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Published: Nov 09, 2011

Adopting a new puppy can bring a lot of joy into a home, but the excitement must be mixed with training in order for owners to raise a dog that is healthy, happy and obedient. According to VCA Animal Hospitals, owners of a new pup should begin training soon after bringing the dog home, making sure their dog remains even-tempered when they touch its face, body or feet or when they pick it up.

An adult should start this training by gently handling a puppies face, ears and feet to get it adapted, then proceed to stroke or rub its body, but only when the dog wants affection. For example, trying to pet it while its playing tug-of-war may result in the pup backing away or getting more excited. After it awakes from a nap or has finished eating its meal are more suitable times for cuddling. VCA reports that this sort of training helps the puppy understand that touching is a positive experience and a way to connect with its family. This training is particularly important for owners with small children in order to keep both the puppy and the children safe. Children should always be supervised by an adult when they are handling the puppy.

Once a puppy is comfortable being handled, an owner will want to move on to handling its pet supplies. Making sure a dog easily allows an owner or anyone else to pick up its food bowl or toys is crucial to raising a healthy pup. It is also crucial for a puppy to be exposed to a number of new environments, sights, sounds and people from a young age so they become well adjusted. These training tips can ensure that the pup will be able to deal with any situation that may arise as it grows.