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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 devotion. To help give you tips in giving your puppy a safe and healthy environment to develop we have included a useful beginner’s guide:

Health

Your pet vaccines ought to between four and six months old. Necessary vaccinations include distemper virus disease parvovirus vaccine, and rabies. Look at getting fleas medicine for dogs. Ticks and worms also pose potential health dangers to puppies. All dogs should be checked for heart worms. Worm treatment can start at two to three weeks of age. Don’t take it as a indication of becoming unhealthy, 80 percent of puppies are born with roundworms. Changes in the behavior of a puppy are often signs of illness.

Safety

Attach 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 place two fingers between your pet’s neck and the collar.

For the security of the puppy, always keep it leashed outside. The length for walking and coaching is really a leash. Many cities have leash laws.

Much like having a baby, you will need to “puppy proof” your house. Two hazards are cords and socks. Puppies love to chew and may end up swallowing a sock they have been chewing on or bite through a cord and get shocked.

Grooming

It is important to start a grooming routine with your puppy as soon as possible. For short hair breeds, use a hand mitt, brush with bristles or a rubber currycomb. For long-haired dogs, use metal comb or a mat splitter. You’ll need flea and tick shampoo for bathing, a flea collar, and a flea comb when caring for your new puppy.

Bedding

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.

Food

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.

Training

Potty training is one of the first obstacles you bound to face. Your patience may be tested by this challenge, but you should be consistent and they will learn exactly what you expect of them. Don’t be discouraged if your pet has “injuries” after you think they are trained. Some dogs might be marking their territory or take longer to train than other people.

As the saying goes, “You can not teach an old dog new Tricks,” so begin early teaching your puppy good behavior habits. It is totally up to you to help build them into loyal pets that are well-behaved. For a means to get young kids involved in learning responsibility you may teach them the care and feeding of your new puppy.