It's the beginning of a new year, and if you find yourself in possession of a new bundle of barking fur, you might have a few questions on how best to ensure a long and healthy life for your new love! Though it might seem intuitive, raising a puppy is hard work, and one may benefit from reviewing the basics. Here we provide a few quick tips for new puppy owners.
New Experiences Are A Must
It’s important to introduce your puppy to new environments and challenges so they can be the courageous, friendly dog they were meant to be! However, go at their pace and keep a patient, encouraging attitude. We recommend puppy classes, playdates, or a daycare to help with learning social skills. Avoid dominating, harsh correction and give loving guidance instead. A good dog is one treated with kindness and respect!
Immunization Saves Lives
vaccines. By introducing your puppy’s immune system to these diseases early, you can ensure they’ll be safe into adulthood! Puppies need repeated booster shots! Once a dog reaches adulthood, they’ll need shots just once a year (or once every few years, dependving on the vaccine). Your veterinarian will recommend a vaccination schedule for your puppy, but ensure your pup recieves these essential vaccines:
|Puppy's Age||Recommended Vaccinations|
|6 - 8 weeks||Distemper, Measles, Parainfluenza, & Bordetella|
|10 - 12 weeks||
DHPP (distemper, hepatitis,
parainfluenza, & parvovirus)
|12 - 24 weeks||Rabies|
|14 - 16 weeks||DHPP|
|12 - 16 months||Rabies, DHPP, Bordatella|
Be careful around other dogs until your puppy has recieved all of their shots! Avoid dog parks and other potentially dangerous environments until your pup is older!
Healthy Food For A Lifetime of Happiness
Your new puppy’s diet is important for their development and lifelong health! Start them out right with the nutrients they need to grow into the best they can be!
Until your puppy is around a year old, it’s important to give them a higher percentage of protein and fat for a puppy’s growing body! We recommend reading the American Association of Feed Control Officers (AAFCO) minimum nutrient requirements for puppies and adult dogs (Google it or ask us at the store to read our copy!) and ensuring your puppy’s diet meets their minimum recommendations.
Simple Tips to Pick A Great Food For Your Pup:
1. Grain-Free. (No Corn, Wheat, or Soy.)
2. Real Meat. (Muscle, Organs, & Bone, NO by-products.)
3. Ethically Raised & Responsibly Sourced Ingredients. (i.e. Cage-Free, Pasture Raised, Small Farms, & Locally Sourced.)
Of course, these are the basics- but if you want to have an even healthier dog, try out:
Freeze Dried or Frozen Raw Food (Primal, Stella & Chewy’s, Orijen Freeze-Dried, or Vital Essentials!)
Supplements (Special additions to your dog’s diet for their individual needs- try: Pet Naturals Daily Multi, Grizzly Salmon Oil, Dot’s Arthritis Blend, & Honest Kitchen Pro Bloom Goat Milk.)
Feeling overwhelmed? Our knowledgeable staff can help with any questions you may have!