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With his oversized paws, wagging tails and pink tummies, there is no denying that your four legged furry pal is just plain adorable.
And if a Japanese study in 2012 is anything to go by, looking at your small pooch pictures can significantly boost your moods and enhance your overall productivity.
Never cared for your pup before? Here’re 4 facts you should know:
Puppy and mom
He needs time with his mum before he’s ready to find a new home. You cannot rehome off a pup before he has weaned his mother’s milk. Just like our kids, milk is vital to puppies. It contains vital nutrients that are essential for the pup’s general growth.
Let him wean for around 8 to 12 weeks before rehoming him. By this time, he’s ready to feast on puppy food. Moreover, he’ll be spending most of his time either playing, eating or sleeping.
The power of socializing
Between 3 to17 weeks, your puppy will be in a critical socialization period. He will want to learn more things, which will help him develop and shape his behaviors.
So, help your pup grow into a behaved and well-adjusted adult by making sure that he gets plenty of great opportunities for socialization and exposure to different types of objects, environments, and people. Personally, I recommend enrolling him in a puppy preschool class.
Positive reinforcement should be your ultimate training tool.
When training your pup – be it toilet training – go the positive way and keep it reward-based. Always encourage, recognize, and reward ‘good’ behavior, and ignore (not punish!) ‘Bad’ ones. No yelling, no smacks!
For instance, when doing toilet training, give him plenty of opportunities and reward him when he does the correct thing. Offer the reward (a praise, pat, treat or a toy) immediately after your dog manages to achieve the training target so that he can associate it with good behavior.
Start off with short walks
Pursue the slow route when it comes to walking him. Remember: He is like a baby, and he needs time to adapt. Moreover, before taking him to any walk, ensure that he is up-to-date with all necessary vaccinations. Get him a collar/harness that makes him comfortable.
Keep the walks short, and when your pal sits down, allow him to rest. No over-exercising!