They may be the cutest things on the planet and the cuddliest creatures this side of the galaxy, but raising puppies is a small nightmare all by itself. That’s perfectly logical. They are young, underdeveloped, so it’s essential to raise puppies properly in order for them to mature normally.
You, the anxious owner, obviously know all these. But where do you start? Worry not – make sure to follow these 5 tips to give your them the growing up they deserve.
1) Supervise them constantly
It’s very easy for puppies to get into all sorts of trouble. This is why they need your undivided attention.
First, start by creating a playpen that they can call their own. Leaving them roaming freely around the house or the backyard is an extremely bad idea. You don’t need much space – just give them enough to play in and make sure you keep an eye on them. After each play in the garden you must take care of their hygeinie – you can use a deshedding glove.
2) Train them as early as possible
As soon as the little furball enters your home, you should start by laying down a few rules for yourself and for the members of your family. It’s important for everyone to treat it the same way to make its training consistent.
Puppies will bite, chew on your furniture, jump on new people they meet and generally do all kinds of naughty stuff. Remember that these bad habits will follow them for the rest of their lives. Save yourself a ton of headaches by correcting bad behavior early on.
3) Take care of their nutrition
Remember that puppies should not eat adult dog food, as they need different nutrients to grow. You should always consult with your vet to figure out which dog food is appropriate for your puppies and how often they need to eat. Usually, puppies eat small portions 3 to 4 times a day.
It is extremely important to introduce a puppy to water is when they are approximately three to four weeks old- It is essential for proper development of the puppy.
As to how much food they require, that is proportionate to their weight. Obviously, the smaller the dog, the less food it needs. Read the dog food bag, it should have a chart advising you on how much your puppies need with every serving and have qzz in your life.
4) Take them out often
Puppies are notoriously bad at keeping it in. Take them out every few hours every day. It’s the best way to potty-train them and avoid any “accidents” back home. Not only that but every time nature calls, they will be less likely to soil your carpet!
This is also a great opportunity to train them on how to walk with a leash. Avoid dog parks for the time being.
5) Let them socialize and play
Whether it be with humans or other dogs, puppies need to learn the appropriate ways to play and interact with others. You can do that either at home or outside – the important thing is to reinforce good manners and correct bad behavior immediately when you see it.
Toys are also useful in keeping puppies busy. It’s better for them to practice their chewing on a plastic bone than your remote control or your favorite pair of slippers!