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10 Tips For Welcoming A New Puppy Into Your Family Home

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

So you’ve decided to welcome a new puppy into your family home? It’s an exciting time for both you and your kids. Pets quickly become part of the family, but they also come with a great deal of responsibility. When you’re bringing a new dog home you’ll have lots to get ready. The more organized you are, the more likely that the whole process will run smoothly. To help you get things in order, consider the following ten tips.

1 . Choosing the right breed
When you are bringing home a new puppy, it’s worth giving some thought to which kind of breed you might like. If you don’t know a whole lot about dog breeds, check out the ‘It’s A Doggy World’ podcast. The episodes feature plenty of info about the traits of different breeds. These shows often provide advice to families, who are trying to choose the right dog for them.

2. Preparing the kids
If you have children, it’s important to prepare them before bringing a new puppy home. Give them a talk about responsibility, ensure that they know which dog chores they will be responsible for whether it’s feeding, walking, or grooming. Young children especially need to be reminded of what is and what isn’t acceptable when playing with a puppy. Establishing rules from the get-go can help you to keep your child safe as well as your dog. At this stage, ask your children if they have any questions or concerns.

3. Involve your children
When bringing home a new puppy, involve your kids in the choice as much as you can. Visit the dog breeder or shelter in person, and take your kids along. Allow your children enough time to play with each dog. Ask them which dogs they prefer, and why. Keep in mind the personalities of your children when you are choosing a new dog. Bear in mind that shy children may not like a dog that’s too over-excitable. Choosing a new dog together is the best way to keep your family happy.

4. Puppy proof your house
To keep your puppy safe, it’s important that you puppy proof your house. For a few ideas to get started, consider the following:
  • Remove toxic plants: Many houseplants are toxic for puppies, so it’s important to remove these from the home, (or put them where the puppy can’t reach). A few examples of toxic plants for puppies are lilies, aloe vera, and ivy.
  • Check fences: You’ll need to check the fences in your garden, any gaps need to be fixed so that your puppy doesn’t escape!
  • Locks on cupboards: It’s advisable to put a lock on some of your kitchen cupboards, particularly those that contain toxic cleaning products.

5. Learn about puppy nutrition
Before you bring home a new puppy, you must learn all about puppy nutrition. According to the American Kennel Club, ‘Growing pups should be fed puppy food, a diet specially formulated to meet the nutritional needs for normal development. Feeding adult food will rob your puppy of important nutrients.’ You should feed your puppy approximately four times a day.

According to Dog Advisor, ‘Wellness Complete Health Puppy Food’ is one of the best brands. The ingredients include ground barley, oatmeal, chicken, and chicken meal. When you’re shopping around for puppy food, check the reviews, or consider asking your vet for extra advice.

6. Get support tools
Owning a dog can be a fantastic experience, but there’s also plenty of hard work involved. To help you to give your dog the best life, consider checking out the following apps:
  • iKibble: Many pet parents like to give their pets leftovers, yet lots of the foods we eat are toxic for dogs. With iKibble, you can check which human foods your dog can eat, and which to avoid. There’s a huge database of foods; a simple search filter; and nutritional tips to improve your dog's diet.
  • iTrainer Dog Whistle & Clicker: To support your dog’s training routine this is the app you need. It’s a high-frequency whistle, helping you to keep your doggie from getting distracted.
  • Dog Buddy: Using this app, you can monitor your dog's health, from weight to medications, vet trips, and vaccinations. Keep on top of your puppy’s milestones, and add pictures too.
7. Go shopping for puppy supplies
Before your puppy arrives, you’ll need to go shopping for your puppy supplies. There’s plenty to purchase, including a bed and blankets, water bowls, and puppy food. You’ll also need a collar, a lead and harness, plenty of toys, and puppy pads. Don’t forget your dog shampoo, a brush, and doggie toothpaste! Create an approximate budget before you go shopping, and consider asking your dog owner friends for recommendations. There are lots to sort out before you bring your puppy home, and it’s best to stay organized.

8. Hire a puppy trainer
Puppies need to be trained, and it can be difficult to do this at home by yourself. You won’t want your puppy to develop behavioral issues, which is why it’s best to work with a professional puppy trainer. A puppy trainer can support you with all of your puppy training needs, including:
  • Socialization
  • Potty training
  • Resource guarding
  • Toy play
  • Behavior
With the right training program, you can rest assured that your puppy remains both physically and mentally healthy. When you get your training right in the beginning, you’re far more likely to have a perfectly behaved adult dog.

9. Create a routine
It’s important to create a routine for your new puppy, to help it with house training. Choose a set schedule to include exercise, bathroom breaks, meals, and walks. A routine can support training, and help your puppy to adjust to a new regime. Your puppy may be a little shy when it first comes home, so it’s a good idea to not overwhelm your puppy. Of course, you’ll want to give it attention, but it’s also important that it has some space to settle in. Once you’ve created the right routine for your puppy they will begin to feel much more comfortable in your home.

10. Obtain your dog license
In most states, you’ll legally need a dog license to have a pet dog. It’s also advisable to have your dog microchipped, Legalities like this are vital when it comes to preparing for a new pet. You must buy the dog license before your pet reaches the age of 5 months old. The procedure of applying for a license varies depending on where you live. In most cases, you’ll need to contact your local Department Of Health Office or animal control.

11. Choose a great vet
You’ll need to choose a great vet for your puppy, and the best way to do this is to conduct lots of research. Check out the reviews, or ask other pet parents about their experiences. For further guidance take a look at the VitusVet application. The app can help you to monitor your pet’s health, log their microchip, store pet insurance details, note allergies, and get medical alerts.

To conclude
Hopefully, these ten tips will be everything you need to get ready for the arrival of a new pet! If it’s your first dog, it might take a little while to adjust, so be patient with yourself (and with your dog)! Before you visit a dog breeder, consider going to an animal shelter, there are so many doggies out there in search of a loving new home.

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