Today is the day you have been waiting for. You are bringing home your new puppy. Below are some tips for making this a smooth transition for you and family, as well as your precious new puppy.
- Before you bring him home, you need to make a list of the things he will need. Food and water bowls, bedding and/or a crate, a collar and leash, grooming items and toys are all necessary for getting your home ready.
- Talk to your family about ways to make his transition easier. Don’t overwhelm him or fight over him. He may be uncertain and frightened of his new surroundings. Establish routines and a schedule with your family about feeding, crating and taking him outside. It is also helpful if you determine certain commands that everyone uses so he does not become confused when a different person is with him.
- Prepare the area where the puppy will spend most of his time by removing plants, chemicals, and electrical cords; and situating his crate, bed and toys where he will be comfortable and safe.
Bringing Him Home:
- When you pick up your new puppy, be sure to find out what and when he was last fed. It is important to maintain his feeding schedule and not to abruptly switch foods, which could cause stomach upset. If you want to switch foods later, it should be done gradually by introducing small amounts of the new brand with his current food.
- For his safety, your puppy should be placed in his crate for the ride home and thereafter, each time he rides in a car. Be sure to bring a towel and some cleaning supplies in case he becomes carsick on the trip home. Place his collar snugly around his neck so that it cannot come off over his head, but loose enough to get a finger under. Then put his leash close by so that when you open the crate, he cannot run into a dangerous situation. Head straight home so that you can begin to acclimate him to his new home.
- Once you are home, begin the schedule of feeding, playing, and house-training right away. Start by taking him outside to the area where you want him to do his business and let him walk around until nature calls. Once he is done, give him some praise and take him back inside. Your puppy will need a routine of playtime and periods of confinement. When you crate him, expect for your puppy to whimper or cry, but don’t give in. This will only train him that he will get attention every time he starts to cry. He will adjust and learn to be comfortable in his home, but it takes time.
- Expect that your puppy will have accidents in the beginning. That is only normal for young puppies that have not developed muscle control, and this experience has been stressful for him. By taking him out often, maybe every 30 minutes, and using praise and consistency, you will soon be well on your way to a house-trained dog.
Ongoing Care and Attention:
- Once you and your puppy have bonded and become comfortable with each other, be sure to keep a schedule of feedings, how often he needs to go outside, and when he needs to rest. Making his needs a priority in the beginning will help you to train your puppy and create a trusting and rewarding relationship.
- Always provide an appropriate dog food for your dog’s age, size, and activity level and follow the feeding guidelines closely. By providing a wholesome, healthy pet food such as Precise, you should never need to supplement his food. Try to avoid feeding table scraps to your puppy. It really is not in his best interest as he may consume ingredients or bones that can be hazardous. And it may also create the bad habit of begging. And always keep fresh water available at all times.
- Be sure to provide plenty of exercise and playtime for your puppy. Don’t forget to praise and reward your puppy with treats and/or affection. It will strengthen the bond with you and ensure a happy, exuberant pet.
- Practice good hygiene with your puppy, including bathing, brushing, trimming toenails, as well as good dental hygiene. If you notice anything unusual with his coat, skin or appearance, contact your veterinarian for advice and treatment. Be sure to keep a record of his vaccinations, deworming treatments, and visits to the veterinarian.
All of us here at Precise Pet Products believe there is nothing cuter or more full of promise than a new pet. We hope you enjoy years of mutually rewarding companionship, full of health, happiness and harmony.