… to bring the new dog home: The muddy season is basically over, it won’t be as painful to housebreak, begin daily walks and training sessions outdoors and to take some time off to spend with your companion. I highly recommend summer as the season to begin this journey.
However, as you take on the summer with your new (or or not so new) pup, remember to address the basic needs: keep your puppy well hydrated, lead with conviction, punctuate your leadership with love and a demonstration of commitment to her wellbeing, keep her well groomed and tick/flee free, updated on shots and well nourished, and yes, all at once.
Here are some summer tips:
It is too hot for you, it is too hot for the dog.
Never leave your dog in the car! (and oh, by the way, it is against the law)
Your dog is a pack animal: he wants to be with you and the rest of your pack. Don’t separate him just because it is sunny outside and leave him in the yard, unless you are there with him too.
Dogs never want to be alone. Not in a kennel, not in a yard, never!
If you take on an energetic companion, swimming is the way to go.
If you have a shy pup, take extra time to demonstrate your loyalty to him by teaching, treating and praising.
Remember to go out with your dog when it is not too hot: dogs can be your exercise partner, your latte partner down town, and yes, your pup is a great way to meet others! Quite the social magnet.
Most of all, enjoy your time together. The more you do so, the more you will gain from each other. See you around town!