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Choose a consistent diet

It might be tempting to give your new pup table scraps or want to give them a variety of food options, but it is better for them to maintain a consistent diet of no-grain dog food. If possible, ask your breeder or rescue organization what they have been feeding your pup and continue that food before you switch to a new brand. This will limit the amount of stomach issues and prevent diarrhea which is common when switching a new pup to a brand new diet.

Keep familiar items with your new pup

This is not always possible, but when it is ask your breeder or rescue organization for any toys, blankets or items that your pup is used to. The scent of blankets and toys will help soothe him or her if your new pup gets “homesick.”

Establish a consistent routine

Try to follow a routine. This includes providing meals at regular times, potty time on a regular schedule. This will help with behavior and potty training. Once your dog learns the schedule their body will adjust to want food and go to the bathroom at the same time every day.

Provide your new pup with a safe way to exercise and play

Many breeds need more than a simple walk 2 or 3 times a day, especially when they are younger. The problem most people have is that dogs (even when they are puppies) dig under their fence (that is – if you even have one) or climb over their fence. Puppies that are not yet neutered or spayed will try and investigate every sound they hear and every smell they detect. The most affordable and reliable way to give your dog the proper exercise they need is with a Pet Playgrounds Dog fence which is offered in 5, 6 or 7 heights. While some dog parents might thing a wireless invisible fence is a better and more affordable option, they fail 30% of the time. Pet Playgrounds fences have a 98% rate of success. In addition, you can have puppy play dates and protect your dog from coyotes or other predators that may walk in your yard. An invisible wireless fence can’t do that!

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Be patient

Your pup is still learning. If you received your dog from a rescue organization or a breeder, your dog may have some “baggage” from their experience with other humans or other dogs. Start with proper management – keep your trash where your dog can’t access it, keep your kitchen table free of food or candy so your dog has no reason to jump and grab anything. It will take time, but with enough love, care and the proper amount of exercise your dog will learn your household rules and will become a well-behaved member of your family.