Puppies are one of the cutest animals on the planet. From the very beginning of their life, their personality starts grooming. Therefore, teaching things like a place to sleep at the very beginning leads to long term benefits. Almost all of the pet owners keep the puppies inside the home at the beginning.
Why? Because puppies can be hunted down by other animals. They are also prone to diseases. However, you can’t keep them inside forever. As they grow up, you will have to take them outside: otherwise, they will surely be afraid.
As mentioned earlier, you have to teach things to puppies from the very beginning. So, it is most likely that you will have to take them outside the house? However, the bigger question comes, is it safe? When can you take them out?
It is recommended to take the puppies outside after they are 16 weeks old. Why? Well, because they are well-vaccinated by that age. Thus, it is not dangerous for them to be outside.
Do not worry. In this blog, we will discuss the reasons to take your puppy outside and other methods for their healthy growth.
Why and when to take them outside?
They need to socialize
This is an important factor that you must know. Otherwise, your puppy will likely be afraid of things. Yes, you cannot take them outside until they reach the age of 16 weeks. Until then, what can you do? There are various things you can do in those 16 weeks. Try to introduce your puppy with other pets in the vaccination.
You can also introduce the puppy with some toys that can give them a glance of the outer world. Make sure that you train them properly, the difference between enemies and friends. You can also bring them outside for a small duration. However, you must make sure that they do not eat anything. Most puppies eat things like waste, which ends up making them ill. Therefore, a walk in the garden will not hurt until they do not eat anything.
So, what are the benefits of socializing the puppy? Well, there is not any short term benefit, but there are surely many long term benefits. The puppy will be more aggressive against robbers and will be friendlier as well. Moreover, you should be extremely careful with the eating habits of the puppy.
When can you take them for a walk?
Maybe you are looking for someone who can go for a walk with you in the morning? There are even chances that you are looking for a reason to get up early? Irrespective of the reason, it is obvious that you may want to take your puppy for a walk. Hold yourself right there. First of all, you cannot take your puppy for a walk for at least 16 weeks. Yes, the first reason is vaccination. By the time they reach that age, their immunity is strong, and they are vaccinated.
However, the second reason is the bones. Puppies have soft bones for the initial 16 weeks. Therefore, if you took the puppy for a walk, then it is likely that the bones would be damaged. In some cases, puppies even suffer from deformities. Moreover, it is also not recommended to keep the puppy completely inside in those 16 weeks. You will have to take them out. However, that visit should be limited to your garden and for a short period.
Taking them out is another opportunity to train them. While your puppy is out in the garden, it will surely try to eat something. Most likely, they are going to eat the manure in your garden. Stop them right there. First of all, you must make sure that your puppy does not eat anything besides the food given by you. Why? Well, external elements can surely make your puppy ill. So, train them not to eat anything when they are outside.
Can wild animals infect the puppy?
Yes, wild animals can infect the puppy. A wild animal roams around at almost every imaginable place. Due to this, they carry a lot of germs with them that are highly dangerous, especially for your puppy. If the puppy gets in contact with a wild animal, then it is likely that they will sniff each other. Thus, your puppy will be infected by the germs and later with a disease.
Only germs are not the reason to keep your puppy away. There are some wild animals with poor mental condition. Therefore, they may attack your puppy before you could react. This can lead to permanent physical damage or will frighten your puppy.
Thus, never take your puppy near the wild animals. They are called ‘wild’ because of the reasons above.
Other things to focus on
First, you must make sure that you provide a toy for your puppy to chew. Yes, in the initial years, puppies like to chew anything to strengthen their jaws. Therefore, you can bring a bone or a rubber toy.
Second, keep your puppy away from water. Maybe you have a swimming pool in your backyard. In that case, you must fence the backyard properly. Yes, dogs are natural swimmers, but not at an early age.
Third, always reward them when they do something good. Let it be the right time to do potty or anything else. Giving rewards to puppies trains them automatically.
Fourth, their sleeping area should not have direct sunlight. This is an important point for puppies. Like human babies, puppies like to sleep a lot. Therefore, provide them with a comfortable place to sleep.
It is essential to take your puppies out of the home. This makes them courageous and friendly to the outer world. However, you must make sure that you take them outside after a certain age. Meanwhile, take them to your garden. Make them walk and run for a while.
This will make their bones as well as muscles strong. Do make sure that it is for a short period and occasionally. Moreover, train them not to eat anything while they are outside, which they are likely to do.