5 Top Tips For Getting A Puppy
Updated: Jan 12
It's time! You're ready to start that exciting journey to finding your new furry family member.
But where do you start?
Here are the top 5 tips for making sure your puppy gets off to a great start.
1. Do your research
Puppies are exciting and fun, but it's essential to make sure that the new puppy will fit into your family. It's important to assess what breed you're looking at getting and know what their energy requirements are and if you're able to fulfill those needs.
Many people will adopt or buy a certain breed without realizing the needs that come with that specific breed. For example, huskies can be a lot of fun. However, they are really high energy and usually need to be run multiple times a day. They can also be escape artists. Now keep in mind, not every dog will act like this, but you must be prepared. Getting a herding breed will have their certain needs and requirements. Learn ahead of time what the breed you're thinking of getting needs and desires to feel fulfilled. Otherwise, if we don't meet our puppy's needs, this can lead to anxiety and destructive behaviors.
Also, making sure that the breeder is improving the breed and is not just selling puppies to make money. Many breeds have genetic predispositions to health conditions like hip and elbow dysplasia. To find out what your breeder should be testing for PRIOR to breeding, check out the Canine Health Information Center to learn more about what tests specific breeds should have done.
Nutrition is the foundation for health. This is what will feed the microbiome and support the immune system. Figure out what diets you want to transition your new puppy to optimize their overall health. Feeding the most fresh, meat-based diet that you can afford is optimal but also needs to fit into the budget. There are numerous diets that are available that are high quality that can help your puppy get off to the best start. Learn more about how to pick the best food.
Using supplements can also optimize and support your new puppy's immune system. Products like colostrum and probiotics can be helpful, especially if your puppy was weaned early from the mother.
What does the home environment look like for your puppy?
Have you created a quiet and safe place for your new puppy?
There are a lot of environmental toxins, and by using natural cleaning chemicals, we can help reduce the toxic burden that our pets come into contact with. Learn more about potential toxins that your new puppy may come into contact.
There are many important aspects to training your new puppy, ranging from crate training, socialization, and potty training. Crate training and consistency are key to potty training.
Socialization through puppy classes is also very important. Exposing your new puppy to different experiences, dogs and people is essential to helping raise a well-adjusted puppy.
5. Veterinary Support
The last foundation is partnering with a veterinarian. It's important to partner with a vet that you feel comfortable with. When you get a new puppy, you need to take your puppy in for their first wellness exam and check-up. This is key to making sure there are no problems that you need to monitor and getting specific advice on how to help them thrive for life.
Make sure to watch the full video for a more in-depth discussion on each of these 5 pillars for optimizing your new puppy's health.
In this video, we cover 5 top tips to getting a puppy:
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