If you've decided to take the plunge and adopt or purchase a lab puppy from a breeder, there are things you should know to care for your new family addition. Your puppy will require more than just food and water. He will require love, attention, exercise, medication, vaccinations, and visits to the veterinarian. If you aren't up to this type of care for your new puppy, then it may not be the right time to get a puppy. If you think you can handle the responsibility, then follow the tips below to help you care for your new pup:
Visit The Veterinarian
The first thing you should do is make an appointment with your local veterinarian. Be sure to take in any information you received from the breeder such as vaccines and other veterinarian information that will help your veterinarian take care of your new puppy. If your puppy hasn't been vaccinated just yet, he will need to get vaccinated. Your puppy's nails may need to be clipped, and if your puppy hasn't had his dewclaw removed, you'll need to keep an eye on this nail as well. The veterinarian will take a close look at your puppy and be sure he is healthy. He will also schedule you for a follow-up appointment, and possibly more vaccinations.
You'll need to have some necessities for your puppy such as a crate (if crate training), dog food/water bowls, food, treats, toys and a collar and leash. For the time being, you may want to avoid a dog bed or any type of bedding, as your puppy will most likely either destroy it by eating it (which can be dangerous if swallowed) or will use it as his potty place. Also be sure to invest in a name tag for your pup that has your address and phone number on it in the event he gets lost.
Your puppy doesn't know the routine around your home just yet, but he will. It's time to start training your puppy, so he gets to know what is acceptable and what isn't. If you aren't sure about training your puppy yourself, you can take him to a puppy training class for help. Check your local pet stores or at your veterinarian's office for a list of puppy training classes in your area. Be sure when training your puppy that you are patient with your pup, as he is learning and it will take time. Be stern with your puppy and don't give up on your new addition, he'll get there.
A new puppy definitely takes some work on your part, as well as patience. Know that your puppy is learning and isn't going to pick up on everything he is learning after one day. For more information and assistance, contact a breeder like Bar R Kennels. Enjoy your new puppy!
A few months back, I realized that our kids were really lonely. We knew that we wouldn't be able to have any other children, so we started focusing on what we could do to make a difference. We started exploring the possibility of adopting an animal, and before we knew it, we were bringing home a pet that we knew our kids would love. They were incredibly receptive to the idea of having the little puppy, and after a few days together, I knew that he would become a treasured member of our family. Read more about pet ownership on this blog.