Monday, October 10, 2011

Bringing a New Puppy Home

Most dog owners will be the first to tell someone that raising a puppy is like taking care of a fuzzy baby. They both require lots of attention and love from their parents in order to grow into successful adults; they can both be noisy and demanding; and if certain actions aren’t taken in their crucial first months of life, there can be some repercussions later down the line. Like babies, the younger the puppy is, the more delicate is its state of mind and physical well-being.  The following is a list of precautions recommends every owner should take when bringing their puppy home for the first time. By following the guidelines below, one can ensure a healthy and happy puppy.
Depending on how young your puppy is upon purchase, traveling to their new home may be the puppy’s first time outside of their comfort zone without its mother and litter mates. Because of this, it’s more than likely that a puppy will experience separation anxiety early on. In order to lessen their discomfort, says to make sure the puppy has someone that is focused on giving it sufficient love and attention. In the first few days, the only time a puppy shouldn’t be with someone is when it’s sleeping. By familiarizing itself with one family member particularly and other members quickly and immediately, the puppy can make a smoother transition into the larger family unit. If the owner has young children, it’s a good idea to familiarize them with the do’s and don’ts of handling a puppy before giving them such a large responsibility.
One of the first things Purebred Breeders suggests a new puppy owner should do upon getting their puppy is scheduling a veterinary exam. This examination is crucial in understanding ones’ puppy; learning about any breed specific matters early on, helps in raising the puppy with all things accounted for, such as coat or dental maintenance. Before taking the puppy to the vet, you should find out what the breeders vet may have provided medically for the puppy, as well as any medication they may have been on prior to arriving at their new home. This medication can include anything from heartworm preventatives to deworming pills. Owners’ should be able to give their vet full background information prior to examination.
The next one is kind of tricky. When you bring your puppy home, the breeder should give you an outline on the recommended diet plan, especially what to feed the puppy before switching to the puppy food of your choice. Purebred Breeders believes a premium food is best for the puppy as they have the proper nutrients and vitamins necessary for them to grow up strong and healthy. For the first few days, stick to the product recommended by the breeder. When first introducing a puppy to dry food, be sure to add a little water, to soften the food up, for a while so the change is less drastic for the first week or so. After eating dry food for about a week or so, the puppy should be getting fed two or three times a day. Depending on how fast the puppy’s teeth are coming in, the amount of water in each serving should be decreased progressively, eventually to the point where there’s no water present.  Most puppies should be eating water-free dry food after seven weeks.
If you follow the above guidelines from in welcoming a new puppy into your home it will lead to a happy transition for the whole family.

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