10 Ways to Keep Your Puppy Happy

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If you’re looking for some new ways to stimulate your puppy’s senses or want to make sure he has a healthy, happy life, check out these 24 tips, compiled from dog-training experts’ favorite options.

10- Plan playtime:

Make a date with your puppy every day to help socialize him. Race him to the park or even read to him. You choose. He will bask in your undivided attention no matter what you do.

9- Take a road trip:

He’ll love riding shotgun to the ice-cream store, to the post office, or to pick up bagels. Roll down the window so he gets a bit of a breeze on the way there—but make sure he’s secured in his seat (we recommend a dog-specific seatbelt harness).

8- Give him a bath:

After all that wading in the stinky pond down the street, give him a nice bubble bath with specially formulated puppy shampoo.

7- Beat the heat:

Exercise with your puppy in the early morning hours and enjoy that sunrise you’ve missed the past few years.

6- walk walk walk:

To the grocery store. To your neighbor’s house. To the elementary school to pick up your kids. You’ll be surprised what a good time you’ll have.

5- Check out your local breed club:

You’ll learn more about your puppy and meet new friends—for both of you.

4- Learn to speak Puppy:

Study his body language so that you know how he’s feeling.

3- Let him sniff:

Your life isn’t so busy that you can’t let him sniff a little extra. Olfactory communication is essential for puppies learning about the world.

2- Get him fixed:

Animals who’ve had the operation lead longer, healthier lives. Plus, you’ll be doing your part to curb overpopulation.

1- Say no to sweets:

Even though your puppy is part of your family, he does not need his own Easter basket. In fact, desserts such as chocolate can seriously harm puppies. If you must nestle something in that pink grass, bury bones or toys.


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