Should I Let My Dog Sleep All Day?

When you’ve just added a new canine member to the family, it can be challenging to know what they need right away. You’ll probably have to experiment when it comes to toys, playtime, eating, and walking routines. When it comes to sleep, it’s hard to know just what each dog needs. Some puppies seem like they sleep all day, while others hardly get any shut-eye at all. If you’re concerned about your pup’s sleep schedule and are wondering if you should let your dog sleep all day, read on for more information. Why Do I Need to Worry About My Dog’s Sleep? A dog will get his best rest when he is comfortable and relaxed. Your dog’s sleep habits could clue you in on a few things that your dog might need. As you pay careful attention to any changes in their nighttime behavior, you’ll likely see a few changes that would benefit your dog’s sleep. We’ll talk more about those changes in feeding and bathroom breaks that could help you and your dog get better sleep. Does My Dog Need a Sleep Schedule? Experts agree that many dogs don’t need a sleep schedule if they can self-regulate reasonably well. Some dogs prefer to sleep late and can go up to twelve hours without needing to relieve themselves or eat breakfast. Other dogs may start misbehaving if they don’t have a regular schedule. When in doubt, putting your dog on a sleep schedule that you’ll stick to is a good choice. How Much Sleep Does My Dog Need? In general, dogs sleep a lot more than humans. They can...

Understanding Normal Puppy Behaviors

So you just got your first puppy… Congratulations! You’re in for an exciting adventure as you get to know your new furry friend. However, it’s not all fun and games right away – First you’ll need to ensure you have all the necessary items your puppy will need to get comfortable in your home. Next, it’s your responsibility to start teaching your pup good behaviors from the start. Training a new puppy can be a challenging task that involves a great deal of patience and a good attitude. Since puppies can exhibit some frustrating behaviors, it’s crucial that you know how to deal with them. If you’re a new pet owner or haven’t trained a puppy in a while, it can be challenging to know what’s normal and what you can expect of them. Here are a few very ordinary things that puppies do and how you can train them to master those behaviors.  Biting and Chewing If you’ve ever been bitten by a very young pup, you know that their tiny teeth can be quite sharp! They can also do a bit of damage to furniture, shoes, and books if left alone. But chewing on things isn’t really a problem behavior – just as human babies go through a teething period, puppies also are working on bringing their teeth out. Instead of scolding him for chewing, redirect his chewing to proper items like toys and treats. If the puppy starts nibbling your fingers while you’re petting him, say “ouch” or “no” loudly and stop giving him attention. He’ll quickly learn to play nice if he wants to play...

How to Teach Your Dog to “Stay”

“Stay” is one of the most difficult commands to teach because most dogs hate being still.  Teaching your dog to stay is essential for their safety and for your peace of mind. “Stay” is very useful in many different situations, from being able to look both ways before crossing a street while on a walk to preventing the dog from dashing out the door when you have guests over.  It is a great cue to practice your dog’s impulse control and encourages calm and relaxation. Define Your Stay Criteria It is very important that both you and your dog understand what exactly it means when you are telling your dog to “stay.” The general meaning of stay in dog training is that the dog will hold a motionless position. This position is typically the sit, down, or stand position. The general meaning of the word is that they hold the position until they are asked to do something else or given permission to move with a release word like “okay” or “all done.” Simply meaning that you are extending the length of their sit, down, or standing training cue.  Having your dog stay beside you begins with building confidence in your dog. Your dog loves to make you happy, so they will work very hard to prove themselves to you. Since you are your dog’s favorite person, they want to be near you. Setting real boundaries helps your dog thrive. Not allowing your dog to leave your side when you are out and about or when you are walking together will give your dog the confidence to be your...

5 Tips for Leash Training a Puppy

Teaching your puppy to walk with you on a leash is a critical skill that they must learn. Walks will be more fun for both of you when you aren’t being pulled around by a dog or dragging one after you. But getting a dog to walk calmly next to you can be very challenging. This article will unlock the secrets of teaching your puppy to walk correctly on a leash. Start Right Away  The earlier you can introduce your pup to a leash, the better. Some trainers even recommend letting your puppy drag the leash around the house, just so they can get used to the feeling. However, if you do decide to do that, you’ll want to keep a very close eye on him to make sure he doesn’t get caught on something or tangled up.  When you’re first beginning (the first few days), don’t worry so much about how your dog is walking on the leash. Just get them used to the feel and help them understand that they’re attached to you.  Focus on the Basics After your dog has adjusted to being on the leash, you’ll want to focus on the basics. Make your dog sit before your walk. Then, give a walk command. Walk slowly and keep your dog on a short leash. If your dog doesn’t want to move, try holding a treat in front of their nose to get them in the spirit.  If your dog is walking well and not pulling much on the leash, stop every 5 to 10 steps to praise your dog and give them a treat. Once...

Raising & Training a New Puppy During Quarantine

Many people have chosen to adopt a puppy or dog during this quarantine, as there were many dogs in need of shelter. Additionally, there’s probably been a lot of added benefits of his companionship for you during this time! The puppy snuggles and emotional boost that a furry friend can give may be just what you needed during this time of isolation. Getting a new puppy is such an exciting time; however, it’s a lot of work. Between the 2am bathroom trips, training him to learn important commands, and making sure he’s getting enough exercise, sleep, and food, it can be a lot. Add in the extra stressors and challenges of the global pandemic, and it makes raising a new puppy during quarantine difficult. Important parts of raising your puppy, such as socialization with other dogs and humans, taking part in group training classes, and veterinarian visits to stay on track with vaccinations, are all significantly tougher during this time with the regulations that are put in place. So, how can you raise a puppy during this time, while preparing him for “normal” life after quarantine? We have some tips! Staying on Schedule for Vaccinations Many veterinarians are altering their protocols to comply with safety regulations, but it’s crucial that you’re still making it a priority to get your dog in for regular visits to stay on track with vaccinations. Missing vaccinations can make him more prone to diseases such as rabies, parvovirus, and beyond. Many vets are offering curbside drop-offs for appointments, to limit the contact between humans. Work with your dog’s vet to find accommodations that work...

Fun Ways to Bond With Your Dog During Quarantine

Being cooped up inside our houses every day may not be ideal, but while it has become our reality at the moment, we might as well make the most of it! After all, there may be someone who’s excited about all this extra time you’re spending at home… Your dog! While you have plenty of extra time, this is a great opportunity to bond with your dog. Spend some quality time together that you may not otherwise get to during your typical busy schedule. Here are some fun ideas to start bonding with your dog during quarantine! Play Games & Exercise Chances are, you could both use a little more exercise during this time! If the parks in your community are closed, he may not be running around as much as he used to, but you can still take him on plenty of long walks where it is safe to do so. You can also play games in your yard or home such as hide and seek. Try setting up a makeshift obstacle course some mental and physical exercise! Homemade Dog Toys This one will keep you both entertained for a bit! Instead of ordering new toys off Amazon, which may have a delay in shipping, why not try your hand at making some homemade toys with all supplies that you’ll have already in your house! Using just old t-shirts, tennis balls, and scissors, you can make some fun new toys for free. After all, why spend money on toys that he’ll just rip apart in the matter or minutes. Cook for Him It’s no secret that dogs love...
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