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How To Be A Terrible Puppy Owner: 6 Things NOT To Do When Adding A New Puppy To Your Family

Updated on February 3, 2010
 

If you recently brought home a new puppy, congratulations!

Now don't panic, but there's a lot to learn to keep your new pal happy and healthy. There have been a ton of books, magazines, and Internet articles that have addressed the basics when getting a new puppy...in fact, I wrote one myself!

What is hard to find is solid advice on what NOT to do. So without further ado, check out the following "Don'ts" when a new puppy has arrived in your home:

No-No #1: Don't hit your puppy, no matter how heinous the crime may be.

Bad mistake as all you will do is frighten the little guy and possibly injure him in the process. You have to keep in mind that he is a complete stranger to your home and your entire world. Remember that he has just been separated from his mother and as far as his little mind is concerned, you look nothing like her!

In this regard, don't use any objects to spank your dog either. Justifying such punishment by using a rolled up newspaper instead of your hand will NOT suffice. Refrain from ALL physical hitting.

No-No #2: Don't leave any items around the house that you cherish.

You've probably heard that old saying that "Puppies eat EVERYTHING!" Well, in this case it's true!

If you want to keep those new socks free from holes then put them up. Still haven't quit that smoking habit of yours? Guess what? Your new puppy would love nothing more than to chew on those cigarettes that are lying around the house. And just because your new iPod cannot be torn up like an old sock, your new puppy will spend plenty of time trying to gnaw his way through it.

No-No #3: Don't allow every visitor that comes by the house to handle your puppy.

In fact, you should even restrict some family members from handling the new puppy, at least for the first week or two. That means you Uncle Bob! If too many human hands pick him up then he may become a nervous dog that could have negative socialization issues.

No-No #4: Don't pick your new puppy up by his forelegs.

Kids are the usually first to commit this crime as they are not as careful with small dogs as adults are. A puppy's legs are not strong enough for someone to lift him up by. When this happens you will hear your puppy shriek in pain. The injury may be so severe that his appetite is lost, he runs a fever, and grows listless. When this happens, be sure to contact the veterinarian as soon as possible.

Puppy Video To Rule Them All

No-No #5: Don't leave any holes uncovered inside of the house.

Puppies are insanely curious and would literally kill themselves if nobody was watching out for them. So keep openings, holes and other hazards covered up!

No-No #6: Don't leave any electrical wires where your new puppy can reach them.

Puppies simply love to chew on wires if left out. There have been hundreds of stories of little dogs who died from electrocution simply because their owners neglected to puppy-proof the inside of the home.

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      BODYLEVIVE 

      5 years ago from Alabama, USA

      I really enjoyed reading this hub. Being a dog lover and the owner of two beautiful dog children, some if the don'ts I didn't know about. My two got plenty of spankings on those hips. They knew when they were bad. All I had to do was raise my hand and they both would sit down and look at me in the manner of "mama, I didn't do it".

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      debbie.readinger 

      9 years ago

      I aggree with Nixbox, the title brought me into this article. Oh, what we learn in hindsight. And I do mean HIND sight. See the "hind end" run away with your stuff...run, run as fast you can...can't catch me with what I took from the pan. Oh yes, black Labrador Retriever is tall enough to swipe all 5 burgers right out of the fry pan. Turned the heat down, thankfully, before walking away. Remember stove dangers, folks.

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      skings81087 

      10 years ago

      Wow! I'm glad to know that i'm not a terrible puppy owner as I don't do some of the things you mentioned. My doggy seems to love me more than anything, he's become so attached to me.

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      rabia06 

      10 years ago

      hey ...important and useful information ...thanks for sharing.

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      Sarah Eve Nichols 

      10 years ago

      It's amazing how many people don't know these rules. They seem obvious, but too many people make these mistakes. Thanks for pointing them out to help new dog owners.

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      s0m1c 

      10 years ago

      ^^ video cute.

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      solowpoet 

      10 years ago

      cute puppy video, i love it you guys are a godsend

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      Navs 

      10 years ago

      Thanks for the tips. I was specially impressed by No-No #2 and #4.

      I was making the mistake of lifting the puppy by the forelegs, I did not know of the trauma it could cause.

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      Union 

      10 years ago

      I am totally agree with you, Abalar. If we are going to be a good dog owner, we should be responsible for the dog.

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      feyi2007 

      10 years ago

      Abalar are you a breeder? your tips are so informative and useful keep the good work.

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      nixbox 

      10 years ago

      I think that "NOT TO DO" lists work better than TODOs.

      Thanks for sharing!

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      indrapramit 

      10 years ago

      Wow, i wouldn't know, if i hadn't read the article!!

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      progolfer79 

      10 years ago

      With mouths so little, you wouldn't think they'd be able to do much damage.

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      LindsayD 

      10 years ago

      When in doubt, assume a dog will try and eat it. They probably will.

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