Puppy Do's + Don'ts

DO

  • Identify your pet with a tag placed on a nylon collar. Tattoos can also be used.
  • Take your pet to the vet for yearly checkup and vaccines.
  • Spray or neuter your pet, not only to help the serious overpopulation problem, but also to help reduce the chances of cancer. Pets are healthier and happier when fixed.
  • Sign up for obedience class for your dog with a professional humane trainer who uses positive reinforcements only.
  • Keep your cat indoors. If you take them outside, use a leash.
  • Secure all window screens in the house to prevent escape.
  • Supervise your dog when he is outside in the yard.
  • Praise your pet constantly, especially when they are doing good things like chewing a dog bone.
  • Provide safe toys for your pets and play with them everyday. Always supervise your dog with rawhide bones.
  • Make sure your dog is fed and watered.
  • Brush and groom your pets often.

DON'T

  • Let your pet have a litter for the wrong reasons.
  • Leave your dog in the back of an open pickup truck.
  • Ride with your window down and let your dog's head hang out.
  • Switch your pet's food. If you must change their food, do it gradually.
  • Give your pet bones (chicken, pork, turkey, steak, ham, etc).
  • Give milk to your pet; it causes diarrhea.
  • Give your pet chocolate; it is very toxic.
  • Pick up or carry any pet by the back of the neck.
  • Use carpet powders or cleaners unless they are recommended safe for pets.
  • Try to treat your pet with over-the counter medicine.
  • Scream at or hit your pet.
  • Leave your dog chained in your yard.
  • Keep choker chains on your dog for everyday use. They are for training purposes only.
  • Leave poisonous plants around the house.
  • Let your pets run freely.
  • Leave your pet in a hot car, even with the windows open.