If you've just brought home a new puppy or you are planning to do it, you may wonder how to treat them, and when is the right time for play in the backyard? We are sure you are very excited and you surely want to take them all over the place. When they can play in the backyard depends on a lot of things, from your area, the size of the backyard to other animals who also have an approach to your property. The backyard is not always the safest option although it may seem like that. Young puppies are more sensitive to getting illnesses from other dogs or animals, so you need to be careful. In this article, we will explore this important topic.
Protect your puppy
When it comes to playtime in the backyard, try to limit it and take them out for pisspot breaks. Be careful about long walks because they need more sleep than adult dogs for their growth and maturation. It's hard to tell when they can be in your backyard on their own, but some suggestions are to limit their playtime in the yard until they are 16 weeks old and their immunization is up-to-date. Puppies usually get their first circle of vaccines when they are about 6 weeks old and then every three to four weeks a new one until they are 16 weeks old. Their mother's milk can reduce the effect of vaccines so it is very important for puppies to get the full circle of vaccines. However, in most cases, you need to estimate when they are ready to go outside. It really depends on your area and how many animals have an approach to your backyard.
Keep your puppy safe in first 4 months
Be aware of other dogs. Before getting a puppy, make sure all other pets, if you have one, are vaccinated regularly. Keep your puppy steer clear of other dogs in the first weeks and don't let them smell another dog’s excrement because they can get sick. It's recommended to go out with young puppies in fenced backyards. It's much safer and you should let know your neighbors that you have a new unvaccinated friend. In the first 16 weeks keep your puppy only in the yard, avoid other public places. Be careful at the vet. While visiting the vet, take your puppy in and keep them steer clear from other dogs and even the floor.
How to potty train your puppy?
It would be ideal if you have fenced backyard, but if not, before going out make sure to check there are no other animals outside and no other animal's feces. If you want to feel more secure you can get a small fence, specially designed for puppies. Don't forget to design a special place in the yard for your puppy to use as a bathroom. Try to nourish your puppy always at the same time to create a routine. This way you will realize how soon after eating you two need for a walk. Puppies have small bladders so make sure to take them out in the early morning, after sleeping, and every next hour. Always take them on one spot you choose as the bathroom, they will begin to accept it and do it by themself. Don't forget to give an award to puppies when they go potty. A dog treat would be nice.
Time for play and socializing
We mentioned earlier that puppies need a lot of sleep for their growth. in fact, they need to sleep around 20 hours a day! Young puppies demand a minimal amount of exercise, even a walk can be too hard when they're a few weeks old, so think about that. Their skeletal systems develop through the first year of their lives, so don't push them too hard to avoid any kind
of physical harm. Giving them some play is good but all within some limits.
Once your puppy is fully vaccinated, you can visit other puppies and socialize together. Of course, before visit make sure other puppies are also vaccinated. Try to look for dogs approximately the same size as yours because older and bigger dogs can be too coarse for a small puppy. Socialization in the early months is very important for a puppy and can stop possible aggressiveness in the future.
How to puppy-proof backyard?
Having a puppy proof yard will keep your puppy safe and happy. Here are some short tips on how to have one. Keep your lawn short because your puppy can be easily attacked by fleas if there is any tall grassy area near. Once one flea hooked onto your dog, it can be a very difficult task to get rid of them. As we said, fleas like to stay at shady places in long grass, so make sure your lawn is always short. More about fleas and how to get rid of them you can read in our article here.
Make sure to put fences around the pool or ponds. Puppies can be very curious and may don't how to swim while they are still young. Some races actually have problems with swimming even as adults so keep them away from water. Protect them from chemicals, keep away any chemical in your garage. puppies will chew anything they can, so even outdoor items like bug spray should be removed. If you treat your backyard with any kind of chemicals, keep your puppy away from that area or use pet-safe chemicals if it's possible. If you are plan on letting your puppy stay in the backyard for a long time as they grow up, make sure there is a lot of shadow and water.
In conclusion, getting a new puppy is a great thing but also a huge responsibility as well. You will need to pay a little more attention in the first few months. Providing your puppies with a lot of sleep and schedule playtime to keep them happy and healthy. When puppies are vaccinated, try to socialize with other dogs, it's very important.