How to raise happy and healthy puppies even with a fulltime job>
Raising Healthy puppies and dogs in general
Healthy puppies are happy puppies. In addition to being amazing additions to the family, raising puppies is also a lot of work. They need a lot from daily walks, healthy diets, to leash training. Did you know that many dogs kept as pets suffer from malnutrition and obesity? Behavior issues like chewing or tearing up furniture, barking, and aggression are related to not exercising enough.
These problems go on to affect your pet’s quality of life, their behavior, energy levels, and even longevity. If you want to ensure that your new family member is as healthy and happy as possible, you’ll have to take extra steps to care for your dog.
Building good habits, socializing your dog, and being mindful about his or her diet will help you care for a healthy dog who is comfortable well into old age. We’ve compiled keys to raising a puppy that all dog owners should be mindful of.
1. Regular vet visits
You probably already know that your puppy has to go regularly to the Vet. But this often depends on their age, medical history, and size. You cannot have healthy puppies without regular Vet visits. This is a very crucial part of raising puppies and dogs in General.
Here’s a general schedule based on age:
0-4 Months – Every 3 Weeks.
Your puppy gets important vaccines for parvo, distemper, and even rabies, alongside prevention for kennel cough, Lyme disease, and other health issues. Vaccines work by introducing a weak version of the disease to the puppy in order to help it develop immunity. But dogs can build up a natural immunity without having to be vaccinated. If you get a new puppy run a titer test to make sure that he is not vaccinated. Many Vets offer this test run this test in house.
4-12 Months – Every 2-3 months.
Here, your vet will ensure that your puppy is growing well and shows no signs of health problems. If it’s recommended for your area, your vet will start a heartworm and flea prevention schedule. Your puppy will likely be spayed or neutered.
1-7 Years – At 1 year.
Most dog breeds are considered an adult. If you have a large dog breed, you may have to wait 6-12 months longer to reach this stage. Your dog should go to the vet for a yearly checkup, even when not sick. They should get rabies and distemper-parvo shots during the first yearly checkup. Then every 1ton 3 years depending on local laws. Your vet may also recommend diet changes, additional checkups, heartworm and deworming schedule based on your dog and your locale.
7+ Years – After 7 years.
Most dogs are seniors and will need extra care. You should take your dog to the vet at least twice yearly. Be extra conscious of any changes in behavior that may indicate health problems, such as a change in water consumption.
Preventing disease is better than curing it for both humans and dogs. Don’t wait until your dog is sick in order to give vaccinations and deworm.
Tip: Your vet may give you tips on natural ways to prevent allergies and kennel disease. Ask about snacks and nutritious treats that keep them healthy.
2. Investing in Behavioral Training is key to healthy puppies
When you think of Healthy puppies, it’s common to think of physical health. However, mental health is equally as important for your puppy. Did you know that dogs can actually smell human emotions? When exposed to sweat produced from a fearful human, dogs show more signs of distress and sought out more comfort from their owners. When exposed to odor samples from excited people, dogs become more willing to socialize with strangers and become generally friendlier.
Training plays a large part in keeping your dog safe and social. Dogs that are well trained are usually happier and feel more comfortable. Training allows a dog to learn how he/she should react in different situations. It also helps them learn to stay friendly and calm despite any triggers such as a fearful human nearby.
A well-trained dog is also generally safer since you can tell him or her to sit instead of crossing the road. Train your dog not to go to dangerous places. Build up good habits (like walking) that will benefit your dog’s health for years to come.
3. Promote a Healthy Diet
Domesticated dogs suffer a lot from obesity and nutrient deficiency. Your dog’s quality of life and longevity is affected by these issues, but it can be fixed. Combine portion control with quality food and the occasional snack, and you’ll have a healthy dog.
Don’t assume that cheap dog food provides the nutrition your dog needs. Most foods you get from the store are made up of water and flour that have added flavor and nutrients. These eventually lead to gastrointestinal problems, obesity, malnutrition, and tooth decay.
What food should you get for a healthy dog?
You don’t have to get raw-meat or organical diets. There isn’t enough evidence to show that these foods are beneficial to your dog. Invest in high-quality dog diets with a high meat percentage. High-quality canned food supplemented with quality kibble should help keep your dog healthy. Seasonings are not good for dogs so try to avoid human food as much as you can.
Don’t leave food out all day. Feed your puppies 3-4 times a day. Feed adult dogs twice a day and that should be enough. Dogs tend to overeat if you leave food for too long leading to weight issues and obesity.
Mind the snacks that you give your dog. Most dog treats are about as healthy as human candy. Instead, opt to treat alternatives that your dogs will love. Let’s take for instance 6 months old dogs and older may take raw honey for dogs. They not only love it but it’s also good for their allergies, digestion, and overall health.
Finally, for a healthy diet, you must also provide clean water. Your dog’s water dish should be clean and water replaced daily, making sure it is always full. Set your dog’s water away from his or her food bowl to prevent bacteria and tooth decay.
4. Exercise (A Lot)
Dogs need a lot of exercises. No matter what the age or breed, your dog has a lot of energy. Walking for at least two hours a day would benefit every dog breed.
While it is crucial to pay attention to your environment (for example, no dog will benefit from being forced to run in the middle of the day in very hot weather), dogs need exercise. Planning for four 30-minute walks each day, you are giving your dog the best chance of being healthy, happy, and well-adjusted to living inside a home.
Having a dog is a lot of work, but building good habits between you and your dog will help you live better lives. Taking small steps to keep your dog healthy, you will ensure that your new best friend lives as long and as well as possible.
So you now know how to raise healthy puppies but you are probably wondering how to do it if you have a fulltime job. Don’t worry we got you covered in that.
Raising healthy puppies while working fulltime
Working fulltime means that you leave your dog home by himself/herself. This might sound brutal but having your dog in your presence all the time is actually not a good idea. There are some factors that you need to consider like;
How long your puppy can hold his/her bladder
You can calculate this by adding one to the puppies age in months. This is how long your puppy can hold his/her bladder in hours. For example, if your puppy is 6 months old he/she can hold the bladder for 7 hours max. But leaving your puppy alone for 8 hours straight isn’t a good idea. Puppies need frequent toilet breaks and the stimulation they get from your company.
So what you can simply do is to get help for your dog/puppy. This doesn’t take long as toilet training also comes in handy. As the puppy gets older they become less demanding. Give your dog regular training to make your work easier and manageable.
You might also consider doggie daycares, asking a friend for help or even hiring a dog walker.
Your puppy’s happiness
Many might argue that leaving your puppy all alone for hours is not fair to the puppy. This is, of course, true but there are some hacks to this:
- Leave your puppy tired. Playing with your puppy until they get tired and snooze off would be of great help.
- Have a variety of puppy toys and pre-prepared toys for your puppy to keep them busy. This can be puzzles, squeaky toys, chew toys and many more. This also helps deal with separation anxiety.
- Get a pet camera to help monitor your puppy while you are working.
When leaving for work don’t make a big fuss about it. This tends to make puppies act up when you leave. This means sneaking out while going for work. Play with the pet before leaving then let him settle down with something too play with. The play toy acts as a good distraction allowing you to sneak out.
Considering the points above your puppy/dog will be ready to live healthily and be happy.
There you go WOOFF!!!