Getting a Puppy 101

10 tips for introducing a new dog into the family

Getting a new puppy
Getting a new puppy

Bringing home a new dog is an exciting time for the entire family. Dogs are loyal, loving and protective helping them to easily integrate into any family dynamic. Dogs, like humans, each have their own personalities. Luckily, there are ways to help ease the introduction of a new dog into your family.


Make your home dog-friendly 

When introducing your new dog into your home you want to make sure that they are comfortable. At the same time you want to set them up for success by removing any important items that they could reach and potentially chew up.


Reduce Stress

Do your best to keep your new puppy out of situations that make them nervous. If they do get nervous, don’t tighten up their leash or make them stay put. This may increase their anxiety because they feel as though they cannot back away from the situation.


Watch Small Chilren

Kids, especially small ones, can be rough. Make sure that you supervise play sessions between your child and your new puppy at all times. Dogs can’t cry or talk, so they express pain and fear by nipping which can possibly hurt you child. On the other hand small children can be equally as hurtful to your new pet.


Introducing Other Pets

Don’t think that other pets have the right of way. Many times humans have the idea that if one pet was there first that they are the dominant. This may be the way of the human world, but the animal kingdom is much different. As long as things don’t turn too violent, your pets will work out a hierarchy without your interference.


Puppies Need Love

Dogs need parents as much as kids do. Much like young kids dogs are curious, mischievous, and sometimes destructive. Dogs need a loving and understanding environment with a lot of discipline. It is important that dogs get the proper attention and discipline otherwise you could run into some serious issues in the future. 


Puppy Training

For the protection of your home you will want to start potty training right away. Puppies are small and so are their bladders. Take them outside often to prevent accidents.


Let Them Rest

Puppies are exciting and the whole family will want their turn to play, but remember that puppies are like babies and need to sleep. Create a confined area that is close to you so you can keep an eye on him while he sleeps.  If you are crate-training, put the crate in that area with so soft bedding. Do not force your puppy into the crate; he will go in himself when he’s ready.


Make a schedule

Make a schedule for your dog that the whole family abides by. This includes sleeping, potty time, and feeding. Dogs are creatures of habit and thrive in structure. As the dog get older you can change the routine, but make sure to do it slowly so your dog doesn’t get confused.


Take responsibility

Do not expect your kids to take full responsibility for your dog. Taking care of a dog is a big responsibility for anyone, especially a kid. Having a dog is a great way to teach kids responsibility, so they should be a part of the work as much as the fun. Just remember that leaving all of the responsibility up to you children is a recipe for disaster. 


Do your research

Before your furry friend arrives check out your local library or the internet for books and videos on taking care of a new dog. This will be a great way for the entire family to sit down and understand what is to be expected of them and what they can expect from the puppy. Being a dog

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