If you have finally agreed to have a four-legged family member and are soon to welcome the arrival of a puppy dog, there is much to prepare. Much like you would with a baby, there are certain things you should prepare when planning to bring the puppy into his new surroundings, which will help him, and you, to adjust.
Pre-Puppy Arrival Checklist
Prior to his arrival, you should have the following,
- A Collar, harness and leash.
- Appropriate sized crate.
- Food & water bowl.
- Natural dog shampoo
- Non-toxic chew toys.
- Nail clippers & grooming brush.
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It is important to have a supply of the food the dog is currently eating, as changing his diet while he is getting used to a new environment might be a bit too much to handle. Over the coming weeks, you can gradually introduce him to the chosen food, which he will adapt to without a problem.
Decide on a Set of House Rules
This is essential as it makes things clear for both the puppy and the family. You should designate his sleeping area, where his bed will be placed, along with his new toys. If this is to be in the kitchen, his food and water bowl should also be located there. If he isn’t allowed in certain rooms, this should be agreed upon by everyone in the family and with consistency, the puppy will very quickly know what he can and cannot do.
His toilet area should be designated and he should be taken to this regularly, until he realises that this is the place to do his business. If he doesn’t get it right at first, simply take him back to the potty area until he understands. Never reinforce the wrong behaviour with a positive response, as this will only confuse the animal.
Establish a Routine
Your puppy needs to be socialised, which means taking him out and about, which not only gives him that much needed exercise, it also introduces him to new people and things, which includes other dogs, of course. If you have the time and the inclination to self-train your puppy, there are many informative blogs online that will walk you through the training, otherwise, you can enrol in a puppy training course, where you will both learn.
With the right preparation and consistent action, your puppy will soon become an integral part of the family, and his arrival will bring pleasure to all the family for many years to come.