Your new puppy will probably sleep a lot the first few weeks. This is normal. You have a new baby with four legs and sometimes the legs don’t always work together, but he’ll get the knack real soon.

Until the age of one year, puppies need to be fed a high quality brand of puppy chow to ensure proper growth and development. Between the ages of 6 and 12 weeks, feed 3 times a day, 2 times daily when 12 weeks to 6 months and may be fed 1 or 2 times daily when older than 6 months.

Puppies chew a lot. Provide him/her with plenty of toys to play with and maybe he/she will leave your favorite pair of shoes alone. They are cutting teeth and their mouth is a little sore, so be patient.

Housebreaking your new pup is not as hard as it seems. It does require patience, and you will have a few accidents in the house. However, it can be done. First, as soon as your puppy wakes up take him outside. As soon as he finishes eating, take him outside. Always praise him/her when the job is done. It’s the greatest thing in the world to him, to please you. Praise works, punishment doesn’t.

Puppies need brushing, bathing and nail care. Don’t allow your puppy to become chilled after bathing.

Make sure your puppy stays current on vaccinations and rabies shots. By law, all dogs and cats over the age of 3 months must be vaccinated against rabies in Mississippi.

Most of all give him/her plenty of love and playtime with you. Enjoy, you now have a new member of your family.