A new puppy means a lifetime of kisses, playtime, and an unbreakable friendship! You’ll love being around your adorable best friend, whether it’s taking them out for long walks or playing hide-and-seek. Along with these unforgettable moments, however, you’ll also come face to face with challenges. In a lot of ways, puppies are like babies. […]
A new puppy means a lifetime of kisses, playtime, and an unbreakable friendship! You’ll love being around your adorable best friend, whether it’s taking them out for long walks or playing hide-and-seek. Along with these unforgettable moments, however, you’ll also come face to face with challenges. In a lot of ways, puppies are like babies.
Puppies solely depend on you for their happiness and wellbeing. They need you to feed, play, and bathe with them as often as possible. At some point, you may also face typical puppy behavior like whining, biting, chewing, and jumping. These behaviors can become problematic if your puppy isn’t trained. If you aren’t sure how to handle your new furbaby, don’t panic!
Here are some useful tips to help you care for your new puppy:
There are many reasons to get a crate. A crate can become your pup’s official resting spot, especially if you place a soft pillow or blanket inside. It also helps with house and potty training. You may feel that your puppy will feel lonely or scared inside their crate, but that’s never the case! Instead, crates reinforce your pup’s natural instincts. How? Well, canines are den animals so they feel most comfortable within a small, warm spot that they can rest in. You can think of it as a personal space where your furry bestie can be themselves. Of course, when buying a crate, you will need to consider several factors, like the size of your pup and their age. The crate should not be too large nor too small. If you would like more information on choosing a crate, read our blog, Puppy Products for New Puppy Parents.
Puppies are curious little creatures. They love to explore their surroundings, especially their new home. Of course, they don’t understand the dangers that lie around while they venture inside rooms. They may get into all sorts of trouble too like sticking their heads in a garbage bag for a snack or chewing on furniture. These activities can cause a mess or a serious tummy ache. Therefore, keep this rule in your mind and heart: If you cannot watch your puppy while they’re off on their little adventures, you must place them in their crate or in a safe area with gates.
Even if your puppy doesn’t look sick, make sure to set up an appointment with your vet. Your veterinarian will be a key professional in the life of your little furry bestie so it’s important to start visits early. This helps your pup get used to seeing their vet on a regular basis. While at the vet, your puppy will likely undergo a physical exam, which will evaluate your pup’s health and appearance. Your vet will also let you know about your puppy’s health and how you can best take care of them. And if you hadn’t guessed it yet, vet visits are scary for new puppies! You can make your pup’s vet visit less stressful by bringing some treats and speaking to your pup in a soft voice.
Many puppies have a short attention span, making training almost impossible. You might feel like giving or think about training when your puppy gets older. We recommend starting your puppy’s training as early as possible. However, training sessions don’t have to be boring or frustrating. Make it fun! There are many fun games you can play with your furbaby that also helps with training, such as:
Socialization is a key part of your furry friends puppyhood. When you socialize your puppy, you teach them how to behave around others. It prevents aggression, fear, and other negative behaviors. Do not throw your puppy into socialization. This will scare them. Instead, introduce new experiences slowly. For example, you can take your furbaby to the dog park. You can also bring a friend over and have them play with your pup. Your puppy should never feel stressed or scared during socialization.
While you spend time with your furry friend, your puppy is also learning and getting to know you. They may take awhile to completely warm up to you—and that’s ok! What’s important is that you continue to play and care for them every step of the way. In time, the two of you will be the best of friends! You can learn more about how to be a great parent to your furry bestie by reading our blog, How to Be A Responsible Pet Owner.