best kids and puppies
You just brought the new pup home and now you are concerned he won’t get along with your kids.
This can cause anxiety in you and the pup. Sometimes introducing the pup in a quiet room and maybe letting the child give him a treat as well. This may show the pup he can trust the child. Don’t force the puppy into a meeting he isn’t ready to handle yet.
Children should be prepared and told about the new pet coming. They should ask questions about anything they are uncertain of concerning the puppy.
They should be told how to treat the new puppy so it won’t feel scared or frightened and try to bite. Read a book concerning puppy care to the child.
Show them how to pick up the puppy without hurting it. You may need to set some ground rules concerning how much the child can handle the pup.
They should know never to hit or hurt the puppy. Tell them how it may retaliate and become aggressive. Watch that they don’t step on him or pinch his ears.
Do not let the child have responsibility over the animal. They can help with feeding and playing, but an adult needs to oversee the process. Teach them to love and nurture the puppy so that it will grow into a lovable affectionate dog.
Under no circumstances should the child play tug-of-war with the puppy. This is a dominance game to the puppy and even if the child wins, the puppy thinks it is alright to play rough in the future.
Also do not the child growl or bark at he dog at this can frighten the puppy as well.
If time is taken to teach children the proper way of treating the new puppy,
everyone can live together happily most of the time. There are a few instances where the breed of dog would not allow this to happen.
Pet Care – The Hyperactive Puppy
Puppies are like children. They can get into unimaginable difficulties when their environment is not structured.
Here is a basic checklist of environmental hazards:
Puppies can open loose cupboard doors. Buy cupboard door protectors or get out the good old duct tape and make sure that the cupboards that are low either can not be broken into or do not contain hazardous elements!
Puppies can chew light cords. Arrange your home so that light cords, TV cables, computer cords, and so on, are hidden behind heavy immovable furniture or are enclosed behind barriers.
Large Breed puppies can put their front feet onto ALL the counters. Push back items that they can get into, take them off the counters, or be prepared to have your most valuable items (such as your TV remote control) dragged off and chewed!
Clothing articles can be DEADLY. I personally have known several puppies around the age of five to six months that have died from ingesting socks or chewing on scatter rugs….
fabric often balls up and creates an intestinal blockage. By the time the vet discovers it, it is too late. Don’t allow your puppy to drag around socks or old towels, take them away and substitute with a dog toy.
Common houseplants can be poisonous. Make sure you know which ones are, and keep them out of the environment where your puppy will be. You can find the poisonous ones through a quick check on the internet.
Household poisons used for insect or rodent control should be absolutely out of the question in the puppies‘ environment. Simply do not apply poisons in areas that your puppy has access to, under any circumstance!
Toys should be dog toys. Left over trucks from the kids‘ toy box are NOT GOOD. Items which have small parts which can be chewed off or swallowed are NOT GOOD.
Likewise, most bones are NOT GOOD. Vets will tell you of the numbers of surgeries they have performed to remove bone shards from the intestines of dogs.
If you must provide bones, the bigger “knucklebone” is a good choice because it will not shred off into sharp shards.
Sticks are the favorite as far as retrieving, but sticks in the mouth of running puppies are dangerous.
They can jam that stick into their throat if they run into an immovable object, OR they can take out the eye of another dog or even a child. Use good dog toys for retrieving…and be sure the toys are not too small for the dog’s mouth and can not be swallowed!
Nothing “settles down” a hyperactive puppy like a good exercise session. Do not over do, and be careful that you do not demand too much of your puppy before its young bones are ready….but go on walks, by all means.
And make these walks a time to teach your puppy the basics of polite manners…sitting when you come to street corners, not barking at strangers that you meet.
So that means these walks must be ON LEASH.
(It’s better exercise for you, that way, too!) After the “controlled” walk, a good run in a dog park, off leash, or a good swim in a nearby pond are excellent ways to burn off excess energy.
The rule of thumb for walking distance for a pup is “no longer than 20 minutes” before six months of age.
Nothing is as important in the care of a puppy as regular vet checks. Be sure that your puppy is immunized at the right times, fed well, exercised well, and spends the majority of its time in a “puppy-safe” environment….and have fun bringing up your puppy!
Tips In Naming Your Puppies
So, you finally deiced to get a puppy. You spent so many hours talking to dog breeders and surfed the Internet countless times to have the perfect puppy for you and your family.
You went from doghouses to doghouses, to dog associations, to animal societies, looking and meeting puppies until you have found the right one.
Question is: Now what? Your puppy needs a name!
Throughout his lifetime, you will use the dog’s name over 35,000 times. So, make sure that you choose a name that you and your family will use to refer to that loving dog of yours.
Here are some tips in finding the perfect name for your puppy.
Remember that dogs understand brief commands. Names should therefore be easy to remember. Names with two syllables or lesser work well.
Don’t expect that your dog would be able to respond to you immediately when you named him “John Dewey McArthur”.
The name of your puppy should not sound like the rest of the commands. For example, do not call your dog “Stacy”. It’s too close with the command “stay”. Having a name like that will only confuse the dog.
Remember that you will be using the dog’s name in public.
Remember the joke circulating in emails when someone has a dog named “Sex” and gotten the dog owner into trouble? “Boner” might be funny for your drinking buddies, but may have a different reaction when you are in a veterinarian clinic or at a park.
Ask your kids what they want to name the dog. Let them participate in name decision process. If they want to name the dog “Champ” or “Tootsie” so be it. Reserve your funky names when in front of other people.
You may believe that it would be an honor for your Uncle Tom or best friend Bobby if the dog is named after them. Maybe naming your baby after them might honor them, but naming your puppy after them won’t.
If you decided to bring home a dog that is quite older, it would be probably better to stick with its old name. But, what if the name of the dog is “Barney”, the name of your-ex whom you had a bitter breakup? Then, stick with other sounds similar to it.
Once you’ve picked a name, see if it works out. You will know if that works. If not, then there are tons of dog names available to replace it.
With these tips, naming your puppy would be fun.
Puppy Training – The Importance of Early Puppy Training
That sweet little bundle of fur you brought home for the kids is getting bigger now, and needs to learn some manners.
At what point does its nibbling on your fingers stop being cute? When do its “accidents” start being on purpose? How do you know when it’s a good time to start training your puppy?
Some experts have recently begun to suggest that the training process starts before the puppy is born. In the past, the prenatal period wasn’t considered in the social development of dogs because the unborn puppies couldn’t be observed.
The availability of the ultrasound machine shed new light on what happens in the womb as early as the fourth week of gestation.
Scientist theorize that since puppies’ are responsive to touch at birth, their conditioning to touch begins before they’re born, possibly by nudges from the pregnant mother.
Studies show that the offspring of pregnant animals are calmer and easier socialized when the mother is regularly petted.
In roughly the first 14 days of a puppy’s life it may be able to learn some associations, such as recognizing a human caregiver, but it is still so mentally undeveloped that anything he learns isn’t likely to carry over to progressive stages of development.
During the three to 12-week period the puppy begins to pick up on social behaviors. Playful wrestling, curiosity and even mimicking sexual behavior is an important part of teaching the puppy its place in the family.
It’s also important that the puppy has plenty of time with its mother and littermates, where the mother will teach it to play well with others.
Puppies can learn tricks and basic commands, such as sit and stay as early as eight weeks of age. At this point, it’s only limited by its still-developing coordination, concentration and physical stamina.
Obedience classes are a good place for pet owners to learn how to communicate with their animals.
Some trainers offer socialization classes as soon as the puppy is established in its permanent home, but obedience classes typically want the animal to have at least started getting its initial vaccinations first, usually around three to six months of age.
The longer training is put off, the more difficult it will be for both dog and handler, especially if the dog has already begun to pick up bad habits. It’s easier to instill good behavior than to try to deprogram bad behavior.
The emotional maturity and stability of the dog is equally important as the age factor in deciding when to start the training process.
Often the handler focuses too heavily on making sure the dog understands the commands being issued and doesn’t pay enough attention to the information the dog is sending.
This is counterproductive, because an animal that is stress, scared, confused or distracted will not learn efficiently.
Train Your Dog Following These Easy Steps
How can you get your dog to quit barking at everything that walks by or to stop jumping on the kids when they play in the back yard? Unfortunately,
not everyone has a reasonably-priced dog trainer living next door. There are some things you can try on your own.
Dogs usually respond well to physical rewards when being trained. Almost all dogs have an extremely large capacity for love.
That makes them respond very well to rewards like belly scratching, back petting and brushing. Your dog wants to be loved and greatly appreciates you giving him affection. Show your happiness with his success this way.
Some training techniques advise that you give your dog a treat as a reward for good performance. This is a great method, but be sure you’re not giving your dog a treat every time they perform the task.
If you do, they come to expect the treat each time and when you stop with the treats, the obedience stops as well. Instead give the dog a treat randomly so that they don’t begin to expect when they get a treat.
If you are trying to train a teething puppy not to chew on your clothing or belongings, give it an appropriate item on which to chew.
Teething puppies have an instinctive need to chew, in order to relieve the pain. However, don’t give your puppy old shoes or clothing, as they will learn that those items are okay to chew on.
To train a dog careful thought is required by the owner. Before beginning to train a dog one should plan out what their command words are going to be to be the most effective.
Words that are not commonly used will help them stick out for the dog. If one knows another language that can also offer more words and sounds to use in training the dog.
One tip to keep in mind when training your dog is that there is a difference between discipline and anger. This is important because your dog only understands right or wrong commands. Your anger will only scare and confuse the dog if it isn’t directly related to a behavior you wish to modify.
Before you ever get a dog, be sure that you have everything you need. You should have: sturdy food and water bowls; a good quality of dry dog food; a comfortable bed; a crate/kennel in the right size for the dog you plan to get; and an appropriate leash and collar or harness.
By having everything in place, you will avoid a lot of rushing around and uncertainty with a new dog or puppy. This will help everybody settle in better.
When you are house training your puppy, remember, what goes in, must come out. To keep your puppies toiletry habits regular, feed him a high quality food 2-3 times a day at the same time each day.
This will give you an idea of when to take your puppy out and lessen the chance of accidents.
Now that you have successfully graduated from training, you and your dog will be much happier. As you probably have discovered, there are a multitude of ways and means of training.
Whichever you choose, either singularly or multiple accesses, you can now hold your head high knowing that your dog is well-behaved.
Weaning Puppies Is Only Natural
Fact is, weaning puppies is an easy, logical process.
Sometimes people get impatient and try to begin weaning puppies before they’re three weeks old.
The alternative food you offer them should be liquid or semi-liquid so it’s easy for them to swallow and digest. Solid food won’t work for them yet.
If you approach weaning puppies like this, the process should be simple, painless and easy. Expect to see them completely weaned by the time they’re six to eight weeks old.
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