is there a specific tool that can help me?In my opinion at first the most important thing is bonding. Make sure to take some time to start developing a bond with your dog and it will make things in the future a lot easier. I'd also start being consistent with house rules, etc and enforcing appropriate behavior.
What do you mean by 'tool'? Just get your dog and spend the first while developing basic manners and potty training, etc, while being sure to take some time to have fun with it and build up a relationship with it.is there a specific tool that can help me?
Bad idea. It is best to have a vet check over any new dog or puppy soon after getting them.There are no good vets in your area. I guarantee it. They're all on the take. Skip it unless you have an emergency.
.Having fun with the pup.
There are no good vets in your area. I guarantee it. They're all on the take. Skip it unless you have an emergency
What sort of bs advice is this?
Yes you need to LOOK for a good vet, but skipping puppy vaccines and exams is not a good idea. I have met vets that did focus on money, but MOST go into veterinary care because they love animals. This is quite simply, insulting. But then you are the same guy who told someone they should "get rid of a dog" if it nips at people. No grey areas obviously, your world.
Back to the OP.
Puppies ARE overwhelming. Just like having a new baby in the house....lots to learn lots to worry about..and lots of work. But it is SO worth it.
Health: a general physical exam and vaccine booster and fecal check. You don't mention how old the pup is or whether it has had a puppy vaccine administered by the breeder so a lot depends on his age and what has been done already. Making sure the pup is healthy in the first place sets you up to succeed in other areas.
Training: Housetraining is the number one to start with..but you can start teaching a young pup LOTS of stuff right away. They are little sponges, but understanding their physical and mental limits (short sessions, lots of rewards and lots of REST) will keep learning fun for the pup.
Socialization and bonding: proper socialization involves introducing pup in short sessions to many different people, places and things. This means people of different ages (especially children), sexes, ethnicities and extends to beards, umbrellas, wheelchairs, bicycles, sunglasses, big coats, hats etc. Dogs SEE differently than we do, so they may recognize you in your everyday wear but in a big winter coat, with a hat etc can be startling. Proper socialization also involves introductions to mature, calm, well socialized and puppy tolerant adult dogs and the occasional puppy (hence puppy classes). Introductions should be positive and carefully monitored.
Bite inhibition: puppies use their mouths to explore the world. Teaching early on that human skin is tender is important. There are stickies in the training sections...read them, they're helpful.
All in all the most important thing, IMO is YOU learning canine body language signals and learning to communicate to your dog that you are safe, that you will KEEP him safe and that you are the giver of all things good.
I know I'm new here, but I have to admit that answer pretty much horrified me. I'm a firm believer in seeing a vet regularly in order to have a relatonship, get proper vaccinations, and build a sort of portfolio so that when something is out of the ordinary it's quicker to be noticed. Anyone who gets a puppy or a dog should take the dog in ASAP for vaccinations (if needed) and to introduce the dog to the vet. It's also good for socialization and to make the dog not scared to the vet. In fact, it can be a good idea to stop into the vet periodically just to say hi so that the dog doesn't associate the vet with its being a really bad place..
There are no good vets in your area. I guarantee it. They're all on the take. Skip it unless you have an emergency.
Boy, that's a really irresponsible, ignorant remark to make to a new pet owner.
Someone mentioned Ian Dunbar's After You Get Your Puppy and I second that suggestion! You can begin training NOW. Socialization is also very important and Dunbar gives a good outline for how to go about that.
Bonding is super important. I just read a great book called Bonding With Your Dog by Victoria Schade. Super book with a lot of ideas on how to bond! For me, it involves a lot of time spend playing with the dog, giving belly rubs, and taking long walks. I try to find out what makes the dog tick: what does he/she seem to love above all othe things (fetch, tug, etc.).
And mostly, ENJOY! Don't get overly frustrated because puppies CAN be frustrating.