To help a puppy grow up healthy, happy, and well-mannered, the owner must have a wide knowledge of nutrition and training, as well as proper dog care. Of course, with all your efforts, you cannot replace his mother, but always remember that now raising a puppy and responsibility for him lies with you. 10 simple rules will help you grow a dog that will delight and respect others with its appearance and behavior.
Rule # 1. Puppy training starts from day one
A puppy is not born fully trained. From the moment you took him into your home, he perceives you as a leader and an example to follow. Good dog training plays a big role in your happy relationships. It is through training that the puppy learns to understand what the owner expects of him, and this is how he will be able to get used to the new environment. On the other hand, the better you get to know your pet, the more cloudless your future life will become. First, establish contact with the puppy and choose a name for him. Names of dogs often overlap with the character and behavior of the dog in the future.
Rule # 2. Your puppy needs a balanced diet
It is very important what you feed your baby. The nutritional and energy value of the diet that a dog receives from a very young age determines his health status for life. To maximize the genetic potential of the dog, it is especially important to organize the correct feeding of the puppy. Nutrition should take into account the needs of the growing body, be safe and tasty. He needs a balanced diet with a certain amount of proteins, fats, minerals and vitamins. The pet must have constant access to a bowl of fresh drinking water. Experts believe that the best feeding method for puppies is a combination of dry and wet rations. Our application will help you choose the right diet for your baby and adjust it.
Rule # 3. Care for your puppy should be regular and thorough.
Maintaining the dog’s health at the highest level is the main task of the owner. If you pay close attention to this issue as a puppy, then its vitality will delight you for many years. If you follow these simple rules, you can ensure that your dog is at his peak health for as long as possible.
A dog’s coat needs proper and regular grooming. When combing the coat, you can notice changes in the skin, scratching, inflammation, bumps, abrasions. At this point, you need to examine the entire dog from nose to tail. Dogs with long hair need regular brushing, smooth-haired breeds will need to walk over the coat with a soft brush or wipe it with a cloth. Teach your puppy to hygiene from an early age. The puppy’s ears should be checked regularly and cleaned with a cotton swab. Particular attention should be paid to this procedure in puppies of breeds with drooping ears, as they have difficulty in the natural ventilation of the auricle.
The corners of the eyes are wiped with a soft cloth. The claws on the paws are sheared as they grow back with special claws. It will be better if you do the first procedures with a veterinarian.
Rule # 4. Remember to watch your puppy’s teeth
It is necessary to monitor the puppy’s teeth during their change, and then the teeth of a young dog. If plaque or tartar builds up, seek the help of your veterinarian. You can periodically give your dog plaque prophylaxis. Many owners are also wondering how to brush their dog’s teeth. Use a toothbrush (you can use a regular one) or a PEDIGREE® Denta Stix® treat. It is not only healthy, but also tasty, and it can be given from the age of four months. You can train your dog to calmly respond to brushing your teeth with a soft toothbrush using a special paste. Assess your pet’s oral health using the app.
Rule # 5. Provide your baby with daily physical activity
For a puppy to grow up healthy and strong, he must receive daily physical activity. Its value depends not only on the size of the puppy, but also on its breed. But do not overload the pet: the baby’s bones are still very fragile, and sometimes he simply cannot bear the excessive loads. Regular walking and movement is beneficial for the development of your dog and helps it to grow physically and emotionally. Do not neglect walking, even if your pet is a dwarf breed.
Rule # 6. Show your puppy to your veterinarian periodically
Before you even bring your dog home, you should choose a good veterinarian. It may be advised by the breeder or your fellow dog owners. The health and well-being of the puppy, and in the future, of your adult dog, depends on how responsible and competent your veterinarian will be.
The first visit to the veterinarian must be made for routine vaccinations.
Try most of your dog’s health diary procedures:
- Play, communication, stroking, feeling, visual examination of the puppy, paws, eyes.
- Watch for nasal and eye discharge.
- Brush the coat on long-haired dogs.
- Check your teeth and brush if necessary.
- Clean the ears, if necessary, trim the hair from the inside of the auricle.
- Check your skin for fleas.
- Check the length of the nails and trim them if necessary.
- Bathe your puppy if it is heavily soiled.
Every four months:
- Give a prophylactic remedy for worms.
Once a year:
- Conduct an examination by a veterinarian, do routine vaccinations.
- Treat your dog against ticks in the spring, summer and fall.
- In summer, avoid direct sunlight and overheating of the dog.
Rule # 7. Introduce your pet to other dogs
Dogs adapt very quickly to the world around them. It is very important to accustom a puppy to the world of people, but we must not forget that this is a dog, and he will inevitably have to communicate with his relatives. Therefore, in any case, do not protect him from communication with adult dogs. At the same time, do not be afraid that the big dog can harm the baby – they usually behave peacefully towards the puppies. Many young dogs like to show their advantage over weaker brethren. From a young age, strictly forbid the puppy to behave this way. This is not correct in relation to the owner of the dog that your pupil attacks. If this behavior is not corrected at a young age, problems can accumulate, exacerbating each other. The dog will fight all the animals around. In such cases, walking the dog and raising it turn out to be great difficulties for the owner. It is easier to let the puppy play with all the dogs in the neighborhood from childhood without encouraging aggressive behavior. Playing with peers develops the puppy well and allows him to acquire the skills of correct communication with animals.
Rule # 8. Encourage good puppy behavior
Encouragement is a strong incentive for a puppy to become a well-mannered family member. If your pet does what you asked him to do, remember to reward him with a voice or treat. The pet will get used to it, and in the future it will try to behave itself.
Rule # 9. be patient
Raising a puppy will require a lot of patience and love from you. Educate yourself, read the literature on parenting, talk to other dog breeders, trainers, and your veterinarian. All this in the future will help to eliminate many unpleasant moments, and you and your pet will have a long and happy relationship.
Rule # 10. Love your pet
Surround the puppy with love and care: take care of him, walk, play. Never hit a puppy, do not show aggression or cruelty towards him. Your pet should be sure that he is completely safe next to you and that nothing threatens him. And you can be sure that the baby will respond to your care and affection with boundless love and devotion.