Getting a new furry family member can be especially exciting. While you may be ready to give lots of love, there are many other aspects to being ready for a new dog. You want to be prepared with supplies and expectations. Establishing house rules in the beginning and sticking to them is key for success. Most importantly, you will need patience. It can take from days to months for you and your new pup to adjust to each other and your new living situation. Taking time to learn what you need to know and do, can make bringing Fido home a smooth process. 

A Guide to a New Dog

To be prepared for Fido’s first day home you’ll want to get all the necessary supplies. These supplies include a collar with an ID tag and leash, food and water bowls, and of course some toys. A dog crate and dog bed are also very useful when bringing Fido home. Now that you have everything you need, you’ll want to plan the arrival. Remember, this is Fido’s first time in a new environment with new people. Allow time for Fido to get comfortable with his new surroundings. If you have other pets, be sure to divide your time fairly to avoid jealousy and tension between pets.

Next, you’ll want to establish your house rules and begin house training. Consistency is key when training, and setting boundaries is good for Fido. Use a firm voice when correcting misbehavior, and reward Fido when he does something good. Establishing house rules in the beginning will help set these boundaries. For example, letting Fido jump as a puppy will lead to confusion later when you tell him no jumping as an adult dog. 

Getting a new pup is a wonderful experience for everyone involved. Making sure you are prepared for your new dog will set you up for success and allow a smooth transition for Fido. Coming soon, our team will provide an in-depth guide to getting a new dog.