Pet Care Hints & Tips

We have a new Dog

I have another pet

Don't let the fact that you already have a pet be a problem, introduce your new dog or puppy easily and safely.

Training

Dogs will be much more receptive to learning if they are praised when they do things correctly. Training through play is a very effective way of implementing new disciplines. Training should be in short, sharp bursts on a regular basis so that the dog does not become bored and treats should be offered as a reward.

Name Learning

Once the dog responds to their name, training will become easier. Training your pet to answer to their name is one of the best skills to teach in the first instance, as this will make the teaching of other skills simpler. Offer rewards when the dog becomes used to their name and they will then continue to respond to you.

Classes are a great way to encourage training, you will be able to gain tips on training and be given homework to guide you through training whilst at home.

Toilet

Always encourage the dog to go to the toilet whilst you are out in the garden or on walks. This will discourage them from needing to go whilst in the house. Your dog will show signs of needing the toilet before they go, so make sure that you keep an eye on them. They may go somewhere quiet, cower in a corner, try to get to the door leading outside or start to squat. At this stage make sure that you lead them outside to the designated toilet area. Always offer praise when the dog tries to get your attention or goes to the toilet in the right place, as this will encourage them to continue doing so.

Meal Times

When the puppy leaves their mother at about the eight week stage, make sure you check what diet they have been on. It is important to start by feeding the same foods to the puppy, as they will have a delicate stomach. When changing the diet of the puppy make sure that you do so gradually. There are a number of different food types for puppies depending on breed, size and age, so make sure that you get the right one.

Fresh water should always be available so that the puppy does not become dehydrated.

Chewing

Your new puppy will chew if they have the opportunity, and it is natural for them to do so. Make sure that you provide chews such as bones and rawhide chews or old slippers and toys. Introduce play into your routine that involves the chews, this will encourage chewing on the provided play things, rather than on your favourite pair of shoes.

Playing with your dog
"Walkies"

Training your pet to be sociable around other animals whilst out and about is important if you want to have carefree time out with your puppy. Traffic, other animals and scents, loud noises and different environments all need to be experienced at an early age so that the puppy can adjust and get used to their surrounding area. Short walks on a regular basis and at set times (to establish a routine) will mean that your dog becomes used to their surroundings. During walks discipline should be applied if the dog is not well behaved.

Outdoor Safety

New scents, sounds and sights should be experienced, but safely! Helpful tips to avoid unwanted and unnecessary dangers