Test Your Puppy Knowledge
So you want to welcome a puppy into your home? Pawesome! Before you pack up and head for the shelter, it's important to know you're prepared for having a pup. Or at least as prepared as you can be. Test your puppy prowess with this quiz, full of essential information for all new dog owners. Remember: with great cuteness, comes great responsibility. Make sure you are ready for all those sweet - and sometimes messy - puppy surprises.
True or False: All Puppies Should Be Fed The Same Diet.
Puppies have different needs based on their size and breed. Feeding all young pups the same amount and kind of food can lead to health problems and/or obesity as they grow older. Discuss a specialized diet plan with a vet for your puppy.
How Often Should You Take
Puppies Who Are In The Middle
Of Being Trained To Be
Housebroken Outside To Do
- Every 6 Hours
- Twice A Day
- Every 2 Hours
Every 2 Hours
Experts recommend taking puppies who are just beginning to housetrain outside every 2 hours during the day, especially after meals. This will help your new dog quickly associate the outdoors with doing his business.
What Is The Best Way To "Puppy-Proof" Cabinets?
- Metal Hardware Or Locks
- Train Your Pup To Stay Away
- Child-Safe Latches
Metal Hardware Or Locks
Many curious and energetic dogs can easily outsmart or out-muscle a child latch. Metal hardware and locks ensure your young dog stays away from dangerous supplies until he learns not to enter cabinets.
How Should You Handle House-Training Accidents?
- Crate Puppy After Accident
- Show The Accident To Your Puppy and Discipline Him
- Create A More Consistent Schedule
Create A More Consistent Schedule
Your puppy is still learning what you want and is bound to make mistakes. Scolding your dog will only make him fearful and may lead to more problems. Look at when and where the accident occurred and try to remedy your house-training schedule to avoid future accidents.
How Old Should A Puppy Be When You Adopt?
- 9 Weeks or Older
- 6 Weeks or Older
- 4 Weeks or Older
9 Weeks or Older
Puppies spend their first 8 weeks working on dog-to-dog social skills. It's important that puppies are with their mother and littermates during this time to help with socialization. Unless the dog has been abandoned, the puppy should stay with other canines during this time.
What Should You Do If Your Puppy Bites You While Teething?
- Quickly Pull Your Hand Away
- Yell Out And Let Your Hand Go Limp
- Scold Your Dog And Stop Playing
Yell Out And Let
Your Hand Go Limp
By stopping play and interaction your puppy learns that biting stops the fun. Yelling "ouch" also serves as a verbal cue to your dog that he/she can learn to listen for and in turn avoid. While pulling your hand away quickly may be a natural action, the movement will likely excite your pet and encourage their rough play.
What Trick Should NOT Be Yours Dog's First?
When you are training your pup, they are extremely absorbent to what they learn. The first "tricks" you teach them will be what they resort to when they are stressed, trying to please you or anxious, because it is what they learned during their formative weeks. Sitting and staying are helpful reactions from a dog, while speaking may make a stressful situation with your dog even more chaotic. Save that one for later.
True or False: Owners Should
Start Introducing Their Puppy
To New Situations Shortly
After Bringing The Dog Home.
The first few months of a dog's life will serve as a basis for his actions and reactions for when he is older. Introducing your puppy to different people, places, vaccinated dogs and experiences will help him become a social and comfortable adult dog. If your dog does show signs of fear towards a certain experience, you should stop exposure to that particular thing.
Crates Should NOT Be Used For:
- Alone Time
Crates are an especially helpful tool in puppy training. They can be a place for your dog to seek out comfort and they're great for travel. If you use a crate for discipline or as punishment for an accident, your puppy will avoid using a crate as an adult dog. This can pose problems when you need to crate your dog for travel, boarding, company, and other reasons.
What Dog Toy Is A Safe Choice For Puppies?
- Baby Chew Toys
- Plush Squeak Toys
Plush Squeak Toys
These toys serve as a comfort to your pup who may miss cuddling with mom. Also plush toys, unlike the other two, do not have small, hard pieces that can get lodged in your pup's throat. Play should still be monitored to ensure your pup does not choke on any part of the plushie.
This must not be your first puppy. You have the knowledge it takes to provide a healthy and happy life for your new pet. What a lucky dog! Now that you have mastered the basics, enjoy the time you have to learn your dog's unique and adorable personality.
It's clear that you know quite a bit about dogs, but there is always more to learn. Puppies can really keep you on your toes, so don't be afraid to seek out more resources and expert advice so you are ready for anything.
Before you bring a puppy into your home, make sure you and the rest of your household are prepared. There are plenty of responsibilities and surprises that come with owning a sweet baby dog; we know you can master them in no time.