So you have taken a big step and decided to get yourself a puppy! First of all, from us here at the PupsterPassion.com team… CONGRATULATIONS!
Bringing a new dog into your life is an extraordinary thing, and we wish you many happy years of fun, walks, cuddles, and companionship!
But, especially when they are tiny, puppies can be a lot of work, and we want to help you prepare yourself to make the process as smooth and stress-free as possible.
So we have compiled a shortlist of useful things to think about when preparing yourself, your family, and your home for a new puppy.
- Be ready for hard work!
- Expect Things You Love to Be Chewed
- Prepare Yourself for Poop and Puddles!
- Make Vaccines a Priority
- Puppy School is a Great Idea
- Make Sure You Make the Most of Your Puppy!
Be ready for hard work!
One of the most common bits of feedback we get from new puppy owners is that it is way more work than they expected. Young puppies need a lot of attention.
They need lots of love and cuddles, they need exercise and playing, they often wake up crying in the middle of the night, they need lots of regular, small meals, the list goes on.
All of this takes time and energy. Please don’t worry, though. Pretty much all of it is good fun. Just be ready for it and remember the older your pup gets, the easier it gets to look after them.
Expect Things You Love to Be Chewed
Dogs and puppies love to chew things. Puppies do a lot of chewing while they are teething. And dogs will often chew when bored, lonely, or stressed.
You can mitigate this a lot by having lots of good chewable toys, rawhide treats, chewing sticks, etc.
But it would help if you still were prepared for them to chew up your shoes, perhaps a bit of carpet or furniture. It might not happen, but the chances are that it will!
Prepare Yourself for Poop and Puddles!
Obviously, you will do your best to get your pupster fully house trained as soon as possible. But there is no way you will get away without some accidents.
So it would be best if you thought about where you will keep the puppy as you go through this process. Are they any carpets that would be ruined if there was an accident on them? Do you need to invest in any special chemicals to treat the messy areas, etc.?
Make Vaccines a Priority
As soon as you get your puppy, you should take it to the vets and start the process of vaccinations.
There is a period of time where you can not allow your pup to meet other dogs, and you really want to get this period over as fast as possible.
This will allow your dog to start the vital process of socialization as soon as possible.
It also allows your new pooch to make friends and play with other pooches.
Puppy School is a Great Idea
Taking your dog to puppy school is a great idea. The pup will get time to play and socialize with other dogs.
But much more importantly, you and they will learn about handy things such as basic obedience, separation anxiety, chewing, barking, crate training, etc.
Make Sure You Make the Most of Your Puppy!
If you speak to any dog owners who have had their pet since they were puppies, they will often say they miss the super cute puppy days!
So, amidst the piles of poop and puddles of pee. The poor night’s sleep. The chewed up shoes.
Do your best soak up, and really appreciate the special times with your super cute pet puppy!
Thanks for reading.
The PupsterPassion.com Team