A FEW TIPS ON RAISING YOUR PUPPY

 In Cardiff News, Puppy Visits, Tips & Advice

It’s a fact that during the lockdown period 1000’s of new puppies were welcomed into homes up and down the country.  So here at Cardiff Scamps and Champs we’ve put together a few tips to help get your pup off to a flying start.

Vets.

As you will no doubt be aware, there have been restrictions on vets 

during the pandemic, meaning that by law they have only been able to 

deal with emergencies.  However, things are slowly returning to normal 

and hopefully they will be back to doing all the ordinary things as 

well as the emergency stuff. If you have not already done so, it is 

imperative that you get your puppy registered, health checked and all 

vaccines sorted. Give your vet a ring today and get them booked in. 

Your vet will give you good advice on worming, de-fleeing and lots of 

other issues.

Food.

Puppies have specific nutritional needs in order to fuel good growth 

and development, and this means they require a good balanced diet.  

Puppies generally come in a great variety of sizes from the teeny tiny 

to the “looks full grown” variety, so be sure to thoroughly check all 

the ingredients on the various ranges of puppy foods on the market, 

and make sure your pup is eating a food designed for their body size 

and shape and the body size and shape they will quickly grow into – if 

in doubt, your vet may be able to give you some information.

Toys & teething.

If you have been on the receiving end, you will realise your puppy has 

needle-sharp little teeth, but these will soon be replaced by adult 

teeth that can shred your best shoes or furniture in seconds. When 

teething, pups will chew just about anything so it may just save you a 

small fortune if you think ahead and get them some well made chew toys 

or appropriate chewing treats.  Now will also be a good time to think 

of their oral hygiene, as tooth decay and gum disease can cause 

serious health issues, especially if your pup has heart problems, and 

may leave you with a hefty vet bill.  So talk to your vet about 

getting a suitable toothpaste and brush and get your little one used 

to a daily brushing routine.

Socialisation.

Everyone panics about getting their puppy socialised but unless your 

pup has had all of its full range of vaccinations, it will need to be 

kept separate from other dogs to prevent serious diseases from being 

picked up. Once vaccinations are completed, start getting your pup out 

to meet others, whether at a puppy party or just meeting other peoples 

pups – always be aware that your pup is still a baby and though they 

jump and bounce about in a cute way, this may not always be 

appreciated by other dogs, so make sure your pups meetings are always 

safe. Dogs are pack animals and they will love making friends, but 

they may not yet have learned the variety of signs, signals and social 

behaviour necessary, so never let them to run up to other dogs, and 

always be able to get them out of harms way if necessary.

Training.

There is no time like the present to start with the “not on the couch” 

and “bedtime” commands, and then progress slowly to more complicated 

stuff like “sit”, “stay” and the recall routine. Take your time, 

remember that all pups will learn at different rates just like we do. 

Always be kind and gentle and always reward your pup when it completes 

the desired behaviour.  You could join a puppy training class as this 

will also aid with your pup’s socialisation skills. When your pup has 

learned the good behaviour and acquired new skills,  keep that going, 

because they’ll soon be teenagers and will behave like it – and that’s 

a whole other experience!

Separation.

If your puppy arrived during lockdown they’ll think that you being at 

home all day is how the world is. So, you going back to work will not 

only disrupt their regular routine but could create separation 

anxiety.  If you’re in work all day and are not lucky enough to have a 

job where you can nip back home, then give serious consideration to 

getting someone in to break the day up for your pup. It will allow 

them to get a much needed drink and something to eat and continue with 

their toilet routine. It will also provide a chance to stretch their 

little legs with a short walk or some good quality playtime.  It is 

imperative that you do not leave your pup alone for long hours, as 

this will lead to unavoidable soiling and cause serious issues with 

ongoing training leading to stress and potential behavioural problems 

that may take a long time to settle.

Here at Scamps and Champs Cardiff, we know the importance of raising 

and training your puppy to become a happy and well balanced adult.  We 

offer specialised puppy packages, puppy visits and puppy day care to 

help you return to work with confidence in the knowledge that your pup 

is being cared for, and receiving ongoing training and enrichment in a 

safe environment.

We are Fully Insured, Police Cleared and Licensed. We are also open 7 

days per week – 10% discounts and other benefits available as a 

welcome to our services.

SCAMPS AND CHAMPS ARE PROUD TO ANNOUNCE THAT WE ARE NOW OFFERING A 

FULL RANGE OF ORGANIC AND SPECIALISED DRY AND SEMI MOIST FOODS FOR 

PUPS/KITTENS THROUGH TO ADULTS – please enquire at :

Tel: 0333 200 5827

email : cardiff@scampsandchamps.co.uk

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