For those of you who may be deciding to get a puppy to add to the family, keep reading!! For those of you who are not, still just keep reading. 🙂 There are many things to keep in mind when taking care of a puppy. Here are some things to keep your puppy safe from:
Participate in vaccinations and make sure your puppy gets all the shots it needs in order to be safe from any canine diseases. Start early by checking regularly for ticks and fleas, and grooming regularly to keep your puppy clean.
Start training your puppy – the sooner the better. Potty-train with consistency (and with reward)! Discipline your puppy as soon as possible, too. Don’t let them get into anything you normally wouldn’t want them to! The sooner they realize they are not allowed to do this or that, the sooner they will learn, and the sooner things will be easier – and neater! Side note: The less consistent you are with training, the more confused your puppy will be. Consistency is key!
Harmful Household Items
Just like babies, puppies will get into things. They will roam around and explore anything they can – no matter how hard you try at first to train them not to. It will take some time. So while they are in that stage, do your best to keep things (sentimental, breakable, unstable, or consumable objects) that could potentially harm them out of reach. Place things higher up, or put them behind closed doors; and when you cannot keep an eye on your puppy, they can always take a nice nap in their new cozy bed in the kennel.
Some chew toys are built for older dogs with stronger teeth, and are not good for puppies. Be sure to look at what you are buying, and buy the toys made specially for puppies and their fragile teeth. Look for strong, rubber toys, which are great for chewing while teething.
Puppy food is different than normal dog food. First make sure the brand has gone under AAFCO feeding trials, assuring that there will be no deficiencies when consumed. Second, look at what kind of dog the food is for. A Great Dane’s bone growth is much more different than a Maltese’s. Different foods have specific ratios of calcium and phosphorous for different types of breeds. Third, make sure you’re giving your puppy the right amount of food in the doggy bowl. Obviously, for smaller breeds, they will be given smaller portions. Keep your puppy fed well, but don’t give it too much.