They’re sweet, cuddly, and completely dependent on you to grow up big and strong. A new puppy isn’t just a gift, it is a major responsibility. These helpless creatures need a lot of love, encouragement, and direction in order to mature into healthy full-grown dogs. The good news is that if you do your job well you will have a companion that stays faithful to you for as long as you are both around. You may know the basics such as how to feed a new puppy and teach it how to properly relieve itself outside, but there are also precautions that every pet owner needs to pay heed to.
Making the Inside and Outside Of Your House Safe
Getting your home ready for a new puppy is kind of like preparing it for a new baby, but you actually need to consider the fact that puppies are running by the time that babies are barely able to hold their heads upright. You can keep your floors clean and even give your puppy plenty of toys to play with, but it is likely to be interested in all of the items that you initially think might be out of reach. Watch for items that may be directly in your puppy’s line of sight, such as table cloths and computer cords. Expect some things to get chewed up as a puppy will only learn what its boundaries are by testing them. Also, be aware of anything dangerous that might exist in your backyard, for example, poisonous plants or even an in-ground pool.
Immunizations and Veterinarian Appointments
Your puppy is going to need a lot of shots to grow up healthy and your veterinarian can tell you which ones your puppy needs at each appointment. Unfortunately, there is the risk for allergic reaction with immunizations in dogs just as there are in adults. One good way to prevent against this is to have a copy of your puppy’s family history, if available. Although an allergic reaction to a pet immunization can be very uncomfortable, your puppy should be able to recover without lasting consequences if you pay attention to every minute detail and potential symptom.
Watching Your New Puppy’s Temperament Develop
Puppies should be free to play, tumble, grow, and be loved so that they develop into happy adult dogs. On the other hand, you don’t want to own a pet that doesn’t understand what the word “no” means or believes that he is in charge of the household. Watch how your puppy responds to being reprimanded while it is still young so that all appropriate actions can be taken. It might be necessary to crate your puppy as a form of training if you believe that its temperament is becoming questionable. As long as you don’t just sit around and do nothing you will eventually have an adult dog who knows how to behave obediently.
Raising a puppy can be a lot of fun and the added responsibility will help you to become more disciplined. Caring your pet from the time that it is a puppy will also most definitely strengthen your bond. It won’t all be easy, but raising your dog from a puppy to adulthood will be one of the most rewarding experiences you ever have.