My Puppy's First 48 Hours
SECURING THE PUPPY IN ITS NEW HABITAT
The wait is over and it’s time to take your new puppy home.
But before that happens there are some preparations that are necessary.
Create a safe and friendly environment for your new puppy by following this simple checklist:
Make sure all those household items that could be poisonous are out of reach of the puppy and well stored.
Place all those plants that could be poisonous in a safe place.
Check your residence and move any objects that could be dangerous from the puppy’s point of view.
WHAT YOU NEED TO PROVIDE THE PUPPY WITH
There are some things your puppy will need from day one, so it’s best to get them early if possible.
- A container for his food and drink.
- Collar and Trailers
- Brush and Comb
Make sure you get the right toys (as a general rule if the toy fits perfectly in your mug it should be bigger)
- Cage or bed.
A puppy’s needs differ from those of an adult. You must give the puppy a balanced diet that can impact its longevity health properly.
- Offer your puppy the same food at the same time every day.
Puppies 6 – 8 weeks old should be fed three times a day and fresh water should be available all day.
- Don’t overfeed your puppy.
- Avoiding overfeeding helps your puppy develop properly.
- Don’t be alarmed if your puppy’s appetite changes
Occasionally loss of appetite or poor digestion is normal during the puppy’s growth. Continue feeding consistently, however if the lack of appetite or discomfort continues for 1-2 days you should contact your veterinarian.
THE FIRST DAYS
Ease your puppy’s transition with some of these tips:
- Decide on a name and use it consistently
- Limit visitors/friends for the first few days
- Keep your puppy always in sight for your safety and the safety of the puppy to establish proper puppy behavior
- Never interrupt a puppy’s sleep.
- Instruct your family on the correct way to lift the puppy by placing one hand under the hindquarters and the other under the chest.
- Never lift the puppy by the hands or by pulling on its neck.
- Never leave a puppy unattended with small children or other pets before they are 100% familiar with the puppy.
This will be one of the most important efforts you will have to make, but it should not be difficult at any time, let’s see:
Establish a routine and stick to it:
First thing in the morning, go out with your puppy, last thing at night and 15 minutes after eating.
Until your puppy is well trained, always keep him under your control, and prevent accidents before they happen.
As a general rule your puppy can be kept safely in the cage for the number of hours equal to his age in months plus one for the first year.
Give him a place for his needs
Train your puppy to use and take it to its assigned site in a consistent manner by giving it a short and easy “command” such as: “let’s pop”.
Correct your puppy’s mistakes only when you catch him in the act
With a firm voice you say “NO!” you raise your puppy and take him to the area designated for his needs. Accidents will occur during the training stage, so remember to be patient.
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