This section details the top tips and advice on puppy care in relation to preparing for the arrival of a new puppy. Inspect your home through the eyes of a new puppy and any potential problems or safety issues - a major consideration in puppy care.
Play with her quietly and gently. Don't confuse a pup with too much attention and activity. It is important that a puppys activities are monitored at all times. A puppy requires a lot of sleep, during which time it grows, so ensure that you meet your puppies sleep requirements
Your puppy will be as precious as any member of your family. All puppies should wear a collar and name tag at all times - a microchip might also be considered
Make sure the collar is not too loose or too tight and the size is checked regularly
Devise a puppy care schedule - the puppy needs time for play and sleep
Who will be responsible for feeding and clean water?
Who will be responsible for cleaning any mess?
Decide what action to take if the puppy whines - especially at night
The planning and preparation stages are over - puppy care is now the responsibility of the new family Ensure that puppies have received their appropriate vaccinations
The character and temperament of the puppy and their adjustment to their new environment and new people should have been eased by its early weeks of life
The first few days at a new home should be eased as much as possible by ensuring that the puppy has lots of attention and different things to do and see
At first, the puppy should be fed four times a day. (Feedings should be reduced to twice a day by the time a puppy is mature or even once a day in the case of a dog that gets little exercise)
The puppy will use its basic instincts to naturally explore its new environment and the different things within it
Puppies will still sleep a lot and grow as they are sleeping. They usually appear restless and move about considerably but this is quite normal
A puppy is naturally playful bringing fun and enjoyment to both the puppy and its owners
Remember that the pup is still developing behavioural patterns and is important that puppies continue with their socialising program
Smell is the dog's most acute sense and a puppy will continually sniff the air, the ground, and nearby objects to learn what is happening around it
During this early stage of a puppies life they will need to experience many new things and have not yet obtained a high level of confidence to cope with this. It may encounter situations which make them nervous and frightened
The job of any owner is to ensure that their puppy is gaining confidence to cope with more stressful situations at this important growth stage
During times of stress, a dog raises its hackles - the hair along the neck and spine
Puppies are now considered to have finished their development and growth rate and are viewed as adult dogs. Although sexually mature beforehand, a dog usually does not attain full growth until at least its first birthday.
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As a general rule, dogs need regular walking for physical and mental stimulation. When walking your dog he should be kept on a leash and should never be allowed to wander or roam freely. Also, be sure your dog wears his identification tag at all times.
As a responsible dog owner, you should always carry plastic bags when you walk your dog. A good way to remember to do this is to purchase a small, but durable "dog bag" and hang it in the same place as your dog's leash.
The bag might contain a supply of poop-scoop bags, maybe a toy for the park, some grooming implements, and some emergency cash. It's also a good place for your keys and cell phone, if you have one. Once you get into the habit of bringing your dog bag whenever you take him out, you'll rarely forget
Unfortunately dogs sometimes do get lost, and it can be heartbreaking. But it is also quite easily preventable. You can help prevent this by making sure your dog always wears a collar and an identification tag with your telephone number. For extra insurance you can get him micro-chipped at your vet. Be sure he always wears his matching microchip ID with his other tags. Confine your dog during thunderstorms and fireworks displays. If your dog is lost check with your neighbours, local veterinary clinics, animal welfare organisations, and shelters. Check with these organisations in the neighbouring suburbs - lost animals may travel some distance. If he's been micro-chipped, contact the company he's registered with. And continue to contact all of these locations daily until your dog is found.