Dogs aren’t called man’s best friend without good reason. Bringing home a new puppy is a truly special and memorable moment that marks the start of a beautiful relationship. Your new bundle of joy does need some preparations before you bring it home, so read on to find out how you can give your new puppy a special welcome.
Before Bringing Home a New Puppy:
Make sure to discuss the decision of getting a new puppy with your family. If you live in shared accommodation, take housemates on board before bringing the new pup home. It is also important to keep in mind any allergies to animal hair, building regulations, and any local laws that need to be complied with. Additionally, you should also discuss the breed of dog you will be getting and learn its particular traits to see if it will suit your needs. You should also consider the source from where you will get the dog; if you are adopting from a friend or family member, plan a trip to the vet beforehand and get your new pup up to date on all vaccinations. You may also want to consider a GPS implant or GPS equipped collar. Lastly, be sure to consider the responsibility of feeding your pup three times a day; housebreaking, crate training, leash training, and simple commands.
Your pup will be as excited to be in your life as you are – and will set off to explore your home up and down. Therefore, it is important to consider housebreaking your pup under close supervision. You should take care of items such as:
• Keeping a regular feeding schedule
• Taking the puppy to the same spot outside to relieve its needs
A crate can be the starting point for house training your new puppy. Here are some of the steps involved:
• Get a suitably sized box where your puppy can easily stand, lie down, and turn around in with space to spare.
• Make sure your puppy has access to fresh water.
• You may want to give your puppy a break during the middle of the day.
While you may be eager to get your new pup outside and show it off, it is important to keep a new pup protected and safe. This means no trips to the dog park until all vaccinations are complete, and proper training with a collar and leash before heading out. Some of the steps you should follow include:
• Introduce the collar and leash as early as possible. Slip it on while the puppy is playing or distracted and leave it on for some time so it can get used.
• Start walks inside to make sure your puppy understands the guiding function of the leash.
• Make your puppy a follower by taking a few steps in one direction, then turning and walking the other way. This behavior will continue as the puppy grows into adulthood.
Your puppy is all set to learn simple commands between 8 weeks and 6 months of age. Give your puppy treats and offer praise when it follows your command.
Bringing home a new puppy is a highly rewarding experience that can become even better when you follow the proper training techniques.
Remember, these are only a few tips. if you need help with your puppy contact us to set up your Puppy consult. (504) 872-3813 [email protected]