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When you bring a puppy home, you are suddenly faced with obnoxious puppy behavior like whining, biting, jumping, chewing, and pooping on the carpet.

It is imperative to allow your puppy the time to learn what is acceptable and what is NOT. The things your puppy experiences now are going to affect him for the rest of his life.

So here are some bite-sized puppy tips to get you through the next few months.

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  1. Get a crate. It makes housetraining incredibly easy.
  2. Let your puppy sleep in your bedroom, at least for the first few nights. Put the crate next to your bed so you can reassure him.
  3. Baby gates are your friend.
  4. Supervise, supervise, supervise.
  5. Set up a puppy room for when you can’t supervise. Pick a small area like the bathroom or kitchen, block it off with baby gates.
  6. Pick a potty spot. If you don’t want Sparky pooping all over the yard as an adult, pick one area and take him directly there when it’s potty time.
  7. Set a daily routine.
  8. Enroll in a puppy class.
  9. Play some puppy training games.
  10. Don’t encourage behavior that you’ll regret when he gets big.
  11. Get your pup used to handling from day one, touching feet, nails, tail, ears, mouth, teeth, and belly with love.
  12. Start grooming early on.
  13. Let your puppy meet at least two new (friendly and gentle) people every day.
  14. Take your puppy to the petstore. Great socialization opportunity.
  15. Introduce your pup to all kinds of novel things.
  16. Socialize, don’t traumatize.
  17. Invite friends and family to meet-the-puppy parties.
  18. Reward good behavior, don’t wait for bad behavior.
  19. Avoid the dog park. Initial bad experiences aren’t good for your puppy.
  20. Feed 2-3 small meals per day initially, then move to once a day as your dog grows.
  21. Pick up anything you don’t want destroyed. If it’s on the floor, it WILL be chewed.
  22. Focus on what you want, not what you don’t want. Don’t let them jump on your or your family.
  23. Provide toys, rotate the toys or even make your own
  24. If you think your puppy needs to go potty at all, don’t hesitate to take him outside!
  25. Practice separation. Don’t allow separation anxiety, train your puppy to the crate and reinforce good behaviors.
  26. Visit the vet to get a microchip, health checkup and his shots.
  27. Leave the TV or radio on when you leave your puppy home alone.
  28. Teach good leash manners early.
  29. Have Fun with your new family member!!

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