NEW PUPPY? NOW WHAT?

Raising a puppy is rewarding, yet at times frustrating. So if you need more help buy our New Puppy! Now What? Guidebook written by certified professional dog trainer Carla O'Donnell and you will learn all you need to care for a puppy and set up you and your new puppy for success to live happily in our human world.

Having a new puppy can be an exciting and sometime challenging experience. Here's some expert advice from a dog training PROFESSIONAL with the information you need to get your new puppy off to a great start! 

 

 

Feeding Your Puppy

There are many different approaches you can take to ensure your dog has a balanced, healthy diet. However, with many different feeding regimes to choose from, all of varying quality, it can be a little baffling to know which way to go.

Best puppy diet: get help from the breeder

Puppies grow 20 times faster than adult dogs and so they require a special diet to aid their physical development. A specially formulated growth food is recommended which needs to be fed at evenly spaced intervals to avoid overstretching a puppy's small stomach. 

A responsible breeder will give you advice about your puppy's diet.

How often should I feed my puppy?

Feed your puppy four meals a day up until the age of 4 months, and then reduce their feed to three meals a day until they are 6 months old. They can then move to two meals a day, and stay on this routine for the rest of their life.

What is the difference between dry and fresh meat ingredients?

The answer is simple - the difference is water content. Fresh meat can contain up to 80% water. 

Dry food

To make sure your dog gets what they need, choose a food specially designed for them and buy the best dog food you can afford. With a golden retriever make sure it is a large breed puppy formula. The 'premium' dry foods tend to have the highest quality ingredients. 

Some dogs are not accustomed to dry foods but will normally grow to like them with time. If your dog does not seem to like eating dry foods and this is what you wish to feed them, you can try soaking the food in a little warm water to soften or mix in a little tinned food.

Semi-moist and tinned food

Choose a good quality dog food with an easily digestible recipe (such as chicken and rice) and choose a specialist food which is nutritionally complete (which does not require additional foods to be added to it). 

Should I make their food myself?

As it is very difficult to get this balance right, you are probably better off choosing from one of the tried and tested commercial diets. Puppies grow very quickly and they need the best possible diet while they are growing up, as even a slight imbalance may harm their development and growth.

Any change in diet should be made very gradually over at least a week to avoid upset tummies. 

 

New Puppy! Now What Topics

  • Handling

    Physical Handling It is important to handle your puppy as much as possible.  Your puppy should be handled everyday, preferably by many people.  They should stroke the entire body, look inside the ears and mouth, pick up the feet, etc.

  • Feeding Your Puppy

    Feeding Your Puppy There are many different approaches you can take to ensure your dog has a balanced, healthy diet. However, with many different feeding regimes to choose from, all of varying quality, it can be a little baffling to know which way to...

  • Toilet Training

    Toilet Training Perfection Toilet training is a process that we quickly forget once it is over, but it is a process that can make you feel very low when you are struggling.

  • Socialisation

    Socialisation Socialising a new puppy is the most important thing you can do to create a wonderful dog.  It’s easy, it’s fun, and it’s important!

  • Resource Guarding

    Resource Guarding Teaching Tips For Puppies. Resource guarding is when a dog has something and they don’t want you or anyone else to have it. It’s best to teach them when they’re young but that’s not always possible.

  • Home Alone

    Home Alone: I'll be home soon One of the most common canine behaviour problems is being left “home alone.” Dogs are social animals; they enjoy company and dislike being alone.

  • Puppy Biting

    Biting Puppy: How To Stop A Puppy From Biting Are you struggling with how to stop a puppy from biting? Are you wondering why do puppies bite? 

  • Grooming Your Puppy

    Grooming Your Golden Top Tips And Tricks. These fluffy puppies need quite a lot of coat care, but it might not be as hard work as you expect.

  • Puppy Growth

    Golden Retriever Puppy Growth and Development If you’re a proud new Golden Retriever owner, this is an exciting time. Your new furry friend has a lot of growing to do, and you probably have a lot of questions.

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