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Everything You Need to Know About Caring for Your New Puppy at Home

By Salmoun DANIELPublished 4 days ago 7 min read

Assuming you would like a traditional introduction: Puppies are undeniably cute and bring an incredible amount of joy to their owners’ lives. But as any pet parent will attest, they also require a lot of time, energy, and patience to properly care for. In order to help make the transition to pet parenthood as smooth as possible, pet expert Dr. Sara Ochoa shares her top tips for everything you need to know about caring for your new puppy at home. From the best food to feed them and when to start crate training to introducing them to your other pets and socializing them with other people and animals, read on for everything you need to know about caring for your new puppy at home.

1. Get Puppy Essentials 2. Vaccinate and deworm your puppy. 3. Socialize your puppy. 4. House train your puppy. 5. Feed Your Puppy a High-Quality Diet

1. Get Puppy Essentials

Assuming you're starting from scratch, there are a few things you'll need to properly care for your new puppy at home. First, you'll need food and water bowls. It's critical to have one for each; you don't want your puppy getting sick from eating or drinking from an unclean bowl.You'll also need to pick up some food designed specifically for puppies; ask your vet for recommendations. Speaking of vets, you'll need to find a good one that you're comfortable with, and you'll need to get your puppy vaccinated. This is important not only for their health but also for the health of other animals they may come into contact with. You'll also need to puppy-proof your home. This means things like making sure all poisonous plants are out of reach, securing any loose wires or cords, and putting away any small or sharp objects that they could choke on or hurt themselves with. And finally, you'll need supplies for accidents. Puppies have accidents; it's just a fact of life. Be prepared with things like paper towels, pet-safe cleaners, and a good supply of puppy pads. With these things, you'll be well on your way to taking care of your new puppy at home.

2. Vaccinate and deworm your puppy

As a new puppy owner, one of the most important things you can do for your furry friend is to make sure they are up-to-date on their vaccinations and dewormings. Vaccinating your puppy will help protect them from a number of deadly diseases, while regular deworming will help keep them healthy and free of parasitic infections. Talk to your veterinarian about which vaccinations are appropriate for your puppy, as well as when they should be given. Puppies typically need a series of vaccinations, starting at around 6–8 weeks of age and continuing every few weeks until they are around 16 weeks old. Boosters are then given every year or two to help keep your puppy protected. As for deworming, most puppies need to be treated for internal parasites at least once and sometimes more often, depending on their exposure to the outdoors and other animals. The most common type of dewormer is a broad-spectrum anthelmintic, which will kill both worms and larvae in your puppy's intestinal tract. Your veterinarian will likely recommend treating your puppy for worms every 2-4 weeks until they are around 6 months old, and then at least once a year after that. So, to recap, vaccinating and deworming your puppy is important for their overall health and well-being. Be sure to talk to your vet about which vaccinations and dewormers are right for your pup and follow their recommendations for treatments.

3. Socialize your puppy

When you first bring your puppy home, they may be a little shy or scared. It is important to socialize them so they feel comfortable around people and other animals. Here are a few tips on how to socialize your puppy: 1. Introduce them to as many people as possible. Puppies need to be around people in order to feel safe.Take them for walks in the park, to the dog groomer, or have friends over to your house to meet them. 2. Get them used to other animals. If you have other pets at home, introduce your puppy to them slowly. Let them sniff each other and get to know each other before letting them play together. If you don't have other pets, take your puppy to a friend's house who does or to a dog park. 3. Enroll them in a puppy socialization class. These classes are designed to help puppies socialize with other puppies and people. 4. Be patient. It may take some time for your puppy to feel comfortable around people and other animals. Be patient and keep introducing them to new things and people.

4. House-train your puppy

One of the first things you need to do when you bring your puppy home is to start housetraining them. This process can take some time and patience, but if you are consistent, you will be able to successfully potty train your puppy in no time. Here are a few tips to get you started: 1. Choose a designated potty area: When you first bring your puppy home, take them to the spot where you want them to go to the bathroom. It can be in your backyard, on a certain spot in your garden, or even on a potty pad inside your home. Show them where you want them to go and take them there often, especially after meals and naps. 2. Be patient: It is important to be patient when house training your puppy. They will not learn overnight, and there will be accidents. Clean up any accidents calmly, and avoid scolding your puppy, as this will only make them fear you and make the potty training process even more difficult. 3. Use positive reinforcement: Whenever your puppy goes to the bathroom in the designated spot, be sure to praise them and give them a treat. This will help them associate going to the bathroom with something positive and make them more likely to do it again. 4. Watch for cues. There are certain cues that your puppy will give when they need to go to the bathroom. These include sniffing around, circling, or squatting. As soon as you see your puppy doing these things, take them to the designated potty area right away. With some patience and positive reinforcement, you will be able to successfully potty train your puppy in no time.

5. Feed Your Puppy a High-Quality Diet

A healthy diet is one of the most important things you can do for your new puppy. Puppies need a diet that is rich in nutrients and calories to support their rapid growth. A high-quality diet will also help your puppy maintain a healthy weight and develop strong bones and muscles. Feeding your puppy a high-quality diet does not have to be expensive. There are many brands of dog food that offer complete and balanced nutrition for puppies. When choosing a dog food, look for one that is specifically designed for puppies and is made with high-quality ingredients. Avoid generic brands or adult dog foods, as these can be lacking in the nutrients that puppies need. Feed your puppy several times a day. Puppies have tiny stomachs and need to eat small meals frequently throughout the day. As your puppy grows, you can reduce the number of meals per day, but you should always provide at least two meals. Puppies also need plenty of fresh water. Make sure to always have a bowl of clean water available for your puppy to drink. If you are unsure of what type of food to feed your puppy or how much to feed him, talk to your veterinarian. They can help you create a feeding plan that is right for your puppy’s individual needs.

There's a lot to think about when you first get a new puppy, but don't worry—you're not alone. With a little research and preparation, you'll be able to provide your new best friend with everything they need to thrive. From finding the perfect food to establishing a potty-training routine, everything you need to know about caring for your new puppy at home is just a few clicks away. With a little patience and a lot of love, you'll be enjoying life with your new puppy in no time.

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About the Creator

Salmoun DANIEL

mr dog is a dog blog that covers everything from health and nutrition to exercise and training. There is also a strong focus on dog-related news and current events.

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