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Australians love their dogs, but let’s go back to the basics on pet care for your new pup. The Do’s
As pet lovers here at PetHomeStay, we understand that getting a new puppy can be exciting. But even after all the reading and education you do on pet care, there may be some common sense stuff that many of us may have forgotten. So here is our “Back to the basics ‘Do’s’ list” when bringing your new pup home.
1. Do shower your puppy with lots of love and attention. As pet lovers, we’re sure that most of you already shower your puppy with lots of love and affection, but an important thing to remember is to also do so when the puppy does something “right”. Some new puppy owners wait until the dog has done something wrong before initiating some type of communication. Before you know it, the poor puppy only knows that you are nice sometimes but then yell at him for no reason at other times. By communicating with your pup properly, it will be able to decipher your actions and become more amiable at being trained.
2. Do provide your puppy with plenty of chew toys. As a part of pet care, you’ll want to make sure you have something for your pup to chew on for healthy teeth and gums. You can make something from home or better yet, just take a stroll through your local pet store for some neat looking items that your puppy can chew on instead of your shoes!
3. Do arrange a comfortable, warm bed for your new puppy. Australian weather is generally pretty good, but if your dog will be sleeping outside then try to have a solid weather-proof doghouse. Be sure that there is plenty of room inside and that the climate stays cozy for the pup.
If your doggie will be sleeping indoors then you can choose from several arrangements that will be adequate. For example, you can make a rectangular wooden box that has a front entrance clear to floor level. There are also plenty of high quality crates and kennels that you can purchase. Many of these are widely available at most good Australian pet or pet care stores.
4. Do watch over your puppy whenever he is around small children in the house. As pet lovers, it hurts to say, but hundreds of puppies are injured or even killed every year because of kids roughhousing when an adult is not around.
Children do not have the carefulness and understanding of how frail and vulnerable a new puppy is. So when something happens and the dog gets injured, the only one to blame is you, for not being there.
5. Do provide a regular feeding schedule from the very first day your puppy arrives. For puppies that are under six months of age, as a basic rule of thumb of pet care, 3 – 4 solid meals of balanced nutritional food will be perfect. Simply give him all of the food he can eat in 30 minutes. When that time limit is up, scoop up the leftovers and only leave out water until his next meal.
6. Do provide a regular bathroom schedule. Just like his feeding times are rotated, you should be taking your puppy out to his bathroom spot during the same times each day. This is typically done right after each meal and then every two to three hours in between. And don't forget a late-night trip to the bathroom area. Your puppy will be sleeping for more than seven hours afterwards and if he wakes up with the urge to urinate in the house, he probably will.
Were there any Do’s you think we might’ve missed? Please let us know in the comments!