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Raising a Polite Puppy
March 1, 2021

Have you rece ntly adopted a puppy? Congratulations! Little Fido will certainly keep you smiling with his clumsy antics, affectionate puppy kisses, and adorable face. However, raising a dog is more involved than just doling out belly rubs and snacks on demand. You’ve got some pet parenting to do! Read on as a Portland, OR veterinarian offers some tips on helping Fido grow into a friendly, polite pooch.


S  ocialization

If we could only put one item on this list, it may very well be this one. Socialization is absolutely crucial to your canine companion’s development, both mentally and emotionally. You’ll need to introduce the little guy to lots of different people and take him to new places. This helps him form a positive, open opinion about the world. Granted, this can get tricky in the midst of a pandemic, but you can still visit parks, and let him interact with friends and family members.


Ground Rules

Make sure to establish ground rules from the start. If you don’t want little Fido to sleep on the couch when he’s big Fido, don’t let him do it now. Nip bad habits, like begging and jumping on people, in the bud.


Provide Structure

Dogs really thrive when they are kept to a steady routine, much in the same way as toddlers do. Walk, feed, and play with Fido at the same times every day.


Training

Your furry friend’s petucation should start immediately. Teach your canine pal basic obedience commands, such as Sit, Stay, Come, Heel, and Lay Down . Housebreaking and crate training are also important.


Positive Reinforcement

Little Fido may be adorable, but he certainly isn’t perfect. Sooner or later, he’s going to do something naughty, such as eating your shoe. When this happens, don’t punish him. You can say ‘No’ or something similar in a stern tone, but anything more than that may just confuse him. Positive reinforcement is by far the better option.


Spay/Neuter

One of the best things you can do for Fido’s behavior is getting him fixed. This will curb your pet’s natural urges to procreate. This is very important! After the procedure, your furry buddy will be calmer, better behaved, and less inclined to bad habits, such as running off, spraying, and acting aggressive.


As your Portland, OR veterinary clinic, we love watching puppies grow into happy, healthy adult dogs. Please contact us anytime!

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