|Frank as a puppy|
2. Take your puppy to basic training class – All veterinary behaviorists agree that early socialization is a crucial step in creating a happy and well-adjusted dog. Exposure to other puppies, new people, and places can help prevent your puppy from being fearful and socially awkward. The critical time period is in the first three to four months of life, which is when sociability outweighs fear and they are most open to new experiences.
|Poppy as a puppy|
I offer a free monthly class called The Polite Puppy on the last Sunday of every month. We discuss teaching manners and recommendations for wellness care to get your new puppy off on the right paw. You can visit www.thepolitepuppy.org for more information or you can email me if you are interested in joining us. We meet at 3 pm at Happy Paws on Wisconsin Avenue in Tenlytown.
3. Spay or neuter!! – I cannot stress the importance of this enough. In my opinion, spaying or neutering is the single best thing you can do, not only for your own pet but also for the millions of homeless animals living and dying in shelters. In this country we euthanize around four million dogs and cats every year due to overcrowding in shelters.
These simple surgeries that remove the reproductive organs are a direct way to improve the health of your pet. Along with eliminating the chances for many types of cancer as well as a life threatening uterine infection, spaying and neutering can prevent many behavior issues. If the above reasons to spay or neuter haven’t convinced you, consider this: female dogs in heat are messy and it is always embarrassing to have your male dog humping someone’s leg....