Tips for well behaved puppies…

Do allow your puppy to explore their new surroundings in their own time. Don’t force them into situations that they may find overwhelming and provide a quiet place that they can escape to if they wish.

Do set ground rules – they may be cute but if you don’t want them on the settee or bed when they are older then don’t let them get on when they are young. Remember also that the tiny pup that cuddles up on your lap now may grow into a weighty adult.

Do be consistent. Everyone involved must stick to the same rules and routine whenever possible.

Do provide lots of toys for your puppy. These will provide great stimulus for times when you are busy or not around.

Do take time to introduce your puppy to lots of different sights (bicycles/horses/wheelchairs), sounds (vacuum cleaner/traffic noise/school playground), people (old/young/with hats!) and experiences (cars/bridges/pelican crossings) so that these become routine and your pup will not be fearful of them in later life. The range is endless but well socialised puppies rarely develop behavioural problems.

Do regularly examine between toes, through coats and in mouths and ears. It will help you monitor the health of your pup and also make it much easier to give worm tablets or treat any problems in later life.

Do exercise your puppy regularly – it will do you both good! If you need guidelines as to what is appropriate at each age please talk to one of the nurses.

Do start training early – continuously praise and reward good behaviour and if possible enrol your pup in puppy classes.

Don’t reprimand your puppy for naughty acts that happened in your absence. He will misunderstand and become fearful of you.

Don’t leave young children alone with any dog.

Do try to learn to recognise your puppy’s body language. Being able to work out if they are happy, sad or uncomfortable will make training much easier.

Do remember that any changes in your life or routine will also affect your puppy.

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