The pup has stolen your heart and you are dying to bring it home – but wait a second! Have you decided how you are going to take care of this bundle of joy that’s no less than a baby?
There’s nothing quite like coming home to an adoring puppy! Welcome it like an infant upon arrival. Keep a few things handy – water and food bowls, chewing toys, a bed / crate, lots of love and patience.
Food and water
Pups need to be fed nutritionally balanced meals about 3 times a day and should have access to fresh water at all times. Remember, milk is a food and not a substitute for water! Also, home-cooked food is not meant for pups. Do not ever, ever, feed your pup table-leftovers – that’ll tamper with their nutritional balance. It is important to train your pup to have meals at regular intervals and at fixed times.
Toilet and grooming
Start training your pup to use a specific area for relieving itself soon upon arrival - and save yourself a lot of future trouble! Brush your pet everyday – that’ll keep tangles at bay! And give it a bath every month or as often as the vet recommends.
Pups sleep most comfortably in small crates or baskets full of soft, dry blankets, or towels. Place a toy or cloth used by its mother or siblings to make it feel at home. You might even want it in your bed! But keep it in mind that when it grows up, it’ll want to sleep there too!
Training and playtime
Teaching your pup to obey a few basic commands will make it feel secure and happy when it grows up. When your dog obeys your command, provide it an immediate treat! Allow your dog to run about inside or in the yard as often as possible. And let it socialise - even with children - to develop friendly habits. But avoid taking it outside until it has been vaccinated properly.
Vaccines and vets
You’ll need a qualified vet to take care of your pup on a long-term basis. The vet will decide on the set of vaccines ideal for your pet.
Lastly, learn to enjoy your pup’s company.Make sure that it stays happy and healthy. It won’t take much of your time, but what you will get in return is beyond what words can describe!
Have you brought home a pup or are you planning to get one? What do you think is the most important thing to ensure you bring up a healthy pup? Do you think living in apartments has made looking after a pup even tougher?