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Bringing home your new dog

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Your dog’s first few weeks home will likely be a period of huge adjustment, for both of you. You can make the transition much easier all around if you prepare your home in advance, and set up a routine right away.

Prepare your house.Dog proofing your home can include things like putting medications and other harmful poisons out of reach, securing closed doors, purchasing garbage bins that your dog can’t open and containing electrical cords. This is an especially important step for puppies. Securing the house will allow you to focus on helping your new furry friend adjust to their new home and family without worry of any messes or accidents.

Create a temporary, gated-off living space for your dog or pup, where she can’t damage your belongings or eat something that will make her sick. She’ll stay in this area whenever you’re not with her to prevent her from having house training accidents.

Keep it pleasant but low-key at first.
For a shy puppy or dog, being taken to a new place and then deluged with lots of loud, lively strangers can be really overwhelming. The first day or two, keep the mood mellow and calm.

Introduce your dog to his crate.
Crates are the best way to house train, but most dogs need a little time to warm up to them.

Set up a routine.
A routine helps with house training and is reassuring to your dog. Figure out a schedule for walks, meals, bathroom breaks, and exercise,–and try to stick to it.

Find a vet.
It’s especially important for a puppy’s first vet visit to be a pleasant experience so that your dog he learns to take trips to the vet in stride. Ask around for referrals, and schedule your first appointment. Your dog will need a check-up and possibly some vaccinations.

Stock up on the right supplies.
Here’s what you’ll need:

  • food and water bowls
  • food and maybe some treats for training. Try to get the same food your dog’s been easy since a sudden switch in diet can upset his stomach.
  • collar and leash
  • bed
  • toys, especially chew toys
  • possibly some baby gates to block off sections of your house
  • crate

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