Maybe you have a new pup in your life or are thinking about having one.

Since National Puppy day is the 23rd, here are some simple tips that may help with your puppy you have or are thinking about getting.  Be aware that some of these tips can be helpful for adult dogs and other animals, too.

  • If possible when adopting, try to determine the mix of breeds involved so you have a good idea of what the personality may be like.  For instance, if the puppy is part border collie, you are going to have a very active dog on your hands that needs a lot of attention.  If you have a herding breed such as a cattle dog, that innate ability is going to want to do what’s instinctual.
  • What name will you choose?  Sometimes, a pup comes with a given name but it doesn’t mean you have to keep it or that they are fond of it.  Pick a name that reflects who they are but without being demeaning.  For more about why the name is so important, see the article here.
  • When trying out toys, determine if your puppy is a chewer or a destroyer by observing them closely with different types of toys.  Depending on their age and size, this can happen quickly.  Those toys made with fabric won’t last in the teeth of a puppy that wants to tear things up and could become a choking or blockage hazard.  Also, pay attention to other things your puppy can get ahold of to see if anything will be a problem such as clothing and bedding.
  • Be aware of what you put on your puppy or around them.  Because puppies are smaller than adult dogs, they are even more sensitive to toxins in the environment or those placed on their body.   For more information on the various toxins to watch out for, please see the article here.
  • Establishing a routine is very helpful so that your pup knows what to normally expect.  For instance, try feeding them morning and evening meals at the same time, doing potty breaks at designated times (and also when you feel they need to) and going for walks at specific times.
  • When you leave your home, it’s helpful to tell your puppy out loud, as silly as it may seem, when you will return like a few hours, at night time, or like two moons if you will be gone two nights.  Animals understand things better than we realize and this can help prevent anxiety issues because they have an idea in mind of when you will be back home.
  • If you’ve not told your pup they have a forever home with you and that wherever you go, they will go, this is great to say this to them out loud.  That way, they know your intentions and aren’t wondering day after day if it will be their last day with you.  If for any reason you are fostering or you’re planning to find them another home, let them know your plans as this can help put them at ease.
  • If your puppy is having trouble with potty training, make sure you are telling them out loud you want them to go to potty on the grass and show them an image of them going on the grass.  If you tell them do not go on the carpet, they may not pick up on the “not” and may see the image of them peeing on the carpet that you are unintentionally visualizing in your mind.  Therefore, they think you want them to pee on the carpet.  To help even more, add a reward every time for good behavior.  This process has helped many pet parents with potty issues.
  • Never underestimate the power of talking to your pup out loud on a regular basis, especially when they need to be reassured.  It can make a huge difference in your animal’s life.  If you really want to understand your pup better, consider learning animal communication where you speak mind to mind and heart to heart.

Enjoy your puppy and the other animals in your life.

Puppy Blessings!

Kim & Allison


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