Blog posts for November 2017

 

Getting ready for a puppy

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Bringing a puppy home for the first time can be very exciting, but it also brings a lot of responsibility.

Bringing a puppy home for the first time can be very exciting, but it also brings a lot of responsibility. By doing some basic pre-puppy planning you will not only help minimise stress in your household, but also help make sure your home has everything in place to meet your new puppy's needs.

Making your home puppy-safe

There are lots of puppy supplies you’ll need to start collecting to make sure your puppy is comfortable and happy in their new home. However, before you think about anything new, you should first have a look at your home to make sure it is a safe environment for a puppy to run around in. Start by making sure all chemicals and detergents are stored away, electrical cords are covered and breakable items are out of reach. If you have a pool, you should also make sure this area is completely covered and fenced off. Be sure you also stock up on cleaning supplies, especially when your puppy has yet to be toilet trained, and purchase stain remover, paper towels and deodorising sprays to clean up any mess.

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Getting your puppy home

After you are sure that your home environment is safe for a puppy, the next step is figuring out how to get your puppy home. If you are driving them in a car, consider buying a travel crate or harness suitable for your puppy’s age and size. This will provide a secure environment to travel in, now and in the future. Before setting off, spend some time with your puppy in the car to allow them to become accustomed to their new surroundings and use praise and rewards for calm behaviour. Take a towel when you collect your puppy. Rub it on mum and litter mates so you can bring some of their scent home on the towel to help familiarise your puppy with their new environment. Your puppy’s first journey home with you is likely to be a stressful time for them as they are leaving their mother and littermates and may never have been in a car before. Take some paper towels and a plasticm bag too – just in case your puppy gets car-sick.

Where will your puppy sleep?

Before your puppy arrives, you should decide where your puppy’s designated area will be in the home and where they’ll be sleeping at night. Using a puppy pen is a good way to manage their behaviour at bedtime and also helps keep them confined safely when they can’t be supervised. Ensure your play pen is big enough for your puppy to stand up and walk around and has plenty of fresh water and warm bedding.

What else will your puppy need

It’s important to organise a collar and ID tag for your puppy so they can be returned if they ever get lost. Your puppy can quickly outgrow their collar, so keep in mind that they may need another when they start getting bigger. They will also need to be microchipped and registered with your local council. It is no secret that puppies love to chew, so having a few chew toys at your disposal can help prevent your puppy chewing on furniture and your belongings. Make sure these toys are not too hard on your puppy’s teeth. You should also avoid giving your puppy toys that can break and may potentially choke on. You may also need to invest in some grooming tools such as combs and dog friendly shampoos depending on the length of their coat. Long-haired breeds should be groomed regularly in adulthood so it is best your puppy gets used to this process early so it doesn’t become a stressful experience for them later on.

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The health of your puppy

Before your puppy steps in the door, it’s a good idea to start researching the best vets in your local area and also start looking into puppy training schools, groomers and boarding kennels if need be. Once you have found your vet of choice, you should have a chat to them about some of the appointments you’ll need to make. Besides a check-up, your puppy will also need to be taken to the vet for worming, vaccinations, microchipping and potentially neutering. It’s also important to remember that new puppies should be kept away from other dogs until they’ve had all their vaccinations to avoid them getting an infection.

Feeding your puppy

When it comes to feeding your puppy, it is worth doing some research on what nutritional support your puppy will need from their diet. Making sure your puppy is getting the best nutrition from a complete and balanced diet will mean they are getting the support they need while they grow. A high-quality diet, specially formulated for puppies is the best option for your new dog. The Eukanuba Puppy range is specially made with high quality animal proteins and enhanced levels of DHA to help your puppy achieve their mental and physical best. Food can also help you to train your puppy. Treats are an excellent way to encourage your puppy to behave the way you want them to, especially when they are learning the fundamentals of obedience. Many dogs are motivated by food, so using treats as a reward when they are learning to sit or go to the toilet can reinforce good behaviour. Treats will need to be factored into your puppy’s daily food intake so your puppy does not put on excess weight.

Routine is best

Putting in place a set of rules and routine for your puppy as soon as they arrive is a good idea, especially if you are living in a multi-pet household. When your puppy arrives, they will most likely test boundaries by experimenting with various behaviours (good and bad) to figure out what they can get away with. It’s important these rules and routines continue to be enforced to help keep your puppy’s training consistent. Do not get angry in front of your puppy. Positive rewards and encouraging good behaviour, rather than punishment, will help you foster a strong bond, mutual respect and a rewarding relationship with your puppy.

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What is the best food for my puppy?

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The first year of a puppy’s life is essential for their growth and development. 

The first year of a puppy’s life is essential for their growth and development. A big factor in helping support your puppy during these early years is making sure they are being fed a high-quality diet. The best diet for a puppy will be able to provide them with all the energy they need and will also help support the growth of healthy bones and joints.

What should you feed your puppy?

When it comes to deciding what to feed your puppy, you should ideally choose a high-quality diet formulated for their specific needs - which are different to those of an adult dog. It’s especially important that your puppy is getting the best nutrition in their younger years to pave their way into adulthood, so a complete and balanced diet is key. Ideally, their diet will have high-quality animal based proteins, fats, carbohydrates and dietary fibres as well as important vitamins and minerals necessary to help them achieve their mental and physical best. The best puppy food contains good protein levels to help build and maintain your puppy’s muscle mass. For larger breeds, the best puppy diets are also customised to support a longer growth phase, healthy joints and strong bones. The Eukanuba Puppy range is specially made with high quality animal proteins and enhanced levels of DHA, necessary for the healthy growth of developing puppies so that they can reach their full potential.

How much should your puppy eat?

Puppies have high energy requirements while they are growing, which means they need to eat a lot. However, this doesn’t mean they should eat too much. Ideally, a growing puppy should have their recommended daily intake of food divided into smaller meals throughout the day - the standard recommendation is three. Puppies respond best to routine, so these meals should be served at the same times and place each day. Different size dogs will reach adulthood at different stages of their life and so their diet will need to be tailored accordingly. A gradual transition from a puppy diet tailored for growth to an adult diet tailored for maintenance will allow your puppy to become accustomed to their new diet and minimise any digestive upsets.

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Things you should keep in mind

When it comes to feeding your puppy, you should keep in mind the size they will grow to. Different size dogs will have different nutritional needs and so their diets should be tailored accordingly. Small breed puppies will require higher amounts of energy from fats and protein in a diet to match their higher metabolic rate. Large breed puppies need controlled levels of calcium and phosphorus for strong bone development over their longer growth period. Kibble size also plays an important role in how palatable a diet is. A smaller breed puppy will need a kibble they can easily chew and enjoy. These varying needs is why the Eukanuba™ Puppy range makes a number of different puppy diets for different sized dogs, making sure your new puppy gets everything they need to help them grow into a healthy adult dog. All Eukanuba™ puppy diets are complete and balanced and work best as a sole diet or as a combination of our Eukanuba™ Puppy dry and canned products.

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How much should I feed my puppy?

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The first year of your puppy’s life is when they will be doing most of their growing and this is why their nutrition is so important.

The first year of your puppy’s life is when they will be doing most of their growing and this is why their nutrition is so important. Most puppies will undergo massive growth from birth to fifteen months, so the food they eat should help them develop to their full potential in adulthood. One of the best ways to help keep your puppy at their healthiest as they approach adulthood is to make sure they are getting fed the right amount of food to satisfy their growing needs.

Every breed is different

How much your puppy will need to eat will depend on their age, breed and individual needs. To figure out how much they will need, first take a look at the feeding guide on your dog’s food label. The Eukanuba Puppy range is specially made with high quality animal proteins and enhanced levels of DHA, necessary for the healthy growth of puppies of all sizes. Each of these products has an extensive feeding guide, detailing from six weeks to twenty four months the amount of food your puppy should be eating based on their weight. Generally, it is recommended to feed puppies three smaller meals a day. It is also important to monitor their weight during this time. Sometimes a lack of physical activity or a slower metabolic rate can cause a puppy to need less food than is recommended for them. If you become concerned that they are putting on more weight than is good for them, you may need to decrease the amount you are feeding them. Treats can also be a big component of raising a puppy, especially when it comes to training them. Treats should always be factored into your puppy’s daily calorie intake and should ideally not make up more than 10% of this overall amount. That’s why the Eukanuba Healthy Extras Puppy treats are tailor made for puppies and are designed to complement your puppy’s normal feeding regime.

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Moving on from puppy food

When your puppy begins to reach maturity, you should start planning to transition them from puppy food to adult food. Puppy food is generally much higher in calories to satisfy their higher energy requirements and will usually have additional nutritional supplements to help them during their growth stage. It’s a good idea to talk to your vet about the best time to move on to adult food as this will all depend on your puppy’s breed, size and individual needs. When your puppy is ready to switch, it’s important to gradually transition them to their new diet by slowly adding this food to their current puppy food. Do this over a two week course by mixing their new food in, slowly increasing the amount of adult food while decreasing the amount of puppy food to minimise stomach upsets.

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