Introducing A Dog To Your Home: How To Care For Your Canine Companion

Monday, December 10, 2018

Dogs are one of the most popular types of pet in the US. If you’ve decided that it’s time to embark upon a new friendship with a canine companion, you’re probably counting down the days until you can bring your dog home. Owning a dog is incredibly rewarding, but it is hard work. If you’re introducing a pup or an older dog to your home for the first time, here are some tips you may find useful.

Preparing your home
If you’re used to pristine carpets and clutter-free rooms, it’s a good idea to take a little time to prepare your home for your new addition. Dogs, especially boisterous puppies that are full of energy, tend to create mess, and muddy paws are par for the course. If you have shelves covered in antique vases, or you’ve got cream carpets, you might want to make a few changes before your new dog joins the family. It’s a good idea to set out an area where your dog can eat, drink, and rest and to make sure there’s easy access to outdoor areas.

Stocking up on essentials
If you’ve never owned a dog before, you might be shocked at just how much stuff they need. In the days and weeks before your pooch joins you, take a look online and visit your local pet store to buy food and water bowls, food, toys, a bed and blankets, and a collar and lead.

Contacting the vet and looking into daycare and classes
Puppies usually have their first set of vaccinations while they’re still with the owner or breeder, but they will need a second set when they join you. It’s wise to register your pet with a local vet and organize an appointment to make sure they have their immunizations on time. Your vet can also provide you with recommendations for food and toys, and they can give you advice about keeping your pup free from worms and fleas. At this stage, it’s also beneficial to have a look for dog obedience classes in your local area and to explore options like daycare if you work full-time and you’re going to be out of the house for hours at a time. Dogs are sociable creatures, and they don’t like to be left alone for long periods of time.

Getting your pup used to their new home
Life in a new home can be daunting for puppies. One minute, they’re snuggled up with their mother and climbing over their brothers and sisters, the next, they’re in your home and nothing is familiar to them. Take a couple of days off or arrange to bring your pup home on a Friday afternoon so that you have time to spend with them, and make them feel comfortable. Give them plenty of cuddles and contact, but try not to overwhelm them. Keep things calm and quiet for the first few days, and don’t worry if they appear to be a little shy or reticent. As they get used to their new surroundings, they’ll become bolder and braver, and they’ll be all over the place before you know it.

Are you looking forward to spending your days with a new canine companion? If so, hopefully, these tips will ensure you’re ready to bring your new friend home.

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  1. Great article, very helpful. I have 3 dogs and the hardest part at the beginning is to teach them not to have accidents at home. We always use eco-friendly cleaning detergents or liquid soap.When preparing your home a good idea is to stock up with plastic sheets and lots of wet wipes. Dogs are like babies and wet wipes are very useful. I clean their paws with wet wipes after every walk outside, as bathing them twice a day is not an option.

    1. Yep, that's all very smart and proactive stuff you do girl!! Impressive!


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