If you’ve never owned a puppy and you just brought one home for the first time, you’re in for a real treat, but also a lot of work! It’s understandable if you’re nervous — most people have questions about puppies when they first bring one home.
Here are 7 frequently asked questions about puppies.
1. How much do puppies cost?
Puppies are usually in higher demand than adult dogs, so they tend cost a bit more up front. The cost of a puppy can vary widely, however. Generally, a puppy can cost anywhere from $100 to $300, to over $10,000 for some purebred puppies. Of course, this isn’t considering the overall cost of owning a dog over the dog’s lifetime, which can be between $1,314 to $1,843 the first year and $580 to $875 each consecutive year, according to the American society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
If you don’t want to pay a high price for your puppy, there are often affordable puppies in shelters that need homes. If you decide to buy from a breeder, make sure they are reputable.
2. How do I puppy proof my house?
Think of your puppy like an infant, and follow this checklist:
- Secure trash cans
- Cover electrical cords and outlets
- Place medications out of reach
- Check for poisonous houseplants
- Keep chemicals in a safe place
- Put electronic devices away
- Create a designated space for your puppy
- By a gate and a crate
- Set boundaries
3. When do you start training a puppy?
You should start training your puppy the moment you bring them home. The sooner you start working on their behavior, the less likely they are to adopt behavioral problems. Your puppy will be most receptive to learning during their formative years, so put a plan in place for regular training sessions of core behaviors.
4. Is leaving a puppy alone okay?
Before you can leave your puppy alone, you need to teach them that being alone is okay. Start with house training and socializing, then practice leaving your dog alone for very short periods of time (minutes) in a crate. Extend those periods of time until they are emotionally capable of being alone for longer periods of time. You can use training treats as necessary.
5. How much should I feed my puppy?
According to the American Kennel Club, puppies should be fed specially-formulated puppy food four times a day when they are 6-12 weeks old. The amount of food you give your pup will be dependent upon their weight. At 3-6 months old, you can start feeding your puppy three times a day, then twice a day at 6-12 months
6. When will my puppy stop chewing on everything?
It’s natural for puppies to chew, but although dogs tend to chew less as they grow into adulthood, chewing could also be a behavioral problem that needs to be corrected. You can use positive and negative reinforcement to teach your dog to chew on appropriate objects, such as bully sticks and other chews.
7. What kinds of treats can I give my puppy?
Puppies have delicate teeth, so you can’t give them just any treat. Stay away from antlers and bones, as they tend to break into pieces that puppies could swallow. Instead, give your puppy soft treats like small bully sticks, jerkies, or twisted pizzles. Be sure to supervise your puppy while they chew on the treat, and talk to your vet before giving your puppy any kind of new food or treat.
Do you have any other dog questions? Ask us in the comments below!