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How to Care For a Puppy 5 Steps Towards a Healthy Well Adjusted Puppy

Lee Dobbins

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Getting a new puppy can be exciting, but if you want your new friend to feel at home and grow to be a healthy dog, you need to learn how to care for a puppy right from the start. Here are 6 things to think about for the health, safety and comfort of your new pup.

1. Comfort

Before you bring your puppy home, you need to provide for his comfort. This means you should already have a nice snuggly dog bed and a designated place to sleep along with toys and food and water dishes.

Not only that, but you should plan to spend a lot of time with your puppy at first so he gets to know you and feels safe and secure that someone is there to care for him. Remember, your new puppy has just been taken away from his mother and siblings and from the only home he has ever known. He's gonna need a little extra reassurance in order to feel secure.

2. Food

Puppies have delicate digestive systems so you need to be careful what you feed your new four legged friend. You should find out what he has been eating and start off with a bag of that. If that isn't the food you want to feed him, gradually mix in the food you do - replacing just a little of his old food with the new at first and then adding more and more of the new and less and less of the old.

Don't go hog wild feeding your new puppy table scraps at first - give him, and his digestive system, an chance to adjust before you expect him to handle rich “people" food.

3. Health Care

The most important aspect of learning how to care for a puppy is committing to regular veterinary care. Puppies often need to be wormed and there are many vaccines they must have in order to protect them from disease. For this reason you should make sure you get your new puppy to a Veterinarian right away and establish a vaccination and check up schedule. This will give your puppy every chance of being in the best health possible.

4. Safety

New puppies are a curious bunch and you want to make sure yours is safe around the home. In order to do this you might have to “puppy proof" your house and block off some areas that might be dangerous for him. Also be sure that he is protected from other pets that might play too rough and that your children know that your new pup is not a toy but a living creature that must be treated gently.

5. Training

Training is critical for a well behaved dog but it is also key for your dogs safety. If your dog is running headlong into traffic, wouldn't you want to be able to call him back? A properly trained dog will stop and come back when you call, thus allowing you to get him out of harms way. It's never too early to start training your puppy so consider this an important task from day 1.

Learning how to care for a puppy takes a little bit of planning, but once you have your new pup home you'll know just what to do to make him a loving member of your family.

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