Would you like to welcome a new puppy into your home soon? Located in Hamilton Ohio,
Preferred Puppies is a trusted seller of quality, locally-bred puppies.
Before being adopted out into loving families, we care for each of our puppies as
if they are one of our own, and we never source from puppy mills.
Before you decide which puppy is best for you and your family, it is important
to learn how to properly care for your new puppy once you get him or her home.
Tips for caring for a new puppy
Caring for puppies can be challenging at first. There is so much that
needs to be done to train and protect your new puppy, both now and well
into the future. Here are some of the ways Preferred Puppies recommends
you go about caring for puppies:
- Despite their name, remember toy breed puppies are not toys.
All puppies need food, water, and a comfortable place to sleep to grow up
happy and healthy.
- Contact a reputable veterinarian as soon as you take one of our
locally-bred puppies home. Not only will he or she need to be set up
on a vaccination schedule, but it’s important to have your puppy on
record with a vet’s office in case of an emergency.
- Feed your puppy high-quality food that is specifically designed
for puppies and their unique needs. When you switch to dog food, do
it gradually to avoid digestive upset. Mix a little bit of the new food with
old, slowly decreasing the percentage of old food over time. The
transition should take about a week.
- Keep your curious puppy away from cleaning products, chocolate,
grapes, and anything else that could be
dangerous to them.
- Start training your puppy from day one, and make sure you
discipline your puppy anytime you catch them doing something they
shouldn’t be doing.
- Reward your puppy early and often for good behavior. This is
often more effective than dishing out punishments.
- Keep anything you don’t want chewed out of
reach. Offer your puppy a variety of safe toys and rotate them often to
prevent boredom (a major cause of destructive behavior).
- Strongly consider neutering or spaying your puppy when they turn
six months old unless you plan on breeding them.
- ID your puppy with collar tags and microchips to increase the
chances of finding your dog if they ever go missing.
Potty training your new puppy
It is most effective to begin potty training right
away. It is nearly impossible for your puppy to avoid having at least
one or two accidents in your home at first. However, you can limit the
number of accidents your puppy has by figuring out what works best for
him or her.
No two puppies are the same, and even puppies from the same litter
may respond to potty training differently.
However, there are plenty of general guidelines you can keep in mind to make
the experience a bit easier on you when potty training a new puppy in your home:
Most puppies will signal that they are about to potty. When your pup is
loose in the house, keep a close eye on him. If he starts to turn in circles,
sniff the floor, or arch his back while walking, pick him up and take him out.
Help him get
to the right place; then praise and reward him with play or a treat when he finishes.
- Make every effort to either crate or confine your puppy when
you’re not home since that’s when accidents tend to happen most.
- Put your puppy on a schedule that involves feeding and taking
them outside at the same time every day to get them accustomed to
relieving themselves outside.
- Get into the habit of feeding your puppy at least four hours
before they're scheduled to go to sleep and remove their water bowl
about two hours prior to bed.
- Keep a leash by each of your home’s exterior doors to ensure you
have one handy when you notice your dog sniffing around to use the
bathroom. Teach the puppy that they can go potty even on leash with you standing
right there. This will be important when you visit other places with
- Avoid playing with your puppy when you take them outside since
this could send the wrong message about why you’re taking them out
in the first place.
- Take your puppy to potty after every meal, the first
thing in the morning, the last thing at night, every time they wake
up from a nap, and after an active play session.
- If you see your puppy start to go potty in the house, just pick
them up, and take them outside. Once they've finished (outside), praise
them heavily. If you find an accident later, don't yell at your puppy
or punish them because it's too late. Unless the puppy is actively
using the bathroom it is too late to take corrective action.
- If you are unable to potty train
your puppy by the time they reach five months old, speak with your
veterinarian. It could indicate
a health problem.
Puppies have accidents, and it is very important to remove all traces of
odor from the place your puppy potties. Regular cleaners are inadequate
because puppies have very sensitive noses, and they will still
smell it. If the puppy smells waste odors, they will think they've
found the toilet and possibly potty there again. Pet supply stores sell
special cleaners designed to eliminate odors. Use
these to cleanup accidents.
When you choose to purchase one of the locally-bred puppies from
Preferred Puppies in Hamilton, OH, we are available to talk in-depth
about how to care for, and potty train, your new puppy. Contact us if
you have any questions about the puppies we have available right now.