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Cleaning Up Puppy Pee and Poo Accidents


Puppy potty accidents are just no fun. Not only might you not find them until you step in them, but even once found they may encourage your pup to potty in the same spot unless cleaned up promptly and properly. And like everything else about puppies, cleaning up their messes isn’t necessarily as straightforward as you might think. Just because you can’t see or smell the mess any longer, doesn’t mean your dog can’t! Below are the important steps and things to be aware of to best clean up dog pee and poop in your home.

A quick note about dog potty accidents themselves: Contrary to what some people might think, dogs don’t pee and poo in the house out of spite or because they’re stupid. Most potty accidents happen for one of three reasons … (1) your pup doesn’t yet understand where they’re supposed to go, (2) you’re not giving your pup ample and frequent enough opportunities to do their business outside, or (3) your dog has a medical problem (e.g., urinary tract infection, intestinal parasites or virus, or an anatomical defect, such as a patent urachus or ectopic ureter) that makes control difficult. Check out this article for more on the possible causes of puppy potty problems and how you can help them (and yourself).

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Topics: Dog, Puppy, new puppy, puppy tips, Potty Training, Puppy Training, cleaning potty accidents

Shopping List: Help Your New Dog Settle In Easier


Bringing home a new dog — whether they're a puppy or adult — is an awesome thing, no doubt! But it can also be a bit overwhelming, both for you and your new dog. Regardless of where your dog came from — shelter, rescue, foster home, breeder, or even your neighbor down the street — joining your family is a change. An awesome change, but a change none-the-less. And change can be stressful for dogs. This is why many dogs will go through an "adjustment period" when they first come into a new home.

You can ease and shorten their adjustment period — and minimize your own stress — by being well prepared with products and aids that can help your new dog settle into their new life. This article aims to make things easier for you, with some behavior and safety awareness, shopping tips, and recommendations for products that may help you and your pup during this time of transition. I cover everything from calming aids (including pheromones and music), to how to make bedtime "sleeptime," as well as safe toys and crate essentials. 

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Topics: Dog, Puppy, new puppy, puppy tips, Puppy Training, adjustment period, Chewing, Dog Treats, bedtime for puppies

Potty Training Problems for Puppies and How to Prevent Accidents


Potty training is certainly no walk in the park — though it may involve some! Every puppy is different, and everybody’s living situation and schedule is different, too. Just as there’s no “one size fits all” recipe for potty training puppies, there's also a whole range of potential reasons why your pup might not be picking up on this important life skill as quickly as you were expecting (and hoping).

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Topics: Dog, Puppy, new puppy, puppy tips, Potty Training, Puppy Training

How to Help Your New Puppy Sleep Through the Night


While your new puppy’s sleep schedule might not (yet) be in sync with yours, there are still plenty of things you can do to help both of you get as much sleep as possible. For the first several nights and weeks, you should make peace with the fact that you’re just not going to get a full night’s sleep. But the time and dedication you put in now will help you reach that point sooner (before sleep deprivation makes you start speaking in tongues to shadow people). Check out the tips below so you and your puppy can get back to that deep REM sleep as soon as possible.

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Topics: Dog, Dog Safety, Dog Food, Food, Puppy, new puppy, puppy tips, Dog Health

The Right Way to Stop Your Puppy From Nipping and Biting


The dreaded puppy teeth. Those unnervingly sharp little daggers hidden behind that adorable little face. Ouch!
 

Much like human babies, puppies explore their new surroundings by taking anything and everything they find and putting it in their mouth. Unlike human babies, a puppy’s mouth is not filled with soft gums, but needle-like teeth. It can be surprising just how much it hurts the first time a puppy chomps down on your arm or finger. But the real problem is when you realize that those cute little puppy bites might turn into a permanent habit, which is definitely not as cute or harmless in an adult dog.

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Topics: Dog, Dog Safety, Puppy, new puppy, puppy tips, aggression in dogs, Dog Behavior

Why Your New Puppy Isn’t Eating and What You Can Do About It


Your  puppy is settling into their new home and you’ve picked out the best food you could find (and afford). Or maybe you’ve kept the food they were fed by their breeder or at the shelter. But for some reason your puppy has no interest in their meals.
 

This can be — and very well may be — a concerning sign in a puppy. And it’s a big concern in a very young or small puppy, as they have less ability to sustain themselves without enough calories.

Read on to see why your puppy might not be eating and what to do about it.

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Topics: Dog, Dog Safety, Dog Food, Food, Puppy, new puppy, puppy tips, Dog Health

What You Should Know Before Taking Your Puppy to the Dog Park


Dog parks can provide excellent exercise and social interaction for most dogs, and even their owners! But not all dog parks are created equal. Certain parks aren’t safe (or fun) for every dog, and situations within the park can change quickly... even drastically. Depending on the type of dog and the type of person, the experience can vary wildly. Some dogs take to the new environment with ease, while others take longer to adjust. And some just aren’t going to take to it at all — not now, or ever.

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Topics: Dog, Dog Safety, Behavior & Training, Socialization, Puppy, Puppy Training, Dog Leash, Vaccination, Vaccines

Potty Training Your Puppy When You Live In An Apartment


Potty training on the 28th floor

You’ve done your research to find the perfect puppy for your apartment life and you bought the toys and training aids. The phone numbers for your veterinarian and animal poison control are on the fridge, puppy classes are booked, and your homemade first aid kit is at the ready. Now the time has come to finally welcome home the new addition to your family, but there’s one problem: you’ve just entered the front door of your 28th floor apartment and your new puppy needs to go... NOW!

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Topics: Dogs, Adopted Dogs, Dog Behavior, Potty Training, Puppy, Puppy Training, Crate training a puppy

When To Start Socializing Your New Puppy


Many people ask when to start socializing their new puppy – and receive many different answers!

It’s possible that you’ve received a different answer from your breeder or shelter than you have from your trainer, and it’s equally as likely that you’ve even received an answer from your vet that’s different from both of those. So who’s right? When exactly should you start socializing your new pup?


There’s no doubt that puppy socialization is an important topic.  We’ve all seen the sad results of dogs who weren’t properly socialized, and many of those dogs end up abandoned or in shelters.  The need for proper socialization for dogs just makes sense inherently, doesn’t it? And now a building mountain of scientific evidence is helping to prove it, too.

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Topics: Dog Training, Safety, Puppy Training, Puppy, Socialization, Dog, Vaccines, Vaccination, Puppy classes

How To Socialize Your New Puppy and Why It’s Important


Congratulations!

You’ve added a new puppy to your home and family. What a wonderful feeling and what a great adventure you’re in for!

That adventure can be that much better – both for you and for your pup – if you take some simple steps and invest the time necessary.  You want to get him used to his surroundings and the life he will now be living – both with you specifically, and within society generally. This process is called “socialization.” It’s easy and fun to do, as well as vitally important, too.

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Topics: Dog Training, Puppy, Socialization, Training, Dog, Vaccination, Puppy classes, Dog Behavior

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