Puppy Care Guide for Seniors

This new dog and puppy care guide can help you to get ready to welcome a new companion into your home.  While you may expect dog and puppy care to come naturally to you, there are some things that every senior should do before bringing a new dog or puppy home.

You are excited to bring a new puppy or adult dog into your home and can’t wait to start spending your time with your new companion. While there are many enjoyable aspects of taking care of a dog, there are also quite a few things that can go wrong. In order to ensure that your dog fits into your home without struggle, there are some things you need to start thinking about right now.

Start Scheduling Now

Dogs love knowing when to expect their next meal, a walk around the block or a romp through the backyard. If you already have a routine for your daily life, think about how you will fit all of the following doggy activities into that schedule:

  • Feedings
  • Grooming
  • Walks/exercise
  • Potty breaks
  • Snacks
  • Treats
  • Training

If you don’t have a set schedule for your own life, you may want to start scheduling at least part of your day before your dog or puppy arrives. This will help you create a set schedule that allows your new dog to ease anxiety when first joining your home. If they can predict when you will feed them and play with them, they won’t need to feel as anxious about their new home.

You will also have to think about long-term scheduling, such as visits to the vet. Make sure you know when your dog will be due for shots and checkups so that you can take proper care of them over time. You may also need to schedule flea control and other medications that your dog needs to stay healthy and pest free.

All Dogs Need Exercise

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Even older dogs will need some amount of exercise to stay healthy. If you are bringing a puppy home, you can expect them to need frequent activity. Some dog breeds are more rambunctious than others, so make sure you select a low-energy breed if you are unable to take them outdoors or entertain them in constructive indoor play throughout the day.

Walking your dog is a good form of exercise, but it isn’t your only option. You may also think about purchasing toys that they can play with indoors. You can get in on the action by playing tug-of-war with a knotted sock or fetch with a rolled up newspaper. Get creative, and you will find ways to keep your dog entertained and worn out.

Consistency from Day One

Dogs of all ages need some amount of training when they enter a new home. They need to learn from day one what you expect of them. It is impossible to follow the rules if there are no rules or you don’t know what the rules are with certainty. That is why consistency is crucial and must begin the moment the dog enters your home.

Make a list of behaviors that are unacceptable for the dog and behaviors that you would love your dog to embrace. Determine training strategies to keep your dog within those behavioral parameters and prepare to implement those strategies when your dog arrives at your home. It is normal for the dog to be nervous or confused at first, but your consistency will help them overcome anxiety and uncertainty. Your consistency is what will make your new dog a productive, uplifting member of your household.

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Nutrition Facts for Puppies

As much as everyone loves puppies it's important to note that they are baby dogs, so their nutrition needs are much different to adult dogs. The nutrition for these baby dogs is also directly related to factors similar to all newly born creatures, such as how much they play and their sleep requirements.

Here are six basic factors in puppy nutrition you should always bear in mind.

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The Types of food they require as they grow

Puppies should only consume their mother's milk for the first four to five weeks of life.

Their mouths and jaws are not yet capable chewing solid food before their first month.

In the fifth or sixth week, star to introduce them to tiniest of pieces of solid food, that doesn't have to be too soft. Most puppies will start to have different nutritional requirements and these will start to vary after around eight weeks or so, your best bet is to experiment to find a well-balanced dog food formula for your young puppy or check with your vet as you resister it with the vet of your choice.

Once they are weaned, which after about six to eight weeks, they will rely entirely on the food you provide for it. With a well balanced nutrition,(always check the label of the foods content and avoid artificial ingredients and flavour enhances). With the correct nutrition your canine will start to grow strong and healthy they will grow stronger, so observe their energy levels and behavior to ensure they are making good progress. Keeping a diary and photos is a good idea for checking their growth.


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Food Quantity, too much is bad for Puppies

Puppies are tiny on the inside remember.

A good rule of thumb for their dietetic requirement is to place enough food that they can eat in about 2 to 3 minutes.

Youn g dogs and many older dogs are not normally patient chewers,they tend to be gulpers of their food, so if they eat for too long, they are very likely to overeat. Be careful when removing food, as the natural instinct is to defend it. If after the meal the animal has a rounded belly and appears lethargic, or listless, the little tyke has eaten too much. Vomiting may also occur if it eats too much.


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Daily Schedule consists of Eating

Because of their smaller size and higher energy use, puppies are best served three small meals a day. Try to keep the meals spaced between morning, midday, and early night so the dog learns a schedule. Dogs are quick to pick up on patterns and it makes them feel better if a routine is in place. After six months of age, drop the midday feeding and add a little amount of food to the morning and evening feedings. If your schedule doesn't allow for three meals a day, for example, you're out of the house at work during midday, split the three meals into two servings and go with that two-a-day schedule. Puppies will adapt to it provided you give them well-balanced food.



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Exercise & Play

Like all dogs, puppies need exercise. Not only does it help with skeletal and muscle development, it also improves their mood. By nature, dogs love to run, chase, scramble, and play with other dogs and people. Not using that energy can make a dog anxious, nervous, irritable, or aggressive. When exercising a young canine, make sure to keep the play sessions brief and watch the animal closely. If it seems disoriented or increasingly clumsy, it is getting tired and possibly overheating. Let it rest for a while and when it feels playful again, you can enjoy another few minutes of a game.




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Sleep

Puppies may sleep for as much as 14 hours a day, so letting them get their sleep is a way to help them improve their nutrition and health. As far as possible, don't startle them awake, as this creates anxiety and may impede the dog's growth as it may choose not to eat or have digestive problems. Create a comfortable spot for it to sleep in, away from where it eats.


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What Not to Do

Don't feed the puppy table scraps. The food you eat might not be healthy and can even be harmful. Food items such as chocolate, other sweets, and ice cream can lead to severe health problems in dogs. Another reason not to do this, is that it creates the begging habit and the puppy might not want to eat its healthier food in favour of "people" food. Don't give it anything to drink other than water. Once it is weaned, water takes care of its liquid needs.

The great thing about puppies is that they love you immediately and love you forever. Taking care of the tiny bundle requires a little effort, but the end results are worth it. Be wary of weight loss in a puppy, as it might indicate a health problem such as parasites or an infection. And get used to being their centre of attention, which is not a bad thing at all.



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