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Puppy Love: A New Owner’s Guide to Bringing Home a Puppy

by Coach Lilly

Bringing home a new puppy is an exciting moment. This is a new member of your family we’re talking about! The day you bring a new puppy into your home could be a day that you and your family remember for your entire lives. The decision to get a puppy can bring a lot of joy into your life, but it is a decision that also brings a lot of responsibility along with it. Here are four of the most important things that you should think about before you bring your new puppy home.

Prepare mentally to welcome your new puppy

First of all, get used to the idea that a puppy requires more care and attention than a full-grown dog. At times your new puppy might even test your patience. All the work will pay off though as you and your new pet create that special bond that can last a lifetime.

Make a plan for housetraining

Puppies need to be housetrained, and this is a big task that you should research and make a plan for before you bring your puppy home. Most experts recommend making a schedule for your puppy’s meals and then taking your puppy to his bathroom spot immediately after eating. You can also puppy-proof your house by using baby gates to restrict your puppy to areas of your house with washable floors so that mistakes don’t happen on your rugs or carpets.

Stock up on supplies

Make a list of all the equipment and other supplies you will need for your puppy. This list should include a bed, food and water dishes (find dog bowls with team spirit here), a collar with ID tag, and a sturdy leash. You might also want to get your puppy a soft blanket or some special toys to welcome him into your home. It’s also important to get the right kind of dog food that is specially formulated for puppies. The type of food you should buy may also depend on your puppy’s size or breed. If you have questions, it’s a good idea to consult an expert at your local pet store or your veterinarian. Speaking of which…

 Make an appointment with a veterinarian

It is generally recommended that you schedule an appointment with a veterinarian within the first day or two of bringing your puppy home for a basic physical exam to ensure that your puppy is healthy. You can also learn more about vaccinations and other preventative treatments that dogs require in your area.

Good luck! Check out our posts on Helpful Tips for Adopting a Dog and How to Be a Responsible Dog Owner for more ideas.

Check out these cute puppy pics of Coach Lilly. What are some of your memorable puppy moments?

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