Puppies

Looking for a puppy? Have a puppy? Learn about puppies from the experts.

There's nothing sweeter than puppy breath, those inquisitive little noses and non-stop wiggling tails. Our puppies section covers all you need to know about these adorable little guys, from the time you take one home to the moment you can call your pup an adult dog. Learn how to prepare your home for a puppy, get the lowdown on what vaccines are needed at each stage of your puppy’s life, and bone up on basic training and commands. Our experts provide advice on how to deal with teething, house training, spaying or neutering, keeping puppies fit and happy, and then some.

Talk About Puppies

Tips on Housebreaking a Puppy

The best thing I found was crate-training at night, and when you're away from home. I didn't keep my dog crated when I was home with him, I locked him in the kitchen the first week, staying in there to play with him. On the second week we slowly let him have more freedom in the house. We were always watching, and after all activity (sleeping, eating, playing) took him out right away. I took him out as much as every 15-30 minutes. We took him out the same door always, out to the same spot (by a big field we have beside our yard), said 'go potty, go potty' (he's 2 now, and still goes to the same area to poop) and petted/praised like crazy when he did (good BOY, good potty!) Then right back inside....no playing right after potty. If we played, it was inside, then back out to play, so he'd 'get it' that that trip out was for potty alone. When you pair whatever words (like "go potty") to the action, I think it helps...and he'd go potty on command after awhile. That's nice when you're getting ready to go somewhere in the car, and need him to go! If he had accidents when in the crate, I never scolded...never. Just cleaned everything up. Nature's Miracle worked wonders for me; it cleans spots and odors great. We would never rub the puppy's nose in it if there were accidents in the house. That's what worked for me.

Donna C., owner of a Labrador Retriever

When Puppies Should Get Their First Vaccines

First vaccines are usually given between 6 and 8 weeks for Parvo/ Distemper/ Parainfluenza, etc. Hopefully the mom was up to date prior to giving birth, as her immunity should help cover the pups up to this point, but be very careful, as they are very susceptible to Parvo! Some people think the vaccines they can mail order or buy at farm supply stores are good, but it is not worth it! Take the pups to the vet, the vaccines they use are superior to the others, have been shipped and stored at the right temperature to ensure efficacy, and if the pup were to have an immediate reaction, they can help, as opposed to dying at home before you can get help for it. Doing them at home is just plain dangerous! Plus, the doc will do a physical exam to check them out, and be certain they are healthy with no congenital birth defects.

Kim K., owner of a Rottweiler

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