Raising a puppy can be very rewarding and fun, however if it is not done correctly the puppy can develop behavioral problems and aggressive tendencies. This guide is a quick reference for those who are in need of advice on how to raise your new puppy.
Tips on how to keep the puppy happy and in good behavior
Puppies really enjoy chewing on different things. They are much like human infants in the sense that they put everything in their mouths, especially during a teething period. Try and find a good toy from your local pet store that is both durable and fun. There are also puppy treats that they can snack on from time to time which will allow them to satisfy their chewing needs.
Puppies crave attention and seem to always want more. It is very important that the owner is mentally and physically present during a puppies’ early years. It is not only beneficial for the puppy but it lets you keep track of anything the puppy is doing wrong. If they are tearing up pillows or carpet then it is important that you stop them and pay more attention to them. But also assert yourself, it is important to present yourself as the leader of the pack essentially.
It is also very important that puppies stay active. Quick walks
around the house, or at a close park is helpful, but keep him away from larger
animals. If your puppy does not seem to have any energy then take him to the
vet immediately. That being said puppies in their early stages tend to eat and
drink 90% of the time. But if it appears that he or she is sick then seek
Keeping your puppy healthy
A proper diet is probably the most important aspect of raising your puppy. There are many commercially offered foods that are sold at your local pet store. These foods should be fed to them until they are about 12-18 months old. The puppy food is available in canned or dry format, either one is equally beneficial. It is highly recommended that you purchase food formulated for puppies. Adult formulations tend to be more processed and chemically altered for flavor. Name brand foods are definitely healthier then generic brands, and always look out for the AAFCO(American Association of Feed Control Officials) marking on the food. In Canada the markings will be CVMA(Canadian Veterinary Medical Association).
Puppies have natural immunities to disease in their early stages, however after about 6 to 8 weeks these immunities wear off. Young doggies ought to be immunized against distemper, hepatitis, leptospirosis, parainfluenza infection, parvovirus, coronavirus, and rabies. There are other vaccines as well, however they will be discussed with your vet.
These quick steps are the most important when beginning your time as a puppy owner. For any further information please find a reliable and caring veterinarian.