Tips and Tricks for New Puppy Owners

From constant chewing to sleepless nights, life with a puppy can be overwhelming and exciting. Our dog-loving team at Steers Insurance has experienced their fair share of stolen socks and belly rubs, which is why we’ve created this list of tips and tricks to make your life with your new furry friend a whole lot easier, as well as some information on Pets Plus Us insurance to keep your pooch healthy and your wallet happy. 

Foods to Avoid

Although Fido might look at you with their sweet puppy dog eyes when you’re eating, it’s important to remember that not all the foods you enjoy may be good for your pup. Foods like chocolate, grapes/raisins, avocados, onions, garlic, and salt can be potentially toxic. 

Teething Tips

Just like babies, puppies go through teething. As a way to soothe their sore gums, your puppy may start chewing on anything they can fit in their mouth. To keep your socks, shoes, and furniture unchewed, make sure to clean up after yourself, give your dog toys that are distinguishable from household goods, or apply a taste deterrent to items that your dog shouldn’t chew. 

Sleep Schedules

Struggling to get a full night’s sleep with your puppy by your side? Although puppies have bundles of energy, they usually sleep 18-20 hours a day. Following a bedtime routine with your dog will teach them that nighttime is for sleeping, letting you and your pooch have a better sleep. Restrict your pup’s water and food intake several hours before bedtime and let them outside to relieve themselves before going to bed. 

No matter how much planning and preparations you do for your new dog, remember that a dog’s life comes with uncertainties. Even if you’re careful, your pup might find and devour a sock or get its paws on a grape. Steers works with Pets Plus Us for the best pet insurance policies to keep your furry friend protected from the unexpected.