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While it may be a dog’s life, training up your new puppy won’t be plain sailing let alone a walk in the park! You can both expect to end up in the doghouse from time to time. Dogs are wonderful lifelong companions, but lost of time, patience and effort goes into rearing your pet from an excitable youngster to a mature, caring adult.
Locate A Local Vet
Registering with a local vet now will save you hassle later, and they’ll be able to answer any pet related questions you may have. Looking after a puppy is relatively straightforward once you’ve understood the basics, i.e. how to feed them, when to start house training them and how often you should groom your dog. Don’t forget that just like us dogs require their fur brushing regularly, as well as keeping an eye on their eyes, ears, and mouth for any signs of illness. Make sure your pet’s nails are kept healthy by using nail grinders for dogs or scheduling a nail clipping appointment at the doggie parlor. The vet checkup will also tell you what injections, if any, your dog’s had, plus check which ones they’ll need to have in the first year of their life. It’s also a good time to talk about when you want to neuter or spay your dog, as responsible pet owners should do everything they can do avoid any accidental litters.
Food Glorious Food
While puppies grow quickly it’s important you buy food that’s specially made for them as young dogs have different nutritional needs than adults. However, by the time a small, to medium dog is a year old they’ll be able to have adult portions. It also goes without saying your dog needs access to fresh, and dry food as well as having a full bowl of water at all times. Between six, to twelve weeks puppies require four small meals per day, so make sure that your dog is eating well and isn’t struggling to chew her food. Check she’s also taking in plenty of water because even mild dehydration in pups can be fatal. Once she’s grown a little, here we’re talking about three and six months you can reduce down to three meals per day. By the time your pet is six to twelve months old meals are just two per day to avoid overfeeding.
What’s That Smell?
Dogs need to go outside regularly, not only to go to the bathroom but to also be able to explore their environment and mark their territory. Puppies are quite vulnerable, so until she’s completed all her injections you need to find her a sheltered space, where she won’t be bothered by other animals that could spread disease and infect your dog with a nasty virus.
House training a dog isn’t easy. However, it can be done although you’ll need to stock up on newspaper, puppy pads and disinfectant because accidents are inevitable. The trick is to praise your dog when she manages to tell you she needs to go before, well, going as well as not shouting at or punishing her when she doesn’t make it in time.
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