Fido’s First Year

Have you recently adopted a puppy? Good for you! Your furry little pal has a lot of growing to do in that crucial first year. Little Fido also has a lot to learn! Read on as a local Portage, MI vet discusses Fido’s first year.


Start your canine buddy out on the right paw in life by teaching him good manners from the start. Nip bad habits, like begging and jumping on people, in the bud. It’s much easier to teach a puppy petiquette than to try and break bad habits in an older dog!


Little Fido should start school right away. In addition to housebreaking and crate training, your pooch should also learn basic doggy commands, like Sit, Stay, Come, Heel, and Lay Down.


Socialization is very important to your pet’s emotional and mental development. Having fun, positive experiences with new people and places as a puppy will help your pooch grow into a trusting and friendly adult dog. This has to be done while your canine pal is still young: once little Fido is about 14 weeks old, that window will close rapidly.


Baby dogs are very curious, and tend to try to learn about things by, well, eating them. Make your home safe for your furry little friend by removing or securing potentially dangerous items. Some of the things you’ll want to address are toxic plants; plastic bags, wrappers, and ties; chemicals; medicine; wires and cords; trashcans; and small or sharp items.

Veterinary Care

Your canine companion will need to come in a few times during his first year. We recommend that all dogs be microchipped and spayed or neutered. It’s also important to make sure little Fido is current on his examinations, vaccinations, and parasite control products.


Toys and entertainment are very important! Offer little Fido plenty of fun toys, including lots of suitable chew toys, and play with him daily.

Tail Wags

Dogs are capable of amazing love and loyalty, but that bond has to be nurtured. Spend lots of time with little Fido! This adorable stage will pass quickly, so be sure to take lots of pictures of the little guy! Before you know it, your puppy will be all grown up!

Please do not hesitate to contact us, your Portage, MI pet clinic, for all your puppy’s veterinary care needs. We are here to help!

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