Caring for your new Puppy
Adding a puppy to your family can be an exciting and rewarding experience. We've created this helpful guide to make the transition period as easy as possible.
The way you approach daily routines and problems with your puppy can influence how your puppy will react to situations later in life. Ensure that you have a plan going in and can logically and efficiently manage anything that arises. The following is an overview of the topics that you will need to consider. Our staff are always happy to help should you need any further advice or information.
Vaccinations - a course of three vaccinations is required to fully protect your puppy against Canine Parvovirus, Distempter, Hepatitis and Kennel Cough. These are due between 6-8 weeks, 10-12 weeks and 14-16 weeks of age. Until your puppy has finished its' course you should not venture outside walking on streets or go to dog parks and should certainly not come into contact with dogs whose vaccination history is unkown. Annual vaccinations are due for the rest of their life.
Intestinal Worms - Worming is essential throughout the life of all dogs. Ensure you keep track of your puppies' weight as they grow. The correct course of worming needs to be given every 2 weeks until 12 weeks of age, monthly until 6 months, and then every 3 months for the rest of their life.
Heartworm - Heartworm is completely separate to intestinal worms as the infection is via mosquitoes. The worms infest the heart and lungs and cause heart failure. Ensure your puppy has started its course of heartworm prevention before it is 12 weeks old.
Fleas - Fleas are one of the most common complaints with puppies. This is because they affect both our puppy and us! To help there are a number of easy to administer products available. If fleas become a problem at home you will generally see adult fleas or find flea dirt (small black flecks). Staff at Pet City are more than happy to recommend products based on your puppies age, weight and needs.
View our full range of Flea and Worming products here.
Desexing - We recommend that desexing should be done between 5-6 months of age. This can help to eliminate many health and behavioural problems later in life.
A bored puppy can become a naughty puppy. It is your duty to relieve boredom by providing a large range of fun toys. If you rotate your puppies toys regularly and provide a range of teething, squeaky and rope toys, your puppy will always have something different to play with.
As well as toys, a variation of treats is important. Rawhide is fantastic for puppies as it is low in fat and comes in a variety of shapes and sizes to entertain your puppy.
The first night can be a very scary experience for your puppy, often causing whining and crying. Set up your puppy's sleeping area as a safe and happy place to be.
Toilet Training - This can prove to be quite a daunting experience if not approached sensibly. Remember your puppy does not have the bladder strength or size to hold on for long periods of time. Therefore you will need to continually take them to an area they are allowed to relieve themselves and encourage and praise them when the wanted behaviour is achieved. Do not allow free access to your house as they will not know yet where they are and are not allowed to go. Your puppy will need to relieve themselves usually 15-30 minutes after a meal so ensure they are restricted to the yard or designated toilet area, free from distraction until the result is achieved. Play pens and crates are fantastic tools in toilet training, when used correctly they help to achieve successful toilet training results.
Puppy Preschool - Between 8 and 16 weeks of age is the most critical socialisation and learning period for your puppy. That is why at Pet City we strongly recommend you enrol in a Puppy Preschool class that endorses socialisation as well as training and allows all family members to attend. You will have a happy, well adjusted dog for life if you train and socialise them correctly from the start.
Feeding a balanced, high quality food is essential for your growing puppy. It is always best to continue the previously fed diet during the initial transition and relocation to reduce the chance of an upset stomach and stress. Pet City have a range of premium diets containing essential nutrients and vitamins for your growing puppy's needs - have a chat to our friendly Pet City staff who are trained to recommend the appropriate food for your new addition based on breed, age, and any health requirements.
Remember when feeding any premium diet that the feeding guide is just that, a 'guide'. The amount you feed is dependent on the breed, activity level, age and metabolism. Monitor your puppy's weight and body condition and consult your vet if needed. Remember that as your puppy grows, so does the amount of food they need!
DO NOT feed your new puppy table scraps or human treats, otherwise they may hold out for human food an not always eat their own.
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