Step 2: Supervision and Management
Remember that an adult must be the puppy’s advocate at all times. What I mean by “being an advocate” is that an adult must be the puppy’s voice and his protector. Your responsibility is to make sure he is not put into situations where inappropriate behaviors or associations can be learned. Without your advocacy, kid and puppy feelings can be hurt and the relationship can quickly deteriorate. I remember returning from a business trip to find that my own dog had begun ducking his head when I touched his collar. It was only through intense interrogation that I discovered that one of the children had been pulling him off the couch by his collar, creating anxiety associated with his collar being touched.

So if your puppy urinates on the floor or chews an inappropriate object, the first question needs to be, “Who was supervising him?”

Kids can be rewarded for picking up their toys, shutting doors and otherwise following specific puppy management rules by being allowed to have supervised puppy play time. If your puppy cannot be supervised, he should be confined to a place where he can “do no wrong” and “no wrong” can be done to him.

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Adopting a pet, any pet, means adding a new dynamic and relationship to your family.

The relationship you are now developing with your puppy will hopefully grow stronger and deeper over time — and last for many years — with many wonderful family memories. As with any relationship, there will be bumps in the road and communication errors, but with education and supervision those bumps will later become fond memories.

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