New Puppy Care
This is a very exciting time! Browse thru our website for some top tips on taking great care of your new little puppy, that will help everything run smoothly when your new puppy first arrives and for later on while your puppy dog is growing up.
Tip No 1:
Our first new new puppy care tip is that you need to make sure your home is completely puppy proof and safe from puppy games. Just like a small child, puppies can get into bother with ordinary household objects.
Remember that puppies just love to explore and to chew on things. Therefore, items such as electrical cords, batteries, cleaning products and pesticides etc., must be put out safely of reach.
Some plants including potted houseplants can be toxic to puppies. So make sure that all items that may present a danger are removed and any treasured objects are out of puppy’s reach.
As your puppy settles in and grows, things can be slowly returned to normal. Just make it safe in the meantime.
Tip No 2:
Have all your new puppy items in place prior to bringing home a new puppy, like food and water dishes, a place set up for her to sleep with a bed or puppy crate, and some puppy safe toys. This special little area will be her own special place for the next couple of months.
Put papers all over the floor and keep her food and water dishes and bed in one corner. Scatter her toys around.
Tip No 3:
Give your new puppy lots of attention. Your new puppy has just lost everything she has every thing she has known; her mum, her siblings, her home etc., and suddenly finds herself in a totally new environment. There are new people, strange noises and new smells. She may feel very insecure and frightened.
Play quiet puppy games and reassure her with understanding – lots of cuddles and soft words. Set a routine and follow it. Growing puppies need plenty of sleep, so if she looks like she wants to sleep, leave her to do so.
Tip No 4:
When bringing home a new puppy, right from the very start, your puppy needs to learn her social position in your family and also how she is expected to behave. Her canine instincts and her early life with her mother and litter mates will have given her an understanding of how pecking orders work, and it is important that this continues on into her new home with you.
The new puppy should not be allowed free run of your home, she needs to understand that there are rules. If she is allowed to behave in an inappropriate manner, it will get worse as she gets older and puppy behavioral problems will appear. With firm but gentle instruction, your new puppy will learn very quickly what is and what is not allowed.
Tip No 5:
Positive Reinforcement – Never Punishment!
Never, ever, hit or smack your new puppy if she does something wrong. She is not meaning to misbehave; she is only doing what comes naturally to her.
Remember that your new puppy is only a baby and just needs to be shown and encouraged with what kind of behavior you expect of her. Any reprimands should be a gentle and firm “no” or “off”, then shower her with much praise when she does the right thing.
Initially, training your new puppy may be the last thing on your mind, but – exciting puppy games aside – it is very important to keep things in order right from the start. The first few days are very important and if you want a well-behaved puppy dog – some basic ground rules need to be set right from the start. This will reduce the likelihood of behavioral problems appearing later on in puppy’s life.
Training is great fun for your puppy as it provides mental stimulation and a chance to interact with you. Dogs are a pack animal and are naturally inclined to live within a pecking order, so your new puppy will be much better adjusted and much better behaved if she understands that you are the ‘alpha dog.’
Obedience training takes time, but is also a great deal of fun for both puppy and for the owners. Enrolling in Puppy Training Classes is a great idea.
Tip No 6:
Socializing your new puppy is of utmost importance. If your new puppy is to mature into a well-adjusted and well-behaved adult dog, she must learn how to act properly around other dogs and people.
Puppies have a critical socialization period, and this is between approximately 3 -17 weeks of age. The experiences that puppies are exposed to during this critical period of learning and development will influence and shape their behavior well into dog-hood.
Make sure to give plentiful opportunities for socialization including exposure to lots of different environments during this time, to help ensure your puppy grows into a well-adjusted adult dog. She will be able to relate well with other dogs, other animals and people. Puppies that are not socialized often grow up to be aggressive and excessively fearful.
Usually, the best way to start socializing your new puppy is to take her to puppy training classes. You can also take your puppy to meet with other puppies and dogs belonging to friends and family, either at your house or theirs. But you should make sure that the other dogs and puppies are friendly, healthy and always be there to safely supervise all interactions.
We hope you are able to put these new puppy care tips into action, when you bring your new puppy home.
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