Dogs 101 – What Do I need to Know before Bringing a New Puppy Home?

Are you looking at one wee fluff ball and couldn’t take your eyes off anymore? Thinking about bringing one home today? Thinking about your new companionship who would accompany you when you eat and when you lying on the couch and maybe listening to your secrets?  But you are smart enough to know you cannot be so reckless without a second thought: What do I need to know? What am I expecting?

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Getting a puppy

There are so many furry souls but which one is for you? Well think about if you are going to provide enough space and costs before you decide on one. Google up your favourite dog breed to see their needs – such as you may not want a Labrador puppy if you are living in a small single room apartment or you may not want to get a husky puppy if you don’t own your living space..etc.

Vaccinations

Lot of puppy owners shared a common question on how my puppy showed signs of sickness or being unwell right after being vaccinated. We need to understand the whole immune ideas would only take its effectiveness after 2-3 weeks of vaccination. Therefore during this period, your puppy is still vulnerable to the environment which it could get sick easily. After the vaccine took its effectiveness, some transmitting or contagious disease could still get passed on as the vaccines would not be covering everything. When it is possible, it would be the best to take a blood test of your dog on regular basis to check for antigens, so that the vet would be able to advise you which vaccines would be suitable at that certain stage.  When you have new puppy who just recently got vaccinated, please make sure you offer consistent shelter, food and environment. No bath or excess exercised in a week time, and definitely do not go anywhere near a sick pet.

Shelter

All about where your puppy will be sleeping so a decent dog crate along with clean and comfy bedding is essential. Best to start crate training as soon as they are comfortable with the new home.  Believe or not, your dog hates being interrupted during sleep or being wakened up from a nap just as much as a human would do. Again, just like humans, they may show their temper lol!! Never have to stress about buying fancy bedding, your furry baby wouldn’t mind so much on sleeping on 100 bucks pet bed, or even on your old clothes (maybe they would even prefer your clothes with your smell).  I would say a good dog crate or dog cage would be a good indoor option and getting a playpen, dog house or even a dog run would be great outdoors.

Food and Diet

One most important thing to bear in mind is, by now you should have a good idea on foods you should never offer to your dog as apart from that, your dog would be always craving for your food on the table. Occasionally, yes, they could share a bite on the evil fried chickens but giving food with salt and spices is never a good thing. Think about their body portions comparing to yours, if you are feeling thirsty after a KFC meal, then this amount of salt would be a great burden to your dog’s kidney because of their body mass. Try to always stick on dry dog food from your local pet shop and if you have to (or forced to lol) feed them cooked meat, it would be the best to offer water-boiled chicken breast for example with no added oil or seasoning.

Do keep in mind, regular human food feeding could result in quitting on regular pet food or biscuits. You will then have a new challenge, check on article of what to do when your pet is not eating.

 

 

How to Deal with Uncomfortable Moments of Crate Training?

You might experience times where your dog would just not gonna give up on barking in the dog crate during initial period of crate training, no matter how you whisper and softly talk to it to hush it calm, it just doesn’t stop.

It is a difficult time where it really challenges your patience and yes you could lose it any minute depending how hard the situation is.

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But you have to realise, most of the time (except when your dog have needs such as going to toilet) your dog is just anxious of being inside a place where you are not around. It needs attention, urgently!

This is when you want to give it a go on ignorance. Just leave your dog alone for a while to see if it would calm down eventually. Leave your dog some snacks and his or her favourite toy, then walk away (but stay nearby so that your dog still can see you) and turn on your TV.

You will be amazed on how TV works really great especially the ones with ongoing human voice with steady pace – yes news channels usually works perfectly for me!

And of course, everything needs to be reasonably adjusted, if ever your dog’s anxious level rises, do get him out from the crate and spend some time with him or her.

Atta boy/ girl, we could always try again soon J

Is your dog showing anxiety after moving?

Recently we have just moved a few houses down the block and with last moving experience, this dog anxiety awareness begins to rise. A lot of you may not know that dogs gets uncomfortable and even shows signs of anxiety with new environment, even just bringing them to your friend’s house could be the trigger.

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Luckily my dog was mature enough and experienced a few moves with me, with the most challenging one – we moved from South Island to North Island New Zealand.

We just settled in our new house last weekend, and my furry baby is doing just fine. So I thought of sharing a few tips on how to minimise relocation anxiety of your dog:

  1. Bring your dog to the new place before the actual move

Yes so my dog could sniff sniff sniff around, get to know the place and maybe allow him or her to go on the lawn to leave some marks there. Allow them to get to know the new place.

  1. Offer attention regularly

My dog wouldn’t leave me alone at the new place in the beginning; he would drain his energy up and still follows me up and downstairs over and over again. This is when you know that he is feeling insecure and a little anxious. So I would stop whatever that is on hand, bend down and pet him on the head. Hold him up, rub his belly and kiss him on the face regularly. Show your dog your love and attention so that they know there is nothing to be scared about.

  1. Keep his belongings around

Brought his foldable dog crate with me to the new house was definitely a smart move on the day. As soon as I unfolded it (thanks to BINGO for a great foldable design!), this little pal knows to get in straight away. I placed his bed and his favourite toy in his locked crate with him so that he could be calm, and I could keep the main door and garage door open without the worry of how he may run off anytime.

  1. Do not wash his blanket

Very important indeed! Do leave his smell on the place where he usually sleeps. After a long day for both me and my dog, he finally gets to sleep tight in his good old fluffy blanket. No hassles at all, he behaved just as it was one of usual nights, make his own bed and curled up in seconds. This is how I was so sure by not washing his bedding would definitely be a big help.

Moving soon? Good luck!   🙂

My Dog Just Stopped Eating

Such a headache aye when your newly arrived puppy stops eating for no reason. Not eating even egg yolks, mince and almost everything. Wondering what you should be doing? Well, in these cases, you should always observe carefully to make sure your puppy is not feeling sick or ill at all. If your dog is not showing any signs of sickness then congratulations, you could now move on to the easier step. 2 ways of resolving the issue of dogs not eating:

  1. Allow a decent dog cage to be placed at a quiet corner, let your dog rest in the cage and stop giving any food for approximately 24 hours. During this starvation, make sure sufficient clean water is offered at all times. Best to keep a drinking bowl in the dog cage.
  2. Enhance exercise load, this is often easier for small dogs by giving more toys and owners attention but in general, a nice adequate amount of walk or run freely is essential for all dogs.

Your dog’s appetite would normally regain right next day or in a very short period of time.