If you're considering bringing a new puppy into your cottage for the first time, there are several puppy facts worth knowing. You can get a new puppy from a breeder, a pet store, or even a friend or neighbor. Getting one from a puppy mill should be avoided, as you never know what kind of a dog you may end up with. Several of the facts given below will help to explain that.

Whatever you are getting a purebred or a mutt may be of no consequence, you just want a healthy little guy that you can look forward to for many years of companionship. Let's assume though, that you are getting your puppy from a breeder. Among the puppy facts you need to be aware of is, a newborn puppy must go through several stages of development before it is ready to become a member of your household. A puppy is generally weaned at about the 7th week of life, and can be taken from the litter shortly thereafter. However, most breeders will advise against your taking a puppy home until it is in its 12th week. Some will simply not allow the puppy to be taken until the 12th week.

There's a good reason for this. For the first few weeks of the life a puppy is totally dependent upon its mother. It is born without sight and hearing, and only has the senses of touch and taste. It's only by the 7th week that puppies are moving around, and are really beginning to act like puppies. Why wait another 5 weeks? Simply because a puppy has to go through two stages of "socialization", first with other dogs, its litter mates, and secondly with humans. Take away a puppy that has not yet gone through these stages, and you may have a real problem on your hands. You can end up with a dog that is afraid of other dogs, afraid of humans, or both. It may not even know it is a dog!

Once you do take a puppy into your home, there are some other puppy facts worth knowing. One, puppies should not be left alone for long periods while making the adjustment to their new home. They can become angry, and when they get older, aggressive. Two, puppies have a strong streak of curiosity. That, coupled with the fact that they do not know good things from bad things, means that you have to "puppy proof" your house, not only to protect your beloveds, but to keep the puppy from getting into a harmful situation as well . Three, even a friendly, well-behaved puppy is going to go through a period where it will test your authority. You have to teach it that you are the pack leader in your little pack of two, or you'll end up with a dog that's going to be a useful, and even even unmanageable. Finally, a little puppy is a fragile thing, not only physically but mentally. Do not mistake harshness for discipline, or you'll have a pet that is more afraid of you, and everyone else, than loyal. Dogs that are afraid sometimes bite.

And here are several more rather eclectic puppy facts. It's not extremely important that you know these, but they're of interest neutralheless. Of all the registered dog breeds, the most sought after puppies are the Labrador Retriever, the Golden Retriever, the German Shepherd, the Beagle, and the Dachshund. While all puppies like to chew on things, your slippers are in real danger when the puppy approaches its 4th month. Its adult teeth are starting to come in and the puppy can become a regular chewing machine. And, if you are getting a registered purebred puppy, do not name it Cleopatra. While not necessarily a bad name, a dog having more than 7 letters in its first name in not eligible to be entered in the Westminster Dog Show. Stick to Spike or Fluffy.

Source by Peter J Lee

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