If you are thinking about purchasing a puppy, you will need to consider the amount of time your new friend will have to spend alone. Since dogs are pack animals they thrive with human interaction or other pets interaction. It's never a good idea to crate your puppy daily for several hours while you leave for work/school. This might be unavoidable at times to keep your puppy safe, but should not be in the plans of raising your pup. They need social interaction especially the first year of life. Ideally, at least one family member should be with the pup for the majority of the day. This will prove beneficial in the long run with behavior and potty training. You and your companion will have an unbreakable bond with the right amount of love and attention!
Staying current with your puppies shots and dewormings are crucial in maintaining a healthy puppy. At their first vet appointment be sure to bring the provided medical record with you to give to your vet so they can project when shots and dewormings are due again.
Typically puppies will receive 2 vaccinations before they leave the breeder, depending on the age of the pup at pick up. Vaccinations are commonly given in 4 week intervals in the first 16 weeks of life and, according to many professionals, the pup is not FULLY vaccinated until two weeks after the final puppy shot. If you are preparing to receive a puppy soon it is always a good idea to research vaccinations and safety precautions prior to pick up.
And remember: always follow the advice and instructions of your veterinarian!
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