What follows is a list of recommendations regarding veterinary care, health and aspects of your new relationship you need to be aware of. Provided by Dr. Peter Eeg.
1. Several veterinary visits early during “puppyhood” will not only assure your pet’s good health and development but can also strengthen the relationship between your pet and the clinic support staff.
2. Your veterinarian will advise you regarding necessary preventative treatment such as flea and heartworm protection.
3. In addition your veterinarian will recommend when the appropriate time to have your new friend spayed/neutered. A spayed/neutered pet is happier, healthier and easier to live with.
4. Your veterinarian is the perfect place to start a conversation about good pet behavior.
5. Get all your behavior priorities set. Make sure your home, grounds, and belongings are all pet safe or out of your pet’s way. Learn more about this in the Training and Behavior section under Before Your Puppy Comes Home.
6. Your veterinarian can help you pick a trainer who will be the most effective in helping you learn to train your pet.
7. Use a crate for early training. Your veterinarian can fully explain how and why. Learn more in the Training and Behavior section under Housebreaking.
8. Find out the general behavior qualities that are common for your selected breed.This will allow you to look for the “danger signs” of bad behavior before they become overwhelming and difficult to correct.
9. Your new family member has a very short attention span. Don’t get frustrated if its attention wanders during training. Keep it short and fun. Learn more in the Training and Behavior section.
10. When in doubt, ask your veterinarian about issues related to the health and well being of your new “best friend.”