Many pet shops like to showcase puppies because they are easier to sell. Kids and teenagers simply adore these little furry animals, and they can not seem to take their eyes off them. The inevitable then happens – they want to take the pups home. The problem is, they do not really know how to be responsible for the pets yet. If you are going to buy a puppy for your kids, know that it will be your responsibility to take care of the dog! Your kids will not be able to do a good enough job.
So before you whip out your credit card and buy the pup, make sure that you know what you are getting yourself into. When the puppy first arrives at your home, the first thing you need to do is to house train the baby animal. You do not want the young pup to run around the house, eliminating all over the place. The person who has to do all the cleaning up is you. And you do not want to add too much unnecessary stress to your busy life.
In general, there are 2 areas you need to focus on. The first area is to train your puppy so that it knows when and where to eliminate. The second area is to train your dog to have in a socially acceptable manner. That means no barking in the middle of the night, no biting small children, etc. Sounds like a lot to do. But Fortunately, dogs are rather intelligent, and young pups are well known to be highly adaptable. So if you put in the time and effort to teach the dog, it can become the perfect family pet.
To train your pup to know when to eliminate, you will need to familiarize yourself with the crate method. You can find all sorts of information on this method on the internet. You start by buying a crate for the pup, and placing the animal in it for several hours at a time. The goal is to train your pup to learn how to control its bladder. Dogs like cleanliness naturally, and they do not like to dirty the area where they sleep. Therefore, when in the crate, they will usually not eliminate.
Be careful not to buy a crate that is too big. Otherwise, the dog will go eliminate in one corner, and then go back to sleep in another. The crate can not be too small either. It is not meant to be a prison. When the pup is young, the crate is like the second home to the animal. So make sure that you create a comfortable environment. Put some toys around the crate and always have some water for the dog to drink. Your pup will not resist the next time you try to confine it to the crate.