Things to know when a puppy arrives in the family

The arrival of a puppy in the family is an exciting time, but it also requires planning and attention to ensure the well-being of the new family member.

Here are some important things to consider when a puppy enters your life:

- Preparation: Before the puppy arrives, it is essential to prepare the house. Create a safe and comfortable area with a kennel, food and water bowls, toys, litter boxes, and anything else you need for your well-being.

- Diet: Choose an appropriate diet for your puppy based on its age, breed and needs. Consult your vet for recommendations on the best diet and feeding frequency.

- Veterinary visits: Arrange a vet visit for your new puppy ASAP. Your vet will give you health advice, vaccinations, and necessary checkups.

- Education and Training: Start education and training from the first days. Teach your puppy basic commands like "sit", "stay", "here" and start the socialization process.

- Hygiene: Keep your puppy clean with regular baths, brushing, and nail trimming. Get your puppy used to hygiene routines right from the start.

- Socialization: Gradually expose him to different people, animals and situations to promote positive socialization. Take part in socialization classes or meetings with other dogs.

- Physical exercise: Provide adequate exercise opportunities for your puppy. Movement is important for his physical and mental health.

- Game time: Play with your puppy to stimulate his mind and foster bonding between you. Use safe, age-appropriate toys. -

- Toilet: Train your puppy to use the toilet and help him understand where to go. Reward him when he behaves right.

- Patience and Affection: Puppies require time, attention and love. Be patient during training and build a bond of trust through affection and care.

- Home Security: Make sure your home is safe for the puppy. Remove dangerous or toxic objects and create a risk-free environment.

- Identification: Consider microchipping your puppy and putting a collar on him with identification in case he gets lost.

- Stress management: The puppy may be stressed when transitioning into a new environment. Offer him comfort and peace of mind during this time.

- Providing Shelter: Ensure the puppy a quiet and safe place where he can retreat and feel safe when he needs it.

- Love and Attention: Finally, remember that your puppy needs a lot of love, attention and time from you. Create a special bond and make her arrival a positive experience for both of you.

The arrival of a puppy is a significant commitment, but with the right preparation and attention, it will be the first step towards a long-lasting and rewarding relationship with your new four-legged friend.

For questions or further information write to me

Maria Cristina Ligorio

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