Poodle Puppy Care
Poodle puppies are a lot of fun, but like any other babies, they need a lot of care and attention.
Try to continue feeding the poodle puppy the same food it is used to getting for at least a week or so after you bring it home. The puppy has enough changes to deal with without getting used to a new brand of food in the bargain. Once your poodle pup is well settled in your home, talk to your vet about the best brand of food for it.
Rest and Relaxation
Your poodle puppy should have a large crate or carrier where it can be placed if it becomes over-excited or nervous. Place a blanket or towel with the mother’s scent in the carrier, if possible. To some people, placing a dog in a crate may seem mean, but dogs, like their wolf ancestors, are actually seek comfort in dens. When they’re nervous or upset, they don’t want to be in a large, open area. The poodle puppy will feel right at home in his crate.
This doesn’t mean that the pup won’t whine and cry a little when he is first placed in the crate for the night. Speak to him softly and reassuringly, but don’t let him out of the crate. If you do, you will teach the poodle puppy that he can get his own way by being loud. That’s not a lesson you want your knew friend to learn.
Some dogs fly into ecstasy at the sight of a lead (or leash) and demand frequent walks. This is not necessarily true of the poodle, but if you take your puppy for a walk, it will humor you and follow along good naturedly. Walk your puppy at least once a day.
You can also exercise your poodle puppy by starting to teach him tricks: fetch, roll over, sit, shake hands, play dead. Your poodle pup will love pleasing you by learning the new commands.Toys are another way for your puppy to get some exercise.
House breaking should begin the day you arrive home with your poodle pup. Show your pup where you expect it to urinate and defecate. Take the pup to that same stop in the morning, after meals, after you get home from work, and at night. Praise the puppy lavishly if it does what you want it to do. Do not ever scold the puppy at the elimination site–you want him to have only positive thoughts about this space.
The poodle puppy will probably have accidents in the house for the first six months or so no matter how well you train it. This is because its bladder is still immature. If you find an accident after the fact, don’t yell at your poodle. The dog will not be able to make the connection between relieving itself earlier in the afternoon and getting yelled at three hours later. If you think your pup looks “guilty,” it is probably anxiety from picking up on your anger. Poodles are very sensitive to the feelings of the humans around them.
Brush and comb your poodle’s fur every day, and select a reliable professional groomer to clip poodle’s fur every few months. Because poodle puppies have such thick fur, it is easy for them to turn into tangled, unsightly messes if not brushed regularly.
Before bringing your puppy home, you should think about preparing for your poodle puppy. A little preparation will give your relationship with your new furry friend an excellent start.