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Tips on Caring For Your New Puppy

As a responsible pet owner, you ought to know the fundamentals of caring before bringing that cute little dogie in the pet store window home. Owning a pet is a long-term devotion. To help give you tips in giving your puppy a safe and healthy environment to develop we have included a useful beginner’s guide:

Health

Your pet vaccines ought to between four and six weeks old. Necessary vaccinations include distemper virus disease parvovirus vaccine, and rabies. Look at getting fleas medicine for dogs. Ticks and worms also pose potential health dangers to puppies. All dogs should be checked for heart worms. Treatment can begin at two to three weeks old. Don’t take it as a sign of being unhealthy, 80 percent of dogs are born with roundworms. Changes in the behavior of a puppy are signs of illness.

Safety

Publish an identification tag to the collar of your puppy with your address, telephone number, and puppy’s name. For a proper fit, you should be able to put two fingers between the neck and the collar of your puppy.

For the safety of your puppy, always keep it leashed outside. The perfect length for coaching and walking is really a leash. Many cities have leash laws.

Much like having a baby, you will need to “puppy proof” your house. Two hazards are socks and electric cords. Puppies love to chew and may end up swallowing a sock they have been chewing on or bite through a cord and get shocked.

Grooming

It’s important to begin a grooming routine pup early enough. For short hair breeds, use a rubber currycomb, brush with natural bristles or a hand mitt. For long haired puppies, use metal comb or a mat splitter. You’ll need flea and tick shampoo for bathing, a flea collar, and a flea comb when caring for your new puppy.

Bedding

There are portable or wire crates if your puppy will be enclosed while you are not home. Your puppy’s cage must be well ventilated inside to stand, turn around, and lie down.

Food

Puppies have special needs such as additional protein and calcium for development. Begin caring with a balanced diet of food that is nutritious for your pet.

Training

One of the obstacles you confront is in potty training your puppy. This challenge will test your patience, but you should be consistent and they will learn exactly what you expect of them. Do not be frustrated if a pet has “injuries” once you believe that they are trained. Some dogs might be marking their territory or take longer to train than other people.

As the saying goes, “You can’t teach an old dog new Tricks,” so start early teaching your puppy good behavior habits. It’s completely up to you to help grow them into faithful pets. You can also teach your kids the care and feeding of your new puppy as a way to get them involved in learning responsibility.

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