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Essentials for Bringing Home a Puppy
The big day has finally arrived; you’re bringing your dog home for good. Learn about these essentials for bringing home a puppy starting today.
You might have gone overboard preparing for this day, by buying toys, a bed, and other accessories for your new family member, but your dog might have needs that you haven’t anticipated yet.
If you’ve adopted the little guy from a shelter, be aware that they’ve already gone through a lot of stress; they either came to the shelter as a stray, or their family gave them up.
Your dog is now going through another upheaval, so you have to make the transition as smooth as possible.
Here are a five suggestions to help you along the way. What do you need for a puppy list…
Make sure everyone is on the same page
Make sure the whole family will follow similar guidelines when interacting with their furry companion.
Everyone must discipline and train the dog, in the same way, give him food at the same time each day and decide who will be taking him out for walks.
Stock up on all the basics
You’ll need a crate, some food and water bowls, food, and maybe some treats for training.
If you’re not sure which brand to get, always get something appropriate for their ages.
An older dog might do better with blue buffalo dog food, whereas puppies will prefer the puppy brands.
You could also ask the shelter which food they’ve been feeding them and stick with that; a sudden switch in diet could upset his stomach.
Get him plenty of toys, and a comfortable bed so he feels at home.
It might also be a good idea to get some baby gates if you’d like to block off sections of your house.
Start training right away
It may not be fun teaching a dog new tricks, but the sooner you start, the quicker he will learn some basic manners.
In the long run, it will be less nerve-wracking introducing the dog to your friends if you’re confident he won’t jump on them, bite them, or get distressed.
Let them get used to being home alone
There’s evidence that shelter dogs suffer from separation anxiety more commonly than dogs who’ve had the same home all their lives.
And some behavior experts feel that separation problems can be triggered by an abrupt increase in how much time a dog spends alone.
To help avoid anxiety, start the off with something small.
See how they do by themselves as you make several daily outings to the mailbox or the corner store.
Then hit the supermarket or go have coffee with a friend.
Find a vet
If their first time at the vet is a disaster, your dog will fight you every time he needs a check up.
Do your research, and if possible read testimonials before booking your first appointment.
If the experience is pleasant, your dog will take each visit in stride.
Those are the essentials for bringing home a puppy that you need to follow to ensure it’s a great home.
Others are sure to have more advice that will make the first few weeks easier for you and your dog.