I Have a New Puppy! Now What?
Welcome to the Hill Country Family!
Hill Country Animal Hospital is here to meet your puppy’s health care needs, but we also want to help you navigate behavioral, training, and enrichment needs. Together, we can care for your new pup inside and out, and help him grow into the pet you’ve always wanted.
Our goal is to furnish you with tips and resources to help you provide the best care possible for your new puppy. Remember that caring for your puppy involves more than just veterinary care!
Puppy Training and Socialization
Dogs need training and socialization. Socialization is so important, especially at a young age. From 3 weeks to 3 months of age, puppies are learning what things in their environment are safe. If puppies do not receive the proper socialization as they age, they are likely to be fearful of unfamiliar people, objects, or places. Because of this, we recommend puppy classes.
Puppy classes allow your dog to be exposed to other dogs, people, and places in a safe and controlled environment. Your trainer will help you navigate all the important steps to take to get your new dog or pup well socialized and on the path to being a fun and trained dog.
Lack of training can cause problems with neighbors, guests in the home, and at the veterinary hospital or groomer. These are situations and needs that will last a lifetime, so the best plan is to get off to a good start.
Resources for Puppy Training At Home
If you can’t get to a training class during the formative months, or if you prefer to go it alone, we have resources to help you. Our favorite training methods are those that were developed by Dr. Sophia Yin.
- Checklist for Socialization
- Perfect Puppy in 7 Days: How to Start Your Puppy Off Right
- Teaching Fido to Learn to Earn: Dr Yin’s Program for Developing Leadership in Humans and Impulse Control in Dogs
- You can visit Dr. Yin’s website to learn more about training, socialization, products that she endorses and dog behavior.
Your Puppy’s Visit to Hill Country Animal Hospital
When your puppy or dog comes for a visit with us, we will take every opportunity to work with your dog to make him like coming to the vet. We offer treats, squeeze cheese, and pet safe peanut butter to make friends with your pup. Make sure your puppy is hungry during his visit so he will accept treats from us.
We use treats to distract dogs from whatever we are doing. This allows us to do what we need to do with the least amount of restraint possible. Remember, we treat your dog as if he was our own, so we are always looking out for his best interests.
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