How to Prepare for a New Furry Family Member
Adding a furry member to your family is a big commitment. It is one that takes total dedication and a lot of planning. Here is a list of items to gather before their big arrival.
Its important to have a crate ready to go when you bring your new furry friend home. Crates are a great tool to use to potty train puppies. They also provide security and safety for rescue pups.
2. Leash & Collar/Harness
Your new pup is going to want to explore the neighborhood! Collars are your best bet if your pup has longer hair, or you plan on leaving it on for extended periods of time. If they tend to be a little more rambunctious and pull on the leash opt for a harness. A harness will be more comfortable for them by reducing strain on their neck and back. Harnesses also discourage pulling from your pup making them more well behaved walking partner.
3. Food & Water Dish
Once you pick out the best food option you are then going to need to find a food and water dish. Stainless steel is best for all dogs because they are non toxic, durable, and they do not absorb bacteria like some plastics or lower quality ceramic and pottery. If your pup is a larger breed consider an elevated bowl. This will cause less strain on your dogs neck.
Depending on their breed dogs should be brushed 1-3 times per week. This will remove hair mats, prevent tangles, and help keep their coat clean. Petco has some great tips to help you pick out the brush best for you new dog.
5. Puppy Pads or Paper Towels
Whether you are adopting a puppy or an older dog there will probably be a few accidents so make sure to stock up on paper towels,disinfectant, and understanding. Even though you know your home is a safe place for them it takes some adjusting for them.
If you are adopting a puppy Preventive Vet has some great tips on potty training using puppy pads. AKC has some tips on how to train older dogs. Always remember to be patient and if neither of these work seek a dog training class,
Puppies are very curious and playful so make sure to have a variety of toys so they don't chew on any of your prized possessions. If you are not really sure which toy to choose My Dog's Name came up with the 15 Best Chew Toys for Puppies
To help your pup feel welcomed into their new home its important to make it a cozy and safe place for them. Having a bed just for will create that atmosphere.
8. Puppy Pen
An dog pen can be a great help. You get peace of mind knowing exactly where your furry friend is, and what they're playing with, and they have lots of room to play safely. A dog playpen will also help your puppy feel more secure in their new surroundings and give them an area they can proudly call their own!
9. Treats & Clicker for Training
There are many techniques that can be used to train your dog. Using a clicker seems to be the most effective and easy way to communicate and train your dog. Puppyleaks will get you started!
While dressing your dog in the summer is not essential (it can, however, be fun) some dogs do needs the extra layer in the colder months. Older dogs, and puppies have a harder time keeping their body temperatures stable so when you see them shivering its good have a sweater on hand to warm them up.