Buying and Raising a Puppy, Step 2: Initial Upbringing

1. Basic socialization

As you will soon realise, raising a puppy is quite a job! A good breeder should already take care of your puppy's socialization during the first eight weeks. But then they hand the leash over to you.
Have as many people come by as possible. That won't be a difficult task because who wouldn't want to come and see such a sweet puppy? This way the dog becomes social and not afraid of strangers.

  • Introduce your puppy to other animals as well. Your dog can safely play with other dogs, provided that they are sufficiently socialized themselves. You want to avoid your little fluff ball having an unpleasant experience with another dog at this age.
  • Many things that we consider normal are new and potentially terrifying for your pup. Let your dog gradually become acquainted with objects that he will be confronted with in every day life: his leash, the car, a broom ... Do not force these things on your four-legged friend, but act as you always do, without fuss or excessive caution.
  • Do the same with all kinds of sounds, for example from phone, doorbell, vacuum cleaner, or car. Couple those sounds with a nice reward and your dog will always experience them as positive.
  • Are you bringing an eight-week-old puppy home? Then you can go to puppy school right away to teach her how to interact with puppies that are the same age. Once your puppy is twelve weeks old, you can start training together at dog school, as long as all her vaccinations are in order. Have fun teaching her to become a hot dog! Remember: raising a puppy is as much about teaching him or her to obey as it is about building their confidence.
Be warned: your puppy will not be toilet trained at first.

2. Toilet training

Be warned: your puppy will not be toilet trained at first. This is another thing you need to educate your puppy on. At the beginning, he'll still do his business inside. But the good news is: with these tips you can housebreak your furry pal faster.

3. Being alone

Prepare for nighttime squeaks and howls. We realize it's heartbreaking. But it's normal. Remember that this little beast can no longer enjoy the warmth and presence of its mother and siblings. You can sleep with the puppy for the first few nights until she is used to being alone for longer periods.

4. Nutrition

Feed your pup three times a day. Leave his meal for 15 minutes and then take it away again. Choose food that is tailored for puppies and contains the correct ratio of nutrients.
Growth food such as Puppy Sensitive All Breeds takes into account the sensitive digestive and immune systems of young puppies and offers them the right nutritional support to grow safely. Opti Life Puppy Mini, Medium and Maxi are well-balanced foods for small, medium and large dogs respectively. Make sure that your puppy always has enough fresh water.

5. Care

Raising a puppy also involves taking the necessary responsibility.

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