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Caring for Your New Puppy

A new puppy can bring joy and happiness to the household. Nonetheless, it is important to remember that your home is new to the puppy, and so are you. Coming to a new home can be frightening. In addition, the puppy is probably missing its mother and its siblings, since this may be the first time it has been away from them. Therefore, you need to take steps to ensure the adjustment goes smoothly for the new member of your family.

Being Prepared

The first step to adding a new puppy to your home is to purchase all of its basic supplies, such as collars, leads, bowls, brushes, combs, and nail clippers. The collar and lead should both be lightweight and durable. Remember, your puppy will most likely chew on them at first, so they need to be able to withstand this abuse. The bowls you select also need to be heavy and have a wide base in order to prevent them from being knocked over and making a mess.

The brushes and combs you select should be appropriate for your puppy’s size and fur. Remember, you will most likely need to buy new brushes and combs are your puppy gets larger. You also might need different ones in the winter when its hair is thicker. Be sure to start a regular brushing routine right away in order to prevent problems with brushing in the future.

Your nail clippers also might need to change if you chose to purchase small ones to use on your puppy, particularly if it will grow into a large dog. It is, however, okay to use larger nail clippers on a puppy so you do not need to buy a new pair down the road.

Giving Your Puppy a Bed

On top of making sure you have the necessary supplies, you also want to make your puppy feel welcome by providing it with a bed and a place of its own. You need to have this place set up before the puppy even comes home in order to help it with the adjustment. Remember, the puppy is probably used to sleeping with its brothers, sisters, and mom. So, it isn’t used to sleeping alone. Make sure the bed is warm and cozy and easy to access. You should also never allow your puppy to get used to sleeping with you because this habit is difficult to break. You will regret letting it sleep with you when it grows into a large bed-hogging dog! Instead, choose a nice kennel, dog bed, or basket for your puppy.

Feeding Your Puppy

Of course, proper nutrition is important to a growing puppy. Ideally, you should feed your puppy the same food it was receiving from its previous owner because puppies can have a hard time adjusting to new foods. If you want to change to a different food, be sure to do so gradually. Make sure the food is quality and give it plenty to eat. If the food is not quality, your puppy can have difficulty with its bones and overall growth.

When it comes to a feeding schedule, you should feed a puppy that is less than 8 weeks out four times per day. Once the puppy reaches 16 weeks of age, you should feed it twice per day until it reaches 6 months old. From that point forward, you should only need to feed it one time per day.

So far as nutritional value, dry foods are better for your pet than moist foods. Some puppies, however, can have difficulty eating dry food. If this is the case, you can soak it in water first. This should no longer be necessary once the puppy gets to be 12 weeks old. You should never soak it in milk because this can cause diarrhea and it really does not add to the nutritional value of the food.

Raw bones, such as chicken necks and chicken wings, can also be fed to your puppy. These will help your puppy’s teeth stay healthy and will give it a good release for its natural inclination to chew. Chewing the bones also helps loosen your puppy’s teeth, which will help when the new teeth start growing in. Chew toys can also be helpful in this process.

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