5 Tips To Help Your Puppy Grow Healthy
There is nothing more exciting than getting a new puppy and welcoming him into your home. And all of you can agree that just looking into that bundle of joy can warm any heart.
However, that bundle of joy requires a lot of love and attention in order to grow and develop into a healthy and well-behaved dog. And if this is your first puppy ever you need to prepare yourself for a lot of hard work.
Raising a puppy is just like raising a toddler so it is up to you to teach him to behave well and to invest in his health. Since bringing a puppy home can be a little bit overwhelming we will share 5 tips to help your puppy grow healthy.
Starting your puppy on a high-quality nutritious diet from the start will support his health in the long run. You should always feed a puppy with an special puppy food since they have different nutritional requirements than adult dogs.
Also, consider the breed and the size of your puppy, since small breeds become adult earlier than large breeds. And not getting balanced amounts of macro-nutrients can cause health problems in large breed puppies later on.
Generally speaking, puppies should have four meals per day until they are 12 weeks old, from 3 to 6 months three meals a day, and after 6 months two meals per day. Once your puppy is grown, transition him to a high-quality dry dog food to keep his nutritional needs met.
Treats are used very often during puppy stage of a dog’s life and are an essential training tool, but don’t forget that they are also a part of your pup’s diet. It is best to use vegetables like baby carrots, broccoli, and apple slices that are a healthy choice that won’t lead to weight gain.
If you want to keep your home intact and save hours on cleaning we suggest that you start training your puppy right away. When it comes to house training create rules of appropriate behavior from the start.
Use rewards for a correct behavior and praise your pup, and ignore or simply say a firm “no” when your pup does something bad. You should never hit your puppy, no matter what he did, because this will confuse him and make him afraid of you.
If you don’t have the time or you are struggling to resist your pup’s big pleading eyes, you should consider enrolling him into an obedience program. Training is important since your pup will learn to distinguish good actions from bad behavior.
This way you won’t have to deal with an adult dog that likes eating garbage from the street and licking who knows what in a doggy park.
It is important to socialize a puppy from a young age since an aggressive dog is a danger to himself and others. In order t do so, you need to expose your puppy to new and different people, places, other pets and let him experience as many new situations as possible.
And while you should wait to introduce your puppy to other cats and dogs until he gets all of his vaccines, you can introduce him to other people. Try carrying treats and giving them to people who will then give them to your puppy.
This will help him associate good things with other unknown people and avoid aggressive behavior in the future. A socialized dog is less likely to get into a fight with other dogs and sustain injuries that can impair his health.
One of the first things you should do when you get a new puppy is to take him to be checked by a vet. If you don’t have one, ask your friends, family, or neighbors to recommend a trustworthy and animal loving vet.
Your vet will recommend a treatment program for parasites like ticks, fleas, and worms and assess your puppy for any health problems. All puppies should get a combination of vaccines that protect against parvovirus, distemper, hepatitis, and rabies.
These four are a must and will keep your puppy protected and healthy. However, your vet may recommend some other vaccines as well depending on the possibility of your puppy getting into the contact with other diseases.
Puppies need to get their first shots when they are 6-8 weeks old. A vet should administer at least three vaccinations at 3-4 weeks intervals and the last dose should be given at 16 weeks of age.
Just like adult dogs, puppies also need exercise, but that doesn’t always involve a jog around the block. All puppies are full of energy and their curious natures make them always ready to play.
Besides providing activity and exercise playing with your puppy is also a great way to develop a long-lasting bond with him. Your pup will burn a lot of pent-up energy while playing so he will be less inclined to play with your shoes and furniture.
For a healthy growth, you should spend playing for 15-30 minutes every day without counting the time you spend in a doggy park or a walk. This regime will keep your puppy fit and active and help him stay that way once he gets older.
Getting a new puppy is a lot of work, but watching that pup grow into a healthy and well-behaved dog is one of the most rewarding experiences. Your puppy depends on you to make all the right decisions for him and his future.
So to make things a little bit easier we listed 5 tips to help your puppy grow healthy and lead a happy and fulfilled life. Getting the nutrition right, and starting with socialization and training as soon as possible will secure a well-behaved and friendly companion.
Learn as much as you can about puppy care and get used to spending and enjoying time with your new best friend.
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