Bringing your new dog home

Bringing your new dog home can be both exciting and stressful.  On the one hand, there is the excitement of a brand new family member and plans for upcoming adventures you two will go on; but on the other hand, there are a lot of considerations to be made after the new dog arrives.  What items should be prepared for the arrival of your new dog?

Bringing your New Dog Home:
Before your pet arrives, you should have the following questions answered:
Where will the dog sleep?
How will we begin house training our new pet?
Which vet will we use?
How will we train our dog?
Who will walk our dog?
Which boarding facility is best and do we need to be on a waiting list?
Which brand of food will he or she eat?
How will we introduce the new dog to existing pets within the house?

Once you have answered those questions, you need to be sure to have stocked up on essentials.  Your new dog will require a collar with identification tags that list your emergency contact information.  You will also need a lead and a collar/harness for walking.  You should provide your pet with a comfortable bed or blankets to sleep on and also purchase a crate if planning to crate train (advisable).  Do not forget to have toys handy so that you can discourage inappropriate chewing and also stock up on training treats, which will help you teach your dog the difference between right and wrong in the upcoming weeks.  Make sure your new dog has his or her own water and food bowls and also be sure to have plenty of food on hand.

Within the first few weeks of bringing your new dog home, there are a number of things that must be done.  Your pup should visit a veterinarian for a complete physical, regardless of whether the breeder or animal shelter says that his or her health is perfect.  You should make sure your dog is up to date on vaccinations and worming and have him or her microchipped (now a legal requirement).  Plans should be made at the initial vet visit for your pet to be spayed or neutered, as well.  Next, you should set up obedience training for your dog, either through a local pet store or other training facility.  Also set up an exercise schedule for your pet, and interview your Dogtrax dog walker.

The first night you bring your new dog home, you should expect your pet to experience anxiety.  If the dog is a puppy he or she will likely whine and cry throughout the night.  This is completely normal behaviour and one that is rooted in evolution.  In the wild, puppies cry for their mothers to make sure she never leaves them vulnerable to predators.  For your new puppy, he or she will feel vulnerable, scared, and alone during the first night away from its mother and siblings.  Be sure to place your dog in an environment where he or she will feel safe and protected, and provide plenty of love.


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