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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!


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I really can't offer any suggestions for improvement. Dr. Rooker is great. No matter what we see or call her for, she is always very knowledgeable as well as very kind. Also, she always follows up with a phone call. This is very much appreciated. Your staff is great. When we walk in the door, we are always greeted by name made to feel that our visit is just as important to them as it is to us. Thank you.
Carolyn B., Rio Medina, TX
So happy we were referred to this office, very satisfied with the experience. Really concerned about leaving our vet in AZ. We are happy now. Everyone was caring and professional. Would highly recommend this office.
Martha H., San Antonio, TX
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
This is a very pleasant vet office. Love that you really try hard to make it pleasant & ensure the least amount of stress for the animals. Everything is top notch.