You have to feed them, toilet train them, teach them right from wrong, take them to the doctor when they are ill and keep them safe from any dangers.
Puppies are naturally playful and inquisitive and can easily get into trouble when not supervised.
They can run out of the house onto a busy road, chew cables, shoes and furniture, chase other pets, steal food and be a nuisance at meal times or when visitors come over.
A puppy play area is a great solution to all of these potential problems.
The dog can be confined to one area of the house by using a puppy play pen to create a safe play area.
This should ideally be in a part of the house out of direct sunlight and where you spend most of your time so that he can see you.
The area should contain a bed or crate for sleeping, a selection of toys and a water bowl.
It is a good idea to feed the puppy inside the play pen so that he associates good things with being there.
During the toilet training process, a puppy pad may be placed inside the play area.
Once used to the arrangement, a puppy can be placed inside the play area when you are not playing with him or supervising him.
You can then get on with your daily routine and also know that your puppy will be safe if you leave the house for a few hours.
Here are some benefits of puppy confinement:
- Puppy cannot escape if an exterior door is left open.
- Puppy learns to be calm when visitors arrive.
- Cats and other pets may be introduced safely.
- Young children cannot disturb the puppy when he is sleeping.
- Puppy does not soil other parts of the house during toilet training.
- Puppy cannot chew furniture or other items.
- The family can eat their meal without the dog begging for food.
- Allows an older dog to be kept separate.
They usually fold up and can create a play area of different shapes or may be used as a room divider.
Some play pens are modular and can be joined together to create a larger area if required.
They are often around one meter high, so that you can easily reach in and give the puppy a food treat when he is being calm and well behaved.
This is particularly useful to train the puppy how to behave when visitors arrive.
The puppy should be ignored until he is calm, and then visitors may go over to greet him.
Puppy confinement with a play pen is a wonderful way to raise your puppy.
Rather than just confining the puppy in a crate, a play area will allow him some space to walk around and play with toys, whilst keeping him safe.