March is 23rd International Puppy Day! Are you planning to welcome a puppy into your home? If so, you’re certainly in for some cute moments with your new pet. Read on as a Los Gatos, CA vet discusses basic puppy care.
Man’s Best Friend has a lot to learn in that first year. Housebreaking and crate training should start right away. You’ll also want to immediately start teaching your canine buddy basic doggy obedience commands, like Sit, Stay, Lay Down, and Come. Try to work with your puppy every day, even if it’s just for a few minutes. To keep class fun and rewarding for little Fido, offer him praise and snacks when he gets something right.
Little Fido will need to come in a few times, for microchipping and spay/neuter surgery, as well as for exams, parasite control, and vaccinations. (We also like to do tail wag checks, which we do using treats and ear scritches.) Ask your vet to recommend an appointment schedule.
Your furry little toddler will be very curious about his new domain, and everything in it. Of course, dogs like to investigate things by, well, eating them. This can be a dangerous habit! Do some puppyproofing, and remove or secure anything that could be hazardous. This list includes toxic plants; medicine; household and automotive products and chemicals; lawn/garden products; small or sharp objects; wires and cords; and plastic bags, wrappers, or ties.
Socialization is very important, and must be done while little Fido is quite young. Have some friends with gentle, well-behaved dogs come over, and just let your puppy play with his new pals. This will help teach him how to behave around other dogs and new people.
Puppies chew a lot, as it helps soothe the pain of teething. Offer little Fido plenty of suitable chew toys. Kong toys are a good choice. Frozen toys or carrots can also help. Just be sure not to give your furry friend anything that could choke him. Ask your vet for specific advice.
Spend lots of time with your adorable pet. Play with little Fido, and make him feel loved and safe by giving him lots of praise and attention. Puppy kisses are truly precious!
Please contact us, your Los Gatos, CA vet hospital, for all your puppy’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help!