Raising a dog at home – tips

Dogs are a wonderful addition to a family home if they’re raised right, but a naughty dog can wreak havoc on your home. Some of the most common problems associated with puppies, such as wetting on the floor, chewing and begging can continue into adulthood if not addressed and remedied quickly. Bad puppy behavior can lead to fighting and discontent within the home and can even lead to health problems for the animal and the family. It’s important to learn how to raise a dog properly so that you can continue to live in peace and harmony throughout your pet’s life.

Wetting

Wetting is annoying at first, but it will completely destroy your flooring and make your house reak of urine if you don’t train your dog. The smell is be so overwhelming that guests will not want to visit your home and you won’t want to live in it. You can only shampoo carpets so many times. The smell won’t come out.

To begin potty training your puppy start with paper training. When you know they are about to wet, move them onto a piece of newspaper and let them go. Soon, they will go to the paper automatically. Move the paper a few inches closer to the door every day. Eventually, you will be able to move the paper outside and they will learn to go potty in the yard.

Chewing

New shoes, furniture, carpets and more are fair game in your dog’s eyes. Teaching them not to chew is one of the most difficult training exercises. Puppies need to chew in order to teethe properly. For this reason, you can’t get angry about what your puppy chews and destroys. You will have to keep a very close eye on your dog for about the first year. Be sure there are not objects that are available to them that could break and choke them. If you don’t want something chewed on, put it up. When your puppy chews on forbidden items, sternly discipline them verbally. Be consistent with your discipline or you will confuse the dog.

Begging

When puppies are babies they’re irresistibly cute. You want to hold them, snuggle and love on them as much as possible. Spoiling them with treats, holding them and loving on them is fun and can be a great way to bond, but don’t go overboard. Don’t feed dogs off of your plate or give them people food because it will teach them that if they beg you will give them what they want. Responding to begging creates a monster. You won’t be able to eat a meal without your dog standing beside you staring and whining if you don’t put a stop to it.

Food

Food is exeremly important for the development and hjealthiness of your pet. It is better to avoid commercial food, and to look for what is called hyppoalergenic dog food which contains health elements such as wheat and other natural ingredients like iron or zinc. For the best resource online I’ve found in this article: http://thepetslover.com/hypoallergenic-dog-food/

 

Whether young or old, saying no, disciplining them and resisting the urge to spoil them will result in a healthier, happier dog and family. Establish a set of rules and stick to them just as you would with your children. You’ll be more than pleased with the results!