How do you care for a new puppy?
To care for a new puppy is not an easy task, but it can be rewarding. Puppies need to be given lots of attention and played with every day in order to grow up happy and well-adjusted. They also need to eat three times a day, have potty breaks as needed throughout the day, and sleep where they are safe. If you’re considering adopting a new pet into your family, this article will give you some helpful tips on how to care for a new puppy!
Basic Guidelines on How to Care for a New Puppy
How Do You Feed a New Puppy?
Puppies should always have access to fresh water in a bowl (and it’s important that they learn how to drink out of bowls instead of your cups!) – you can set up multiple bowls around the house for them to choose from so that they are not just drinking out of the toilet or other dirty places.
When it comes to food, most puppies can be fed three times a day, with a good quality dry dog food or canned food. Make sure to keep feeding portions small and check your puppy frequently while they are eating to make sure they are not choking on their food! When feeding smaller quantities of wet food, mix it with dry kibble so that your pup’s digestive system does not get too overwhelmed by the large amounts of liquids.
Puppies need 3-7 cups per day of food depending on age, health, and activity level. Puppies usually should not have access to food between 5-6 am because of a phenomenon known as “leaky gut.” Feeding too early in the morning can cause stomach issues because your pup is still digesting their last meal from the previous night.
Instead, try feeding them around 8-9am so that they are full by bedtime (about 10pm). They will most likely wake up hungry in the middle of the night (around 3 am) for a snack though.
How Do You Groom Your New Puppy?
It might seem like a lot of work at first, but in the end, it will save time and money since you can wash your dog as needed. They need to be brushed often so that their fur does not get tangled up! You should start brushing them every week or two while they are still young, then once a month once they are adult size.
Try to keep all supplies simple – especially if you have small dogs because those brushes with long handles may make them nervous. The “no tears” shampoos usually take care of minor stains on white coats well enough; otherwise just use some dish soap and water to clean any major dirt off.
How Do You Care for a New Puppy That’s Sick?
If your dog gets sick or injured, it will be useful to have a clean area for them to rest with plenty of water and treats. Keep their immune system up by feeding them things like chicken soup, multivitamins, yogurt (with active cultures), and dietary fiber.
Some dogs also respond well to hemp oil, specifically for cancer-related symptoms. Use caution when giving dogs human medications because some may not even be safe on animals! If you notice bloat in your pup- try walking them around the block or gently petting them until they vomit whatever is causing the bloat out. It helps if their belly is empty before doing this.
How Do You Potty Train Your New Pup?
If you’ve never had a puppy before, it’s important to have some puppy pads or kiddie pools ready in case of accidents. Eventually you’ll want to teach your pup go outside whenever they have to relieve themselves. You can either potty train them on specific days (like every Saturday and Sunday) so they get used to the routine, or else try and catch them relieving themselves so you know when to take them outside.
If Pomeranian are outdoors too long without using the bathroom, they might develop worms as a result!
If your puppy starts going inside, do not give them any attention until they finish drinking/eating/playing whatever they were doing – then take them outside immediately. Do not punish them unless you catch them in the act. Punishing a dog after they relieve themselves can cause lasting behavioral issues down the road.
If your puppy is reluctant to go outside, try playing with them in the rain or snow – this makes it easier for puppies to relieve themselves outdoors (since their bodies naturally want to go outside when it’s raining/snowing). Just don’t overdo it! If you play too rough, the pup might start relieving itself inside out of fear because they associate you with pain.
Basic Training Techniques for Puppies
The most important thing to remember is consistency. Whenever you are training a dog, remember that they learn through association. Puppies will also be very excited during this time so it’s easy for them to get over stimulated and distracted.
Keep your tone of voice neutral with little to no emotion to keep the association as simple as possible. Harsh tones or over-emotional displays can make the puppy anxious and harder to train later on!
Dog training collars: The 3 most common types of training collars are neck (like a choke chain), head halter (like a horse bridle), or remote/electronic collar (a vibrating device that goes on their neck).
Each type has its own advantages – I personally prefer electronic collars because they are more humane and also prevent over-complication by using multiple devices. It’s also cheaper to buy a small, simple remote collar rather than investing in different types of training equipment.
1) Hold off on all treats until the pup is responding well to commands – then you can reward them with petting/treats whenever necessary. This helps dogs associate good things with the action being rewarded, which will make it easier for them to learn later on!
2) NEVER use negative reinforcement (hitting or yelling at your dog). Your dog might associate this negative behavior with whatever you just yelled at them for doing – and possibly be scared of you as well . If a dog bites or nips out of playfulness, respond by saying “no!” in a harsh tone.
For example, if your dog is barking at you to go out and you run away from them, they’ll think that barking made you run (which it did) and will continue this behavior whenever they want to go outside.
This is also why it’s useful to be consistent – some people would stop their dogs from barking by throwing them outside after the first time they barked, which makes the dog associate going outside with being thrown out!
Puppy Preventative Care and Vet Visits
You should have your puppy’s yearly checkup at the same time every year. This way they will always know when it is coming and will be more relaxed in general!
If your puppy catches a cold or has an upset stomach, you can try taking them to the vet if there aren’t any other signs that something is wrong (such as blood in their stool/urine, etc). Otherwise keep an eye out for symptoms until you get a chance to go to the vet – dogs can hold on to infections for up to 3 days before showing outward symptoms!
No matter how good of a Mommy/Daddy you are, taking your puppy to the vet at least once a year is essential for their health and well-being. If they’re sick, they can’t be 100% healthy! No matter how hard it is for you to leave them, just remember that it’s temporary and that you’ll have them back in no time.
Typical symptoms of illness: Vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite/interest in food or water, barking incessantly when left alone (i.e family members) , excessive licking of paws/snout , loss of coordination (falling over frequently), lethargy , rapid breathing/panting , discolored stool / urine .
Care for a new Puppy – Conclusion:
Congratulations on taking the next step in your life with a new pup! The best way to ensure that this experience is as enjoyable and rewarding for you and your puppy is to do some research before bringing him home.
Our article has provided you with all of the information necessary for success to care for a new puppy , but if there are any unanswered questions or concerns feel free to reach out anytime. Don’t hesitate – we’re looking forward to helping you take care for a new puppy!