Ein Welpe zieht ein

A puppy moves in

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Before your puppy arrives, you can prepare a few important things. A young dog is often not housebroken and doesn't know what he is allowed to do or what he shouldn't do. Before you pick up your new family member, you should puppy-proof your apartment or house.

Move decorations or plants that are on the ground up or temporarily to an inaccessible place in your home. Carpets should also be put away for now, as puppies like to do their small or large business on soft surfaces.

The puppy's initial equipment

To make it easier for your pet to settle in, you should prepare a place for them before they move in. Special dog boxes, baskets or blankets are available in different shapes, colors and dimensions and should be selected according to the expected body size of the puppy.

Food, treats and toys should also not be missing from the puppy's initial equipment. You can encourage positive behavior by giving dog treats, especially when getting used to it. Give your dog the opportunity to explore his surroundings at his own pace - this promotes bonding and confidence.

When you buy a puppy from a breeder, the first collar and leash are often included when you pick it up. If this is not the case or you have adopted your four-legged friend from an animal shelter, you should take precautions. Please find out in advance about the correct dimensions for the collar or, alternatively, the harness.

The puppy in the car

The first hurdle for puppy owners is transport from the breeder or animal shelter to the new home. Ideally, your new family member already knows how to drive. If your dog has never ridden in a car before, you should not put him in the trunk alone. Strap him into the back seat and sit someone next to him so there isn't too much excitement. If you have a longer journey ahead of you, you should plan small stops along the way.

Activity for the puppy

Don't overwhelm your new family member: puppies don't need long walks and hours of running around. Especially at the beginning, you should pay attention to rest periods and keep the walk short so that you don't put too much physical strain on your puppy. The rule of thumb here is: One minute per week of the dog's age.

Mental exercise is also important for your young dog. You should also show your puppy his boundaries right from the start in order to prevent unwanted behavior. Dog training should be playful: searching for food, initial commands and small exercises strengthen the bond with the dog and form the basis for relaxed interaction. Attending a suitable dog school that offers “puppy training” courses is important and recommended for you as a human-dog team growing together. Getting to know your puppy's needs, treating him appropriately and exercising him appropriately for his age will shape his entire life.

Since mental activity is very strenuous for your puppy, you shouldn't overdo it here either. Always ensure there is a balance between tension and relaxation so that nothing stands in the way of a long and healthy life for your animal.

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