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Volume III Issue 7-03
Choosing and Raising a Puppy
So, the time has come and you are ready to adopt, or be
adopted by, a puppy. How do you go about choosing the puppy that will be right
for you? How do you train a puppy once you take it home? Here are some tips
that will make the job of choosing and training the right puppy easier and
assure that the adoption will bring years of happiness:
- Make certain that you are ready to assume the responsibility. Raising a puppy who will become a long time companion is a decision that should not be taken lightly. All puppies are cute and cuddly. But, we must remember that they grow quickly and reach full size within the first year. We must remember that puppies require a great deal of our time to assure they are properly trained, especially during that first year. Thought has to be given to the adult size that the puppy will reach. If a lap dog is what you prefer, then a St.Bernard or a Golden Retriever is not for you.
- Choose the breeder wisely. Horror stories abound about puppy mills and poor breeding practices that leads to genetic deficiencies that can show up as the puppy grows into adulthood. There is nothing more heart-wrenching than to discover that a puppy that you have grown to love over the past six months has been just diagnosed with hip dysplasia or one of the many other afflictions that are caused by improper breeding. It is heart breaking to have to return a puppy when you know that it will probably be destroyed. It is also expensive and extremely sad to have to go through the expense and suffering on the part of the puppy to surgically correct problems that show up six months after you have developed a deep abiding love for the dog. Make certain that the breeder of your puppy is a careful and caring breeder and does not have a history poor breeding habits. Ask for references of others who own dogs from the breeder and contact these references if possible.
- Be prepared to devote the time necessary. Puppies require a lot of time when they are first brought home. They need to be house broken, which means that they have to be taken outside often until they learn to go where you want them to go. You must be prepared to have your sleep interrupted by a puppy who will cry during the night because they miss the warmth and comfort of their mother and siblings. Puppies also have to taken out periodically during the night so they can do their business in the proper place.
- Develop the patience of a saint. You made a commitment when you decided to adopt the puppy. Now you have to be extremely patient with it until it gets adjusted to your ways (or you to its ways). You can never lose your patience with a puppy, they are like babies trying to learn. And, like babies, they sense when you are upset or tense or angry with them. Like babies, puppies need a lot of patience, love, affection, encouragement and gentle guidance. Never lose your patience and strike a puppy. This will only frighten them, make them more unsure of their new surroundings and delay the training results that you are trying to achieve. Rather than scolding a puppy for doing wrong, find ways to praise the puppy for everything it does right. When you take it out and it goes where you want it to, hug it, praise it and let it know how pleased you are with its actions. All puppies crave acceptance, comfort and love. They are eager to please. Continuously look for ways to provide these positive feed-backs to your puppy and the training will go smoothly and quickly.
- Do unto others. This is a phrase that can guide you in the proper way to train your puppy to do what you want it to do for the rest of its life. If you want to be greeted with affection and love when you get home, greet your puppy that way every time you come through the door. If the puppy has made a mess while you are gone, ignore it and immediately take your puppy outside so it can go and so you can praise it and let it know what is expected of it. As puppies grow and learn, they will be most pleased to return the affection they receive in multiple amounts.
- Remember that puppies and dogs are athletes. Puppies have an abundance of energy and they romp and exercise so they will grow to be big and strong. They need a place to run and exercise. Help to create such opportunities by taking them out often and encouraging them to exercise by chasing a toy or a ball or scampering after the end of a leash drug across the ground. Throughout their lives it will be important for them to exercise every day. You will need to provide such opportunities for them to do so in a safe environment.
- Remember that all puppies chew. Chewing is a natural form of exercise for puppies. Make sure that they are provided with things that they can chew and keep an eye on them so that they do not chew things that you dont want them to, like sofa cushions or furniture legs. If you catch them doing so, gently scold them and immediately give them something that it is okay for them to chew. And, praise them when they chew the right thing.
- Make sure they are healthy and have all their immunizations. It is important to set up routine visits to a veterinarian to have a puppy examined and to receive it immunization shots on time. A veterinarian can provide good information and guidance on raising and training a puppy and especially on how to keep it healthy.
- Give them lots and lots of love. The love between a puppy (or dog) and a human is a two way street. The more love given, the more it will be returned. Always remember that your dogs wants to please you. Give it ample opportunity to do so and give it the praise that it needs every time it does so. Raising a puppy and caring for a dog is not difficult. It requires a lot of patience, praise and commitment. And, it can be one of the most rewarding experiences of a lifetime.
always your Veterinarian is the best source of information and
treatment for questions or problems that may exist.
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