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New Year’s Resolutions for Puppies

Happy New Year! If you are starting out the year with a puppy, you are definitely in for some super cute moments in 2018. That first year is very important! Little Fido will hit some important milestones this year. In fact, your canine buddy may have some pretty big goals for the next 12 months. Below, a Sugar Land, TX vet lists some great resolutions for puppies.

Learn New Things

Training is going to be a big part of Fido’s first year. The little guy should learn basic doggy commands, like Sit, Stay, Come, Heel, and Lay Down. Teach your pet one thing at a time, and make sure he has mastered each command before you move on to the next. It’s also important to be patient and consistent, and to reward your furry student when he does

Figure Out That Whole Housebreaking Thing

One of the biggest things your pet will learn this year is housebreaking. Puppies can hold it about one hour for each month of their lives, until they reach adulthood. Little Fido will also need to go out after meals. (Tip: we recommend crate training your pooch as you are housebreaking him.)

Grow!

Puppies grow very fast, especially with larger breeds. Make sure your pooch is getting started on the right paw in life by providing him with proper nutrition. Give little Fido a good puppy-formula pet food, and offer him suitable snacks. Ask your vet for more information.

Play!

Little Fido will spend lots of the new year just running and playing. Make sure your cute pet has plenty of fun toys, and take time to play with him every day.

Explore

Little Fido is going to be very interested in exploring his world. There are just so many lawns to conquer, and so many plants to sniff! Make your home safe for your furry little adventurer by removing or securing anything potentially dangerous, such as toxic plants, medicine, chemicals, plastic bags or wrappers, and anything small or sharp.

Make New Friends

Socialization is very important for baby dogs. Your puppy should be exposed to lots of new places and faces while he’s still little. This will help little Fido grow into a friendly, well-adjusted adult.

Please reach out to us for all of your puppy’s veterinary care needs. As your Sugar Land, TX pet hospital, we’re here to help!

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