You might not be alone if thinking of adding a furry member to your family this holidays. Despite the downsides being often touted, a well thought out addition should be fine. In reality, many families choose this time of year to use the extra days in house training and bonding with their new family member. We’d like to offer a few ideas to aid in helping you raise a fear-free pup.
Nevertheless, you’d prefer that your new little pet to have undergone these prior to entering your home. Adding these to your holiday playtime regimen will most certainly be good for his growth and increase the potential of becoming an excellent family member.
Have your pup experience walking on different types of surfaces: grass, dirt, gravel, concrete, wood, carpet, vinyl and wood chips. These different textures have their own lessons, the most important being that different footing is needed and a variety of textures under the pads of the feet is nothing to be feared of.
Offer different play objects for a variety of stimulation: big and small balls, soft toys, rubbery or squeaky toys, paper or cardboard rolls, metal items and sticks or pieces of hose. Remember to supervise all his playtime with such toys to ensure your puppy’s safety.
Have your puppy explore different locations and experiences – front and back yard, car, garage, kitchen, basement, and bathroom. By ensuring pleasant experiences in each, you can have your little one familiarize with all of these places as being safe and fun.
Offer up different challenges for your pup to work on his problem-solving skills: climbing around the inside of a box, jumping off the top of a box, scrambling through tunnels, climbing steps and tackling obstacles, playing hide and seek, running along a road, etc. You should be able to come up with even more similar challenges. Each of these will teach your new friend lots of ways to solve new problems.
Dish out his meals in a variety of containers: plastic, china, metal, cardboard, paper, a frying pan, etc. You can also make use of food-dispensing balls as a slower way to serve his meal. Your dog will learn to push the ball around the house to retrieve his dinner.
In addition to this, your pup should also realize that eating in a variety of locations is a good thing: be it the yard, kitchen, basement, living room, bathroom and even a crate. The lesson should be clear; wherever you offer food to your pup, it’s still yummy!
Exposure to different types of sounds will help your pup learn that noise is not a scary thing in itself. Include as much variety as you can, focus on things like banging pots, loud music, thunder, traffic, sirens, landscaping equipment, vacuums, fireworks, dog whistles, and crowds.
If you want your puppy to start off as your yoga partner, try out the yoga videos online that include tips on appropriate yoga poses as well as instructions to include your pup in practice.
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