Dogs health, puppy introductions how to with info on children and puppies, necessary temporary isolation and more in this pet tutorial.
Puppy Introductions
 

  The change from the familiar comfort of its dam and siblings to the novel surroundings of a new home is bewildering and potentially frightening for a puppy, and every effort must be made to calm its fears and provide an orderly introduction to its new way of life. Such questions as where the puppy’s bed is to go, where its food and water bowls will be sited, and which parts of the house it is allowed access to, should have been decided in advance. The bed and bowls should already be in place, so that from the start the puppy can see that its essential needs have been provided for.


Children and Puppies
 
 It is difficult to restrain young children from gathering around to admire and pet the new puppy, but for the first four or five days they should keep their distance (minimum three - depending on personality of puppy). Avoid sudden loud noises and movements. When the puppy feels sufficiently at ease in its new surroundings it will come forward of its’ own accord and indicate that it is ready to make friends. Young children (under nine) should not be left unsupervised with a puppy.
 The puppy’s name should be used frequently from the beginning. After the settling-in period, the puppy will be ready to start playing, but games must be gentle and should not go on for more than ten minutes at a time. Puppies tend to get overexcited as any small child - also they tire easily, and may overheat themselves.

Puppies and other Pets
 
 If there are any other pets in the house, these must be introduced to the new arrival with care. Cats tend to treat new puppies with caution, and may keep well out of their way for a few days. Care should be taken that, in the excitement of a new arrival, older pets continue to receive as much attention as they are used to along with some special treats or excursions. Dogs may some aggression, and may even discipline the puppy for you, just make sure there is no harm done to the pup, normal discipline from an older dog to a younger, will usually be nipping, knocking over or away from something, or short barks.

** Necessary Temporary Isolation **
 
 Until the first of vaccinations has been completed, usually at about ten to fourteen weeks of age, your puppy must not be allowed into areas where other, unvaccinated, dogs and or other animals, may have walked. This means that the puppy must be confined to your own yard or garden, and must be carried if it ventures outside (for example, to visit the veterinary clinic).
With thanks to “Care for Your Puppy”
The Official RSPCS Pet Guide,
Harper/Collins Publishers, 1985


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