Your first night with a puppy can be tough.

And you thought it was all fun and games?!

As night is upon you, you may start to reconsider this whole puppy business. The first night home for your puppy is most likely not going to be an easy one for you, nor the pup.

One would think that not being kicked and walked on all night would be a plus, but pups often find the lack of cuddle buddies to be depressingly lonely!

Your puppy will most likely cry its first night home. And I hate to break it to you, but it will probably cry its first few nights home.

So here are some tips to make that heart breaking sound stop: (more…)

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Knowing what to do when bringing a puppy home is very important.

Until this point your new squirmy, pooping machine hasn’t been without its mama, brothers and sisters.

He/she should have also been in a sterile environment, but let’s face it with countless other pups hanging around; how clean could it really have been?

Regardless, however exciting the prospect of this new family member can be try to keep it relatively quiet. And as far as the cleaning situation goes- well I’m not saying hands and knees with a tooth brush, but tidy up.

Just like toddlers, everything small enough and sometime even when it’s too large- will find its way into puppy’s mouth.

OK, so first things first when bringing a puppy home – they have the bladders the size of peanuts! So, a potty break is definitely in store.

From the get-go you want to take them out on a leash. (more…)

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This page will give an overview to leash training a puppy.

First things first, getting the pup used to the big, bad collar. It is such a common site, that we often forget that a collar can be a shock to the newbie. Make sure the collar fits and is comfortable. For a pup you should have something that is lightweight and nylon with a buckle or snap. You can upgrade to a harness or choke collar once the pup is older.

The benefits of each will be addressed in a later segment. The puppy will mostly likely react to the foreign object around their neck, by scratching at it like a bat out of hell. Don’t be alarmed. Best thing to do is distract, distract, distract.

Place the collar on when the puppy is eating or playing, so it is the least of pup’s worries. If the puppy continues to obsess over the nasty collar, do not remove it. Just like a little kid that gets away with something, the pup will thinking that he/she has won the fight. (more…)

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