Keeping Your Dog Safe In Its First Year

Watch them around other dogs.

  • Don’t leave your dog alone with other dogs.
  • Don’t let your dog play with other dogs while they are eating.
  • Make sure that you introduce your puppy to other dogs in a safe and controlled environment, such as a fenced park where there is plenty of space for the dogs to run around without getting hurt.
  • If either of the two dogs has shown any signs of aggression or want to be left alone, do not allow them to engage each other.

Keep an eye on their supplies.

One of the best ways to combat some of these hazards is to keep a close eye on your dog’s supplies. With a puppy, you should make sure they have enough food and water, that they have a safe place to sleep (and not your bed!), and toys to play with. If you’re bringing home an older dog, check out their supplies as well—you’ll want to make sure they still fit into their collar or harness, that it’s still in good condition and not pulling apart at the seams. Get them a leash if they don’t already have one! And if you’re lucky enough to have a yard at home, make sure it’s secure from potential intruders like wildlife or pesky neighborhood ferals.

Don’t let them eat anything they shouldn’t.

As you know, the first year of a dog’s life is full of excitement and discovery, with each day bringing new curiosities. During this time, it’s important to keep an eye on your dog—one aspect of domestic animal safety that is often overlooked by new owners is food-related. According to an article published in the Journal of Small Animal Practice (JAVMA), dogs are vulnerable to poisoning from various sources. This includes chocolate, which contains methylxanthines (similar to caffeine), as well as grapes and raisins, which can cause renal failure in some dogs. In addition to these known hazards, onions and garlic also pose a risk for pets.

To prevent your dog from eating anything that could put its health at risk, we recommend securing all food in tightly sealed containers or high cupboards outside its reach. Be sure that your dog has no access to leftovers or scraps placed into the trash can! We also strongly advise keeping an eye out for dropped morsels while walking your dog; this will help keep her away from what might otherwise be a tempting treat on the sidewalk.

Watch them around children.

Make sure to keep an eye on your puppy’s interactions with kids, as children may not always know how to properly treat a dog. If this is your child’s first time dealing with a dog, you’ll want to make sure that they know not to taunt the dog by tugging on its ears or tail. You should also teach them how best to approach your pup and recognize their body language. Dogs have their own ways of communicating, and being able to understand what they’re trying to say can help prevent aggressive or territorial behaviors.

On the other hand, dogs will also need guidance and training in order to understand what is expected of them when interacting with kids. Teach them “Leave it” or “Drop it” – these commands will come in handy if your dog ever picks up something they shouldn’t have while playing outdoors (i.e., garbage). It’s also important for them not only not bite but also give up an object without any further encouragement from a child; this way everyone stays safe!

Watch them around cats.

Cats are mysterious creatures, as any dog owner knows. Our dogs will spend hours watching them, trying to figure out what their motivations are and why they’re so weird about everything. But sometimes their curiosity can get the better of them and they’ll try to chase that cat, even if the cat is bigger, meaner and clawier than they are.

You’ve got to keep an eye on your pup around cats, because our favorite feline friends do NOT like being chased and will scratch or bite back if they feel threatened. The good news is there are a few techniques you can use to teach your pup how not to bother or scare the cats in your house:

  • Crate training can help keep any unwanted interactions with cats at bay by giving your puppy a safe space when other pets in the house are nearby. Make sure you have plenty of chew toys for your puppy so that he doesn’t get bored while waiting for his next meal or walk!
  • Teaching your pup early on to obey commands like “sit” and “stay” can also help prevent him from chasing kitties when it’s just not a good idea. Stay consistent with training sessions so that he knows exactly what you expect from him—and praise him whenever he does what you tell him!

Keeping your dog safe will take effort, but it’s worth it for a happy and healthy dog.

Keeping Your Dog Safe In Its First Year: A blog about dog safety.

This may sound like a lot of effort, but the results will be well worth it—and it’s something you only have to worry about during those first few months your dog is with you!

During these first crucial months, remember these four important rules when interacting with your dog:

  • Ensure that anyone who comes into contact with your new puppy has clean hands and/or gloves free of any bacteria that could be harmful to the puppy. This means if someone wants to pet your pup, ask them to wash their hands and/or put on gloves before doing so. This can be a tough habit to get used to (especially if it’s an overzealous uncle), but it’s better than bringing a sick puppy home after the holidays and having everyone in the family come down with kennel cough too!
  • Avoid letting people who aren’t up-to-date on their vaccines play with your new puppy. Yes, this includes Aunt Jenny from out of town who just flew in for Thanksgiving. For similar reasons as above, keeping other people away from your new pup until they’re vaccinated themselves is crucial for keeping them safe and healthy during their first year. If anyone is worried about missing out on all the cuddles and kisses coming from Puppy McFluffypants, try offering them some hand sanitizer instead!
  • Avoid taking Puppy McFluffypants anywhere where there are other dogs who aren’t fully vaccinated either. While we understand that it can be tempting to take Puppy McFluffypants along for a doggie playdate at the park or daycare center, those outings are best avoided until they’re old enough for all of their shots (and even then, be sure to check that all dogs at any daycare or doggie meetup are up-to-date on their vaccinations as well). When traveling for vet visits or elsewhere in

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