There is not a more exciting time in the home than when a new puppy is coming to join the family. There will be a time of transition but by taking the proper steps a strong foundation can be laid that will prepare the way for a long and happy relationship with your new furry friend.
As you make preparations for pup to come into your home you must stock your doggy cupboard with all the supplies that your little fella is gonna need. Some of these supplies include the food he will eat, bowls for food and water, toys to play with and chew on, leashes and collars for walks, a kennel for travel and sleep and anything else that will help pup adjust to his new home.
When you know exactly when you will be bringing your pup home be sure to schedule plenty of time to spend with your new family member. You need get him on a regular schedule as soon as possible. This will not only help pup adapt to his new surroundings quicker but it will also help him get used to following a set routine.
As pup comes into his new surroundings you should avoid any activies that would include large groups of people. The first days and weeks should be set aside for you and pup to bond together and let him get used to his new bed and home. There will be plenty of time to introduce pup to noisy hectic environments.
If you do not have a name picked out yet do so as soon as possible. It is important to remember to pick a name that is short and precise and will set the stage for pups identity. As soon as you have chosen his name make sure everyone who comes in contact with him uses that name.
This will help pup to recognize his name and prepare him for the training that is to come.
From the beginning ease pup into the new environment that awaits him. If he already has a familiar toy keep it with him. Feed him the same food he has been eating. There will be time to change his food later if that is your preference. If he has been sleeping on a particular bed or in a crate do not change that from the start. Again there will be time for that later.
If and when you do change his food for some reason do not make the mistake of changing the diet all at once. This will almost certainly make him sick at his stomach. Thth the transition should be gradual mixing the old with the new over a seven to ten day period. This will allow pups stomach to get used to the new food.
Just for your information in case you have never worked with dogs…do not ever hit your puppy or allow anyone to mistreat him. No action from pup is bad enough to require someone to hit and abuse him. To correct unwanted behavior pup must first understand what is expected of him and then trained properly so that he learns to complete expected behavior. This takes time and diligence but can be achieved with consistency and reward.
Before bringing pup home you should have a veterinarian picked out and this should be one of the first people that he meets. You will want the veterinarian to ensure pups health and vaccinations. Do not forget to obtain the meTdical records from the person that you got your puppy from. This will help your veterinarian to get to know your pup and his health needs.
From the start let pup know that there will be some rules and boundaries for him. It is easy to let the puppy and his adorable cuteness call the shots. Just remember that pup will grow quickly and introducing the rules later in life is a lot harder than setting the boundaries from the beginning. You are the leader of the pack unless you give that position away. If you do there is no room to complain when you cannot control your dog in a year or so.
Once pup is cleared by your veterinarian it his time to get him out in the world meeting new people and exciting circumstances. Teach pup from an early age to experience all kinds of adventures and people without fear or worry. Let pup come in contact with other dogs in a safe, structured environment that you control.
Great socialization and exposure to many new situations will set the stage and lay a firm foundation for you and pup to grow on. Over the weeks, months and years ahead the training you give will produce an amazing partner and friend. Be consistent, firm, loving and never give up. Your new fuzzy partner will never give up on you.