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Puppy care 101: a guide to physical and mental well-being

07/12/2023 Health & care Dog

Puppy care 101: a guide to physical and mental well-being

Welcoming a fluffy puppy into your home is an unforgettable experience, but it also comes with significant responsibility. In addition to taking care of your new companion's physical health, it's crucial to pay attention to its mental well-being. Social interaction, the right toys, health care, and nutrition all play a significant role in ensuring a healthy and happy future for your furry friend.

In this blog, we explore the crucial aspects of puppy care, providing helpful tips and advice from veterinarian Valéry Vermeulen to smoothly navigate this beautiful journey.

Toys tailored to their needs

A healthy puppy requires not only physical care but also social interaction and mental stimulation. Social interaction with its pet parent plays a crucial role in the pup's development It's an opportunity for them to learn, explore, and build a strong bond with you.

During this interaction, the use of customised toys is of great importance. Choose toys specially designed for their needs and size. Small balls and soft toys are perfect for their little jaws and teeth. Tug and play ropes are also great for interactive play sessions. These different toys provide both physical activity and mental stimulation.

Healthcare from the start 


When you welcome a new puppy into your home, this automatically means regular visits to the vet. In the initial stages, puppies are not yet protected against significant diseases, so the first check-ups at the vet are crucial. During these checks, the most important vaccinations are administered and the vet discusses crucial periods for deworming and flea and tick treatment. It's also important to check that the puppy's chip is registered in your name.
In addition, the veterinarian will provide valuable advice on the proper nutrition that is most suitable for your puppy, as well as potential supplements.


The right nutrition for optimal development


The right nutrition is very important for the healthy growth and development of your puppy. A well-balanced diet provides all the nutrients they need. Consult your veterinarian for nutritional advice based on the age, size, and breed of your puppy. In addition to their meals, sufficient drinking water is essential. Use special drinking bowls that are tailored to the size and needs of your puppy. Make sure they are finished with a rubber ring so that the bowls can't slide away. Easy-peasy!

Sufficient hydration


Make sure your puppy always has sufficient access to fresh drinking water. Special bowls, tailored to your puppy's needs, can help with this. These bowls are designed with a rubber ring to provide stability, allowing your pup to easily consume water and food. By paying attention to social interaction, appropriate toys, healthcare and nutrition, you establish a strong foundation for a healthy and happy life for your puppy. But these are not the only steps you can take.

Education and training: appropriate behaviour formation

  • Early Socialisation: Start early by introducing your puppy to various people, animals, sounds, and environments to ensure a well-adjusted, social dog.
  • Positive reinforcement: Use rewards to encourage desired behaviour. Avoid punishment, as positive reinforcement works best in shaping your puppy's behaviour.
  • Patience and consistency: Be patient during your puppy's training. Establish a consistent routine and repetition so that your pup understands what is expected of him.
  • Dog School: Consider attending training for a strong foundation. Professional guidance can benefit both you and your puppy.

Health and Well-being: Make sure your puppy is happy

  • Regular exercise: Provide sufficient exercise tailored to your puppy's age and breed. Walking, playing, and running are crucial for their physical health and mental stimulation.
  • Flea and Tick Prevention: Consult your veterinarian for suitable flea and tick prevention. Prevent fleas and ticks to ensure your puppy's health.
  • Dental Care: Start early with teeth brushing and offer chewing toys to maintain dental health and prevent tartar.
  • Timely Vaccinations and Deworming: Keep a schedule for vaccinations and deworming as recommended by your veterinarian to protect both your puppy and your family from diseases.

Comfort and Safety: Create a pleasant living environment

  • Comfortable sleeping place: Offer your puppy a comfortable sleeping place with a soft basket or cushion in a quiet area in the house.
  • Safe environment: Ensure that your home is safe for your puppy. Remove toxic plants, secure potentially hazardous spaces and watch out for small objects that could be swallowed.
  • Temperature control: Pay attention to the temperature in the house and make sure your puppy is neither too cold nor too hot.
  • Affection and Love: Build a strong bond Quality time: Spend daily quality time with your puppy through playing, cuddling, and being together. This strengthens your bond.
  • Loving touches: Pet, massage and tickle your puppy for reassurance and comfort.
  • Tone of voice Use a gentle, calm voice when speaking to your puppy. Positive and calm tones contribute to a sense of safety and affection.

Taking care of your puppy goes beyond hugs and treats. It requires a commitment to understanding your puppy's needs, providing the right care, and building a strong bond based on trust and love. From selecting the right toys to consulting the vet for health advice, every step you take contributes to a healthy and happy life for your furry companion.
With these tips and the guidance of your veterinarian, you're well on your way to create a great life for your beloved puppy. Experience the adventure and joy your new housemate brings!

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With thanks to veterinarian Valérie Vermeulen for her valuable contribution to this article. 

In a nutshell

Kies speelgoed dat speciaal is ontworpen voor hun behoeften en grootte. Kleine balletjes en zachte speeltjes zijn perfect voor hun kleine kaken en tandjes.
In de beginfase zijn pups nog niet beschermd tegen belangrijke ziektes, daarom zijn de eerste controles bij de dierenarts van groot belang.
Gebruik speciale drinkbakjes die zijn afgestemd op de grootte en behoeften van je pup. En zijn afgewerkt met een rubberen ring, zodat de bakjes niet kunnen wegschuiven.