Leonberger puppies are truly adorable. It is easy to fall in love with them, but you need to be prepared to love and care for them for their lifetime.
Before bringing your new Leonberger home, it is important to make certain your home, yard and car are safe. You will need some some basic supplies for your new Leo.
Families often compare preparing and bringing home their newest Leo baby much like delivering and bringing home a new human baby. Like a human baby, your puppy will require lots of love, patience, and kindness, but will also need clear rules and expectations from day one, a healthy diet and daily grooming.
In this section, you will find information to give your new bundle of fur an optimal start and help build a positive, trusting life-long relationship.
Before bringing your new Leonberger home, it is important to make certain your home, yard and car are safe. The following are some tips for making your Leo’s environment safe and some recommendations about some basic supplies for your new Leo.
Making your home safe
* Both puppies and adults are curious by nature and will get into anything and everything. Safeguard your new Leonberger as you would a toddler. Go through each room, the garage, yard, and any storage or outdoor buildings your Leo will have access to. For a really good check, get down on your hands and knees and see the world as your Leo will. You will notice many more things if you view the world from your dog’s perspective.
* Buy baby plug protectors for all outlets at puppy height, and remember Leo puppies grow very quickly, so what is not within their reach at 8 weeks may be at 9 weeks.
* Block off access to stairs, balconies, and decks from which a puppy could fall. For young puppies, do not allow them to jump off beds, sofas, or climb stairs. These types of activities can injure joints and bones that are still developing.
* Be sure that your puppy cannot reach the cord to blinds. Non child proof blind cords can hang a puppy, or they can chew off and swallow a piece of the cord.
* Many household plants are poisonous such as azaleas, mistletoe, holly and philodendrons.
* Leonbergers will pick up any item and chew or swallow it. Remote controls, needlework, prescription and non-prescription medicines,
glasses, pens, watches, jewelry, screws, nuts, bolts, safety pins, paper clips, rubber bands, cat toys, children’s toys, shoes and laces, coins, matches, pencils, to name a few, can all be harmful to a puppy.
* Keep phone cords, electrical cords away from your puppy, and block access to spaces behind things like televisions and refrigerators.
* Be sure all doors in your house close securely and that visitors are aware of the importance of closing doors. Teach your dog not to go through an open door without the command to do so.
* Keep all household cleaners, detergents, pesticides, and chemicals up and away from your puppy’s reach. Check out all cleaners you plan on using on areas your puppy will frequent. Many chemicals used to clean floors can be harmful to a puppy.
When you arrive home, take your pup to the designated potty area. Show him exactly where you want him to do their business. Always reward, reward, and reward following a successful potty break and don’t be shy about it. Use your voice to praise, clap and cheer, and yes, even do a pee-pee dance. Leonbergers relish praise and your neighbors will find it quite entertaining!
Once they have gone potty, bring them into your home where you plan for them to spend the majority of their time. Set up a small room to be their very own safe haven or den during the training period. Remember that Leonberger puppies love to paddle and swim in their water bowls. It can be a challenge simply keeping their water bowl filled. Cool flooring such as tile is considered prime real estate. Select a place that is close to family action, cool, easy to mop, and chew proof. Allow your new puppy to explore the area at his own
pace and try not to overly fuss with your puppy. If you notice that your puppy is a little anxious try not to amplify this by soothing or coaxing it. There are incredible new scents, sights, and sounds to absorb. Let your puppy experience these new encounters on its terms.
Keep it calm and structured for several days. Keep visits and encounters controlled, cheerful, and positive. Just take the first several days to bond with you and let your puppy adapt to its new home, yard, and people.