Being a dog owner is a great delight. It can even be better if you had your dog ever since it was little. Puppies can be easier to train and provide you with years of companionship. However, raising a puppy can be just as grueling as raising a child.
Dogs can be pretty independent, but there are some things you have to do to ensure that you pup grows up to be a great member of the family.
If you’re single though, raising a puppy can be a bit of a challenge. This is made even more so if you have a full-time job. Puppies love companionship and attention and leaving the house or apartment for more than half-a-day is not conducive to that.
However, it is possible for you to raise a puppy while holding a job. All you need is to go that extra mile in caring for them. Many people with jobs have successfully raised pups to adulthood and have been rewarded by loyal companionship.
Problems That You Will Face
However, if you plan on raising a puppy, you will need to be aware of the potential problems that you will be facing. Knowing these beforehand will make it easy to deal with them when the time comes. All of these troubles can be faced with a little training, so you need to be ready to teach your pet to be have properly.
- Barking. When you’re raising a puppy, you’ll notice that they tend to be noisy. It’s actually pretty cure when you think about it. The trouble is it’s not that cute when you have to deal with it for hours on end. By the time you come home, your pup will have exhausted himself barking – which means your neighbors have been treated to hours of your dog’s performance. It is possible teach your dogs to keep quiet or at least have them only bark when it’s important, so you should start training them to do so.
- Chewing. Another problem that you will encounter while raising a puppy is that of chewing. Your puppy has a lot of energy to burn through like any young one. The trouble is that without you there to modulate them, one of their outlets to release that energy is to chew on things. This can range from small objects to parts of furniture. You may end up coming home to find your slippers a complete loss and the couch needing some repairs. One of the best ways to stop this is to give your pup a dedicated chew toy. This ensures that they have something to chew on. However, you might still want to get some additional training for your pet to ensure that they won’t bite down on something they shouldn’t.
- Potty Training. One of the big challenges that you will face is potty training. When you’re raising a puppy, you will inevitably find them making a mess on your floor. This is why you need to teach them to go to the proper place to make their mess. This can be a bit difficult at first, since puppies have little bowel and urinary control. There are ways to ensure that they learn though.
First, there is crate training. It’s pretty easy – you just place your dog in a crate. This uses the natural instinct of dogs not to mess up the place that they are staying at. Don’t have them stay in there too long though, unless you have someone ready to check on them. Put them in the crate for several hours and then take them out for them to do their business.
Second, there is paper training. This uses paper and the place where your pet naturally does his business. At first, cover the area with paper so that they’ll be easy to remove. Slowly, as your pet gets used to it, reduce the paper coverage. Your pet will soon develop the habit of only making a mess on the paper area. The time will come that you can move the paper to where you want to make your pet make a mess. This is a slow process though and will take a lot of patience.
- Loneliness. Finally, the biggest issue in raising a puppy while you have a job is loneliness. They want companionship and leaving them alone for a long time. You’ll want to deal with that big problem. If you can’t have someone stay with your pup during work, try to spend as much as time with them when you arrive. They’ve been waiting the whole day for you, so you should seriously consider that.
What to Do After
Once you’ve managed to overcome the first hurdles in raising a puppy, you should be able to focus on a few other issues. One of these is to find a place to put them. You want them to be comfortable and safe. This is why your best choices are either to puppy-proof a room or get one of those puppy pens to keep them contained.
Other things that you will need in raising a puppy are toys, someone to help, and exercise. Toys will keep them amused and a good mood. This is necessary if you want them to be good-tempered in the long run. You’ll want to buy durable toys that will survive their attentions.
Though you can raise a puppy alone, you will still need some help. Find someone who can check on your puppy through the day or provide them with companionship. There are even doggy daycare centers that can help with this, but there’s no need to go that far. Just someone to drop by and check how your pet is doing is enough.
Finally, you’ll want to exercise your pet. Taking them on walks gives you a chance to bond with them. Exercise also helps with their physical development and gives you time to train them.
Raising a puppy is a challenges, but with a little know-how and effort, you should be able to raise a good dog to be your companion.