Tips on Caring For Your New Puppy
As a pet owner, you should be aware of the basics of taking care of your new puppy before bringing this dogie at the pet shop window home. Owning a pet is a long term commitment. To help provide you with tips in giving your pup a secure and healthy environment to grow up we have included a handy beginner’s manual:
Your pet vaccines ought to between four and six months old. Necessary vaccinations include distemper virus disease parvovirus vaccine, and rabies. Consider also getting flea medicine for dogs. Ticks and worms also pose possible health dangers to dogs. All dogs should be checked for heart worms. Treatment can begin at two to three weeks old. Do not take it as a sign of being unhealthy, 80 percent of puppies are born with roundworms. Changes in the behavior of a puppy are often signs of illness.
Publish an identification tag to the collar of your puppy with your address, telephone number, and puppy’s name. To get a proper fit, you should be able to put two fingers smoothly between the neck and the collar of your puppy.
For the safety of your puppy, always keep it leashed outside. The length for walking and coaching is really a leash. Many cities have leash laws.
With resemblance to a baby in the house, you will need to “puppy proof” your home. Two hazards are socks and cords. Puppies love to chew and may end up swallowing a sock they have been chewing on or bite through a cord and get shocked.
It is important to start a grooming routine with your puppy as soon as possible. For short-haired breeds, use a rubber currycomb, brush with natural bristles or a hand mitt. For long hair puppies, use a mat splitter or metal comb. You’ll require flea and tick shampoo when caring for your new puppy.
There are portable or wire crates if your puppy will be enclosed while you are not home. Your puppy’s cage must be ventilated with enough space inside to stand, turn around, and lie down.
Puppies have special nutritional needs such as extra protein and calcium for healthy development. Begin caring with a balanced diet of food that is nutritious for your pet.
One of the initial challenges that you are bound to face is potty training your puppy. This challenge may test your patience, but you should be consistent and they will soon learn what you expect of them. Do not be frustrated if a pet has “accidents” after you think that they are trained. Some dogs might be marking their territory or take longer to train than other people.
As the saying goes, “You can’t teach an old dog new Tricks,” so start early teaching your puppy good behavior habits. It’s completely up to you to help grow them into faithful pets. For a way to get children involved in learning responsibility, you may make them part of the feeding and care of your pet.