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Be aware of important things to avoid with your new puppy:

Avoid putting your puppy on the ground where unknown animals have been until he’s had all his puppy shots. This is how he picks up diseases.

Avoid having your puppy become unnecessarily frightened in his first few months of life. Introduce loud noises (vacuum cleaners, hair driers, etc.) carefully and slowly. Lifetime phobias for your puppy are imprinted during these early months.

Avoid overtaxing your new puppy. He needs lots of sleep and tires quickly.  Be aware of signs of hypoglycemia in small puppies.

Avoid having your puppy around dogs you don’t know to be safe and friendly or around rough children. Your puppy is breakable.

Don’t ignore your puppy’s whining when confined in his crate. Take him out to potty, even if it hasn’t been long since his last visit outside and you suspect he just wants attention. If he goes to the bathroom, praise him and allow him to remain out of his crate for a while. If he doesn’t, return him to the crate. However, don’t reward your puppy for whining by taking him out of his crate just to play or cuddle. Wait until he’s quiet–then take him out!

Don’t allow your puppy to expect to always be held or played with.  Accustom your puppy to quiet times and being alone for short periods of time. This will prevent separation anxiety later.

Don’t allow your puppy to feel abandoned by leaving him unattended for long periods of time.  Know that love and attention are just as important as food and air to an animal who was born to be a companion to his master.

Don’t forget to praise your puppy. Praise is a stronger motivator than harsh words or discipline for a puppy who lives to please.

Don’t wait to start training and socializing your new puppy. The first few months are a critical period in his development and you can’t get this time back!

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