Written by City Dog Living
The day your puppy comes home is an exciting one, but it can quickly become hectic, stressful, and leave you with a bunch of doubt. It's the worst feeling when you second guess your choices and wonder if getting a dog was the right decision.
In order to avoid, prevent, and handle some of the tough situations a puppy brings, we put together a puppy survival guide series to help you through the early months. If you initiate good habits and practices starting on day one, you'll create a relationship with your dog that isn't stressful and daunting. Like hitting the gym or passing on the French fries, keeping up on proper dog training and etiquette isn't an easy task, but it's always worth it in the long run.
Over the next few weeks, we'll start to go over some of the things you should consider avoiding. These are just my recommendations. You can decide what works for you, but if you run into any problems, this will be a great resource for you to look back on to identify the root cause. After the "Don'ts" portion, we'll cover some additional useful tips and then talk about chewing, nipping, biting, and house training.
We really hope you find this a valuable resource. Please contribute by leaving a comment at the bottom of the post. By asking questions or telling us about the methods that have worked for you, these posts will become that much more valuable for new readers.
Playing tug of war with your puppy can encourage aggression and tugging on clothing, etc.
A puppy can't distinguish between soft toys and other fabrics such as clothing, socks, furniture, towels, bedding, etc. (You might be able to introduce soft things later on).
It's not digestible, can block intestinal tract, and is too reminiscent of leather that may cause your dog to assume other leather can be chewed like shoes, coats, bags, etc.
This will sabotage the recall ("come") command later on in your training.
This means things such as "Frankie, No!" or "Frankie, get off!" Your puppy will start to associate his name with negative things, so only use his name in positive situations. Using your dogs name in a negative context will sabotage training for things like recalls, standing for examination, and heeling where a puppy's name is used in the actual command.
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