Puppy Care Info
Your New PuppyHere are some tips on preparing for your new puppy.
The supplies you will need:
- pet food
- Nuvet vitamins; click here to order.
- stainless steel food and water bowls
- a light weight, adjustable harness and leash (size XS)
- a travel crate for the car, and a wire crate for home
- stain remover for "accidents"
- brush and comb
- puppy shampoo, toothbrush and paste
- chew and play toys
- nail clippers
- treats (read label; buy made in USA only.)
A new puppy is like an infant. They require a lot of quiet rest time, in addition to exercise and playtime. Make sure he gets at least 30 minutes of exercise and playtime each day.
Your puppy will do a lot of chewing while cutting teeth, so be sure to give him a good supply of chew toys, and praise him for chewing on them. If he chews on something he isn't supposed to, tell him "no" and give him his chew toys.
Make your home safe for the puppy. Treat your puppy the same as you would an infant. Supervise him at all times. A young puppy will need to urinate after eating, drinking, sleeping or playing. If he has an accident don't punish him, but do praise him every time he goes to the bathroom in the proper place.
Feed your puppy the same well-balanced diet at the same times every day. Immediately after feeding him, take him to the area you have selected as a toilet area. Use the same command every time. Once again, praise him when he goes in the toilet area.
Love and respect your puppy. Keep him clean and well groomed. Have your puppy spayed or neutered if you don't plan to breed him. Provide regular veterinary care (at least one visit per year). Have your puppy microchipped for the best kind of identification. Train him to obey and have good manners. Be sure to socialize your puppy with people and other dogs.
Crate TrainingCrate training is a wonderful way to housebreak your puppy. It can be very effective. The following link will provide you additional information on crate training your puppy.