Caring for your puppy is an important responsibility, but it is also one that can be lots of fun.
You just have to make sure that you have all the information and equipment that you need.
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Why Do Dogs...?
An important part of puppy care, is understanding why they do the things they do.
When we get inside our dog's heads, it's much easier to help them settle in.
And become a fun member of the family.
Caring for your puppy is so much easier when you have the right knowledge, and equipment!
Scroll down the page and find out more about puppy growth and development, grooming, shedding and equipment!
Puppy Growth and Development
As your puppy grows and develops, they will change a lot.
And they will need to be cared for a little differently at each stage.
Especially during those milestone events, like teething!
Puppy Growth By Breed
Dogs have been selectively bred in an incredible range. From small and dainty to gigantic.
And although they are all still dogs at their core, these differences in size and shape can make the changes they go through in puppyhood really diverge.
Puppies Under 8 Weeks
Baby dogs should stay with their mother and littermates until they are 8 weeks old.
But during those few weeks they go through some amazing changes.
Find out what was happening to your pup and how their breeder was caring for them here:
8 Week Old Puppy
Once they hit 8 weeks old, your puppy is ready to come home!
This exciting time can also be a bit intimidating.
But don't worry, help is at hand.
Here's how to care for your brand new puppy:
Puppy care for female dogs isn't always just the same as it is for males.
Find out how different they really are, and what you can do to take the best care of them.
Choosing a Puppy Crate
Different dogs need contrasting crates!
Find your breed here, and check out which crate will be their perfect match:
Picking the right bed for your breed is important.
Not just in terms of size, but material too.
Some breeds will treat their bed as you would yours, and just settle down for a nap.
Others will prefer to make it their own giant chew toy!
Toys and Games
Puppy toys are an essential part of their care.
They don’t just provide fun, they are also a distraction when you need to be somewhere else.
Giving opportunities for chewing, testing their teeth, and even using their brains.
Puppy Toys by Breed
Many dogs were bred to be as they are for a reason.
From intelligent herding dogs, to fast sprinting racing dogs.
Those bred to chase, hunt or point.
Or just to keep you company.
You can find out which dog your breed will love the most, based on their history!
Puppy Grooming and Bathing
All pups need a good scrub occasionally.
Some more often than others!
Here are some good general cleanliness guides for you and your little dog.
Puppy Grooming by Breed
Coat type varies hugely between puppies.
From straight to curled, short to long, and everything in between.
The system you’ll want to use to care for the coat will depend on what that coat is like!
Brushes by Breeds
The tools you’ll need to groom your puppy will also depend upon their coat type.
Find the right brushes for your breed here.
Every puppy sheds.
Even the apparently hypoallergenic dog breeds.
But the amount of fur, and frequency of shedding, does differ for each dog.
Check out what to expect from your pup here:
Caring for your puppy is a really important job. And it can be tricky if you don’t know what to expect.
From picking up poop to bathing and grooming, your pup will need you to stay on top of their care.
Getting to know your dog’s breed will help you to take the best possible care of them as they grow and develop.