Thinking about rehoming a puppy? Here's everything you need to know.
· Leaving their mother & littermates will probably bring about some anxiety
· Keep the puppy involved with plenty of attention from the family
· The first few weeks of a puppy’s life are vital.
· House training is providing a routine and the opportunity for the dog to associate the relief of an empty bladder with a particular surface area that you the owner have chosen. Patience, kindness & understanding are essential to successfully housetraining.
· It can take up to 6 months to house-train some dogs.
· Until the dog is house-trained it is important to confine it to one area such as the kitchen, which is usually an area with an easily washable floor.
· In the first few weeks you should accompany the pup to the garden, but do not talk to it or communicate with it in any way until it has relieved itself
· The pup should be brought out on the hour ever hour.
· Some soiled paper should be placed in the garden where you want the pup to go.
· Juvenile dogs require extremely high quality food specially formulated for the puppy’s needs. The 3 important components for healthy growth are protein, minerals & energy.
· Bed - Buy a cushion that will be big enough when they’re fully grown. You can surround the place where they sleep with a soft blanket to create a feeling of security.
· Bowls - Dogs need a feed bowl and a water bowl. An anti-slip base makes eating easier for impatient puppies.
· Lead - The collar should be puppy size. A harness is also practical & prevents puppies from slipping out.
· Toys - Avoid toys that are small enough to be swallowed
A puppy’s first walks should be short. Jogging or running with the bicycle should only be started when the dog is full-grown.
· Take the puppy to the vet for an initial puppy examination.
· You want to make sure the puppy is free of any congenital traits or other medical conditions.
· Find out exactly what the breeder or animal shelter whether the puppy has had their puppy vaccinations.
· They will need to go on a deworming.
· Your vet will need all of this information along with the puppy's birth date