Getting a new dog is a lot of fun, but it can also be a lot of work. Whether you are getting a puppy or a rescue from the shelter, your new dog is likely to have a few destructive impulses. If you take care of their issues early, you can help your dog become an integrated member of your family and a happy addition for everyone.
Get Them Chew Toys
The first thing you need to do to help dampen your dog’s destructive ideas is to help them understand what things it’s okay for them to destroy. By investing in a few solid chew toys, you can help your dog tohave a place to chew while also protecting your possessions from their sharp teeth. Depending on the dog, you may need heavy-duty chew toys to prevent them from being immediately destroyed. Do a little research and give your dog a few options so that you know they love the toys they have. Be sure to replace chew toys as they get old, and don’t let your dog eat any part of them as that can lead to health problems.
Every dog needs training, dogs are smart and capable, but without proper training, they can get into trouble. Puppy training will address common issues before they become ingrained in the dog’s behavior. By investing in dog training early, you can help your dog to know what behaviors are and are not acceptable. Training can also help your dog to learn how to behave well with other dogs and get used to strangers. The more exposure your dog has to training and socialization when they are young, the easier time they will have adjusting to new situations and avoiding destruction in your home.
Give Them Enough Exercise
Dogs are most likely to cause trouble when theyhave excess energy. If you invest the time every day to walk your dog or play with them, they will have less energy to do naughty things around the house. The amount of exercise your dog needs will vary from breed to breed and even from dog to dog. You should be able to get a feel for when your dog is tired after or during exercise and that can be a good starting point. When your puppy is small, they may not be able to go very far on a walk, but as they get older, they’ll need more.
Getting a dog is a big responsibility with a lot of work involved. Take time to give your pup attention and training so that they will be able to behave the way you need them to be.
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