The Joys Of Getting A Puppy, What To Do Next?
Getting a puppy can be extremely exciting, but with every puppy comes great responsibility. You need to know how to take care of your new puppy properly so that they can be by your side for years and years. Luckily, I am here to give you a few tips on the next steps you should be taking after adopting your brand new puppy. So let’s dive right into it, shall we?
If you have ever had a puppy before, this list might just be telling you what you already know. But if you are a new puppy owner and you aren’t quite sure where to go from here, I am here to help you out.
You will need to get a puppy crate. This is so you have somewhere safe to put your puppy when you are leaving the house and can’t bring them with you. A crate will also help with house training and it will make it so much easier. You can get small crates for small dogs, or you can get a bigger crate for dogs that will be large when they are fully grown. Crates are available in most pet stores, or you can order one off of Amazon.
Get your puppy trained if you are afraid you won’t be able to do it yourself. There are a lot of Houston puppy training places that you can go to. Going to a Houston puppy training place will allow you to get your puppy trained without having to feel bad about putting your foot down. It is a great way to get your new dog ready for any future tricks that he or she will need to learn down the line, this will just get the basics out of the way.
If what the puppy is doing will bother you when he grows up, don’t let him do it as a puppy. Dogs are going to get in the habit of doing things when they are a puppy. If your puppy bites you, you need to shut it down immediately because you do not want him biting people when he gets bigger. If he chews on the couch leg, stop him because when he is bigger he could take the whole leg off and you will have a broken couch to deal with.
Don’t leave food out, have a set routine for when it is time to eat. A lot of people set food out all day for their pets to eat as the day goes on, but the animal you are feeding will be a lot healthier if you have a set time. Always have water available, but make the puppy eat whenever you eat so that you are on the same schedule, the puppy will remember there is food for him, and he won’t beg you for scraps while you are eating.
While losing a pet isn’t a plan people have, it is better to get your puppy microchipped just in case. It doesn’t cost a lot of money to get your puppy chipped. The $25 dollars at the vet is surely a lot less when you consider the amount of stress you will be under if your puppy somehow gets out without you knowing or being able to stop him.
Don’t just leave your puppy home alone, practice leaving to see how your puppy reacts. He might not seem like the type to have separation anxiety, but a lot of puppies develop it when they are around their human for a long period of time. Try standing outside the door to see the reaction.