However, before getting that puppy home, you need to be aware that, that cute little ball of fur will be completely reliant on you for regular and frequent feeding, attention, training, guidance, plenty of time, and lots of love.
Many people do not realize the kind of responsibility that is involved in puppy care. An eight-week-old puppy (do not get puppies younger than that, as they are weaned when they are eight weeks old, and taking them away from their mother before that makes them unhealthy) requires as much love, care, and attention as a human baby.
Therefore, before getting yourself a pup, you will need to decide whether or not you can commit yourself and your time to him. Once you are sure, here are a few tips that will help you along the way.
Preparing for Your Puppy's Needs
It is a good idea to get the things you will need for your puppy before bringing him home. Here are some of the basic things that will be required:
Basic tools for grooming. Buy a comb, bristle brush, pin brush, dog shampoo, nail clipper, nail powder, dog toothbrush, and dog toothpaste.
Treats for your puppy. Keep a stock of soft and crunchy puppy treats. The crunchy ones are good for keeping your puppy's teeth clean, and the soft ones will be useful during training.
Bringing Home Your Puppy
One of the most important things to do is to bond with your puppy. This will create a deep emotional tie, which in turn will make it easier to obedience train him, as well as enhance the relationship you have with your dog. Remember, your pup may display stress the first couple of nights or so. After all, it is a new environment for him.
He may wake you up a number of times by barking, crying, or even howling. He's just insecure and scared. He may even need to urinate or defecate. Be caring and comforting. Most importantly, do not get impatient or yell, for it will only exacerbate his stress. Soothe his fears away gently. He will settle down soon enough.
Give your pup a name and call him by it frequently, and soon you will be delighted by the way he will respond to it. In fact, this is one the best ways to begin training him. Obedience train your pup firmly, but gently. Never hit your dog or treat him harshly. Feed him with three meals a day along with lots of affection.
Later, the number of feeds can be reduced. Make sure to take him out soon after feeding to allow him to defecate. Take your pup for short walks of 10 - 15 minute duration; any longer will exhaust him and make his limbs hurt. Take as much pleasure in the walks you have with him.
Be playful when exercising him, not like a stern drill master. Enjoy the playful antics he gets up to. Brush and comb him gently and lovingly. The more loving care you bestow on your pup, the more he will return that love and affection, as only dogs can.