Dog’s name and age: Freddy, 7 years
Nicknames: Fred-Fred, Fred-Head
Adoption Story: Freddy is an Affenpinscher who came to me as a foster. He had a rough start in life. He had never lived inside, walked on a leash, or taken a bath. Freddy arrived with behavioral challenges, kennel cough, fleas, a terrible skin condition, and wonky back legs. I immediately fell in love, and he fell right in with our pack. At the end of his seven months with us as foster, there was no way anyone but me was going to adopt him.
Freddy smiles easily and often, despite his anxiety. Freddy doesn’t know how to play chase, but he’s slowly learning that with the help of his step-sibling Goth.
What I love most about Freddy is that he never gives up. Despite all he has been through, he still has a strong capacity for love. I see time and time again at the shelter neglected, abused, and unloved animals who are willing to forgive if given a chance at love. We can learn so much about love from our pets.
If you’re considering bringing a puppy home soon but aren’t sure whether you can commit to such a large commitment, the good news is that there are ways to potty train a puppy successfully. The key is being prepared and having realistic expectations. Although most dogs are fairly independent by nature, it does take a certain amount of training for them to understand that their owner is the leader of the pack and that they should listen to and obey only from beneath him. This article will provide some quick tips on how to train your puppy so he can begin following basic commands and habits right away.
The first thing to remember when potty training your puppy is that he will have accidents. After all, he is a puppy, not a dog! So, no matter how well you know your pup, you’ll inevitably have an accident from time to time. The key to housetraining a puppy effectively is being consistent and providing lots of praise and attention when the pup eliminates in the proper place.
The best way to start house-training a puppy is to make sure he knows his designated bathroom spot (that is, the area where he goes to the bathroom). Keep a close eye on him while he’s taking a poop, so that you can catch any accidents promptly. Praise your puppy when he eliminates in the correct area every time, even if he does it a little later than other times. This will establish a routine and daily reward system that will make it easier for you to house-train your puppy in the long run.