The Pack Mom Puppy Survival Guide

August 11, 2014 | By | Reply More

Summer time is the perfect time for many people to add a pet to their family.  Whether adopting or purchasing, new pet parents should be ready for everything that comes along with a new pet…especially a puppy.  And, the bottom line is, poop, pee, chewing, jumping, etc will all happen at some point and most likely at inappropriate times 🙂  And, definitely, on that favorite pair of shoes or couch corner that you adore.
But, c’est la vie!  Puppies are like babies and must be loved on, trained and disciplined to become good citizens of our community.
Henry

Henry

The Pack Mom Puppy Survival Guide
House training– No matter what method you choose to use, consistency and follow through are the keys to success.  Crate training, if done correctly, can become the safe place or den for the puppy and many pet parents have success with a bell system.   Here are a few crate training tips from the Humane Society and more information on using bells at your door from Poochie Bells.
Socialization– is key to all dogs’ development and lack of socialization can lead to negative behaviors.  Start with one or two dogs that you know well. They must be good citizens, up to date on their shots and play well with others. Coordinate a small play group at one of your homes, backyards or safe fenced area and after proper introductions of the puppy to the older dogs, let the monitored play begin.
During the first few months of a puppy’s life, dog parks should be avoided.  Your puppy will need to be up to date on all shots prior to heading to the park. I would also recommend attending puppy class with your dog before a dog park visit to get a few commands under your belt.  In the future, dog parks should always be monitored closely.
Socialization with a variety of people and children is important at a very young age.  The earlier the better!
Trapper

Trapper

Exercise– many behaviors can be modified by exercise.  A tired pooch makes for a happy pet parent.  Begin by taking your puppy on short walks in the neighborhood and as the puppy gets older, increase the distance and speed of your walks.  
Mental stimulation is important as well.  Your puppy will need toys of different strengths and textures and healthy/safe chew treats to keep them engaged.  Not to mention, to redirect their behavior when chewing your favorite shoe!
Set Boundaries– from day one, it is important to not let the puppy rule the house.  Breaking a habit might be more challenging than establishing a new habit in the beginning…even though it might not seem that way in the beginning!  Puppy training classes are a great way to get the whole family on board.  Puppy training classes are held at pet stores, at veterinarians offices and at community centers.  
Hunter

Hunter

Nutrition– A nutritious diet provides your pet with many health benefits and hopefully less vet visits.  Feed the right amount!  Too much food will cause extra potty accidents and too little is not good for the puppies growth.
Having a puppy is like having a new baby in the house.  There will be potty accidents, there will be chewing and misbehavior.  Patience, a lot of love and a good sense of humor will get you through it!

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Category: Adoptables, PACK MOM TV, Pet Nutrition, PET WELLNESS, Play, Training

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Jenn Fadal is a national Pet Wellness & Lifestyle Expert. In addition to being the founder of her own holistic pet boutique, Wag, this Tampa native can be seen frequently on Media General’s Daytime Television across the country, as well as on FOX, NBC and ABC. She is also a writer and subject matter expert for various publications.

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