Happy New Year! We had an amazing holiday and hope you did too. We are looking forward to an exciting 2019!
We have a new little buddy, who was a Christmas gift to the children of one of our mom’s friends. A typical puppy, he is full of energy and curiosity. Quite honestly, he tires us out! We thought it might be helpful to share some ways to help a new puppy transition into the family.
Puppies are naturally energetic and we recommend that you play a role in engaging physically with your new pup. If not, the puppy will find its own way to release its energy, with the outcome possibly not making you too happy! Dependent on breed, physical activity may range from playing with toys to long runs. Destructive behavior is usually an indication that your puppy has pent up energy that needs to be released.
Contrary to popular belief, dogs do not instinctively know how to behave. We need to be trained properly. Your new pup is dependent on you to “show him the ropes.” We both attended obedience classes when we were puppies, which really helped us to understand various commands and adjust to our new home. Without clear guidelines on expected behavior, your pup could become anxious and confused.
Don’t forget to socialize your puppy. We are all about getting out of the house and meeting other dogs and humans! So, take your pup with you on walks, to the park, anywhere that dogs are allowed. You will be glad you did because as your dog grows, he will be able to handle various social situations without being scared, violent, or territorial. Your pup needs to make friends too!
We can’t believe we are saying this, but don’t feed your new puppy human food. Many of the spices and food additives can be upsetting to puppy’s tummy. We, however, are not above begging for a bit of mom’s dinner!