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A Few Puppy Don’ts

Having a new puppy is a lot like parenting. We need to find the line between being overprotective and providing the puppy with a safe environment to let his personality develop. A few of the don’ts about puppy rearing:

  • Puppies love to play, but don’t get too rough. Be careful playing games like tug-of-war to ensure you don’t hurt your puppy’s developing teeth or allow him to swallow pieces of rope or fabric. Also, pups need to learn how to be appropriately rough when playing. This is all part of your dog’s socialization.
  • Don’t give your puppy too many treats. They can alter your growing puppy’s appetite for his better-balanced, nutritious meals. Also, you don’t want to spoil him. Puppies quickly learn that by begging, crying, and acting out, they may get their way. Treats can be used in moderation as training rewards and should never be high-caloric, human junk food.
  • Decide which furniture or parts of the house are off-limits and be consistent about the rules. Don’t scold a dog one day for being on the couch and then let him up there the next.
  • Don’t allow your home to be a place where your puppy can get hurt, where he may fall or become trapped, or where he may blunder into substances that can sicken him (the garbage, medicine on nightstands, pesticides in gardens, rodenticides, and so on).

Find a dog trainer near your location and take the Canine Good Citizen test for your dog.
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