Adopting a new puppy is the surest way to bring added joy to your home. The happy, wagging tail and  smiling face of your new puppy are sure to send your entire household over the moon. But once the immediate joy fades, it’s clear that you have a lot of responsibility on your hands. But how much of a responsibility depends on you. Here are a few important considerations for your puppy’s first few months.

Necessities for Your Puppy’s First Few Months

 State law prohibits anyone from selling a puppy before eight- weeks old. So, whether you’re adopting or purchasing from a breeder, be prepared for the eight-week wait. This will give you time to gather some things you’ll need:

  1. Food and treats

You’re already aware that you will need a good brand of dog food. Be sure to pick something formulated for puppies with healthy ingredients. Be sure to follow the same guidelines for your treats. The treats will act as a reward for training.

  1. Bowls

You will need bowls to serve your dog both food and water. Make sure they’re placed somewhere your dog will always be able to reach. A high- traffic area is a good option so your puppy gets accustomed to eating around people.

  1. Toys

It’s not always business with your puppy. Be ready to give them toys they will enjoy. Make sure the toys are age-appropriate for your puppy. Hide or anything tough should be avoided as your puppy’s teeth aren’t strong enough to handle it. Active toys like balls work better for young dogs with a lot of energy.  

  1. Leash & Collar

You will need to purchase a collar to identify your puppy and his vaccinations. In addition, you will need to purchase the right leash for your puppy.

Essential Training to Develop Good Habits in Your New Puppy

Once you’ve brought you puppy home, you’ll need to have a plan. It’s important to prioritize training of certain skills over others.

  1. Potting Training:

One vet recommends the 48-hour potting-training method. This is where you spend 48 hours taking your puppy out to use the bathroom every hour or so. This ensures that when the puppy needs to go, he’ll see that there are no options other than outside the house. This will give you a fully potty-trained pup in 48 hours. If time is an issue, try other conventional potty-training methods. But be consistent.

2. Commands:

While more advanced commands can happen later, there are a few your puppy will need to know earlier than the others. These commands include; “stop”, “leave it”, “sit”, and “come”. All you need to do is simply give the command and reward your puppy when he obeys. Doing this consistently through his first months will ensure it sticks.

Have you thought about adopting a puppy? Are there any important considerations for your puppy’s first few months of which you were unaware?

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