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Dawn Watson's Tip of the Week: Puppies

Dawn O Watson/CNBNews Contributor

Pet Tip of the Week



Puppies are fun! They are cute and cuddly, and nothing can make you laugh harder than a baby dog’s antics! There are certain things to consider before bringing Baby Fido into your family, however.

With strict adherence to a schedule a twelve-week-old puppy can be taught to go ‘potty’ outside or on a puppy pad within four weeks. If you are unsure about the housebreaking technique my book, Training Your Dog With Love and Compassion, is available on Amazon.com or can be ordered at any bookstore. While the steps are not complicated, they can be frustrating.

Puppies nip and chew. With patience, this behavior can be eliminated by sixteen weeks of age. Before that time, your home must be puppy-friendly so that Baby Fido does no damage to your belongings or your family members.

Puppies will whine and cry if separated from their people so unless he is brought to your bedroom, be prepared for some sleepless nights.

Puppies require vaccinations and visits to the veterinarian, which can be costly. They need to be spayed or neutered and given medications to prevent heartworm and fleas. They need to be supervised outdoors because their instinct is to dig. They can escape a yard by burrowing or sneaking through small spaces.

Super-sized dogs can l Trixieive ten years. Medium dogs can live to be twelve or thirteen. Small dogs average sixteen or seventeen years of life. The commitment is real—they are not disposable!

Raising a puppy to adulthood and caring for him for all of his life is a rewarding endeavor. But it is not to be taken lightly! Your dog will be a member of your family for many years. If you cannot fathom the idea of a long-term commitment, please do not shop for or adopt a puppy.

If you have questions about this, or any other dog-related issue please call or text 856.981.8957 or email brotherofthewolf@live.com. There is never a fee for phone or email consultations.

Wado udohiyu, (Thank you very much in the Cherokee language)

Dawn Watson, Owner

Brother of the Wolf LLC

Pictured: Trixie. Rest in Peace my darling. I will never stop loving you.