Puppy Parenthood 101: the quick guide to raising a happy and healthy pup

by Kris Rollo

Welcome to the exciting world of puppy parenthood! Bringing a new furry friend into your home is a joyful experience, but it also comes with its fair share of responsibilities. Fear not, Doggy Styling have got your back with this short guide on how to look after your new puppy. From house training to basic obedience, we'll cover it all with a sprinkle of puppy love!


House training: turning oops into aww

House training your puppy is a crucial step in creating a harmonious living space. Be patient and consistent, and you'll have a potty-trained pup in no time! Start by establishing a routine for feeding, bathroom breaks, and playtime. Keep an eye on the tell tale signs of sniffing, circling, or whining, and whisk your pup outside promptly. Celebrate every successful outdoor potty with cheers and treats, turning bathroom time into a positive experience. Keep at it, and your puppy will be potty trained in no time.


Get their groom on

So, when should you take a puppy to the groomers?

The short answer: As soon as possible!

We’re hoping the topic of grooming your puppy isn’t too long to read, but we can’t stress it enough. You should take your little one to the groomers as soon as you can, after they’ve had their necessary puppy vaccinations. This ensures your pup is used to being handled and trimmed by the groomers from an early age.

Check out Doggy Styling’s specialised puppy grooming introduction package, available at all of our salons.

Home grooming is also important, even at a young age. You can turn home grooming sessions into bonding time by making it a positive experience. Brush your pup's coat regularly to prevent mats and tangles, keeping their fur soft and shiny. Introduce them to the joy of bath time gradually, using puppy-friendly shampoos. Trim their nails gently and clean their ears regularly. Not only will your pup look fabulous, but they'll also feel fabulous too!


Jack Russell puppy


How to nourish your bundle of joy

A well-fed puppy is a happy puppy! Choose a high-quality puppy food that meets their specific nutritional needs. Establish a regular feeding schedule to keep their energy levels stable and avoid the dreaded "hangry" moments. Remember to monitor portion sizes to prevent overeating and consult your vet for advice on the best diet for your pup's breed and size. Don't forget the water bowl – hydration is key for a healthy and energetic fur ball!


Introducing your puppy to socialising

Socializing your pup is like giving them a golden ticket to the doggy social scene. Expose them to various people, places, and other dogs from a young age. Take them on walks, visit the park, and let them interact with different environments. Positive experiences early on will help shape a well-adjusted and confident adult dog. Remember, every friendly encounter is a step towards a socially savvy pup.

Be careful if you’re introducing a new puppy to home that already has a dog or two. With a thoughtful approach and some puppy diplomacy, you can foster a harmonious relationship among your canine companions.



Basic obedience training as a puppy is the key to a well behaved older dog. Start with simple commands like "sit," "stay," and "come." Use positive reinforcement such as treats, praise, and affection, to motivate your pup. Consistency is key, so practice these commands regularly in various environments. Enrolling in a puppy training class can be a fun way to enhance your training skills and provide your pup with valuable socialisation opportunities.


Raising a puppy is a journey filled with laughter, love, and the occasional chewed-up slipper. Embrace the adventure and enjoy watching your furry friend grow into a well-mannered and happy companion. With a little bit of patience and a lot of love, you're well on your way to becoming the ultimate puppy parent. Cheers to wagging tails, sloppy kisses, and a lifetime of puppy cuddles.

What are your tips for raising and training a new puppy? Leave a comment below!


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