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How to Take Care of a Puppy: Bringing a Puppy Home

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hi I’m Kathy Santo with Iams today we’re
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going to talk about what to do when you
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bring home your new puppy
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we’ll cover everything from supplies and
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preparation steps to the car ride home
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the first few days how to introduce him
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or her to your family and more before
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you bring your puppy home prepare
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yourself with the following supplies
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premium puppy food to get your new puppy
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off to a good start
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stainless steel non tip food and water
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bowls identification tags with your
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puppy’s name and your contact
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information a color and a leather or
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nylon 6 foot leash that’s 1/2 to 3/4
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inches wide stain remover for accidents
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brushes and combs suited to your puppy’s
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coat dog shampoo toothbrush and
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toothpaste high-quality safe chew toys
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to ease teething flea tick and parasite
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controls nail clippers a room or at
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least a place he can call his own like a
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cage or a crate that will fit his adult
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size and of course treats once you have
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the supplies it’s time to puppy proof
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your home raising a puppy is a lot like
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raising small children they get into
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everything some of what they get into
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can be hazardous to their health
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so start preparing for your puppy’s
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arrival long before the actual date
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you’ll thank yourself later a helpful
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tip get down on your hands and knees to
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view the world like your puppy will it
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may help you to find things that you
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wouldn’t have seen otherwise electrical
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wires small objects hidden under couches
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and chairs that could be swallowed or
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hiding spaces where a small pup could
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get stuck there are sprays that can be
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applied to furniture legs woodwork and
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other movable items to help deter your
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puppy from chewing on things you don’t
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want him to chew on are their rooms your
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puppy should be restricted from entering
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until he’s better trained and more
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reliable if so install a baby gate or
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keep the doors to those rooms closed
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until your puppy matures exercise pens
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are excellent for you 1 your home but
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busy or unable to fully dedicate
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yourself just supervising your young pup
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if you’re about to make dinner for
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example rather than creating your dog or
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locking him in a puppy proof room alone
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set up an exercise pen in the kitchen
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with you this will allow them to get
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used to being around your family’s
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routines while also staying out
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the way it will also allow him to feel
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like he’s part of the family
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once your house is ready it’s time to
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bring your new family member home you
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wanted to do your best at keeping this
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from being overly stressful experience
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for your puppy so it may not be the best
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idea to bring the whole family
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especially if you have excited young
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kids also keep in mind that the
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vibration sound and the movements of
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your car can be very scary for a young
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pup and make them nervous
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on the first trip home it’s ok to have a
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passenger hold your puppy in a soft
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blanket or towel on their lap after the
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first trip home you should begin using a
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crate to travel for both the dog and the
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other passengers safety in the car try
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purchasing a dog seat belt is
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specifically designed to restrain and
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protect your companion in case of an
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accident the ideal time to bring home a
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new puppy is when the house is quiet
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do your best to minimize the number of
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visitors stopping by the first few days
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so you can establish a daily routine by
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following these steps step 1 before
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bringing him in the house take him to
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the area in your yard that will serve as
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his potty and spend a few minutes there
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if he goes praise Him if not proceed
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into the house but be sure to take him
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to this spot each time he needs to go to
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the bathroom step 2 take him to the room
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which will serve as his new den and if
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using one set up is great put bedding
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and chew toys in the room and let him
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investigate if you choose or urinate on
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his bedding permanently remove it
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understand that the young puppy is not
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like an adult dog treat him with
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patience and constant supervision the
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way you interact with your puppy at this
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age is critical to a socialization use
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these tips 1 you should spend a little
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extra time with your new puppy on his
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first day home but you want to acclimate
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them to your regular routine quickly if
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necessary hire a dog walker or ask a
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neighbor to come take him out at regular
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intervals during this training period
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and going forward as your pup grows up
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to supervise your puppy at all times and
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interact with him regularly
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3 be alert for signs sniffing and
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circling that he has to go to the
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bathroom then take him out immediately
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4 establish your routine a young puppy
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has no bladder control and will need to
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urinate immediately after eating
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drinking sleeping or playing
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at night he’ll need to relieve himself
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at least every three hours five don’t
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punish an accident never push his nose
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in the waist or scold him he won’t
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understand and may learn to go to the
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bathroom when you’re out of sight six
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praise your puppy every time he goes to
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the bathroom outside seven feed your
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puppy a formula designed for puppies
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like a baby
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he needs nutritious highly digestible
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food eight has a contact info of your
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local veterinary office readily
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available in case of an emergency for
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those with children another extremely
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important part of bringing home your new
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puppy is making sure your kids know how
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and how not to handle a young dog if
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your children are young or aren’t
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familiar with how to handle puppies you
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need to spend some time with them during
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these first few days explaining
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common-sense rules on how to play with
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the puppy for example tell them that
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dogs have sensitive hearing so it’s
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important not to shriek or yell puppies
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in particular need a lot of rest just
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like a growing child living puppy
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children play sessions – 15 to 30 minute
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periods – three times a day you need to
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keep an eye on a puppy an excited puppy
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can be strong when he jumps and play
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bites which can be too rough for young
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children always supervise interaction
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and separate them if plays too rough if
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you have other pets you’ll also need to
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spend some time getting them used to
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having each other around at first it’s
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best to keep resident pets separated
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from your new puppy but only for a few
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days after that time let pet’s smell and
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touch each other through a slightly open
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door do this several times over the next
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few days
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after that give the resident pet access
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to the den area with your new puppy
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supervise their meeting and go back to
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through the door meetings if trouble
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arises exercise pens can also help old
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and new pets get used to each other’s
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presence in a restricted and safe manner
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lastly what you’ll need to do is get the
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puppy into a veterinarian for an initial
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puppy examination to make sure he’s in
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perfect health I’m Kathy Santo for Iams
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with howdini and I hope that you found
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this helpful as you welcome your new
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addition into your family for more
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information on puppy care and training
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visit AIIMS comm slash puppy

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