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Preparing for your new dog - what you need to know ahead of he comes home - pets


Preparing manually and your household before, during, and after your pet comes home is an central step to successfully integrating your new puppy or dog into its new environment. Give the new puppy or dog a load of time to adjust; most experts commend at least ten days. And, if possible, be sure to bring the extra add-on at a time when you will be home for a dot of two or more days in a row. These first few days are a shock and he needs a eiderdown to be there.

So, already you bring your new dog home, exceptionally if it's a puppy, you'll have to cook your house for the arrival. Buy two new bowls, one for water and a different for food. The smaller the dog, the less important the bowl needed. You may even consider a propped bowl holder, which helps diminish the stress on the animal's neck, and keeps spills from occurring as often. Be sure to place the bowls and food in another room of the house, away from other pets.

You will also want to buy a leash for your puppy or dog. A four to six foot leash must do, even for training purposes. If you have your dog's comfort in mind, perhaps when he is trained, you may want to try a channel leash. This type of leash attaches to the dog's torso. Some newer models are made for leash guidance as well.

When you bring the dog home, you must have some food all ready for him. If it's a puppy, it's best to talk to a veterinarian about a brand good for puppies. The vet will make a array based on the puppy's age, weight, and dietary needs. Never feed a puppy adult dog food, as it is not engineered for their awkward digestive systems. With an older dog, ask the shelter what brand they used for dog food. If you don't like their brand, at least take home a week's worth of their brand of food while he is receiving used to his new home. Then, bit by bit begin the newer type of food to his system. It's also crucial to be constant with the food you give your puppy. Just as babies get colic or have other problems from using the wrong formula or shifting it, puppies suffer similar evils which will make you both miserable in the end. So make sure you don't just buy the weekly exclusive on dog food. In the end, I agreement it will cost you more than it saves.

You are also going to need the three basic T's:

  • Toys
  • Treats
  • Training materials

Often toys are made for chewing, and it's critical for your puppy to be able to chew while teething. Ropes, fleece-lined chew toys, and some rubber foodstuffs make great toys for puppies. For older dogs, you might try other rubber chew toys (balls, play bones, etc. ) and elephant hide bones. Next, give your puppy or dog treats for booming behaviors-along with lots of petting, attention, and the repetition of his name. Be sure, however, to do this extra playtime away from other pets that were there already the new addition. Give each member five or seven log play intervals away from the other until they're more fully adjusted to one another. And, better yet, put up a small gate to keep the animals separated during this adjustment period.

Finally, be sure to dog-proof your home. Move all poisons, including plants (especially philodendron plants) and all cleaning equipment to a safe location. Cut off pants, shoes, books and exciting cords out of the puppy's reach. With an older dog, you may not have to be as alert as long as he was accustomed to breathing indoors. But, to be safe, you should not begin to have anything. And, best of all, give the puppy or dog his own space to sleep; a comfy bend away from the other animals at night.

With these precautions, you and your new ally will adjust much more smoothly as one with no hard feelings.

About the Author:
Tina Spriggs is an practiced dog lover whose enduring appeal in canines provides the motivation for her site. To learn more about dogs or to find gifts and toys for them visit her site at Dog Gifts and Toys for Dog Lovers.

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