Welcoming a new puppy is definitely a momentous occasion for the entire family. Usually when you acquire a puppy you will receive some rudimentary directions from the breeder on how to handle your new bundle of joy. If you’re fortunate then your breeder might even volunteer some useful information for timely vaccinations and veterinary visits. But, do you think that just some basic knowledge of puppy care will be sufficient to nurture your puppy to become a healthy, well-mannered and loving dog?
Think again! Here is a sneak peek at just a few things that you should be aware of as a new pet owner if you want to have the best chance at success.
Psychological support is perhaps the most important thing needed by young puppies. They need to be nurtured and allowed to develop their self-confidence which is essential for puppies to develop positive personalities as they grow. Never resort to physical punishment. Remember that they are just like toddlers and need the same attention and care. Make sure that you “be there” for them when they need you.
Socialization is equally important. The sooner you introduce your puppy to a wide variety of people, environments and situations the easier it will be for your puppy to become socialized, confident and view everyone as potential friends. Likewise attempt to have puppy parties where your puppy can meet with other sound and immunized pups and additionally grown-up pooches.
Desensitizing your puppy to touch is very important. Hug your pet, gently pry open its mouth and get your pup used to being touched in their chest, abdomen, legs, feet, back, tail and nether regions.
Puppy potty training can be a difficult task but with a little effort and patience you can get them trained in no time at all. Accidents are inevitable and punishing your puppy is not only inappropriate but it will also make your pup more confused and longer to adhere to a schedule. You have to understand that puppy housebreaking takes time and needs your close attention and supervision.
Puppies need special food and the best option for new puppy owners is to go for those puppy foods approved by AAFCO. You can choose from dry or wet puppy food, but make sure that you feed them appropriate amounts at appropriate times. It’s bad practice to feed table scraps to puppies.
Every pup is different, with different temperaments and pup owners have to adjust their communications accordingly. For instance, some puppies can be very timid and require a lot of encouragement, while some are hyperactive and have to be gently discouraged to reign in their unruly behaviors.
Establishing your alpha status from the beginning is vital as dogs are inherently territorial species and will gain the upper hand if you are not firm enough. From the get go, make pups understand that they have to earn their food and treats. Repeat till your pup understands that the order to be followed is command, response and then the treat.
Puppy training should be about encouraging your puppy to obey for positive consequences and not for fear of punishment. Never hesitate to call or consult your vet if you have any doubts about puppy care.