Bringing Home Puppy // The Dos and Donts
I will never get tired of how cute a puppy looks, or smelling their breath (which still holds remnants of their mother's milk), and their round chubby bellies. What isn't to love about a puppy? Oh, yeah, potty training, nipping, chewing, jumping, and so much more! Puppy phase can be a trying one, but if you follow my suggestions below, you will have success in raising your adorable puppy into a wonderful adult dog!
Here are some tips on what to DO and DON'T once you bring your new fur baby home.
DO take your puppy to your vet immediately for an overall medical evaluation. They will need a fecal sample to test for worms and any information from your reputable breeder or rescue organization on vaccinations. Most importantly, this is the perfect time to schedule the spaying or neutering appointment. Unaltered dogs = unruly dogs.
DON'T skip out on hiring or signing up for puppy obedience. Although some of your puppy's antics will get plenty of "ooohs and awwwes," after a few weeks of continuous, out-of-control puppy behavior, they will start looking less cute and more annoying. This isn't your puppy's fault. If you don't have time or can't afford to hire a trainer, then rethink being a pet-parent to a puppy.
DO socialize your puppy once their shots have been completed. This important phase in their life cannot be skipped! A pet-parent needs to introduce their puppy to 300 different (yes, different) dogs by the time they are 6 - 9 months old. This will help reduce or eliminate future dog-to-dog aggression issues. Is this a guarantee? Absolutely not, as temperament plays a huge role in a puppy's overall domineer. But it is still a very important part of raising a puppy into adulthood.
DON'T give your puppy full run of the house when you bring them home. Baby gates and crates will become your best friend during the training phase. Crates help with potty training, and baby gates help prevent puppy from going to other areas of the house. Baby gates help prevent accidents on carpeted areas, give you the ability to separate children and puppy (which is sometimes needed), and safely keeps puppy confined to a designated area.
DO purchase your puppy's stuff prior to bringing your puppy home. Although you may need to run back to the pet store for one or two more items, it is much easier to have your set-up ready to go when puppy walks in the door. Things you will need:
- Food and Water Dish
- Food (Consider feeding raw or fresh diet)
- Toys (Appropriate chew toys are a must)
- Identification Tag
- Leash (6 ft. nylon, avoid a retractable)
- Baby Gate (More then one may be needed)
- Towels (Recycle old ones - these are great for your puppy's crate, and if puppy shreds them, no big deal. I prefer to use white ones, so if puppy has an accident in crate, I will know)
- No Chew Spray (These sprays help prevent your puppy chewing on unwanted items, Apple Vinegar works well too)
- Treats (For training purposes)
I hope all of these tips help make Bringing Home Puppy a success!