As you guys have seen on my social channels, we got a golden retriever puppy in October. Leonardo has quickly become a member of our family. I will say, however, that raising a puppy and a toddler can be quite challenging. I almost wish someone would have spoken up when we mentioned we’d be getting a dog, haha, but we are all-in now! Here are some helpful tips I’ve found during our first six months with Leonardo.
THREE TIPS FOR SURVIVING THE PUPPY STAGE:
1. Start training your puppy at a young age.
This one is key to having a pleasant puppy experience, and it sounds a lot easier than it is! We started keeping his leash on him in the house to potty train and it only took around 3 days for that. We just took him out super frequently. Then, for learning tricks we would use very special treats. I liked to use his Freshpet food crumbles since he goes nuts for those (more on that product below!) I won’t say it’s easy to train a puppy. He still has so much to learn and doesn’t always listen, but he has great intentions and responds so well when we work with him.
2. Feed your pup on a schedule.
We’ve been feeding Leo three times a day that way we can control his bowel movements. It makes things a whole lot easier on us. We have also tried out a new food lately called Freshpet, and we’ve had such a great experience with it. It’s a refrigerated, all-natural pet meal that doesn’t contain any artificial preservatives or fillers. It’s basically a home cooked meal for your pet and he loves it, you guys. I do tons of cooking for Grace at home, so I like that Leo gets to partake in some of the festivities too with his Freshpet. As you can see by his reaction in the photos above he’s pretty into it.
3. Socialize as much as possible. (Dog park is king.)
Leo’s schedule looks something like this: breakfast, then a morning nap. Lunch, then some playtime inside or in our yard, and then another nap! Then in the afternoon we take him to the dog park. We’ve been socializing him with the people and dogs at the dog park since around four months. He is the friendliest pup around because of it. After the dog park he gets to have a treat (retriever roll, or some sort of dog chew) and he eats his Freshpet for dinner. He passes out after that and sleeps all night! The life of a puppy can be pretty rough 😉
Special mom tip: Babywearing in my Tula baby carrier at the dog park has SAVES MY LIFE, especially when my husband is working long hours. Get yourself a baby carrier – they fit toddlers too (up to 60 pounds)! Grace loves riding on my back.
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Do you have a pet? What are your top tips for raising a puppy? I’d love to hear them in the comments below!
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