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 for both you and your furry friend!
Avoid Separation Anxiety
Raising a puppy during this time while you’re home 24/7 might make things easier for now but can be recipe for disaster when you have to return to your “normal” routine, leaving your dog alone and confused. He’s going to become very dependant on you, if you’re around and giving him attention at all hours of the day. Working on separation anxiety with him now before you have to leave for 8 hours a day for work is imperative. Leaving for a quick walk during the day, or running errands to the grocery store to get him used to the crate and being alone will help to prepare him. Remember that your puppy’s sense of smell is so powerful that if you were to put him in the crate in the other room, while you’re still around, he’ll know. You need to fully leave the house for him to understand.
Socialization is one of the most important things for your puppy to learn at an early age. Between 7-16 weeks of age is the imprint period for your dog. If he misses out on proper socialization during this time, he’ll likely be at higher risk of developing problems such as fear and aggression. Although socialization looks a bit different for humans at this time with social distancing in place, finding ways to expose your puppy to different things in a safe and positive way is key. Proactively introducing your dog to different smells, sounds, and experiences will start to make him feel comfortable with changing environments. At Canine College, we’re still offering outdoor play sessions and small group classes for dogs in our outdoor facility, following all safety guidelines.
Contact Canine College
If you’re interested in signing your puppy up for classes at Canine College, or taking advantage of any of our other offerings during this time, check out our recent article outlining the services we’re providing! We’re the top dog trainers in the Holbrook MA area and have earned the trust of hundreds of dog owners and their beloved furry friends. Contact us today to get started!