How to take care of your pet dog
He will be there by your side, as your loving partner; It will offer you protection if the need ever arises. Dog owners, in turn, must know how to care for their dog and be responsible for it. The dog’s needs are simple and easy to follow. When the puppies come home they need a lot of love and attention. They may get a bit stressed at first, as this is probably the first time they have been away from their mother and their littermates. It is important that you begin the socialization process, generally integrating your new pet into your family and teaching him to interact with people and other animals through soft play, interaction and having pleasant encounters with family friends and pets.
A stress-free environment for your puppy
Try to avoid sudden loud noises, such as children yelling or doors slamming. Also limit the visits your new puppy has, gradually allowing him to get used to increasingly strange faces.
Provide a warm and comfortable bed or alternatively a cardboard box with many layers of newspaper and a washable blanket on top. Make sure your puppy can still fit in as he grows. Place the puppy’s bed where you want it to sleep when it is an adult or adult dog; Usually the best place would be a quiet, private corner. During the first few nights, rest period, a soft toy and a bottle of warm (not hot) water will help you under the bedding. The puppy can be noisy and stressed at night immediately after separation from his littermates. A low radio or ticking clock can help calm you down.
When the puppy is awake during the day, give him plenty of body contact and speak in a soft voice to express friendship and in a hoarse voice to express your disapproval of any of his unwanted actions.
Keeping your puppy safe
The following are things to keep in mind when preparing for the arrival of a new puppy. Lock up household and garden chemicals – Make sure electrical cords are out of the reach of bites.
Be very careful when using lawn mowers, skateboards, inline skates, or anything else similar.
Make sure the puppy cannot walk through any near the pool.
Teach your puppy the rules of the house
The newest member of the ‘family pack’ must learn that you are the leader of the pack and that you are the last dog in the pack. Once the new puppy recognizes his place in the family hierarchy, he will be happier and easily trained to obey orders. The puppy will seek out his pack leader to protect him and make decisions for him.
It is best to start by feeding your puppy the same diet that he ate before joining your family. You can introduce any changes slowly over several days to avoid causing digestive discomfort. Commercial puppy food and later commercial adult food are recommended – a well balanced, good quality dry food is essential. A constant supply of clean, fresh water should be available. A deep stainless steel or clay bowl will keep the water cooler and, in summer, ice can be added to the water.
Play time with your pet
Puppies love to play and this helps them grow and learn. In the early days, when they play among their littermates, you give them exercise and it’s how they compete for their order in the pack. Don’t be rude with your puppy, but it is also important in these early stages for your puppy to learn that family members are dominant. Chewing helps puppies during teething, but it is also a way to investigate their environment. This need is easily met with chew objects and toys. Make sure they don’t look like objects you don’t want chewed on – for example, how does the puppy distinguish between his old shoe and all the other shoes in the house?
Puppy potty training
Anticipate bathroom needs. Take your puppy outside as soon as he wakes up, as well as before and after every meal. Go out with your puppy, this is very important. Take it to a specific area of the garden and wait until it is done; always praise the puppy afterwards.
The importance of exercising your pet dog
A retractable leash is ideal for a puppy, this way you cannot force the puppy to exercise excessively. Adult dogs also need exercise and play; walking a dog every day is great or playing in the park with a ball or stick. If every day is too difficult to handle, try at least four times a week.
Grooming your dog
Get your new dog used to being groomed, handled, and examined as soon as possible. Your grooming kit should include a dog brush and comb. Establish a daily routine in which you examine your dog’s mouth, teeth, eyes, ears, abdomen, paws, and other parts of his anatomy, and even if it doesn’t need to be groomed, do it anyway. If your dog is groomed regularly, you will only need to wash it if it becomes very dirty or smells bad. It is best to use warm water and brush the dog first. Use a suitable dog shampoo and dry it with its own special dog towel, before it gets cold. The nails should be trimmed as needed, based on the breed of the dog and the surface it usually walks on. If it’s a hard surface that they walk on, the nails will naturally wear away. Special nail clippers for dogs are available; If you are unsure with this process, ask your vet or a dog groomer to show you the process.
By following these simple steps, you, your family, and the latest Family Edition will ensure a happy, healthy, and rewarding time together.
(c) By Katharine Logan, 2005