Making your new puppy happy

cute puppy

Before your new puppy arrives, you need to prepare some things to make sure it is comfortable and happy in his new environment.

Water bowls and food

metal bowl
Choose water bowls and food made from stainless steel or ceramic with a weighted bottom. Plastic bowls will probably end chewed, teeth marks and become a breeding ground for bacteria. A heavy bowl will also be more difficult to flip around by accident (for you and your dog).

If your dog has long ears that can soak them into its food and water, consider a narrow bowl, to keep it clean and dry as much as possible.

Something to chew on

Dogs love to chew, and a puppy tries to chew everything it finds. So if you want to protect your socks, your shoes and your couch buy chew toys for your puppy to test its teeth on. Just make sure they are not poisonous, they are durable and not too hard for the teeth of the puppy. You can also deal with the “chew” of Pedigree® specifically designed for small dogs.

Warning: never leave your puppy alone with something that could stifle burst into her mouth or electrocute it.


There is an incredible selection of dog toys - go to your local pet store or on the Internet: You can find rings, balls, ropes and strings to pull. All are designed to make your education sessions or games more fun - for you and your dog.

Brushing kit

For your puppy, brushing is not only to unravel her hair and make it beautiful for it is an experience that reminds him of his mother. Visit your local pet store and get a comb or brush and allow a brushing session per day. Different dresses require different brushes - seek advice from the seller of the animal, the breeder of your puppy or other owners who have a dog like yours.

You will also need to cut the claws of your dog and give him a bath from time to time - so you can buy a pair of claws and a dog shampoo.


Stairs, balconies and pools should be out of reach of a curious puppy - and a strategically placed barrier will allow you to not have to supervise. A barrier can also help protect your furniture or personal belongings of “instinct chewerirresistible puppy.

Use a crate

You may have purchased a carrying case to take your puppy home. And as long as the box is large enough for your puppy to lay down comfortably, it is also perfect for use once inside the house. The dogs hate going to the toilet in their own bed, so a box is a good exercise for the toilet during the first few weeks when your puppy develops his new routine. You can also use it to take the drive to discover new sounds and new places. At night, lie your puppy in his crate, and as you go out at regular intervals, it does not get dirty floors.

A comfortable place


To accommodate your puppy, install a basket in a ventilated room, away from air currents and easy to clean. For example in the living room or kitchen.


The doghouse

dog house
If you choose a niche that size must be twice that of the adult dog. It is very important that it is dry and slightly raised from the ground. Lay out a warm, cozy mattress. You must install its niche in the spring or summer so he can get used gradually and especially before winter arrives. Finally, do not forget to check with your municipality on the laws regarding the dimensions imposed niches dogs.

The first food your dog gets

The arrival in her new home is a huge change for your dog. Then you can make a small gesture to give him a bowl of food to which he is accustomed. Your dog will feel welcomed and safe.

After that, you can choose the food you want to give him. By mixing the new food and the old, gradually, over a week, you can change the diet of a dog for what you think is best for it.

40 years of nutritional research will ensure that our foods contain exactly the right mix of protein, carbohydrates, fat and fiber to each life stage of your dog.

A collar and leash

You can not get your new puppy until it has received all vaccines. You can spend this time to get used to wearing his collar and leash. So it will not be a problem when it’s time to explore the outside world.

Collars and leashes are available in different materials. Adjustable nylon collars or leather are recommended because they lie at the same time as the puppy grows. Adjust the loop so that you can comfortably fit two fingers between the collar and the neck of your puppy. Regularly check the fit of the collar; you will be amazed at the speed at which the puppy grows.

If you have a very small dog, like a small terrier or a very small breed, you may prefer to use a harness - it makes it easier to protect sensitive necks. (Do not forget to make sure your dog always wears a medal).

First visit your puppy to the vet

Ask the neighbors dog owners to recommend a veterinarian. Once your dog is used to you and his new home, take him to spend a visit. In addition to the general control, you must talk to, vaccines and electronic chip.

Take reward and praise your dog. With good vet and a positive attitude, a visit to the vet can be fun for your dog, but also rather frightening.


You can also discuss with your vet care costs and insurance for animals. Think of the level that would cover your needs, quotes and ask how they handle insurance applications before signing a contract.

Understanding dog training – the easiest way to teach your dog

Often people get frustrated when they try to train their dog or modify its behavior. They read a lot of books and try to apply different principles to no avail. They wonder if there is a secret they do not know. More often than not, there is. One should also be mindful of the fact that dogs, too, have somewhat of a different character. That, however, does not mean they can not be tamed. It all comes down to proper approach to the subject matter and results can be observed shortly. People get frustrated sometimes and resort to beating, yelling and all sorts of negative encouragement that rarely produces the right results.

The problem with this scenario is that they brutalize their dog. By applying such tactics, they prevent their dog to learn what they would like it to learn. A dog owner must be consistent with his training so that the pet understands what he or she is trying to teach. 

So what are the secrets? 

The expert Daniel Stevens wrote a book called The Secrets of Dog Training. It details the methods you should use to train your dog quickly and easily. Many different scenarios are treated and behavior problems are discussed. 

Behavioral problems can be extremely frustrating and difficult to treat. Does your dog run outside every time the door opens? Does your dog barks all the time when he is outside? Perhaps you are trying to find a way to keep it from disappointing or embarrassing you. 

There are many behaviors that dog owners face and should try to change. This can be a challenge with a puppy, but faced with an adult dog, things can be even more difficult. People often think that you can not change the behavior of a dog once it became an adult which is not true just as its incorrect with humans. Granted, it is far more difficult to accomplish, yet, not impossible by a long stretch. 

The training can teach you how to work with an adult dog to make it obedient and willing to comply with every command you issue. You will quickly see that the myth that you can not teach an old dog new tricks will be dispelled. This may take longer for your dog to relearn things about his behavior, but it is possible with patience and consistency. 

A dog with behavioral problems will be a challenge to take for a walk. It will pull on the leash and trying to get away when it sees something interesting. By the time you get home, you’re exhausted and frustrated. If you teach your dog proper behavior when it is on a leash, your walks will be much more pleasant for you and your pet. 

The little tricks to know 

Never use the word “come” when you are angry against it or your dog will learn to associate this with the trouble. You will have trouble to bring it to you, even if it’s for something he would have liked. There are other ways to approach it when it does something wrong. 

The key for your dog to obey your commands is to make sure it understands what you want. As he does not understand human language, it uses the tone of your voice and body language to develop a sense of understanding what you are really trying to convey. When the owner is frustrated and reflected in his voice, the dog will be even less likely to understand what is said. 

By learning the techniques used by professional dog trainers, you can teach your dog to be well behaved and disciplined. That, however, will come at a certain price. You will have to be very patient, understanding and consistent in your actions in order to make sure your dog follows you where you want to go. Remember not to get easily frustrated and to lash out or needlessly be aggressive towards your dog. These kinds of treatments can constitute an enormous setback, offsetting all the progress made up until now.