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Caring for Your New Puppy: The First Year

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

The first year of your new puppy’s life is by far the most important with regard to his or her lifelong health. This timeline will help you keep track of important dates and milestone developments in the first 12 months so you can make sure your puppy grows up to be a healthy and happy adult.


2 months (8 weeks)

  • Time for a visit to the veterinarian for a checkup and first round of vaccines
  • Talk to your vet about proper nutrition, deworming and ongoing heartworm prevention
  • Begin crate training, socialization and house training
  • Ask your veterinarian about flea and tick control products for your puppy


3 months

  • Round 2 vaccines and deworming are due
  • Begin obedience training
  • Get your puppy used to wearing a collar and short walks on a leash


4 months

  • In most cases, third, and last, round of vaccines for puppies are due
  • Get your puppy used to being groomed and handled
  • Your puppy will likely be teething; provide tough chew toys to relieve the discomfort
  • House training should be complete


6 months

  • Neutering (for males) or spaying (for females) at around 6 months of age may help prevent certain diseases and reduce hormone-related behavior problems
  • Help keep your puppy safe with microchipping and tagging


7 – 12 months

  • Your puppy will have lost all his baby teeth by now and have a full set of adult teeth
  • Get your puppy used to tooth brushing using a special toothbrush and toothpaste for dogs
  • Continue socialization and advanced obedience training


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