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Merrillville, IN 46410

Resolutions For Puppies

January 1 2023

Happy New Year! Are you starting out 2023 with a new puppy? If so, then you are definitely in for some adorable moments over the coming 12 months. Your canine pal has a big year in front of him! Here, a Crown Point, IN veterinarian lists some things little Fido may want to accomplish this year.

Grow

Little Fido is in for one heck of a growth spurt. Most puppies grow the fastest between 3 and 6 months, but it can take two years for your pooch to reach his final adult form. That growth stage puts a lot of stress on your furry buddy’s bones and joints. Proper nutrition is of course an absolute must here. Ask your vet for specific recommendations. 

Learn New Things

Fido is a wonderful pet, but he does need some guidance when it comes to learning how to be a good boy. Some of the things your canine buddy should learn this year? Basic obedience commands, such as Sit, Stay, Come, Heel, and Lay Down, are definitely a must. Drop It and Leave It are both helpful as well. You’ll also need to work on house training, crate training, and house rules, such as staying off couches.

Be A Good Boy

Fido is super cute when he’s soaking up praise. Positive reinforcement is key to raising a polite dog. Incorporate lots of treats and praise, and don’t take the joy out of the process by boring him with long, drawn-out classes.

Explore

One reason dogs make such fun pets? They love exploring new places with their humans. Take Fido to some pretty trails this year, and just let him enjoy being a dog.

Make Friends

This one is actually much more important than you may realize. Socialization is absolutely crucial for young dogs. Expose Fido to new places and experiences, and introduce him to all sorts of people. 

Dental Care

Teething is a big thing in that first year. Chewing helps relieve that mouth pain, so little Fido will want to gnaw on, well everything. Provide lots of suitable chew toys, and be diligent about puppyproofing. Ask your vet for specific advice.

Charm My Vet

It’s probably safe to say that little Fido won’t have trouble making this goal. We love meeting new patients! 

As your Crown Point, IN pet hospital, we wish you a wonderful new year. Contact us anytime! 

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