1. Provide a clean dry place for your puppy to nap and sleep in. If a doghouse is constructed, make sure it's free from drafts and in a shady spot.
2. Your puppy needs to be vacinated and dewormed, starting a 6 weeks and every 4 to 6 week after. Find a local vet or go to a clinic at a vet or pet store to get this done and any other necessary care for your breed or area.
3.Your puppy needs fresh water daily.
4. When your puppy is of age get it spayed or neutered. Your dog will be happier and you'll be a responsible dog owner not bringing unwanted animals into the world. If you are not a breeder, resist the temptation of thinking, "I might breed my dog once for fun."
5. Keep a collar (not a training collar or choke chain) with an ID tag attached. Check the collar 2-3 times a week to make sure your puppy's collar is getting tight as he grows. Make sure it not so loose your pup get caught on things. You should be able to easily slide 2 to 3 fingers under to collar.
6. Keep your puppy free from fleas and other parasites. Check pup's fur using a flea comb. Stay away from flea sprays while your puppy is young. A good bath with puppy shampoo and changing pup's bedding frequently will help remove and prevent fleas and other external parasites.
7. Make sure you puppy get the exercise it needs. young pups will want activity frequently, but short durations. Every breed have different activity and exercise needs. Find out what kind of activity your breed of pup needs to stay physically and emotionally healthy.
8. Enroll in a dog obedience class, find a dog trainer, book, or dvd and start training your puppy. Keep lite and fun when your puppy's young and don't get upset when they don't get it. Just make it fun and playful. When they reach 6 months, you can enroll them in a obedience class or create a routine training time a place, so pup knows it's time to learn. Always end with your puppies favorite activity or free time.
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