Congratulations on the new dog! It’s an exciting and chaotic time for every new pup owner. It can take a few days, weeks, or months before the stress subsides and everyone gets settled. This blog will explore steps to help you prepare for a new dog to make the transition as smooth as possible. Be patient and continue reading for sound advice.
Plan for Their Arrival
The best time to bring a new dog into your home is a weekend or when you have a few days of uninterrupted time. This allows you to bond and spend quality time with the pup. Establish a routine so you can begin training your dog immediately. When will you feed your canine each day? Will you go for a walk or to the dog park? Your furry friend will start understanding expectations and trusting you as they learn the routine.
One big decision new dog owners must make is giving the pup a name. Use a list of popular dog names to help you decide. Ensure you have all the needed supplies before picking up your new dog. Have dog food, bowls for food and water, a collar, a leash, and a few toys. Have a crate ready if you’re planning on crate training. Don’t forget training treats to give your dog positive rewards during the training process.
Prepare for House Training
One of the first things you’ll work on with your new dog is house training. It’s best to assume the pup isn’t house-trained yet. A consistent routine and positive rewards will help you and your dog get through the process successfully.
Many dogs will relieve themselves in the house because it’s a new environment. You can best avoid this by taking your furry friend out every few hours for the first few days. Stock up on pee pads and training treats to help with the process. Crate training can also help, so you don’t have to worry about your dog using your house as a restroom.
Ensure All Household Pets Are Healthy
If you have other pets at home, ensure they’re healthy before you bring your new dog home. Have all cats and dogs up to date on their vaccinations. Take them to the vet for general health check-ups to ensure everything is okay.
Bringing new furry family members into the home can be stressful for everyone. Ensuring other pets are mentally and physically healthy can make the transition easier.
Make sure you pack your patience. Preparing for a new dog isn’t easy, nor is the transition. But you’ll enjoy all the snuggles, kisses, and playtime that comes with having a new furry family member.