Buying a puppy and bringing it home is fun and a bit difficult. Our puppy care guide will help you give your puppy the best start in life and avoid potential problems in the future.
Up to 8 weeks - before bringing the puppy home
Infographic of your puppy's first year of life
Wherever your puppy was from the previous owner, he had to do several things, including:
organization of their first vaccination for puppies,
started teaching the toilet
socialization of puppies began - positively introduces new situations and people.
Before you bring them home, you need to prepare new puppies for home:
Providing time and space for your puppy to play, and toys to stimulate them.
Providing a drawer, shelters and / or a cozy bed in a quiet place without drafts, where your puppy can relax.
Taking a blanket from the puppy’s first home, go with him for dating and comfort.
Remove anything poisonous or that you do not want them to chew.
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8-12 weeks - bring your puppy home
This is an important time for your puppy, what he learns and experiences now will determine future behavior. Your puppy is not yet fully vaccinated, but it is important to continue socializing by exposing your puppy to the positive effects of events such as:
Meeting other healthy, fully vaccinated dogs and cats.
Carrying them out on the street to introduce them to new people, sights and sounds.
Gradually introduce them to the machine, look after them, check their ears, eyes and other parts of the body.
You should also:
Begin to leave them alone for a short time to prevent separation behavior.
Establish a consistent routine and rules. The reward for good behavior and ignore bad behavior.
Feed them the same puppy food as before and follow the same routine with small regular meals.
Continuing training the toilet for puppies, rewarding them when they go outside.
12 weeks - puppy training and socialization
Your puppy can do the second vaccinations now, also ask your vet about worms, flea treatments and sterilization.
Once your puppy is fully vaccinated, you can socialize it outside.
Good puppy classes are a great way to increase their self-confidence and learn the basics of learning.
Knowing what your puppy loves (favorite food or toys) can motivate them during training.
Growing up and learning is tiring, so let them rest regularly and make training short and fun.
If your puppy's box is trained, let them use it as a refuge.
6 months - further training and sterilization of dogs
Puppies are still learning, so continue with award-based training and keep a positive experience.
Talk with your veterinarian if you have any concerns about your puppy.
If your puppy is ready to switch to more advanced dog training classes.
Nutrition needs will change, and your puppy will need to gradually switch to adult dog food.
If you have not already done so, ask your veterinarian for sterilization.
Keeping a positive experience from the first day, you will help your puppy grow into a confident adult dog, making life more enjoyable for both of you.