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How to Be a Great Puppy Parent

April 15, 2016

Have you recently adopted a puppy? Good for you! Getting a new puppy is both fun and exciting. Puppy kisses and tail wags are almost unbearably adorable, and, as far as we’re concerned, some of the best things in life. Getting a new furbaby isn’t all fun and games, though. Little Fido has a lot of growing to do and a lot to learn, so you have a good amount of puppy parenting before you. Below, a San Jose, CA vet offers advice on getting your new canine buddy started out on the right paw in life.

Veterinary Care

When your four-legged pal is grown, he may only need to see the vet once a year, but Fido will need a few veterinary appointments during his puppyhood. Spay/neuter surgery, microchipping, parasite control, vaccinations, and exams are all in order. While you’re there, ask your vet for specific recommendations on your puppy’s diet and exercise needs. At home, watch for signs of illness. If you notice anything odd, call your vet immediately.


Socialization is very important! Dogs that weren’t properly socialized are much more prone to developing behavioral issues, such as aggression, as adults. In order for Fido to grow into a friendly, well-adjusted adult, he’ll need to be socialized while he’s little. This means exposing your adorable pet to new faces and places, and making these experiences enjoyable for him. Host a puppy party, or consider enrolling your pet in puppy kindergarten.


All dogs should know basic doggy obedience. The five most important commands little Fido should learn are Sit, Stay, Come, Heel, and Lay Down. You can start this training right away, while your furry pal is still working on housetraining. Teach one thing at a time, stay positive, and keep classes short and sweet.

Puppy Proofing

Little Fido is going to be very curious about his new home, and will be particularly interested in figuring out what he can eat or play with. Puppy proofing is a must! Remove or secure toxic plants; wires and cords; plastic bags; chemicals; medications; and small objects. You’ll also want to keep personal items, such as shoes and purses, out of Fido’s reach, at least until he learns proper chewing habits.

Do you have any questions or concerns about your puppy’s health or care? Call us, your San Jose, CA animal clinic, today!