New owners of puppies will experience an exciting time in their lives, but it's important to be prepared for the hard work that comes with owning one. Use our guide before taking on this responsibility and you'll have all your bases covered!
Few puppy owners realise just how much their life is about to change. This might all sound a bit scary – but don’t panic! There are also plenty of amazing moments only a dog owner can experience. Puppies need a lot of time, patience, and energy. They need to be fed several times a day and taken out for potty breaks every few hours. They also need to be socialised and trained. Puppyhood is a lot of work, but it’s also an incredibly rewarding experience. Seeing your puppy grow and learn is one of the most rewarding parts of dog ownership. If you’re prepared for the hard work, then you’re sure to enjoy the many amazing moments that await you as a puppy parent.
Below we'll discuss a few things no one tells you before you get a puppy, as well as a few things to look forward to.
Puppy Proofing Your Home
Before you bring your new puppy home, it is important to do some preparation to make sure your home is safe and secure. Puppies are curious and love to explore, so you will need to puppy proof your home by removing any potential hazards.
Bringing a new puppy home is an exciting time, but it’s important to take some time to prepare your home for your new arrival. One of the first things you’ll need to do is decide where your puppy will sleep. Crate training is a popular method, as it can help your puppy feel like they have a safe, quiet place to rest. You’ll also need to choose a spot for their food and make sure it’s out of their reach. If there are parts of your home you don’t want your puppy in, baby gates can help set boundaries. Finally, take some time to check your home for potential hazards like poisonous plants, cleaning products, cables, or other things they might chew on that they shouldn’t. By taking these precautions, you can help make the transition to life with a new puppy seamless and stress-free.
Stock up on Supplies
When you get a new puppy, there are several things you will need in order to take care of them properly. A crate or bed is a good way to give them their own space, and food and water bowls are essential. It's important to feed your puppy healthy, complete food, and your vet can help you decide on the right food for your breed. A collar, tag, harness, and leash are important for taking them on walks, but you may need a harness while you're training your puppy. If you'll be travelling often with your puppy, a car restraint is important for their safety. Puppy pads can be helpful for house training, and poo bags are needed for when they go outside. With these things, you'll be well on your way to taking care of your new puppy.
Source a veterinarian and trainer
A routine is important for a young puppy, it helps them know what to expect and makes them feel secure. Having a regular feeding schedule, defined nap times, and plenty of playtime will help your puppy thrive. Training should begin as early as possible, puppies have a small window of time called the “ critical socialisation period” between 3-12 weeks old where they are most receptive to new experiences, this is the ideal time to start training. It’s also important to get them checked out and up-to-date on their vaccinations as early as possible.
Taking your puppy to the vet can be daunting, but finding the right vet for you and your pup will make these trips easier. Building a relationship with a reputable veterinarian now will make it much easier if your pup ever falls ill or gets injured. Your vet can also offer guidance on what type of food to feed your puppy, how often to bathe them, and which vaccinations they will need based on where you live. Following these steps will help you create a well-behaved dog that is a joy to have around.
After you've brought your new puppy home, the real fun begins. Sticking to a consistent schedule and training them will help the two of you bond. Potty training is an important first step, and using positive reinforcement will help them learn. Enrolling them in classes or programs can ensure good behavior later on. Be patient and consistent, and soon you'll have a well-trained pup!