4 tips to make your puppy happier
While giving your puppy lots of cuddles can make them feel loved, according to Dr Katrina Warren there’s plenty more you can do to ensure their happiness.
26 Aug 2016 By Leanne Philpott Comments
Most of us could happily spend all day (and night) playing with our adorable puppy, and while our little fur babies do love to play, they need more than fun to ensure they grow up to be fit and healthy adult dogs.
Veterinarian Dr Katrina Warren shares her top tips for ensuring a healthy and happy puppy.
We all know how important exercise is for humans, but some of us can be guilty of letting our training regime slide. However, regular exercise is essential for your dog. Remember that while you are at work, your dog probably does very little. Not only will your dog have energy to burn, making him restless and potentially hyperactive. Exercise is essential for ensuring your dog maintains a healthy weight and helps heart and bone health.
FOOD FOR FUEL
Puppies need to eat more frequently than older dogs to fuel their rapid growth, so you will have to feed them three to four meals a day until they are six months old. After six months cut back to two meals a day and make sure there is always more than one source of water available. Puppies are always knocking over water bowls, so use something heavy to weigh the bowl down and have a few in different locations.
It’s also worth considering what type of food you are feeding your dog- just like your own diet, the least processed foods hold the most benefits. Dogs can start having raw bones at 12-14 weeks of age, but only if the bones are big enough so that the puppy cannot swallow them whole. When introducing any new food, do so gradually over several days to avoid tummy upsets. It’s a good idea to introduce a probiotic to develop and maintain healthy everyday digestion and gastrointestinal microflora. Feeding your pet a daily probiotic powder can also restore and improve intestinal balance in the case that your puppy does have any tummy troubles.
Getting your puppy used to being around other dogs, noisy little children, loud vacuum cleaners and all sorts of distractions is one of the most sensible things a dog owner can do. Many behaviour problems in older dogs can be traced back to the owner not taking the time to socialise the puppy properly. Puppy classes offer an excellent opportunity for socialisation. Getting your puppy used to being handled from an early age will also make life easier for everyone when he has to be groomed or visit the vet for injections and check-ups.
Puppy's nails grow just as yours do, and they will become curled and hurt your dog’s paws if he doesn't walk on hard surfaces frequently. If you need to clip them cut only the tip of the nail, avoiding the blood vessel inside. Vets will do this for you if you feel nervous about cutting them yourself. If you are confident about clipping, start training your puppy early to be comfortable having his paws touched – use treats to reward him each time you touch his feet. To keep their nails strong, you may wish to consider giving your dog a multivitamin such as the PAW Coat, Skin & Nails™ Multivitamin Chews.
How do you keep you puppy happy and healthy?
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