Potty Training in 5 Steps

Potty training is one of the most important first lessons that you have to teach a new pup. Since they haven’t been told otherwise, they wouldn’t see anything wrong with messing the floor up or doing their business anywhere they deem fit. However, you do not want a house-turned-pup toilet on your hand. So, here are some 5 steps to potty train your pup:   1) Set Up Your Home   The idea behind potty training is teaching your dog that the entire house is their extra-large den simply because they are known for being averse to soiling their own space. For this, you would need to restrict your pup’s movement around the house until he is old enough to roam without incident. You would be needing a dog crate or a baby gate that would restrict your pup to that particular area. The more time they spend there, the less they would feel inclined to mess the place up, hence, potty training would move swiftly.   2) Use a Potty Cue  The idea behind a potty cue is so that your pup knows exactly what time it is when you use the word or phrase. It would imply that it’s potty time and at a point, you would be able to get your pup to go potty just by saying it. The phrase can be anything, just one that doesn’t come up in regular conversation. The idea is to use the word or phrase just as your dog is starting to do its business in the right spot. 2-3 days after, once you think he’s connected the cue to potty, start mentioning it just as he is getting in potty position. After this, the next step is to give it before he even gets into position. This would register as the word or phrase for ‘time to go’.   3) Treating  Pup training consists of a great deal of treating for positive reinforcement. When you give your dog a treat for doing something, it implies that it is a desirable one and he starts to connect the action to the treat. During potty training, if your dog goes to the potty in the right spot, and gets a treat, but never does during accidents, he would start to note that it is the right thing to do. Since timing is crucial, you might need to add an approving sound like a click or “yes” at the precise time, and then give the treat later. This way, your pup knows that the treat was for that particular action.   4) Create a Schedule  You shouldn’t be alarmed by the fact that you might have to take a puppy to potty up to 10-15 times daily. As a rule of thumb, the bladder develops to hold urine longer every month in pups, so, a month-old pup would be able to hold his bladder for an hour while a 5-month old pup would hold his bladder for up to 5 hours.   Therefore, it is essential to create a schedule that your pup would start to associate with potty time. For instance, you can make it: First thing in the morning, right after each meal, when your pup gets up from napping, at regular intervals during the day and evening, and right before you go to sleep.   5) Allow for Playtime  After your pup has eliminated in the right spot, you can allow him to play around for some minutes without fear that he would soil the place. After this, you can then have him go back to the restricted area. Playtime should be based on the rate of development of your pup’s bladder.

What You Should Know Before Purchasing Your First Puppy

Bringing home a puppy is one of your life’s most precious—and challenging—moments. Your life will improve in the next couple of months, as it has for so many dog owners worldwide. According to PR Newswire, around 71% of dog owners have said their new puppy has made them happier people.

And there are plenty of great reasons why! Puppies are our friends whenever we need them, and they shower us with cuddles and love without expecting anything in return. Even at our lowest points, dogs remain our loyal and best friends for life.

Our furry friends also need lifelong care from their owners, like going to the vet regularly, being trained, and getting plenty of exercise. Puppies won’t stay small forever, so you must ensure that you’ll always be there for your cuddly friend.

To help you get started, we’ve compiled a list of things you need to know before buying a puppy.

Make sure you’re ready for a puppy.

Many puppy parents fall for their impulses. We get it, and it’s hard to resist the charms of a cute puppy when you glance at them for the first time. For example, our available puppies for sale are known for being such natural charmers that you can’t help but love them.

However, it’s important to remember one key thing: raising a puppy is not easy.

Like babies, you’ll need to devote a lot of patience and time to your new family member. Your puppy does not know your rules or how the world around them works, and they also do not understand what behavior will earn them rewards or praise. That’s where training comes in.

If you cannot dedicate time to training and socializing your puppy, they may not mature into well-mannered adult dogs. We know how vital puppy training and socialization are for your puppy’s development.

Puppies also need other essentials to live a happy life, such as food, water, bedding, grooming toys, leashes, and collars.

Are you ready to commit to a new puppy?

Think about your life commitments and schedule before you make a final decision.

Be curious about the store or breeder’s puppy health standards.

Does the store or breeder you’re planning to visit include a quality health policy for their puppies? Responsible stores and breeders always care about the welfare of their puppies and their parents.

They may uphold specific standards when caring for their puppies. For example, having licensed veterinarians check their health. Some may even go above and beyond to search for and work only with elite breeders in the industry.

Unfortunately, many breeders in the industry aren’t careful with their puppies’ health and well-being. We highly recommend looking at the store’s or breeder’s puppy care standards.

Ask a lot of questions.

Always ask questions, no matter the reputation of a puppy breeder or store. Getting as much information as possible is crucial to get an idea of the store’s puppy care standards, dog welfare, and overall routine maintenance.

Along with asking about a store’s health standards, you should also ask them what type of breeders they work with. A responsible puppy store only works with elite breeder partners that are renowned in the industry.

Any submission below this standard is a red flag.

You should also ask whether a store’s puppies are microchipped and/or purebred and if they offer health-related perks to their customers. Pay attention to any evasiveness to specific questions.

Know which dog breed is right for you.

Research is one of the best steps to take before buying a puppy. Every puppy has a distinct set of traits inherent to its breed, such as personality, size, looks, grooming, and training needs.

What works for one dog will likely not work for another. For example, a Bulldog doesn’t require a lot of exercise due to its physical structure. The same cannot be said for breeds like the Golden Retriever or the Poodle.

These dogs can become restless without exercise, playtime, or any activity, leading to destructive behavior. Other dogs are perfect for small apartments, while others thrive in homes with large backyards.

You should also consider the size of your dream puppy. Smaller dogs are known to be slightly stubborn and bossy, so you must devote more attention to training.

Larger dogs tend to be less aggressive but usually need more food, exercise, and other essentials than smaller breeds. Researching each dog breed and its needs ensures you find the right dog for your personality and lifestyle.

Puppy-proof your home and backyard.

When your puppy is finally home, they’re likely to explore every inch of your house and backyard. You may not know it, but your house and backyard are dangerous places for little puppies!

Whether it’s electrical outlets, medications, or poisonous plants, your home is full of serious hazards that can harm your puppy’s health.

Make sure you prepare your house before your puppy comes home. Put away any medications or cleaning supplies in an area that’s hard to reach. Lock up all rooms you don’t want your puppy to enter.

Move foods to your fridges, especially chocolate, grapes, and onions. Move toxic plants to a secure location for your backyard, and check your fence for spaces under which your furry friend may crawl.

Buy all necessary puppy supplies.

Food, water, toys, beds, and crates—there are many supplies that every puppy needs to live a happy life. Welcome your puppy home by having all of its essentials ready, and you only need to start with basic supplies like food bowls, collars, leashes, and brushes.

These things will help your puppy adjust to their new surroundings and life with you. As your puppy matures into a well-rounded dog, you can buy other supplies like toys or treats based on their likes and dislikes. You may also purchase another leash to help leash-train your puppy during walks.

Getting a new puppy should never be an impulsive decision. There’s so much that goes on with raising a puppy! Think twice before you decide on the spot. If you’re ready to add a new puppy to your family, your next step is finding the best place. Our puppy experts and staff are committed to helping you find your furry soulmate!

Puppy Teeth Stages, What You Should Know

There’s enough to think about and keep track of when caring for a puppy—feeding, walking, training, housebreaking (and don’t forget playtime!)—that you might not give their teeth a lot of thought.

But in their first 8 months or so, puppies will develop two sets of teeth, and there’s more to caring for them than just making sure they don’t leave marks on your furniture legs.

Here’s all the information you need to know about those cute (and sharp!) little puppy teeth.

How Many Teeth Do Puppies Have?

In the beginning, none.

Like us, dogs are born toothless, but puppies quickly develop 28 “baby” teeth.

When Do Puppies Get Their Teeth?

Puppy teeth erupt [emerge from the gums] starting at about 2 weeks of age and are usually completely in by about 8-10 weeks old.

The incisors often come in first, followed by the canine teeth and the premolars, although there can certainly be some normal variation between individuals.

When Do Puppies Lose Their Baby Teeth?

Puppies develop and lose this set of “baby” teeth just like humans do. These teeth, sometimes known as “milk teeth” or “needle teeth” and referred to as “deciduous teeth” by vets, eventually give way to permanent “adult” teeth.

The first deciduous teeth are usually lost at about 4 months. The last baby teeth to fall out are usually the canines, which are lost at about 6 months old.

At What Age Do Puppies Get Their Permanent Teeth?

The permanent teeth start to erupt as soon as the baby teeth fall out.

The permanent teeth can start to appear at 2 months:

2-5 months: incisors
5-6 months: canine teeth
4-6 months: premolars
4-7 months: molars (these only come in as part of the permanent set)

When a dog is 7 or 8 months old, it should have all of its permanent teeth—a total of 42 adult teeth.

How Long Do Puppies Teethe?

Teething is a months-long process. It starts when puppies are around 2 weeks old, and their first baby teeth begin to come in, and the process usually ends at about 8 months of age when all the adult teeth have fully erupted.

During this time, puppies need to chew on appropriate items to relieve the discomfort associated with teething.

Chewing during a puppy’s teething period is also a way to explore their environment and relieve boredom.

How to Care for a Teething Puppy

If your puppy is still engaging in everyday activities like eating, drinking, socializing, grooming, and exploring, then discomfort isn’t really a problem.

If they aren’t doing some of these things and the pain or discomfort affects their quality of life, your puppy may need to see the vet.

There is little for the owners to do during the transition. The best thing is for you to supply good, safe chews so the dog can teethe on appropriate items.

Look for soft and flexible puppy teething toys that bend easily in your hand. If it is too hard to bend, flex or break, it is too hard to give to your puppy.

What to Do When a Puppy Starts Losing Teeth

We recommend letting the baby’s teeth fall out on their own and advise against trying to pull loose teeth out.

The teeth have very long roots; pulling a tooth can break a root, leaving part of it behind and leading to an infection.

However, something needs to be done in retained deciduous teeth, where the permanent tooth is coming up in the same space that a baby tooth is still occupying.

If the baby tooth remains in place while the adult tooth is coming in, this causes a disruption in the location of the adult tooth, causing an occlusion problem (a bad bite).

There is also a risk for periodontal disease, which occurs very quickly when crowding.

When a retained deciduous tooth is present, you should schedule an appointment with your veterinarian to remove the baby tooth.

How to Take Care of Puppy Teeth

We recommend getting your puppy used to you touching its mouth early on. Raise their lips and touch their gums and teeth in a slow, playful way.

This will make it easier for you to introduce a dental care regimen and recognize any oddities or problems with their teeth or mouths. It’ll also prime your pup for their veterinarian’s oral examinations.

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