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Top 10 questions commonly asked by new puppy owners

  1. How do I housetrain my puppy? – Housetraining a puppy takes patience and consistency. Establish a routine schedule for taking the puppy out frequently, reward with praise and treats when they go in the right place, and be vigilant for signs they need to go.
  2. How much should I feed my puppy? – Puppies have different nutritional needs than adult dogs. Feed a high-quality puppy food and follow the feeding guidelines on the package based on your puppy’s age and weight. Divide meals into 3-4 feedings per day.
  3. How do I crate train my puppy? – Crate training can be a helpful tool. Introduce the crate slowly and positively, use it for naps and overnight, and never use it as punishment. Make sure the crate is the right size.
  4. How do I socialize my puppy? – Puppy socialization is crucial. Expose your puppy to new people, animals, sounds, and environments in a positive way during the critical socialization period (8-12 weeks).
  5. When should I start training my puppy? – Start basic training as soon as you bring your puppy home, using positive reinforcement methods. Focus on commands like sit, stay, come, and name recognition.
  6. How much exercise does a puppy need? – Puppies have high energy but exercise needs vary by breed. Aim for several short play sessions and walks per day, avoiding over-exercise which can be harmful.
  7. How do I prevent biting and nipping? – Biting and nipping are normal puppy behaviors. Interrupt with a firm “no” and redirect to chew toys. Provide plenty of exercise and training to curb this.
  8. When should I get my puppy spayed or neutered? – Most vets recommend spaying/neutering around 6 months of age. Discuss the optimal timing with your vet.
  9. How do I choose the right puppy food? – Look for a high-quality, complete and balanced puppy formula. Avoid generic or grocery store brands. Consult your vet if you have questions.
  10. How do I introduce my puppy to my other pets? – Slowly and carefully introduce your puppy to any resident dogs, cats, or other pets. Use positive reinforcement and supervise interactions until they are comfortable.