Caring For A Young Dog
Getting a new puppy can be very exciting and a fun event but some practical matters must be taken into consideration. Just like a baby, a puppy needs lots of care and nurturing in the early stages to ensure that it is happy, healthy and can become a beloved pet.
Some necessary puppy care measures that you need to take include:
1. Be Prepared
Your young pup is going to need some stuff. A portion of quality food and water bowl are essential. Be aware that you will probably need to upgrade the dishes when the puppy grows up.
It will also need bedding and somewhere warm, dry and comfortable to sleep. Lots of toys are essential. This will teach your dog appropriate items to chew and will prevent damage to your furniture and personal belongings in the future. A collar and leash are not recommended for a puppy.
2. Vet Visit
If your puppy has not already been to the vet, schedule an appointment as soon as possible. It will need to be vaccinated against certain diseases and receive preventative treatment for parasites such as worms and ticks and fleas. The vet will also do a general checkup to ensure that the pup is in good health. You will probably need to repeat the visit at three months and then again at six months.
It is highly recommended to buy quality, nutritious dog food. A puppy will need lots of proper nutrition in the early stages to grow healthy and active. Follow the recommended feeding guide for size and weight described on the packaging. If you are unsure as to which food is best, ask your vet. It is advisable to integrate the food that its original owners were feeding it into its new diet. Don’t forget the snacks.
It is essential that your puppy has constant access to clean and fresh water to stay well hydrated. Leave a bowl of water in the same place so that it can learn where to find water. Refill the container as often as necessary.
5. Washing and Grooming
It isn’t essential or recommended to bath a young pup too often as this can result in itchy and irritated skin. Bathing only when necessary like when it falls into a muddy puddle or has a food accident. Brushing and grooming, on the other hand, should be performed often. This is not only to keep the coat healthy and shiny but is a valuable bonding tool.
Dogs are social animals, and the removal from its mother and litter can result in separation anxiety. You and your family are its new pack, and it is essential to integrate your pet into daily activities. Lots of play time and cuddles is critical to a young puppy.
7. Indoors or Outdoors
If you are planning to keep your dog indoors, you can allow them to sleep inside from the start, in a place that you have selected for them. A dog that will be staying outdoors when it reaches adulthood should preferably sleep and stay outdoors from puppy age and not be allowed indoors. This can be challenging and result in crying and whining which will resolve as the puppy grows up.
8. Toilet Training
Young pups piddle and poop whenever and wherever they feel like it. You may want to section off an area and lay down the paper for the pup to do its business. Slowly teach the animal that was going outside is the better toilet alternative to doing its business indoors.
As your pup grows up, it will require the same care and much more.