Samoyed’s need lots of love! Lot’s and lots of play! They are loving and smart and just want love in return. They will watch you and learn from you. They can be trained easily. As puppies they have lots of energy, but as they age they become calm, loyal, smart dogs, who anticipate your desires.
When you get a new puppy the first thing you should always do is find a good vet. Taking your puppy to get its first check-up can alert you to any birth defects or serious health issues it may be facing. Also while there you should set up a vaccination plan and when you plan to spay or neuter your puppy. A list of vaccines your puppy will need has been provided below.
- Bordetella Bronchiseptica
- Canine Distemper
- Canine Hepatitis
- Canine Parainfluenza
- Kennel Cough
- Lyme Disease
You’ll need to find a food that is safe and age appropriate for your puppy. Depending on the age of your puppy it’ll also need to eat a certain amount.
- Age 6-12 weeks – 4 meals per day
- Age 3-6 months – 3 meals per day
- Age 6-12 months – 2 meals per day
Creating a bathroom routine is key in training your new puppy. While accidents happen try to avoid them by taking them out as much as you can. To assure your puppy stays safe and healthy make sure you are taking them in a place other dogs can access until the puppy has all of its vaccinations. When your puppy does go outside make sure you are giving it lots of positive reinforcement, but also refrain from punishment when they go inside the house. A suggested potty schedule has been provided.
- When you wake up
- After your puppy eats or drinks a considerable amount of water
- After your puppy’s naps
- When the puppy is excited like during physical activity
- Before bed
The phrase “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks” has a ring of truth to it. Teaching your puppy good obedience and manners while it’s still young is always the best possible thing to do. When teaching, just like with potty training, always reinforce good behavior with positivity and treats. If you feel like training alone feels daunting or this is your first puppy then taking them to an obedience class might be the best choice for you. Typically, classes tend to begin accepting puppies around the age of 4 to 6 months.
Socializing your new companion is an important part in raising your puppy. Doing this avoids behavioral problems down the road. It’ll avoid anxiety and fear when in new situations. Their instinct of fight or flight will be dulled due to the fact that they are comfortable with other animals and humans. Not only will being calm around other animals and humans be helpful for you but when you take your dog to get groomed they will be calm with a stranger and allow the process to happen a lot smoother. Not all social interactions are good ones though so when you take your puppy watch for these signs:
- Lip Licking
- Sleeping an excessive amount
- Tucked Tail
- Turning away from the people who have approached
Puppies are naturally curious creatures so you’ll need to puppy proof your home. Nothing breakable can be at your puppy’s level and anything that would be toxic for the puppy to eat needs to be locked away. They’ll sniff for food, even in the trash, so make sure your trash can is either not easily knocked over or it can be gotten into. A child’s gate is always helpful when keeping your puppy in an area it’s safe in. Having your puppy micro-chipped is always a good idea but, even if getting a puppy license isn’t required by your jurisdiction, it’s a good to get one with your address and phone number in case your puppy decides to go exploring.