Looking to bring in a furry new member of the family? Bringing home a new puppy can be one of life’s most joyful moments, but like all big commitments, there is a level of responsibility that comes with it. Here are some pointers for caring for your new pet.
You’ll want general supplies such as an electronic dog feeder to keep your puppy at optimal health as it grows up. Pet supplies are always an essential part of your pet’s life. Generally, you’d be buying food, shampoo and conditioners, treatments, stain removers, and items for it to sleep in. Ask specifics about what your puppy can eat and the schedule that works best for it. Avoid its tiny stomach getting sick by sticking to one brand of food. If you need to switch brands, transition it over time by mixing the old and new brand and gradually phasing the old one out. You’ll need a travel crate to account for your puppy’s size as an adult. Make your loyal companion’s health a priority and it will have even more love to give you in return.
Create a schedule
Questions to ask would be when will be your puppy’s time to eat three to four times a day? When and where will the puppy go to relieve itself? Where will you be taking your puppy for walks? Plan visits to the vet for health check-ups and deworming. Check to see if your vet has a practice that suits your needs.
Plan your puppy’s training
A unified system of communicating with your puppy must be established with the entire household to prevent its confusion with words. For instance, if one member of the family says ‘sit’ while another is saying ‘down’, the puppy won’t won’t learn the intended command as quickly. Reward good behaviour from the get-go to ensure your puppy will continue to accommodate your house rules. You may consider obedience school to leave the training to professionals. Plan your routines early, as later down the track, teaching your puppy good behaviour will become increasingly difficult.
Supervise your puppy’s interactions with the kids
The kids will be excited to have a new puppy in the house but may not understand its needs. They may yell at the puppy which will startle it or be too rough. In turn, the puppy’s play-fighting may be too much for your kids. Keep them separated when needed and keep a limit on playtime so that your puppy will have time to rest.
Get something for it to chew on
Prevent your puppy from chewing on your belongings at home by having items designed for it to chew on. Praise and reward your puppy for chewing on the items that it is allowed to chew so that it is more likely to direct its attention there.
A safe environment
Keep your puppy in areas away from electrical wiring, chemicals, and any furniture you don’t want it to practice it’s growing teeth on. When it is outside, make sure that it won’t have access to bodies of water or dangerous plants. Running up and down stairs may damage the puppy’s growth so keep them closed off to it. Picking it up and holding it too tightly can also cause your puppy distress. If you need to be away for a few hours, make sure you have someone on hand to look after your puppy and upkeep it’s scheduled feedings and bathroom breaks. Reward your puppy with walks and treats as soon as you get back.