March 23 is an extremely important day this year. It’s not important because it’s the start of Spring Break—it’s important because it is National Puppy Day!

Who doesn’t love an adorable, curious, playful and sweet little puppy? As some of the cutest things ever made, puppies are a source of love, joy and companionship—but it’s not all fun and games. It’s crucial to remember that with great power comes great responsibility—if you have recently taken in a new baby doggie friend, always remember that they will be very dependent on you, as you are basically their world at that point.

The first few months you have with your puppy will be very important and will lay the foundation for your canine’s future health and behavior. A puppy is a major lifestyle adjustment, and you can expect many accident cleanups to counterbalance the joy of a baby doggie.

However, to ensure a healthy and happy life for your pup, below are some puppy 101 tips:

  • Make a vet appointment with us immediately. You’ll get important information on vaccines, parasite control, signs to watch regarding illness, spaying/neutering info and more.
  • Shop for high-quality food. You puppy will grow fast, so you need to select a food that’s made specifically for puppies instead of dogs. Also, don’t forget about giving them access to clean, fresh water at all times.
  • Establish a potty routine ASAP. Positive reinforcement, patience and planning are the keys to puppy potty success.
  • Socialization. This is imperative during puppyhood to ensure your puppy grows into a successful, well-behaved dog. Socialization with other dogs, cats and any situations that will enhance their worldview and curb anxiety are highly recommended.

This is far from a comprehensive list, but when you bring your puppy in to Briargate Boulevard Animal Hospital our vets will vigorously work with you to help your puppy blossom into a wonderful, lifelong companion!

So, if you’ve got a baby doggie, we would love to meet them! To make an appointment with us, you can call (719) 528-5689 or schedule online.