Adopting a puppy is like bringing a new baby home. You must prepare well for it. Otherwise, it can be very frustrating. Remember, it is not a mature dog, so you have to start from the basics.
We will take you through a new puppy guide below. Hopefully, with the tips you learn here you should find it a breeze incorporating your little pup into the family.
Getting the New Puppy
When looking for a new puppy, it is important to have the relevant information. Dogs, much like human beings, are different. All of the breeds come in various sizes, temperaments, and have varying requirements. Here are some things you will need to keep in mind while looking at the type of dog you’d like to add to your family:
- Think about your lifestyle and how your new dog will fit in.
- Do you have sufficient space for a larger breed?
- Is there a park or grounds where you can walk the dog, especially for those that require more exercise?
- Do you have the budget for a dog walker in case you lead a busy lifestyle?
Think about everything your dog will require and then make the right decision. There are various places you can get a new puppy. You could get one as a gift from a friend, adopt from a shelter, purchase from a reputable breeder, or buy from a pet shop. Whatever option you use, just ensure you have the right information. A simple website listing will not suffice to use as proper information about the dog. Be sure you are looking for photos of the home as well as the option to come visit the dog and the family at their home. This will allow you to see the environment they are raised in, allow you to see the pups parents, and to make sure this is a legitimate sale.
Before the New Puppy Comes Home
Your new puppy is very much like a newborn; only it can walk around. You must prepare your home appropriately. Look into the following when thinking about your new fluff ball:
- Where will the puppy sleep?
- Are you planning to raise them as an indoor or outdoor dog?
- You will need to puppy-proof your house. If there are areas within the home you do not want it to access you will need to block them. You could use a baby gate to block stairways.
- Put away anything the new puppy can chew or swallow.
- Ensure your electrical cables are out of sight and cover any wires that can be chewed on by your new dog.
- In the same way you have a family doctor; you will need to get your puppy a vet. Shop around for a good clinic and make sure you get recommendations on the type of service they give. Make sure the puppy has the relevant vaccinations from the person you adopted them from and the vet gives you an all-clear before taking it home.
- Stock up on relevant supplies such as, the right food and treats, leash, collar, combs, brush, water and food bowls.
- Ensure the family members that live at home are on board with getting this pupper, especially if there are children within the home. Give them relevant information on the new addition to the family. To make the process more fun, assign different chores to the kids, so they feel part of the process.
Bringing the Puppy Home
You are ready to bring your little puppy home. Remember, the new dog will be coming to a new environment, and may initially be anxious about its surroundings. Give the new dog time to acclimate and naturally get over its anxiety. It could also come in with no anxiety at all. This part really just depends on the temperament of your new fur friend.
Advise your children not to crowd it; otherwise, it may react in a negative manner or it might hide as well. Giving the new puppy treats and talking calmly should ease the process. Take note; some dogs will get comfortable almost immediately, while others may take some time, so work at being understanding.
Microchipping is an effective way to keep track of your dog wherever they are. Your new puppy may get lost; hence implanting a microchip in your dog will help you find it quickly. The process of implanting the chip is quick and mostly pain-free. To learn more about microchipping read our article that tells you all about it.
Your other option is to get identification or collar tags. Make sure you write all the relevant information, including the dogs name and contact details like your telephone and address. Unlike microchips, the main disadvantage with collar tags is that a thief can easily remove it or they could fall off while the pup is out and about. They are, however, inexpensive and very easy to acquire. Check your local pet store for a variety of designs, sizes, and colors.
You must take the time to train your dog. The earlier you start; the better. You will need plenty of treats and patience to get the little puppy to obey your commands. Bring certain behaviors under control if you want to live comfortably with your new dog.
- Incessant barking can bring you problems with the neighbors.
- While exploring or playing, your puppy may chew stuff within the home.
- Getting a new puppy to adapt to a leash and collar comes with its challenges.
- Agreeing to sit in the crate can be lonely and worrisome for some dogs.
- Interacting with other pets can bring anxiety and hostility from your new puppy if not introduced properly.
Learning how to control challenging or negative behavior is critical. If you feel that you're struggling with training your puppy, consider letting an expert help you. There are many videos online that are useful. Many pet stores also hold puppy training classes. These can be very beneficial long term for your doggo.
Potty training is critical, especially if it is an indoor dog. Some important things you need to factor in include:
- Scheduling their feeding to regular hours.
- Taking the puppy out first thing every morning for around 20 to 30 minutes.
- Reward your puppy for using the restroom outside.
- Identify one particular spot for potty so that the puppy starts building an association between the location and toileting.
- Do not react aggressively or in an angry manner if the puppy has an accident in the house. Be patient with the potty training, and before long, the new puppy will get it right.
- Try using puppy pee pads near the door they exit to use the bathroom.
- You can try the bell method so your pup can ring the bell when they need to be let out.
Even if you are raising an outdoor dog, you do not want them pooping everywhere. You will still have to train your little pup to void in certain areas at specific times.
Congratulations on your new friend
A new puppy is a beautiful addition to any home. Dogs are very loyal fantastic companions to both adults and children alike. When adopting a new puppy it is essential to prepare yourself well.
Take note of the puppy information made available in this article. With the right training, your new dog will seamlessly integrate with the rest of your household.