A Guide to Taking Care of a Six Week Old Puppy

Bringing a puppy home is very exciting. Taking care of a six week old puppy can be both a pleasure as well as a challenge. Although you’ll experience many complications and frustrations, all the hard work will have many rewards too. The success of your relationship depends on how well your train your puppy to follow the rules and regulations. It would be great if you could start training your pup from a very early age onward as it would help not only to raise a well-behaved puppy but also to develop an amazing bond between you and your dog.

Do Your Homework Before Buying a Dog

If you think buying a puppy is a piece of cake, you will surely end up being a dissatisfied dog owner. All dog breeds are different and so it is very important to do some research on the breeds you are interested in buying. This will help you make sure whether these breeds are compatible with your lifestyle and environment. Training some breeds can be tougher sometimes. But a lot of patience and the willingness to put in some effort can definitely turn these dogs into obedient, loving pets.

Get the Right Supplies for Your Puppy

Make sure to buy some supplies before you bring your puppy home. These include a crate, food and water bowls, high-quality food, a few fun toys, cleaning supplies, doggy shampoo, leash, collar, and some poop bags.

Create a Safe and Comfortable Environment

Your six week old puppy would need some time to get adjusted to his new environment. So it is essential that you create a safe and comfortable environment where he can feel happy. Keep harmful things out of your pup’s reach. Create a safe spot guarded by a boundary, in a selected area in your home. This would be the place where he can find solace if things get too overwhelming. This space can be expanded as your pups gets more adjusted and comfortable. It should also have easy access to a garden, backyard, or his outdoor potty zone.

Work as a Team to Raise Your Pup

If your pup is coming to a home that has many family members, it is important that all of you work together as a team to train your puppy. This is especially true if there are little kids in the house. The problem with not working together as a team is that your dog will be confused, because he won’t have a clear idea on what he should be doing. This confusion may jeopardize all your training efforts.

Feeding Your Pup

Talk to your vet about your puppy’s nutrition before buying a good dog food and deciding on a feeding routine because every breed has different nutritional needs. Choose a high-quality food formulated specifically for puppies and make sure that the primary ingredient is meat and the food contains plenty of good vegetables.

Learn Some Basic Dog Skills

It is important to spend plenty of time with your pup and help him learn a few basic rules of the house such as staying in his crate and potty training. Keep in mind that most puppies respond well to play training. Your puppy is just a baby and you will need a lot of patience to teach him stuff. Since he has a short attention span, try training him in short intervals so that he learns quickly.

Potty Training

Potty training is very important because you don’t want your pup defecating wherever he pleases. Puppies can be trained easily if you stick to a routine and give him good rewards. To potty train, make your dog spend an hour in his crate and then release him. Run him over to his potty area and tell him to do the job. If he does, give him lots of love and praise, and then give him a treat. Play with him for a while.

Start Learning Socialization Skills Early

Your puppy will be meeting different people and a variety of animals, so it’s important he learns to socialize. The rule of thumb is that he should meet a lot of people before the age of 3 months. Invite your friends over or throw puppy parties where he gets to meet many people. This way he can learn a variety of useful skills, including bite inhibition and how to interact with each other. You should also take him on regular walks so that he gets accustomed to strangers. Well-socialized dogs make great companions, while the not so socialized ones can sometimes be dangerous.

Help Your Puppy Learn to be Home Alone

Your dog will have to be left alone at home at some point or the other. To teach him to behave when you are not at home, create a long-term confinement spot and place a comfortable bed, a bowl of fresh water, a doggy toilet, and lot of chew toys. Put him in this spot when you leave home for extended periods of time. Train him to use a doggy toilet or a potty pad during this time.
Dogs are very social animals and so teach him to enjoy his own company before you leave him for long periods. Teach him to settle down with a chew toy. The first one month of your puppy’s arrival can be really tough and challenging, and it is very important to be prepared. Without proper training, love and care, your pup can develop destructive habits and it would be too difficult for you to handle him in the long run.

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