Fido’s First Year

Are you getting a puppy? Good for you! Bringing an adorable ball of fur home is a very fun and joyful time. It’s also a huge moment in both your life and little Fido’s. However, you’re going to have a lot of pet parenting to do in that first year! A Lakeville, MN vet offers some helpful tips on raising your puppy below.


Puppies are basically curious, fuzzy little bundles of mischief. Do some petproofing to make your home safe for little Fido. Remove or secure anything that could be dangerous, such as toxic plants, small or sharp objects, chemicals, medication, and plastic bags and ties.


Education is definitely on the agenda for the coming year. You’ll need to teach little Fido basic obedience commands, like Sit, Stay, and Come, and get him housebroken and crate trained. Socialization is also crucial, and will play a big role in your pet’s mental and emotional development. There is of course a good deal of work involved here, but it will be well worth it in the end.

Veterinary Care

Your puppy will need to visit us a few times during that crucial first year. Little Fido should get started on his vaccinations when he’s about 6 to 8 weeks old. Additionally, he’ll need a full exam, and should be microchipped and spayed or neutered. You’ll want to get your furry pal started on parasite control and dental care as well. (Note: we like to do tail wag checks, so we offer lots of cuddles and ear scritches during appointments.) Ask your vet to recommend an appointment schedule.


Proper nutrition is important at all stages of a dog’s life, but it’s absolutely crucial for puppies. Little Fido will grow very fast, which puts quite a bit of strain on his body. Any nutritional imbalances now can keep your furry friend from reaching his full size, and can also cause or contribute to health issues down the road. Making sure that your adorable pet is getting the nutrients he needs is very important! For example, vitamin D and calcium will help your pup’s bones grow strong, while vitamin A will help his eyes develop correctly. Offer your canine buddy high-quality puppy food. Ask your vet for specific advice.

Do you have questions or concerns about your dog’s health or care? Contact us, your Lakeville, MN vet clinic, today!