Caring for Your New Puppy

Caring for Your New Puppy

Spread the puppy love and minimize chaos that goes with having a new furry family member.



You finally have that gorgeous puppy of which you’ve been dreaming. With these handy pointers, you can spread the puppy love and minimize some of the chaos that goes with having a new furry family member.

Pup-Proof
If possible, dog-proof your house before your puppy arrives. Little dogs like to chew and shred, so electrical cords, expensive pillows and other dangerous or easily destroyed ornaments should be put away.

Make Time
On the day of your puppy’s arrival, take time off from work. If possible, take several days. Your new family member will be curious, anxious and a little confused. Every puppy needs to start socializing as soon as possible once it is fully vaccinated. Puppy parties or training classes are an ideal start. It should meet new people, new experiences and surroundings as well as meet up with different dogs. You can be a huge comfort to it by being there for help and support.

Bedtime
Buy a large pen and turn half of it into a bed. This will provide your puppy with its own place in which to feel safe. Plus it is a place for your pet to stay when you can’t keep a careful eye on it. Put an old sheet or old towels in its bed so it has an extra soft, warm place to snooze.

Comfort zone
Your new pet may whimper or howl at night. Wrap a softly ticking clock in a towel and place in the pen to create a calming effect. Just make sure puppy can’t chew through to the clock!

Easy Does It
Start off by feeding your puppy the same food it was fed when you got it. Then slowly switch to what you would like it to eat. Choose a diet that is formulated for the eventual adult size of your puppy.

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Territory
If you have other pets, ensure your new puppy has its own water and food bowl so it doesn’t feel threatened while it eats.

Site-Specific
Place your puppy in one spot in the garden and stay with it until it does its duty, then praise and pet it. Your puppy will learn the spot and what it’s supposed to do there.

Puppy Talk
Before training your puppy to perform tricks, start by teaching it to recognize its name and the command “no.” Then move on to simple one-word commands with different vowel sounds so there is little confusion. “Heel,” “sit,” “stay” and “down” are four of the basics.

Good Dog: Remember to always reward your puppy with tons of affection when it does well.

Most importantly, have your puppy checked out by a veterinarian within a couple of days of bringing it home. Be sure it stays up-to-date with its vaccinations, is microchipped for identification, is neutered (if advised by the veterinarian) and gets the regular check-ups it needs as it grows.

And last but not least, have fun with your new bundle of joy!

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