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How To Help A Puppy Calm Down

Last week we discussed how long puppies are puppies. This week we are going to talk a bit about how to start to get a puppy to calm down. There are some things that you can implement that will help the puppy and help your sanity!

First up, is to have lots and lots of patience. As they say, patience is a virtue. Most puppies eventually settle down and become the dogs that we expect them to be. but it doesn’t happen overnight. It takes patience, training and socialization. But most importantly, you must have realistic expectations. Not all dogs are alike and none of them will be the same as a previous dog you may have owned. It takes time for dogs to mature and we can’t expect it to happen quickly.

We also need to provide adequate stimulation. A bored puppy can easily become a naughty and destructive puppy. It’s amazing the things they find to get into when left unattended. Puppies need both mental and physical stimulation. You need to keep your puppy’s mind stimulated and some things for that are dog toys and puzzles. Your puppy also needs regular exercise and this can be in the form of walks as well as play time indoors or in your backyard. Also, once your puppy is fully vaccinated you can look into training classes. Puppies love to learn and one of the best things you can do is get them going on basic obedience training early in their lives.

Dogs also enjoy dens. They provide security and a place to feel safe when they might get stressed. A “den” can be different depending on the owner and the dog. But most owners utilize a crate. Providing a crate where you dog can go to relax and be calm is a good thing, it is not prison for your dog. They are not humans and don’t think like we do. You should also consider providing some calm music for your dog, especially when you are away from them. Researchers have actually found that soft rock and reggae are the most effective music genre to help relieve stress.

You may also want to consider a pheromone product. We have used a product called ADAPTIL with some success with our last litter of puppies. It works by mimicking the natural pheromones mothers emit. This could help puppies calm down while transitioning to their new home.

The teething process can also be a challenge. To help your puppy minimize the chewing, biting and sometimes destruction of things associated with teething make sure you offer them plenty of chew toys or special treats. You can fill a Kong toy with peanut butter and freeze it or even offer them a RAW bone to chew on.

But perhaps the most important thing you can do before getting a puppy is to do your research to be sure you understand the temperament of the breed you intend to bring home and prepare yourself for the challenge. You need to make sure you will have the time and energy required to provide the exercise and mental stimulation your puppy will need BEFORE bringing them home.

If you have a puppy or even an adult dog that could benefit from some training give us a call at 231-845-0550 to discuss our training options. Our November class is beginning to fill up. Also, if you think you are traveling for the holidays and need to board your animals give us a call to make your reservations. We are already taking reservations for Spring Break!


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