How To Take Care of Your First Puppy? Tips and Tricks

Taking care of pets can be very difficult, especially if you have not had one before. You need to consider a lot of things before you start having pets, but if you are caring, there should not be any problems. Here are some tips on what to do when you get yourself your first puppy.

First Moments

When it comes to bringing your new puppy home for the first time, you can probably expect its overwhelming enthusiasm, cleaning up your dog’s mess, and a significant lifestyle change. Here you may learn all about dogs that you don’t understand and make sure you take proper care of your buddy. A growing puppy requires much more than a feeding dish and a doghouse to flourish, as you’ll soon discover. And, while it may seem like a lot of work at first, it’s worth it. In those initial few sleep-deprived weeks, establishing excellent and healthy behaviors will create the groundwork for many dog-years of happiness for you and your puppy.

Go to a Veterinarian

The first place you should take your new puppy is, you guessed it, to the veterinarian for a checkup. This session will not only ensure that your puppy is healthy and free of major health problems, birth abnormalities, and other concerns, but it will also assist you in starting a sound puppy preventive health program. If you don’t already have a veterinarian, check around for referrals. If you got your dog from a shelter, ask for their recommendations because they may have a favorite veterinarian. Local dog walkers and groomers might also inspire. Veterinarians specialize in different sorts of animals, and some of them may have greater experience with cats, rabbits, or other non-canine animals. You’ll want to deal with a dog-specific veterinarian, so find out how much knowledge and practice they have with them before you choose the one. 

Make a Home

Before you bring your adorable puppy home, make sure your home is as secure as possible, both for your new puppy and your things. Although the method of puppy-proofing a home is similar to that of toddler-proofing a home, there are some differences. First, gain a sense of your home from the perspective of a puppy. Electrical cords, potentially harmful substances, and breakable items should all be kept out of reach. Keep in mind that your dog can jump, climb, chew, and scratch, so store whatever you can high up or in a locked cabinet. Keep in mind that “child-safe” latches don’t often work on hyperactive puppies. Lower cabinets and drawers should be secured with locks or metal fasteners. These should be chew-proof and operated by opposable thumbs. If necessary, install durable baby gates or pet gates to keep your puppy out of particular areas of your home. Keep your dog away from the kitchen (particularly the garbage can) and the stairwell. Puppy-proofing is important not just for the safety of your puppy, but also for your peace of mind.

Food

Because your puppy’s body is still developing in important ways, you’ll need to choose puppy food rather than adult dog food. To verify that the food you purchase meets your pup’s nutritional needs, look for a label on the container. Between the ages of 9 and 12, small and medium-sized breeds can transition to adult dog food. Until they reach the age of two, large breed dogs should eat puppy kibbles. Ensure that your puppy has access to fresh, plenty of water at all times.

Feed many times per day:

4 meals every day from the age of 6 to 12 weeks

3 meals every day from the age of 3-6 months

2 meals each day for children aged 6 to 12 months

Defecation

Patience, planning, and plenty of positive reinforcement, according to experts, are your most powerful allies in the fight to house train your puppy. Furthermore, having a carpet-cleaning battle plan in place is usually a good idea, because accidents do happen. You’ll want to find an area outside that isn’t accessible to other animals until your puppy has received all of its vaccines. This aids in the prevention of the transmission of viruses and disease. When your puppy manages to potty outside, be sure to shower it with praise and, nearly as importantly, avoid punishing it when it does the work inside the house. It’s equally vital to know when to take your puppy out as it is to praise it when it does go potty outside. 

Here’s a rundown of when you should take your puppy out to the potty.

  • When you wake up.
  • Just before going to bed.
  • Immediately after your puppy has eaten or consumed a large amount of water.
  • When your dog wakes up from its snooze.
  • After you’re doing physical activity and when you’re done with it.

Hopefully, these tips will help you take good care of your little puppy. Keep in mind that you must constantly look after it and that in return you will most likely get love.

Tim Hanson (80)

Contributing writer at Preferable Pups!