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How To Care For A Puppy

Jul 13, 2008
Raising a healthy dog begins with caring for him correctly from the time you bring him home. Below are 5 tips on how to care for a puppy that will keep him healthy and comfortable.

1. Comfort

One of the many things that you must do for your puppy is to make him comfortable. You should definitely have a doggy bed and a set place for your puppy to sleep. Also, it is good to have plenty of toys, food, and water dishes.

Besides that, you should make sure you leave plenty of time to spend with your puppy in order for him to know you and feel safe and secure when around you. Make sure he knows that you are there to take care of him. Don't forget that your puppy has just been stripped of his mother and siblings and the only home that he has ever had. In order to feel safe he is going to need a little reaffirmation.

2. Proper Food

A proper diet is very important in your new puppy's health. Start off with the food he was eating before he became your new pet, as their digestive system is a little touchy at this age. To change his diet, gradually substitute some new food into his regular food until you are eventualy feeding him the food of your choice.

Do not feed table scraps to your new puppy. It creates a bad habit for both you and your puppy and may not be good for your puppy's health.

3. Veterinary Care

Knowledge and regular practice of veterinary care are of foremost importance when learning how to care for a puppy. You should remember that puppies often need to be wormed and adequately vaccinated. The new puppies must be taken to a Veterinarian for vaccination as well as for scheduling regular check ups. This will keep the puppy in good health.

4. Puppy Safety

Puppies have a lot of energy and like to explore. You'll need to take some steps to keep him safe. Look around and see what areas might be dangerous for him; you'll want to keep him away from these places. If there are other pets in your home, you'll want to supervise their interactions to make sure things don't get too rough for your new puppy. If there are children in your home, make sure they understand the new puppy isn't a toy and teach them how to treat him gently.

5. Obedience Training

A dog that isn't properly trained can be a nuisance who no one wants to be around. If you don't want your puppy to grow into a nuisance dog, then you need to have a plan for obedience training. Not only will this make him a dog everyone wants to hang out with, it will help you to keep him safe.

The most important thing in learning how to care for a puppy is planning ahead to make sure you have everything you need for your puppies, other than that just add love and watch him thrive.
About the Author
Lee Dobbins is an avid dog lover who has owned many different types of dogs from a 90 pound Shepherd mix to a pure bred Pomeranian. She shares her years of research and experience in an Ebook and newsletter which you can download for FREE at http://www.dogcareandtrainingtips.com .
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