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How to raise a healthy, happy puppy

4 step action plan

Set your new four-legged family member up for long-term health and wellbeing.

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Puppies are a whole lot of fun to have around, but the first few weeks as a member of your household are also a valuable opportunity to create some habits, routines and behaviours that’ll set them up for life.

From what to feed your new furry family member, to toilet training and how to make sure he or she is well socialised, discover how to use the next four weeks to get off to the best start possible.

Time to complete

  • 4 weeks

Benefits

  • Age-appropriate nutrition
  • A healthy digestive system
  • Toilet training on track
  • A well-adjusted, well-behaved puppy

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Teach your pup good eating habits

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Teach your pup good eating habits

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In the first few months of a dog’s life, food is an important building block of long-term health and wellbeing, so it’s important to get it right. Plus, puppies have different nutritional requirements to adult dogs. Learn how to make sure what and how you’re feeding your new family member is appropriate and how to avoid – or deal with – tummy upsets at the same time.

Streamline the toilet training process

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Streamline the toilet training process

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Puppies need to learn a wide range of things early on in life – including the fact that outside is better than in, when it comes to going to the toilet! While the odd accident can’t be helped and toilet training won’t happen overnight, we’ll show you how to help your puppy understand what you expect from them sooner rather than later.

Have some adventures!

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Have some adventures!

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One of the best things you can do for your puppy is to introduce them to as many new experiences as you can, as early as possible. Find out why it’s such an important part of their development, when’s the best time to begin, and how to make the process as successful as possible.

Teach them some new things

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Teach them some new things

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Your puppy may still only be small, but don’t underestimate their ability to learn. In fact, once a puppy is about seven weeks old, they’re capable of learning the same things as an adult dog can – you just have to tweak the process slightly. Plus, the sooner they start learning basic commands the better. Find out how to get off on the right paw.