Some lucky people may have received a puppy as a present over the holidays, and while they can be cute and playful, puppies are there for life, not just for Christmas.
To help you get along with your new furry friend, money.co.uk has provided expert guides and tips after analyzing the most Googled questions from new pet owners.
How to Prevent a Puppy from Biting? – 176,100 annual searches
To teach your pup to stop biting, you can ignore them or walk away because the more you react (even by turning them away), the more he will think it’s a game.
If they pull away, reward them.
How do I train a puppy on the toilet? – 67,400 annual searches
Arrange an order in your household so that your puppy associates the term of command with going to the toilet and try to get him to the same place every time.
Adding already soiled newspapers to their toilet area can also help navigate them to their next toilet break adventure.
When are puppies allowed outside? – 63,000 annual searches
Many veterinarians recommend not taking your puppy to public places like dog parks until two weeks after your puppy’s second vaccination.
If you are unsure of the times, speak to your veterinarian.
When do puppies open their eyes? – 59,200 annual searches
Puppies are born with their eyes closed and gradually open their eyes between 10 and 14 days.
How do I train a puppy? – 55,400 annual searches
Training a puppy has never been easier thanks to the vast amount of information on the internet.
You can browse YouTube videos or purchase a puppy training book for a specific workout.
Also, look for puppy training classes in your area as this will also encourage the dog to socialize.
Salman Haqqi, pet insurance expert at money.co.uk, also shared his top tips on bringing puppies home.
He said, “The sheer number of average searches online each year shows that we want the best for our furry friends and ensure an easier transition to their new homes.
“Many people forget the importance of taking proper precautions, especially with older dogs and younger children in the home. So it’s best to introduce everyone slowly and confidently.”
How to Introduce Puppies into the Home and Get Familiar with Older Dogs
Make sure both dogs are up to date with their vaccinations as younger puppies are more prone to infection.
To reduce territorial aggression, allow your older dog and puppy to meet in a neutral location and sniff each other.
Keep the first introduction short
Once your puppy has arrived, separate the two dogs’ food bowls and beds and buy the new puppy their own chew toys to minimize the chance of possessive aggression by your older dog.
Follow your older dog’s routines and start setting up one for your pup too, while carefully monitoring both dogs.
How to Introduce Puppies to Babies and Children
Similar to introducing puppies to older dogs, you should monitor them very carefully and allow brief meetings to begin with.
Give your puppy treats when he is calm around the child.
This also applies to feeding babies and children, so that the puppy connects this time positively.
When your child begins to move, make sure they understand the pet’s limits, such as:
Never leave a puppy alone with a baby or child, no matter how good their relationship is with one another.