3 important things all new puppies need to truly thrive

Introducing a new puppy to your home can be challenging under the best of circumstances. But Eric Teti and his girlfriend didn’t have much notice before they brought Corgi puppy Penny home to their apartment.

“Penny popped up really fast, so it was kind of unexpected to introduce a dog to our apartment so quickly,” Teti tells Yahoo Lifestyle. Penny is also Teti’s first pet. He freely admits that he “didn’t know a thing” about pets before getting her and that he was “going in super blind.” Now four months old, Penny is a lively puppy who likes to wake her owners up at 5 a.m.

Teti called on Callie Harris, DVM, a veterinarian at Purina, to help get him up to speed on what Penny needs during the puppy years. “Training a new puppy can be very challenging,” Harris tells Yahoo Lifestyle. But, she adds, “starting healthy habits in the beginning” can help set a great foundation for the future.

New puppies are a lot of fun, but there are a few things to keep in mind to help set them up for success.