Did you add a furry 4-legged member to your family over the holidays? Or maybe you’re considering getting a new puppy this year? Read on for suggestions on how to quickly acclimate your newest addition into your family and busy schedule.
Oh, the cuteness of a clean, tumbly puppy! Sweet, not really steady on his legs yet. We could watch them sleep and dream for hours. And when they’re really young, they do sleep a lot.
A few months in, they are running! Seemingly all the time. And chewing. And barking, maybe. And possibly still with “accidents” in the house.
Your sweet puppy is still cute, but you’re feeling there’s some work too.
We suggest you take a look at you and your pup’s schedule. At a young age, energy management is important for establishing and maintaining good health and social habits.
Simply. It’s ensuring your lovely pup is getting enough exercise and also meeting other dogs (in a safe way so he can learn to BE a dog).
If you have a growing puppy in your home, you already know what we’re talking about. There’s a lot of racing around and random moments, infinite energy for playtime of ball, tug and chase. Seemingly brief naps strewn throughout the day.
How much is “enough”?
Each dog is different. Just like people.
Perhaps you know something about the dog you have? If you went to a breeder, you probably studied the breed closely before selecting. Ask the breeder about how much and types of exercise, as they’ll know the dog type well.
If you adopted, you may not know as much but you may see traits and tendencies. Ask your dog-loving friends….and ask us too! We have some knowledge and insight in house.
What we can share about this topic is: most dogs, puppies or grown, don’t get enough exercise and simply need more of it.
When you’re at work, and your puppy is home, he’s sleeping for a lot of that time. Recharging his batteries. Or, he’s awake, in or out of a crate and in need of activity so may get into trouble just trying to offload that energy he needs to burn.
Which means, work and chores for you when you get home.
Walks, runs, playtime with toys, meeting other dogs (and people too) are all great forms of physical and social activity.
You may not always feel like engaging at this level after a long day of work. Or, the couple of blocks you may walk, may not be enough.
The thing is, your puppy really needs this dynamic activity. And they burn lots of energy. So you’ll have a restful, relaxed pup, instead of a pent-up and possibly anxious one.
It really comes to your new dog’s behavior. Are there damage and chewed personal items when you get home? Holes dug in the backyard? Does it seem there’s no way to “wear him out”? He may just need a higher level of activity (eg a run vs a walk).
Consider a full day at daycare, a few times per week. We’d welcome him all the weekdays you’d care to share him with us here at the Club.
What needs to happen first is an assessment to be sure your puppy is suited to daycare (not all dogs are). Simply call or email and schedule this assessment with your puppy today.