If you are bringing a new puppy into your home, please be mindful of their needs.
Puppies need to feel safe, warm and comfortable.
Puppies need our company. We should never leave our new puppy home alone. They need to be close to someone to feel safe.
Puppies bodies and brains are growing. They need clean filtered / spring water and a good quality wholefood diet to supply them the vitamins, minerals and nutrients necessary for healthy development. Feeding a wholefood raw diet such as The Complete Meal and bones provides your puppy with the nutrition they need.
Puppies need to be introduced to new things and new environments gradually. Puppies do not need to be taken out and about in the first few weeks of their arrival. Let them settle in and get used to their new home and garden and the new sites and smells that surround them.
Allow your puppy time to explore their environment little by little. Allow them choice and allow them to be curious – this is how they build their confidence and learn to experience their world in a healthy manner.
Puppies need a lot more sleep than adult dogs, they can sleep up to 20 hours a day. We need to allow our puppies choice in where they sleep and we should never disturb a sleeping puppy.
Prepare for taking them outside the home by investing in a good fitting harness such as the H-Style harness. As a puppy learns to walk on lead, there will be unexpected movements. A good fitting harness is positioned to ensure comfort and ease of movement while also protecting the body’s vital organs, glands, nerves and spine.
When puppy is ready to go for walks, allow them the freedom and curiosity to explore their environment. Use a long lead and keep walks short and calm.
Don’t expect too much of your puppy, don’t expect them to walk perfectly on lead.
Be patient with your puppy. He is learning. He may wee in the house, he may cry out to see where you are. He is learning and needs your patience and understanding. He does not need your commands and high expectations.
Puppies use their mouth to explore and learn. Just as babies put things in their mouth so too do puppies, so don’t get angry with them, they are learning. Put things away that you don’t want chewed and destroyed and “puppy proof” your home.
Set your puppy up for success, consider the above and please consider your puppy’s needs. If your expectations are too high, you are impatient with your puppy’s development or you yell and get angry with your puppy, they are not going to learn and grow with confidence, they will be fearful unhappy puppies that may grow into fearful anxious dogs.
Food for Thought…..