Now that you’ve gotten that new puppy, you might be wondering what’s next.
Today, discover some puppy-dog basics to get you off to a good start with your new fuzzy buddy.
In this episode, you will learn a great way to begin socializing your new puppy.
- Puppies are problems!
- Why do you get puppies in the first place?
- Puppies/Dogs are a big business
- It is very appealing to get a puppy because they are very cute
- Because this is such a business, dog breeders are starting to overbreed
- There are also designer breeds: dogs with certain designer things that are pleasing to an owner, example: no shed dogs
- Regardless of laws or restrictions, the dog breeding business is worsening
- People get puppies mainly because it’s an impulse buy
- Puppies – we have a tendency to want to take them to test responsibility before starting a family or getting their child a puppy so they can take on the responsibility
- Results from getting a puppy you may or may not be aware of prior to:
- Puppy teeth are sharp
- During the weening process puppies need to break down meat for digestive purposes
- They will eventually lose these teeth due to age
- You will need to feed your puppy different then you would when it becomes an adult
- You should not switch their food until they are about 75% developed
- Ask your vet when it would be a good time to switch
- Puppies require lots of exercise
- A young puppy could sleep 18-20 hours a day
- Their sleep is very important as it can wreak havoc on your own sleeping time
- Bones don’t fully develop until 12-24 months of age
- Intentional exercise – creating a strong bond and making intentional time to spend together
- A dog should be exercised for 15 minutes per month of age twice a day – for a 3-month old dog you need to work him 4 minutes at a time 2x day
- Doing structured things such as walk around the block or visiting friends with your dog
- Work with your dog for 15 minutes per month of age twice a day
- How can I make this dog a very good part of the family and part of my everyday activities
- Work with your dog on things you enjoy doing
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