Happy New Year! Has a new puppy just joined your family? Congratulations! Little Fido has a pretty big year ahead of him, as he’s got lots of things to learn and growing to do. A New Orleans, LA vet lists a few resolutions for puppies in this article.
Little Fido is in for a pretty big growth spurt over the next few months. Proper nutrition is absolutely crucial at this stage! All that growth puts a lot of strain on your canine pal’s body. Ask your vet for specific nutritional advice.
Dogs love going to new places. Get into the habit of taking little Fido to parks and trails, and letting him interact with gentle, friendly dogs.
Socialization is absolutely crucial for our canine companions. This must happen within a specific window. By the time your puppy is about 3 months old, he’ll already have formed opinions about the world. Expose little Fido to new places and faces. Incorporating lots of treats, toys, and attention will help him form a positive attitude about new experiences.
Dogs are wonderful pets and companions, but they need training to learn how to be good boys. In addition to learning basic commands like Sit, Stay, Come, Heel, and Lay Down, little Fido will need to master housebreaking. Crate training is another must. This is also the time to get your furry friend used to being bathed and groomed, and having his paws and teeth handled. (We know, that’s a lot of pet parenting, but you’ll thank yourself later.)
That adorable puppy stage doesn’t last long. Don’t forget to get some super cute pictures! Weather permitting, take little Fido outside for his photo shoot, so you can take advantage of the natural light.
Fido is a wonderful, tail-wagging, barking reminder of the importance of just taking time to enjoy life. Puppies are absolutely adorable when they’re playing with new toys, or just trying to figure things out. Let little Fido serve as inspiration here. Carve out time for the things you love to do!
Little Fido really does thrive on praise and attention. Reward your furry buddy with treats and praise when he’s being good!
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