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Care checklist for adopting a puppy.

Updated: May 30, 2022

Knowing how to take care of a puppy is essential for them in order to be a joy and not a headache. In addition to the pampering and hugs, some extra care and attention is needed for you to start a healthy and fun life together.

Taking care of a dog goes far beyond giving him food, water and playing games, he needs to be well trained to go to the bathroom in the right place, know his space inside the house, understand what his toys are and what all the rules are.

To ensure that you and your dog have a great start to life together, which will certainly make you spend a lot of energy and a good dose of patience, here are some tips that will help you.

Want to know how to educate your puppy? Keep reading this article and find out how to do it with ease.

1-Buy a bed, blanket and comfortable towel.

Having their own space and their personal things is very important for the puppy to feel safe and to be able to identify what belongs to him. Having its own bed allows your puppy to mark its territory, leaving its scent and identity behind. The bed is the place where he can rest peacefully when he prefers to be alone.

2-Establish a space for him.

As soon as he arrives at your house, establish which places he goes to, have somewhere he can't go, be aware and tell him that he's not allowed. If he can't go on top of the couch, your bed, on the chairs or climb on the pillows in the house, he will learn not to do it because puppies learn quickly and you will confuse him if you sometimes let him do it and sometimes don't.

3-Buy specific toys for puppies.

Every puppy has a lot of energy and loves to run, bite and play, they are exploring the world just like young children. There is a variety of toys for dogs, choose those suitable for his age, always buy quality and specific toys for dogs, this way, they will know what its theirs and that is fun to play with their toys.

Children's toys are not suitable for dogs, as they are more fragile and have parts that they can swallow and get hurt. Puppies have a lot of energy, they like to run, bite and pull things, play with him with his toys, so he will understand what belongs to him.

When he starts to get interested in playing with things that are not his, with a lot of patience always show the toys that he is allowed to play with, be aware to always have new things, as they can destroy the toys or get sick of them. Remember that puppies are like children, they need attention, new incentives and challenges.

It is important to remember that dogs are not toys and deserve to be treated with care.

4- Know the breed of the dog.

Before taking home a puppy that you fell in love with, make sure you know what the breed is, especially if it's a mixed dog. You must take into account that today he is a puppy, however, he will grow and each breed has its differences, the size, strength, energy, behavioral characteristics and personality of the breed.

Have you ever thought that your puppy can get really big? In addition, there are breeds that don't like children very much, they bark a lot, they are very territorial, others have a lot of energy and need daily and constant activities, there are breeds that feel happy when practicing some types of sports, such as agility, hiking, trails and swimming, however, some breeds love the quiet of a good rest all day.

Some breeds are very good with children, they become real nannies, others are great guard dogs, protect their territory and family, some are quite independent, while some dogs love the company of their owners. Each breed has its characteristics, choosing a puppy that fits your life dynamics is essential for you to have a happy and healthy life.

5-Buy breed- and age-specific quality food.

With so many different characteristics, each breed needs foods that suit their body and daily needs. Feeding your dog with good quality food is essential for him to have a healthy life, also to help avoid diseases.

The variety is very large, before buying the food, check with the vet about the best food for your dog. Be aware that the puppies have specific foods for their age and should be changed as they grow.

6-Find a trusted veterinarian.

Even if your dog is a puppy and is in perfect health condition, having a trusted veterinarian is essential so that he can pass on the guidelines that you should be alert with your puppy, such as placing a chip, vaccines, health tests, specific remedies to prevent some diseases, vermifuge, vitamins if necessary and medicine against fleas, ticks and others.

7-Make a health plan for puppies.

Consider investing in a puppy insurance policy that provides the health care coverage your puppy deserves.

8-Make a routine to go to the bathroom and to sleep.

Creating a routine forgoing to the bathroom during the day and before going to bed at night, makes your puppy feel safe to do his business with peace of mind. In the beginning it is necessary to have patience to teach the right place, however, puppies are very intelligent and they learn fast.

Remember that he will only learn if you have the patience to teach calmly, he needs to learn without associating it with stress and punishment. Never, ever yell or hit him!

9-Establish a time for walking, training and playing.

If you've come this far by reading this article, it's because you're really interested in educating your puppy with love and dedication.