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A snapshot of what you need to know about the first year of your puppy's life. (Graphic: Business Wire)
“After bringing home a puppy, pet parents are often unsure how to
address some of the common challenges that come with a puppy such as
potty training, chewing and leash training,” said Dr.
A just-launched “puppy
starter kit” is one of the ways
Beyond getting a puppy comfortable at home, there are four key tips (with helpful tools) that every new pet parent should know:
Dinnertime means a happy puppy. However, few pet parents know how to slowly switch their puppy’s diet to solid food; which ingredients are important and when to use supplements to support nutrient needs; kibble size guidelines; and that food should be bought according to age and breed. Pet parents should consult their veterinarian about the particular nutrition needs of their puppy. Some available puppy foods and supplements include:
Nourish™ Chicken Puppy Food: Made with brown rice and deboned
chicken, this natural brand food is a
Natural Ultramix Canned Puppy Food: With DHA, this stew-style food includes natural chicken, fruits, vegetables, brown rice and flaxseed.
While pet parents should meet with their veterinarian to schedule vaccinations, there’s another important new puppy step: Creating a regular dental hygiene schedule – and getting your puppy used to brushing. Teeth-friendly tools include:
Nylabone® Advanced Oral Care Dental Kit for Puppies: This full dental health kit includes toothpaste, teeth-cleaning nylon tips and a rubber massager that can help reduce plaque and tartar.
The best time to teach basic behavior, from leash-training to socializing with other pets, is now. Crates can give puppies their own special space and can be helpful with housetraining. As well, chew toys help puppies work through the teething stage. Manner-motivating tools include:
Top Paw Double Door Dog Crate: A suitcase-style foldup crate with helpful double-door design.
Martha Stewart Pets™ Puppy Loop Leash: This stylish leash, designed especially for puppies, allows for quick and easy leashing, with extra neck room.
KONG® Puppy Teething Stick Dog Toy: Uniquely designed and sized using a rubber formula just for puppies, these toys can soothe sore gums and promote development of healthy chewing and play habits.
Puppy Education: Get your puppy off on the right paw with training classes that encourage good behaviors while helping you establish a strong bond with your new arrival.
Trim & Tidy
Pet parents should consider professional grooming which can help keep ears clean, nails trimmed, remove loose hair and make a puppy look and smell good. At home, pet parents can help pets acclimate to the sounds, smells and experience of grooming by rubbing paws so nail-clipping is easier and giving baths in between grooms to introduce water and shampoos. Can’t-miss at-home primping products include:
FURminator Grooming Brush: A gentle-massaging tool that can help keep a puppy’s coat shiny.
For more information about products and services to help care for your puppy, visit www.petsmart.com.
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