Archive for February, 2018

  • Choosing the Right Food for your Puppy

     

    A puppy’s diet should be carefully monitored to make sure they are getting balanced nutrition and gaining weight at the proper rate. The amount of food your puppy eats depends on things such as their age, size, breed, activity level, environment and health. You should always consult with your vet about how much your puppy should be eating each day and the type of food.

    When shopping for puppy food at the store, make sure you read the packaging to see what benefits your food offers your puppy. Some foods contain more nutrients than others, and could affect the amount of food that your puppy should have. Puppy food is available in wet or dry forms, it largely depends on your and your puppy’s preferences. You could mix it up and try both types of food to see which one your puppy favorites most.

    When your puppy becomes older they will need a different level of nutrients than they did when younger. Depending on the size and breed, your puppy should be switched from puppy to adult food somewhere between 1 and 2 years of age.

    Aside from the occasional dog treat, your puppy should only be eating food specially made for puppies. If you get into the habit of feeding him human food, your puppy may become a picky eater and exercise bad habits.

    Over feeding Your Puppy

    It is important for dogs to have the right balance of nutrients for their bodies. Dogs that aren’t fed balanced meals can have a variety of health problems. You want to ensure that you’re feeding your puppy the right amount of food in order to prevent obesity. An obese dog is not a healthy dog and can many serious consequences you should try to avoid.

    Always consult your veterinarian and ask them to recommend the best food for your puppy!

  • Puppy Playdate

     

    Valentine’s Day is a time when people show feelings of love, affection and friendship. What better time to set up a playdate for your furry friend! Play dates can be valuable for your puppy’s well-being and should always be a positive experience for all puppies. It’s an excellent way for them to release excess energy, exercise and learn a few doggie manners from each other as they socialize.

     

    Tips for a Successful Playdate:

     

    • Keep the first meeting and interaction calm. Allow the puppies to sniff each other for a moment, then take them for a short walk together before letting them off-leash.
    • Meet for the first time in neutral territory. Choose a safe, fenced-in area that’s not too large so you can easily get to the puppies if necessary.
    • Try to match your puppy with another puppy whose personality is the same.
    • If you see your puppy is not interested or is not playing appropriately you may have to end the play date earlier.
    • Don’t try to force the interaction between the pups. Let them set the pace and initiate to play with each other.
    • Play close attention to the puppies and their attitudes towards each other.
    • Make sure to have a water and a bowl for hydration breaks!
    • Bring enough toys for the puppies to each have one.
    • You should always give your puppy a lot of praise and a few treats to show them they are doing a great job.

     

    A well-mannered and socialized puppy who can hang around new people and other puppies will be a happier pup and a better companion!