If you’re planning to get a new puppy or adopt a senior dog in 2021, there are few things you’ll need to prepare to make sure your furry friend has the life they deserve. Getting a new dog is a serious decision, and there are many considerations that need to be made before your pooch can comfortably acclimate to your home.
From pet supplies to socializing your pup, here’s how to prepare for your new life together:
Stock up on essentials
To feel comfortable and safe in your new home, your pup should have a space of their own—and a dog bed is a perfect solution. When buying a dog bed, opt for a bed with removable, machine-washable covers to easily wash away hair and dirt.
If you’re adopting a puppy, be sure to buy lots of toys to help when your puppy starts teething, so they don’t go straight for the shoe closet. Dog chews are also great for younger and older dogs to redirect unwanted chewing on furniture, clothes, shoes, hands, and feet while your pet adjusts to their new home.
Before bringing your new pup home, you’ll need to decide between dry and wet food and buy sturdy food and water bowls. Choosing a food brand can be difficult, but most pets don’t need specialty diets. If you’re having trouble choosing the right dog food brand, consult your vet during your first visit.
Schedule your first check-up
Many dog shelters and breeders start vet visits before sending their dogs to new homes. When you bring your new pup home, you should receive paperwork that details what care has already been provided, when it occurred, and when you should schedule your next visit.
Regardless of how recent the last check-up was, it’s always a good idea to schedule a check-up within the first few days of bringing your new pup home. During your first check-up, the vet will complete a physical exam, review your pup’s records, run some tests to identify potential health concerns, and give your dog any necessary vaccinations.
Start socializing early
For puppies, socialization should take place during the first three months. On the other hand, if you’ve adopted an older dog, you should start socializing your dog within the first week of adoption.
Between introducing your dog to new people, exposing your dog to loud noises, and teaching good manners, socialization can feel overwhelming, especially for new dog owners. To keep your pup happy and healthy, consider bringing them to doggy daycare.
Doggy daycare is a great way to enhance your dog’s socialization—they provide a safe environment for your pup to interact with other dogs, exercise, and play while you’re at work. When choosing a doggy daycare, try to find one that is clean and organized, has secure fencing or kennel panels, and has enough staff to ensure your dog’s safety.
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