Some young puppies are prone to guarding behaviour because they have had to compete with their littermates for limited amounts of food. Teaching your puppy to eat when you are around will prevent aggressive food guarding later on in life.
Dogs learn quickly in their first year of life, and what they experience will shape their behaviour through adulthood. Because of this, it's important that you educate yourself to give your puppy the best start possible.
Before bringing the puppy home, check that your home and yard are secure and free of hazards like toxic chemicals, compost, old bones or other small chewable objects.
Chewing is a way for your puppy to explore his world but is also often a result of teething. Between the ages of 2 and 7 months, your puppy loses his baby teeth and they are replaced with his permanent set of adult teeth. Teething puppies can be a big source of frustration for their owners.
Puppies are vulnerable to illness as their immune system develops, so vaccination is a must. The recommended vaccination schedule for puppies starts at 6-8 weeks of age. There are then one or two booster vaccinations in subsequent weeks.
The vets at Best Friends recommend annual booster vaccinations to provide the best protection throughout the life of your dog.
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