Armed with a cute face, a seemingly boundless amount of energy, and a unique charm, a puppy can almost instantly endear itself to every member of the family and immediately add a dose of fun and joy to a household. Befriend a puppy and you’ve got a loyal buddy for life.
As its new pack leader, your new puppy from Chevromist Kennels looks up to you for its care and nourishment. As such, you have to know your responsibilities as a pet owner, allowing both of you to forge a happy and long-lasting relationship. If it’s your family’s first time to get a pet, here are a few tips from Chevromist to help you keep the new addition to your family healthy and happy.
Visit the vet regularly
Whether you purchased a puppy or adopted it from a rescue centre, one of the first important things that you need to do is visit a veterinarian to have its health checked for any possible issues which may affect its growth and development.
Have it vaccinated
Just like human babies, puppies are susceptible to a wide range of diseases which can prove to be fatal. At the very least, your new pup should be vaccinated against, canine distemper, hepatitis and parvovirus. Although breeders vaccinate the puppies they sell, do mind that these shots will not be complete. Visit the vet to determine and schedule your puppy’s vaccinations.
Have it dewormed
Puppies purchased from reputable breeders have been dewormed. But just like vaccinations, deworming is not a one-time deal. Your puppy needs to be dewormed on a regular schedule for life.
Feed it properly
The nutritional needs of a puppy will differ from an adult dog’s and a human’s. It is highly advisable to feed your young puppy food that has been specially formulated to supply its nutritional needs. Because your puppy can grow quickly, the food you give it to eat should have about 30 percent protein content and it should also have the vitamins and minerals its growing body needs.
Many of the behavioural problems encountered by dog owners can be attributed directly or indirectly to the lack or inadequate amount of socialisation and exercise. As pack creatures, puppies need to be exposed to a diverse set of environments and as many people as you can present it to, so that it can gain confidence and lessen anxiety issues.
Many vets and dog experts agree that one of the best ways to house break and train a puppy is to place it in a crate. Crate training offers several benefits. For one, your puppy gets its own space in your home. Second, it is a good way to potty-train your young dog. Finally, it becomes easier for its master to transport it to the vet, trips to the park and on holidays.
Proper grooming is not just about keeping your puppy clean. Practices like ear cleaning, nail clipping and regular baths allows you, the owner, to monitor your pup’s health before any minor issues escalate to become bigger problems.
Play with it
A bored puppy can be a problematic one. In order to drain its excess energy and stimulate its young mind, set aside regular time for its exercise. This can be as simple as taking it out for short walks or playing fetch with it.
Give it adequate rest
Just like growing children, puppies need ample time to rest. Typically, dogs and puppies need at least 14 hours of sleep. As such, it is advisable to provide it with its own space where it can rest undisturbed.