March the 23rd is National Puppy Day, a special day to celebrate all things puppy. Let’s face it puppies are cute and cuddly, and every dog lover will tell you about that first moment when their eyes locked in on their new bundle of joy. However, for some owners the cuteness soon fades and what is left is the reality of taking care of a new life which can be daunting. That’s why it’s important for any new pet parent to be prepared so that they can give their new puppy the right start in life to ensure it stays healthy and happy. In return the love and care you give your puppy will be returned to you for years to come.
Perfect-Pets Books has a selection of Essential Guides that explore 20 of the most popular dog breeds. Each book covers all the essential information needed to help you feel confident to provide the best care possible for your new puppy. The Essential Guides walk owners through all the important steps from bringing a new puppy home; feeding and immunisation; microchipping; and basic training.
Choosing the right puppy for your home
The most important choice a new pet parent must make is finding the right kind of breed of dog for their home and family. Dogs make great companions and they come in a variety of sizes. Depending on their breed they also have a special skill set which will be innate to them. Breeds such as Jack Russells, Beagles and Miniature Schnauzers love to dig and need to be given opportunities to get out and explore so that they can use these inherent traits. While other breeds such as Golden retrievers, Chihuahuas and Pugs enjoy being out but also love to cuddle. These breeds are known for staying close to their owners, and for some preferably in their laps!
If you have children, choosing a breed of dog that will thrive in a household that is active and full of noise is an important consideration when choosing a puppy. Bringing a shy and quiet breed into a family where children are in and out with lots of activity can cause your new puppy to feel uneasy. If there are other pets in the house such as a cat, finding the right breed of dog that can co-exist with a feline friend is a necessity for a happy home.
Giving the right amount of attention
Last year due to the Pandemic dog ownership soared to record levels. A number of new pet parents were made in 2020 and for those who already had a pet in the home a second or third was added. Giving a home to a new puppy is always a great thing but most importantly giving your puppy the right amount of attention and care will help it to grow into a loving dog. As many people return to the office having the time to raise a puppy must be a consideration. A puppy is a baby, and like all babies they need attention and care.
Some dog breeds are more independent than others and can stay at home while the family is out with little problems, while others will bark and cry waiting in anticipation for their owners return. That’s why it is important to research the right dog breed for the type of lifestyle you have. Also, be honest with yourself and make sure you truly have the time to give.
Training your puppy
Proper training and socialisation are among your puppy’s basic needs. There is no doubt that training your puppy is one of the best things you can do to ensure it lives a peaceful life in your home. The truth is that training your puppy is a very big project. If you take it step by step, you will find the task less daunting and will enjoy the benefits as your puppy matures.
For further detailed information on dog training, The Essential Guide to Dog Training is the perfect aid to help owners train and socialise a new puppy.
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