The Administrator from the Great White North, eh?
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Northern British Columbia
I'm not a fan of puppy pads. If there are outdoor areas for you that do not get much dog traffic, that will be fine for potty training.
Pups can be unpredictable sometimes. I wouldn't get too worried about his sitting down outside. He may be a mellow pup that likes to just sit and take in his surroundings. Hard to know without having seen him, if you are concerned, you may need to see a vet.
I would avoid the dog park like the plague. You do not want your pup to have even one single negative experience with other dogs - he needs to grow up feeling safe and secure. Being or bullied by other dogs as a pup is how puppies grow up to be reactive and fearful.
Massaging the hips won't do anything to prevent hip displasia - it is a genetic condition, so he either has it, or does not. No harm in a bit of a massage if you both enjoy it, but it won't revert or prevent it if the genetics of your pup has cause for displasia to develop.
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