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A new puppy can be a source of joy for its entire lifetime. Here are a few quick tips to ensure your dog grows up well-behaved.

Make sure to socialize your pup early! Enroll him in a puppy socialization class, host a puppy party, bring him to puppy daycare, visit other neighborhood dogs… the earlier it is, the easier it is! When introducing your pet to new people or dogs, make sure you act relaxed and friendly. Pets do read us!

When done correctly, toilet training should only take a few weeks. This should consist of positive reinforcement. One proven method that works with most puppies is crate training, as dogs instinctually like cozy spaces. Ask us for information about the right size and type of crate and instructions on this easy technique.

Your pup should learn right away that you are the controller all of the “good” resources—praise, treats, walks, toys, massages—and that he must do something “good” in order to get these things. Before giving your dog anything good, always ask him to do something first. You’ll see results soon!

Never hit or punish a puppy. You should be a source of positive reinforcement, not punishment. The pup will soon learn that it’s in his best interest to do things right, not wrong. This goes for everything. For example, to “come” should always mean praise and perhaps treats. Never call your dog to “come” and then do something he perceives as negative, such as a bath or a scolding.

Exercise your pet mentally and physically daily.

Remember that what you teach your pet now is how he will act later as a full-grown dog. If you don’t want him on the furniture, do not let him on the furniture now (no matter how cute!). If you don’t want hard bites later, don’t allow biting now. Provide constant supervision until all of the house rules are learned.

Enroll in the Animal Behavior Network at which sends out daily emails for the first two weeks of the pup’s life and weekly emails from then on. These emails are filled with info regarding what to do to ensure a satisfying and well-behaved pet.

Puppy Food

The first year of a dog's life sets the pace for his future development,
health, and well-being. It is essential that he eats a quality food developed just for puppies. Rumford Pet Center carries a wide variety of Holistic, Natural and Organic pet foods to ensure your new puppy gets the best possible nutrition.

Collar, Leash, and Harness

The collar should be left on at all times with the name tag and the rabies tag. A harness is better for walking the puppy because it pulls at the shoulders and back rather than the throat. The puppy should be walked on a 4-6 foot leash at all times while being trained

Precision Training Crate

A crate will serve as a useful housebreaking tool by cutting the process time down by 50%. All puppies require certain crates depending on their size. Each crate comes with a free divider panel to section the crate off so the puppy has just enough room to sleep. If they have too much room they will use one side as a bathroom and the other side to sleep.

Quiet Time Bed

We have beds available that fit the Midwest crates and they are machine washable! We also have a great selection of beds to comfort your puppy while out of the crate.

Food & Water Bowls

Your puppy should be provided with either ceramic or stainless steel dishes. Plastic bowls are not recommended for puppies because they can hold bacteria and are easily chewed. Water should always be available to your puppy unless they are in the crate.

Chew Toys

Puppies need a variety of toys because they are teething and become bored when only one toy is introduced. You should have enough toys to be able to rotate so the puppy will stay entertained at all times. If the puppy gets bored he will become destructive and find something else to chew.


Be sure to always have a treat ready to reward/reinforce your puppy’s good behavior. Every other day you should switch off between soft and hard treats. If the puppy is bored with the treat he/she will lose motivation.

Nature's Miracle Stain & Odor Remover

Anytime your puppy has an accident, whether it’s on carpet, hardwood, tile or furniture it should be cleaned up with the stain and odor remover. Otherwise your puppy will keep going back to that same spot to use the bathroom.

NaturVet Vitamins

They are easy to give and great for the puppy. They have all the vitamins and minerals that are cooked out of the food and are like a multi-vitamin that people take.


It is very important to know about the breed you are purchasing. Every breed has different characteristics, needs and genetic health concerns. There are also a variety of books to help you with puppy training, nutrition, and overall health.


No matter what breed of dog, regular grooming is a must. However, grooming requirements differ for every dog. In order to maintain a healthy skin and coat your puppy should never be bathed more than once a month. Dos with hair should always be washed with a shampoo and conditioner otherwise tangles will become a problem.

Flea & Tick Control

Fleas and ticks can be a real nuisance for pet owners. We offer a variety of products to help prevent fleas and ticks as well as effective products to eliminate them both inside and outside of your home. Our most popular products to fight against fleas and ticks are Frontline and Advantix, be sure to ask your sales associate for more details.

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