10 tips to becoming the best new puppy guardian

These tips will help you become a pro at handling the new puppy

Ready for a new pup?

A new puppy come with a lot of responsibilities

When it is finally time to get your new member, you can be sure to expect three things:

  • the joy of having a child
  • cleaning up the accidents caused by puppy
  • a huge lifestyle adjustment

Tips for preparation

Here are a few tips that will allow you to be the best guardian even if you do not have prior experience.

A puppy needs a lot more than just a food bowl and a bed. Before welcoming a puppy into your house, here are a few tips that you must focus on so you can be the best guardian.

1. Choose the right pup

Choose the right puppy who suits your current lifestyle.

  • If you lead a busy lifestyle, go for breeds which require less exercise.
  • If you are into hiking, walking, trekking etc. go for a puppy who enjoys outdoors more.

2. Go for a responsible breeder

There are more irresponsible breeders than responsible ones.

Most breeders do not care for the pups they are breeding. The puppies are kept in poor conditions. Irresponsible breeders may not administer the right nutrition that the mama dog needs during pregnancy and thus the puppy you adopt may have congenital defects.

3. Puppy proof

A child or a puppy, both need baby proofing

Puppies are one of the most curious creatures on the planet. Hence, puppy proofing is a good idea, especially if you’re a first-time dog guardian. Puppy proofing is a lot like toddler proofing.

4. Find a good vet

Preferably find a vet who is close to your location

Even before you get your pup, make sure that you have a veterinarian consultant’s phone number in your cell phone. Once you get your pup, the first stop should be to the vet clinic to make sure your pup is healthy.

5. Discuss with your vet

Learn about puppy diseases, vaccination and general care

  • What puppy food is good
  • How much should you feed every time
  • How often should you feed your pup.
  • Vaccination schedule
  • Flea, tick treatment

6. Shop for good food

Get the food that is specific for puppies.

During growth stages, puppies require a lot of nutrition and specific quantities of different vitamins and minerals. Therefore, you must go for food which is specifically formulated for puppies and not for adult dogs.

7. Get good quality toys

Toys are very important during the puppy stages of a dog’s life.

Toys are not only for entertainment of your pup; they are also educational. Go for toys which are specific for puppies. Do not get bones for your puppy to chew on.

8. Establish a bathroom schedule

Puppy potty training is very important

Housetraining becomes a high priority on most dog guardian’s dog care schedule. Click on the above link to read the story on puppy potty training

9. Lookout for illness

Puppies are susceptible to a variety of infections.

These diseases can become serious if they are not caught at early stages. Keep an eye out for symptoms like:

  • Diarrhea
  • Swelling
  • Appetite loss,

10. Stop puppy nipping

Good manners will help your pup later in life

Click on the above link to know how to teach your puppy to stop biting at your fingers and toes. Click on the above link to know more.

11. Socialize

Start socializing after the first set of vaccination is complete

Early socialization will help your puppy avoid behavioral problems once he or she grows up.

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