Getting a new puppy is always an exciting time in your life, for both adults and children if you have any. Puppy’s are often a couples first pet, and they entail great responsibility and are extremely time consuming. This isn’t necessarily a negative thing, as many positive things come from owning a puppy.
Bringing your puppy home, he/she is going to be a bit frightened to start with, and may not come near you, if they are happy and very excited great bonus! A puppy who is frightened is best not be pushed on someone, and is best to be left to come in on its own accord, but make sure you stay with the puppy at all times so it gets comfortable around your company.
Once your puppy starts coming to you and is comfortable around you, the first place you need to him/her is to the vet, and make sure that it is a reliable vet at that, even if it is a bit costly. And make sure you ask the vet for dietary tips, handling and caring. Also do not forget to set up a vaccination plan with your vet, and decide when the best time to get him/her neutered would be. Do not let your puppy roam around outside without any injections or boosters.
You also want to make sure you shop for quality food, as a puppy is a lot more fragile then an adult dog, and their diet would differ quite a bit. Here are some guidelines that I used and I now have 3 happy and healthy dogs.
Feed multiple times a day:
- Age 6-12 weeks – 4 meals per day
- Age 3-6 months – 3 meals per day
- Age 6-12 months – 2 meals per day
Also needed is potty training, there is so many helpful tips online for this, like potty pads, and putting newspapers down for where he/she wants to potty. DO NOT under any circumstances stick your puppy’s face in the pee/poo he has made. This is not house training or puppy training and makes the new puppy feel incredibly uncomfortable and upset. The best times to take your puppy outside would be :
- When you wake up.
- Right before bedtime.
- Immediately after your puppy eats or drinks a lot of water.
- When your puppy wakes up from a nap.
- During and after physical activity.
Signs of Illness is so important to keep a check for, and here are some I put together and came across while doing my research :
- Lack of appetite
- Poor weight gain
- Swollen of painful abdomen
- Lethargy (tiredness)
- Difficulty breathing
- Wheezing or coughing
- Pale gums
- Swollen, red eyes or eye discharge
- Nasal discharge
- Inability to pass urine or stool
You also want to teach your dog basic obedience to make sure he is well behaved when out and socializing. Sit, stay, down and come I would consider to be the most important to teach, and will also help create a stronger bond between you and your puppy. Make sure to keep these training times short and sweet, while rewarding with small treats and praise and lots of cuddles!
Main thing always show your new puppy so much love, attention, and cuddles. As a positive up bringing will bring more happiness to you and your puppy. If you are working a full time job, re consider your decision as the puppy should be given most of your time. And remember there is no such thing as an aggressive breed, raise the dog with so much love and support, and he/she will return the favor by being a loyal companion, and your best friend.
Thanks for reading!