MON, 30 JAN 2017 BY LINDA ROSADO
With the Holiday Season coming to an end, we know that houses are filled with new furry family friends but people are beginning to realize that these puppies need more than just cute dog accessories but also require work and training. This New Year, first-time pet parents are reading books, magazines and are scrolling through Pinterest in an effort to become the best pet parent. To make life a little easier, DOGIPOT® compiled a list of our favorite tips, tricks and pet products to help you seamlessly transition into pet-parenthood.
PUPPY-PROOF YOUR HOME
Puppies are continuously curious about the world around them, which is what makes them so adorable, but sometimes that curiosity can lead to unwanted disasters like chewing on shoes or discovering foods that aren’t safe for dogs. In order to raise your new pup as a good boy, or girl, it’s important to puppy-proof your house. Make sure wires, clothing or food isn’t left in your puppy’s reach. This will avoid unwanted chewing, or other hazards, and will teach your puppy boundaries; this will be especially helpful when your puppy starts teething.
Accidents happen, but they don’t need to happen often. Take your puppy out every couple of hours and let them get familiar with one designated area of the outside world. Dogs, by nature, do not like messing up their dens but once familiar with an area, housebreaking will be a breeze. Please remember as a new dog owner, it’s your responsibility to clean up after your new fur-baby. Use DOGIPOT® SMART Litter Pick Up Bags™ to pick up pet-waste and dispose of these baggies in your nearest DOGIPOT® pet waste station.
AVOID PUPPY BOREDOM
Make sure that your new family friend gets plenty of exercise as a bored and energized puppy can cause unwanted behavior in a new home. A daily walk can do wonders for your dog’s mind and body. These walks will also help strengthen the bond between you two, as this will make you a “pack-leader” in the eyes of your puppy. It’s important to make sure your dog is walking next to you or behind you as and not dragging you as this will make them feel like the “alpha” of the pack.
LOVE YOUR NEW FURRY FRIEND
While there’s a lot of responsibility associated with being a pet parent, it’s important to note that one of the most important things to do is to love and protect your new family friend. They look up to you to raise them and treat them right so be patient while training your new fur-baby. Ultimately, they want to make you happy so reward them when they’re doing good and you’ll see how these little acts will go a long way.
DOGIPOT® wants to help you be as prepared as possible while training your new puppy. Whether it’s sharing some of our favorite dog tips, tricks and making sure we share some of our favorite pet products, we hope that we helped ease your transition into pet-parenthood.