When can my puppy meet other dogs?
You’ll need to wait until your puppy is fully vaccinated before letting them meet other dogs. This will help stop them getting any nasty diseases. Wait for the all clear from your vet, then you can take your puppy out and about to socialise. Keep them on the lead and watch other dogs’ body language to make sure they are happy to greet your puppy. Always ask owners first before you allow your puppy to go up to strange dogs.
How should I introduce my new puppy to my current dog?
You’ll need to make sure your current dog is fully vaccinated and well in themselves before bringing your new puppy home. Then it’s best to do introductions slowly, making sure your dog has a quiet space away from your boisterous new puppy!
Obviously it might be a bit difficult to introduce them on ‘neutral territory’ because your puppy won’t be fully protected by their vaccinations yet, but do take away favourite toys or anything that your current dog feels protective over so that these won’t become a problem between your dog and puppy. You should probably keep both dogs on a loose lead when they first meet – make sure you can recognise their body language so you know if the meeting is going well.
Always supervise your dogs together. Remember your puppy may be a lot more playful than your current dog so make sure you are playing with your puppy to give your other dog some space, but make sure you stick to your current routine with your first dog so that they don’t feel a dramatic change to their life.
Remember to feed both dogs away from each other so neither feels the need to guard their food as this can cause a lot of tension between them long term.
How do I crate train my puppy?
Crates are a good way of making sure your puppy is secure and out of any mischief at night! Again, it’s something your puppy will need to get slowly used to and each dog will take a different amount of time before they are happy to be in their crate. Read our article on crate training for the full how-to guide.
Why is my puppy biting and chewing and how can I stop it?
Nibbling and chewing is a natural part of being a puppy. Just like people, puppies go through teething and need to bite and chew. They also explore the world through their mouth, so it’s only natural that they bite and chew anything and everything they can! Rather than trying to stop them from chewing, make sure you give them lots of dog-safe toys they can chew. Find out more about training your dog not to chew.
What should I feed my puppy? How much should I be feeding my puppy?
We’d recommend a complete, life stage appropriate puppy food (so one that’s labelled as being for puppies rather than an adult or senior food). This is because puppies need different levels of nutrients to help them grow. Look out for specific puppy diets such as puppy food for large breeds, or puppy food for toy/small breeds. If you need to change your puppy to a different food, make sure you do this over a couple of weeks to avoid stomach upsets.
Follow the advice on the packet for how much to feed your puppy. If you’re unsure, ask your vet or vet nurse and they can give you the best advice for your dog. Remember not to feed your puppy any human food or scraps. We know it’s hard to resist those puppy-dog eyes, but some human foods are harmful to our dogs and can unbalance their diet. Don’t forget to read up on your dog’s diet throughout their life stages.