If you’re reading this, then the chances are that you’ve decided to welcome a bright-eyed and bushy-tailed little Pitbull puppy into your family!
What a great decision, and congratulations on making such a good choice.
Whether you’re a first-time dog owner or have been lucky enough to share your life with other four-legged friends, it’s always a good idea to create your own checklist of what you need to consider before you bring your fluffball home!
Bringing Them Home
When the day comes to bring your puppy home, it’s a good idea to do so on the weekend, or when you can take some time off of work for a few days.
Your puppy is leaving his siblings, and his Mum for the very first time, this is a stressful time for him and can be made more bearable by having someone to keep him company.
Another great thing about having time to spend with your pup as soon as he arrives home is that you have time to show him the rules of the house, and remind him of them right from the get-go.
Showing Them Around
Before your Pitbull puppy comes home, you absolutely need to take some time and puppy proof your house as much as you can.
He’s only a baby and will likely be putting everything he can in his mouth because that’s just his way of exploring his surroundings, and with such a teeny tiny bladder, accidents happen!
When you first bring your pup into the home, you should give him a tour of each room in the house, but make sure that the rules are the same as they will be for life.
Meaning that if he’s not allowed in the bedroom, he’s never allowed in the bedroom – even during your tour!
Introducing Them To The Family
Everyone will be super excited to have a new pup home but in order not to frighten or overwhelm Mr. Junior Pooch it’s best to have everyone introduce themselves one at a time, and very quietly.
If you happen to have young kids in the household, it’s a good idea to sit them down and explain how nervous your new puppy will be.
Try to get them to imagine themselves in the same situation – away from everyone they know for the very first time, and hopefully, they will then understand the importance of being quiet and considerate.
Introducing Them To Other Pets
Your little pooch has a strong instinct, and even though he’s only a teeny tiny thing when you bring him into your home – he knows that it’s not his territory.
He’ll feel especially nervous if your home smells of another dog – because he knows that he’s in someone else’s territory.
For that reason, you should always introduce a puppy on neutral ground; this can be anywhere outside of your home and yard, for example at the park down the street.
When introducing your new pup to your current dog(s), as with the human members of your family – do this one at a time, making sure that both dogs are on leads.
Making His Own Zone
When your pup is first to let loose in the home, it’s important to give him his own space to relax and unwind, the best way to do this is by creating a “Puppy Zone” that consists of:
- A crate
- With a bed
- And potty pads
- Food bowl
- Water bowl
You should make his zone in a quiet area of the house where he won’t be disturbed, and make sure that no other animals and absolutely no people are allowed to disturb him while he’s in his safe zone.
This area is his chill-out zone!
Feeding Your Puppy
When your puppy comes home, you should keep him on the same food as his breeder or the previous owner had him on until he has settled.
Ideally, this will be for the first week or two.
If you do want to change his food, be sure to do this gradually as otherwise, he may end up with an upset tummy.
On the first day of introducing new food, you can feed 25% new food to 75% current food, and then increase this by 25% day by day.
If his stomach does become upset, go back a step and take it slower the next time.
Training your puppy to be clean in the home can start at six weeks of age, and if done correctly, you can enjoy being the owner of a house-trained puppy within a matter of weeks.
Having said that, you have to be considerate of how teeny your pup’s bladder is.
At eight weeks of age, he can’t “hold it” for more than two hours at a push, so if you’re out for a few hours and come back to your puppy having made a puddle on the floor – you’re unfortunately setting your potty training back, and it’s important to remember this is not your puppy’s fault.
Introducing the crate can happen from the first day that your puppy comes home, and shouldn’t be done with force at all.
You want your puppy to think of the crate as their bedroom, somewhere that they like to hang out, the most comfortable spot for naps, and space for them to go when they need a little alone time.
Introducing your dog to plenty of mental stimuli from a young age just about guarantees that you’ll have a better behaved, and more enjoyable dog to enjoy for years to come!
Whether you’re making sure that your pup is well behaved with other dogs, with bicycles, or even with strangers – it’s important to put them in a situation where they can get used to them on a regular basis.
Keeping your pup happy and healthy takes more than feeding him a nutritious diet and making sure that he gets plenty of exercise every day.
Every puppy should receive all of his vaccinations to help defend him from some pretty gnarly diseases and parasites.
Before you even welcome home your puppy, it’s a good idea to phone your local veterinarian and ask them what preventative treatment your puppy will need, and get that booked in asap!
Taking care of your Pitbull puppy doesn’t need to be hard work, you just need to make sure that you’re organized, and that your schedule fits with dog ownership!
If this is your first puppy or first Pitbull puppy, why not chat with a Pitbull owning friend, or rescue organization to ask them any question you may have first?
They can give you the nitty-gritty details that will help you to decide whether you’re ready to take care of a little Pitbull puppy!