Adopting a new puppy can be equal to the anticipation and arrival of a human child to many people. Equally just as exciting, nerve wracking, scary and stressful. However with a puppy all of that is much shorter lived and sometimes even more rewarding then the initial experiences with a human newborn. A properly bred and raised puppy often brings emotions to people that they never knew they were capable of feeling, let alone the depth of love the puppy equally gives back.
Our puppies are often so quick to learn what they must early on that is it almost as if they came into the world with an understanding what is needed out of them and they are so ever willing to give all of their existence to their new family. A DBT Boston Terrier's mind is often so wrapped in making us humans feel so special that we still are amazed what their capable of early on and how with the right human dedication they become capable of almost anything a dog can do, should do or might do to please their humans. It is very easy to get caught up on the excellent bragging rights that come with each and every one of our pups, so don't feel alone if they instantly capture you too!
When bringing home your new puppy there are some basic things that need to settled right off the get go. The Boston's have a special way of convincing you that they are much too cute for rules and their occasionally naughtiness is only done to make you laugh hysterically rather then being just naughty. While sometimes this is true, and BT's are famous for doing stuff just to get you to laugh but lets talk about how you can be the best BT owner possible, thereby getting them to be the best they can be.
Before bringing your new pup home think about where the puppy is going to be the first 2 weeks.
a) The location should be in a quiet part of the house, preferably on tile or linoleum.
b) Puppy should not be placed in bedrooms where his/her nightly whines can stir a reaction out of humans.
c) Crate can be placed in a puppy playpen with newspaper/puppy pads floor lining, with the crate containing the bed. Food and water bowls should be placed nearest to the Crate and away from where the pup might potty.
d) Try and take the pup out every couple hours supervised where their ultimate soiling place will be.
remember that pups need to relieve themselves anywhere from 10 to 45 mins after they eat and drink.
e) Never feed the pups after 4 Pm.
Never ever take your puppy out in public places until fully vaccinated ( all 4 sets of puppy shots)
If your puppy cries, resist the urge to respond to him/her. Wait until the puppy is quieted and calm before reacting in anyway. That includes talking at all to the pup when they are crying. By doing so you are encouraging them unnaturally bark. BT's are a naturally quiet dog but that can easily be changed by a overly sensitive human. This doesn't mean ignoring their needs nor ignoring when they need to go potty.
Provide your puppy with all different kinds of toys to entertain themselves. It's critical that they learn to be confident on their own and when they have company. This means they must have private playtime and a human must resist the urge to always be involved in every amazing adorable thing they do. Its a ploy! They will train you to jump, walk, climb, hop and scoot to their whim if this advise is not heeded! :) Even if you have the joy of adopting two pups, They must spend time alone to be a truly balanced dog.
Its very important to keep them accustomed to bathing and getting their nails trimmed. Even if they do not need it, its a great idea to have a quiet time with a pair of nail trimmers and pretend to trim away.The same goes for bathing, run some warm water and let them stand in it, get a squeaky and make it into a water game. Do not use shampoo's or soaps more then one time month on their entire body. This will cause dry flaky skin.
Its very important to get them use to a leash early on. Tie a 6 foot leash to belt loop while walking about in your house and gently lead the puppy. In the first 3 weeks of getting pups they naturally follow you everywhere and the leash process is fairly simple if started now. Be very careful not to accidentally step on them, so its better to shuffle your feet along the ground while doing this. This tracing should only be done by a capable adult.
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