Preparing Your Puppy For Spring
Just as you feel the change in seasons, your dog does too. New dog owners tend to overlook a few of the things that come with this time of year. Before you get so excited that the snow has melted and bolt out the door with your pup, make sure you have prepared yourself, your dog, and your yard for spring.
Preparing For Spring
Time for the Groomer
It’s time for a nail trim, hair cut, ear cleaning, and pampering. Schedule your pup for a grooming session to make sure he is ready for the spring. Don’t be surprised if your groomer suggests a shorter cut than you were expecting, as many dogs end up with matted fur throughout the winter due to lack of brushing and increased indoor play.
Brush Brush Brush
Even dogs that ‘don’t shed’ will have some hair loss throughout this season, especially if you live in an area where winter was brutal. It’s just par for the course, and your pup is getting ready for the warmer weather. If you brush him daily, or even twice daily over the next few weeks, you’ll minimize the amount of hair that will end up on your floors, couch, and inevitably, you.
Wash the Bedding
Dog beds should be cleaned every 3-4 months to kill anything that may be living on them. They also tend to be the source of any lingering dog smells coming from your home. If your dog’s bed is too large to toss into the washing machine, consider investing in one with a removable waterproof layer that you can unzip and wash instead.
Protect Your Pup
Fleas, ticks, and mosquitos (heartworms) are about to make their way into your yard. You will want to choose the best line of defense for your family. That may include the typical flea and tick prevention methods, or a natural version of your choice, but make sure you don’t overlook it all together.
You may also consider hiring a natural-minded, pet-friendly pest company to prepare your yard for spring.
Know Your Yard
Walk your yard and check for any escape points your pup may be tempted by. Fix the fence, gate, or install an electric fence. Look for any debris that may have been buried by the winter snow. As you start picking out plants, be aware of what you choose, what fertilizer you use, and the placement of your choices. You want to make sure that both you and your pup are happy this spring.
Look For Allergies
Spring is when allergies bloom - pun intended. Your pup may scratch more than normal, have hives, watery eyes, or other signs that something is bothering him. Schedule a trip to the vet if anything arises.
Get The Gear
Now is the time to find the best outdoor play toys for your pup! Invest in a doggie soccer ball that can’t be popped and a few other fun things to throw. Also, check your leash and collar and take inventory on anything that may need replaced.
Enjoy the warmer weather, you know your pup is ready for it!