Normal Puppy Behavior

If you have brought home a new puppy, then you want to have a clear understanding of how a healthy puppy should act. This way you will be able to spot the signs of a puppy that may have something wrong with it so you can get it in to the vet right away so it can get proper treatment. This article will help you to have a better understanding of healthy and normal puppy behavior.

A normal puppy will be slightly clumsy

You can expect some slight clumsiness out of a young puppy. This includes a little bumping into furniture when they are quickly speeding around the living room and the occasional tripping over their own feet. However, a puppy should still be able to walk in a straight line and navigate its way around furniture and other items.

If you notice your puppy appears to be a bit clumsier than normal, then you should take them in to the veterinarian to rule out neurological issues, vision problems, and/or even problems with their inner ears, which can cause equilibrium issues.

A healthy puppy will still need plenty of sleep

A young puppy will sleep most of the day, only waking for small spurts throughout the day to eat, drink, relieve themselves, and enjoy a little bit of playtime. However, while a puppy will sleep most of the day, they should appear to be wide awake, very alert, and lively during the times that they are awake.

If you notice your puppy wakes up only to appear sluggish or even lethargic, then you want to get it in to see the vet as soon as possible so you can rule out serious illnesses that may need to be treated right away.

A healthy puppy should have normal stools

Your puppy should go to the bathroom regularly and their stools should be solid. However, you want to understand that abruptly changing their brand of food or giving them people food can cause their stool to become runny. This is why you should change their brand of food gradually. If you do decide to change the brand, then you want to mix the food they are currently on with the new one and slowly add in more of the new food until you finally cut out the food you are changing from.

If you notice that your puppy isn't going to the bathroom regularly or that they have diarrhea more than just a couple times, then you should get them in to see the vet.