What to do when you bring home your new puppy. If you are going to bring a new puppy to your home then this will be very helpful as you welcome your new addition to your family. This topic will cover every basic requirements, supplies, preparation steps to the car ride home, tips for care of a puppy and the first few days how to introduce him or her to your family and certain precautionary measures for the safety of your puppy.
Puppy Care Guide:
Before you bring your puppy home, prepare yourself with the following basic requirements and supplies:-
- Premium puppy food to get your new puppy off to a good start, stainless steel non-tip food and water bowls.
- Identification tags with your puppy’s name and your contact information.
- A collar, and a leather or nylon six foot leash that is 1/2 to 3/4 inches wide.
- Stain remover for accidents.
- Brushes and combs suited to your puppy’s coat, dog shampoo.
- Nail clippers.
- Tooth brush and tooth paste.
- High-quality safe chew toys to ease teething.
- Flea, tick, and parasite controls.
A room, or at least a proper place he can call his own, like a cage or a crate that will fit his adult size. Atleast, if you can’t arrange it please don’t be cruel to have a puppy at your home.
Tips for Care of a Puppy:
Here discuss the things to think, realize and do before bringing a puppy to your home. Once you have the above supplies, it is time to puppy-proof your home. Raising a puppy is a more like raising small children. They get into everything. Some of what they get into can be hazardous to their health. So start preparing for your puppy’s arrival long before the actual date. Some helpful tips for care of a puppy are as follows:
- If you get down on your hands and knees to view the world like your puppy will, it will help you to find things that you would not have seen otherwise. For example electrical wires, small objects hidden under couches and chairs that could be swallowed, or hiding spaces where a small pup could get stuck. There are sprays that can be applied to furniture legs, woodwork, and other immovable items to help deter your puppy from chewing on things you don’t want him to chew on.
- Are there rooms your puppy should be restricted from entering until he is better trained and more reliable. If so, install a baby gate, or keep the doors to those rooms closed until your puppy matures.
- Exercise pens are excellent for when you are home but busy or unable to fully dedicate yourself to supervising your young pup. If you are about to make dinner, for example, rather than creating your dog or locking him in a puppy proof room alone, set up an exercise pen in the kitchen with you. This will allow him to get used to being around your family routines while also staying out of the way; It will also allow him to feel like that he is part of the family.
- Once your house is ready, its time to bring your new family member home. You are wanting to do your best at keeping this from being an overly stressful experience for your puppy. So it may not be the best idea to bring the whole family, especially if you have excited, young kids.
- keep in mind that the vibration, sounds, and the movements of your car can be very scary for the young pup and make them nervous. On the first trip home it is OK to have a passenger hold your puppy in a soft blanket or towel on their lap.
- After the first trip home, you should begin using a crate to travel for both the dog and the other passenger safety in the car. Purchase a dog seat belt that is specifically designed to restrain and protect your companion in case of an accident.
- The ideal time to bring home a new puppy is when the house is quiet. Do your best to minimize the number of visitors stopping by the first few days so you can establish a daily routine by following these steps.
- Before bringing him in the house, take him to the area in your yard that will serve as his potty and spend a few minutes there. If he goes, praise him. If not, proceed into the house, but be sure to take him to this spot each time he needs to go to the bathroom.
- Take him to the room which will serve as his new den, and if using one, set up his crate. Put bedding and chew toys in the room and let him investigate. If he chews or urinates on his bedding, permanently remove it.
- Understand that a young puppy is not like an adult dog. Treat him with patience and constant supervision.
How to Interact With Your Puppy:
The way you interact with your puppy at this age is critical to his socialization. Following are some useful tips for interaction with your new puppy:
- Extra Time: You should spend a little extra time with your new puppy on his first day home, but you want to acclimate him to your regular routine quickly. If necessary, hire a dog walker or ask a neighbor to come take him out at regular intervals during this training period, and going forward as your pup grows up.
- Regular Supervision: Supervise your puppy at all times and interact with him regularly. Negligence in this regard may be dangerous for the puppy as well as for owner. Regular supervision will help in growth and safety of your puppy.
- Be Alert to Urinate Puppy: Be alert for signs of sniffing and circling which show that your puppy needs to go to the bathroom. So take him out immediately. Make it your routine as a young puppy has no bladder control and will need to urinate immediately after eating, drinking, sleeping, or playing. At night he will need to relieve himself at least every three hours.
- Don’t Punish your Puppy: Don’t punish an accident. Never push his nose in the waste or scold him. He won’t understand and might learn to go to the bathroom when you are out of sight. Praise your puppy every time he goes to the bathroom outside.
- Proper Nutritious Food: Feed your puppy a formula designed for puppies. Like a baby, he needs nutritious, highly digestible food. Any carelessness in his food may result in the illness of your puppy which may be fatal in some cases.
- Young Children: For those with children, another extremely importantpart of bringing home your new puppy is making sure your kids know how and how not to handle a young dog. If your children are young or are not familiar with how to handle puppies, you need to spend some time with them during these first few days explaining common sense rules on how to play with the puppy. For example, tell them that dogs have sensitive hearing, so it is important not to shriek or yell. Puppies in particular need a lot of rest, just like agrowing child. Limit puppy-children play sessions to 15 to 30 minute periods two to three times a day. You need to keep an eye on a puppy. An excited puppy can be strong when he jumps, and play bites, which can be too rough for young children. Always supervise interaction and separate them if play is too rough.
- Mingling with other Pets: If you have other pets, you will also need to spend some time getting them used to having each other around. At first it is best to keep resident pets separated from your new puppy, but only for a few days. After that time, let pets smell and touch each other through a slightly open door. Do this several times over the next few days. After that, give the resident pet access to the den area with your new puppy. Supervise their meeting and go back to through the door meetings if trouble arises. Exercise pens can also help old and new pets get used to each other’s presence in a restricted and safe manner.
- Initial Puppy Examination by Veterinarian: In the end, the last but not the least we would suggest you to get the puppy in to a veterinarian for an initial puppy examination to make sure he is in perfect health without having any disorder. Have the contact information of your local veterinary office readily available in case of an emergency.