Bring your new puppy home and what you need to know>
HOW TO TAKE CARE OF YOUR NEW PUPPY
You just bought or adopted a new puppy and still don’t know what to do now that it has gotten home. We are going to talk about what to do when you bring home your new puppy.
Before you bring your puppy home prepare yourself with the following items;
- Premium puppy food to get your new puppy off to a good start.
- Stainless steel food and water bowls.
- ID tags with your puppy’s name and your contact information.
- Collar and leash.
- Stain removers for accidents.
- Grooming equipment.
- High quality chew toys.
- Flea, tick and parasite control.
- A room or a place he can call his own like a cage or a crate.
Puppy-proof your home
Once you have the supplies it is time to puppy-proof your home. Raising a puppy is a lot like raising small children, they get into everything. Some of what they get into can be hazardous to their health.
Exercise pens are good for you when you are home but busy and can’t fully dedicate yourself to supervising your young puppy. If you are about to make dinner for example rather than locking him in a cage leaving him alone set up an exercise pen in the kitchen with you. This will allow him to get used to your family’s routine while also making him stay out of the way. It will also allow him to feel like he is part of the family.
Once your house is ready it is time to bring your small canine friend home. You want to do your best by keeping this from being an overly stressful experience for the puppy. It may not be a good idea to bring your whole family with you, especially if you have excited your kids. Also keep in mind that vibration, sound and the movement of your car could be very scary for your pup and make them nervous. On the first trip home it is okay to have a passenger to hold your puppy on their lap.
After the first trip home you should begin using a crate for the safety of the dog and the other passengers. Try buying a dog seatbelt that is specifically made to restrain your companion in case of an accident.
A daily routine
The ideal time to bring your new dog home is when the house is quiet. Do your best to minimize the number of visitors stopping by for the first few days so that you can establish a daily routine by following these steps;
- Before bringing him in the house take him in the area in your yard that will serve as his potty and spend a few minutes there.
- Take him to the room that will serve as his new den or the crate he will call home.
- Understand your puppy is not like an adult dog, treat him with patience and intense supervision.
- Spend extra time with your new puppy on his first day home. If possible hire a dog walker to take him out during this training period.
- Supervise your puppy at all times and interact with him on a regular basis.
- Establish a routine, a young puppy has no bladder control and will need to urinate after eating, drinking, sleeping or playing.
- Don’t punish an accident.
- Always keep emergency contact info available at all times.
Train your children
For those with children make sure they know how to handle or how not to handle a young dog. If your children are young and don’t know how to handle a dog you need to spend time with them explaining to them what they need to know.
Tell them that dogs have sensitive hearing so it is important not to yell at them. Limit puppy-children play sessions to 15-30 minute periods 2-3 times a day. Supervise interactions between your puppies and the children to make sure they aren’t too rough.
If you have other pets it’s important you make sure they get used to having each other around. Introduce your new puppy to other pets gradually.
Lastly, bring all your paperwork with you to your first veterinarian visit to make sure he is in perfect health.
There you go WOOFFF!!
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