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Raising puppies is probably easiest when they come into a new home at about 12 weeks of age. They've been weaned by this time, and are old enough to be taken away from the litter. If you bring home a younger puppy, especially if it hasn't gone through the stage of socializing with other dogs (its siblings), and to some extent humans, you might have a puppy that is difficult to raise, and one which as an adult, will be difficult to handle. An older puppy, and one that has not yet been through obedience training, can bring an entirely different set of problems with it, though these can usually be overcome. Picture a 6-month old golden retriever puppy, which has had no training to speak of, and you get the idea of what you might be facing. But, we're really talking about younger and smaller puppies to start with. It's always a good idea if you can get acquainted with the puppy before bringing it into your home. Visit the breeder several times so you can spend little time with the puppy, and handle it to the extent it's comfortable in your presence. Then, by the time you bring it home it's probably quite willing to accompany you. When it is 12 weeks of age, and even younger, you can start housebreaking a puppy. Some breeds take longer than others, and you'll have to show patience. It's very important that you never allow yourself to get angry with a small puppy. They are fragile, not only physically, but mentally as well. When you play with them, even when you pick them up, do so gently and hold them securely and comfortably. It's important at first (and always for that matter) to spend time with the puppy. If you don't have the time to spare, you shouldn't be bringing a new puppy into your home. Raising puppies means raising healthy puppies, and you'll want to start your puppy out on special puppy food. Talk to the breeder, or to a veterinarian, to find out what food would be best. Generally you'll need to be feeding a puppy small portions 3 to 4 times a day at first, gradually working towards twice a day feedings when the puppy reaches an age of 5 to 6 months. Not long after you've brought the puppy into your home, schedule a visit with the local veterinarian for an exam and for shots. Check with the breeder first, to see what shots, if any, the puppy already has had. Housebreaking is a major part of raising puppies. It's important to spend sufficient time with the puppy, so that it learns, as early as possible, the art of where to go and when to let you know it's time. It will be easier on both you and the puppy if you take a very consistent approach regarding where and when to go. Consistency will make the learning process for the puppy that much easier. Once the puppy knows the proper spot for it to go, it will generally be very reluctant to go elsewhere. Of course there will be accidents - many at first, then decreasing in number and frequency, probably more rapidly than you may expect. A 12-week old puppy is ready to play, and by that age has also usually has developed a high degree of curiosity. That means its time to get some toys, especially some chew toys, at the same


time starting to train it on what it can chew on and what it should not (having chew toys definitely helps here). The chew toys are also healthy as far as the puppy's teeth are concerned. We mentioned curiosity. That means you'll have to keep an eye on your puppy whenever it's not in a safe enclosed area. Puppies have not learned what's good for them and what is not, nor where dangers may lurk, and you don't necessarily want them to learn those lessons the hard way. Raising puppies means more than just food and shelter. You have to give them protection as well. It will be work at times, and frustrating at times, but raising puppies is more often than not a pure joy.

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