The Complete Guide to Raising a Puppy
Caring for a puppy and watching it grow has to be one of the wonders of the world, but the process is both exciting and a bit daunting.
We created this article to help you know what to expect and how to handle some issues that might crop up
Before buying a puppy
Dogs have what it takes to be an awesome addition to any person's life, but getting a puppy isn't child's play. Here are the things that you, as the future owner, need to go over before buying a puppy:
Getting a dog should not be done out of impulse. Before you get a puppy ensure you have the time to bond with your pet, be ready to experience a roller-coaster relationship with your dog, and of course have the necessary finance to provide medical care, good quality meals, professional training, and a dog walker –if necessary.
Shop for supplies
Preparing for a new puppy is a lot like expecting a human baby. You need to start shopping for supplies so that your mind is settled on caring for the puppy when it does arrive. Some of the basic things you need are a crate, puppy food and bowl, a comfortable bed, grooming tools, puppy treat, and a stain remover.
Pick the right puppy
There's a dog for everyone, you just have to find out which is right for you. You should look at physical attributes such as size and fur type, and non-physical attributes like energy level, personality, and medical history. With these, you are more confident of getting a dog best suited for you.
Find a good vet
There are things you can overlook without it hurting your dog in the future, but a vet is not one of such. If you want a happy and healthy dog, you need an experienced veterinarian that will treat your dog and also advice you on feeding requirements, health risks, and vaccination schedule. If you need help, ask your friends or your breeder.
Puppy-proof your home
Before bringing home your puppy, you need to make sure that your house is safe for a puppy to live. How?
Make sure all chewable items are out of reach. These include sneakers, breakables, toxic food items, electric cables, medicines, plants, and any object small enough to be swallowed. Ensure to go down a puppy-eye level to perform a final sweep of the room.
Get your puppy insured
No matter how careful you are, your pup might snack on something he shouldn't or might develop an illness you didn't expect –actually, nobody expects their dog to fall sick.
An insurance cover helps you lift the financial burden of a pet's medical bill and is actually cheap for young animals.
Look over paperwork
A lot of paperwork will accompany your new dog, make sure to go over
- The contract of sale for any immediate action you need to take
- Health cert and Veterinary paperwork
- Chip information
- Payment receipt
- Pedigree endorsement
Life with your new friend
The first few days with your new puppy can be quite overwhelming. There's just so much to do, at some point many people consider returning their puppy, but I survived it so can you.
Your dog's first check up
Health is wealth; an unhealthy dog will drain you financially and emotionally. Your first stop with your furry should be the veterinarian. His vet will examine your puppy to affirm the health certificate you got from your breeder, your vet will recommend vaccine and feeding schedule, places to avoid, grooming and care, and some other handy tips.
Feed him well
Your breeder or vet will recommend a feeding schedule, adhere to it as much as possible in order not to upset your puppy's digestive system. If you need to introduce a new brand take it slow
Crate train your dog
Provide your dog with a safe place he can hide when he's scared. Crate training is really easy as long as you know what to do. That's why we covered it in our home training guide.
Every dog owner wants their puppy to be a responsible canine-citizen and puppies are at a stage where they are open to learning everything they can about their environment. Since your puppy is ready to learn, it is now up to you to provide the training experience
Socialise your pet
A socialised pet will feel confident in any situation –or at least pretend to be. Socialisation is basically about getting your dog to develop a healthy interaction with its environment. The goal is to ensure your dog develops into a good companion, adapt to new environments quickly, and increase his chances of survival should he every get missing.
Enrol in a puppy class
When you've done your best teaching your dog at home, you can enrol it in a puppy class. Provided they are run by professionals, a puppy class with teach your dog basic commands and expose him to other dogs his age in a safe, friendly environment.
Your adolescent puppy
Around the 6-month mark, you will notice quite a lot of changes in your dog –that's if you're a keen observer. Here's what to expect from an adolescent puppy.
It seems like your dog was a puppy yesterday, but is all grown now. The changes in appearance and weight are difficult to miss as your dog grows to 70% of the total adult weight. It is around this period that you'll find a loose tooth lying around or lodged in a toy –it's normal.
You will also notice an increase in energy level, which means it is time to start exercising your dog or find a dog walker.
As a way of testing his improved sense of smell, your dog will sniff you more whenever you return home and will want to explore more of the surrounding. It is best to keep introducing new sight, smell, and sound for your puppy to learn from.
Caring for your dog can be a funny and interesting process filled with lovely pictures if you know what to do. We've got you covered right from adoption. When it comes to dog care every day is an opportunity to learn something new.