How to Take Care of a Puppy Dog
An estimated 5 million unwanted pets are brought to the nation’s animal shelters every year and more than half of these pets will never be adopted. 60% of all dogs that arrive at a shelter do not find homes. For this reason, we highly encourage you to look to the shelters to find your next companion.
How To Pick a Puppy
You should also assess the health of the puppy. Check her gait, vision, coat, genitals and vision for abnormalities. This is not to say that you should not adopt a puppy with health or personality issues. However, you should understand that these puppies may require a little bit of extra care and patience.
Size does matter and puppies do not remain small forever. It’s important to research the breed you are considering and find out how much space is necessary. If you live in a small space and plan to live there for a long period of time, you may want to adopt a smaller breed.
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Preparing For Puppies Arrival
Being prepared before bringing a puppy home is the best way to make getting a new family member easy. The first thing you need to do is make a list of everything that the puppy needs. You need to make sure to buy the following:
- Chew toys
- Water and food bowls
- Grooming supplies
Assess the area that your new puppy will be living in. It is important to puppy-proof your home for the safety of the puppy. Install gates to keep your puppy in certain areas of the home. Make sure the areas she can access do not have any electrical cords, plants or other that can pose a danger to the dog.
Remember that both you and your puppy are going through an adjustment period. To make it easier for the puppy to adjust, ask about the food she was fed and how often she ate. Knowing these facts will prevent any type of distress to the puppy’s intestinal system. If you are going to change brands of dog food, do it gradually.
For homes with children, you should discuss proper care techniques and how to handle a puppy. Make a list of puppy care chores that need to be done. The family should meet and discuss any rules about the puppy before bring her home.
Bringing the Puppy Home
Getting a new puppy is exciting. As much as you and your family may want to play with her, she will need some time to adjust to her new surroundings. This is a stressful situation for her. The puppy has left familiar surroundings and litter for an unknown environment. Your dog should get a lot of attention from you and your kids. However, do this in a manner that is not frightening.
When you bring her home, try to spend the first couple of days at home. This will help the dog feel less lonely. Another benefit of being around your puppy for the first couple
Having a Baby When You Own a Dog
There are other considerations about bringing a puppy home. If your family plans on having a child, as in having a baby, you may run into some issues with the two coexisting. If this happens during the puppy phase, you might have to be vigilant and cautious when the puppy and baby are in the same room. Some puppies will follow your lead while others may want to play with the baby like a toy or are just to eager to meet your new member of the family. This can be is incredibly dangerous for a baby. Common sense will tell you to always supervise and lead these interactions. If you train a puppy early on, it has a much better chance of seeing the baby as something to be gentle with and as a new member of your pack.
Even when a puppy or dog does accepts the new baby as one of the pack; sometimes they can interpret certain baby behaviors the wrong way. Babies and especially small children will reach, grab, pull, and slap at objects within their reach. A dog can be caught of guard by this and could react in any number of ways. There is a chance nothing happens if a baby pulls on a puppies floppy ears or tugs on its tail but there’s also a chance it can go into play mode and nip back or worse, it can become annoyed and bite back. For this reason, again, around the clock supervision is a must.
The last thing to be aware of in respects to a new baby dog relationship is that if the baby comes along after your dog has already lived in your household for a good deal of time, there’s a chance your dog will have issues adjusting to this new twist. This is especially possible if your family doesn’t currently have any children or dependents in the home. Dogs can become depressed, anxious or even lash out if it can’t adjust to sharing time with a newborn. You just never know how a dog will react but just be aware of this possibility and make sure to observe your dog’s behaviors.
If you find your puppy or dog can’t adjust or if you find you just can no longer provide it with the time and attention it needs, it’s okay to consider finding a new home for it. It’s a very hard decision to make but if you find the right home, you can still take comfort in knowing your beloved dog will be loved by its new family. Read an actual account of this on the parenting blog dadsigner.com.
Feeding Your Puppy
It is important that she gets the right amount nutrients. Puppies should eat three meals a day. Try to feed her at 7 a.m., noon and 5 p.m. Keep the puppy on this schedule until she is 14 to 18 weeks old. Try to stick to the 5 p.m. dinnertime. Doing this will give the puppy enough time to go to the bathroom before bedtime. When the puppy reaches 18 months, mealtime should be reduced to twice a day.
Playtime is very important to your puppy, it helps with relationship development. It also encourages social interaction and communication with your puppy. Playtime is not only fun, it can also impact how easily the puppy is trained as when she gets older. For this interaction to be successful and meaningful, you need to keep her focused and engaged.
You need to play with your puppy for at least one hour a day. Just like people, puppies can get bored. Every so often, change the type of toys and activities you engage in with your dog. Dogs that become bored may start to destroy items around your house.
Aggressive play is something you need to monitor in your puppy. There are several ways you can correct this behavior. Change toys if the aggressive behavior is directed towards a certain toy. To let your puppy know you do not approve of her behavior. Use a water-filled squirt bottle to correct the behavior. Do not physically harm your puppy or induce fear as a form of punishment.
Bathing puppies helps to prevent odor and the development of skin infections. It also removes bacteria, oil and pet dander. To prevent the drying out of the coat and skin, use a shampoo that is for dogs. You should only let your puppy air dry, if the air in the room is at room temperature. When blow dryers are used, the temperature should be set to the lowest setting.
Puppies enjoy being brushed. Brushing removes loose fur, stimulates the skin’s oil glands and helps keep the coat clean. Some breeds require more grooming than others. The ideal brushes to use are the ones that have soft bristles on one side and metal pins on the other.
Nail trimming is an important aspect of grooming. It prevents the nails from harming the puppy, you and your items in your home. Because they are so active, you will probably only need to have a puppy’s nails trimmed every four to six weeks.