Bringing a new puppy into your house will change your life forever. Puppies are certainly a lot of work, but they also bring a lot of happiness to your world. Whether you’re getting your 1st puppy or just need a refresher course, here’s what you need to know to get your dog on the right track to adulthood.
Choosing the Right New Puppy
If it’s the right time to get a puppy, now is the time to choose the best match. Perhaps your future partner will find you. A puppy may come into your life by chance, and you may feel an instant and know it is the right one, but this is not always the case. Often, you must do the critical task of going out and finding the right kind of puppy for you.
First, examine their lifestyle and consider what you are looking for in a puppy. Pure breed or mixed-breed dog? Big or small? Other factors to consider include grooming and exercise needs, temperament, and potential health problems.
Next, you need to decide an idea where to look for your new puppy. Would you go to an animal shelter to adopt your new dog? Perhaps you will be looking for a responsible breeder. Research and patience are essential in this whole process. When you finally find the right puppy, you’ll have a friend for a lifetime.
Getting Your Home Ready for Puppy
Before you bring your adorable tiny furball home, you need to make sure that your house is an as safe way as possible for your new puppy dog and your belongings. The puppy dog-proofing process is similar to toddler-proofing a home, but differences exist.
First, get a puppy-eye idea of your home. Electrical cords, potentially toxic substances, and breakable items should be kept completely out of reach. Remember that your puppy can jump, climb, scratch, and chew, so keep one that you can put on the top or in a closed cabinet.
Remember that a “child-safe” latch doesn’t work on curious and determined puppies. It is best to secure the lower cabinets and drawers with locks or metal hardware.
Install durable pet gates or baby gates if necessary to keep your puppy out of certain rooms in your home. It’s good to keep your canine away from the kitchen (especially the trash) and stairs. Proper puppy-proofing keeps your puppy safe and gives you peace of mind.
Choose something that has a nice ring and isn’t too long. It should be easy to say and easy for your puppy to understand. It is also essential that your dog’s name is not identical to other words you plan to teach.
You may want to name your furry friend something that describes his personality or appearance. Or you want something unique. Once you choose a name, please make the most of it. Before long, your new puppy will learn its name and respond to it.
Essential New Puppy Supplies
Your new puppy will need a few items from the start. Some are essential to your puppy’s well-being, while others are helpful. The most important things include a leash and collar with identification, food and water bowls, and chew toys. It would help if you also got a comfortable dog bed.
Some of these items may last as your dog ages, but many of them will need to be replaced as your puppy grows. Collars can be adjustable up to a certain point. The kennel can be purchased in a big size for the future, but it must be blocked off with boxes to make it the right size for the puppy.
It is also essential to properly prepare for the expenses associated with dog ownership. Make a good budget and try to stick to it. Be sure to allow extra income in your budget for unexpected costs.
Your puppy’s diet can make a difference in his future health and well-being. Before deciding on puppy food:
- Do your research.
- Talk to your pet vet, other pet professionals, and fellow dog owners.
- Remember always that if the food you choose initially does not meet your expectations, you can gradually switch to another food.
In today’s dog-friendly world, the diet options seem endless. Some owners prefer to feed premium foods, while many feel that holistic/natural diets are best. Homemade and raw food are also becoming increasingly popular.
When researching puppy food, consider the quality of the ingredients, the proper nutritional content, and taste. Be sure to choose a suitable food for growth — not adult dog food or “maintenance” formula. The food should be safe and healthy for your pooch, and your pup should enjoy eating it.
Preferably, you will find a pet veterinarian before getting a puppy dog. Within a few days of taking your new puppy house, you should take it to your vet for a general examination. Please take steps to make it a good experience, so your pooch is less likely to dread the vet’s office.
During your puppy’s first six months, you will see a lot of your vet. It starts with your doggy vaccines and usually leads to spaying or neutering. Puppies should be neutered or spayed at around 6 months of age.
Your pet vet can help identify any potential health problems early and advise you on how to care for your dog over the long term. The initial visit also opens the door to communication with you and your pet vet. To help keep your pup’s expenses down, you might consider purchasing pet health insurance, covering up to 80 percent of your dog’s healthcare costs.
Vaccines protect your pup and other dogs from potentially fatal diseases. Like human babies, puppies (and kittens) need essential vaccinations to pick up when the maternal antibodies have faded. The new puppy vaccination series is one of the most critical aspects of your dog’s early life.
Unfortunately, canine vaccination has become controversial for those who fear vaccines. Many veterinarians are moving toward a three-year protocol (instead of an annual) for adult dogs. When it comes to pups, there is a different set of rules because the risk of vaccine-preventable diseases is very high for dogs. Not only can your new puppy die from these diseases, but some of them can also be spread to humans.
Regular vaccine visits also allow your vet’s office to see your pup every few weeks and monitor his development and overall health. Talk to your pet vet about the best vaccination plan for your pooch.
House Training Your New Puppy
House training is one of the 1st things you will teach your new dog. This process can sometimes be tricky, although some pups catch on earlier than others.
You should begin house training when you bring your puppy home, but this requires patience. Puppies usually can’t control their bladder and bowels until around 12 weeks of age. If your dog is younger than this, just be patient.
Starting early can help get your pup into the routine. As your dog develops and grows control over his bodily functions, he will already know what to do. As a normal rule, you should take your dog to the designated “potty spot” immediately after eating or drinking. However, accidents do happen consistently, so be prepared and patient.
Besides housebreaking, there are many more things you will need to teach your dog. Start by working on socialization. Next, leash training will teach basic commands, such as sit, come and stay. Teaching you a variety of basic commands can help prevent some behavior problems.
Just remember that canines are curious, active, and teething. He put everything in his mouth, including your hands. Work with it by replacing the wrong item with an acceptable toy or safe chew. Offer your dog something more pleasing, such as a game, walk, or other activity, to distract from the naughty behavior. Reward your puppy with treats or praise to shift his attention.
While dog training can be a challenge, the results will make your efforts worthwhile. A solid foundation of training class provides structure and gives your pup confidence. Well-trained dogs are happy dogs.
Bonding With Your Puppy
Your bond with your puppy starts when he comes into your life and never stops growing. You can nurture this bond through training, affection, playtime, general exercise, grooming, and participation in various activities. You may want to join an obedience dog class, start training in dog sports such as agility and flyball, or attend dog shows.
One of the good ways to bond with your dog and allow your dog to bond with others is to engage in animal-assisted therapy. If your puppy is suitable for treatment, he may begin training to meet people in hospitals and nursing homes or help children learn to read and understand. Strengthening and protecting the human-dog bond benefits the health and well-being of you and your puppy.