Congratulations! You have a new puppy, now what?! Getting a dog is a major responsibility and adjustment for the whole family; it’s basically like raising a perpetual two year old. So it’s imperative that you organize and game plan, first things first: family meeting!
- What is the walking schedule and who will be walking?
- What is the potty training process?
- Who will be in charge of feedings? How many times a day?
- Will a crate be used? What is the crating schedule?
- Who is in charge of vet appointments?
- What commands will be used?
- Will the dog be neutered?
- Is the house puppy proofed? (outlets, cords, chemicals, plants, gates)
- What supplies need to be purchased?
- What kind of leash will be used?
- Will we need pet care assistance?
- What treats will be given? How many a day?
- What kind of toys will be given to the new pup?
- Does everyone know to only use natural house cleaning agents for rugs, wood and flat surfaces?
- What is the strategy for introducing other pets in the house?
Great! All ground rules and responsibilities have been established. Now you are ready to bring your fur baby home. Here’s what you need to know…
On the day of pick up:
- Ask when the last time the puppy has been fed, type of food and the last potty time
- Pup should ride in back seat in crate or carrier
- Once home take outside to start potty training immediately
- Give pup a treat to engage and get pet comfortable with you
- Spend family time and establish quiet time for the puppy, once in the crate be careful not to run every time your pup whimpers or cries—this will condition bad behavior