Our puppies are going home this week and the reality of having a curious new critter sniffing and running around the house is a reality. We not only want our puppies to have found great new families and to be in a healthy safe environment but we also really want their owners not to be overwhelmed by the transition process from our house to yours.
There are so many puppy training tips and suggestions online. All you have to do is google "Puppy Biting" or "Puppy Potty Training" and if you're anything like me......
All of the sudden, you're late for work!!
Confinement/Containment for safety and security:
When you're making dinner, giving the children a bath or putting them to bed, all the normal things you do around the house, you now also have to keep an eye on a very curious puppy. They are going to chew on stuff, try to eat things that they shouldn't and are not potty trained. If you do not have a place to put your little friend--Your dinner is going to definitely get burned!! There are so many confinement products on the market. One that was recommended to me last week by Kimberlee @ Kimberlee's Kennels in Decorah Iowa was the Midwest Puppy Playpen. She said that a large majority of her puppy families purchase one. It's safe, large enough for the puppy to play in and the bottom try pulls out for easy cleaning.
For a standard dog, buy a 4 foot one and you've got a pen that they can use for life.
You can also build something simple that you can keep in your home for just these times when you dont want to crate your puppy, you just need him in safe place while you go check the laundry or do the dishes. Obviously you wont need an elaborate system like we have for an entire litter of puppies but the idea is, you can be creative and very inexpensively have easy access to a secure spot for your pet without completely separating them from the family or household activity. I made that box for Macey and the puppies with 4 shelves on clearance at Menards, some used pool noodles from my friend Tony, some zip ties and a few corner brackets. For the bottom, I found some pieces of laminate wood flooring that were left over from a project or I could have bought a 4ft piece of linoleum too.
It was less than 20.00 and impressed the hell out of my husband!!
However you devise to keep your puppy contained, Please Please Please do not take your eyes off him or her. They will chew, swallow or potty the second you turn away. Remember, that is your mistake and not theirs and they should never be punished for that.
SAFETY TIP: Remove door stops if they have a cap that can come off. Your puppy will find these on a hot second!!! Also, if the toilet screw caps are not secure, take those up too, they are the perfect size to choke your puppy.
https://thedogtrainingsecret.com/ ---This website is amazing for tips, training ideas and suggestions.
Time for work!!