A Guide To Bringing Your Dog Home For The First Time


Congratulations on the adoption of your new dog! Taking your adopted dog home is very exciting. Whether you are getting a pup to shape and mold into your ideal family pet or you are adopting an old dog that needs a caring home, taking your new dog home is among the most thrilling things you will experience as a dog owner. However, the first day is crucial. It is likely that your new dog will be nervous and emotional, and you will have to make sure it is as comfortable as possible. The following will help make the day more enjoyable for you and less stressful for your new dog.

Leash and Collar: your dog will need a leash and a collar the day you bring him home. A dog collar holds your dog's license and identification tag that lists your phone number and name. The collar is attached to the leash, which you will require to walk the dog.

Bowl for dog Food: You can purchase a simple bowl for dog food in any dog shop, a designer or use a bowl that you no longer use at home. Your new dog will not be fussy, as long as it is in good condition and clean. Make sure no chips or jagged edges, please!

Bowl for water: similar considerations apply as with the dog's food bowl. Don’t forget to change the water daily and keep it cool and fresh.

Dog food: this is a vital decision. Your options include a full chain of commercial dog foods in canned and kibble variety, to holistic kibble, a homemade dog food or raw dog food diets. Make sure you choose dog food that is mainly meat, all natural, without filler, by-products and poisonous additives. Before choosing any dog food, be sure you understand what the dog foods you are considering contain.

Dog Bed: this can be a specially designed dog bed that is sold in retail stores and some clean and soft blankets, or in the case of a puppy, you can go for a crate with soft and clean towels.

Dog Crate: When you bring a new dog home, you should remember that your dog has just left a dog shelter or other living environment. She has been bouncing from one kennel to another. And now your new puppy is coming to another new kennel. It will take him some time to realize that this new "kennel" is his permanent home. A dog creates may give your new pup a sense of security, a place of its own. A lot of dogs have a natural "cave” instinct developed in the wild some 10,000 years ago. Give him his own safe and secure place. This will help your new puppy to adapt quickly and will also help in housetraining if necessary.

Finally, one of the finest ways to make a dog feel relaxed by introducing a new puppy into a new home is by taking things easy and steady. Setting a routine for your puppy is a great way to make sure the dog understands what is expected of him. Walk and potty time will be part of this training routine, as well as play time, including down and quiet time. This will help the dog understand how things work at home and what his routine will be. Things can be adjusted one way or another because all dogs are not the same. This will allow you to design a program that works for your specific pet.

By properly preparing for the day when you bring your new dog home, your family and your new pet will begin on a new path to a long and happy relationship full of fun and companionship for many years to follow.