NOW I KNOW:
The must haves are....
Rules, boundaries and limitations…..Puppy proof the house, 2 crates (one in our bedroom and one in the living area) x-pen (playpen for a dog), martingale collar (so the dog can’t slip out of it), 6 foot leather leash, toys, bones, Kongs, and a SCHEDULE, just like a child, dogs need a schedule. The schedule helps with potty training and also makes sure the humans balance the time they spend interacting with the puppy and the other parts of their life. IF the puppy is out of the crate or x-pen an adult needs to be watching to make sure the puppy makes good choices and gets plenty of exercise. IMO…6 keys to raising a dog that everyone enjoys- Prevention, Timing, Rewards, Exercise, Patience and LOVE.
Boy, do I wish I would have learned this BEFORE we brought Hannah home.