Adopting a new puppy?

Dawn's girl Misty when she first arrived at 6 months old.

Dawn’s girl Misty when she first arrived at 6 months old.

You and your family have decided to adopt a new puppy as a member of your family! What an exciting time. There are ways to prepare prior to bringing the new puppy into your home.


If you have not brought the new puppy home, preparing ahead of time can save you lots of worry and headaches. A puppy is much like a human baby and needs his fare share of supplies. Making sure your home is safe is also key! Make sure your home is free of debris and anything on the floor or within reach is picked up and put away. This is all fair game to a new puppy. Remember, anything your puppy can put into its mouth could be dangerous and possibly even deadly. Think of your home as having a toddler in the house. What would you put away if their was a baby? Same for the puppy! If you have one area to contain the puppy that is your best bet. They love to explore but can get into things and also have potty accidents. Put a gate up in the area where you plan to keep your puppy with his crate and bed.


What to Purchase?

  • Crate – it is wise to purchase a crate prior to adopting your puppy. This will keep your puppy safe and he or she will start off on a good routine. The crate needs to be your puppies safe and good place to go. There are many types of crates such as a travel crate, a soft sided crate and wire crates. Depending on the breed and size of your dog, that can help determine what type of crate you need. If you travel a lot, a travel crate may be best.
  • Leashes/Collars – there are so many different types of leashes and collars. Know that as your puppy grows, you will need to replace the collar probably a few times. Martingale collars are great! Your dog can never “back out” of his collar and you will have piece of mind knowing he or she will not escape.
  • Food – again, so many products on the market. Start your puppy off right and make sure that he or she is started on a good, high quality food. The first 3 main ingredients should be a named protein source such as chicken, fish, beef. Most puppies need to start off with 3 feedings a day but double check with your veterinarian.
  • Dog Bed – lots of people love the idea of giving their new puppy their own bed. There are so many to choose from. Colors and styles to fit your homes decor. Make sure to choose one that can be easily washed in case of accidents.
  • Piddle Pads – there is a lot of controversy surrounding these little pads. Some people leave them around the room or area that the puppy will be kept in. In theory, they are great to have. However, that doesn’t and shouldn’t take the place of keeping your dog on a schedule and teaching them to go potty outside.
  • Gates – some people like to use a gate to contain the puppy in a room rather than crate train. You can also use gates to block off the steps which is important or other rooms that you don’t want your new puppy to have access too just yet. Purchase a nice sturdy gate, not the accordian style as they can be as dangerous to your puppy as a toddler.
  • Toys – so many to choose from. In the beginning it is best to give something to your puppy that he can chew on and play with but not break apart and swallow. Anything with fuzz, rope, or that can tear and be ingested is not normally a good choice. As your puppy ages, you will begin to see patterns of what he or she likes and may or may not rip apart.
  • Cleaning products – these are a must have! Paper towels and lots of them!! Puppies have accidents and they are sometimes unavoidable. Make sure to look for pet safe products. One great cleaning product to always have on hand is Natures Miracle!
  • Pet Sitter/Dog Walker – It is important for your new puppy to get on a schedule. If you and your family work, who will let the puppy outside for potty breaks? That is what a dog walker or pet sitter will do. They help to keep your puppy on a schedule. Your puppy will be able to go out at regularly scheduled times. He or she will also receive some much needed socialization which is critical in their development as well as some exercise, play and of course TLC!
  • Veterinarian – if you don’t already have one, you need to find one! It is important that you and your puppy develop a relationship with a veterinarian. As your dog walker, pet sitter, friends and family for references. Choosing a veterinarian that is a good fit for you and your puppy will put your mind at ease.

Settling In.

Now your new puppy is home and its time for he or she to settle in. When entering or leaving your home, do not make a big fuss. Instead, go ahead and put your things down such as your keys, purse, etc. Then go into the room where your puppy is and bring them out of the crate/room. Do not make a huge fuss. Acting really excited when coming or going can promote anxiety issues with dogs. Although we all love to make a fuss, there is a time and place for that such as when you are potty training. Make a huge fuss when they go outside like you want them too! Remember, puppies are puppies! There will be accidents and maybe an occasional chewing episode. It is all a growing and learning experience for both you and your new member of the family. Puppies are a lifetime commitment. Do your research and plan accordingly. Shelters are overflowing with dogs that need to be adopted so make sure the new addition you are bringing into your family is the right fit.

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