Introducing Puppies to the Backyard

As you know, there aren't many things more precious than a puppy. Floppy ears, squishy faces and clumsy little legs make it irresistible to keep your eyes off them. Because of this, many pet owners make the mistake of keeping their young pooches indoors until they mature. Puppy Pee Pads are used to clean up any messes while puppies spend nearly all of their time indoors.

"New puppy owners often make the mistake of endlessly worrying about finding the right accessories, puppy treats or beds," says world famous dog trainer Cesar Milan. "Yes, a puppy needs nutritious food and a safe, warm place to live, but another equally powerful and important biological necessity is the need for a strong pack leader."

According to dog trainers, it is safe (and even recommended) to bring a puppy outside almost immediately. By doing so, you give your pooch the independence they need to be healthy and also help their development get kick started at a young age.

Going Outside

If you already own a puppy, then you know that regular trips to a veterinarian are vital to maintaining a healthy pooch. Making sure that your that dog has all of its shots ensures that they avoid diseases like Rabies, Lyme or Bordetella. Usually, puppies need regular shots every month until they're at least 14 weeks old.

If your pooch is up to date on its shots, it is safe to start introducing them to the outdoors. Regular exercise and trips outside will soon become the highlight of your dog's life, so it's important to associate the first journeys into the yard as a positive experience.

Dog Pens are an awesome way to let puppies exercise without having to keep a leash on them. Many veterinarians warn pet owners about putting a leash on a puppy too early, which may cause the pooch discomfort. A dog pen allows a puppy to have their own area outside, where they have enough room to exercise while enjoying cool breezes and fresh air. Additionally, a Dog Pen is large enough allow for a litter pups.

Some other perks of Dog Pens include:

  • Latching Door (on certain models)
  • Can Be Set Up in Minutes
  • Great For Backyards Without a Fence
  • Can Fit More Than One Puppy
  • Protects Pooches From Predators

Most quality dog pens come in a variety of sizes and styles, so pet owners only need to invest in it once. If you're expecting your pooch to grow into Beethoven, there is no problem with purchasing a larger dog pen. Even larger dog pens can make a puppy feel safe and secure.

Puppy Toys That Are Safe For The Outdoors

The one downfall of putting a puppy in a dog pen is the metal finish. Just like quality dog kennels, a well-made dog pen is constructed from wire mesh. Unfortunately, many puppies try to wedge their snouts against the cage to give them something to chew on.

Because of the teething process, it's important to place a few "favorite toys" inside the dog pen with your pooch, especially if you're going to have your eye off them for a little bit. Chew Toys and cheap tennis balls are all suitable for your puppy to play with.

Whichever toys you choose for your puppy, make sure that it's properly sized. An enormous bone isn't useful for your pooch, but you also want a toy that they find amusing. The best thing to do with a puppy is to buy a variety of toys to see what they like.

So, when you have a new puppy, don't be afraid to bring them outside. Although it's natural to be concerned about the well being of your dog, it is vital that they have the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors. If you're looking for a way to let your puppy play outside for an extended amount of time, consider a dog pen. It's an investment that you both could appreciate into their golden years.

If you're looking for puppy accessories, be sure to ask the pet experts at by calling 800-957-5753. The dog lovers are more than happy to answer any questions about any of the products that we carry in our catalogue.

By Sean Bowes
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