Training the New Puppy

Socialization

Introduce your puppy to a variety of other puppies, dogs, and people of all ages. As your puppy learns to accept new situations, he will gain confidence. Stop bad habits before they start and gain a well-mannered companion. Attend puppy classes, visit friends, and go to parks to help socialize your puppy.

Ride in the Car

Most dogs love to ride in the cars and accompany their owners. Motion sickness may be a problem in the beginning, so go for very short rides at first. For a fearful, puppy, you may even want to just sit in the car at first. Gradually increase the length of the trip.

Puppy Training

Preventing problems is always easier than correcting them later, and basic obedience is no exception Puppy kindergarten classes are not only a good place to socialize, but provide an organized environment to learn basic commands. Practice at home to reinforce each lesson. These lessons will put you in the leadership position and teach puppy to respect you. Good manners are put in place early as puppy learns what is acceptable and what is not.

House Training

Be consistent! Develop a schedule and stick to it. Use one method only (outside or paper training for small dogs) – don’t try to paper train and then suddenly take puppy outside.

Dedicate a specific area for elimination and use it for that purpose only. Don’t play in the area during the time you are out. If accidents occur in the house, bring the feces or urine samples out to this spot to scent the area.

You may also use a crate inside to help contain puppy and prevent accidents inside when unattended. Most dogs like small, enclosed areas, feeling safe, and protected from the outside world. A crate can become a place of security. Many dogs are willing to go into their crates when they want to sleep or be left alone. It is also a good place for a “time out” when puppy is misbehaving or is too wound up. Make it a fun place to go with some treats and toys. Use a soft voice, not a loud yell , to encourage puppy to go in.

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Hazards Around the Holidays

The holidays are a busy time and we sometimes lost track of what is going on with our pets. With decorations, gifts, holiday food and excitement, we have to make sure our pets do not get into trouble. We have to pay attention to what our pets are doing. To keep them happy, healthy, and safe here are some important holiday tips.

  • Be prepared for guests when they arrive. Secure your pet so he will not run out of the open doors.
  • Check to see that decorations and tree preservatives are not toxic.
  • Maintain your pet’s regular schedule of eating and exercise and let him have a place to escape from your parties. Too much food, treats, handling, and excitement may cause him to have an upset stomach.
  • Wrapped packages of food can entice your pets to chew them apart.
  • Alcoholic beverages can put a dog in a coma. Many holiday drinks can have 20 – 40 proof alcohol in them.
  • Keep your chocolate candy and cookies away from your pets. Small amounts can cause vomiting and diarrhea while large amounts can cause abnormal heart rhythms, nervous system malfunctions and even death.
  • Make sure all garbage is put away. Out throwaways like meat scraps, bones, gift-wrap, ribbon, and foil can rest in vomiting and diarrhea while large amounts can cause abnormal heart rhythms, nervous system malfunctions and even death.
  • Children’s small toys and balls can be ingested and can cause choking and intestinal blockage, which might have to be removed surgically.
  • Make sure your trees are secure so they don’t get knocked over. Your pet can choke on decorations. You may need a scat mat around the base of your tree. Do not use edible decorations on your tree. Breakable ornaments can cause choking or cuts to their mouths.
  • Holiday plants should be kept out of reach of your pet. Poinsettias and mistletoe can cause serious problems. Be sure to vacuum up needles as they can cause intestinal blockages.
  • Keep candles and fireplaces secure to avoid singed whiskers and burns.
  • Make sure your pets cannot chew on your electrical cords as these can cause electrocution.

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Dogs Rules for Christmas

1. Be especially patient with your humans during this time. They may appear to be more stressed-out than usual and they will appreciate long comforting dog leans.

2. They may come home with large bags of things they call gifts. Do not assume that all the gifts are yours.

3. Be tolerant if your humans put decorations on you. They seem to get some special kind of pleasure out of seeing how you look with fake antlers.

4. They may bring a large tree into the house and set it up in a prominent place and cover it with lights and decorations. Bizarre as this may seem to you, it is an important ritual for your humans, so there are some things you need to know:

  • Don’t pee on the tree
  • Don’t drink the water in the container that holds the tree
  • Mind your tail when you are near the tree
  • If there are packages under the tree, even the ones that smell interesting or that have your name on them, don’t rip them open.
  • Don’t chew on the cord that runs from the funny-looking hole in the wall to the tree

5. Your humans may occasionally invite lots of strangers to come visit during this season. These parties can be lots of fun, but they also call for some discretion on your part:

  • Not all strangers appreciate kisses and leans
  • Don’t eat off the buffet table
  • Beg for goodies subtly
  • Be pleasant, even if unknowing strangers sit on your sofa
  • Don’t drink out of the glasses that are left within your reach unless you can get away with it…

6. Likewise, your humans may take you visiting. Here your manners will also be important:

  • Observe all the rules in #4 for the trees that may be in other people’s houses.
  • Respect the territory of other animals that may live in the house
  • Tolerate children
  • Turn on your charm big time.

7. A big man with a white beard and very loud laugh may emerge from your fireplace in the middle of the night – – Don’t Bite Him!

Happy Holidays from all of use here at Animal Motel!