Tips for New Puppy Owners
Bringing home a new puppy is truly one of the biggest joys in life. But even though that little furball is all licks and cuddles now, it will take time, effort and a lot of work to turn that bundle of love into the perfect pooch. Whether you’re an experienced pet owner or adopting for the first time, here are some tips that will help you care for your new puppy.
Get some essential puppy products
The first thing you need to get is a travel crate or a soft-sided carrier that will help you bring your new puppy home, and later take them to the vet or to visit friends and family safely. Even though you will need to replace them as your pet grows, it’s best to buy a collar and leash or a harness right away, to get your puppy used to wearing them. Apart from essential food and water bowls and a soft, comfortable and washable bed, don’t forget to buy a variety of safe toys to chew and snuggle with, and make your puppy feel at home.
Find a veterinarian you trust
Whether you ask your family or friends for recommendations, or you simply do thorough online research, it’s important to find a good vet you can trust and rely on, preferably even before you bring your puppy home. Apart from checking the overall health of your pet, a vet will be able to provide important information about vaccinations, and flea and tick control, which is why you should schedule an appointment within the first two weeks of bringing your new puppy home.
Remember to puppy proof your home
Just like you would baby-proof your home for a new child, you need to do the same for a small dog. Puppies are very inquisitive and they can easily into anything, but they also love to bite and chew. So, remove all poisonous plants and toxins from your home, put locks on lower cabinets, section off dangerous areas of your home with baby gates, and remove anything your pup could potentially chew. Wall sockets and cords also present a serious hazard, which is why Australian dog owners often call a professional Sydney electrician to take care of their electrical work and ensure their home is completely safe for a curious puppy.
Learn how to train your pooch
While the benefits of getting a new dog are truly endless, that doesn’t mean that every day with your pup is going to be ideal. If you want to help your puppy quickly learn how they should behave and what you expect of them, try to teach them some skills, such as sitting for a treat or coming when called. Once your pup is about three to four weeks old, you may want to enroll them in a proper obedience class to learn some more basic skills, or even read a great puppy training book and train your pet on your own.
Socialize your new furry friend
The best age to start socializing your puppy is between three to twelve weeks of age, as it gets progressively harder to introduce them to new places, people and things after that. So, start introducing your pet to your friends’ or family members’ dogs who you know are friendly and vaccinated, and then introduce your pup to new people by giving people treats and having them feed and praise your dog when they’re accepting of new people. This will help to associate good things with all kinds of individuals and prevent your dog from becoming aggressive as they grow older.
When living with a new puppy, the most important thing to remember is to stay patient, persistent and consistent, as that is the only way to ensure your pup will grow into a loving, caring and obedient dog.
“Tips for New Puppy Owners: What to Expect”
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