Many families get their first ever puppy at Christmas time for the kids or because the puppy looked just so darn cute in the store. They play with the puppy and get some instructions on what to do and then are sent home with their four-legged bundle of joy. Well, the “joy part” normally starts to burn out as soon as they get home.
Puppies are really a lot of work and require a great deal of patience on the owners’ part for the relationship to be successful. We all love puppies because they are cute and fun to play with. We don’t think about the pottying, behavior, or safety issues that are involved.
You need to create a special environment for your puppy that emulates the maternal canine experience from which they came. This means that you need to understand nutrition, socialization, leadership, environment, and protection. More importantly, you need to understand these concepts from a canine perspective. Remember, you are dealing with a puppy.
Robin and I have a great puppy training article that will get you started on what you need to know to have a great puppy and happy, life-long relationship. Please read our dog training article titled “Can You Give Me Training Tips for my New Christmas Puppy”. It will definitely point you in the right direction.