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Old 01-06-2013, 10:56 PM
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31. Teaching your puppy it's new name is important, but not as important as teaching her very important cues such as "leave it". "Leave it" can save their lives! Also, as you teach your new pup it's name, do not associate it with words like "no" or "bad". Your puppy will only learn that when you call his/her name, it means a bad thing, or scolding is on the way. (i.e. the pup won't come when called).

32. When potty training, using a leash to tether your pup to you is a great help. (I put it around my ankle)

33. Help them to not inhale their food. Put their food in a puzzle toy, Kong, or even just scattered on the floor instead of directly in the bowl, or use warm water to soak the food.

34. If your pup is rather small, and you plan to sleep with him/her, make a wall of pillows between you and the pup so you don't roll over onto them! (I've always been super paranoid about this lol)
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For sure make sure your puppy is micro chipped; introduce him/her to the neighbors in case the pup ever gets loose from you; work with the paws for clipping de sensitization; BRUSH HIS TEETH! so he is used to it; buy pet insurance...it could save you thousands of dollars (as it did for us!), train other humans on how to interact with your puppy so it is ONLY positive reinforcement, crate train - they love their snuggy crates and see it as a place to de stress; buy the best puppy food possible, not junk food; puppy proof your house, get down on the floor and act like a puppy to see what looks attractive to chew (lol), READ READ READ Karen Pryor is wonderful!

Be sure people don't let your puppy out accidently, post a sign that warns people to KEEP THE DOOR SHUT!!! I have seen more puppies hit by cars because they got out and ran into the street...

And good luck!
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During the chewing stage, try to keep everything out of reach that you do not want to risk being destroyed, or that could be harmful for your puppy to chew. I've had a few pricey things destroyed (eyeglasses, books, clothing items, etc...) and a couple of potentially dangerous items (like D-Con), over the years that were really my/our own fault. My husband hid that last item in the garage and was certain our last puppy would never be able to find it. He did, and that resulted in a rather costly vet visit. Fortunately, it didn't end as badly as it could have. I/we should have kept those items well out of reach of little puppy teeth. Much like child proofing a house for babies and toddlers, you need to puppy proof it to the best of your ability.
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37. Your puppy MIGHT just
A) pull up 6 sq feet of linoleum in your kitchen
B) chew a hole through your drywall
C) destroy a cactus, giving you a costly vet visit for an infected jaw
D) all of the above.
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Old 01-11-2013, 04:46 PM
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I noticed you said you're 21, I'm 20 and Miley is my first puppy. She's now 5 months and although it seems like you're trapped in the house or whatever, I find myself happier when I'm with her. We bring her to the dog park every single day.. great for socialization. thats a big deal btw, we learned the hard way lol. We are so in love with her and its like having a child LOL remember to take plenty of pics especially since they grow so so so fast :')
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Just wanted to subscribe to this and say it is SO helpful!
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I wish I had known a lot of the practical stuff like...

38) Not all pups like going for walks and can become overwhelmed with the new sights and sounds.
39) It's not easy to get a pup to rest after spay/neuter which could result in a longer recovery time. Chews are a must!
40) How often they seem to have to go potty in inclement weather. This could mean constant drying off and wiping muddy paws. Or having to physically go outside with them.
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41) I wish I had litter-trained my tiny shih tzu puppy for below-zero temps - it's hard on the practically hairless ones to be outside pooing then!
42) No matter how much you love and plan for your puppy (or rescue), they will drive you crazy and breaks are much needed
43) How to say "no" to people petting my dog when she doesn't like it
44) Teaching the cue "stop" or "freeze" is equally important as teaching "come"
45) Learn calming signals in dogs! They helped us sooo much with our little puppy
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46. There will be ups and downs, and you must be prepared for both.

47. It's okay to get frustrated or overwhelmed, as long as you remember that your puppy doesn't know that what he's doing bothers you.

48. Puppies are not human children, or furry humans. They have their own needs and desires outside of your own, and they must be taught to behave in the way you'd like. You can't get mad at them for being themselves.

49. Socializing is key, but not everyone knows how to handle your puppy. If someone is handling your dog inappropriately, you are well within your rights to put an end to it.

50. Your puppy expects you to protect him and in most cases, will follow your lead. A little hesitation is normal, and with confidence and gentle urging, a puppy can overcome any apprehension about new situations.

(thanks for all the additions, guys!)
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# 47 is a reeeeaaaalllly good one. Remy makes me so mad walking sometimes (I cry easily too) so if it happens I promptly walk home, because you don't want to be working with your dog in that state of mind.
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