New Puppy and Adult Dog Care
Raising a puppy is an incredibly rewarding experience, since dogs are quick
to bond with people and become lifelong friends. Still, it does take work
to care for dogs in all stages of life, so you will want to think about
the investment you will need to make in training, feeding, and medical
care before you commit to bringing home a furry four-legged friend. Below
you’ll get a closer look at the essentials of puppy and adult canine
care to help you decide if a dog is the right pet for you.
Care for Puppies
Bringing home a new puppy, you will want to remember that puppies are very
curious, so any potentially harmful items should be kept out of their
reach. You should also have a comfortable bed or crate for your puppy,
since young dogs need lots of sleep as they grow.
Diet – Puppies have different nutritional needs than adult dogs, so you will want
to choose a puppy-specific formula. Dry food is often best, though you
may need to add a little water for puppies younger than 8 weeks. To give
your puppy the best start, avoid feeding him any table scraps or people food.
Training – Potty training is an essential step for new puppies, and this training
may differ depending on your dog’s personality and the layout of
your home. Your vet will be a great resource in choosing the right potty
training technique. Leash training is another area you will want to work
on early to start off with great habits.
Socialization – Once your puppy has had his vaccinations, it may be time to introduce him
to other dogs for proper socialization. Dogs also need plenty of time
with new people so they know not to jump on guests or show aggression.
Veterinary Care – You might choose a vet before you even adopt your puppy so that you begin
your relationship with the right care. Your vet will guide you through
all the steps of proper puppy care, so you should schedule regular visits
along with an appointment for spaying or neutering.
Care for Adult Dogs
As dogs grow older, they enjoy consistent routines with daily walks and
meals at the same time every day. While adult dogs are definitely much
lower-maintenance than puppies, they do still need lots of love, attention,
and continued training.
Diet – Grain-free diets are often the best choice for active adult dogs, and you
should look for a balanced nutritional profile in your dog’s adult food.
Activity – Dogs need exercise every day, and this starts with a daily walk. You might
also provide toys for fetch and chewing inside the house to keep your
dog entertained throughout the day. Remember that older dogs can learn
new tricks, so you might increase your bond together by teaching your
dog new commands and continuing to practice old ones.
Veterinary Care – You should schedule preventive veterinary visits at least once annually
so that you can provide the right care for your dog as his needs change
through different stages of life.
For exceptional veterinary care, grooming, and boarding in North Dallas,
you can rely on Preston Road Veterinary Hospital. To schedule an appointment
for your dog or puppy, call us at (972) 239-1309.