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What to expect from your new 4-legged friend and when to expect.
                                                      Congratulations!  So, you have your new puppy. Now what? You're a new "parent"!   Are you wondering where  should you begin? The first few weeks your new puppy is in your home are some of the most important in the socialization process. Start a good routine of eating, sleeping, playing, and outdoor exercise. Remember, though, that between seven and ten weeks of age most puppies go through a period in which they lose some of their self-confidence. Trust comes harder for them and things that we would expect them to be comfortable with suddenly elicit anxiety or fear. Where before they would boldly charge into a new situation, they now seem apprehensive. This could be anything from loud noises, new people, play that's a little too rough, going to a new place, etc. This has little to do with the change in where they are living or the separation from their siblings or mother. Even in cases in which the litter remains together, this same behavioral pattern is noted at this age. Do not overreact. Your puppy will mature through this and be just fine if you do your part. You do not want to become overly protective and isolate him from the outside world. Choose activities that can be controlled. Introduce the puppy to new people including children. Instruct  children to be calm and gentle with puppy. Let you pup meet the neighbor's friendly dog. At approximate 12 weeks of age, this period comes to an end and most owners will see their puppies become bolder toward new people, animals, and experience                                                                                                        Do not be surprised when see your developing new companion; bits, barks, chews, digs, marks the house with urine. Those are all natural, normal and necessary canine behaviors. Owners should teach a puppy; where to eliminate, what to chew, when to bark, where to dig, how to greet people, to walk politely on-leash, to settle down when requested, to inhibit its otherwise quite normal biting behavior, and to thoroughly enjoy the company of other dogs and people.  Involve your puppy as much as you can in your daily activities. He will become well-socialized and happy dog. Besides, that is the reason you have welcomed him/her into you family, right?
 
 
 
















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