puppy training treats

 

Bringing a puppy home is an exciting yet important decision for an individual or a family. This four-legged ball of fur will be the newest member of your family - one that will need your utmost care, love and attention. 

 

Most people, when preparing to bring home a puppy, do some research on the breed, make sure the new puppy has the essentials -  toys, blanket, bed, and food. But what many miss out on is understanding the critical stages in their development, and the ways we can successfully help them bloom into a well-behaved, happy adult dog. 

 

That’s because we, as humans, hold different meanings of the word “puppy.” For some, puppy means a 6 month old ball of fur that fits in the size of your palms and looks up at you with those sweet, innocent eyes, ready to explore the world. For others, it might mean, a 1 or 2 year old puppy who has been adopted and getting his/her second chance at living the best life, with a place to call home and their very own set of humans to love them. No matter how old your four-legged friend really is, you will still see them as your baby. 

 

Physically speaking, puppyhood typically comes to an end at the 1 year mark. However, according to the American Kennel Club,  some puppies take longer to become adults. For example, large breed dogs usually take longer to reach adulthood than smaller breed dogs.