Getting a New Puppy
You just brought home a new puppy and he’s curious of his new home. The first thing he does is leave a surprise for you on the carpet. As you clean it up, you turn around and your new pair of shoes is his new favorite toy! He’s full of so much energy and you can’t get him stay in his crate without him whining for attention. What do you do?
Bringing a new dog home can be exciting, but oftentimes we forget how much responsibility that comes with it. If you’ve never had a puppy before, everything might be new to you. You have to start thinking about what you’re going to feed him, where to leave him at night, what toys he needs, where is he going to go potty and so much more! Puppies are going to want all the love and attention you can give them. It’s not going to be an easy process, but with some patience and time, having a puppy will become more manageable.
We have several tips for you for bringing a new pup home and things you should take note of.
Find your veterinarian - First things first, take your pup to the vet for a check up. Bringing your new puppy to the veterinarian should be the first priority, so make an appointment as soon as you can. Your veterinarian will give you the next steps on how to keep your pet happy and healthy.
Diet - A puppy has a lot of growing to do! It might be overwhelming to choose a brand of dog food for your pup since there are so many choices to choose from. Consult your veterinarian on what formula is best for your dog, depending on his size, breed, and age. The vet will tell you what your dog needs and how to keep their diet balanced. Kibble size matters as well! You don’t want to feed your chihuahua kibbles that are too big for him to chew. Don’t forget to always provide a clean bowl of water for your pup too.
Crate - A crate is great for a dog to feel safe and protected in. It should be large enough for your dog to move around in. Keep in mind when choosing the right size that puppies are still growing and can still outgrow their crate. You want to train your pup to be comfortable in there when you’re not home. This should be considered as your dog’s ‘den’ and not somewhere they associate with punishment.
Toys - Teething toys are necessities for a puppy’s growth! They will begin to lose their teeth at 4 months and their adult teeth will come in. Toys such as Nyla-bones, Kong Toys, teething rings or ropes can help them relieve any pain or soreness.
Vaccinations - Puppies are prone to catching diseases and illnesses, and there are ways to prevent that. Before they start interacting with other dogs, take your pup to the vet and get the vaccinations he needs when he is a puppy. Check out this puppy vaccination schedule to get a better idea of what your puppy needs.
Potty training - Potty training a puppy will take some consistency and effort. Puppies have smaller bladders and will need to take frequent potty breaks. Take your puppy outside first thing in the morning, after meals, and before bed. Associate the outdoors, such as a grassy area in your backyard, as a place for them to relieve themselves. When they do, reward them with a treat and use positive reinforcement to remind them that this is the place to do his business. If your puppy makes an accident in the house, do not punish him. Housetraining pads is another option for potty training indoors.
Don’t let the cuteness and puppy eyes fool you! Adding a new addition to your family can be so exciting, but just as exhausting as well. Remember, patience is key when having a new puppy in the house. They’ll become your best friend in no time!