While it will take a while to housetrain your new puppy, doesn’t it feel great to finally take him or her home?
Now is the time to establish a good routine and healthy habits for him as you start your lifetime relationship with your canine friend.
VISIT THE VET
The first thing you and your puppy have to do together is find a good vet and go for a checkup.
Check for any birth defects, congenital health issues, and make sure you new puppy is up to date on his vaccines.
You may also want to consider microchipping him in case you get separated in the future.
During your first vet visit, ask your vet’s opinion about the best puppy food, good meal portions, and what would make up a healthy routine for your pup.
Set up a schedule for the vaccinations, de-worming, dental cleaning, and spaying or neutering your dog.
Purchase a good quality dog food. Your puppy grows fast, in fact puppies grow at a rate that’s almost 5 times faster than a human infant.
Your new fur baby needs to have his good nutrition to make sure his diet can sustain his growth rate.
At 6-12 weeks old, your puppy should be fed at least 4 meals a day. At 3-6 months old, he should be fed 3 meals a day.
And when your puppy reaches 6-12 months old, a 2-meal-per-day routine is fine.
Start your puppy’s toilet training as soon as he arrives home. It starts by simply taking him to the designated potty area as soon as he arrives home.
Do this even before he meets the family. Give him a reward and praises as soon as he finishes his business.
When you start out, you want to take him outside to do his business every 15-20 minutes, after every meal, when he wakes up, and before you put him to bed at night.
Establishing a solid routine will help immensely with his training.
ADDRESS ANY CHANGES IN HEALTH
If you think you’re seeing any sign of illness, simply take your pup to the vet to have him checked out. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.
Some common signs of illness include a lack of appetite, limited weight gain, vomiting, diarrhea, breathing difficulty, grey eyes, eye or nose discharge, or constipation.
It’s always a good idea to do some basic obedience training with your dog and to teach him good manners (like not to jump on people or eat food off the table).
When your puppy is young is when he’s most receptive to learning. So this is the best time to teach him appropriate behaviors and obedience.
The basic commands (sit, stay, down, etc.) are important for both your pet’s safety as well as harmonious home.
Instill positivity. Be generous with rewards and praises. Give him treats every time he does something right and behaves well.
Teach your puppy to be sociable. Once he has started with his vaccinations and upon approval of your vet, take him for walks outside or to dog parks where he can get exposure to other people and other animals.
Give your puppy ample time outside to familiarize himself with his new environment.
Learning to be sociable, friendly and knowing what happens in the world around him will prepare him for whatever he encounters in life.
It will also help prevent aggression, anxiety, and behavioral problems in the future.