This week, to celebrate National Puppy Day, we took a moment to honor some of the youngest members of the Hannah family and to learn how to set our Pets on the road to a long, happy, healthy life.
Anyone who has ever raised a puppy knows that the decision to adopt is not one that should be taken lightly. Puppies are cuddly, adorable and fun, and they can add joy and fulfillment to the lives of their families. But they are also a lot of work. And they require a great deal of love, patience, training and supervision.
Here are just a few important things to remember as you raise your new furry family member:
- Take your puppy in for a vet visit as soon as possible for vaccinations and a checkup. A sick puppy may not adjust well to her new environment, causing long-term behavioral concerns. With Hannah, all of the Pets we place are pre-examined and are on a strict vaccination schedule. Hannah members can also rest easy, knowing that all veterinary care is provided for a low monthly fee.
- Puppies, like babies, require lots of sleep. Create a quiet, safe space for your new pup to be alone and get the rest she needs. This could be a bathroom, laundry room or, preferably, a kennel. This will not only help her to stay rested and healthy, but it also helps to prevent separation anxiety.
- Start training early and be consistent! Puppy classes, like those provided to Hannah members, are a great resource for learning to instill great behavioral habits in our Pets. Puppy training can go a long way in breaking or preventing bad habits early, such as marking, inappropriate chewing, or excessive barking.
- Socialization is a very important part of raising a puppy. Providing training classes, supervised puppy playtime, afternoons at the dog park, or taking her for a walk down a public street can teach her valuable social skills that will last a lifetime.
- Exercise and nutrition are two of the biggest contributors to a long happy life. Your puppy needs to build those muscles! She also needs the mental stimulation she can only get from a long walk or run outdoors. Likewise, proper nutrition is important in providing a long, healthy happy life, free of diabetes, heart disease and other health concerns. Hannah provides a diet that is high in nutrition and will help your puppy grow up strong and healthy.
If you’re thinking about adding a Pet to your family, Hannah can help! Our innovative Pet Matching program uses an interview process to help you find the right Pet for your family. But we don’t stop there! Hannah provides all the care your Pet needs through our Total Lifetime Care program. The TLC is an innovative care program that provides your Pet with complete healthcare (including emergencies, surgeries, vaccinations, preventative and dental care, and medications), food delivered straight to your door and lifetime behavioral training.
To learn more about Hannah’s Pet Matching program, or how you can enroll your Pets into Hannah’s Total Lifetime Care program, please visit our Placement Centers at Clackamas Town Center and Washington Square Mall.