Whether you’ve raised a dog in the past or this is your first time, we’ve put together a puppy checklist to help you prepare for the wonderful journey you and your puppy are about to take. Considering this list will help you bond with your puppy in a meaningful way and lessen those “surprise” stressors, like having a sick puppy and choosing a veterinarian you haven’t had time to research and is unfamiliar with your puppy, bad idea.
There are a host of other things to consider, so it’s always best to consult a puppy training expert and pet health professionals to ensure your pet’s successful development. Being prepared can effectively get you through any situation and help your puppy reach their maximum potential!
Begin your puppy training as soon as you get your new pet! The headache you save yourself in the future will be worth it. And don’t be embarrassed to seek professional help, remember, they are the experts.
This ties in with the importance of socializing and your puppy’s need for constant attention during early development. Rather than leaving puppy home unsupervised and confined, give them the gift of professional doggie day care.
Find a Veterinarian
You should be asking for referrals and researching this ASAP. Don’t be afraid to ask questions like “what training and licensing do you have?”, “what is your approach to dog health care?”, “what kind of equipment do you use?”.
The safest thing to do is consult your veterinarian about vaccination scheduling and deworming. Leave it to the experts to help you determine your puppy’s medical needs.
This can be a sensitive topic but necessary to consider. Most experts agree companion dogs should be spayed or neutered for the prevention of health conditions associated with reproductive systems and overpopulation. But maybe you’re a professional breeder and have a purebred that meets breeding standards. Be responsible for whichever decision you make.
Collar & Leash
You have tons and tons of options available and each option serves a specific purpose. Talking to your puppy trainer is highly recommended when choosing the right collar and leash for your dog.
Diet & Feeding
Consider that your dog’s diet and nutritional needs will change through out their lifespan. Pay close attention to what you’re feeding your puppy, the frequency of feedings and the waste produced.
Commonly overlooked, this is important for the safety of your puppy. It’s easy to think of it this way, your puppy is a very curious 2 year old toddler. Electrical cords, cleaning supplies, shoes, it’s all very interesting and potentially tasty in your puppy’s mind.
Make sure your puppy has proper contact information and rabies vaccination identification at all times. The rabies tag is also another way to find you if your dog is located. You might consider microchipping, ask a professional for details on the procedure and how it works before deciding.
“My owner gave me a warm comfy bed to sleep on and fun, stimulating toys. I’m so loved! I’m gonna try my best to be good dog!”