Puppy Care 101
Preparation for bringing a new puppy home begins before the day you pick him up. He needs supplies in advance of his arrival at your home so he will be comfortable. You should make a shopping list and purchase, water and food bowls, a variety of chew toys, his grooming supplies, a bed, a collar and leash, an identification tag, a crate, a baby gate and an odor neutralizer. Some house training mistakes will most likely be made in the process to get your puppy potty trained and an odor neutralizer can help eliminate odors to help your puppy in his training.
Puppy-Proofing Your Home
Puppies explore the world with their sense of smell and taste. You will need to pick up rugs or pillows to keep your puppy from “tasting” them. Pick up any shoes or clothes in the area where your puppy will spend most of his time and don’t leave any items on the floor except for an assortment of toys. Cover all electrical cords with duct tape on the baseboards near the electrical outlets. This keeps your little furry bundle from receiving a shock while exploring electric cords. Put all cleaning materials and chemicals on shelves up high. Puppies can sometimes get into bottom cabinet doors. Remove any plants from your puppy’s environment as part of your puppy care. Some plants are poisonous to dogs.
Questions for the Breeder or Shelter
Ask the person you are getting your new puppy from what type of food he is currently eating and what his feeding schedule is at that time. Purchase the same type of food to start your puppy on without digestive disorders. If you choose to change his food, mix one part of the new food to three parts of the old food for several days. Then, feed equal parts of the two foods for several days and then one part old food to three parts new food. The transition should last about a week to protect your puppy’s sensitive digestive system.
Ask questions to find out your puppy’s exact age, if he has had any puppy vaccines yet, and if he has been dewormed. You will need the dates of each procedure so you can tell your veterinarian when you bring your pup to him for a well puppy checkup at your animal hospital.
It is best for your organization to get a calendar to post all of your puppy’s appointments for vaccines and boosters. You can do dog grooming if your dog’s breed has short hair that is easy to keep up. If you have a dog with long hair, you may want to check into a professional dog grooming salon. Write your puppy’s appointments on his calendar for his scheduled animal teeth cleaningand keep the phone number of your pet hospital on the calendar in case you need them in an emergency. Take note of your puppy’s normal habits and call your veterinarian if he seems to be feeling bad in any way.