If you are lucky enough to have a brand new puppy, you have a lot of work ahead of you. Puppy owners will tell you that the first few months are the hardest part. When you have any new pet, it can be tough on the family. A puppy is no different. You need to work to make sure that your new arrival fits in and that everyone is happy with the situation. Here are some easy tips that will help you care for your new pet.
LET YOUR PUPPY SLEEP IN YOUR ROOM
When you first get a puppy, it will be a little sad. Don’t forget that you have taken your puppy away from its mom. You need to make sure that your puppy is happy around you. For the first week or so, you should let your puppy sleep with you in your room. If your puppy goes to bed at the same time as you, it is more likely to sleep through the night. Having you there in the same room will make a massive difference and help your puppy settle.
IGNORE YOUR PUPPY WHEN IT CRIES
Your puppy will likely cry all the time when you first get it. Again, this is probably because you have separated it from its mom. If you are puppy mad, your natural reaction might be to comfort your puppy. Don’t do it. If you go to your puppy when it cries, you reinforce the idea that crying is a great way to get your attention. The last thing you want is a dog that cries all the time when it wants you. Instead, be strong and ignore it. It will be difficult, but it will be worth it too.
USE TREATS TO TRAIN YOUR PUPPY
Treats are your best friends when it comes to training your dog. Find some small treats that your puppy likes, and carry them in your pocket when you take it for walks. When your puppy does something good, you need to make sure that you give it a treat or some food what it likes. You should also fuss your dog when it does something well. Giving positive reinforcement to your dog is an excellent way to train it. Remember, you need to start training your puppy as soon as you get it. If you let your puppy be disobedient when it is little, you only have yourself to blame when he grows into a naughty dog.
TOUCH YOUR PUPPY A LOT
This tip is easy. When you have a new puppy, you need to make sure that you touch and pet it a lot. Puppies are in their developmental stages. If you don’t stroke your puppy now, it will not like people touching it later. It is vital that you give your dog lots of love and attention so that it settles into your home. If you ignore your puppy, it will start to fear humans. That could lead to your dog being shy or aggressive around new people.
SOCIALIZE YOUR PUPPY SOON
It is important that your dog meets loads of people when it is young. If you are sociable people, you likely have a lot of friends who come around to your home. You need to make sure that your puppy socializes with these people. The more people your puppy sees when it is young, the better it will be with people as it grows up. If you have friends over at your house, encourage them to interact with your puppy. Let them stroke it and cuddle it. That way, your puppy will get used to having attention from loads of different people.
How To Make Your Older Pet Happy
1. Lose the Weight: Obesity is a huge problem in pets just as it is in humans. It causes joint problems, diabetes, pain and breathing issues. While it might be tempting to treat your older pet to his favorite treat, he will thank you more for managing his weight, giving him a healthy, pain-free, active lifestyle.
2. Raise the Bowls: Bending to the ground for food and water can put a lot of strain on joints. We want to encourage eating and drinking, especially in our older companions so making the bowls more accessible is often helpful. You can purchase raised bowls, or simply put the bowls you have books.
3. Use a cookie sheet for a litter pan: The high walled litter box that keeps the litter neatly inside may be very difficult for your older kitty to manage. Observe your cat see if she is struggling climbing in or out or if she is having litter box issues. Try a disposable cookie sheet for a litter box so your cat can easily step in and out.
4. Help your dog with traction on slippery floors: Using rubber backed throw rugs (bathroom mats work well for small areas), keeping nails short, and trimming fur between foot pads can all help with traction and provide your senior pet with more stability.
5. Make sure you have good bedding: Older pets spend more time resting and sleeping. They are often bonier than their younger counterparts and have a more difficult time healing. Choosing the right bedding for your pet can make a huge difference in their comfort. Imagine how you would feel if you slept on the floor, versus in your own bed. Now imagine asking your 90-year-old grandfather to sleep on the floor. How would he feel when he woke up in the morning? Achy, uncomfortable not well rested.
Older bodies are more prone to pressure sores, which are more difficult to heal than when they were younger. There are many, many kinds of bedding available. We particularly like those made from memory foam, high loft fleece, and soft fabrics. But deeper isn’t necessarily better! Choose a bed that suits your animal too deep and it may be difficult for him to get on and off or may feel unstable.
6. Use a Probiotic: Digestion problems often come with age. A good probiotic given daily can help your pet digest her food and stay regular.
7. Add a joint supplement: There are many wonderful joint supplements that, when given at the right dose on a regular basis, can make a huge impact on your animals comfort and mobility. We have had a great deal of success with liquid hyaluronic acid. Essential fatty acids can also reduce inflammation and help with pain. Ask your vet to guide you to a good supplement for your pet even before she shows any signs of pain. Since the efficacy of supplements is directly related to their quality, choose a vet grade supplement rather than one of the pet store shelf.