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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 commitment. To help provide you with hints in giving your puppy a secure and healthy environment to develop we’ve included a useful beginner’s manual:

Health

Your pet vaccines ought to between four and six weeks old. Vaccinations include rabies, distemper virus vaccine, and canine parvovirus vaccine. Look at getting fleas medicine for dogs. Ticks and worms also pose health risks for 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 sign of being unhealthy, 80 percent of dogs are born with roundworms. Changes in the behavior of a puppy are often signs of illness.

Safety

Attach an identification tag to your puppy’s collar with your puppy’s name, address and telephone number. For a proper fit, you should be able to put two fingers between the neck and the collar of your puppy.

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, requiring your puppy be on a leash in public.

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.

Grooming

It is important to start a grooming routine with your puppy as soon as possible. For short hair breeds, use a rubber currycomb, brush with natural bristles or a hand mitt. For long-haired dogs, use metal comb or a mat splitter. You’ll require flea and tick shampoo 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 crate should be well ventilated with enough room inside to stand, turn around, and lie down.

Food

Puppies have special nutritional needs like additional protein and calcium for healthy development. Begin caring with a balanced diet of food for your new puppy.

Coaching

One of the obstacles you confront is in 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 “injuries” once you believe that they are trained. Some dogs might be marking their territory or take longer to train than others.

As the saying goes, “You can’t teach an old dog new Tricks,” so begin early teaching your pup good behavior habits. It is entirely your responsibility to help develop them into faithful pets. For a means to get young kids involved in learning responsibility you may teach them the care and feeding of your new puppy.