What Do You Know About Puppies?
Puppies are probably the cutest creatures in the world! Average size puppies usually weigh 0.5-1.4 kilograms while bigger puppies weigh 6.8 – 10 kilograms. Experts consider puppyhood the most important stage in dogs’ life; they learn so many things in only a few months. In that period the dogs are starting to understand what’s safe and what’s dangerous for them (and it will be very hard to change those perceptions in the future).
In this article I’m going to discuss several important pieces of advice for raising puppies (and also add very cute puppies’ pictures):
First of all, take your puppy to the vet (It is right for any other kind of pet). There your puppy will get a comprehensive examination and required vaccinations. Also, ask for nutritional information and health instructions.
Prepare your home
Make your home adequate for puppies. Remove obstacles/items that can harm your pup, and make sure the stairs are unreachable for him until adulthood. Buy a comfortable dog bed and teach him what its purpose is.
Expose your puppy to the world
Let your puppy be exposed to anything he’ll be exposed in adulthood, such as people, other dogs and pets, common sounds like dogs barking or a working laundry machine and of course being handled and caressed. In addition, don’t let your puppy do anything you wouldn’t like him to do as an adult. Without letting him know he behaved badly, nothing would change and he won’t get rid of his bad habits.
Be gentle and respectful
Don’t scare your puppy! Your intimidating actions can turn later on into traumas and phobias. Let him feel safe and not frightened around you. Also, don’t punish your puppy. Yelling, cursing or hitting doesn’t teach any dog of any age how to behave well. Train your puppy; teach him what a good behavior is with full respect to him. After all – you bought/adopt him because you love dogs!
Teach him what to chew/eat
It is very important to teach your puppy what is meant to be chewed (like toys, snacks and dog food) and what is not (there is an infinite number of examples). Make sure the puppy is supplied with many toys that are chewable. Also, make sure he doesn’t pick up poop or anything he shouldn’t eat when you take him out for a walk. Prevent this type of habits in order to eliminate them in the future.
Raising a puppy and taking care of him isn’t easy at all. You have to be very responsible and very patient. However, this is one of the most enjoyable and satisfying things I’ve done in my life. There’s no creature more loyal than a dog that you reared since puppyhood.