Caring for your new puppy helps bring you even closer to your new family member. Learning the ins and outs of puppy care might seem daunting, especially if you’ve never owned a dog before, but it’s easier than you think. Besides, one look into that adorable little face makes it all worth it.
1. Find A Good Vet
It might not seem important at first, but having a good vet is essential for your dog’s longterm health. Regular checkups are essential, especially for puppies. Your vet will be able to give puppy her first vaccinations and recommend any special types of care for different breeds.
2. Create A Puppy Space
Your puppy needs a place to feel safe and loved. Create an area in your home with your puppy’s bedding, water and food bowls, and toys. If you’re afraid of the bowls being knocked over, keep those in your kitchen, but still close to the puppy’s bed. This allows your puppy to acclimate. Make sure he can still see you easily as he gets used to his new home.
3. Find The Right Food
Puppies need different nutrients than adult dogs. Buy a high quality food that’s made especially for puppies to ensure your puppy get the nutrients he needs for a happy, healthy life.
4. Make Time For Play
Puppies are full of energy and need a way to run it all off. Play time’s not only for exercise. It’s also bonding time for the two of you. Pick up several different types of toys to find out what your puppy likes best. If you have a fenced in area in your yard, go out and play.
5. Establish a Regular Grooming Routine
It’s important to introduce your puppy to a grooming as soon as possible to get your puppy used to it and ensure his or her cooperation. Regular grooming should include things like teeth brushing, ear cleaning, nail trimming, brushing, and baths. Teeth should be brushed everyday with a toothbrush or earthbath tooth & gum wipes, and you may want to establish a weekly routine that includes ear cleaning, brushing, and bath. Nail trimming may need to be done as often as once a month. earthbath Puppy Grooming Wipes can be a great option for keeping your puppy fresh and clean between baths.
6. Focus On Training
As with grooming, the sooner you start the better. It’s essential that your puppy learns to follow commands such as “come” and “stay”. Your local pet store may offer puppy training classes to get you started. Be consistent, and in no time, your puppy will know what’s right and wrong for a happier and safer home.
They grow up fast, so enjoy this special time with your newest family member! Let us know in the comments any essential puppy care tips you’ve learned or would like to share with other new dog parents.