All of us love pets. Some of us are fortunate enough to have one of our own while others have to contend themselves by vicariously living through the joys of other people’s pets. There is a myriad of animals that you can adopt as pets, including dogs, cats, birds, mice, guinea pigs and sometimes even exotic animals such as snakes and tigers. Out of all the different kinds of pets out there, dogs are a favourite. They are loving, unfailingly loyal and, more often than not, become a part of our families. There are instances where people treat their dogs in the same way that they would treat their kids. Giving the best care to your dog is important if you are adopting a dog. You should be on the constant watch out for diseases and their moods as well. Here are a few things that you should definitely be looking out for in your puppy’s first year of life.
During the first year, a puppy changes its size drastically. After a few weeks, in fact, a puppy looks totally different from what it used to look like when it was a week or two old. This is because there is a lot of changes in its body function and eating habits during the first year. You may even be looking for those extra large dog kennels for sale because your puppy has changed in size so much. You should not only change its kennel size, but also its food habits along with the change in size.
The first year of a dog’s life is a great time to teach him obedience skills. It is, in fact, the easiest time to teach him about obedience. Neglecting this will only result in a dog which you cannot control and would most probably embarrass you in public. There are many dog obedience schools out there today to help you, if you feel like you are not up to the task of doing it yourself. These schools will not only teach obedience while your dog is at the school, but will also give you tips on how to continue it even while at home.
Vaccinations are another thing that you should be on the lookout for during the first year of your puppy’s life. There are many diseases such as canine distemper and parvovirus that a puppy can get, but which can be completely avoided if vaccines are given on time. The best thing to do would be to register your puppy at a dog clinic, under a certified veterinary doctor. Get the vaccination schedule from your doctor and put reminders on your phone, iPad, laptop or refrigerator door to ensure that you comply with the schedule.
The first year of a dog’s life is one in which its senses develop and get honed well. One such skill is its social skills. Many of us ignore this and assume that the puppy will learn it on its own. This only happens if you happen to live in an environment which is conducive to the development of social skills. The minute you feel that your dog is getting aggressive or moody, seek the help of experts. Your vet would be a good starting point and will be able to direct you to the proper channels of help