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Are you deciding to buy a puppy? Getting ready for your new fur-baby to come home?
This list goes through proper introduction for a new puppy and a checklist for all your puppy needs!
First things first… Is a puppy the right choice for me?
As an employee at our local pet store I have seen one too many people come in and want to impulse buy. Without thinking it over.
A new puppy is a huge commitment and addition to a family. The choice to adopt/buy one shouldn’t come lightly.
There are a lot of factors to weigh before your final decision. Take a look at some below:
- Do I have time for a new puppy. Will my job prevent me from training him properly.
- Is my yard big enough for the specific breed I want to get.
- What about my house, will there be enough inside space for him.
- Will I crate train or wee-wee pad train him.
- Do I have patience to properly discipline my new puppy.
- Will I be able to keep my puppy for up to 17 years? Or even longer.
- What about vet bills, toys and other items I will need for him, do I have enough money.
- If I have other pets at home, will they get along with my new puppy.
All these factors need to be questions you have to ask yourself before buying/adopting a new puppy.
In conclusion, you want to double check you are buying/adopting a puppy for the right reasons.
They are new additions to a family, not something that is disposable when it’s not convenient for you.
Introducing Your New Puppy to Your Home
When you finally make that big decision to get a puppy, it will be time to know how to properly introduce your new puppy!
This experience should be fun and exciting for both you and your puppy. Whether you buy or adopt, this is a crucial first step.
That moment you walk through your front door, puppy in tow, will be nerve wracking and exciting at the same time. Take a minute to walk around the house while holding Fido.
Show him the rooms, where he will sleep and eat. He needs to know these things if he’s going to be a part of your family.
Don’t have company over for the next few days until he gets settled in. Having too much contact with strangers can cause him unneeded stress. Which can result in a sick puppy.
If your puppy starts showing signs of being too over stressed you can start by giving him some Nutri-Cal. You can also try some canned food to supplement his diet.
NOTE: I am not Veterinarian and am not giving medical advice but simply sharing my experience. Please consult a Veterinarian for medical advice.
It’s very important to make sure he is eating and drinking the first week.
Even though you may want to do some bonding with your puppy through bath time, it’s crucial to wait at least a few days before giving him one. Too many new things might over stress him.
Now that we have the basic introduction set aside here is your new checklist for Fido: