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Tips on Caring For Your New Puppy

As a responsible pet owner, you should be aware of the basics of caring for your new puppy before bringing that little dogie in the store window home. Owning a pet is a long term commitment. To help give you tips in giving your puppy a safe and healthy environment to develop we have included a useful beginner’s guide:

Health

Your pet vaccines ought to between four and six months old. Vaccinations include rabies, distemper virus vaccine, and canine parvovirus vaccine. Look at getting fleas medicine for dogs. Ticks and worms also pose possible health dangers to dogs. All dogs should be checked for heart worms. Treatment can begin at two to three weeks old. 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 signs of illness.

Safety

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

For the puppy’s security, always keep it leashed outdoors. The period for both walking and coaching is really a leash. Many cities have leash laws, requiring your puppy be on a leash in public.

Much like having a baby in the house you will need to “puppy proof” your home. Two hazards are cords and socks. Puppies love to chew and will sometimes swallow a sock they have been chewing on or bite through a cord and get shocked.

Grooming

It is important to begin a weekly grooming routine Pup as soon as possible. For short-haired breeds, use a rubber currycomb, brush with natural bristles or a hand mitt. For long hair puppies, use a mat splitter or metal comb. 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 needs such as additional protein and calcium for development. Begin caring with a balanced diet of food that is nutritious.

Training

One of the obstacles you confront is in potty training your puppy. Your patience may be tested by this challenge, but you should be consistent and they will learn exactly 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’s completely up to you to help grow them into faithful pets. You can also teach your kids the care and feeding of your new puppy as a way to get them involved in learning responsibility.