Getting a new puppy can be exciting and stressful. There are many things you need to know and consider that you may not have even thought about yet. But no worries! MoveYourDoggie is here for you every step of the way.  Here are some things to think about and plan before welcoming home that new puppy.

If you have children, try to acquaint them with dogs and puppies before bringing the new puppy home. If you can, have each member of your family come in and see the puppy before adopting.

It’s important to make space for your puppy in your home. This can be a kennel, crate, bed, blanket, or even their own room in the house. Just make sure that it’s a place of their own – free from kids and other pets.

This is a personal choice, but I suggest Puppy-Proof your home.  Puppies are endlessly adventurous, so they are going to want to explore their new environment. To keep them safe, you may need to block off certain areas of your home, like staircases, until they are brave or practiced enough to use them. Dog gates are an excellent tool for sectioning off parts of the house that your puppy should be exploring.

Before even picking the dog I always suggest educating yourself on the breed you’reyour thinking of picking. Certain breeds have different personality characteristics, temperament, and exercise and grooming requirements. Pick a breed that you like and that suits your lifestyle.

I also suggest that it’s important to assess your situation before bringing home a new puppy. If it is a stressful time at your house, this is not a good time to introduce a puppy to your not bring the puppy home. Stressful times could include any time when there is more noise (eg. renovations), more people (eg. long term guests), or if you are going to be spending a lot of time away from your house. All of these factors can put additional stress on a puppy who is new to the world and absorbing so much information in his new environment. an already tense animal.

Lastly and the most important thing is getting your puppy to the vet. If you have a vet that’s great, if you don’t, ask around and get one quick. Within a week of bringing home your new puppy, you’ll want to schedule a vet appointment. The vet will examine the dog and make sure that he is growing, eating, and digesting food properly.

Don’t get discouraged if your puppy is taking longer to adapt to his new environment than you thought he would. Dogs have unique personalities, traits, and needs, so plan for some trial and error as you help your pup adjust. You may need to try different foods, toys, and routines to provide the best for your puppy.

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Best of luck with your new puppy!