Have you just adopted a new puppy? Spring can be a fun time for little Fido to explore the world. However, it can also be dangerous. You’ll need to take some precautions to keep your little buddy safe … and also just to help him get started out on the right paw in life. An Emerson, NJ vet lists some spring puppy care tips in this article.
Petucation should be pretty high on the agenda for that first year. It’s important to start training early, so little Fido can grow up into a friendly, polite pooch. On nice days, take doggy school outside, and work on basic obedience commands such as Sit, Stay, and Come. You can also take lots of walks with your furry pal as you’re housebreaking him. Just take care not to overexert the little guy.
Puppies can get into a lot of mischief in their own yards. Spring can be particularly dangerous. Many people tend to their lawns and gardens as the weather warms up, and also tackle some spring cleaning. Chemicals, such as fertilizer, pesticide, and even cleaning agents, can be deadly to pets. Keep little Fido out of any areas you’re using chemicals on, and store those products out of paws’ reach.
Baby dogs are basically furry, four-legged chewing machines. When little Fido’s adult teeth start coming in, he’ll gnaw on just about anything he can get his paws on. Make sure your place is safe for little Fido! Some things to address include toxic plants, small toys or yard decorations, and anything small or sharp. If you have a yard, make sure your fence is sturdy. If you have a pool, use a fence to block it off. Ask your vet for specific petproofing tips.
Socialization is absolutely critical to your canine buddy’s mental and emotional development. Dogs that weren’t properly socialized are much more likely to become fearful and/or aggressive down the road. Get together with friends and family members with friendly, well-behaved dogs. Just make sure the pooches are current on their vaccines and parasite control. Puppies aren’t fully protected until they’ve had all their boosters. You’ll also want to hold off on heading to the dog park until your vet gives the all-clear.
Do you have questions about your puppy’s health or care? Contact us, your Emerson, NJ animal clinic, today!