Puppy Proof Your Home
Until puppies know how to behave, are reliably toilet trained and have gone through the ‘exploring by using their teeth’ stage (at about 6 months of age), it is better to keep them closely supervised or contained in a ‘dog proof’ environment. This means no access to such things as:
Create a routine
Rest: It's probably more important than exercise & training
No go areas
It is strongly recommended that you keep your puppy away from stairs and steep drops, as running up and down stairs can damage a young puppy’s delicate growth plates, causing long-term damage. You should lift them in and out of cars and be careful not to play fetch games on slippery floors or encourage them to jump about or twist themselves, for the same reason.
Teaching your puppy to enjoy time alone in his own safe area, whether that is a crate or a dog bed for short amounts of home alone time or a larger puppy proof area for longer home alone times when you are at home, prepares your puppy to be happy when you are actually away from home. Never spending time away from your puppy when you are at home quickly encourages him to become overly dependent. This is the main cause of dogs becoming anxious when left home alone.
Teach your puppy to enjoy his own company and to develop self-confidence. Once your dog is confident, independent and trained, he can enjoy free range of your house and garden for the rest of his life.
Have Fun With Your Dog All Year Long!
GRCWA is offering Drop-In Classes run by a Certified Professional Dog Trainer at affordable prices because we believe a dog's training should be fun, convenient and ongoing without breaking the bank!