Taking Care Of Your New Puppy

 

Make sure you follow these tips when taking care of your new puppy.

                                          Food and Water


  Make sure that there is food and clean water available at all times. Tiny puppies need lots of nourishment and can become hypoglycemic if they are not fed properly. Please try to keep the puppy on the food that was provided to you when you bought the puppy for at least the first month. New foods can cause stomach upsets.  You should feed a puppy food specifically made for a growing dog. Puppy food is smaller and easier for a young puppy to chew and digest.


                                  Puppy-Proof Your House


Puppies are very much like little babies. They will get into all sorts of things if you are not careful. They are also notorious for swallowing objects that can get caught in their intestinal tract and cause the puppy pain and may even result in an operation. Make sure that small objects are put away and that your puppy cannot get to them. Put locks on cabinet doors and close closets where dangerous chemicals are kept. Puppy proof your house the same way you would child proof a house. There are numerous plants that are very poisonous to your puppy.


                              Give Your Puppy A Chew Toy


Puppies love to chew and are always teething. They need to chew and will chew on anything in sight. Do not allow them to chew on shoes, even if they are old shoes as this will make the puppy think it is okay to chew on new shoes as well. Give the puppy a chew toy that is safe for young puppies and when you find him or her chewing on something, offer the toy. This will let the puppy know that the toy is for chewing.


                                    Expect Accidents


A puppy is like a little baby. Just the same way that you cannot expect an infant to be toilet trained, you cannot expect a new puppy to be housebroken. You should keep your puppy under your watchful eye when you are home and crated when you are not home to avoid accidents and for the safe of the animal as well. Puppies thrive on routine, so take him or her out after meals and your puppy will get used to using the outdoors as a toilet. Once your puppy goes outside, praise the puppy and give a doggie treat. This will encourage repetitive behavior.


Taking care of a puppy is fun and rewarding. If you do a proper job, your puppy will grow into a loving and obedient dog.                                                

                                       Potty  Training Tips

Put a puppy playpen in the spot where you want your puppy to go potty. This gives plenty enough room to potty but not enough room to run around and play and the pup cannot keep coming over to you. Take poop and put inside this playpen. The smell will help trigger the pup to go. Leave some in there. Do not totally clean it up.

After putting the pup in, say “go potty”. Then do not move around or talk to the pup for one minute. Again say “Go Potty”. Do this until the pup goes. After the pup potties, verbally praise it. Of course if it hasn’t pooped stand still and do the same until it does. If the pup has just eaten it will probably need to poop. If it’s in between feedings it may not.

This helps teach the pup the verbal command “Go Potty” and it can also reach the pup to go in that area of your yard once you remove the playpen. It is wise to utilize the playpen for a few weeks or longer if needed.

A pup that isn’t house trained should also be in a crate inside the home that is only big enough for its bed when the pup isn’t being handled. Reducing the opportunity to potty on the floor is of great help as well. It is almost impossible to get urine smell out of a carpet. A human may not be able to smell it, but the dog almost always can. The smell tells the dog it’s ok to go potty there. So you don’t want accidents.

 

There is nothing like bringing a new puppy home. Puppies are a delight for the entire family. They not only give us love and affection, but are very loyal companions. Bringing a new puppy home is similar to bringing home a new baby. The only difference is that the puppy is expected to remain with you the rest of its life. A well cared for puppy will grow up to be a healthy, well adjusted dog, that is a pleasure to be around. So,take the time to train your puppy correctly in the early stages and you will both benefit tremendously.