New Puppy Tips: 7 Lessons in 7 Days

New puppy training may be overwhelming if you are a first-time dog parent. Potty training, crate training, puppy bite inhibition training, separation anxiety training… Oh dear, where to start with these little fluffy cute pups?

Many new puppy tips and tricks are out there, and some of them do help. Here I offer my first week puppy tips and tricks.

00:00 Intro
00:20 Bring tissue paper on the ride
01:07 Let puppy’s anxiety fade
01:59 Dog proof your surroundings
02:48 Puppy training, take it easy
03:45 Start from a confined area
04:57 Puppy schedule is useful
05:45 Crate training

A couple of commonly asked questions regarding dog raw diet and crate training in the comment sections:

Q: Can you feed the dog raw or cooked bones?

A: Bones are a good source of minerals and other nutrients. Chewing on bones stimulates saliva enzymes and reduces plaque buildup. Dogs are able to digest raw food, but all raw meat has the risk of containing salmonella and listeria, which are harmful to your dog and you. However, this is still a personal choice. I only feed raw diet occasionally as a surprise treat.

But do not give cooked bones to dogs. Cooked bones are sharp and can splinter into shards that can cause damage to the dog. Cooking can also remove nutrients from the bone.

Q: Should you do crate training?

A: Dog are den animals. A dog’s den is their home where they can sleep at night and raise new pups. I put blankets on the crate so that it mimics the actually semi-enclosed environment for her to feel safe. In fact, without asking, Ellie would go back to her crate to take a nap. She can choose wherever she sleeps.

Never use the crate as a punishment. That would ruin the safe place they trust. I am also strongly against putting the dog in a crate for extended period of time.

Housetraining can also be effectively done by using a crate, because dog don’t like to make a mess in their den.

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