Before bringing home a puppy

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Dogs are a great addition to your family if you want a loyal companion who’s always happy to see you when you walk in the door. Dogs are fun and loving but also need a lot of care, especially if they are young. Bringing a puppy into your home comes with many challenges. People who’ve never had a dog, specifically a young one, may not understand what a commitment it is to care for them and train them.  This post features several important things to know before bringing home a puppy.

Supervision is key when bringing home a puppy

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In some ways having a puppy is like having a toddler. They need nearly constant supervision when they’re young. They can get into stuff and destroy things in your house. Plus, puppies are very curious. They can get themselves into trouble in no time. Using baby gates, puppy playpens, and crates can keep your puppy safe when you aren’t able to keep an eye on them. Consider puppy-proofing your home, or, at least one room of your house.  Remover or lock up harmful items, such as electrical cords, chemicals, and small objects that a puppy could choke on.  

Training is important 

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An untrained dog can be a terror in your home. Potty training a puppy can be very stressful. However, it’s one of the first tasks you’ll want to complete when you bring your puppy home. Consistency and routine are important. Puppies need to potty a lot, especially after they eat and when they wake up from a nap. Reward your pup when they potty in the desired area with praise and treats so they know they’re doing a good job. Basic obedience training teaches your dog to respect you and obey your commands.  While some people choose to take their puppy to a professional trainer, you can teach them basic commands at home with a little patience and consistency.  

Bringing a dog into your family is very rewarding. In many homes, the dog is a part of the family just like everyone else. But puppies come with many challenges that first-time dog owners may not be aware of. Puppies are cute and funny, but they can also be destructive. Understanding the importance of supervision and proper training is a key factor to success.

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