Helpful tips when getting your new puppy

Getting a puppy is very exciting, but it can be a challenge, after all they are pretty much like babies! They will need love, care and affection as well as you teaching them right from wrong.

After choosing the puppy of your dreams, you get to take them home without a manual to tell you how to succeed at raising them but after some preparation and research it will come second nature to you. The best age to bring a puppy home is between 8 and 10 weeks old. You will need the basic items for their arrival, a comfy bed, cage (puppies & dogs need their own space) and don't forget puppy training pads! Plenty of training tips and tricks can be found online or seeking advise from a professional.

The first night is always hard because the puppy will start to miss their Mum and other siblings. Your Puppy may cry or whine through out the night, which is understandable.
The pup will need a soft, dry, and safe place to sleep. Giving them a blanket or soft toy with their mothers scent on may bring them comfort whilst they settle in. If you run to him when he cries, you will be reinforcing the habit. Placing a sheet over the box or crate will get the pup used to going to sleep at that time.

Puppies are mischievous by nature, and like their feline companions they get into everything, and i mean EVERYTHING! Be sure any hazardous items like wires, rocks, and any type of harmful plants are far out of the puppy's way.
Don't feel bad for telling your Puppy not do something, it should be just like telling a child NO. However, when you tell them NO, you should show them the correct behaviour. For example, if they are chewing something they shouldn't, like your favourite shoes take it away and replace it with one of their toys and Praise them for chewing his toy. Your Puppy will soon learn what they should and should not chew.

Reprimands should be sharp and short. Hitting your Puppy is not the right thing to do, it may cause distress and will lead to more problems further down the line, such as becoming fearful, shy, or aggressive. Always reward your Puppy for proper behaviours. Treats make a great reinforce, however do not try to stop bad behaviour by giving treats as your puppy will continue as they know a treat comes at the end. A simple scratch between the ears and a hug,

Feed them a dry food especially made for puppies. Watch out for very high protein and extra vitamins as they may be harmful to your growing puppy. Feed them two or three times a day. Usually after fifteen minutes, the pup will have eaten all they want, so you can remove the dish. As they grow, after ten to twelve weeks of age, feed them one in the morning and once at night.
All of these should help your new pup get through those first few, unsettling weeks away from his family but the bond forming between you will last a lifetime. Enjoy time with your puppy as they won't stay small for long!