Puppy care involves a completely unique set of rules for nutrition, training, and overall best health practices. Read our articles on how to best care for your new fur baby!
While unconditional love may be your first responsibility as a pet parent (kudos, you’re nailing it already), there are some other responsibilities that take equal priority. Here, we’ll help you get your house in order for the big day, study up on what to expect and run through some of the finer points of puppy ownership.
Providing the pets with whom we share our home with a solid training foundation is one of the most important things we can do. This training can establish the relationship that will define both our own interactions with our pets and their interactions with other humans and fellow pets.
Exercising a dog means more than just a daily walk, especially for working breeds, but also for dogs who prefer to be couch potatoes. When it comes to exercising dogs, the breed and size will have an impact on their willingness to engage in rigorous activity.
Nom Nom's definitive guide to feeding your large or small breed puppy, written by our expert vet nutritionist, takes you through everything you need to know about how, when, and what to feed your puppy. We include a puppy feeding handy calculator that tells you how much to feed based on the estimated adult weight of your dog. We also compare the pros of cons of kibble, wet, fresh, and raw puppy food.
Why are some dogs so weird about their food? More often than not, the answer lies in a behavior called resource guarding.
Puppies have specific dietary needs, different from adults and seniors. A delicate nutrient balance must be maintained, calories must be determined based on current and predicted weight, and monitoring and feedback are essential in ensuring that your puppy is having their needs met by their puppy food.
Wondering why your puppy is not eating? Our veterinary nutritionist, Dr. Justin Shmalberg, reviews possible reasons including a new environment, new food, and possible medical issues. He also provides tips and strategies to get your puppy to eat.
Many people hear the word “alpha” and immediately think of harsh or dominating tactics to get a dog to behave or submit. This is definitely not the goal you want to keep in mind when working with your dog and becoming the alpha in her life.
Some dog parents are reluctant to put their dog in a crate. Typically, this hesitation results from a belief that crates are the equivalent of prisons for dogs. In truth, a crate is a critical component of a dog’s life, not only making her life (and yours) much easier, but allowing your dog to rely on her instincts to claim a comfortable spot to call her own.
Although some research shows that dogs may have a rudimentary concept of morality, they generally do not go out of their way to do “bad” things on purpose. Since dogs have relatively limited ways to communicate with their human family, engaging in bad things is typically a sign that they need something from their pet parent.
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