There are many things to do before bringing the new puppy home. Getting your home ready now will help you devote more time to the new dog or puppy when it arrives.
Research Your New Puppy
It is extremely important to take the time to do research into the right breed of dog for yourself and your family. Consider a given breed’s activity level and determine if that breed is going to fit into your lifestyle. Be honest with yourself; are you really active enough to fulfill the energy requirements for a Labrador or Pit Bull Terrier? It is also not a good idea to choose a dog from a movie or TV show.
Where Can I Adopt A Dog
Many good dogs and puppies can be found in rescues or shelters. There are breed-specific rescues as well as those devoted to all breeds and mixed breeds. Many of these rescues can be found through your local veterinarian’s office or at Petfinder.com. Puppies can also be purchased through a dog breeder. Research the breeder thoroughly or ask your veterinarian for breeders he/she recommends. A good breeder will ask you multiple questions about your home and lifestyle; if he/she doesn’t run, this is not a good breeder.
Find a veterinarian and Groomer
It is important to decide ahead of time on a veterinarian. If you don’t already have a veterinarian, ask family, friends, or neighbors for recommendations. Have a new pet appointment scheduled for when you get your new puppy. If you have chosen a breed that requires regular grooming, then this is also a good time to decide on a professional dog groomer.
Puppy Proof Your Home
Have your home ready for a new puppy or dog by picking up or moving anything you do not want to be chewed. Shoes, socks/underwear, wires, and the remote control are all items commonly chewed by dogs or puppies.
Decide The Type Of Food
Proper nutrition is important for your new pet. Do some research into good food or take your veterinarian’s recommendation.
Purchase Food, Bowls, and Crate
Get ready by purchasing food bowls and a crate before your new pet arrives. It’s also a good idea to have the eating and sleeping place prearranged, so there is no confusion.
Read Up On Crate Training
Crate training is one of the best ways to potty train a dog or puppy. Have all the facts and dos and don’ts memorized before you get your new pet?
Consider Your Other Pets
If you have other pets, think about the added stress a new puppy will add. Some pets will do great with a new puppy, and others will need a transitional period.
Check Into Training Classes
Start thinking about where you’ll want to go for obedience training or puppy kindergarten classes. Puppy kindergarten is for young puppies and is a good idea for added socialization. Do some research by asking veterinary clinic staff members or rescue groups to find the best place.
Think About The Added Time And Money A New Pet Will Need
Think long and hard before adding an additional pet to your family. Dogs and puppies need a lot of love, patience, and time to become well trained, socialized, and happy. There is also a significant amount of money involved in raising a dog or puppy. Many people have decided to go with pet health insurance to help curb these costs.
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