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How Kate And William Can Avoid Teething Problems With Their New Puppy

As it is revealed that Prince William and Kate Middleton have taken on a new puppy, The Blue Cross animal charity has some top tips for ensuring harmony in the royal household with the new arrival.

The three-month-old black cocker spaniel puppy is reportedly keeping Kate company while Wills is away in the Falklands.

Experts at the leading animal charity said that a pet can be a wonderful addition to any home but it is vital to get good training in early if you are to avoid some of the headaches of getting a young pup.

Jenny Woolliams, assistant animal behaviourist at The Blue Cross, said, “Getting a puppy is a wonderful experience but it is so important to start training when they are as young as possible. If Kate is at home while William is away, it is a perfect opportunity for her to spend lots of time with the new addition to their family. She’ll need to settle him into his new home, get him used to new sights and sounds and make sure he learns good manners, which will be particularly important for a royal companion.  The only thing William might worry about is that he might find his place in Kate’s affection challenged by this furry bundle of fun!” 
 
Here are some top tips from The Blue Cross to get the Duke and Duchess off on the right track:

• Toilet training: All new puppy owners know the frustration of an unwanted puddle on the carpet, but when the rug is Persian and the furniture antique Chippendale Kate and Wills may want to get this under control as soon as possible Young puppies are a lot like babies – they go to the toilet quite regularly and have not yet learned to hold on. Pups are most likely to want to go after sleeping, eating or during bouts of excitement. To kick start house training, take your pup into a corner of the garden during these times and wait patiently for him to do his business. When he does, praise him gently.  However, if he does have any accidents, never tell him off – it is probably your fault for not keeping a closer eye on him. You will soon pick up on signs he needs to go to the toilet and can let him out as soon as he starts to show them – these may include circling, pacing up and down and sniffing the floor.

• Socialising your puppy: The first few months of a puppy’s life are a vital time to teach them about the world around them and make them a happy, calm pet and a rounded family companion.  The new royal companion is likely to be hobnobbing with the Queen’s corgis and even running about on shoots so it is essential that the latest arrival has impeccable etiquette. In the early days, introduce your puppy to as many different experiences as possible – meeting other dogs, all sorts of different people, and different experiences of as many sights and sounds as possible. Kate might like to whip out the hoover for a tidy up, for example, to make sure the pup is not scared of the noise.

• Chewing: Puppies love to chew – whether it is their owner’s slipper or a crown left carelessly lying around, they are not fussy. Whatever owners may think when a puppy hones in on their prized possession, dogs do not chew things out of spite, they do it out of boredom, distress at being alone or lack of exercise. While the royal pooch will have plenty of acres to stretch his legs and play, it is worth Kate and William bearing in mind a few pieces of advice. Give your puppy plenty of toys and chews to play with and each day provide him with one he has not seen for a while. Leave them on the floor when he is in the room and when he plays with it gently praise him. If you do see your dog chewing something he should not be, distract him by calling to you, quietly take it away and give him an appropriate chew he can bite on instead.

For more information and videos about puppy training, visit The Blue Cross website at www.bluecross.org.uk.

The charity offers advice to pet owners to keep their animals happy and healthy and relies entirely on public donations to help thousands of sick and needy animals every year through its rehoming centres and hospitals.  Visit the website to find out more or how you can help.

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