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Old 01-30-2013, 11:53 PM
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1) A lot of the things puppies do are cute because they are puppies and they're little and the behavior isn't harming anything. Before you indulge in that behavior, imagine your dog doing that as an adult, fully grown. Is that behavior acceptable? Will it still be cute or will it become annoying? Could it actually become dangerous? If you answer yes, nip that behavior in the bud ASAP and do NOT reinforce it, no matter how cute it is.

2) Remember that puppies are sponges. Not like a kitchen sponge that soaks up messes. I mean an intellectual sponge that soaks up information. This is kind of in line with my number 1, but from the day you bring him home, he is learning. Make sure you know what boundaries you want him to have and enforce them and begin training as soon as you bring him home. Don't make the mistake of thinking he's "too young" to learn. If you aren't showing him the boundaries and rules that you want him to learn, he'll learn behaviors that you may not want him to have. Show him what he can chew on, teach him how he is supposed to play with you, teach him about the crate if you're using one, introduce him to your cats or other animals slowly. Don't wait.
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53. Carefully research your breed BEFORE you bring your new puppy home, and remember that puppies and dogs are individuals, and your dog may not match the breed standard exactly. That's okay!

54. Puppies don't understand busy. Introduce your puppy to his crate or place young, and begin teaching him these are positive places to be so as they age, they won't mind hanging out there very much. ^^
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