Now that all the paperwork is done and that adorable puppy is all yours, it is time to take up the task of being a pet parent as seriously as it is. Whether you are getting a puppy for the first time or are experienced in this task, there is one ground rule that you cannot afford to break and that is keeping your pet happy, healthy and well-fed in all circumstances.
What else could you do to help your new puppy adjust to its new surroundings? Here are 5 important tips to help you see through this difficult phase.
Puppy Proof Your Home
As weird as that sounds, it is probably the most important thing to do before you bring your puppy home. A puppy is as good as a newborn and requires as much attention and care, if not more. This is precisely why you should puppy-proof your home to ensure that you can provide a safe, comfortable and happy environment to your little one. You can start by getting rid of poisonous plants and toxic things. You can get your electrical wires corded and remove every chewable object from sight.
If your puppy belongs to the bigger breed of dogs, it is recommended to use this online tool to estimate it’s adult weight (and height) so that your puppy proofing will be more effective.
This is by far the most important step involved in raising a puppy. Your puppy needs to be potty trained as early as possible and there are various ways to obedience train your new member. Start by introducing your puppy to the idea of urinating and excreting only when taken outside. An intermediate step could involve making it pee and poop in a particular corner or in the training crate itself.
Daily Exercises + Proper Diet
Your puppy will probably be quite active by itself and you will be required to give him or her enough opportunities to let out all that energy. Going for regular walks to the park and playing fetch could be entertaining for both of you.
You should be aware of the kind of food that you are feeding your puppy. Puppies should never be given things like chocolates, raisins, nuts and baby food. These could all be choking hazards. Baby food caters to the nutritional requirements of a human baby and puppies require an absolutely different form of nutrition.
Get Durable Chew Toys
In order to protect your cushions, shoes and other important things that are clearly chewable, you should buy proper chew toys for your puppy. Chew toys that are soft and pliable are perfect for itching and teething gums and will also keep your furnishings from being torn down.
Regular Visits To The Vet
Your vet might ask you to visit more frequently in the initial months because a puppy needs more care and vaccinations than a grown-up dog does. It is your responsibility to ensure that all the vaccinations are completed in the time allotted and the flea and tick control methods are understood.
A puppy is literally a bundle of joy but it is important for pet parents to understand that this bundle requires as much care as a human baby does. Adopt a puppy only if you are capable of investing as much time, patience and energy as you would if you had a baby of your own.
This post was contributed by Pete Decker, the Lead Editor at The Goody Pet. Pete loves to share his passion for pets through snippets of interesting and helpful information. You can find more of Pete at his website, Twitter or Facebook.