Puppy Care

How To Care for a Puppy


We are always getting asked, what should I know about taking care of my puppy his first year? If you are considering purchasing a puppy, or have just brought your new puppy home, here are the top nine tips to help you get off to the best possible start in his first year of life.

  1. Find a good vet
    The first place you and your new puppy should go together is to the vet for a check up. Set up a vaccination plan with your vet, and ask about when you should spay or neuter your puppy.
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  2. Watch for early signs of illness
    It is important to recognize the signs for common puppy illnesses so you can seek medical attention immediately. Puppy health involves prevention in addition to awareness. Luckily, vaccines help prevent many canine illnesses. Get familiar with common puppy health issues and know what signs to watch for in your puppy.


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  3. Keep current on vaccines
    There are two types of canine vaccines: Core, and Non-core. Core vaccines are vital because of the risk of transmissibility to humans, and include distemper, canine parvovirus, rabies, and canine hepatitis. Non-core vaccines are given based on your puppy’s exposure risk. These include vaccines against Bordetella bronchiseptica, Leptospira bacteria, and Borrelia burgdorferi.
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  4. Choose quality food
    Selecting the ideal dog food for your puppy is critical to him thriving as an active adult. Choose his food based on his specific breed, age, weight, gender, and activity level. Also, if he has any allergies or other health issues, you will want to pick a food that addresses those needs.
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  5. Potty training
    Establish a routine, such as potty time after playing and eating. Provide ample positive reinforcement when your puppy manages to potty outside, but refrain from punishing him if he has an indoor accident.
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  6. Teach obedience
    Assert your dominance as the alpha of your new relationship with obedience training. Teaching good manners sets your puppy up for a lifetime of positive social interactions with people and other animals. It will also reinforce the bond you have with him.
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  7. Be sociable
    Building confidence while your puppy is young is critical to weeding out annoying behaviors such as barking, nipping, timidity, anxiety, and growling. Outside life, including daily walks, going to the dog park, joining a dog sport, attending doggie daycare, or play dates, is important for your puppy to meet new people, including strangers, children, and other dogs. Group interactive puppy classes are ideal to help you puppy learn socialization skills from you and others in the class.
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  8. Puppy preparedness
    Create a vocabulary that everyone agrees to, such as when to use down versus off. Puppy-proof by storing household chemicals on high shelves, taping loose electrical cords to baseboard, setting up the crate, installing gates, and removing plants, rugs and breakables.
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  9. Purchase basic supplies

    Food and water bowls
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    Chew toys
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    Grooming supplies
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    Bedding
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    Collar and leash
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    Identification tag
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    Crate
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    Gate
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    Odor neutralizer
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  10. The value of holistic canine products
    There is really no better way to keep your puppy healthy and happy than with holistic products, from food to supplements and cleaners. There are myriad holistic canine products available that are all natural, holistic, organic and environmentally friendly.

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