Puppies are adorable, soft and cuddly, and fun. A new puppy dog brings joy, laughter and happiness into any home. But what does having a puppy actually mean for you? There are a few things you need to know.
Responsibilities As a Puppy Owner
Puppies need a lot of love, attention and training. These things help to form a long-lasting bond with your puppy. Exposing your pup to friends and family early on will guarantee he or she is a well-adjusted and content doggie that grows into a wonderful dog.
Taking on a puppy is a huge commitment. Puppies are little balls of energy and need regular exercise. But there are tons and tons of advantages.
Every pup goes through an adjustment period when they arrive at their new home. It’s the first time they’re away from their mother and litter mates. Keeping them active and engaged with their new family members helps a good deal, but exercise wears them, so they sleep all through the night and are less likely to whine. Exercise also creates a healthy routine, so they don’t become obese with age.
Dogs are not our whole lives, but they make our lives whole. – Roger Caras
Teach Your New Puppy the House Rules
When you bring home a new pup, it is important to start their training in “house rules.” It’s crucial to make training a positive, enjoyable experience for your puppy. This can be the difference between a great, lovable dog and an obnoxious, troublesome pooch. When your puppy does something correctly, they deserve praise. The key to successful training is repetition, patience, and positivity.
The five most important commands to teach your puppy include sit, down, come, stay, and heel.
If your puppy doesn’t get it right at first, never resort to harsh punishment. It can make your puppy hostile, nervous and unable to be around groups of people. A stern “no” is more than enough to let your puppy know they’ve done something wrong.
Of all the things I miss from veterinary practice, puppy breath is one of the most fond memories! – Dr. Tom Cat
Proper Puppy Care
Make your home as inviting as possible for your new puppy. Being prepared before you bring your pup home will go a long way toward making your doggie comfortable in his or her new environment. Here are a few necessities for puppies.
A Comfy Bed for Your Puppy To Snuggle In
Get an inexpensive bed to start. Also, it’s an excellent idea to buy a bigger bed than required. This will ensure that even as your pup becomes a grown-up dog, you will not need to change his bed.
Toys To Entertain Your Pup
Toys are extremely important not only to exercise your puppy but also to stimulate the brain. Plus, playing with your pup fortifies their bond with you. It’s essential that the balls you give your puppy are too large to swallow. Toys that squeak are a great choice because they will keep your doggie amused all on their own.
Remember, as your puppy grows, he or she will start teething. That’s why it’s important to invest in some high-quality chew toys. Quality is important. Poor quality chew toys can fall apart and become a hazard to your puppy’s health.
When you play with your puppy, the most essential thing is to be happy and engaged. Remember, play time is bonding time with your pup. If you’re playing full-out, they will love it too.
Food and Water Bowls for Your Puppy’s Nutrition
Don’t buy cheap water and food bowls. Also, avoid plastic ones. There have been cases where plastic has leached into the food of pets from their plastic food bowls.
Some pups are sloppy eaters, so it’s a good idea to place a mat under the bowl.
Playtime Is Vital for Your Puppy
If you live in an apartment, you’ll need to take your puppy to a park or other public, open area to play. If you don’t have a park nearby, neighborhood walks are the next best thing. Remember, puppies need exercise regularly in order to stay healthy and maintain good temperament. Daily exercise is essential.
Keeping Your Puppy Clean
A grooming brush is important to keep your puppy clean. Your dog will shed more (or less) at different times of the year. If you brush regularly, there’ll be a lot less hair to clean up in your house. When bathing your pup it’s important to keep them calm.
There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face. – Ben Williams
Introduce Your Puppy to Other Pets
It’s very important to introduce your new puppy as quickly as possible to all other pets in your home. If you familiarize your pets at a young age, they will be more likely to get along with each other in the future. However, if you don’t, bad relationships can develop between your puppy and other pets. It’s better to allow them time to develop a relationship.
My little lab . . . a heartbeat at my feet. – Unknown
There’s nothing more rewarding than a life-long bond with your furry friend. The feeling you get when they look at you and wag their tail or walk up and kiss you is amazing. Simply ease your puppy into different aspects of your life and you’ll be best friends in no time at all.
Buy a pup and your money will buy love unflinching. – Rudyard Kipling