A Dutch breed, the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon was originally used as a hunting and gundog. This medium-sized dog grows to between 20 and 24 inches tall at the shoulder and usually weighs about 55 pounds. Although these dogs are still mostly used as gundogs, they’ve also grown in popularity as a family pet thanks to their friendly, gentle nature and ease of trainability. If you’re considering a Griffon puppy, following a few easy tips can make bringing your new dog home stress-free.

Puppy Proofing

Puppies love to explore, and the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon is an intelligent, curious dog. This means that your new dog will probably try to get into things and places it shouldn’t. Luckily, it’s not too difficult to puppy-proof a home. First, you’ll want to make sure that all doors and windows are closed and secure so the dog can’t get outside. It’s also a good idea to secure cabinet doors and ensure that toilet lids are kept closed so the puppy can’t fall in.

Puppies enjoy chewing, as it feels good when they’re teething. This means, however, that a young dog will take the opportunity to chew on anything within reach. Keep chewable objects such as shoes where the dog can’t get them. It’s also a good idea to make sure that your new Griffon can’t reach any potentially hazardous items, such as small items like jewelry that could be a joking hazard or sharp items such as scissors. Medications, toxic plants, or household chemicals should also be placed in areas where the dog can’t reach. Dogs also enjoy chewing on cords so make sure that any electrical cords are tucked away where the dog can’t get at them.

If your new dog is going to be roaming around the yard, you may also want to puppy-proof that area. Fence the space where the dog will be playing to eliminate the risk of escapes. If you have a pool that the dog can reach, fence it or otherwise ensure the dog can’t reach it, so there’s no risk of drowning. Make sure that there are no toxic plants in the yard, and keep the dog away from any areas that have been treated with pesticides or fertilizers. Keep the yard clean and make sure the dog always has access to shade and water when it’s playing outside.

Selecting Supplies

Now that you have your house puppy-proofed, it’s time to consider what things to buy for the new dog. First, select water and food bowls. Puppies are small enough that they can eat at ground level, but the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon will grow to be somewhat tall, so you may want to consider an elevated food bowl. You’ll also want to select a quality dog food specifically designed for puppies. Quality treats are also a good idea to have handy for training.

Your new dog will need a soft place to lie down, so choose a comfy dog bed. You may want to pick one that will be big enough for your fully grown Griffon. Purchasing a crate is also a great idea. Crate training helps to instill good behavior. A sleeping spot in a crate also often helps dogs feel safe in a new environment. A crate also allows you to leave the puppy alone for short periods of time without worrying about what it’s getting into.

If there are areas in your home you don’t want your new dog going in, set up a few baby gates. Dogs, particularly dogs that are as trainable and clever as Wirehaired Pointing Griffons, can be trained to stay out of certain rooms or areas, but this can take some time.

Pick a leash so you can start leash training right away, and buy a collar that’s the correct size for your new dog. You’ll also need grooming supplies. Pointing Griffons don’t shed too much, but they do need weekly brushing. Toys are also a must-have. Rubber toys are great for chewing and tossing around. Soft toys are also fun, but watch your dog when it’s playing with soft toys to ensure that none of the pieces get swallowed.

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Getting Ready for Training and Exercise

Wirehaired Pointing Griffons are smart and energetic, so they catch on easily when it comes to training. However, it’s important to remember that training is a process, and it can take time. Start with potty training and basic commands such as ‘sit.’ You’ll also want to start leash training as soon as possible. This particular dog breed loves attention and craves the mental stimulation of training, so long or frequent training sessions are not only acceptable but encouraged.

Wirehaired Pointing Griffons are very energetic dogs, so they’ll need frequent walks and exercise throughout the day. When you first bring your new dog home, it’s a good idea to set up a training and exercise schedule to help both you and the dog acclimate.

Introductions to Other Pets

Wirehaired Pointing Griffons are very sociable dogs, and they tend to get along well with other dogs or family pets such as cats. However, it’s still a good idea to take introductions slowly and let those introductions happen in a neutral area. Other dogs and cats can become territorial around a new puppy, so keep interactions supervised until all of the animals have gotten to know each other.

Socializing

The Wirehaired Pointing Griffon is known as a very friendly dog breed, but they can still be nervous when it comes to meeting new people. Socializing a puppy is one of the most important steps in dog training. Bring your puppy to as many new places as possible or have people come over to visit. This will help the dog feel less anxious about new people and can also help to curb bad barking behaviors.

Vet Appointments

It’s a good idea to bring your new puppy to the vet for a thorough exam. Veterinarians can administer any necessary vaccinations and can also ensure that there are no health problems. Vets can also help you set up a feed, training, and exercise schedule if you have any questions. Bringing your new Griffon to the vet will also help them become more comfortable with vet visits.

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