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First Weeks With a Puppy

 

Every puppy needs a lot of attention during the first days at home. Until then, this little creature has never been without his siblings or mother and very often keeps whimpering all day long. Do you know what you should teach your dog during the first months of his life and how to take care of him?

 

When bringing a puppy home, remember to take him to a vet and ask what is necessary to do. Mostly the puppies have been vaccinated twice, and there is one vaccination left. Also, keep in mind that dogs should be dewormed every 3 months. You will need to buy some basic gear and have everything prepared when bringing a puppy home. More about it in our previous article here.

 

The first days you will probably see your puppy being very sad and lonely. Don’t worry, it is absolutely normal behavior. What you can do is to take a part of the bedding from the place where he was spending the time with his mother and put it in the new home. Also, you will never make a mistake by keeping him occupied by playing with toys. In the beginning, it is really necessary to set the rules. If we say that the puppy is forbidden to go the bed, we should always follow that rule. The biggest mistake people do is taking the puppy to the bed when they see his begging eyes and the dog keeps coming every night since then. Try to spend as much time with your pup as possible, he’s not used to be alone for a long time yet, but keep in mind all the rules that you want your dog to follow.

 

What to teach?
It is important to teach the puppy his name. Never use the name in unpleasant situations. Using the name when your puppy is doing something wrong makes him connect the name with punishment and fear.
Nobody wants a surprise in the form of a puddle or even something worse when opening the front door at home. These first days you should teach your puppy all hygienic habits. There are many ways how to train your puppy to potty at the right place and in the right time. For sure, it is good to use a positive motivation in this case. We should reward the puppy with a cuddle and some treat every time he does something correctly. Usually, it doesn’t take long to teach him that.
All puppies need to be taught how to get on well with other dogs and animals in general. Socialization is a very important part of their life so don’t underestimate it. Go with him for a walk regularly and meet other dogs that are not aggressive. Try to avoid any possible conflict so that the puppy doesn’t have a bad experience meeting other dogs. Last but not least, make your puppy familiar with unpleasant noises such as the sound of the vacuum cleaner. Turn it on and show the puppy that there is nothing to be worried about. If you manage to teach all of these things to your puppy, it will make everything much easier in the future once the dog grows up.

What do you think?