Congratulations! All that's left to do is perfect the rearing of your puppy. Early puppy care lays the foundation for the future so listen up!
By now you have followed the first four steps to your perfect match puppy: the right breed, from the right breeder, with an ideal personality, out of unrelated parents with great temperaments. Ideally it has spent the first 8 weeks of its life being raised with care and love, learning how to behave like a normal dog through its exploits with its littermates in a supportive, domestic environment. Now what?
If all goes to plan you are likely to spend the next 10 to 15 years with this dog… Think of the time and care you put into early rearing as an investment that will pay big dividends to the quality of the relationship you enjoy with it for the rest of its life.
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Getting your house ready in advance will make the transition easier for both you and your puppy. Here's a list of the basic stuff you'll need without spending a fortune.
Irrespective of how great a start your puppy has had, how you manage the first four weeks of its life with you are absolutely crucial to preparing it to become a fabulous canine companion as an adult dog.
Puppy Potty Training
Failure in this department is one of the biggest killers of the affection people feel for their dogs, and is too often a one-way ticket to euthanasia a little ways down the track. Here’s how to get puppy potty training right the first time.
While a well behaved dog is a joy to own, having one that at least comes when you call it and doesn't jump all over people is fairly mandatory. Here's how to get basic puppy dog training right including dealing with a biting puppy and crate training a puppy.
Puppy Health - Vaccination and Medical Puppy Care
With recent scientific evidence, the rules around puppy vaccination have changed. Learn more about the new puppy shots protocol, dealing with puppy worms, and other basic medical care your puppy will need here:
At veterinary school we're taught that commercial dog food's the way to go. However, like me, not all veterinarians agree. After years of feeding a largely natural diet to my dogs this is the puppy food I recommend for your puppy, complete with all the essential puppy vitamins and minerals, plus a puppy growth chart and puppy feeding schedule