It’s finally happened! You’ve decided to rescue one of the over 70,000 puppies born each year and make it part of your family.
You can’t wait to spend time with your new best friend, but first, you have a lot of work to do. You’ll need to find a good veterinarian, start training, and settle the puppy into its new home.
If you feel overwhelmed about getting ready for your new puppy, we’ve got you covered! Read on to learn the steps you’ll need to make your new furry friend feel right at home.
New Puppy Breeds
The breed of your new puppy can impact the supplies you need and training strategies. If you choose a puppy from a breeder, read up on different breeds first.
For example, try a French bulldog if you are looking for a mellow beauty. Find out more about this cuddly option at poeticfrenchbulldogs.com.
New Puppy Checklist
You’ll need to pick up a few essential supplies to get started. Below is a basic list of the gear you’ll need to get before bringing your puppy home.
- dog crate
- soft blanket
- food and water bowls
- pet bed
- chew toys
- high-quality food
- puppy toothbrush
- puppy training pads
- dog treats
- puppy shampoo
Crate Training Your New Puppy
One of the most important things you can do to ensure a smooth transition is to crate train your new puppy. Crating your puppy at night will help them feel comfortable when you’re not around. Your puppy will also be safer in their crate, as it will keep them away from getting into trouble while you’re away.
Make sure to give your puppy lots of time to get used to their new crate. You want them to associate the crate as a positive place to be.
Once they’re comfortable, start closing the door. Keep busy toys and goodies in the crate to keep them occupied.
Slowly lengthen the time you keep your pup in their crate. Before long, they won’t mind you leaving them in their safe place.
Your First Night With Your New Puppy
Your first night with your puppy will be full of hectic excitement. You’ll want to keep your puppy in their crate for the first few hours so they can feel safe and comfortable.
New Puppy Tips
One of the best things you can do as a new puppy owner is to learn as much as you can about training and behavior. Reading books will give you a solid foundation, but there are also a lot of great resources online.
Enjoy Life With Your New Family Member
Buying a new puppy is one of the greatest decisions you’ll make as a pet owner. In a few short weeks, you’ll find yourself bonding with your newest best friend, and you’ll never want to be without them. You’ll go from being a pet owner to a friend to a family member.
Your pet journey has just begun, so you’ll likely need a lot more advice. Check out our other pet blogs today for other helpful puppy tips.