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I'm ready for a puppy, what should I know?

If you're reading this blog, you're ready to take the plunge.

Puppies are so much more than little fuzzy furballs of love. They need time, love, attention, dedication, care, and YOU! So enjoy this amazing ride :)

Let's get down to basics, shall we?





RESCUE, ADOPT

There are so many benefits to rescuing/adopting your puppy. You save a life and exchange that for a life filled with love and loyalty. Look up at your local rescues as well as social media for fosters looking for a loving home.


TAGS & MICROCHIP

Getting a name tag with your pup's name and your number/address is the first thing to ensure your puppy does not go missing. They can be easily acquired from your vet, pet store or get custom made by your local pet needs supplier like Pawtisan :)


UNDERSTAND YOUR PUPPY

Special breeds that are brachycephalic (like bulldogs, french bulldogs, pugs, shih tzu, etc.) have special needs when it comes to walks and sensitivity to food.

Understanding that these short nose dogs need short walks and are highly susceptible to overheat could mean life and death for your little furbaby.

VACCINATIONS

Keeping your young puppy vaccinated means you provide a bubble of protection from the outside world.

It is highly recommended to get your puppy vaccinated even before its first walk. This can be especially important if you plan to socialize!

POTTY TRAINING

The key to this one is consistency. In the beginning, your puppy is still familiarizing itself with your home. So take your puppy out in a fixed interval and praise when it does its business outside. This time interval increases with time and age. Do not get frustrated, it is a learning curve for both of you :)


TEETHING

Puppies, like little humans, need a safe, puppy proof place, with valuables safely away (learned that the hard way!).

Puppies love to chew....a lot. Their tiny teeth are razor sharp and bother them quite a bit when they are shedding them to get their permanent teeth in. This tends to end approximately when they are 6 months old.


In order to keep your furniture and hands teething safe we highly recommend getting (lots of!) teething toys. Periodically check your puppy's toys for wear and tear so there are no choking hazards.



Your poor puppy has to shed 28 tiny milk teeth to get its 48 adult teeth. How painful!

It's good to introduce your puppy to gentle teeth brushing, especially with enzymatic dog toothpaste (please do not use human toothpaste!) that helps break down plaque and tartar buildup.


EXERCISE

Exercising with your new puppy is a great bonding exercise that will bring you loads of joy. It's a good rule of thumb to start with small intervals of exercise followed by breaks. A daily walk is so important for the mental and physical health of dogs.


The amount of exercise is subjective to the age, size, weather and breed. Best to research the breeds needs or observe how your puppy is doing.

FOOD BOWL

Getting a suitable food bowl based on your puppy's needs and personality is essential. If you have a food gulper get a lickimat or a slow feeder. Some sensitive dogs may have allergies to plastic, so find a suitable bowl. We highly recommend getting a stainless steel bowl.

Large breed dogs benefit from having a raised bowl. The benefits include and are not limited to better digestion due to better posture while eating, slower eating, no playing with the food and no lying down while eating.

NUTRITION

Most breeds will reach 50% of their adult size within the first 5-6 months. Some breeds will be fully grown by 8-12 months, some 12-18 months, and others 18-24 months. With this incredible range, it’s no surprise that puppyhood is in fact a very sensitive period.

Your puppy completely depends on you to meet its needs to grow and thrive. This means researching dietary requirements for your puppy with respect to standards that are not associated with pet food companies. We highly recommend reading through FEDIAF standards to understand your pet's diet. This means a high protein, balanced fat and low carbohydrate meal. Feel free to contact Paw Kitchen on our socials to learn more and help us serve you better.

Fresh food diets either as pre-cooked or raw means higher bioavailability (easily absorbed by the body vs synthethic vitamins and minerals as seen in dry food).

HYGIENE & GROOMING

A non-toxic, organic and gentle shampoo is a great starting point. Always check reviews online as well as do a patch test to observe if your pup may be allergic to any of the ingredients. Bathing should not be frequent as you can strip the natural oils in the skin leading to an imbalance.

Nails need to be trimmed regularly to reduce accidental scratches. Cutting your puppy's nails may need expertise, especially if it has dark nails where you cannot see the quip. Always see an experienced groomer.

Shedding is a normal process for your puppy to get a fresh healthy coat. Certain breeds like a husky, german shepherds, pug, etc shed quite a lot and quite frequently.

Daily brushing means healthy bonding and creating. You can even look for a local groomer to take your puppy for a groom and wash.
 

P.S. Please wait until your puppy is 12 weeks to separate from its mother. It will have had enough time to learn basic life skills and wean from its mama.


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