How to Make a Puppy Happy
An older puppy can often benefit from
chewing on rawhide bones because he is teething. Make sure he is chewing the
rawhide into small pieces before swallowing it. Some dogs, like retrievers, tend
to swallow in pieces that are too large and this will lodge in his throat. It is
not a fun trip to the vet, when you cannot remove it yourself and could be life
threatening. Watch the dog closely when he chews.
A very small puppy is like a toddler
and will put everything in his mouth. Child proofing or in this case, puppy
proofing is imperative. Remember that certain types of plants are poisonous.
When in doubt, remove the plant from her reach.
Feed him the right kind and quantity
of food. The vet can tell you what is best for the dog breed and age. If she is
gaining weight too quickly, she may be getting overfed. However, puppies are
growing and need more calories and nutrients than a sedentary older dog.
Do not tether your puppy to a run or
rope. He could hurt himself by running to the full length of the run, thus
wrenching his spine. Instead, though you may initially think it is cruel, an
invisible fence is the best option. The minor static shock is harmless to him
and most dogs learn to avoid it very quickly. The best news about the popularity
of the invisible fence is the monumental decline in dogs being hurt by moving
vehicles in areas where these fences are prevalent.
Shhh... do you hear them?