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Socializing your new puppy

Socializing your new puppy: five things you need to remember


Your new puppy needs socialization


Congratulations! You've added a new member to your family. Aside from all the love and affection you want to shower over your new puppy, it's important to remember that your new friend needs a great deal of attention so they can grow into a well behaved lifelong companion.


One of the most important aspects is the focus on socialization - this will affect how your dog will interact with other dogs and other humans, as well as how they react to the environment surrounding them. Most likely, your dog will encounter other dogs in their lifetime, so make sure you don't skip this important aspect of raising your new friend!


Start socializing puppies at a young age


Starting to socialize your new puppy when they're still young is a necessity. The adage about teaching old dogs new tricks isn't always true, but it is much easier to teach proper socialization to a puppy than it is to rehab an older dog that’s set in their ways. By teaching socialization at an early age, your dog will learn the skills and acceptable behaviors that's needed to get along with other dogs. While it's true that humans can't teach dogs social skills, it’s your responsibility as an owner to manage your dog’s behavior, so they learn what’s acceptable.


Fear in dogs brings unwanted behavior


A critical goal of socialization is to eliminate the natural fear and apprehension that your dog may feel toward other dogs. It’s this fear that brings about undesirable behavior in your dog, and can lead to aggressive behavior toward other dogs or people. Furthermore, socializing your dog teaches them to get along with others peacefully and calmly, so they don't become dominant as they mature.


The best ways to socialize your puppy:


There’s no secret to socializing your puppy - you want to make sure they learn how to get along with other dogs, but under your guidance.



  • Play with other dogs at a young age! Not only will this teach them that there's little to fear about a playmate before aggressive or dominant tendencies develop, playing with other puppies will help develop their muscles and make sure they develop properly.

  • If you are taking your new puppy out and about, make sure they’re on a leash, at least for the first few times, until they feel comfortable with their environs. And stay close by! They depend on you and look to you to feel safe.


And that's all there is to it! Keeping socialization in mind will ensure that your new puppy will grow up to be the well-socialized, well-adjusted companion you deserve.

2016-06-07      

The Holidays and your Dog

As the holiday season approaches, here are some safety tips.


Secure the tree: the tree should be safely secured so your dog can't pull it down. Dogs may wan't to chew on the ornaments which can be a real safety hazard for them.


Don't use tinsel on your tree: This sparkly eye catching decoration can be enticing to dogs and can cause severe digestive problems if eaten.


Safe Toys: We enjoy giving our dogs a present for the holidays, make sure you are chosing a safe toy. Ones without loose pieces and cannot be easily torn apart and swallowed. You can shop on the web for veterinarian approved toys.


Poisonous Plants: Mistletoe, Holly, Pointsettias and some Lilies are poisonous to dogs. Keep plants up high where they can't get them or chose artificial.


Holiday Treats: with all the tasty treats around make sure they are out of reach for your pet. Avoid fatty foods, chocolate, spicy and harmful human foods.

2014-11-15      

Is crate training cruel?

Many people have told me that they think that using a crate for their puppy is cruel. For the first number of months of your puppies life it is necesary and not cruel at all. The crate is used to house train your dog as well as to provide a safe environment from your dog chewing and swallowing items when you cannot be home. It also provides a safe haven for a puppy who is young and insecure when you have to leave. Put a blanket over the cage you will make them feel more secure. When your puppy cries when you put him in the crate it is not because you put him in the crate but rather because you left. When you put them in the crate you can reward them with a treat like... a kong stuffed with peanut butter. You can freeze them so it will take longer to lick out. Or a kong with treats in it. Be careful what you leave in the cage with them because many toys with stuffing or eyes can become caught in the puppies throat. Also, rawhide is never a good choice as dogs can swallow large pieces which also get caught in the throat. When you put your puppy in their crate don't make a big fuss and instead just create a routine around their being crated so they can anticipate what will happen next. What will happen if I just leave my dog in a designated area in the house instead of the cage - you may ask? The answer is that you may never become house trained which means your dog may spoil the house for the rest of it's life. If a dog has more space then just his sleeping area he/she will go potty in one area and go back to the sleeping area. If in a cage however which fits mostly just him and his bed then he will not want to spoil his area and will wait untill you let him out. Of course, you must be fair and be there to let your puppy out as often as need be depending on his age. I have spoken to many people who are very frustrated with their older dog who is still soiling the house. No one wants to be in this position as it is very difficult to turn this behaviour around. By crate training your dog at an early age you will train them to go outside for life. Read my previous article called "house training your puppy" for details. In addition, crate training while your puppy is in that chewing phase saves your shoes and potential danger of them swallowing something dangerous. How do you know when your dog doesn't need the crate anymore? You may try to leave him out for a short time and see what he does. Does he chew things or go potty in the house? If so, then use the crate for another month and try again after that time. Remember to make sure your puppy gets lots of exercise and potty time and then being in the crate is mostly sleep time. A well trained dog makes for a happy family!

2014-04-22      

House Training Your Puppy

Crate your puppy when you're out and at night. The overall premise to potty training is.. the more often your puppy goes outside rather than inside the quicker they will learn so take your puppy out many times a day so they can succeed. Take your dog to the same spot each time and use a phrase like "get busy". Give them a pat and say "good boy/girl" after they do their business. How many times will your puppy need to go out? Between 6 to 14 weeks they will need to go outside 8 to 10 times a day. Between 14 to 20 weeks they will need to go out 4 to 6 times. Over 30 weeks they will need to go out 3 to 4 times. In these early stages it's not advisable to reprimand when accidents happen, it will only scare and confuse the puppy. They will learn to potty outside through persistence and consistency and yes quite a lot of work on your part. Watch for signs that they need to go potty such as, sniffing around. They will usually need to go pee around 20 minutes after drinking. After eating they can be trained to go poop right after they have eaten if you always take them out after they eat. Once again, use your phrase... "get busy". How long will it take to fully train your dog to go outside? This depends on the individual dog and their abililty to learn and most importantly the consistency and frequency you take them out to potty. This process takes time but once they are trained they will be trained for life. Have fun training your puppy. You are there to guide them and know that they want to learn to do the right thing!

2013-12-16      

Important things to do for your puppy

Healthcare: You'll want to introduce nail clipping, ear cleaning and teeth brushing to your puppy. Doing so early will mean they will accept you doing these as they become an adult dog. Nail Clipping; When they are a puppy just hold their paws and touch their nails. As they get a little older you can show them the nail clipper while staying relaxed and positive. Eventually, when they do need their nails to be clipped you will need to read up on how to do this properly. Ear Cleaning: as they get older they will need to be comfortable with you checking and possibly cleaning their ears especially if they have an ear infection. You can start out by just touching your puppies ears and looking in them. Later you can clean them gently with a cotton ball. Teeth Brushing: this is a very important because they will eventually develop plaque, gingivitis and will need dental cleaning and possibly surgery. You can avoid these problems if you brush your dogs teeth at least once a week. Start when they are a puppy by examining their teeth. As they become a little older have them lay down on their side and allow you to examine their teeth for longer. You can use some paper towel to wipe their teeth. As they get a little older you can brush them with a soft toothbrush and always dog toothpaste. They love the taste. Your dog won't have smelly breath. That's a bonus and they won't need surgery when they get older.

2013-07-17