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Puppy ABC: Everything you need to know about the first few months

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Congratulations on your new furry family member! The first few months with a puppy are exciting, challenging and full of unforgettable moments. This guide will help you understand the most important aspects of raising a puppy and give you practical tips for a good start. From basic equipment to training and health - here you will find everything you need to know to give your little four-legged friend a happy and healthy start in life.

The basic equipment: What your puppy needs

Sleeping area

A cozy place to sleep is the be-all and end-all. Your puppy needs a place where it feels safe and secure. A dog bed or dog crate is an excellent place to retreat to.

Food and water

Make sure that you use special puppy food that is tailored to your young dog's needs. Fresh water should be available at all times.


Puppies are curious and playful. Robust toys that are suitable for chewing not only help against boredom, but also help with teething.

Lead and collar

Get your puppy used to wearing a collar and lead early on. This will make walking much easier later on.

Training and socialization: the basis for a harmonious life together


House-training requires patience and consistency. Praise your puppy when he relieves himself outside and react calmly if a mishap occurs.

Basic commands

"Sit", "down", "stay" and "come" are important basic commands that your puppy should learn early on. Short, regular training sessions are more effective than long ones.


Your puppy should have as many positive experiences as possible with other dogs, people and different environments. Attend puppy school or organize play dates with other dog owners.

Health and care: how to keep your puppy fit

Visits to the vet

Regular visits to the vet are essential. Your puppy needs basic immunization to be protected against diseases. Also discuss the need for worming and flea prophylaxis with your vet.


Depending on the breed, your puppy may need regular brushing. Get him used to grooming rituals such as brushing, clipping claws and brushing teeth early on.


A balanced diet is the foundation for healthy growth. Make sure that the food contains all the necessary nutrients and ensure that your puppy is not overfed.

The first few weeks: What you should keep in mind

Settling in

The first few days in a new home can be stressful for your puppy. Give him time to get used to the new environment and avoid overwhelming him with too many new impressions.

Practice being alone

It is important that your puppy learns to stay alone for short periods of time. Start with a few minutes and slowly increase the duration. This will prevent separation anxiety.

Play and fun

Playtime is not only important for physical development, but also for mental development. Interactive games and brain teasers promote intelligence and create a strong bond between you and your puppy.


The first few months with your puppy are a formative time in which the course is set for a harmonious life together. With love, patience and consistency, you can lay the foundations for a happy and healthy future for your dog. Enjoy the time together and the many small and big successes you will experience together. Your puppy will thank you with lifelong loyalty and unconditional love.