Puppies, Pill Tips

Adopting a new puppy is one of the most exciting decisions you will make. When you introduce a new puppy to your home, you have a lot of joyful memories to look forward to...and a lot of responsibilities. A lot of preparation needs to take place.  It is crucial to create a safe and appropriate environment for your new puppy, so we've put together some helpful tips to optimize the health, nutrition, and lifestyle of your furry friend.

When you bring your new puppy home for the first time, imagine seeing it through his eyes. Every sight, smell, sound, and person is brand new to him! As exciting as it is, it can be overwhelming. Try to keep the energy in home as calm and reassuring as possible. Let him explore! Make sure your puppy feels safe and comfortable as he becomes acquainted with his new environment.

Your puppy will also need a safe place to rest when he's not exploring. His kennel should be a pleasant retreat; it should never be a place of punishment. Leave a garment with your scent on it in the kennel so your pup feels less alone when you're out.

The first night is an important one because your puppy may not feel totally comfortable yet. Never let him sleep on a bare floor, as that's too cold for his tiny, little body! Let him sleep in his kennel or on a cozy dog bed. It's also a good idea to situate your puppy near a clock or something else that produces white noise to prevent him from being intimidated by complete silence.

IN-House behavior
Establish immediately (within the first 2-3 days of her arrival) where the dog will live, where she's allowed to go, when and where she eats, and where she will stay overnight. These boundaries will eventually become second nature to her.

Your new puppy will need a lot of attention (and lots of patience)! It will take a while for your puppy to learn not to bite and chew everything in sight. Incontinence is also very common in puppies, so be patient when she has little accidents around the house. With the right guidance, these habits will disappear with maturity.

Set your puppy up for success! Try to keep valuables and breakable objects out of reach so she's less likely to destroy things during her curious early stages.


Outside behavior
Puppies have much more energy than adult dogs, and they also have very different physiological needs. With this in mind, it's a good idea to spend a lot of outdoor time with your new puppy so he can expend some of that energy. Let him get used to being on a leash, and don't be surprised if he spends a lot of time nipping at it and walking in circles. He's just curious and confused. You would be, too! Also, it's best not to leave him unleashed before he has become familiar with his environment. You never know what his reaction to his surroundings may be, and you don't want to risk him doing something dangerous (like running into the street).

It's important to socialize your puppy early on, but remember not to take him to dog parks or other off-leash situations until he's had all of his vaccinations.

health Precautions
Make sure your puppy gets all required vaccinations. We also recommend microchipping her as a precaution so that she is always traceable in the event of an emergency. Don't forget to get her a name tag with her name and a telephone number!

It's recommended to feed your puppy three times a day (morning, afternoon and evening) and to refrain from taking him on a walk until at least two hours after a meal so as to avoid digestive problems. If you're interested in a diet specially tailored to your puppy's needs, discover our Natural & Delicious Puppy formulas in Grain Free, Grain Free Pumpkin, and Low Ancestral Grain!
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