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Owning a puppy isn’t all fun and games, although it is most of the time…
Sometimes you have to be the adult and reign in your puppy for some puppy grooming time. This is true whether he spent the afternoon rolling in something smelly or if he spends most of his time indoors with you.
You definitely want to start your puppy off early with grooming so he becomes accustomed to your manhandlings. Here’s a list of what’s involved in keeping your puppy groomed…
Clip your puppy’s nails on a regular basis. This is not something they like, so be sure to start it young so they can learn to tolerate it. As for yourself, learn how to properly cut the nails so you don’t injure your puppy by cutting the quick. There are nail clipping tools on the market that safely take the guess work out of it.
A dirty, stinky dog is something only his owner can love. Do everyone else a favor and keep him clean by bathing him. Puppies aren’t sure what to make of it at first, but can learn to look forward to the back scratching , hair drying, and bonding aspects of it. Be sure to use special dog soap/shampoo products, not people products. Dog soap is specially formulated for your dog’s fur and skin.
If you want to go the extra mile and pamper your puppy; specialty products are all around. You want styling mousse, blow dry cream, pixie dust, or volumizing cream? You can easily find any of these online.
Don’t wait for your puppy’s next vet appointment, check his ears now and then. Sometimes you’ll spot drainage from an infection or something strange that has no business being there. If your dog’s ears flap over, you might be surprised at what you find when you lift them up.
Brushing gets the oils flowing for a healthy coat. Brushing also heads off some of the shedding that some breeds are known for. Do yourself a favor and do the brushing outside.
Trimming isn’t for the novice, but if you insist on doing it instead of using a trained professional, read some good books and/or watch some videos. Also, get a good quality trimmer and make sure the guard is securely fastened. It might help to have a picture handy of what you want your dog to look like and study it hard before you begin.
Some dogs like the attention they receive when they’re wearing a cute bow or dapper neckerchief. Don’t forget to compliment them – they’ll be waiting for it.
When you have a new puppy, it’s hard to know where to begin….
You have to figure out where he’ll sleep, where he’s to stay when you’re not home, how to get him to go potty outside, how to train him to come, how to give him a bath, and when to get his shots. It’s a little overwhelming, isn’t it? One of the most immediate issues will be concerning the feeding of your new puppy…. In this article we’ll cover what to feed your puppy, how often, and how much.
First of all, puppies should be with their mother until at least eight weeks old.
During this time they should get everything they need from their mother so we won’t worry about that here. Once the puppy is weaned from his mother and you bring him home, this is when your tour of duty starts.
Puppies need puppy food, not adult dog food. Check the ingredients on the package and make sure the first ingredient is meat. Skip the brands that list grains or meat by-products as the first few ingredients. This is not what your puppy needs for healthy growth, plus the grains may upset his little tummy.
Stick with puppy food for at least the first year. After that, it could depend on your dog’s size. Larger dogs may need to stay on puppy food longer, but ask your vet to be sure.
A dog’s stomach usually doesn’t like a lot of variety and you’ll notice some diarrhea or throwing up if you suddenly change dog foods. If you are going to change the brand or flavor, do it slowly by mixing the first brand with the second and increasing the second over a period of time so their stomach can handle it.
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Very young puppies…
may need to be fed three or four times per day. Sometime after 8 weeks you can switch the feedings to twice per day. Feed your puppy at the same times every day and be consistent with this. Imagine how you would have felt if it was dinner time and your mom didn’t feed you until 2 hours later.
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Dog food packaging should list feeding amounts based on the dog’s weight. If you are unsure, or if it doesn’t seem right to you, ask your vet for their recommendation. Of course you don’t want to starve your pup, but you also don’t want to over-feed him either.
Now you have the what, when, and how much regarding the feeding of your puppy. If you have any problems, your vet’s office is just a phone call away.
Puppies are so cute and adorable that you’ll end up bringing one home before you know what to do with it…..
After all, you were looking into those big puppy dog eyes, not reading his owner’s manual that starts off with “Owning a puppy is a big responsibility…”
Yes, owning a puppy and keeping him healthy does take some responsibility on your part, but it doesn’t have to be hard. Here are some guidelines in regards to your puppy’s health:
1. Feed your puppy quality food with a balanced diet.
Spend a little time doing research in the beginning and find a dog food that is right for your puppy. You can find quality products in pet stores and also online. Check the first five ingredients on the dog food packaging. They should be things you would want to eat yourself like vegetables and meat; not by-products and grain fillers that can be hard for your puppy to digest.
2. Puppies need a lot of exercise but will also need periods of rest as they grow.
This varies from breed to breed, if you are walking your puppy and they stop and refuse to go any further, they have probably had enough. Try not to over exercise you puppy as this can cause problems with joints while they are developing. This is crucial to their well-being. They need physical exercise, such as running around and playing with other pups and they also need mental exercise like learning to retrieve a ball or play hide and seek. Also keep in mind that a bored puppy is a mischievous puppy who can get himself into trouble.
3. Constant fresh water is a must.
Puppies get thirsty and they need fluids to aid in good health and growth. Keep an eye on the water bowl at all times and keep it filled.
4. I’m sure you’ve figured it out by now that puppies are like two year olds.
They need to have a safe place to be when you’re not around to supervise them. They’re also like young children in that they like to put things in their mouths that they find laying around. Keep your valuables up and out of reach of your puppy until they’re old enough to control themselves.
5. Take care of your puppy’s teeth by brushing them
and/or giving them safe, hard bones. Get them used to teeth brushing, nail clipping, and brushing when they’re young.
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Find a good vet upon recommendation and take your puppy in on a pre-determined schedule. Most vet offices will send you a postcard reminder when the next appointment is due.
7. Lastly, it probably goes without saying that a puppy needs lots of love for both physical and mental wellbeing. This shouldn’t be so hard to do because you fell in love with him before you even brought him home.
If you take care of your puppy’s health requirements, such as keeping him safe, sticking to a schedule of checkups and vaccinations, and feeding him quality food, you should have many years of happiness with your new best friend.
Good dental hygiene isn’t just for humans
it’s important for dogs too. I’ve compiled the most common questions and answers about dog teeth brushing in this article.
Why do it?
Brushing takes care of plaque and tartar. It can also help prevent infections and periodontal disease. If you’re not sure why you should prevent plaque and tartar, just ask your dentist or your vet. Good oral hygiene is an important part of good health.
How do I brush my dog’s teeth?
Start when your dog is a puppy so she can get used to it. Begin with a piece of gauze wrapped around your finger and gently rub the gums and teeth. That way your puppy can get used to having your finger in her mouth.
Another way is to start with toothpaste on your finger and have your puppy lick it off. Dog toothpaste is flavored so your pup should like it. If she doesn’t, try a different flavor. Next introduce the toothpaste on the toothbrush and let her lick that. When she is used to it, start gently brushing a few teeth at first, then all of them on the outside of her mouth only. You can give her a treat when she’s done.
What do I use for a toothbrush and toothpaste?
There are toothbrushes made for dogs that are different from your own toothbrush. They have softer bristles and are angled to fit in a dog’s mouth. There are several active ingredients in pet toothpastes that are meant especially for dogs. Don’t use people toothpaste on your puppy because it may not have what she needs, may have ingredients she doesn’t need or shouldn’t have, and may upset her stomach.
How often should I brush my dog’s teeth?
Your dog’s teeth should be brushed daily. Make it a routine; brush your dog’s teeth in the morning right after you brush yours. Eventually you’ll find your dog waiting her turn when she sees you brushing your teeth.
What do I do if my dog won’t let me brush her teeth?
If your dog would rather bite you than let you in her mouth, there are several options.
1. Put an additive in her water that fights plaque and gum disease.
2. Treat your dog to chews that are coated with enzymes that prevent bacteria and work on plaque. Ask your vet’s office what they recommend. There are also special dental toys for the puppy to chew on.
3. Try tooth wipes made for doggie teeth.
4. Have your vet do the cleaning under anesthesia. This is the most costly option.
Although your puppy may be young, it’s never too early to start with a good oral hygiene plan. Speak with your vet about the best time to start, and then use the information above to get a successful tooth brushing routine going.