Precious Pets: Tips For Bringing Home A New Dog
Uncontrollable licks and wags from a new puppy is one of the most exciting memories you can make with your family. While a puppy brings you never ending smiles, there are a lot of adjustments with a new dog. Here are a few tips for bringing home a new dog.
Before you pick up your pup, make sure you have everything he'll need for the first night. Think about the places you won't want him to go, accident prevention and cleanup, food, toys, and a leash. Baby gates work well to keep puppies from going into rooms where they don't belong. Puppy training pads help keep messes to a minimum, but you'll need a special cleanser made for cleaning up accidents from dogs and cats. They help neutralize odors that regular cleansers can't.
Before your pup makes himself at home, decide on a spot where he can sleep. Your bedroom should be off-limits until you bond with your dog and can set reasonable boundaries. Give him his own pet bed and blanket, but if you know that he'll be spending most days alone while you're at work, you might want to put him in a pen the first night to start him on crate training. If you don't have a pen, putting him in a confined space -- like a small bathroom -- where accidents are cleaned up easily and he can do minimal damage.
While you're probably really excited to have your new dog, he's probably 1,000 times more excited, so you want to go easy on the introductions the first night. Introduce each member of the family one at a time. All dogs have different personalities, and some can handle a lot of people at once and others act out with nips or biting. Err on the side of caution and keep the introductions low-key.
Prepare For The Worst
Puppies are like toddlers: everything sound, smell and sight is new and they want to experience them with their mouths, their paws and noses! Puppies love to chew on any and everything so give him a chew toy before he finds something else to chew on. To keep curiosity to a minimum, remove loose items from the floor like wastebaskets, toys for kids and rugs. The less that's out in the open, the less they have to destroy.