Your first month with a little puppy
With the arrival of the pup, everything will change.You've probably been carefully planning the arrival of your puppy for months or even years. You should prepare for this event to provide greater comfort. The next 30 days will be filled with moments of absolute joy.But remember about a high level of responsibility. You will have to invest time, effort, money, and emotions in your pup. Although it all is totally worth it because you receive a warm and long-standing relationship with your dog instead.
Useful preparation tips before you bring a puppy home
- Choose AAFCO approved puppy food.
- Provide a sleeping place for the dog. Choose a warm and quiet place for your dog's bed, preferably not far from where you spend your time daily.
- Get a brush that's suitable for your new dog's fur. It's better to get your pup used to brushing as early as possible.
- Get your pup an H-shaped harness. It’s much safer and more comfortable than a collar for walking your dog on a leash. It doesn’t put pressure on the pup’s neck and keeps it calmer. You can ask the person you get a dog from to provide you with the required measurements. Or just wait for your pup to arrive and take measurements then.
- Get a collar, too. Choose a smart solution — a collar with a QR tag. It will serve as a protection for your pup so that you can have greater peace of mind. If your puppy suddenly gets lost, a QR tag will ease the search.
- Let your puppy explore and sniff around its new appartement. It's very curious, so let it explore the new home. Think like a dog, haha.
- Put on the collar first as it's smaller and easier to get used to. Then put on the harness and let the pup get used to it. And then you can try attaching a leash to a harness. Praise your puppy all along and give it treats for a positive experience.
- If your neighbors have dogs - introduce your pup to them. It is better if a meeting takes place on neutral territory.Keep your pup on a leash unless the territory is somehow enclosed.
- Call your new puppy by name so that it gets used to your voice and learns its name
- Be patient with the potty training. Your puppy most likely won't know what to do in the yard. Reward your little cuteness with verbal praise, a small treat.
- In a week or so, your puppy boss will get used to its new home. And in most cases, puppies start chewing their favorite owner's things, barking to test their voice, and playing until they're out of energy.
- Start training and be patient. A puppy will make a lot of mistakes. Remember how you were learning to ride a bike? It's the same with your pup. Continue to praise your lovely doggy when it succeeds.
- Your puppy will find a favorite place in the home where it feels secure and comfortable. It can be anywhere like a corner of the bedroom or under the coffee table. You should consider moving your pup's bed there.
- Make an appointment with your veterinarian for a full physical examination.
- Before contacting neighbors, make sure that all fluffy friends have finished their vaccination and are completely healthy.
First 30 Days
- Your new puppy should visit the veterinarian at least once.
- Purchase regular preventative medications recommended by a vet to keep your pup safe from fleas, intestinal parasites, ticks, and heartworms.
- Decide on microchipping and pet insurance as soon as possible.
- Don't worry, if you have another dog at home and it isn't getting along with the new puppy just yet. Dogs should have enough time to get to know each other and 30 days may not be enough. The adaptation process is different for everyone and depends on many factors.Praise both dogs for interacting with each other and try avoiding them fighting by separating them if needed.
We wish you luck and patience with your new puppy! Soon enough, all the complicated things will get easier and you will remember only the brightest and the happiest moments.
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