All dog lovers would agree with me if I said that puppies are the most adorable things on the face of planet earth. Its therefore of the utmost value to understand how to parent a puppy. At the end of the day, we need to understand that it will not be a walk in the park.
The first time that you bring your puppy home, there are certain things that you should expect to see. Some of the common things include:
- You’ll have to be prepared to clean up the puppies poop.
- You’ll have to make some lifestyle adjustments to accommodate the puppy.
- There’ll be unrestrained joy in the home environment.
- You’ll have to understand that a growing puppy needs much more than a food and water bowl.
At the start, you can expect a lot of work to be put in. But at the end of the day, it’s worth the effort.
You will have to establish habits that are healthy during the first weeks. But in the end, you will have laid the foundation for success, both to your dog’s happiness and the overall family.
Consult a good veterinary
Make your way to the vet for a checkup. This will make sure that your puppy is in a healthy condition free from any kind of health problems. The visit will also help you take the necessary preventive health routine.
In the event that you don’t have a vet, you can always ask family and friends to recommend one.
Optimize on your visit to the vet
This is the time that you ask as many questions as possible. Things like how to feed the puppy, what portion of food to feed them.
Get a vaccination plan with your vet
You’ll also have to discuss some of the safe options that you’ll need to take so that you can control both the internal and external parasites.
You’ll also have to learn the kinds of signs that indicate that your dog is suffering from a certain illness. Consult the veterinary on how you should spay and neuter your puppy.
Get some quality food
As your puppy grows, you’ll have to be very selective about the way you feed them. I recommend that you buy food that’s formulated for puppies. You don’t want to feed your puppy with adult food.
Understand that both the medium-sized and small breeds are capable of leaping into the adult dog food between 9 to 12 months of age.
Consider feeding the puppy several times in a day
If the puppy is aged 6 to 12 weeks, you can feed them 4 meals in a day.
If they’re ages 3 to 6 months, you can feed them 3 meals per day.
For puppies that are 6 to 12 months, just feed them twice in a day.
Plan out on a workable bathroom routine
Since puppies don’t like wearing diapers, you’ll have to house train them on how they can quickly learn how to use the bathroom. If you need to succeed at this, you’ll have to be very patient and plan accordingly. As a precaution, you’ll also need to have a carpet cleaning plan just in case they do it on the carpet.
The best place for your puppy to use a bathroom is an outdoor spot that is not accessible to other pets. This will greatly help in containing the spread of bacteria and viruses.
A lot of positive reinforcement is required during this phase. Any time that your puppy manages to potty outside, you’ll have to refrain from punishing them.
The other thing that you’ll have to intuitively learn is how to take your puppy outside whenever they need to use the bathroom.
Below are some of the tips that can help you know when the puppy needs to go out to potty:
- Just before going to bed.
- After waking up.
- Just after eating or drinking.
- Whenever the puppy wakes up from a nap.