Tips When Bringing a New Dog Into The Family
"You've made the decision to add a new member to the family, and this member just happens to wear a coat of fur and walk on four legs. Adding a new dog to your life can be a gratifying experience for men, women, children and all in between. After all, they do not call dogs man's best friend for nothing.
But, there are a few things that you will need to do to prepare for the arrival of your new friend before you actually bring him home. Adjusting to a new dog can take anywhere from a few days to a few months, and the adjustments will need to be made by both the animal and the new owner.
Your new friend will need a few supplies, and you will appreciate how much easier life is when you have those things on hand. Most certain you will need food and water bowls as well as food to go in it, as well as a collar and leash. Many pet owners also like to welcome their new dog with toys.
Bringing your Dog Home
If possible, arrange for your pet to be brought into the home on the weekend or other time that you are available for two or three days. This will allow time for you and your new dog to get to know each other. It will also make the dog feel more relaxed in his new environment with this time.
Trips to the Vet
Vet trips will be needed. Ensure that your dog is up to date on shots and vaccinations, and if he is not, take him to the vet immediately. It is also a good idea to schedule a vet visit within the first week to ensure the dog has no other health concerns that you should be aware of.
Rules of the House
Well before your dog arrives, ensure that you have agreed upon house rules for the animal. Who will walk and feed the dog? Can he sit on furniture? Is there a special area that he should be kept? These things should be planned so all goes smooth later on.
Training and Discipline
Just like kids, dogs must have rules in the house. You must let Fido know who is the boss from the get go. When he causes trouble, let him know in a disapproving voice what has happened. Don't lose your cool, however, as that could cause the opposite of what you want to happen."