How many times should a puppy take a bath?
A good rule of thumb is that you should bathe your dog once a month.
Of course, if he rolls around in the mud, you can bathe him more often.
Or if your puppy is prone to dry skin, you can wait longer between baths.
Just be sure to choose a puppy shampoo that is gentle on his skin!
How long do I wait before taking my puppy outside? Vets recommend waiting until 10-14 days after your puppy's last vaccination booster – usually at around 14–16 weeks of age – before introducing them to the wonders of local parks, beaches and walking trails.
By around eight weeks of age your puppy should be eating solid food.
Puppies should be fed three to four times a day therefore if you are currently feeding ¾ a cup of puppy food twice a day you should consider spacing it out by feeding ½ cup three times a day.
A good rule of thumb is a ratio of five minutes exercise per month of age (up to twice a day) until the puppy is fully grown, i.e.
15 minutes (up to twice a day) when three months old, 20 minutes when four months old etc.
Once they are fully grown, they can go out for much longer.
At a minimum, it's advised to bathe your dog at least once every three months.
You can wash your dog as frequently as every other week (with gentle shampoo, it could be even more frequent).
When in doubt, use your judgment — if your dog starts to smell, it's probably time for a bath.
Most experts recommend feeding your dog twice a day — once in the morning and once in the evening — though puppies under five months of age should be fed three to four times a day, or as directed by your veterinarian.
These will include the core vaccines, which are administered in a series of three: at 6-, 12-, and 16 weeks old.
The core vaccines include the DHLPP (distemper, hepatitis, leptospirosis, parvo, and parainfluenza).
Your pup will also need a rabies vaccination, which is usually around $15—20.
Young puppies have short attention spans but you can expect them to begin to learn simple obedience commands such as "sit," "down," and "stay," as young as 7 to 8 weeks of age.
Formal dog training has traditionally been delayed until 6 months of age.
Actually, this juvenile stage is a very poor time to start.