What is needed for new puppy care?

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Answered by: Tierre, An Expert in the Care for Dogs and Puppies Category
Bringing home a new puppy is an exciting time; that little ball of fur, so trusting and full of joy. However, there is much that goes into new puppy care, to make sure that your new furred friend grows strong and healthy. Not only does your new four footed family member need a clean, safe place to sleep, but he needs proper nutrition, fresh water, toys, exercise, training and socialization.

Many foods carry size specific or even breed specific varieties, so making the best decision can be overwhelming when standing in the isle and staring at the mass choices available. Going to a pet store you can usually find helpful associates with knowledge to educate you on the right food for your new family member. Feed your new puppy twice a day, once in the morning and once in the evening. Premium quality foods are easier to digest, so while the price tag might be higher than supermarket foods, they will eat less and need to defecate less. Feeding your new puppy on a set schedule makes it easier to potty train and keep accidents to a minimum inside the home.

Puppies need lots of play time and stimulation so be sure to have plenty of toys. You can have several and change them out every couple of days and your puppy will not have time to get bored with any one toy. Make sure that the toys you purchase are durable and do not break into small pieces that can be swallowed. Should any pieces break off, remove them quickly and discard the toy. Never leave your new puppy alone with toys. If your puppy swallows something it shouldn't, it could result in an internal blockage.

Kennel training your puppy can also be a life saver, literally. Many things in our home can be dangerous, so kenneling your puppy while you are unable to devote your full attention to the puppy can save you in the long run and gives puppy a safe place to spend the night. Many puppies will cry and raise a ruckus when first learning to be in their kennels. Remember to not give any attention to the puppy when in the kennel as any attention, negative or positive, is still attention. Ignore the puppy when in the kennel and crying, this could result in a few sleepless nights, but your puppy will learn that its cries will get it nowhere and will soon settle down. Keeping the kennel always as a happy place and never for punishment reinforces that it is a good place to be.

Schedule an appointment with your local veterinarian to go over new puppy care. Depending on the age of your new puppy, he may require shots. Your vet can help with this as well as giving your puppy a check up. Once your puppy has had all its shots, socialization is key. Leash training your puppy and taking it for walks, to the pet store and any local places where pets are allowed, gets him used to many different situations.

Training begins the moment you walk in the door. There are many resources available for do-it-yourself training, however meeting with a local trainer can be helpful in many ways, especially if you are a first time puppy parent. Patience, time and repetition will be key as you and your new friend settle in.

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