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Puppy love

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Text: Tarek Abu Sham

As a first-time dog owner, you might have questions and concerns before bringing a puppy home. So, we've created a list of things to help you out.

Take time in the beginning as your puppy is introduced to a new environment. For example, maybe your new puppy came from a farm or a shelter where other animals and different owners surrounded him. To make your puppy feel safe, you will need to stay close by at all times.

Where do I get my puppy from?

Research options as much as possible and call the breeders you are interested in. Make sure to ask about the puppy's parents, pedigree, vaccination history, how often they breed the mother, etc.

Alternatively, and preferably, you can always adopt a puppy from the shelter. Then, maybe a dog will adopt you!

Find the right veterinarian

Many people choose veterinarians closest to them. Clinics often have their own websites where you can check prices, services offered, and possibly customer reviews.

Going to a clinic can be an inconvenience, and for many dogs, it's a very stressful experience. However, you can always have a veterinarian come to your home to do the annual health checkup and vaccinations or consultation if your dog is sick.

Insurance for your puppy

In Denmark, the law states that all dogs must be insured with at least liability insurance. This type of insurance covers any damage one's dog might do to other people, dogs or their belongings.

Health insurance is separate and helpful when your dog is injured, has breed-specific medical issues or becomes ill. Check our website to see which insurance companies we work with to cover our veterinary consultation fees.

"Socialisation is an integral part of the puppy's upbringing and will determine his behaviour around other pets and humans as an adult."

It's time to come home

Remember that everything is new for the puppy, and you do not know precisely how the breeder raised him, so be patient.

Here are some things that you, as a first-time dog owner, should follow:

#1 First thing's first: Potty training

You need to teach your dog to pee and poop outside. Take a walk with your dog as often as possible. Look for signs like circling or sniffing the floor as these indicate that your puppy needs to potty. For example, if you see your puppy peeing on the floor, it's okay to make a loud noise to indicate that something is wrong and should not be done. But if you arrive too late, it makes no sense to raise your voice at the puppy, as your puppy will not be able to connect the dots of what he just did and your shouting.

#2 Socialisation

Socialising your dog with other dogs, animals, and people is essential. Socialisation is an integral part of the puppy's upbringing and will determine his behaviour around other pets and humans as an adult.

#3 At home

Invite some friends to visit... Whether the puppy's tail is wagging with excitement or whether the tail is tucked behind his hind legs because he feels insecure. Does he lick your guests, or does he bark and run away?

#4 Out on the street

The puppy should be introduced to other dogs and humans while out for a walk.

Would strangers like to hold your dog in their arms? Let them do it! It is good for your dog to get used to other scents. The more stimuli, the better for him.

When socialising, you also need to pay close attention to your dog's behaviour. For example, when introducing your puppy to other dogs, make sure the other dog is leashed, then ask the other dog's owner if his dog is friendly, neutered, etc.

Should any problems arise or you lack time to take care of your dog, you can just contact us to figure it out together! We offer different kinds of services, both veterinary and pet care services. Simply put, everything you and your dog need.

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