Getting a new puppy is an exciting time in you and your family’s life. They are absolutely adorable and can bring an instant smile to your face. That said, they are also a lot of work and you need to start training them as soon as they arrive in your home. One of the first things that they need to learn is toilet training. It can be a stressful time with a lot of mess and accidents however there are a few things that you can do or use which will make your job a lot easier.
1. DESIGNATE A SPOT: Designate a specific spot for your puppy to go to the toilet. If you have an outdoor area, make it the garden. If you are live in an apartment, place puppy training pads or news paper on a tiled area such as a balcony, laundry or bathroom.
TIP: A good tip is to ‘scent-mark’ this place. Place a bit of fabric with the puppy’s urine in the designated spot the first time you take them there. This will encourage your dog to go there.
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All dog owners have to face the same guilt-inducing obstacle when they leave their home for work or play. It is the heart-melting, sad-eyed face of their loving canine companion watching them leave him or her behind. It’s enough to make a person want to call out sick and cancel all social pursuits. The one I face belongs to a chestnut colored Beagle-Chow Chow mix named Boone, and it is a sullen faced look to be reckoned with. So I look forward to the warmer time of year when outdoor activities are abundant and pet friendly. Being a resident of Southern New Jersey, my location of choice is the Jersey Shore.
In the Atlantic City and Somers Point areas of Atlantic County, New Jersey, there is a selection of dog friendly locations just a short distance from each other that can accommodate a traveling canine and its person for a full day of seaside revelry. All dog lovers need do is pack theirs and their furry travel companion’s essentials in a tote bag and head on down the Atlantic City Expressway towards the beach.
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It’s Christmas season again. The time of year when so many families consider putting a puppy under the tree as a surprise. Dogs can be a wonderful addition to your life, but they come with an enormous amount of responsibility. When considering a puppy, this responsibility is greatly magnified. Far too many dogs are left at shelters or abandoned to the streets because their owners were unprepared for the time, effort and expense that go along with pet ownership. Answer these five questions honestly before you decide to bring a puppy into your home.
Do I have time for a puppy? Puppies require a lot of attention throughout their entire day. Someone needs to be home with them most of the time. It is not acceptable to leave a puppy alone in a crate all day while you go to work, even if you plan to return home over lunch to take them outside. This is a pack animal that has been recently taken from its family. It needs regular handling and attention so it may bond with its new pack, (your family) and will not do well being alone. Too much alone time will lead to house-breaking struggles and destructive behavior problems that can be difficult to rectify.
Does my home provide the right environment? A house with a safe, fenced, back yard is ideal. Your new puppy will need to be taken outside as frequently as every half hour when it is awake to prevent potty accidents. If you live on the 20th floor of a high-rise apartment building this can be a significant problem. Also take into account the activity level of your home. Puppies feed off of the energy level around them. Calm dogs come from calm environments. Loud parties can over-stimulate or even stress and frighten your puppy. Careless people coming and going a lot can allow your puppy to slip out and become lost, injured or killed. Puppies belong in stable family homes, not loud chaotic frat houses.
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