A puppy is a bundle of joy and it can be a great companion for your kids. But you have to remember it is a responsibility and you have to look after it properly. Right from day one, your puppy needs regular care and training. Here are some things you need to know about your puppy and how to take care of it.
Puppy Proof Your Home
Before bringing a new furball home, it's better to be safe than sorry and make sure your home is as pup-proof as possible (which is similar to toddler-proofing). To prepare your house for a new puppy, we recommend you start by checking all the cords and wires that are in the range of your puppy. Also, check the breakable items like decorations and paintings and keep them out of the range of your puppy.
Get All the Necessary Supplies
When you bring home a puppy, some items are must-haves and others are nice-to-haves. Must-haves include a leash, collar and identification tag at the very least. Along with those essentials, you might consider getting your puppy some toys and a comfortable bed. Setting up an area for your new canine companion that is just he owns can be helpful as well crates and kennels are great ideas.
If you like to travel with your puppy then you may need some other accessories like
Select a Proper Puppy Food
Choosing the food you feed your puppy today is a big decision that can impact its overall health, happiness, and well-being. To pick a good food that you know is right for your pup, talk to your vet and other pet professionals. You should also check out reviews on different dog foods. If you do not see results or if your dog isn't enjoying the food after a few months, then you may need to try another brand of dog food.
Get the Vaccination Done
Dogs are like babies in the sense that they both need special care, and can easily get sick. Just like human babies, puppies need to be vaccinated at an early age so that their immune systems may be stronger against certain illnesses down the road.
The vaccine schedule of your puppy plays an important role in their life, because if you wait too long to get vaccinations or do not complete the series, then it can cause some potentially fatal illnesses later in your dog’s life.
Bringing home a new pet can be both exciting and daunting. There are so many things that you need to take care of at once, training included. Depending on the breed or breed-mix your dog comes from, they may or may not start housetraining easier than others. If your pooch is still young or perhaps had an accident here and there during the first weeks at home, just be patient and don’t get mad because, in time, patience will pay off.
We hope that you have found this article to be helpful when it comes to taking care of a puppy. Puppies can be a lot of work, but it's important to remember that they are also a lot of fun. If you take good care of them they will make your life full of joy and happiness.