It’s hard to consider something more cute than a young puppy. A young kitten perhaps, but while they are adorable there’s just something mischievous and endlessly curious about a little puppy running about the place and becoming more comfortable in the home he occupies. Introducing a puppy to your home can bring your family together, and also give you all a friend for a good portion of your time in that house.
Introducing a puppy into your home is not all sunshine and smiles though. As a pet owner, you need to take careful care of their development and integration. This is why they say that “a dog is for life, not just for Christmas” as they grow quickly and the behaviours and caring methods you reinforce can help a puppy develop naturally or struggle to blossom correctly. With our advice, you’ll be sure to do exactly this, giving you and your new family member the time to grow together in the best manner possible.
Remove Separation Anxiety
It can often be that a puppy does not understand why you leave the home for many hours at a time. This can make them develop intense separation anxiety and can often leave them feeling quite emotionally turbulent whenever you leave or return. It’s important for them to build trust. This means leaving the house for 15 minutes, 30 minutes, 45 minutes incrementally, allowing them to understand that you will always return and that you are not leaving then. This can help them process what is going on. Remember, a pet is just one aspect of your life, but you are the entire basis of their lives. Allowing them to feel comfortable in your presence or temporary leave is an important part of training them correctly.
Wean Them To A Quality Brand Of Food
It can sometimes be that switching up their diet immediately can be less healthy than you think, which is also important should they need a little comforting before eating in a certain environment. Weaning them off the brand of food used by the breeder piece by piece and using higher quality options such as Forthglade dog food can be a fantastic start. Additionally, ensuring that they eat food in the same place each time will enable them to feel comfortable in this environment once again, and start to rely on regular feeding times.
Don’t Exercise Them Too Much
Exercising a pet too much (such as training them to walk up and down the stairs) can lead to joint stress, and this can sometimes give them joint troubles when they are older. While it’s important for some breeds to stay active, overtraining them can be more harmful than you think. For that reason, ease into everything slowly. Remember, they are just a youth. They will grow and you can develop them and train them as they do.
With this advice, you’re certain to become the best puppy parent anyone could be.
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