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When you get a new puppy, it is only natural to want to hang out with them and cuddle and play all day. However, there are a number of things you need to do in the first few weeks – to ensure good health and establish good behavior patterns. It will pay off in the long run. When the fully-grown adult dog is well-behaved and balanced, you will be glad of the effort you put in.Getting into a routine
Setting a routine is one of the most important things you need to do for your pup right off the bat. Though it will be difficult for you to decide on a routine that will work for you and your puppy, do not spend a lot of time trying to figure it out. Here are some things you need to have on the schedule:
- Feeding – Puppies need to be fed more frequently than adult dogs. While adult dogs need to be fed only two times a day, puppies need at least three meals a day, like humans. You can plan it around your own meals. The best times to feed them are seven in the morning, at noon, and again at five in the evening. You have to follow this for the first three or four months. You can then switch over to feeding your pup twice a day unless the vet recommends otherwise.
- Potty time – You have to make sure that you are giving potty time to your pup once every two to four hours to avoid a big mess. Your pup will not be able to hold it any longer than that. Putting a set place and time to this activity teaches your pups that it is not something that they can do wherever and whenever they feel like it.
- Keywords training – Young puppies cannot get into a formal class right away, but this does not mean that you can't teach them some basics every day. Keywords are something every puppy can start learning. Begin with important words like “no”, “good”, and “bad”. Your dog must get used to hearing these words in order to associate the same meaning every time it is used.
- Play and exercise – It is also important to build time for play and exercise in the schedule. You should ideally start your pup's day with exercise before the first meal. Try a pack walk after breakfast followed by play time or bonding. Repeat this general outline each day. Exercise, meal, exercise, play time, and so on.