Preparing for your new Puppy

December 20, 2015

It’s that time of year again and many of you will be considering bringing a new dog into your home for Christmas. As exciting as it is – it will pay off to plan ahead and get everything ready and in place before your dog arrives. Here are some tips to get you started:

Must-have supplies/shopping list:

Food: Everyday meals, chews.

Equipment: Long and short leash, a flat collar for home, anti-pull harness for walking, and ID tags.

In-home management: Crate, X-pen or baby gate, a Kong food dispenser and treat ball.

Toys: A variety—rope, plush toys, soft and hard rubber toys.

Dog care tools: Canine toothbrush, toothpaste, rinse, nail clippers, dog shampoo, brush.

Training equipment: Clicker, treat bag, and training treats.

Transport: Dog gate or crate for the car, or a doggie seatbelt.

At home – setup:

You are not going to be able to keep your eyes on your dog all of the time. Before bringing him home, set up an area where he can stay while you are busy around the house and can’t watch him. Choose somewhere with minimal furniture that is easy to clean and easy to close off with a baby gate (e.g. Bathroom, laundry room).

This will help prevent:

  • Chewing accidents – keeping him safe from chewing your electric cables and cushions.
  • Potty accidents – saving your carpets.
  • Anxiety – It will teach him to spend some time alone.

If you put him is this area as a result of an accident, he will then come to see it as a punishment. Instead, give him this safe place from the beginning.  He will be much happier and your furniture will remain intact.

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Your first day with your dog

House Training 101

4 keys to long term happiness with your dog

Preventing Aggression

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