Whether you’ve finally given in to your kids’ dream of having a fluffy, four-legged best friend, or if the choice was entirely yours, you now have a little fur baby to look after at home. Raising a puppy is a fun, rewarding experience, but it comes with its challenges. If you want to do a great job and give your puppy the best start to life, just read on.
We are about to let you in on our top five tips and tricks to make the most of this wonderful new adventure.
Create a Safe, Welcoming Environment
Essentially, this means puppy-proofing your home. You’ll be familiar with this if you have small kids who have recently started walking because the chances are that you had to do the same to make your house safer for your little ones.
So, roll your sleeves up and identify the parts of your house that might need a bit of attention. This, of course, includes electrical equipment and delicate objects that they might break, but remember to also check your home for potentially toxic plants or other similar items.
Get Them Nutritious, Healthy Food
Don’t be tempted to save money on good-quality food. Your puppy has virtually boundless amounts of energy and is still very young, so it needs the best possible fuel. What and how many times you’re going to feed your puppy will vary according to their breed and size, so do a little research into this and you’ll be all set.
Play, Play, Play!
Possibly the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about a puppy, is the amount of playtime that they enjoy.
This, however, is much more than simple fun to them: it’s a crucial way in which they learn how to socialize, identify boundaries, and communicate their feelings.
Be prepared for a little mess, especially in those first few weeks while your puppy is still adjusting to life with its new family. Removing pet stains is something that you’ll soon need to become a pro at!
Look After Their Health
Just like a newborn baby, a puppy requires a lot of care and attention in terms of health. Of course, buying good food is a great start, but you’ll also want to consider other things such as immunizations and regular check-ups.
Find a reliable, experienced vet who can carry out your puppy’s first wellness visit, check your puppy for parasites and other issues, and schedule its vaccinations.
Counting on a vet that you respect and trust are also great to help you answer any questions you have in terms of your puppy’s behavior, food habits, playtime, and more. Whatever your question or doubt, ask away and your puppy will reap all the benefits.
Ready to Start Raising a Puppy?
With our advice, you can now start raising a puppy in full confidence. And remember to also have fun, and shower them with your love and attention!
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