Bringing Home a New Puppy
Getting Off on the Right Paw continued...
Once home, folks who plop the excited newcomer on the Oriental and let the
kids chase him will be mopping up in no time-and regretting the lesson they
taught their new pup. Instead, take him to his toileting area immediately.
From there, carry out your schedule for feeding, toileting, napping, and
play/exercise. From Day One, your pup will need family time and brief periods
of solitary confinement. Solitude may be new to Puppers, so he may vocalize
concern. Don't give in and comfort him or you may create a monster. "Gee, if
making noise brought them running once, maybe more whimpering is needed to get
their attention again," reasons the pup. Give him attention for good behavior,
such as chewing on a toy or resting quietly.
Doing things correctly from the start prevents confusion.
Through puppy preparedness, you are one step closer to your Dream Dog.