While I have owned a lot of dogs over the years and they have all always been a very important part of my family, when I recently found myself getting a new puppy for my family I was reminded of the basics needed in choosing a new puppy. I have given you a quick list below showing some of the do and do not that you should remember when choosing yourself a new puppy.
Here is the do and do not list below
Love and attention
Please remember that a young puppy needs a lot of love and attention and the more attention you give to this puppy the easier you relationship will be in all aspects. This love and attention should immediately incorporate all you training aspects from the very beginning. Both good and bad things that the puppy does need to be commented upon, and trained into the puppy gently and with love. A puppy is a very apt pupil and will respond to both the "good dog" and the "bad dog" comments readily.
A puppy is going to need a lot of toys to plat with and to chew on, and the more you supply to the puppy the less of your home will become chewed up. You will find some great toys at your local pet shop and these toys are likely to become favorites of the puppy if you play along with the puppy.
Please remember that your new puppy is just the same as a small baby and needs a warm and comfortable sleeping area to call its bed. It does not really matter if this bed area is inside or outside and as long as you keep the temperature area remains comfortable you will be OK. If you are building a dog kennel please make it waterproof as there is not much worse than wet and cold blankets for your new puppy.
Please remember that dogs are pack or family orientated animals and that you should consider this when placing or choosing the future bed place. A dog or puppy is more comfortable being near you than at the other end of the property. Be warned though that any bad habits you teach your puppy in the beginning will be hard to retrain later.
Remember that your puppy is just a puppy and has to learn a lot of things, and if you do not keep a close eye on developments you could end up with a few disasters on your hands. Details like the safety of the puppy around children or swimming pools are the same as you would need to consider if it was a human child. But remember that the puppy is more at risk than any small children that are playing with the puppy. It is not unheard of for a child to kill a small puppy.
Toilet training is a task that is much easier to control if you stick to a schedule. Food and eating schedules are equally better handled if controlled. A puppy will generally eat 3 to 4 solid meals a day, and if you get into a routine where you take the puppy to a toilet area after eating and when the puppy wakes you should find problems are minimized.