Just like kids, puppies learn most of the things and habits from you and the environment that you create for them at home. Therefore, it is very important for you to be a 100% prepared to get a new member in the house and be conscious about a few things about raising a puppy in the righteous way.
First things first, always make sure that the puppy has been with his mother for at least the initial 1.5 – 2 months. Never take a younger pup home as it is vital for the pup to be nursed by his mother to lead a healthy life.
In their initial phase, puppies are very delicate to handle and are sensitive to sound. So make sure to control all the sources of loud and sudden noises in the house.
To stay worry-free, inspect your house from your pup’s perspective and make it safe by removing small-size toys/objects, wrappers, tissues, polythene, medicines, garbage, footwear, books, wires, plastic, sharp and other breakable items from your pup’s reach. Trust me, a thorough scan of the house and some right habits will save you from running behind your pup and keeping him away from trouble every other minute! But remember, pups are curious souls and are always looking out to explore.
“How you are is who they become”
Behaviour & Bonding:
Pups are unbelievably cute, adorable, fun and full of mischief! Initially, all they need is warmth, sleep, food, playtime, love and care!
Warmth: Every pup loves to be all cuddled up, which they usually do with their siblings next to their mother. So get your pup a nice and soft bed or just make a comfortable space by placing a few bedsheets, blankets and cushions in the room where you want to keep him. Dogs in general like corners as it defines their personal space and makes them feel safe. So identify a nice corner to place the bed in the room. If in later stage you don’t want your bed to be his birth right, then avoid picking him up on the bed from the very first day. Rather spend time in his corner with him.
Love: Having a dog by your side is an experience worth a lifetime. Dogs are nothing like humans, which makes them perfect for being tagged as ‘man’s best friend’. Their mere presence uplifts your mood. Their adorable actions change your behaviour and bring the entire family closer. Their unconditional love will give a new meaning to love in your life. So be gentle, patient, loving and kind while bringing them up.
Sleep: Make sure to keep your pup’s bed at one place. Don’t keep shifting his bed as it will only make it harder for him to feel comfortable and get familiarised with the new space. Fixing a permanent spot will also make it easier to manage everything, as a pup tends to sleep somewhere between 15-20 hours in a day. A great way to make a pup feel safe and create a beautiful bond is by making him sleep on your chest. This way they can hear your heartbeat which is similar to what they experience when being nursed by their mothers.
Playtime: At this stage they will be learning and understanding ways of life while playing around. So it is up to how well you do, to make your pup active and playful; as these initial days will mark the foundation of his personality and the habits he will develop. Use soft teething toys and don’t let him develop the habit of biting your hands or feet. When he tries to bite, stop him by putting the back of your hand or palm in front of his mouth and remove whatever he is trying to bite from his sight.
Food: It is best if a pup gets to be nurtured by his mother in the initial 2 months. Mother’s milk is the best and fulfils all the initial requirements. In case you get a pup home less than 2 months of age, get in touch with a vet. It is best to know what, when and how to feed a pup by professionals, as over feeding and under feeding can lead to illness like diarrhoea, vomiting, etc.
Care: Puppies need a lot of attention. You need to constantly monitor them as they might end up doing something they shouldn’t be if left alone for too long. It is also important to keep them clean as they will be playing, peeing and pooping quite often and it is not advised to give them a proper bath before 1.5-2 months of age. So avoid taking your pup outdoors and start their potty-training from day one by placing newspapers or peeing-pads far from their bed. This way they will start understanding where to sleep and where to take care of their business. Puppies are clumsy eaters, so make sure to wipe their mouth with a wet towel followed by a dry towel after each meal. If he is not eating or is puking due to over eating, consult a vet immediately.
“Be patient and get ready to experience unconditional love.”