Puppy Care

A new puppy is a baby. It can not be expected to go long periods without food, water, potty breaks and human companionship. A new puppy ages 2-6 months needs food every 8 hours. A more mature puppy can go a little bit longer. Food should not be left out all day--it makes house training difficult. Also, dogs enjoy the companionship and human heirarchy developed with a regular feeding routine.

A new puppy is like a toddler. He will get into mischief if left unattended. If you are not in the same area or don't have a secured yard (climate appropriate of course) please crate or kennel your puppy. This is not cruel. It provides them a secure safe environment. A dog instinctively is a den animal. They are secure and like to sleep in a small enclosed area. This crate is also helpful in house training a dog.

Dogs like to chew. Consult your veterinarian on what she considers a safe chew toy for your dogs during all the stages of their lives.

A puppy needs a high quality nutrient dense food. Large dogs mature slower and will need this for a longer period of time. Your vet will give you guidelines on what he recommends for your specific breed. It is important not to overfeed your puppy. Just as in humans, excess body fat increases the chances for diseases and joint disorders. Do your pet a favor, and maintain their weight at a healthy level.