Having a puppy at home can create some of the most amazing times not only for you but for your family as well. Puppies are so cute and adorable and if you have kids that experience is something that becomes so much more. Seeing your kids with this new puppy having a good time with it and playing with it is something that can’t be replaced. This may be something that is amazing but at the same time you can’t become a lazy owner. Taking care of a puppy requires a lot of time and dedication that you simply can’t ignore. There are many negative consequences to doing this and later on in the dogs life is usually when these come up. There are some people that think that this won’t be a problem because they will have time later on down the line to correct any problems that may come up. This is terrible thinking because it is much harder to teach an older dog that is set in his ways how to act instead of teaching a younger dog. Your goal should be to have a grown up dog that knows how to act and knows what to do.
One of these responsibilities that you have to raising a puppy is to make sure that you take him to get exercise. Puppies have so much abundance of energy that sometimes it’s unbelievable to think where they can be hiding all this. It is actually quite amazing to see it in action. This energy has to be burned off in order to supplement other training you want to do with him. His loss of energy lowers ability to resist learning. It makes him more docile and more susceptible to learn something new.
A great way to burn some of this energy is to have him play fetch. It’s a great exercise because you stand there and do nothing as he runs back and forth to get something for you. The best way to play this game is to make sure you use something that he loves to chew or play with. This is key because if you use something that he doesn’t really care about then you risk having him not be interested at all. A good idea would be to offer him some toys early on before you plan on going to play and keep watch on what he likes best. Then just use this to get him running. Something to keep in mind though is that if you never let him have the toy, he could get bored with this game so for you to prevent that you need to change things up a bit. Once he comes back play a little tug with the toy and let him win. This is also a great time to practice any other tricks you might have taught him.
Playing fetch is a great activity and is one that you can make into an entire family outing. It is a great time to use to spend with your family.
This author lives in Flemington, NJ with her husband and 5 month old daughter and is an expert contributing author for a luxury dog feeders boutique offering variety of dog beds and personalized dog beds.
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