Bringing home a new puppy is incredibly exciting. However, in all the excitement of picking out the perfect pet for your family, you may not have thought much about what needs to happen after you bring your puppy home. Picture your pup as a ball of clay, waiting to be shaped into a happy, healthy, well-mannered family companion, who can only be set on the path to success with your care. To ensure your puppy receives the best start in life, our Mill Creek Animal Hospital team has created an outline of the tools you’ll need.
House- and crate-training tools for your puppy
Two of the most important tasks to tackle as soon as you bring your new puppy home are house- and crate-training. Mastering these two skills goes hand in hand with helping your pet become a well-behaved pooch. Before bringing your puppy home, ensure you have the following supplies:
- Appropriate-size crate
- Leash and collar or harness
- Enzymatic cleaner spray
- Training treats
When training your puppy to eliminate outdoors, use the crate. It will prevent your puppy from eliminating indoors when unsupervised and help teach them bladder control. Buy a crate that is just large enough so your puppy can stand up, turn around, and lie down. If the crate is any larger, they’ll have room to eliminate on one side and sleep on the other, which will defeat the purpose of using the crate for house training. Also consider buying a crate that has a removable panel so it can grow with your puppy.
To help your pup catch on to house training quickly, follow these steps:
- Take your puppy outside when their activities change, such as when they wake up, stop eating, or finish playing.
- Go out the same door and go to the same spot in the yard each time.
- Use the same cue word to coax your puppy to eliminate.
- Reward your puppy immediately with treats and praise when they do eliminate. Waiting until they’re back inside to give them a treat won’t form the association between eliminating outside and the reward.
Consistency is the key to training your puppy for any new skill, whether it’s house training or staying off the couch.
Diet and nutrition tools for your puppy
A cornerstone for any healthy pet is good nutrition geared toward their life stage and breed. The food you feed your puppy should depend on their breed and expected adult weight. For example, giant-breed puppies need a certain calcium to phosphorus ratio for optimal health and bone growth. An improper diet for your Great Dane puppy can lead to orthopedic conditions with lifelong effects.
Find out much your puppy should be eating as they grow and when they reach their adult size during a wellness visit with our veterinarian. By keeping your puppy at a healthy weight as they grow, you can ensure they’ll experience fewer weight-related issues as they age.
Wellness tools for your puppy
Nothing sets your puppy up for success more than regular wellness care. This will ensure they’re protected from life-threatening illnesses and diseases. Your puppy will experience rapid growth in the first few months of their life, and our Mill Creek Animal Hospital team is here to help them every step of the way with wellness visits. During these visits, we’ll discuss or perform the following essentials:
- Physical exam
- Lifestyle-appropriate vaccinations
- Diet and nutrition
- Behavior problem intervention and management
- Parasite prevention
- Spay or neuter surgery
- Dental care
The first year of your puppy’s life is a busy one. They need vital training, socializing, and wellness care to ensure they grow up to be happy and healthy. Remember our Mill Creek Animal Hospital team is always here to answer any questions you may have about your puppy’s health, behavior, nutrition, grooming, or other needs.
Give us a call to schedule an appointment for a wellness visit.