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Welcoming a Puppy Home

Nothing is more heartwarming than the first warm nuzzle from a new puppy. With new pets, however, come new responsibilities and opportunities, which can often lead to New Year’s resolutions involving new furry friends. No matter the season, it’s always a moving and emotional experience when a puppy finds a new home. Following are some tips to help keep your new puppy happy and healthy.

Find a veterinarian
It’s important to carefully select the veterinarian who will become your pet's health care provider. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, use the same care and criteria that you would use for choosing your own physician or dentist. Think about what is important to you. Location, office hours, payment options, and the range of medical services provided are all important considerations. For many pet owners, the most important factor is the friendliness and commitment of doctors and staff. There is more and more interest in veterinarians that have a more natural, holistic philosophy about caring for your pet. Your goal should be to find the veterinarian who you believe can best meet your pet's medical needs and with whom you feel comfortable in establishing a long-term veterinarian-client-patient relationship.

ID your pet
While pets are getting acclimated to their home, and with people going in and out, it can be easy for them to slip out a door. Be prepared in case they embark on an unplanned journey around the neighborhood. To ensure you are reunited, get your dog microchipped and outfitted with a proper ID. Paws 4 a Cause offers low-cost microchip clinics and free ID tags at special events throughout the year.

Pup-proof your home
Puppies love to chew, whether it’s on shoes or something more dangerous like wiring or extension cords. To protect them and promote positive chewing experiences, use toys or treats to occupy their time and allow them to chew safely. Never give your dog rawhide bones and be sure to place household products like trash, laundry detergent, and cleaning supplies out your pup’s reach.
Give puppies their own space


According to a survey commissioned by PetSmart and conducted by Wakefield Research, 47 percent of U.S. dog owners let their puppy sleep in bed with them seven nights per week. However, when it’s time for puppies to rest on their own, a crate provides them a safe place while owners are gone as well as their own area away from stressors.

Research nutrition
What you feed your pup has a huge effect on their behavior, health, and overall wellbeing. However, the pet food industry is not regulated very well, labels are misleading or hard to understand, and companies often have very slick marketing campaigns that can make it seem like a food is “all natural” or “premium” when in fact it is highly processed, contains cheap fillers or meat by-products, and is deficient in many essential nutrients. Feeding an all-natural diet is the cornerstone for your pet’s health and can help avoid expensive vet bills related to poor nutrition. Take the time to do your research!

Invest in training
Consistent training is an important responsibility of a puppy parent. Dogs crave love and praise, and a properly trained pooch will better understand what’s expected of him or her. A professional trainer is well worth the investment as it is much easier to train a pup at a young age than to correct bad behaviors later.

Nilla’s Tub DIY Dog Wash and Health Food Store for Dogs and Cats, located at 211 Landmark Dr. in Normal, is dedicated to pet parents who seek a healthier lifestyle and longer life for their pets. They carry a large selection of raw, dehydrated raw, dietary supplements and treats, from small companies that you won’t find anywhere else in town. They have everything you need to bathe and groom your furry friend in a fun, relaxing environment. No appointment necessary, call 309-451-9274 or visit them online at NillasTub.com.


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