Getting a dog is a major decision and a long-term commitment in both time and money. However, as challenging as it can get, the rewards are definitely worth it, as any pet owner will only too easily tell you.
To prepare yourself for adventure, before your new puppy arrives there are a number of steps you can take to ensure you understand its needs and what you have actually let yourself in store for.
One of the most important steps you can take is to make sure you have all the essential supplies your new arrival will need. Having everything in place before your new pup arrives will not only help them to settle in to their new home but can also mean the transition period is as hassle free as possible. Meaning you can spend more time cuddling up to your new puppy on the couch rather than following them round cleaning up after them every five minutes.
Here is a quick list of items you need to in order to care for your new puppy properly
Now you have an idea of the items and supplies you need to take good care of your new pup here is a quick run through of how to make your young pooch feel at home as quickly as possible.
Feeding your young pup
Ideally a young puppy needs four meals a day. It is advisable to feed your new puppy the same food formula the breeder used for at least 7-10 days after rehoming your new pup so if possible find out what this was before picking up your new dog.
If possible it is also advisable to try to stick to its old feeding schedule, this will mean you don’t unsettle the puppy with any sudden changes in routine. This also means it is important to make gradual food switches. Not only will this mean your puppy has to adapt to a new routine but sudden changes in their diet may lead to upsetting their sensitive stomach.
Once the puppy is settled and adapted to their new environment and starts passing well-formed stools, you can begin introducing new foods.
House Training Your Puppy
To carry out potty training successfully can be a long and tiring process and can usually take from anywhere between 4 to 6 months, however, we will try to break it down for you here in a bid to speed it up as much as possible.
Your puppy needs to be taken to its new toilet area each time it wakes, after each meal and after each session of activity and play. But be prepared, until it is housetrained, there may be lots of mess to clean up.
Never punish your puppy making mistakes, remember they are still young and it may take them some time until they realize where their new toilet is.
If your puppy poops in the wrong place, collect the poop and place it in the right toilet spot. Make sure to clean the area where it pooped with scented but pet-friendly disinfectant. The next time your puppy needs to poop the smell of the disinfectant will repel them, while the smell of his own poop will attract them.
Curbing destructive behavior
No matter how careful you are, your puppy will still find objects to chew and destroy. To avoid anything valuable getting damaged place all your worthy belongings out of reach.
If possible, never leave your new puppy unsupervised in new and unknown environments as you just don’t know what it will do, especially if they’re looking for attention.
Grooming your puppy
Even young puppies need routine grooming. Obviously the type and frequency of these grooming sessions will depend on the breed of your puppy.
At a very young age bathing your puppy is not advisable. Their immune system is underdeveloped and therefore they are very prone to getting cold. At this age, instead of regular baths, you can use dog wipes and baby wipes to clean your dog.
When your puppy is old enough, which is usually around the age of 3 and half months old you can begin to bathe them in a tub. When doing so it is advised you use a puppy shampoo that has been formulated to protect their sensitive skin and ensure you are looking after them as best as possible.
Socialization is the key to raising a well-mannered and well-rounded dog.
The more new and interesting experiences a pup has at an early age, the less fearful and more social it will be.
Make sure your puppy meets new children, adults and other pets like dogs, cats, and small rodents. You also need to expose them to unknown environments and situation if possible to ensure no phobias are formed from an early age.
Do not forget that your puppy needs some time out. Let it have frequent, deep and uninterrupted naps.
Sleeping is when the growth hormone is most active and pups need it to grow quickly.
Veterinary check ups
Last, but not least, have your puppy regularly checked by a vet. Puppies are very susceptible to infectious disease and both internal and external parasites. Scheduled vaccinations and regular anti-parasite treatments are needed to protect your puppy.
Caring for your puppy is not just a matter of disease prevention or calling the vet when issues develop. Good and responsible care means understanding your puppy's physiological needs and at the same time integrating your canine companion into what is, from its evolutionary perspective, an alien environment.
Author: Jenny from CleanerPaws.com