How To: Care for a Puppy

Are you thinking of getting a new puppy, or have you just got one and you’re wondering what to do next? We’re here to help with our top tips on how to look after a brand new puppy.

Taking in a new puppy really isn’t as hard as it may look. As long as you put in the work, you’ll be able to build up that unconditional love between each other!
So, without further ado, let’s get on with these tips:

Tip 1: Find a Really Good Vet

We recommend doing this before you bring your puppy home because the first thing that you need to do is take them to the vets to make sure they don’t have any birth defects or health difficulties.

Tip 2: Make the Most Out of the First Vet Visit

This includes asking them things like what puppy food they recommend and how much you should be feeding your dog, setting up a good vaccination plan, discussing the safe ways you can prevent parasites for your dog, and also talking about things like what signs you should look out for if your dog is suffering from any illnesses and also discussing things like whether you should spay or neuter your dog.

Tip 3: Make Sure You Get Good Quality Food

Your dog is growing in critical ways at this time, so you need to make sure that you are feeding them the right amounts, and you’re feeding them the right food that is going to benefit them.

Tip 4: Establish a Good Bathroom Routine

You need to teach your puppy where they can and can’t wee and poo, so you need to be housetraining them, taking them outside on a lead and making sure they know exactly where they can, but it’s also really important to remember that you should not be negatively reinforcing anything, so you shouldn’t be shouting at them if they do have accidents inside.

Tip 5: Look Out for Any Early Signs of Illness

Your puppy is susceptible to more illnesses when they are younger so you need to be looking out for things like lethargy, lack of appetite, loose bowel movements, vomiting, wheezing or difficulty breathing, if you notice any of these things then you need to contact your vet immediately because puppies are very susceptible at this age.

Tip 6: Obedience Training

Teaching your dog commands like sit, stay, lie down, come — all of these things are going to set up your dog so that he doesn’t get lost in dangerous situations, and so that he socialises well. As always, we recommend positive reinforcement, never shout at your dog for doing something wrong — always reinforce good behaviour with treats and praise.

Tip 7: Socialisation

We can’t stress how important it is to make sure that your puppy has the best kind of socialisation, especially between four and six months old. This is when they’re going to start accepting other animals and people and they are going to start understanding the world around them.

That’s it!

If you followed our tips, then you’ll be a natural at looking after new puppies in no time! We hope you’ve learned something new and hopefully you will have no issues with your new dog!

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