■ New puppies 8-10 weeks old are sweet, sleepy and cuddly newborns. By 8 months, they’re adolescents. If left untrained, be prepared for unruly behavior!
■ Most puppy problems can be prevented or eliminated by the proper use of a crate.
■ Puppies need structure and consistency with feeding, sleeping and house training schedules.
■ Don’t play “tug-of-war”. It seems like a game, but can lead to “aggressive dominance” behavior.
■ All breeds of puppies need puppy training. If you haven’t decided on a specific breed, consider adopting from a local shelter or breed-specific rescue organization.