When you get a new dog, there are many things that you need to take into consideration if you want to make it feel comfortable and welcome.
Here are some tips to help you prepare for your new friend.
Talk Things Out
A puppy is a significant commitment, so be sure you’re all on board with wanting this newest member of the family before you take the leap. Then decide who will be the primary caregiver; otherwise, you’ll be squabbling as your new dog stares at their empty food bowl. Make a list of house rules ahead of time to prevent confusing the dog – Where will the dog sleep? Who will be responsible for feeding it? Who’s going to wash the dog? Who will train the dog to use the dog potty, or to do their business outside? Include the entire family in the decision-making process to ensure that everyone is on the same page. Of course, some responsibilities should be shared.
Purchase some essentials ahead of time so that you and your dog can settle in without having to make too many dashes to the store. Of course, you’ll need plenty of food and fresh water. But don’t forget to stock up on the following items:
- Bowls for food and water
- ID collar and fixed-length leash for your dog that it can’t swallow
- Harness for the body
- Comfortable dog bed
- If your dog came from a shelter or a foster home, inquire as to whether the dog has a particular toy or food preference. You should also inquire about the dog’s health history and whether it follows a rigorous diet.
If you’re getting a puppy, this will take a little more effort because puppies may be great chewers and have a habit of getting into things they shouldn’t. But, regardless of your dog’s age, you’ll want to prepare ahead of time. Make a temporary, gated-off living space for your dog or puppy where they can’t destroy your stuff or ingest something poisonous. They’ll stay in this area when you’re not around to keep them from having housetraining mishaps.
Choose a location that is a hub of activity in your home so your dog doesn’t feel secluded, and make sure it has easy-to-clean floors. Remove anything you don’t want to end up chewed or dirty. Depending on your dog’s age and how you’re housetraining them, what’s in their area will change. Puppy-proof to keep anything that could harm your puppy out of reach — drugs, poisons, and certain plants.
Group obedience lessons are a fantastic way to bond with your new dog while also learning how to speak with and train them. These sessions are especially beneficial for young puppies because they allow them to become comfortable around other dogs and people, which is an important aspect of growing a safe, friendly dog. Because dog training is unregulated and anyone may call themselves a dog trainer, you’ll want to do some research to ensure you’ve chosen the correct program and instructor.
Picking a Vet
Choosing the best vet for your dog is something you should think about carefully. This is the individual who has the potential to preserve and maintain your pet’s health. Before you make a long-term commitment to work with this person, you and your pet should reach an agreement. You should carefully consider which veterinarian is ideal for your dog. This is the person who can preserve and sustain the health of your pet. You and your pet should come to an understanding before making a long-term commitment to work with this person. Not all veterinarians are the same. Veterinarians have different expertise, and some of them may have greater experience with cats, rabbits, or other non-canine animals. You’ll want to work with a veterinarian who specializes in dogs, so find out how much experience they have with them before you begin.
Going to the Vet
Bringing a puppy home for the first time is a thrilling event, but it also carries a significant amount of responsibility. You’ll need to start teaching your new puppy as soon as they come through the door, as well as taking them to the veterinarian for their initial checkup. At roughly 6 to 8 weeks of age, most pups are given to their pet parents, and this is the ideal time for a first visit to the veterinarian. If necessary, you can delay their first visit until they are 10 weeks old, but the longer you wait, the more at risk your puppy becomes. If your puppy has previously visited a veterinarian, remember to bring any paperwork with you. Some breeders begin immunizations and deworming before delivering their puppies to their new homes, and if this is the case, your veterinarian should be informed so that your dog receives the right doses.
Hopefully, these tips will help you prepare properly for the newcomer to your life.