Experts believe that the right time to bring home a puppy should be when the puppy is 8 weeks old. The last stage of a puppy’s development begins at week 8 and this is when the housetraining should begin. Your puppy is totally able to learn which behaviour is allowed and will be able to remember where he/she is fed. Here’s what to expect from your 8-week-old puppy:
How to puppy proof your home
First things first, you need to ‘puppy proof’ your home. Take a look around your house and look for any sharp and edgy objects that may be lying around the house. Keep toxins such as plants harmful for pets and cleaning supplies away. Make use of baby gates to block access to the stairs and rooms that are not puppy safe such as basement, kitchen, etc. Keep small objects such as jewellery, hairpins, coins, etc. away from your puppy’s reach. Keep garbage out of your pup’s reach and cover it with a lid so that your pup can’t open. Never leave your puppy unsupervised and when use a crate when you cannot watch him/her.
- Teething – Those 28 baby teeth will start to develop and cause a lot of teething. Now would a good time to offer teething aids to your puppy that will soothe and massage his/her gums or else expect loads of chewed up furniture, shoes and anything else that your puppy can get his hands on. There are tons of teething toys available in different sizes and shapes that you can find online or at a pet shop to help you with a safe and enjoyable teething process.
- Nutrition – Now that you’ve brought home a puppy, you will need to ensure he/she gets the best of nutrition. Since the puppy will be off mother’s milk, using milk replacers from a premium pet brand will be best. You may also get special bottles meant to feed puppies before you move on to the weaning stage in a couple of weeks. Try blending premium puppy food with milk replacers initially before moving ahead with a solid food diet in the later months.
- Deworming – Worms in pup are common and at this young age, they are highly susceptible to getting worms and parasites internally and externally. Which is why, deworming puppies at week 2, 4, 6 and 8 is crucial. And then the deworming should resume at 12 & 16 weeks of age. When you bring home your pup, your vet will be able to guide you on the proper vaccination process, depending on the puppy’s age, weight and other factors.
- Size – In general, most 8-week-old puppies will be a fraction of their adult size and will be growing fast in the coming months until they reach their adult size. To ensure an overall development, diet plays a crucial role.
- Pee Pee – 8 week puppies can hold their pee pee for upto 3 hours. So, to get your puppy housebroken, take them out atleast every 3 hours and everytime they wake up. And for an effective housetraining, location is the key!
- Training – Puppies at this age are curious to learn about their environment and although they are ready to start learning, they have a rather short attention span. So keep the training short and simple. Expose your puppy to new noises and objects to expand his comfort zone. Keep loads of interactive toys his way to allow him to investigate.
- Sleep – 8-week-old pups will spend around 18 to 22 hours a day just covering their beauty sleep. The rest of the time will be spent in eating, playing and defecating.
- Get a Collar and an ID Tag – Puppies at this age can be quite adventurous as they begin to explore their surroundings. Get a collar with an ID tag for an added security.
- Vaccination – Vaccinations protect your puppy from life-threatening diseases. Here is the list of vaccinations that you must get for your puppy:
- Bordatella (optional)
Puppy Supplies you must have:
- Puppy Bed – Puppies need their own bed that can be their very own space to relax and unwind.
- Training pads – Training pads are essential at the time of housebreaking your puppy.
- Water Bowls and Food Bowls – Your puppy must have a water bowl with clean fresh water at all times and a food bowl. It is always good to add a little warm water to the food before serving to make it more palatable and easier to chew kibbles.
- Doggie Towel – Puppies at a young age cannot be given a bath, however, they need their paws cleaned and dried. A doggie towel is a must-have to ensure those paws remain clean and dry.
- Puppy Teething Toys – Keep those teething troubles at bay with the use of teething toys that will keep your puppy busy and will also massage his gums and teeth. And it keeps your furniture intact too!
- Puppy Training Aids – Whether it is tasty treats or biscuits or housetraining aids, you can make training much easier with these aids.
- Puppy Grooming Products – Groom your puppy from an early age to establish it as a positive routine to make him/her comfortable in being handled.
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