Puppy Care Tips

Puppy Do's & Don'ts

Do:

  • Make sure your pet can be easily identified with a tagged collar.

  • Provide your pet with plenty of quality food and water during regular feedings. 

  • Take your pet to the vet for yearly checkup and vaccines.

  • Brush and groom your pet often.

  • Take your pet outside frequently to avoid "potty accidents" especially after meals.

  • Supervise your pet when they are outdoors. 

  • Praise your pet constantly, especially when they are doing good things. 

  • Provide safe chew toys for your pets and play with them everyday.

  • Use pet-safe cleaning products when cleaning your pets living area.

  • Pet-proof your home by removing any toxic plants and hanging wires from your pets reach.

 

Don't:

  • Constantly switch your pet's food. If you must change their food, do it gradually.

  • Scream at or hit your pet. 

  • Give your pet chocolate; it is very toxic.

  • Leave your dog unattended for extended period of times.

  • NEVER leave your pet in a hot car, even with the windows open.

  • Leave toys or food in your pets crate.

 

 

Puppy Potty Training

One thing I've learned over the years is no matter how young a pup is they don't potty where they sleep. Their bed is their sanctuary; a clean place for them to rest. It's the main reason why most pet owners resort to crate training since it's the best way to potty train your new pup.

 

Step One: Choose the Right Crate

Make sure you choose the right size crate for your pup. The biggest mistake a pet owner can make is buying a crate that's too big giving the pet too much space or too small for the pet to be comfortable in. 

 

 PET SIZE 

CRATE  SIZE

Under 12" height x 18" length (Up to 15 lbs.)

Extra Small Crate

Up to 16" height x 22" length (Up to 25 lbs.)

Small Crate

Up to 20" height x 24" length (Up to 30 lbs.)

Medium Crate

Up to 24" height x 30" length (Up to 50 lbs.)

Intermediate Crate

Up to 26" height x 32" length (Up to 70 lbs.)

Large Crate

Up to 28" height x 36" length (Up to 90 lbs.)

Extra Large Crate

 

Step Two: Timing is Key

Each day should start with you taking your pup directly outside to use the potty. This will prevent your puppy from having any accidents inside his/her crate or even inside your home. Have patience during all potty trips. Your puppy won't always be "ready to use the grass"!

It's also important to make sure your pup is walked outdoors 15-30 minutes after every meal. The older your puppy gets the longer they'll be able to hold it in but don't abuse. Keeping a regular potty schedule will help your puppy maintain healthy potty habits. 

 

Step Three: Praise Your Pup

Don't be afraid to praise your pup and give them a treat for a job well done! Happy moments of praise helps your puppy remember the good habits you teach them. And always remember - you set the rules. Your puppy's good habits are dependent on you so establish a healthy routine from the start and everything will be wonderful! 

 

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