If you have just brought home your puppy, it’s probably because you are wondering how to care for a 7 week old puppy appropriately. Puppies are cute and fun to play with, but they grow up so quickly that they are no longer the same little cutie that you first took home from the pet store. There are plenty of cute little breeds that look like they will grow up to be big dogs, but the truth is that very few of them actually do. Here are some tips on how to care for a 7 week old puppy appropriately.
Puppies grow up so quickly because they have a very fast metabolism. Your puppy probably weighs between two and four pounds at the age of seven weeks, so you will not have to worry about adding anything to your diet to make sure that your puppy stays small for a while. That being said, you will probably want to start limiting the amount of milk and other “commercial puppy foods” that you give your puppy while it is growing up. This means that you might have to cut back on the number of meals that you feed your puppy each day. Some breeders allow their puppies to eat two to three meals a day.
Probably the most important question you will have when you are learning how to care for a 7 week old puppy appropriately is what you will do about a toilet training plan. Many puppy owners have found that there are several benefits to toilet training while their puppies are young. First, it helps puppy’s learn how to relieve themselves in the right places and it also lets them know where they should never go potty. Secondly, most puppies outgrow their excretory problems by the time they reach eight weeks of age, so it is really not necessary to worry about toilet training for half the life of your puppy. However, it can be a real challenge to get your puppy to go outside every single day.
In order to start the process of teaching your puppy where he should relieve himself every day, set up a playpen or something similar in the backyard for him to use. Make sure that you take your puppy outside of the playpen every day, even if he just needs to do his business at the park. Every day, take your puppy outside until he obliges. If he doesn’t, pick him up and place him in his playpen. Don’t forget to take him back inside after he’s done. That way, he’ll understand that it is OK to go potty in his outdoor playpen, but he won’t be confused for days or weeks to come.
Your puppy should learn how to take a poop by the end of every day. Start when you bring him home, by taking him outside so he can “go” and hopefully relieve himself soon after he goes. If your puppy has already been potty trained, then take him to his spot in the garden right after he gets out of the house. This is easier for puppy to learn because there are no distractions. If he hasn’t been potty trained yet, you can try taking him to the same spot every morning, as long as you know that he’ll go potty in his outdoor spot before you get up.
One big mistake people make when potty training a puppy is waiting too long before allowing puppy to go potty in the outdoor spot. Puppy needs to potty every day, because puppies don’t hold their bladders very long, usually only needing to go poop once a couple of hours. However, if you wait too long, puppy could develop an immunity to outside potty training. If you decide to potty train your puppy in this manner, just start when he is about one year old, and gradually increase the amount of time you give him to potty train. Also, never punish your puppy for not going potty outside.
How to care for a 7 week old puppy is going to be much easier if you start feeding them puppy food made especially for puppies. Puppy food is formulated for growing puppies, and will contain more protein and more calories than dog food. That means that puppy food will keep him feeling healthy, and satisfied, all day long. And don’t forget to put puppy’s meal inside his bowl, so he always has something to eat and digest.
How to care for a 7 week old puppy is going to be much easier if you remember the three simple things every owner should know. First, give puppy plenty of time to potty outside, but don’t leave him unsupervised for very long. Second, keep puppy on a short leash, so he can’t get loose. Finally, reward good behavior, and punish bad behavior. It really comes down to this one simple rule.