A GREAT DOG BEGINS WITH A GREAT OWNER.
Top 10 Puppy Care Tips
- Puppy-proof your home. If your pal is right this second chewing the wires of your computer, you’ve got a problem. Pups are biologically predisposed to munch on anything and everything to help them cut their teeth. That includes wires and all sorts of other dangerous stuff. Hide or put away anything you would not want a toddler eating or pulling. Survey the area when you’re done on hands and knees (his eye level) to make sure you’ve done a good job.
- Introduce your family slowly. Do not spring your new pup on the extended clan at Cousin Heddy’s bat mitzvah four hours after you picked up your pooch from the breeder. Instead, let him adjust to your normal routine for a couple weeks then gradually make the rounds. In fact, you’re better off taking things slowly at home, too. Keep him in one room for a day or two before giving him a grand tour of the house. Resident pets should make short “visits” to his kennel for a couple of days to sniff him out before you allow them to play together. Don’t worry; there will be plenty of time to take family photos later.
- Don’t feed him human food. We know your father made your childhood Cocker Spaniel scrambled eggs every day for breakfast, but that’s probably why Taffy didn’t live very long. Be a grown-up and buy puppy food. Their food is specially formulated based on your puppy’s weight and nutritional needs. It should include a perfect balance of protein, carbs and, yes, even antioxidants.
- Housetrain him properly. Cleaning up after a puppy that has piddled is one thing, having to muck up your own living room regularly for the next 12 years is another. Take the time early on to housebreak him in an appropriate fashion. This requires discipline on your part—just about every hour. Don’t forget to reward him when he does his business in the right place. Even if it is 3 a.m., you want to encourage that he did the right thing by waking you up.
- Socialize him. You cannot tolerate a pet that nips at your nanny. She will quit, and then you will have to stay home with both the kids and the dog. Take time now to regularly go to the park for play dates so that your pup has the opportunity to meet and greet many different types of individuals—human and canine alike.
- Teach him to be obedient. You’ll enjoy your pup much more if he’s not driving you mad with his barking/jumping/begging. Spend time each day giving him lessons on how to be quiet, come, sit, stay, etc. Once you do that, then you can enter him in the Annual Beach Babe Frisbee Competition.
- Get her fixed. We recommend at 8-10months of age. Most females do not go into first heat until after 10 months of age. Waiting will allow for growth and developement. Unless you honestly want to become a breeder, make The Appointment. While the science experiment is fun for the entire sixth grade class, you’ll be the one who has to clean up after all those puppies. At four o’clock in the morning. While your 12-year-old daughter cries hysterically that she cannot possibly give up any of the babies.
- Get him fixed. We recommend at 8-10 months of age to allow for bone and growth development. If you think your neighbors are a little standoffish now, wait until your French Bulldog has impregnated their Tibetan Terrier.
- Exercise him. Depending on their breed, puppies need a decent amount of exercise to stay in good physical and mental health. Frenchies have fairly minimal exercise needs, but do require at least daily walks. In addition, Frenchies are top heavy and therefore have a difficult time swimming, lifejackets should be worn and they should be watched at all times. Precautions must be taken when exercising a Frenchie during hot or humid weather, as well.
- Make time to play with him. Puppies are hugely social pack animals and need your undivided attention for some time each day. Relax with your pet by throwing a ball, teaching him a new trick or cuddling in bed with him. Studies have shown that developing relationships with pets relieves stress thus leading to improved human health. Besides, you can clean out your closet another day.
Puppy Do’s and Dont’s
Do take your puppy to the vet at the appropriate age for your puppies next shots.
Don’tput your puppy on the ground where unknown animals have been until he’s
had all his puppy shots. This is how he picks up diseases.
Do Introduce loud noises (vacuum cleaners, hair driers, etc.) carefully and
slowly. Lifetime phobias for your puppy are imprinted during these early months.
Don’t allow your puppy to become unnecessarily frightened in his first few
months of life.
Do make sure your puppy gets lots of rest because they tire quickly. Be aware
of signs of hypoglycemia in small puppies.
Don’t overtax your new puppy.
Do make sure your puppy interacts with friendly and safe playmates.
Don’t allow your puppy around dogs you don’t know to be safe and friendly or
around rough children. Your puppy is breakable.
Do reward good behavior when you are crate training.
Don’t ignore your puppy’s whining when confined in his crate. Take him out to go potty, even if it hasn’t been long since his last visit outside and you suspect he just wants attention. If he goes to the bathroom, praise him and allow him to remain out of his crate for a while. If he doesn’t, return him to the crate. However, don’t reward your puppy for whining by taking him out of his crate just to play or cuddle. Wait until he’s quiet – then take him out!
Do set rules, boundaries and limitations. Accustom your puppy to quiet times
and being alone for short periods of time. This will prevent separation anxiety
Don’t allow your puppy to expect to always be held or played with.
Do know that love and attention are just as important as food and air to an animal who was born to be a companion to his master.
Don’t allow your puppy to feel abandoned by leaving him unattended for long periods of time.
Do praise your puppy for good behavior and praise often. Praise is a stronger motivator than harsh words or discipline for a puppy who lives to please.
Don’t spoil your puppy. Don’t let your puppy do things that you don’t want them to do as an adult dog.
Do take your puppy to lots of new places(When fully vaccinated). Do feed & water your puppy in different types of dishes, in different rooms, in or out of his crate, on different surfaces. This will eliminate him not wanting to eat when you take him on a trip.
Don’t wait to start training and socializing your new puppy. The first few months are a critical period in his development and you can’t get this time back!