Puppies can make you feel complete, teach the kids responsibility and even add some excitement around the house. Find everything you need to know about owning a puppy from the big decision ‘til he’s all grown up right here!
The Big Decision
The decision to get a new puppy is an exciting time for any family! Make sure to choose a puppy whose personality fits in with your family. Then, stock up on supplies and puppy proof your house before bringing your new family member home. You don’t want him to sniff out your favorite shoes!
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Becoming a Dog Family
Having a new puppy around is going to be tons of fun, but remember that the first few days lay the groundwork for a long, happy life to come. Be a leader for your new puppy, and help him adjust to his new home and family slowly. That means giving him lots of hugs and kisses!
It's time to start training!
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They grow up before you know it, but do you know just how fast? It takes children 14 years to do all of the growing and developing that your puppy will do in just one year (2 for large breeds)! With all of that growth, you better believe he has special nutritional needs! Be sure to feed him a complete and balanced dog food that’s specially formulated for puppies.
Dog Family Fun
The best part about becoming a dog family is all of the family bonding and fun you’re going to have! Set aside at least 30-45 minutes a day for family exercise and play. Games like fetch and find-the-toy are great ways to teach your puppy retrieving, searching and obedience skills. Your whole family can even benefit from taking after dinner walks and running around in the park. This is just the start of a healthy, happy life together.
Now that your puppy is all grown up, you’re off to the next stage of your long and happy life together. Your family should still enjoy lots of exercise and play everyday, and you should think about switching to a complete and balanced adult dog food like Purina® Dog Chow® that will provide your dog with the nutrition he needs for years to come.
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