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Puppy Care Tips

The 5 essential tips for a healthy, happier start in life!

Puppy Tip 1
Bringing your Puppy Home

The day your new puppy arrives home is the start of a new life and a great adventure for all of the family! For your puppy, it can be a frightening time of adjustment and he/she will need a couple of days to adjust to the new surroundings. Closely supervise your puppy at all times and never leave unattended, unless in a safe enclosed area.

Decide in advance where your new puppy will sleep and eat. A puppy playpen is ideal, or somewhere like the utility room or a small room that is not used too often. By getting down to the puppy's level you can assess if there are any electrical cords that could be chewed. Is there anywhere your puppy could get stuck, or maybe fall from check the windows, balconies and stairs. By puppy-proofing now, you can avoid any mishaps later.

Here's a reminder of some useful items:

- Puppy crate or playpen (if using)
- Dog bed and bedding
- Food and water bowls one for each
- Food 1 Month supply provided by Teacups.co.uk
- Toys
Puppy Tip 2
Feeding your Puppy

Teacup and small puppies require 3 small meals a day from 1 to 6 months old. At 6 months, 2 meals a day are adequate.

Feed your new furry friend with the specialist food recommended by Teacups.co.uk.

Royal Canin Dry Dog Food is formulated to provide exactly the right combination of ultra-digestible proteins, carbohydrates, fats, added vitamin and other nutrients small puppies require. If you would like to switch brands we recommend that you add just a small amount of the new food to the old food and gradually switch over. Always ensure your puppy has 24 hour access to clean water. Please remember that small puppies have unique nutritional needs and benefit from a food formulated for those needs. Chocolate must be forbidden.
Puppy Tip 3
Exercising your Puppy

Playtime is not only fun, it is also great for training and teaching your puppy new commands. Good behaviour and obedience need to start early! Play can mean a game of fetch with you, together time watching TV etc; or even interactive toys when you are away. Plan to devote 20-30 minutes every day to training sessions. Try to avoid excessive activity, especially in the first 6 months of age.

Remember! Children can become especially excited, teach them how to carefully play and the correct way to pick-up the puppy. When you bring your puppy home, it's always a good idea to have the children sit down and let the puppy come to them.

Puppy classes are great for socialisation ask at your vet for details, or enrol in a local dog training class.
Puppy Tip 4
Grooming your Puppy

Get your puppy accustomed to grooming early in life. Start with short grooming sessions and reward your pup with treats so he/she associates handling these areas with pleasant outcomes.

Regular brushing is recommended, regardless of the length of your puppy's coat.

You should brush your puppy at least once a week. Sometimes your brushing can have a specific purpose, such as removing hair mats, but most often you'll just be doing general brushing to give your puppy a nice healthy looking coat.

Unless your puppy has rolled into something smelly or dirty, he/she will only need to be bathed every two to four months. Bathing too frequently will dry out the skin and strip the natural oils from the coat. Make sure to use a shampoo that's made for dogs. Human shampoo can be too harsh for your puppy's skin and coat. Avoid getting shampoo and water directly in the eyes, mouth and inside the ears.
Puppy Tip 5
Keeping your Puppy Healthy

Your local veterinarian clinic is an excellent resource for your puppy's medical and care needs. All Teacups.co.uk puppies for sale have their vaccinations and de-worming up-to-date for their age. It is the new owners responsibility to maintain all annual vaccinations. A check-up once or twice a year is recommended for the puppy's long-term health and wellbeing.

For your peace of mind, Teacups.co.uk recommends that an initial health check-up is carried out within 72 hours. So selecting a vet before your new puppy comes home can save time. Should the puppy fail the examination you have the right to return the puppy for a refund. By choosing Teacups.co.uk we want you to be confident that you have made the right choice.
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