exiting the crate and following meals Then you can build your time up as they are successful. When in doubt, just take your puppy out! There are many good training methods for this period in your puppy’s life. If your breeder recommended one, using it will help you save lots of time and challenges.

Socializing and Developmental Stages

You should be cautious of Parvovirus, a highly contagious and very dangerous virus that can live in any environment for years and can be easily tracked into your own house on your shoes. It is a good idea to clean your house before your puppy comes home and keep your shoes at the door. Using a bleach solution of 1: 28 kills parvovirus. Use caution and avoid areas with other dogs such as puppy play parks or walking areas. Brief and safe socializing is important to the proper development of a puppy.
  • Let your vet tell you when it is safe for your puppy to be out and about.
  • Steer clear of other unknown dogs and any areas populated by puppies and other dogs until your veterinarian has administered your puppy’s vaccinations.
  • Once your puppy is finished its vaccinations and your vet gives you the go ahead, having your puppy around other people, dogs, new locations, in the car, stores that allow dogs etc. will create a much happier, well-socialized dog. You will be so proud and it will be a joy to take your pup with you on the go, and your puppy will enjoy and excel meeting new people and visiting new places.

This is a very exciting time for you and your family and your new puppy! Remember the puppy is still a “baby” and having to learn and adjust to so many things.

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