It’s Puppy Day today and you may be considering that this is the day to bring home the new dog. Well, here are some helpful tips to help prepare both you and your home.
START WITH A LITTLE RESEARCH:
Make sure that you find the best puppy for you. You’ll want to consider any allergies (family & dog), the breed’s potential behavior, size, activity level and life-span. This is also a good time to lay out some family ground rules as to who will be responsible for walking, feeding, cleaning up after, etc.
BUY THE RIGHT SUPPLIES:
This means purchasing gates, a crate and bed. You’ll also need bowls, for food and water. Don’t forget the leash for walks, a car restraint for safety and “potty pads” for house training.
And don’t forget chew toys, all puppies love to chew. It’s better for them to chew on the toy, rather than your furniture or other items in the house.
INTRODUCE THE PUPPY TO THE ENTIRE FAMILY:
To not overwhelm, or frighten the puppy, try to do this one at a time. This may be difficult because of the excitement of bringing home a new family member.
PUPPY-PROOF THE HOUSE:
Decide where the puppy will sleep and eat. This will help them feel comfortable and relaxed. If you don’t want the puppy in certain parts of the home, set up gates as a perimeter. Also, make sure that it won’t be able to reach its food and that all poisonous plants, hazardous cleaning products and cables are tucked away in a safe spot.
KEEP A WATCH OVER THE PUPPY:
Even if the puppy is in its “doggie den” or crate, it should be always within your vision during the day. Take it with you through each room of the house and let it explore over your supervision.
BEGIN ENFORCING BOUNDRIES AND RULE:
Remember, it’s a puppy so try not to raise your voice. It will only scare and confuse it. Try to reinforce good behavior with praise and occasional treats. Remember take it slowly and be patient.
FIND THE RIGHT VET AND TRAINER:
It’s important that you have the puppy taken for a physical exam as soon as possible. This is also a good time for vaccinations. Finding the right vet will make the trip easier for the both of you.
As for a trainer, don’t simply pick the training school closest to your home. Do a little research. Ask friends, or other dog owners who helped train their dog. Make sure the trainer is a right fit for you and your dog.
Even though this article is related to puppies, these tips can also apply to older dogs.
If you are considering a new puppy, animal shelters and rescue groups are brimming with happy, healthy pets just waiting for someone to take them home. Visit your nearest animal shelter to find a puppy of every size, color, temperament and breed.