If you have recently welcomed a new puppy into your home please accept our congratulations.
We recognise that getting things right throughout their growth is vital as this is one of the most intense and important stages in your new arrival’s life.
We want to support both you and your puppy as best we can throughout this rapidly changing period.
The basic needs of a young dog are simple and as follows:
When it comes to food, it is a good idea to stick to your new puppy’s existing routine as much as possible for the first few days. It is a good idea to ask the breeder to supply you with a small amount of your companions’ current diet. Once those first few days are over and your companion is settled, you can start to introduce a ROYAL CANIN® diet (one designed for growth) very gradually, over 5-7 days, if you want to switch. Once your puppy has made the change, follow the feeding guides on the pack closely, as these will differ month by month as your puppy grows. Most puppies initially need at least 3 or 4 meals per day but the meal frequency can usually be reduced to 2 or 3 meals per day as they grow.
During the first few weeks, allow your new arrival a few days of quiet rest to help ease settling in. Then offer gentle play, keeping play times short, with appropriate toys, used under supervision. Ensure there is no confusion and only allow and reward play behaviour that you will continue to encourage as your puppy grows up. Ignore any inappropriate behaviour, even if it seems endearing in a young animal e.g. jumping up, climbing on furniture, mouthing and scratching.
Regular, short periods of exercise are an essential part of your puppy’s routine. Be careful about taking your puppy out or letting them meet other dogs until they have had their vaccinations – your vet will be able to let you know what is safe. Do remember though that early socialisation is important.
It’s a good idea for your pet to have a check-up when they first come to live with you so that your vet can make sure they’re healthy, arrange for necessary vaccinations and advise you on other recommendations. Regular vet checks help to keep your companion healthy as they grow and ensure that they get used to going to the vets.
We all want a happy, friendly and confident pet, but many owners don’t realise that it is what their puppy experiences at an early age that is most important for this. The period known as the ‘socialisation window’, is the time during which your puppy is much more accepting of any new situations and encounters. The more they experience during that time, the more they will be comfortable with as an adult. However, for an emotionally well-balanced companion, the best thing is to continue with ongoing socialisation opportunities throughout their life.