It’s probably no surprise that adoption rates for dogs and puppies skyrocketed amid COVID-19. This pandemic has caused people to stay at home and quarantine for months. So what better time to introduce a new furry friend to your family?
Having fun with a puppy during quarantine can help to reduce stress and bring some comfort to an uncertain time. But it’s also a great opportunity to train your puppy properly while you’re getting to know them. If you’re at home and have extra time on your hands, everything from making sure your pooch has the medical care they need to socializing them safely is important.
Eventually, this pandemic will be over and life will return to some sort of normalcy. Knowing you have a well-behaved pup at home will help you to ease back into things with peace of mind.
So what are some of the things you should do to train your puppy during quarantine?
Bonding With Your Puppy
First, educate yourself on as much as possible before even adopting a dog. Knowing some of the common medical issues puppies can face is a good place to start. Puppies can struggle with things like:
- Separation anxiety
- Intestinal parasites
Paying attention to problems with your puppy, like blood in their stool or changes in their temperament, can help you to get them the medical attention they need right away. Dogs from shelters can also have issues like fleas or kennel cough, so be sure to take your new puppy to a veterinarian you trust right away for an initial examination. The more in tune you are with your dog’s needs, the more time you can spend bonding with them and training them.
Making the Most of Being at Home
Being at home more than usual right now gives you a perfect opportunity to keep an eye on your dog. That’s especially true if you’re working remotely. If you will eventually have to go back to an office job, you might want to consider switching to a job that allows you to continue to work from home, like a remote nursing job. That will allow you to continue to monitor your furry family member and make sure they don’t get into anything dangerous.
Setting up your home workspace the right way will help you to keep an eye on your puppy while remaining productive. Consider different layouts and spaces for your home office that will help to prevent distractions but will allow you to watch your little dog closely.
When it’s time to take a break from work, one of the best things you can do for your puppy is to socialize them. This will make it easier on both of you if you do have to return to in-person working, or if you ever want to bring your dog to your workplace, or any public location. Make sure your dog is leash trained and doesn’t have any behavioral issues before introducing them to new people. Have some of their favorite items on hand, including toys, treats, and food to keep them happy and distracted. Additionally, keep monitoring them as you introduce them to other people to better understand their demeanor. The more you can socialize them as puppies, the easier it will be for them to meet people and go new places as an adult dog.
Now really is the perfect time to adopt a puppy and invest your time in training them. By doing it the right way and taking your time, you’ll have a new, well-behaved, beloved member of the family in no time.