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Bringing Your Puppy Home - How To Make Him Feel Right At Home

Jul 12, 2008
At last, you are bringing your puppy home from the breeder! While this might be exciting for you, leaving it's first home can be a daunting experience for the pooch so being adequately prepared for its arrival will help ease the transition, ensuring a comfortable calm environment.

Although your toys and water selection should be self-explanatory, the food you get is very important. Be sure to find out which brand of food your new addition has been eating. Since your puppy has a sensitive stomach, sticking with a food that he knows is a wise decision. If you want to switch the food later on simply mix a small amount of the new food in with the old, slightly increasing the amount with time. This will be easier on the puppy's digestive system.

When you go to actually pick up your puppy, make sure that you have a comfortable bed or basket with you for his ride home. A box or basket with a soft blanket placed inside can make an appropriate carrier. Some chew toys are also helpful to entertain and distract your puppy during the trip. While you are traveling, ease his fears by talking to him in a gentle voice and petting him soothingly.

Even though everyone at home will be excited to meet him, try to introduce him calmly to the other members of the family. Take him through the house so he can start to get comfortable with his new home.

Before bringing your puppy home, it is important to decide where he will sleep. Make a bed for him and place toys and water nearby. Don't force him into his sleep spot - let him check it out on his own first.

Don't feed your puppy too much on the first day because he might be overwhelmed and not be very hungry. He will have to go to the bathroom frequently. You can start teaching him where to go on the first day, but don't expect instant success. It is better to try to anticipate when he has to go and get him outside quickly, praising him when he succeeds in going "potty".

When adopting a puppy, you want to be sure to set aside more time than usual during that first week to spend with your new pup. This shouldn't be too hard since most anyone I know who has a new puppy can't wait to spend time with him! By clearing your schedule before bringing your puppy home, you will insure that you have enough time to spend making him feel like a safe and secure member of the family.
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