Your New Puppy Selecting A Dog Breed Are you thinking about adding a four-legged friend to your family? Then make sure you read up about the breeds you’re interested in and pick wisely! For example, small dogs are often very friendly, placid pets that are very well suited to children and elderly people. But some small breeds and individuals, especially Terrier types, make up for their small size with a big personality. So, they can require good handling skills! Bigger dogs come in different types – such as hunting, guarding and herding… Make sure you know what that means for the dog’s demands on exercise, training and compatibility with your family. A young dog can be as demanding on your attention as a young child. They need to be taught the basics of family life. Sometimes, adopting an adult dog from the shelter might be a good idea as well. Buying A New Puppy If you buy a puppy, make sure you buy from a reputable breeder and ideally get to meet your pup’s parents! Get in writing what vaccinations etc your pup might have already got. Ask for a small amount of the normal food they have already been feeding it. Then you can gradually change over to the good quality puppy food you may have already bought. You will also need bowls for food and water, a dog bed, a brush and a collar and lead. When your new dog arrives, be gentle and patient while he settles in. Give him space and don’t expect perfect behaviour from the start. But do stick to a routine so he knows he will get regular food, walks and play! Caring for Your Puppy or New Dog Check out our tips on general dog healthcare:
- Every dog needs clean water, a good quality dog food and regular exercise.
- Dogs love to run and play and this will keep him happy and healthy! Ideally you should take your dog on at least one long walk of over an hour every day and give him a few more short outings throughout the day.
- Your dog also needs yearly vaccinations and checkups, regular parasite treatment, and ideally should be neutered.
- Depending on the coat type of your dog, he will at least need regular brushing to remove old hair. Bathing can be done but don’t overdo it! Every few months is enough. Long-haired dogs usually need to get groomed to get their coat clipped according to breed standards.
- You should also regularly check your dog’s teeth and ears to see if they are clean. Any cleaning beyond a quick clean by hand or with a cloth is a vet’s job!
- If your dog scoots his backend on the ground, he might need a worm dose or needs to be brought to the clinic for a check on the anal glands which can fill up and cause discomfort