Skip to main navigation Skip to main content
HomeWellness CareEvery Stage Care

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.

Our favorite training classes are those at The Palms Pet Resort & Spa. They offer classes for training and socialization, as well as some that are just plain fun! Visit their website to learn more!

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

Puppy 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.

Your Puppy’s Visit to Hill Country Animal Hospital

Puppy and Kitten Visit

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.

Are you ready to get your puppy started on a lifetime of health and happiness? Make an appointment or call us today!


Wellness Care

From Our Blog:

Ultrasound Imaging – Does My Pet Need This?

Ultrasound imaging is just one of the diagnostic tools known as medical imaging. Ultrasounds are becoming very common in veterinary medicine. They give us so much information! To answer the question of whether a pet needs an ultrasound we must first talk about what that is. The Description Diagnostic ultrasound imaging is a method that […]

Read More

Cat Lovers Unite to Celebrate!

December is National Cat Lover’s Month. How great is it to have an entire month dedicated to those of us who love cats?  I am proud to say that I am definitely in this camp.  This is a very busy time of year but don’t forget to celebrate your feline friends this month.  For this […]

Read More

From Facebook:

Always have friendly, loving, knowledgeable doctors who spend adequate time with our pets. I love how I can see they actually care for our furry family members. The experience at this office is superb. From being immaculately clean to the care and candor provided by the staff, you have made a lifelong customer. I would easily drive 100 miles to obtain the level of customer service provided by this practice. Well done!
Julie F., San Antonio, TX
I was very impressed with the welcoming facility and how much Harley was catered to. She never leaves the house but she felt at home in her exam room roaming around and jumping on counters. She even greeted everyone with open arms even though she was in a new place. She as well as her sister will be coming back if the need arises.
Kari W., Helotes, TX
You do everything well! From the second you walk in the door you are greeted by name, told "we have you checked in," etc. The veterinary assistant was so great! Dr. Krick is wonderful as is Dr. Peterson. They both share knowledge and listen well.
Stanetta C., San Antonio, TX
I called afterwards because I thought I missed some instructions and the front desk was able to answer my question immediately but the Dr. also called me back to clear up any confusion. My cat is 19 years old and not once did they tell me to euthanize her because of her age. The nurse who was handling her was the best, she treated my cat with care and understanding.