Are you about to adopt a new puppy? Congratulations! We love to see dogs going to great new homes, and we really enjoy watching them grow from adorable toddlers into healthy adults. There are lots of things to do when bringing home a new puppy! In this article, your local vet Phoenix gives some tips to help you get your new furkid started out on the right paw.
Puppy proofing your home will help you protect both your little buddy and your possessions. Puppies tend to chew a lot while their teeth are growing, so you’ll want to put your belongings where little Fido can’t reach them, and provide plenty of chew toys. You’ll also want to be sure that any chemicals and medications are kept safe and secure where the little guy can’t reach them, and remove any toxic plants from your house. Small items, such as buttons and craft kits, should also be kept away from little Fido. If you have a yard, check the fence line to make sure it’s secure, and remove any debris piles or objects which could prove hazardous to an adventurous little dog.
A trip to the vet is in order, even if Fido came with vaccination papers and records. Young dogs are very fragile, and can sometimes get very sick very quickly, so keep a close eye on your new buddy, and watch for any signs of illness or injury. Puppies have a lot of growing to do in a fairly short amount of time, so proper nutrition is crucial during this stage. Talk to your vet about the little guy’s diet, and make sure to feed the proper proportions.
Start little Fido on his daily schedule for walking, mealtime, playtime, and bedtime immediately. The sooner he gets used to his daily schedule, the better! Housetraining is of course at the top of the list of things your little furbaby needs to learn, so start work on this as soon as you bring him home. Obedience training should also start immediately. There are five basic commands which all dogs should learn: Sit, Lay Down, Come, Stay, and Heel. You can start obedience training in conjunction with house training, but make sure your little one has mastered one command before moving on to another. Crate training is also recommended, as it’s much, much easier to crate-train a puppy than an adult dog.
Puppies grow fast, so don’t forget to take lots and lots of pictures of your canine buddy in this adorable stage!
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