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Puppy Care Step by Step

Here's a step-by-step guide for caring for a puppy from 8 to 12 weeks, including crate training, potty training, and basic obedience:

Week 8-10: Getting Acquainted

1. **Create a Safe Environment:**

- Puppy-proof your home by removing hazards and providing a secure space for your puppy to explore.

2. **Introduction to Crate:**

- Introduce the crate as a positive and safe space. Place treats and toys inside to encourage exploration.

3. **Establish a Routine:**

- Set a consistent daily schedule for feeding, potty breaks, playtime, and naps.

4. **Potty Training:**

- Take your puppy outside frequently, especially after meals and naps.

- Use a cue word like "go potty" and reward your puppy when they eliminate outside.

- Supervise closely indoors and use a crate when you cannot watch them.

5. **Basic Commands:**

- Start introducing simple commands like "sit" and "come" using treats as rewards.

Week 10-12: Crate Training and Obedience

6. **Crate Training:**

- Extend crate time gradually, making it a positive experience with treats and comfort items.

- Use the crate for short periods while you're at home to prevent separation anxiety.

7. **Extended Socialization:**

- Introduce your puppy to various people, environments, and friendly dogs in controlled settings.

8. **Leash Training:**

- Begin leash training with short walks in a quiet, safe area.

- Reward your puppy for walking beside you without pulling.

9. **Consistent Commands:**

- Continue practicing basic commands daily. Be patient and use positive reinforcement.

10. **Puppy Classes:**

- Enroll in a puppy training class for professional guidance and socialization.

11. **Handling Exercises:**

- Gently handle your puppy's paws, ears, and mouth to get them used to grooming and veterinary care.

12. **Continue Potty Training:**

- Reinforce good potty habits and gradually increase the time between bathroom breaks.


- **Positive Reinforcement:**

- Always use positive reinforcement like treats and praise to encourage good behavior.

- **Patience is Key:**

- Puppies learn at different rates, so be patient and consistent with training.

- **Socialization:**

- Expose your puppy to a variety of people, places, and experiences to build confidence.

- **Health Check:**

- Schedule a vet appointment for vaccinations, a health check, and advice on diet.

- **Playtime:**

- Provide interactive toys and engage in playtime to stimulate mental and physical development.

- **Consult a Professional:**

- If you encounter challenges, consider consulting a professional dog trainer for personalized advice.

Remember, every puppy is unique, and the key is to adapt these steps based on your puppy's individual needs and progress. Consistency and positive reinforcement will contribute to a well-behaved and happy companion.

K9 Experts, LLC.



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