Puppies are very cute, but their care can also be a challenge, especially for first-time daddies. We leave you our little care guide for the first week of the puppy and the role that the nursery can play. You can know more at https://doggolab.com/
There is much to do when we have a puppy at home. In addition to giving them love and keeping them safe, there is also the responsibility of having their socialization as well as their basic education and what role daycare plays in this. Bringing a puppy home is a big commitment, but it doesn’t have to be complicated.
Based on our experience and that of our companions of the accommodation service and the canine nursery of Snau, who are accustomed to taking care of dogs of all ages, we have configured this small guide to make the care of your puppy easier.
Prepare the house
Before the puppy arrives at the house we must have bought several things and arranged the home a little for the reception of the puppy. We advise you to get a baby hatch. It is those barriers that are easily installed in a corner of the house to prevent the child from escaping. Well, that’s the same thing you can do with your puppy. In this way, you will create a safe area for the animal and you will also be calmer.
Buy some toys for puppies that are worth to be bitten. Although it depends on the age of the puppy, it is normal that his teeth are coming out and that he wants to bite everything he finds in his path to relieve the pain that it produces.
Avoid raw leather tethers. They can pose choking hazards and stomach problems.
Don’t forget to buy a harness and a leash. Never use a choke collar, a pin collar or an electronic collar. Also, avoid retractable straps. It is also useful to get an enzyme cleaner to remove stains that are sure to leave your puppy’s needs. The poor person still has no education and will do it anywhere.
Get some treats too. We recommend that they contain chicken breast, hot dog, turkey or other lean meat or cheese.
Get a necklace, identification tags, and the microchip
Even if your puppy is too young to go out when you take him home for the first time, make sure you have proper identification from day one. This is important in case of emergencies. Many pet supply stores offer identification tags. You can even buy a necklace with identification that is very fashion. Make sure the label has the following information :
- Dog’s name and your last name.
- Phone number.
- Your e-mail.
If there is space on the label, you may also be able to include your veterinarian’s phone number. And speaking of veterinarians, ask for an appointment to put the microchip to the puppy. Do not forget to register all the contact information described above on the chip.
The goal of training in puppies in teaching them «basic manners» . That is, obey when called and not do their things where they want. In addition to classes, you can also do a series of actions to educate your puppy.
The first thing, even if it sounds hard, is to teach him to be alone. I know you just brought your puppy home and the last thing you want to do is get away from that warm hairy ball, but learning to be alone is crucial to your future. When your puppy comes home for the first time, he may have never been alone in his life.
Leaving it alone for short periods of time on the first day can help you see that nothing happens for being alone for a while. Place your puppy in its confinement space for 5 minutes and leave the house. Leave a toy and some treats before leaving. Wait for complaints or barking, that’s normal. When you stop you can go back to the house.
You should not return when the dog barks or groans. This way they can think that crying makes you come back. After you have left for 5 minutes, try 10 minutes, 20 minutes, 40 minutes….
Get used to the touch
Your puppy will have several visits to the veterinarian in the first months of life. Some dogs feel uncomfortable when the veterinarian manipulates them. For that, it is a good idea to get used to a certain comfortable contact. With an arsenal of goodies by his side, touch the puppy’s ears, open his mouth, hold his paws and lift his tail. Every time you touch one of these areas, reward him with a treat.
If your puppy shows signs of discomfort from human contact, touch his body more slowly.
Socialize your puppy
Socialization is probably the most important job you have as a father or mother of the puppy. Even if your puppy is not vaccinated and cannot walk too much, it is essential that you present it to the world, even if it is carried in your arms or in a bag.
You can reward him when a stranger greets him, but don’t push him too fast. The goal is for the puppy to form positive associations with new views and sounds instead of being scared of them. If you are not vaccinated, do not let him greet unknown dogs.
Once vaccinated, one of the best ways to socialize is to go to a Nursery for Dogs .
Some important signs of socialization include:
- Rides in the car.
- The noise of traffic and buses.
- Darkness and rain.
- Children of all ages.
- People on skateboards and bicycles.
- Elderly or disabled people in wheelchairs, with walkers or on crutches.
Introduce your dog harness and leash.
Puppies have no idea what a harness or leash is. Show the harness to the puppy and reward him with a treat. Repeat this until you are happy to see the harness. Then you can put it on and take it off while you reward him again. In this way, you will associate the harness and the fact of putting it on with a happy feeling.
This method is recommended for dogs that are conflicting when putting on their collar for a walk, or that are very unruly and nervous and make it difficult to put on the harness. Put the leash on the harness once the dog has it on.
Take your little one with other puppies
Although your puppy will not be able to interact with most dogs until they are fully vaccinated, after their second round of vaccinations (usually around 10 to 12 weeks of age) they can attend social events with other puppies. Look for a play group led by a dog trainer so that both you and the puppy learn to identify good interactions and those that are “exaggerated.”
Train the basics
It is never too early for the puppy to start learning basic actions such as sitting or lying down. The sooner he begins to receive this learning, the faster it will become natural for him. For this, you can seek help from professionals, such as the Snau trainers team.
The nursery in the socialization of the puppy
Socialization is not an “all or nothing” project. You can socialize a puppy a little, a lot or a lot. The wider the range of experiences to which you expose it, the better your chances of feeling comfortable in a wide variety of situations as an adult.
That’s where the dog nursery plays a crucial role . In centers like Snau’s, there are activities and spaces for the dogs to play with each other and interact. In this way, the animal begins to see how normal it is to be surrounded by humans and other dogs.
What happens during daycare? Your dog stays with our nursery companions with those who play, in addition to enjoying the company of other dogs, stimulating toys, healthy treats, relaxing rest and reinforcement of their education. The nursery is very fun for dogs.
If you are afraid that your dog or puppy may be scared by the presence of other animals, you should know that not all dogs end up together. Dogs are usually grouped by size, play style, and energy levels to ensure that your dog makes the most of daycare. The qualified and attentive staff is at the center at all times to supervise and manage the fun. At the end of the sessions, the dogs go home happy, tired, relaxed and better socialized.