Puppy Care 101

Caring for Your New Puppy

Congratulations on your new best friend! Having a new puppy to care for can be both a challenging and rewarding experience. From housetraining, to parasite prevention, to socialization, there is a lot to know about giving your puppy the best possible start. At Rum River Veterinary Clinic we are here to support you the whole way. That is why in addition to comprehensive puppy exams, we have also compiled these resources on a variety of topics we feel are most helpful to new puppy owners.

In a world where unlimited pet advice is available at our fingertips, it’s important to have information from a trusted source. Each article in this list has been reviewed by our veterinarians and technicians to ensure that we are providing the best and most accurate information to our clients.

So go ahead and enjoy these precious days of puppyhood, knowing that Rum River Veterinary Clinic is here to help!

Puppy Care 101

Understanding your Puppy’s Behavior and Development

Dealing with Puppy Rough Play

House Training your Puppy

Guide to Crate Confinement

How to Puppy-Proof your House

How to Brush your Puppy’s Teeth

Protecting your Puppy from Fleas & Ticks

Protecting your Puppy from Intestinal Parasites

Protecting your Puppy from Heartworm Disease

Spaying or Neutering your Puppy

Socializing Your Puppy

Leadership Exercises for You and your Puppy

Training Using Positive Reinforcement

Nothing in Life is Free - A Training Technique for Dogs

Training your Dog to Settle or Relax

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