Preparing to Bring a New Puppy Home

Bringing home a new pet can be the highlight of anyone’s life, but bringing her home requires responsibility, and there are a few things people should have ready and be prepared for before they welcome their new family member.

First thing first is getting the new puppy to the veterinarian to be looked over thoroughly, to make sure everything is okay, as well as making sure vaccinations are current.  This is important because illnesses or vaccinations not taken care of can cause issues later down the road.

Secondly, you should consider buying a crate for the new puppy. A crate is a great way to train dogs and gives them their own sense of space, a place they can go to relax or to be left alone. Crate training can be scary at first for new puppies, but they will learn to love it.  One tips recommended for crate training is to make sure it is the right size for your puppy; not too small but also not too large. Also, when trying to adapt the new puppy, don’t make them feel as if they are being punished by being in there, because again, their crate should be a safe place of refuge.

Lastly, bringing home a new puppy affects your schedule, but keeping him on a strict one can be very important. Puppies’ biggest block of time is when they are sleeping, they are very energized, but to be fully rested, they need around 15-20 hours of sleep each day. During the other few hours the puppy is awake and active, he needs to working towards a strict schedule for the bathroom and eating, it will just make it easier for everyone to be involved.   A good tip is to take the puppy directly outside or to the “wee wee pad” first thing when you let her out of the crate, and again before she goes back in.  Always remember to praise, praise, praise when she does her business!

These are just a few things that you should be aware of before you bring a new puppy home, there are many other things to learn, so make sure you do your research before bringing home a new family member!

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