We strongly recommend that as you wait for your new fur baby you and your family learn as much as possible about the following: puppy development, training thru positive reinforcement, potty training, crate training, having a great recall, bite inhibition, how to teach puppy good manners (sit, stay, heel, polite way of greeting people with and without direct contact), & create a plan to promote a positive bond between puppy and each member of the household. In addition, it is good idea to decide ahead of time how you and every member of the household will deal with the possibility of the following inappropriate behaviors: accidents in the house, chewing things they are not supposed to chew, barking or whining to get attention. If you decide as a family how you will deal with the possibility of these behaviors you will be better equipped to deal with them in a way that is positive for all. Last, but definitely not least, make a family plan for appropriate socialization. Well socialized puppies become stable, safer, more enjoyable adult dogs.
If you are wondering where to start, below you will find informative videos and other resources to help you be ready for your puppy's arrival. Please do what works for you and most definitely don't do anything you are not comfortable with. Well mannered, friendly adult dogs do not happen by accident. Don't stress! Loving, bonding & teaching a puppy is lots of fun if you know what to expect & have a plan of action! I hope the videos below help you be ready for your new puppy! If you have children, please make sure to pick a few of the videos and watch them as a family. Your children can help you raise a happy, stable & well behaved puppy:)
I would like to thank Nigel Reed & Revival Animal Health for allowing embedding of their videos. I have also added a link to other trainers & content creators that I'm sure would be of great benefit to you as you prepare to bring home your new puppy. I will encourage you to watch these with your families (kids included). It will help open the conversation as to how you, as a family, you will teach and manage your new puppy. It will help get everyone at home on the same page. I truly believe it will make for a much better puppy owner experience. Forever Families, please check them out, if you like their content please follow & subscribe. This will show your support for these awesome professionals & content creators. It will also allow you to stay up to date with their latest teaching/training videos. Some of my favorites are Victoria Stilwell & Rachel Fusaro:)
So much to do, so little time! Where do I start? Start with...
Crate Training, Potty Training, Recall & Bite Inhibition.
Other Potty Training Videos You'll Find Helpful
Puppy's First Few Days- What Do I Do?
Good Manners- It's very important to start teaching your new puppy manners early. It will help him/her become a much more pleasant adult dog. Get the whole family involved and have fun with it!
Greeting People At Your Door/
Staying In Place When Door Opens
Below you will find links to books and other items we have found to be of value in our time raising our puppies. Please know these are affiliate links. All commissions will be donated to Heshima Children's Center in Kenya. Heshima Children's Center provide special education, therapy, food, and medical intervention to children who have disabilities in Kenya. They also provide clean water to about 500 people in the surrounding village. In Nairobi, Kenya there are not many organizations that serve the special needs population and Heshima Children's Center is standing in the gap.
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