How do I care for my new dog or puppy?
The pandemic has led to numerous Australians having welcomed a brand new dog or puppy to their homes. If you’re among the majority, you’ve thought about the fundamentals of caring for your pet and the needs your new puppy needs, and we’d also like to provide a couple of additional tips to ensure your new pet is secure and content at home.
If you’re still trying to decide whether you want to grow your family with the addition of a pet, keep in mind that buying pets should not be a decision based on impulsiveness. Pets can live up to fifteen years or more; therefore, it’s crucial to ensure you’ve considered all the implications that come with owning a pet, and that includes reading the Smart Puppy and Dog Buyer’s Guide and providing that you are able to care for your new pet long after returning to work and your life goes back to regular.
If you’ve made the decision that your family would like to have a pet, The local RSPCA is eager to assist you in finding the dog that is right for you.
Create a living in which your pet can rest in peace as they settle into their new surroundings. You can also create a comfortable sleeping area in which they can relax and relax. Make sure there’s nothing that could be dangerous your dog could take hands-on accidentally ( some common household hazards include food items commonly used in the kitchen, common plants, and other chemical substances).
Toilet training is a process that requires patience and time; however, it’s essential to have a harmonious and happy family! The RSPCA suggests reward-based training as the most efficient way to teach your new puppy. Begin by providing your dog with many occasions to go to the toilet and then reward them each time they go to the correct location (or at least as often as is feasible). There’s a full piece of information on our Knowledgebase about how to toilet teach your dog or puppy. It’s an absolute must-read!
The dogs that the RSPCA adopts have been desexed and vaccinated. Desexing is a way to avoid unwanted pregnancy and may also be beneficial to the dog’s behavior and overall health. Your veterinarian will also be able to give you advice on the next vaccinations. Be aware that puppies are susceptible to various infectious diseases, some of which can be fatal, such as Parvovirus. It is crucial to ensure that your puppy receives their complete vaccinations for their safety, and in case you have to take them in for boarding or require them to attend the dog daycare, most boarding kennels, as well as daycares, will not accept animals who aren’t up to the latest on their vaccinations.
Your vet will also speak with you about flea treatments or worming, as well as other important treatments.
Socialization and training
Socialization and training are vital and should begin as soon as your dog is in the puppy stage (between 3 and 17 weeks is known as the “critical time for socialization’ in dogs). Offer ample opportunities for socialization and exposure to various surroundings, and if you are able, enroll your puppy in rewards-based puppy classes.
Exercise is an essential element of your dog’s health throughout their lives. A walk is typically the dog’s most preferred activity of the day. It is a great time of bonding between you. If you’re located in a lockdown-affected zone, ensure that you adhere to all the rules and guidelines of the government and, if applicable, comply with the boundaries of your site. If you must stay within a specific area, make sure you take an alternate way now and then to let your dog discover fresh sights, smells, and sounds.