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The excitement from a getting a new puppy for Christmas might just be fading. Keith Kaiser stopped by Duffy's Dog Training Center to learn about training the new member of the family.
Dog Training Expert Matthew Duffy says the first thing you need to do after getting a new puppy is to take them to the vet. Check with a professional that your new pet is healthy and all his or her inoculations are up to date. As soon as you get that puppy home, make sure you have the proper confinement. You can get a large kennel with adjustable dividers, or buy kennels to fit your new dog as it grows.
Get food and water dishes that can be sanitized. Do not give your new pet a squeaky toy or one with stuffing. Both can cause damage to your dog's digestive system if ingested.
Duffy says potty training your dog shouldn't be difficult as long as you set a schedule. Puppies under three months should be fed three times a day. Three-to-six months-old should be fed twice a day. Puppies that are older than six months should only be fed once a day. This can make your dog's bowel movements more predictable.
According to Duffy, there are seven time a dog should be taken out: when you first get up, after the dog eats, takes a nap or plays, right before you leave the house, right after you get home and right before you go to bed.