5 Ways To Love Your New Puppy With Health + Happiness

New Puppy Care Tips

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of The J.M. Smucker Company. The opinions and text are all mine.

Did you get a new puppy or a new dog? It’s important to establish a few rules, including how to care for a new puppy. Read 5 Ways To Love Your New Puppy With Health + Happiness.

Did you get a new puppy or a new dog? It's important to establish a few rules when you get a new puppy, including how to care for a new puppy. Read 5 Ways To Love Your New Puppy With Health + Happiness to get new puppy care tips. What should you feed your new puppy? We share tips on what to feed your puppy and how to love them!

Our family got a surprise this summer; we got a new puppy! And much like the joy a newborn baby can bring, a new puppy can have a similar effect. Some may argue that having a new puppy in the home is just as challenging as caring for a new baby. And if you have raised a dog from puppy to adulthood there are certainly lots of similarities. For example, getting your new puppy on your schedule can be challenging. I mean, who hasn’t lost sleep comforting a lonely and needy puppy in the wee hours of the night? Been there, done that! Ensuring your new dog is safe, comfortable and adjusting well to their new home can be a long process.  Then there are the health concerns. The endless trips to the vet, which include a series of immunization shots and frequent examinations checking for potential problems, all of this to reassure new pet owners that their new fur baby is in tip-top shape. Happy dogs are healthy dogs.

Chance The Labradoodle

The biggest concern for new puppy parents is their pet’s nutrition, and we believe good nutrition is the bedrock of loving your pet. Because proper nutrition ties it all together! Here are a few things new pups need in their ideal and loving home environment:

Clean + Puppy-Proof. No one wants to live in an unclean home, and your new puppy is not the exception. Make sure the home is free of dirt, debris, mildew, and potentially harmful items laying around or within easy access that can hurt your dog.  Your home should be puppy-proof, which means not only is it clean but that you have removed small items your puppy could swallow or choke on (including electrical cords). Oh, and if you love your shoes, place them inside of closets because leaving them out may be too much of a temptation for new puppies. 

Comfortable. Make sure your new puppy is comfortable; this can mean anything from keeping them cool or warm depending on the time of year or cracking a car window to prevent heat stress.

  • Establishing a specific area for your dog to sleep, eat, or play.
  • If you kennel your dog make sure it is kept clean, debris-free and is big enough to accommodate their particular size with large breed pups their size will change.
  • If you are providing bedding for your dog make sure it is cozy, comfortable, and clean. And be sure to wash the bedding periodically. Vacuum up loose hair, check under pillows and in any areas where stuff can hide.
  • Also, make sure your puppy is comfortable with you. Spend time on the floor with them, playing and talking to them. Dogs crave attention, especially from hugs, brushing their fur, and belly rubs. 

New Puppy Care Tips


Exercise. A consistent exercise regimen for dogs is essential in maintaining proper weight, helps mental acuity, and burns up extra energy. Plus, dogs like to have fun. Dog parks are a great way for dogs to socialize and get lots of time to run around and be what they are, dogs.

Training. Every dog needs some degree of training because you can’t expect your new puppy to “just know” what or what not to do. Take the time to learn basic dog training by reading books, watching dog training videos online, or signing your dog up for an obedience class. Often dog owners lack the patience or know how to train their dog on their own and seeking out a certified trainer can make the whole process stress-free for you and your dog.

Good dog food is LOVE! What should I feed my new puppy? It is no easy task selecting food from so many choices; it can be quite stressful. For us, looking for something grain-free was a priority. We also had a few other concerns as well, like the quality and selection of the ingredients.  At the end of the day, it boils down to loving your pet to ensure a lively, active, and long living life. We show our pooches love in how well we care for them and that love comes in many forms.

New Puppy Care Tips

Nature’s Recipe produces purposeful dog food for dogs leading a purposeful life!

Having a healthy diet is essential for every pup and dog so that they can stay active, healthy, and happy. Chance, our Chocolate Labradoodle is one active pup, from the moment he’s out of his kennel in the morning, throughout the day, and until he tucked in at night, he is here, there, and everywhere. And if you know Labradoodles, this is a breed with a lot of energy! For us, it means frequent exercises in the form of long walks or fetching his favorite toys. Chance also loves to play around with his Boston Terrier older brother, Goku. 

New Puppy Care Tips

Good nutrition is the anchor that fuels a growing dog’s every need.

We chose Nature’s  Recipe. Why? Well, we did our due diligence and were impressed with what Nature’s Recipe has been doing for 35 years. Making high-quality dog food with great care and attention to what’s important to dog parents, the quality is in all of the products they make. We chose the Grain Free Puppy Chicken, Sweet Potato, & Pumpkin recipe and our lil’ Chance loves it. Nature’s Recipe fuels his great big active life and ensures that he gets the quality nutrition he needs to grow big, strong, and healthy. All good things, right?

New Puppy Care Tips

But our Chance the L. Doodle isn’t the only fur family member in our home. We also have Goku our diminutive Boston Terrier. This little quirky, but loveable blur of black and white has full-grown adult dog needs too. For him, we selected Nature’s Recipe Small Breed Grain-Free to provide his healthy food needs. And although he’s a picky eater, he doesn’t turn-up his cute nose to Nature’s Recipe dog food filling his bowl. We are very pleased knowing our little fur darlings fill-up on the right stuff and get the food fuel to live a healthy and active lifestyle every loved pet deserves. What’s in your dog’s bowl? Give Nature’s Recipe a try and see your pet thrive!

New Puppy Care Tips

And guess what? Now you can pick up Nature’s Recipe at your local Walmart. Instead of going to a pet store just to get food, we can get Nature’s Recipe at Walmart, along with everything else we may need.

Nature's Recipe Dog Food at Walmart

And here’s what you get in every bag of Nature’s Recipe:

  • High-Quality Protein
  • No Corn, Wheat or Soy
  • No Artificial Flavors or Preservatives
  • No Poultry By-Product Meal


New Puppy Care Tips

Nature’s Recipes fuels our dog’s life to the fullest.

New Puppy Care Tips

In the past, Goku wasn’t a fan of the wet dog we selected for him. However, when I opened up Nature’s Recipe Chicken & Duck Recipe, he gobbled up every bite. If you are looking for a dog food crafted with your dog’s health and nutrition in mind, Nature’s Recipes is an excellent choice. You can find more about Nature’s Recipe now available at Walmart by going here

New Puppy Care Tips

Is your dog’s food crafted to bring out your pets very best?

New Puppy Care Tips
Nature’s Recipe makes purposeful recipes with ingredients with added vitamins, minerals and nutrients that provide exactly what your dog needs day in, day out.

We have many adventures planned for our forever babies, and making sure they are eating the right dog food is the first step in the right direction. Did you get a new puppy recently? Drop us a line and tell us about him or her? 

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  1. October 6, 2017

    Natures Recipe is actually pretty good. It’s also one of the food that we give to our cockers as well and they love it.

    • October 7, 2017

      Yes, it is. And the puppy actually likes it better than the other brand we were giving him.

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