How you raise & train your dog in the first year of its life sets the tone for the rest of their life! Do the work. Do it now...don't wait, don't put it off. It could save you a lot of money, stress and heartbreak down the road.
Well trained dogs that are engaged with their owners tend to have less reasons to visit the Vet, and live longer, happier lives.
Things you need for your puppy:
1. A good relationship with a Veterinary practice
2. DOG TRAINING a school or individual trainer AND regular practice on the skils you are learning at home.
3. Grooming. Either learning to do it yourself on a schedule or finding a great groomer to do it for you.
4. Your time and attention!
Yes...you need to crate train & control their freedom in the first year. Learning is through consistency & structure...but relationship is the quality time of fun and companionship that you spend with your dog. They NEED your time and attention to thrive. A dog is not a piece of furniture, it's a life that is in your hands. Make it great.