New Puppy? All you Need to Know About Your Furry Friend
Dogs make great life companions. They are loyal, friendly, caring and loving. It’s true what they say – dogs really are a man’s best friend. We truly encourage you to get one, and if you already have a new puppy, congratulations, you’ve made the right decision!
Although owning a dog is awesome, it is also hard work. But don’t worry, we’ve laid down a list of things to prepare you for your new venture with your furry friend.
1. Puppies are just like babies
A lot of people believe that dogs require little work – and this, is technically right, but that only happens after years of having a dog and turning, what starts off as ‘adapting to routine’, into an actual lifestyle. Puppies, just like babies, require time and work. Once they are old enough to be separated from their mother (and that should only happen after the pup is over 8 weeks old), your new puppy will be in need of a lot of love, care and time. He will not be potty trained, he will not know that he is not supposed to chew your flip flops, and he will try his best to snuggle up to you at night, even if you don’t want him on the bed. Be ready to be patient, give your puppy time to adjust, and work hard on his training.
2. You are now sharing your house with a furry friend
The earlier you learn to accept that your cosy home is now also your dog’s territory, the easier it will be for you to adapt. Your dog will sniff everywhere, you will find fur in places you don’t want to, and, chances are, he will watch you while you are on the loo. Adapting to sharing a house with a dog can be difficult and also stressful at times for people who have never owned a dog. That’s why you want to make sure to have an area of the house allocated to your puppy. With time, that spot will become your dog’s happy place. He will eat, take naps, and play with his toys there. Remember, dogs are territorial, so make sure that your pup has a place that is his own. Something you might wish to work on from the beginning is to make your dog understand which rooms he has access to, and which he does not – this is easier if you start training him from day one. Every time he follows you into a room he is not welcome into, tell him ‘no’ and gently invite him out of the room, then reward him with a treat and encourage him to stay outside the room. With time, he will understand where he can and cannot go.
3. Puppies are hungry, all the time
Dogs are hungry. All the time. If you have a dog that doesn’t cry for food; doesn’t try to steal the contents of your plate; or doesn’t act like a miserable starved dog when there’s actually food; you are probably one of the few lucky dog owners. Most dogs are still hungry even after eating their breakfast, lunch and dinner all at one go. Speak to your vet, research your dog’s breed online, and get an idea of how often and how much food you should be feeding your pup. Whatever your choice of food and treats are, it’s important to stay away from animal derivatives. Check the ingredients on the packaging, and you will notice that most brands include “X % of animal derivatives” – these are an unhealthy mash of everything an animal is made of, and just like you wouldn’t want to be fed that, you don’t want to feed your new bestie with such foods. Homemade treats are possibly the healthiest option you could go for such as chicken, carrots and cheese.
We’re sure that these top tips will help you adjust to life with your new pup. If you have any questions and wish to start training your puppy, get in touch with @Simbaandgarfield on Facebook or Instagram – they offer a puppy program to help you better understand and train your puppy!
In the meantime, make sure that your puppy is protected. Take out a pet insurance package with Laferla to make sure your pup gets only the best care.