Puppies aren’t so different from kids in their exuberance. The world is new to them and they are growing fast. It’s no surprise then that they often get into mischief or make clumsy falls. Taking reasonable preventative measures with your pup will make life much easier – and help keep your puppy out of harm’s way.
Put a gate before any set of stairs. Puppy tumbles are dangerous and likely to occur without some boundary in between the pet and the staircase. A simple plastic, wood or metal gate that you can pass through easily and lock behind you is ideal. Whether the gate blocks the bottom or the top of the stairs, you just need something to stop the pup from scurrying up and down, up and down.
Teach the pet a basic set of commands. Although training a puppy definitely takes some patience and due diligence, it pays off immensely over the remainder of their life. Sit, stay and come are three key commands that will help teach your pup some control and will establish yourself as the authority in the house. Doing so will make them much more likely to stay out of trouble when you react to a situation and they obey your commands.
Get the dog used to being in a crate. Separation anxiety can develop in puppies if left totally to their own devices. If you can ease them into their crate early and often, they will be a lot more comfortable in it when you leave home for work, errands or fun. Choosing to let them wander your home freely may give them the opportunity to chew up carpet, couch cushions or other objects due to nervousness and pent-up energy.
Always have the puppy leashed when going outside. Following simple commands is one matter, but being well-behaved while off leash and outside is a very different ballgame. It is recommended that you establish the leash as an everyday thing whenever you take the pup away from home. If you have a yard with a secure fence, you might be able to make an exception – but otherwise, keep the dog leashed when you take them out.
Make sure to spay and neuter your pooch. It is best to do so when the dog is still a puppy to minimize health complications. Equally important is the procedure’s effect of lessening a dog’s aggression. Canines that have not been spayed or neutered tend to get in more scuffles with other dogs. For the sake of your dog’s safety as well as other pet owners, go to the vet to spay/neuter.