New Haven (WTNH) - Lifestyle expert Mar Jennings visited Good Morning Connecticut
Sunday morning with his new dog Violet. Mar recently lost his pet
of 14 years, Corky. Now, he's brought home a new 12-week old puppy.
And with a new puppy, comes new responsibilities.
Here are Mar's tips for training and loving your new puppy.
Be sure to keep a name to two syllables or less. Select a few
that you like. One of them is sure to fit the personality of your
Just like bringing home a new baby, you must puppy-proof your
home. Don't leave things lying around that are likely to be
identified as tasty morsels. Dogs love to chew so make sure you
have plenty of chew toys available. Keep your new dog or puppy in a
confined area, don't give her run of the house.
When you paper-train a puppy, you then have to train them to go
out. Mar says he is not in favor of this two-step process. "Why
train your dog to go in the house and then have to un-train
Indoor/outdoor pet enclosures are a great way to house-train
your dog. These portable pens are light, easy to put up, are great
for traveling and can be adjusted for size as your puppy grows.
Take your puppy out every two to three hours and wait. Give them
time. When they go, give them lots of praise and a treat.
Puppies should not be taken to dog parks or public places until
they are at least 16 weeks old. They will not have had all their
puppy shots and should not be exposed to areas where other dogs
have been. Better safe than sorry.
Once you have made the decision to get a pet, purchase their
tags and collars immediately. Introduce them to the collar for a
few hours every day so they get used to it. It's also a good idea
to attach the leash to the collar for a few minutes every day.
Crating is a training tool and a personal choice based on your
life style. If you have a small room that can be designated as the
dog's area, this is a nice alternative. Professionals will
recommend that you crate your dog when it is unsupervised. Mars
prefer to utilize a soft, collapsible and portable carrying case in
lieu of a crate. This way, he can take it with him when he travels
and Violet has the comforts of home.
- A Tisket, a Tasket. Every Dog Needs a Basket
Every dog should have a pillow or basket that is separate from
their crate or training area. Violet has one in every main room in
the house. Mar chose a round slipcover but put a European Square
pillow inside to give it more fluff. She loves them.
Bowls designed for animals are harder to tip over because they
are flat on the bottom. A tipping, moving bowl can startle your
pet. Always put down food and water in the same location each and
every time -- and as much as you can manage, at the same time of
day --so your pet does not get confused.
"My experience with combing and brushing has been horrific,"
said Mar. "Corky refused to be brushed and how her groomer Debbie
did it, I'll never know. This time around, I'm taking a proactive
approach and introducing her to the brush early. She is very young
now and I am committed to continuing short periods of brushing
every other day. Lots of treats, praise and love will hopefully
Natural and organic toys are good for your dog and the
environment. Typically they are saliva resistant and made and
stuffed from unbleached cotton. However, some of the best toys can
be found right in your own home. Violet is mad for a piece of
recycled two inch cotton grosgrain ribbon. Mar tied a knot at one
end and it became hours of entertainment.
Introduce your dog early to what happens in your household. Take
the doorbell, for instance. "I don't want my dog to go bark-serk
every time someone is at the door," said Mar. "So, I ring the
doorbell as if someone were there and go through the motions. This
way Violet remains calm and doesn't get overly excited when the
These tips were provided by Mar Jennings. For more helpful tips,
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