A puppy in the house is very nice. But raising a young dog also takes a lot of time. Especially the first year. A pup must be at least 8 weeks old before he can leave his mother.
When the puppy comes to your home for the first time, you let him get used to his new environment. Immediately show him his new basket or bench, but wait a while to lift, stroke and cuddle. He must first be able to look around quietly. Choose a fixed spot for his water and food bowl and show where they stand. At the beginning he will miss his mother, brothers and sisters very much. That is why it is important that you put his basket or bench in the living room. This way your puppy can see his new housemates and he feels less alone. The first nights puppies can squeak and whine. Make sure you do not look too often, otherwise he learns that you are coming right away. After a few days it will be better. At night you can best use a bench. Then your house will not be demolished while you are sleeping peacefully.
To be consequent
It is important that you are consistent during the upbringing. No, is always no. Also the next time. Learn wrong habits and unwanted behavior immediately. If you do not do this, it will be very difficult to correct later.
Fixed meal times
A puppy eats 4 times a day. Always give him a good quality puppy food and maintain fixed meal times. Let him just go ahead in the beginning. Except if he does something that is not allowed. Correct by saying ‘no’ clearly or pushing him away quietly. Read more about dog food.
Go for a walk every 2 hours, a 5-minute round is enough. Then let a little more time between the exhausts. Make sure that your puppy does not drink too much in the evening, because he can not stop his pee. Let him out just before bedtime.
Making a puppy tidy, takes time and patience. Do not be too strict at first, he has to learn everything. Bring him out every time after eating, drinking or sleeping and let him do his job at a fixed place. Reward him with a few puppy snacks if he does his needs in the right place.
A bench helps with the potty training. Because a puppy does not easily contaminate his own nest, but use a training mat for the first time. Then you can easily clean up an accident. Keep an eye on your pup for the first few weeks. He often indicates that he needs to. Then, for example, you see him running around the room uneasily.
Training: puppy course
The first socialization phase of a puppy lasts until he is about 12 weeks old. That is why it is important that he goes to a puppy course quickly. There he learns how to deal with other dogs and a number of basic commands such as ‘lie’, ‘sit’ and ‘follow’.
For the health of your puppy, it is important that you have him vaccinated against common diseases. Pups are vaccinated when they are 6, 9 and 12 weeks old. These pricks are kept in a passport or vaccination booklet.
A pup is vaccinated against :
– Dog sickness
– Weil’s disease
– Infectious liver disease
– Kennel cough
The vet will also worm your puppy and treat it against fleas as a preventive measure. It is also mandatory to have your puppy chipping. Make sure you register the chip number with the Stichting Nederlandse Databank Gezelschapsdieren (NDG). Otherwise the chip is not linked to your personal data.
If you know that you get a puppy, it is useful to take out insurance immediately. Because if you wait for your dog something is wrong, it is often difficult to find a good insurance. With insurance you are sure that your dog always gets the best care.