Bringing home a new puppy is incredibly exciting… You have so many hopes and dreams for your fuzzy bundle of joy! With just a little preparing and planning, you can make sure those dreams come true. The first few days can be a bit of a shock for your puppy – He’ll be in a strange new environment and away from his mother and litter mates for the first time, with new people who have different expectations. In order to make the transition smoother, it helps to get your house and family prepared ahead of time.
Put together a feeding and bathroom schedule and delegate responsibilities. Make a list of supplies you’ll need – food, bowls, toys, grooming supplies, bedding, a dog collar and leash, and a crate are just a few of the necessities. You’ll need to puppy proof your home by removing anything within your puppy’s reach that could harm him including plants, rugs, and breakables. Tape electrical cords down or cover them so that they are safe from chewing. Store chemicals on higher shelves and remove any loose articles such as shoes or knick knacks your puppy might want to chew on. Decide what room will be your puppy’s – A nice quiet space with a comfy dog bed for him to relax. Puppies need ample amounts of rest and breaks from playtime. Set up his crate in this space, and put up baby gates to partition this area off. You won’t want to give your new puppy free run of the house right away. This would confuse him and maybe frighten him and could also hinder his house breaking. Schedule a vet appointment within the first 24 hours of bringing him home. This is important because you want to make sure there he has no underlying heath issues and set up a vaccination schedule.
When you pick up your puppy, you’ll want to ask about his feeding schedule and replicate it once you come home. Changes to food and feeding schedule should be made gradually or you could end up upsetting your puppy’s sensitive stomach. On the ride home, the puppy should ride in the back seat either in someone’s arms or in a crate or carrier. When you arrive home, take the puppy immediately to the area you want him to potty in. This will begin to enforce house breaking right away. From this point, you’ll carry out your pre-made schedule for potty breaks, feeding, playing, and napping. Your new pup will need lots of love and attention, but he will also need periods of solitude and quiet so that he may rest. A dog crate is great for this purpose, though your puppy might not think so at first. It’s very likely he will protest by whining and crying, but don’t give in! By comforting him when he displays bad behavior, you are reinforcing that this behavior is okay and will get him what he wants! Rewarding your dog and giving him attention for good behaviors will let him know that those are the things you want him to do. By doing things correctly from the start, you will have a well behaved and happy puppy!
This Sunday marked the start of National Pet Week, which celebrates the important role our furry friends play in our lives. National Pet Week was founded in 1981 by the American Veterinary Medical Association with the purpose of promoting responsible pet ownership and commemorating the special bond between pet owners and their pets. It was also created to promote public awareness of the importance of veterinary medicine.
While we can never repay our four legged companions for the countless joys and unconditional love they bring into our lives, this week is a perfect time to do something special for them. Here are a few ways to indulge your devoted dog:
Go Out And Play! It’s easy to get caught up with our busy lives and forget that while we’re out rushing around, our pets are stuck at home, bored and waiting. Take time this week to add some much needed stimulation to your patient pooch’s life. A trip to the dog park, a game of fetch in the backyard, or a long evening walk are all good sources of exercise.
Keep Your Dog Healthy! With Spring in full swing and summer on the way, now is a great time to take your dog in for a yearly check up. Flea and tick season is just beginning and these parasites are more than just an annoyance – They spread disease and cause skin problems as well. Heartworm prevention is a must for this time of year. Heartworm disease causes serious illness in your pet and diagnosis and treatment are very expensive – It’s much more practical and safe to prevent heartworms with medication.
Pamper Your Pup! Take your pooch for a day at the doggie spa! Regular grooming and bathing not only make for a pleasant smelling pet, grooming can also prevent health problems. Matting of the hair causes discomfort and is a breeding ground for skin infections, not to mention excess hair in the summer time can make for one hot dog! New dog toys and dog treats are another great way to spoil your canine friend!
Save Lives! Spaying and Neutering your pets not only helps them to lead happier, healthier lives, it also helps better the animal world by cutting down on unwanted litters and lowering the number of animals left on the streets and in shelters. If you are on the market for a new fuzzy friend, adopting a pet is a wonderful choice and helps save the life of an animal in need.