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Sunday, October 3, 2010

Organic Bullies Educational Series - Basics of Puppy Care

Basics of Puppy Care
 by: Grace Temple

Are you a novice when it comes to pet care, specifically dog care, but you’re dreaming of adopting a puppy? You need Puppy Care 101. Taking care of a puppy is a huge responsibility. You are promising to provide for another life in the hopes of receiving companionship and loyalty. How you care for your puppy will determine your future relationship with your dog. Puppies are like children in that they require tons of attention and learn through interaction with their environment. You need to keep curious puppies safe and growing puppies well fed.

For those who are new at this, Puppy Care 101 will give you all the information you need to be a successful dog owner. These are general tips. Some breeds may need added care, specifically in regards to grooming and training. Puppies love to explore but they don’t know how to stay away from danger. As a dog owner, you need to keep your puppy safe. Clear your home of any hazards, such as electric cords that can be chewed through or pulled on. Make sure you are keeping an eye on your puppy at all times. They can easily get trapped behind furniture or fall while climbing stairs.

Puppies won’t stay small very long. They grow quickly. This is more noticeable in large breeds. Puppies need nutritious foods to help with their growth and development. Many brands offer specially formulated dog food for puppies. Check the bag for information on how much dog food to feed your puppy. You should also consider creating a feeding schedule for your puppy. Feeding schedules help with house-training and also keep your dog fit and trim.

Always take into account the amount of time you will be able to spend with a dog before bringing a new puppy home. Dogs, especially puppies, do not like to be confined for hours upon hours every day. They need to play and exercise. Some breeds may require more activity than others. Playing is important because it helps you bond with your puppy. When choosing a breed of puppy, compare your lifestyle with the characteristics of the breed. If you love to throw around a Frisbee, a Golden Retriever or Lab may be the perfect dog for you.

With these Puppy Care 101 tips, anyone can be prepared for dog ownership. Getting a puppy is a long-term commitment. The average life span of a dog is twelve years. Many live longer than that, so take this commitment seriously. Before welcoming a puppy into your home, make sure it is a safe environment. Buy dog food with lots of nutrition specifically designed for the type of puppy you have. Consider your energy level and the energy level of the puppy you want to adopt. If you think carefully about all these things, you will make a happy home for you and your puppy.

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