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New Puppy Preparation: How to Get Your House Ready

Are you adding a furry new member to the family? Like when you have a baby, your house needs preparation to ensure its safe for the little one.

Puppies have a knack for destroying chair legs and peeing on the carpet. Is your house safe?

You can prevent mishaps like these by putting some solutions in place. Reduce accidents and destruction by using the following puppy preparation tips.

Choose a Puppy Zone

Where will you allow the puppy to roam? It’s best to quarter off an area for the pup to explore and catch its bearings.

Allowing your new dog to have free reign over the house isn’t a great idea. As a puppy, they have very little control over their bladders. They also have strong urges to teethe and chew things.

Choose a floor of the house or a couple rooms the pup can be in. Put up baby gates to prevent them from going elsewhere. Make sure there are no small objects your puppy can eat or choke on.

Prepare Their Sleeping Space

It’s best to get your puppy used to sleeping by themselves right away. Yes, it’s tempting to cuddle with them in your bed all night. But, when you wake up in dog urine, you’ll regret it.

Crate training is an awesome way to give your pup a space of their own. They’ll feel safe and secure in their personal crate. It doesn’t have to be a punishment for them.

When you pick up your adopted puppy through Puppy Joy, put them in the crate on the drive home. Add some fluffy blankets to make it comfortable. Every night get them accustomed to sleeping in the crate.

Pick a Potty Spot

Puppies don’t know how to tell you they need to go outside. They barely know the signals that tell them they need to go to the bathroom. So, for the first little while, use puppy pads.

Place the pads in the same place every time. It can be really helpful to place them near a door. That way you can train them to go outside as soon as they’re ready.

Dogs benefit from having a bathroom routine. When they wake up and before bed, they should go outside. If they know they’ll be going outside soon, they’ll learn the ability to wait until then.

Provide Lots of Toys

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Puppies have personalities just like humans. Some prefer tug toys over stuffies. Others like bones instead of squeaky toys.

Before your pup comes home, buy a variety of toys. These will keep them entertained. And, they’ll prevent them from chewing on your furniture.

Eventually, you’ll know your dog’s personality and can buy the type of toys they like.

Interested in Learning More Puppy Preparation Tips?

Adopting a new furry family member takes a lot of work. Besides choosing the right dog for you, you have to prepare your house.

Use the puppy preparation tips above to ease your pup’s transition into your space. With the right boundaries and routines, your house will remain unchewed and clean.

Doing your research on taking care of a puppy shows you’ll be a great owner. Don’t hesitate to learn how to bathe a puppy, train them, and socialize them. The more you know and teach them, the better a dog they’ll be!

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Doggie Doo Doo: 10 Tips for House Training Your New Pup

Puppy house training tips: The USA has more dogs than any other country by a lot, almost twice as many as Brazil in second place. People often cite their dogs among their oldest friends. Sarah Silverman considered her dog, Duck, to be her longest relationship.

Raising a dog from puppyhood is a unique opportunity to form that lasting connection. Potty training a puppy is a different story. These 10 tips will help make your job a little easier.

1. Start Smart

Don’t set yourself up to fail.

You have to work with the dog you have not the dog you’ve heard of. Tiny puppies are not capable of controlling their bowels or bladders. Delay house training until your puppy is 12-16 weeks old.

Conversely, if your puppy comes to you at 12 weeks old and has been pooping and peeing in a cage, his behavior may be set. It will take more time to housebreak a puppy with bad habits.

2. Establish Routine

Adapting an animal to a human’s agenda requires an intentional approach. Your puppy needs a routine.

Puppies have growing stomachs and need small amounts of food 3 or 4 times a day. Put quality food out at the same time every day, and put it away between meals. Knowing when your puppy ate will help you determine when he’ll need to potty.

A puppy’s age is a good indicator of how long it can hold its waste. Figure about an hour per month of age, up to a year. By then you’ll have a more reasonable walking schedule.

If you find that your puppy is not able to hold it for an appropriate amount of time, talk to your vet. It might be a sign of a medical problem.

3. Be Consistent

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Once you’ve figured out what routine works best for you, be consistent. Take your puppy out first thing every morning. Take him out right before bed every night.

More than likely, you’ll be out in your yard every couple hours.

When your puppy wakes up, take him out. After he eats or drinks, take him out. After he plays, after he chews on a bone, after he gets excited, take him out every time.

Puppies tend to eliminate 15 minutes after stimulation. Give him a chance to do it right.

You’ll also need to dedicate a part of the yard to toileting and go to that spot every time. The scent sets off your dog’s instinctual behaviors. Stay with your pup outside to keep him on task.

Try to speak the same words every time you’re taking care of business. Soon enough you’ll be able to ask your puppy if he needs to “go outside” before he ends up going on your rug.

If you’re feeling especially Pavlovian, you can hang a bell on the door used to take your dog outside. Have him ring the bell every time it’s potty time and praise him liberally for his accomplishment.

4. Be Generous

A generous reward system is the linchpin of successful potty training. Rewards can also help with obedience training. Learn more about that.

Praise your puppy and offer treats when he’s eliminated appropriately. The trick is to do it before you go back inside. This provides an immediate positive association instead of a delayed one.

Don’t get too excited and congratulate your puppy before he’s finished, though. If he’s interrupted, he might run back inside before he gets the job done.

5. Get Ready for Bed

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A true puppy parent is forged in the crucible of nighttime. Puppies, like babies, don’t care about your beauty rest and will wake you up throughout the night to meet their needs.

To give yourself a fighting chance, restrict evening drinking. Put the water bowl away 2 hours before bedtime.

When your puppy does wake you up, don’t turn on all the lights, and don’t engage him in play. Take him out and then put him back to bed.

If you find that many accidents are happening at night, you may need to be more proactive about waking up. You don’t want your dog to get used to having filth in his space.

6. Know the Signs

A dog has certain telltale potty signs. Your puppy might start whining or barking for no reason, scratching the door, or circling.

If you’ve implemented bell training, you’re all set. Just wait for the bell to ring.

7. Stay Close

One of the biggest mistakes new owners make when house training a puppy is giving him too much real estate. Open up the rooms of your house gradually as your puppy has fewer accidents. If he regresses, reign his territory back in.

Use your leash inside to keep your puppy close by. You want to be able to monitor behavior, so you can act immediately when you need to.

8. Use a Crate

Crates are helpful for potty training due to the natural instinct a dog has not to poop where it sleeps. Because dogs are den animals, they welcome some confinement.

Choose a crate that is only big enough for your dog to circle in and lie down. Some crates have dividers that are adjustable as the need for space increases. Make sure that your dog has access to water if you’ll be using the crate for more than 2 hours at a time.

Don’t take your puppy outside, give him a treat, and then immediately return him to his crate, as this can feel like a punishment. You want only positive connotations with potty training.

If the crate is becoming a regular spot for soiling, you may have to abandon it. It might be too big or it might be an old habit from before your puppy lived with you.

9. Expect Accidents

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Accidents are an uncontrollable part of the process, but you can control your reaction to them. Don’t scold your puppy or punish him. Don’t drag him back later and rub his nose in the mess.

A scared puppy will poop in the house more discreetly.

If you catch him in the act, you can interrupt him with a clap or use your potty training phrase. Then help your pup outside and praise him for finishing in his potty spot.

Clean the mess completely so your dog won’t return to that spot the next time he needs to go. There are enzymatic cleaners that can eradicate the smell.

10. Get a Sitter

If you will be gone for more than 4 or 5 hours a day, you need to have someone relieve your puppy until he’s at least 8 months old. Minimizing crate accidents is crucial for success.

A Note About Potty Training a Puppy On Paper

Some people choose to use puppy pads or newspaper to train their puppies. If your ultimate goal is to have your dog housebroken, this may prolong your efforts and establish a preference for peeing on paper.

You Can Do It

Potty training a puppy is a lot of work, but you can do it! And the reward is immeasurable. If you remain consistent and stick to the plan, you’ll be on to puppy bliss in no time.

Need more fido tips? Explore our blog!

*Top photo credit: Marko Blaževi?

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Lady Gaga & Her French Bulldog, Asia

Lady Gaga’s Dog: A French Bulldog Named, Asia:

It doesn’t matter if you love him, or capital H-I-M
Just put your paws up
’cause you were born this way, baby”
– Lady Gaga, Born This Way

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lady_gaga_french_bulldog_asiaNot sure if Lady Gaga was inspired by her female French Bulldog puppy, Asia, when she wrote that song, but I guess it’s possible.

Anyway, she describes her intense love for the dog as “an illness,” so I guess you could say she’s a “dog person.”

In case you aren’t tired of celebrity selfies yet, here’s one that she took of herself and Asia, together with her boyfriend, Taylor Kinney: (posted on Instagram)

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Not sure what Asia is thinking in that photo, but I guess dog’s don’t really know what “normal” is anyway.

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If you’ve seen the Poker Face video, you might have thought that Lady Gaga preferred big dogs, but apparently not. Well, her fans are eating up recent videos of the puppy, as the one showing Asia playing with the starfish got over 120k likes!


Coupons: Speaking of photos, this week there are some great coupons for Shutterfly, like free shipping, as well as 3 new coupons for Walgreens photo

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