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New Puppy 101: Your Guide to Pet Ownership

Anyone with a dog can attest to the fact that nothing compares to having a constant, loyal companion who loves them unconditionally in their life. Although having a dog brings a tremendous amount of joy, it also requires you to be responsible and committed. If you’re thinking of becoming a dog owner, check out this guide to pet ownership.

What To Consider

Before you go out and buy the first puppy that catches your eye, there are several things to keep in mind before you make a commitment.

  • Do you have any other pets and how will they react?
  • Is your current residence suited to the dog breed you are considering?
  • Does owning a pet fit into your budget?
  • Can you adjust your social life or work obligations in order to effectively care for your pet?

What You Need

What’s almost as exciting as bringing a new puppy home? Going on a shopping spree! There are several things you’ll need to make sure you and your home are ready for the new addition to your family.

  • Pet Gates (Baby Gates) – Set up gates throughout the house to establish which areas are restricted. If your puppy learns what’s off limits right away, the habit will stick.
  • Beds – If you don’t want your puppy staying on your bed or the couches, give them their own. You may want to provide them with a blanket for the first few months – during their chewing phase.
  • Collar, Tags, and Leash – You will have to buy these items again to adjust as your puppy grows, but it is imperative to have them as soon as your dog comes home with you. Make sure the identification tag has important numbers in case a problem arises.
  • Crate – You need a crate ready to start training immediately. There are metal, plastic, soft-sided, heavy duty, and decorative crates. Each type is durable and affordable.

Other important supplies you will need include, dog food specifically for puppies, dog bowls, shampoo, chew toys, a toothbrush, a poop scoop and poop bags, nail clippers, and cleaning supplies.

What To Expect

The first few weeks with your new puppy may be an overwhelming mixture of happiness and craziness. Owning a puppy comes with a lot of change for both the pet and pet parent – here’s what to expect.

  • Potty Training – This is when your available time and patience is really put to the test. You don’t want any accidents in your house, so keep an eye on your new puppy so she can’t make a mistake.
  • Chewing – Limit your puppy’s house freedom. You’ll find that they can’t distinct between what’s a chew toy and what isn’t – goodbye to your favorite pair of shoes!
  • Teenager Phase – If you haven’t already noticed, having a puppy is much like having a child, and yes, they go through that dreaded teenager phase as well. This lasts from about 6-18 months, depending on the breed.
  • Dietary Changes – Selecting the right diet for your puppy will constantly change as they grow. Keep their weight, size, and breed in mind when choosing the necessary food and treats. Don’t overfeed them!

Thinking about bringing a new puppy into your life? Your first step should be finding the right veterinarian and Upper East Side Animal Hospital can help! We can provide your dog with overall canine wellness through our Canine Lifetime Health Plans, surgery, and diet plans. Visit our website or call us for more information 212.396.3020.

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