CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR NEW PUPPY!
A puppy is loyal, understanding and loving. And the day has finally come to bring home
your newest family member. At times your new puppy may test your patience, but you will
be rewarded with a faithful companion, a lick on a sad day, a lolling tongue after a long
run, and a wagging tail when life is good. To get this new relationship off on the right foot,
The Nutro Company has put together this care guide. In this month's blog you will find
useful training tips and valuable information about keeping your puppy healthy, happy and safe.
BRINGING YOUR PUPPY HOME
They say that cats are curious, but puppies can certainly give them a run for their money!
Despite being nervous and overwhelmed by new sights, smells and people, your puppy
will want to explore his new home. Here are some tips for welcoming your new family
member—and keeping him safe.
• Sometimes shoes, TV remotes and other household items look just like toys to a puppy. Keep these and other items that don’t belong to your puppy well out of reach.
• Make sure all cleaning products and chemicals are stored where curious noses can’t find them.
• Some plants, such as philodendrons and poinsettias, can be dangerous for dogs. Make sure these are kept where your puppy won’t be able to eat them.
• Equip floor-level cabinets with childproof latches so no one forgets to shut them.
INTRODUCING NEW SURROUNDINGS
• As soon as you get home, take your puppy outside to go to the bathroom so he knows where to go.
• Have a variety of toys for your new puppy to chew on. If you rotate them out weekly, your puppy will think he’s getting a new toy every week and won’t lose interest. Fleece toys are great for puppy mouths!
• Show your puppy where the water bowl is. If you have other pets, your new puppy can eventually share a communal water bowl, but each pet should always have his own food bowl.
• Have a nice comfy bed for your puppy. This could be inside a crate if you wish to crate train (see page 13) or anywhere else in your house where your puppy will be comfortable.
• If you intend for your puppy to use a pet door, make sure you introduce it only after your puppy has been house trained. Show your puppy how the door works and encourage him to use it by providing treats and praise. Make sure you don’t let it swing and hit your puppy or you may have a more difficult time with training.
MEETING FAMILY MEMBERS
• If you have children, remind them to be gentle and kind to your newest family member and to let the puppy get some undisturbed sleep when needed.
• If you have other pets, introduce the new puppy gradually.
• Your other pets may be threatened by the new puppy. Always keep feeding bowls separate and don’t forget to remind your other pets of how much you love them.
TO BE CONTIUNUED ...
Stay tuned for more puppy homecoming and training tips from our friends at Nutro. Leaders in raising happy, healthy pets since 1926.