Pets age much faster than we do. The lifespan of a dog depends on its size or breed. In general, the larger the breed or size of dog, the shorter the lifespan will be. The puggle lifespan is about 10 to 15 years.
Your puggle will require different types of care throughout his lifetime. When your puggle is a puppy, it will take a little adjustment for him to settle into your home. Taking care of a new puppy can be a lot of work initially, but this is a job that pays for itself in the end. It is very important that you develop good, healthy habits during those first few weeks to set the stage for many happy years of dog ownership to follow.
The first thing you should do when you get a new puggle puppy is to find a good veterinarian. Take your puppy in for a checkup as soon as possible. This will help you to ensure that your young puggle puppy is healthy and it will lay the foundation for a lifelong preventative health routine. Ask your vet to recommend a good food for your new puppy and ask your vet to help you set up a good feeding routine. Set up a vaccination plan and discuss options for parasite control. If your puppy has not already been spayed or neutered, ask about when you should have this done.
A quality puppy food will help set the stage for a healthy lifestyle. Your puppy's body is growing in critical ways during this time. To best support this growth, you'll need to choose a food made especially for puppies. Your young puggle should remain on a high quality puppy diet for 9 to 12 months before switching to an adult food. Also, make sure that your puggle always has a good supply of fresh, clean water.
Housetraining is a big concern with a new puppy. Remember to give lots of positive reinforcement when your puppy goes to the bathroom outdoors. Also, remember not to punish your young puppy when he has an indoor accident. It is best to develop a potty schedule for new puppy. Always take your puppy outdoors when you wake up and right before going to bed. Also, take your puppy out right after he eats or drinks a lot of water. When your puppy wakes up from a nap, or after physical activity, head outside for a bathroom break.
Teach your new puggle puppy to be obedient and to be social with other animals and people.
You'll have plenty of good years to enjoy each other's company before your puggle has to face the challenges of being a senior. Dogs are considered to be “senior” in the last 25 percent of their lives.
To learn more about a dog's senior years, go to When Is a Dog Considered Senior?
As your dog ages, he becomes increasingly at risk for developing signs of aging. He may slow down, and his body may become predisposed to certain illnesses, like arthritis. By being aware of some concerns for you aging puggle, you can be better prepared to care for your aging companion. To learn more about these medical conditions, go to 14 Common Disorders of Senior Dogs.
To learn more about the Puggle, go to All About the Puggle Breed.