How To Care For a Puppy – Preparing For Pooch
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We may think taking on a puppy is all fun and games, but there are things you still need to be informed on in order to know how to care for a puppy.
Before you purchase or adopt a new puppy you should be aware of what breed suits you best. Do a little research before you make your final decision. Be aware of the amount of time you will have to spend on a new puppy as well as further down the road when they become an adult. Some breeds are known to be highly active where as other breeds are known to be a little on the lazy side. Just keep in mind most puppies are active for the first one to two years of their lives.
Once you have made your decision, you should then make sure you have all the physical things you will need. Bringing a puppy home means you will have to have his basic necessities; food, bowls, treats, toys, a bed, a leash, a collar, and anything else you may want for them to have. Don’t stress the small stuff, just focus on the necessities for now.
Starting A Healthy Foundation
The first few years of a dogs life are crucial, it is where they learn the most, play the most, and when they experience the most.
Getting a good vet is beneficial to you and your puppy. They can offer advice on many questions you may have when it comes to the health of your little one. The first checkup will help ensure your puppy is healthy and free from serious health issues or birth defects. If you don’t already have a vet, ask around. Friends, family, or local dog day cares may be able to recommend a good one to you!
Buying quality food over quantity of food is important, your puppy is growing and developing in his/ her first year. Looking for a food that is specially designed for puppies as opposed to adult dogs is a good start. Don’t know which ones are good? Research them a little to see their benefits, or ask around.
Getting Your Routine Together
It may seem a bit difficult at first to accommodate a little pee machine, but it does get easier with a routine.
Set yourself a schedule you can stick fairly close to for feeding times.
A puppy should typically have 3 meals a day with about ½ cup of food. Bathroom schedules can be tricky when they haven’t developed their bladder fully yet, but keeping on a schedule will let them know that they will have a designated time to do their business.
Knowing when to take them out is crucial to starting a routine. Common times would be:
- When you wake up
- Right before you go to bed.
- After they eat or drink.
- After nap time
- While being physically active and after
- Patience, planning, and positivity go a long way into developing a routine that you and your dog can enjoy for a long time to come.
Social Interactions And Obedience
Caring for your puppy is not all about physical needs. They need structure as much as we do.
Teaching them commands at an early age can keep them safe from potentially hazardous situations that may arise.
Whether you choose to teach them on your own or take obedience classes, just remember that it takes time for them to learn and patience is needed.
Obedience classes typically start from 4 -6 months of age.
Proper socializing at an early age is great in helping to avoid any behavioral problems later in life. Between 2 to 4 months of age, puppies will begin to accept other animals, people, places, and experiences. Just make sure to ask your vet what types of socialization is ok for your pup at this stage. (Socializing before having vaccinations can be a danger to their health if they come in contact with an ill animal)
Enjoy Each Other
As much as we can talk about making sure you’re ready, don’t forget the most important part of raising a puppy, the love.
You will figure the rest out as you get to know each other, just don’t forget to love and be loved. This little creature depends on you for guidance, love, and acceptance. Enjoy your time together!
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