Tips for care a new puppy

Have you recently introduced a little canine to your family? Our Woodbridge animal hospital believes that puppies are one of the most precious treasures of life. Your furry little one will soon grow up into a loyal friend who will offer unconditional love, in addition to wet doggy kisses.

Before this, you will have plenty of adorable moments with your puppy as well as plenty of work to do! In order to grow into a friendly and obedient dog, your puppy will need to learn proper manners while he/she is still young. Our Woodbridge animal hospital gives some useful advice on your little companion’s first year.

Puppy Proof Your Home

Your new puppy is going to be loaded with energy, and will want to survey everything. To ensure your little companion is safe, you’ll have to puppy proof your home. Remove any toxic plants, and keep liquid chemicals stored away from your puppy’s reach.

Socialize Your Pup

It is crucial to socialize your puppy to ensure his/her mental and emotional development. Pets that are properly socialized are very less likely to develop aggression, and tend to become more friendly and loving. This must be done while your pet is still very young.

Train Your Little Canine

Make sure your little canine masters at least the four basic commands, which are:

  • 1. Sit
  • 2. Stay
  • 3. Come
  • 4. Lay Down


Crate training is highly recommended too. A doggy crate can be very helpful, given it is being used correctly. The best time to teach good manners and curtail any bad habits is when your canine pal is still young. Last but not least, make sure you regularly brush your pup’s teeth and also clip his/her toenails, and, of course, give him/her a bath.

Seek Veterinary Care

You pup will be required to make quite a few trips to the Woodbridge animal hospital during his/her first year. Your little canine will need several vaccinations, as well as complete examinations. If your are considering to spay/neuter your pet, it should be done before your pup matures.

Follow your vet’s recommended schedule for appointments. Pay close attention to your little one, and watch out for any signs of illness. Puppies can fall sick very quickly!

Please feel free to contact Napa Valley Woodbridge animal hospital for all your puppy’s veterinary care needs. We are here to help!