Spending quality time with your puppy is important if you want him to grow into a well-behaved adult dog. Here are some ways that you and your new friend can form a bond that will last a lifetime:
- House Training: If your puppy is house trained, chances are that you will both be happier. You won’t have to worry about “accidents” happening inside of your home and your puppy won’t get in trouble for leaving them. It might take some time, but take your puppy outside often with a command like ‘Potty Time’, and reward your puppy if he does go to the bathroom. Soon, your dog will associate the phrase ‘Potty Time’ with using the bathroom outdoors.
- Socializing: It is very important to allow your puppy to meet other dogs and cats so that they can develop social skills. As they grow and have new experiences with other animals, they will already be familiar and know the correct way to behave. Take your puppy to dog parks and let them sniff around and meet other pets. If your puppy is nervous, keep them on the leash and make sure they know that you are with them and that they are safe.
- Basic Training: Training is probably the most important thing you can do with your puppy to make sure that he doesn’t grow into an unruly dog. A lack of training is a common reason people bring their pets to shelters or abandon them. Establishing a reward system with your puppy to teach him basic commands like ‘sit’, ‘stay’, ‘let go’, and ‘get down’ can ensure a healthy and happy lifelong relationship with your furry friend.
- Going for Walks: Going for walks with your puppy not only keeps your puppy fit, but also helps them become more social and gives you opportunities to train your puppy to stay calm when meeting other dogs and people.
- Playtime: Simply playing with your puppy can go a long way. Your puppy will grow to trust and love you, and you’ll soon be inseparable. Always be safe during playtime and remember not to be too rough with your little one.
My favorite thing to do is to play with my dad and mom. I love it when they give me treats, and I’m sure your pup will too!