Before they become man’s best friends, they are tiny puppies. Getting a new puppy can be a great addition to the family. Who could resist those cute and cuddly creatures that look at you with soulful eyes? Before bringing that new little furry bundle home, it is important though to remember that they are only babies and will require a lot of puppy care.
Puppies are just like babies in more ways than one. They are dependent, first, on their mother and later on their human owner, for survival. You need to feed them and teach them the things they need to know since they are the newest member of the family. Also, they love attention so you should be able to offer them lots of it. A clean, despite a wet face, is usually your reward.
Feeding your puppy is a very essential part of puppy care since they are developing bones and muscles as they grow. Be sure to check that you feed your puppy food that is formulated for puppies and not for adults. They also need to be supervised when eating. Remember that you can’t expect your puppy to quit eating when they are full. Some do but others will eat until they get sick. Growing puppies should probably eat twice a day but do not leave them with a bag load all day. Control the amount of food you give them.
Another very important part of puppy care is housebreaking. This usually requires patience, in fact, you need to have a long thread of it. Many puppies will need to go piddle or dump their waste just after they eat so this is commonly a good time to take them out. Other times, they will only give you some kind of a sign–sometimes they sniff around, sometimes they turn around and around before they find their spot. Watching for their sign can tell you when you need to hit the door running with them in tow. They will eventually get the message but not until they experienced a few accidents. The secret is to not give up and not get mad easily at the puppy. Patience is the key.
Ensuring Puppy Safety
Puppies and children usually go together wonderfully but it is never wise to leave small children and puppies in a room unsupervised. Puppies could get hurt unintentionally while children could get bit and traumatized. It is also very important that your new puppy gets all of his shots. Shots are a necessary part of puppy care and will help keep you both healthy. Along with shots comes the check for worms, which is something most puppies get but fortunately it is easily treated.
As your new puppy grows, you will need to discuss with your vet the best option for flea protection and heartworm protection. Heartworms are fatal and treatment is a bit expensive. What’s scary is it is also dangerous for the puppy.
Puppies are one of life’s greatest joys. They grow up to be dogs and many times the puppy care they receive in their early life will determine the temperament they have when they eventually become matured dogs.