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Things to keep in mind

We can’t think of many things in life more exciting than getting a puppy. We’ve put together a few top tips to help you prepare for your new arrival.

Feeding your puppy

Of course you want the best for your puppy, but choosing the right food can be a difficult decision. At Companion Care our vets and nurses are always happy to talk you through the various feeding options and help you decide on the best food option to suit your dog.

Puppy toys and playing

Play is not only great fun for you and your puppy, it's also an important part of your puppy's development. It's important to use dog toys when playing with your puppy instead of your hands! Try using toys exclusively when playing so that your puppy doesn't think you're the toy!

Worming your puppy

A heavy worm infestation can make your puppy very poorly with sickness, diarrhoea and weight loss. It can also weaken its immune system. The Companion Care vets and nurses recommend that puppies are wormed at 2, 5 and 8 weeks old and then every month until they are 6 months old.

Coping with chewing and biting

It may have come as a shock how sharp your puppy's teeth are and it's normal how much your puppy likes to chew everything in sight! If you find your puppy chewing on a slipper, replace it with a chew toy! Soon your puppy will learn what it can and can't chew! 

Socialising with your puppy

Socialisation is key to helping your puppy to grow up to be a happy, confident, relaxed and friendly adult dog. The best way to do this is by attending one of our puppy parties so that your puppy learns how to act around other dogs and people in a structured and safe environment.

Preventing fleas on your puppy

Fleas can cause skin irritation and disease in both dogs and people. A flea infestation is one of the most common health problems occurring in cats and dogs in the UK. At Companion Care, our vets can prescribe effective spot-on treatments that, used regularly, will prevent a flea infestation.

Encouraging good behaviour

If your puppy knows what is and isn't good behaviour, they can be more relaxed and knowing how to respond to a set of commands can keep them safer too. When your puppy responds positively to a command, be sure to reward this behaviour with small treats and praise!

Vaccinating your puppy

There are lots of nasty diseases out there that little puppies can catch. Vaccinations are the best way to protect your pup from some of the worst ones. Visit your nearest Companion Care to discuss our range of preventative health care plans.