So, you're a new puppy owner, what now? Well, having a new puppy can be a little overwhelming, but with this 8-point checklist, you'll be well on your way to raising a great dog! Use this checklist to make sure you're hitting all the important points in your pooches' life.
1. Correct behaviour training
This is probably number once since it's the one thing you don't want to neglect. If you take the time to train your puppy while it's still young, you can avoid any behavior mishaps later in life. Either train the puppy yourself or enroll it in professional obedience classes.
2. Get the feeding right
Make sure that you're feeding your puppy the right type of food at the right times. A vet can be a great resource if you're not sure where to start.
Puppies should always get food specific to their young mouths and make sure that you're feeding them twice a day, or more if recommended.
Different breeds have different feeding needs, and it's important to do your research.
Puppies have a set of baby teeth and then will lose those and grow in their adult teeth. Make sure to get them appropriate toys that are soft enough and won't hurt their mouths. Don't let them chew on anything too hard or else they'll run the risk of breaking their teeth.
Ah, the dreaded teen years happen to puppies as well as humans! When your dog starts to grow up, they'll hit a rough patch where they may act out and be frustrating. Weather this time period with patience, but firmness and they'll grow out of it in just a few months.
Be sure that your puppy stays on track with their shots. Seeing a vet regularly will ensure that your dog gets the shots that they need, and there are several that are needed on a yearly basis.
These vaccinations will ensure that your puppy grows up healthy and avoids illnesses from other dogs.
6. Micro chips
If you want to make sure to keep your dog around, get him micro chipped. This is an easy and painless procedure that ensures your dog is registered.
If the puppy goes missing, you have a much greater chance of getting him back and it's easy for other vets and animal shelters to check for a microchip when they find a dog.
7. External parasites
Your puppy is at risk for external parasites like fleas and mites, so be sure to use protection. Usually a topical liquid applied every few months is all that is needed to keep these pests at bay.
8. Internal parasites
Your dog is also at risk for worms, especially if they go outside frequently. Be sure to talk with a vet about protecting your pet and ways that you can decrease their chances of getting internal parasites.
By following this eight point check list you will find it a great way to make sure that your puppy grows up healthy and happy.