Taking care of puppies  is a full time responsibility! In the beginning, the mother dog will be the primary care giver, but it is essential that she is properly cared for so she can focus on her new puppies. Once the puppies are weaned from their mother, they will be able to leave the litter and begin a new life in a new home. Puppies should be loved and accepted before all else, but it doesn’t hurt to learn a few tips for taking care of puppies before bringing one home. Puppies need a lot of attention to avoid accidents and make them feel loved.

Bringing a new puppy home may be scary or exciting, or maybe a little of both. It is important to make your new puppy feel comfortable as leaving the comfort of her littermates and mother is an enormous change. Some experts recommend bringing a blanket home with the puppy, something that will retain the scent of her mother and littermates. Puppies should be given their own space where they can sleep or relax. This place should make your puppy feel safe and comfortable. If you will be crate training your puppy, a kennel or similar item is a great place.

Often, people end up with unrealistic expectations about what taking care of a puppy is really like. It’s important to remember that most puppies will not be fully housebroken for at least a few weeks after coming to your home, or sometimes longer, depending on the breed. Puppies need lots of attention or they are likely to become bored and destructive. Playing with your puppy will also help with socializing, obedience training, and help to develop a lasting bond between you and your puppy.

Puppies like to chew! Be sure to buy toys or treats that can satisfy your puppy’s need to chew. The chew toys should be safe, without pieces that could come off and become a choking hazard. Avoid giving your puppy old shoes or similar items to chew on, as she will not be able to distinguish between shoes that are OK to chew on and shoes that are not. When taking care of puppies, learn a little about the specific breed that you are considering. For example, labs have a lot of energy and will need lots of time outside to play, whereas Chihuahuas may not need as many hours of exercise because they are considerably smaller.

By using these tips and heeding common sense advice, you will find that taking care of puppies is not difficult, and can be extremely rewarding. The care you give your puppy establishes the relationship you will have with your new companion, so it is important to give your new puppy lots of love and attention. Before bringing home your furry bundle of joy, you should consider your lifestyle and the needs of your prospective puppy to ensure it will be a good match.