Puppies are the most adorable things on the planet. Having a new puppy, is no walk in the park. To help you care for the new member of the family.
When the time comes to finally bring your new puppy home for the first time, you can pretty much count on three things: joy, cleaning up your puppy’s accidents, and a major lifestyle adjustment. As you’ll learn, a growing puppy needs much more than a food bowl and a doghouse.
When the time comes to finally bring your new puppy home for the first time, you can pretty much count on three things: joy, cleaning up your puppy’s accidents, and a major lifestyle adjustment. As you’ll learn, a growing puppy needs much more than a food bowl and a doghouse .
A growing puppy needs much more, while it may be a lot of work initially, it’s well worth the effort. Establishing good and healthy habits in the first few weeks will lay the foundation for many years of happiness for you and your puppy.
Here are a few steps to take to ensure your puppy will grow into a healthy adult dog:
A Good Veterinarian
The first place you and your new puppy should go together is, to the vet for a checkup. This visit will help ensure that your puppy is healthy and free of serious health issues, birth defects, etc., it will help you take the first steps toward a good preventive health routine. If you got your dog from a shelter, ask their advice as they may have veterinarians.
When you visit the Vet make sure you:
- Ask your vet which puppy foods he or she recommends
- Set up a vaccination plan
- Discuss options for controlling parasites, both external and internal.
- Learn signs of illness to watch for during your puppy’s first few months.
- Ask about when you should spay or neuter your dog
After the visit ask and through recommendations from your vet visit:
Watch For Early Signs of Illness
For the first few months, puppies are more susceptible to sudden bouts of illnesses that can be serious if not caught in the early stages.
- Lack of appetite
- Poor weight gain
- Vomiting, Swollen of painful abdomen and Diarrhea
- Lethargy (tiredness)
- Difficulty breathing, Wheezing or coughing
- Swollen, red eyes or eye discharge
- Nasal discharge
- Inability to pass urine or stool
If you observe any of the following symptoms in your puppy, it’s time to contact the vet.
Puppy vaccination series is one of the most important aspects of your puppys early life, many vets implement a three-year protocol (rather than annual) for adult dogs. However, when it comes to puppies ,puppies (and kittens) need basic immunizations at the very least. Plus, the vaccine visits allow your vet to examine your puppy every few weeks and monitor his growth and overall health. Talk to your vet about the best immunization schedule for your puppy
FEEDING YOUR PUPPY
Before you get home, stop by and get the puppy some food:
Your puppy’s body is growing, you’ll need to select a food that’s formulated especially for puppies as opposed to adult dogs.
- Check on the package for the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) on the packaging to ensure that the food you choose will meet your pup’s nutritional requirements.
Small and medium-sized breeds can make the leap to adult dog food between 9 and 12 months of age. Large breed dogs should stick with puppy kibbles until they reach 2-years-old. Make sure your puppy has fresh and abundant water available at all times.
Feeding Recommendations for your puppy:Feed multiple times a day:
Age 6-12 weeks – 4 meals per day Age 3-6 months – 3 meals per day Age 6-12 months – 2 meals per day
Here are some popular and recommended Puppy Food(s)
Now the most important puppy need is:
The Bathroom Routine
Puppies don’t take kindly to wearing diapers, house-training quickly becomes a high priority must-learn . Your most potent allies in the quest to house train your puppy is patience, planning, and plenty of positive reinforcement. In addition, it’s probably not a bad idea to put a carpet-cleaning battle plan in place, because of accidents.
- Until your puppy has had all of her vaccinations, you’ll want to find a place outdoors that’s inaccessible to other animals. This helps reduce the spread of viruses and disease. Make sure to give lots of positive reinforcement whenever your puppy manages to potty outside and, however refrain from punishing he/she when they have accidents indoors.
Here’s a list of the most common times to take your puppy out to potty.
- When you wake up
- Right before bedtime.
- Immediately after your puppy eats or drinks a lot of water
- During and after physical activity
Also there are aids to help you and your puppy for when youre not home:
- Puppy Pads
Housebreak your puppy the easy way with housebreaking Pads these pads help you train your puppy not to relieve himself on your carpeting or furniture, while helping you keep a cleaner and more sanitary home. Puppies are attracted by the scent on the pad and readily learn to relieve themselves only on the heavy-duty, super absorbent pad, which helps to decrease or eventually prevent indoor accidents.
Popular Brand Pads: Four Paws Wee-Wee Puppy Pads, Four Paws Wee-Wee X-Large Puppy Pads
Reusable Housebreaking Pad Petco Preferred All Purpose Potty Pads
- Puppy Housebreaking Aid(s)
Spot trains puppies to eliminate in a specific area For indoor and outdoor use Easy to use spray
Four Paws Wee-Wee Puppy Housebreaking Aid Pet Organics No-Go! Housebreaking Aid
Bissell® Triple Oxy Pet Stain & Odor Eliminator-Permanently removes tough pet stains and odors Discourages pets from re-soiling the same spot Safe for use on carpets, upholstery, pet beds, litter boxes or any water-safe surface Intended for Dog and Cat stain and odor removal
Now the Other side to training..
Teaching your puppy for a life of positive social interaction. Obedience training will help forge a stronger bond between you and your puppy.
Teaching your pup to obey commands such as sit, stay, down, and come will help keep your dog safe and under control in any potentially hazardous situations.
- Puppy owners find that obedience classes are a great way to train both owner and dog. Classes typically begin accepting puppies at age 4 to 6 months.
- Handle your puppy’s feet, nails, mouth and ears. Your loving touch teaches her important lessons — that you’re her friend and her master
Tip: Keep it positive. Positive reinforcement, such as small treats, has been more effective than punishment.
Be a Sociable Owner
Socialization during puppy-hood helps avoid behavioral problems at approximately 2 to 4 months of age, most puppies begin to accept other animals, people, places, and experiences. an excellent way to rack up positive social experiences with your puppy. Just be sure to ask your vet about what kind of interaction is OK at this stage.
From 8 to 12 weeks of age, your puppy is in the “I’m afraid of everything” stage. This period is characterized by rapid learning but also by fearfulness. Your puppy may appear terrified of things , avoid loud voices and traumatic events.
Make a safe environment for your puppy:
Puppy proofing, get in the habit of keeping windows and doors closed to prevent escapes. Hide or remove power cords that your curious pup may mistake for chew toys, properly store common toxins, including antifreeze, insecticides, household cleaners, prescription drugs, fertilizer and rat poison.
Be careful of your puppy around furniture. A rocking chair can harm a puppys tail or leg, and a curious puppy may crawl under an open recliner or sofa bed.
Cords for drapery and blinds can cause strangulation. Either tie up the excess cords, or cut the loop in the cord.
Swallowed clothing may cause a dangerous intestinal blockage. Keep socks, nylons, underwear, and other clothing put away. Keep laundry baskets off the floor.
Basically, your house should be chew-proof , remember your puppy can jump, climb, chew and scratch, so place what you can very high up or in a locked cabinet. Child-safe latches do not tend to work on curious and determined puppies. Its best to secure cabinets and drawers with locks or metal hardware. Proper puppy-proofing not only keeps your puppy safe, it also gives you peace of mind
- The holidays can bring extra hazards for dogs.Keeping the Holidays Happy and Safe. remember the tips on small items, cords and the ribbons on the gifts
Choose safe chew toys for your puppy:
- Nylabone Puppy Starter Kit
- N-Bone Puppy Teething Ring
- Pumpkin Kong Puppy Kong
This is no time for your puppy to be without supervision. be prepared to watch he/or she whenever they are out of a “safe area” such as a crate or playpen and make sure they have safe and fun things to play with and chew on.
Essential Puppy Supplies
Some essential for your pups well-being, most important items include
- a leash and collar with identification,
- food and water bowls,
- chew toys
- dog bed, preferably, a crate or kennel. .
- Puppy pads for training
- Treats for rewards
Strengthening and preserving the human-canine bond benefits the health and well-being of both you and your puppy, so remember to take care, monitor your new little friend.