The holidays are a busy, exciting time for everyone – even that bundle of energy defined as a puppy. They are so adorable, and so cuddly, and in need of your care, time, and attention. Some basics for keeping your new family member healthy will make sure that you have many wonderful years together.
Part of training with a young puppy is establishing routines, just as you would with a baby. They need to know where the food and water is, where bed is, where to go to the bathroom, what times of day he eats, takes walks, gets up, and goes to bed. This establishes you as the pack leader, and your puppy will respect that. House training should start at about eight weeks, but expect ‘accidents’ as puppies may not get control of their bladder for several months. Respect, not fear and not treats are the key to proper training, and key to keeping your puppy safe. The American Kennel Club offers Canine Good Citizen classes, to teach you and your puppy how to communicate and work together. A “doggie diploma” can also save you hassles and money on your homeowner’s policy.
Puppies should be seen by the vet at three weeks, six to eight weeks, and 12 weeks old in order to be tested for parasites, get their vaccines, have their physical wellbeing assessed, and be spayed or neutered. Your vet will talk with you about appropriate diet and exercise, and even dental care offered at All Creatures Hospital. Annual vet care is just as important for your puppy as an annual physical is for you, and should be a part of your care throughout their life. We only offer the best of care to all of our patients and their families, so call us today for an appointment – we even have a Puppy Pack to get you started out right!