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Preparing For Your New Dog - What You Need to Know Before He Comes Home


Preparing yourself and your household before, during, and after your pet comes home is an essential step to successfully integrating your new puppy or dog into its new environment. Give the new puppy or dog plenty of time to adjust; most experts recommend at least ten days. And, if possible, be sure to bring the extra addition at a time when you will be home for a period of two or more days in a row. These first few days are a shock and he needs a comforter to be there.

So, before you bring your new dog home, especially if it's a puppy, you'll have to prepare your house for the arrival. Buy two new bowls, one for water and another for food. The smaller the dog, the smaller the bowl needed. You may even consider a propped bowl holder, which helps lessen 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 purchase a leash for your puppy or dog. A four to six foot leash should 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 harness leash. This type of leash attaches to the dog's torso. Some newer models are made for leash training as well.

When you bring the dog home, you should 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 choice based on the puppy's age, weight, and dietary needs. Never feed a puppy adult dog food, as it is not engineered for their touchy 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 getting used to his new home. Then, slowly introduce the newer type of food to his system. It's also important to be consistent with the food you give your puppy. Just as babies get colic or have other problems from using the wrong formula or changing it, puppies suffer similar problems which will make you both miserable in the end. So make sure you don't just buy the weekly special on dog food. In the end, I guarantee it will cost you more than it saves.

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

Often toys are made for chewing, and it's important for your puppy to be able to chew while teething. Ropes, fleece-lined chew toys, and some rubber products make great toys for puppies. For older dogs, you might try other rubber chew toys (balls, play bones, etc.) and rawhide bones. Next, give your puppy or dog treats for successful 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 before the new addition. Give each member five or seven minutes 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 supplies to a safe location. Remove pants, shoes, books and electric cords out of the puppy's reach. With an older dog, you may not have to be as careful as long as he was accustomed to living indoors. But, to be safe, you should not assume anything. And, best of all, give the puppy or dog his own space to sleep; a comfy corner away from the other animals at night.

With these precautions, you and your new friend will adjust much more smoothly together with no hard feelings.

About the Author:
Tina Spriggs is an expert dog lover whose lifelong interest 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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  1. Keeping pets safe this holiday weekend  WEAU
  2. Take Care to Secure, Calm Your Pets During Fireworks  countynewscenter.com
  3. Tips for pets and fireworks | Briefs  HNGnews.com
  4. Tips to Keep Pets Calm During Fireworks - Alabama News  Alabama News Network
  5. Pets and fireworks do not always mix - The Interior Journal  Interior Journal
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Increase in pets being relinquished to shelters in North Dakota - KFYR
Increase in pets being relinquished to shelters in North Dakota  KFYR

Keep it cool this summer when it comes to pet health - City of Huntsville Blog
Keep it cool this summer when it comes to pet health  City of Huntsville Blog

Gucci Pet SS22 Collection - HYPEBEAST
Gucci Pet SS22 Collection  HYPEBEAST

Animal shelter offers microchips to keep pets safe - KAIT
Animal shelter offers microchips to keep pets safe  KAIT

Pets Don’t Just Make for Good Company—Sometimes They Help Sell Homes, Too - The Wall Street Journal
Pets Don’t Just Make for Good Company—Sometimes They Help Sell Homes, Too  The Wall Street Journal

Pets of the week – Chicago Tribune - Chicago Tribune
Pets of the week – Chicago Tribune  Chicago Tribune

Pets on the Plaza: Meet Sadie and Sarah - 47abc - WMDT
Pets on the Plaza: Meet Sadie and Sarah - 47abc  WMDT

Pets of the week, June 29 | Local News | hickoryrecord.com - Hickory Daily Record
Pets of the week, June 29 | Local News | hickoryrecord.com  Hickory Daily Record

Dangers of foxtail grass: How it can kill pets - FOX 11 Los Angeles
Dangers of foxtail grass: How it can kill pets  FOX 11 Los Angeles

Free wellness check and vaccines for pets in Terrebonne Parish - WDSU New Orleans
Free wellness check and vaccines for pets in Terrebonne Parish  WDSU New Orleans

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NEW BIZ: Waggers and Swaggers in Marble Falls outfits trendy pets  DailyTrib.com

This 'Ring Doorbell for Pets' uses facial recognition to let your pets enter/exit your home! - Yanko Design
This 'Ring Doorbell for Pets' uses facial recognition to let your pets enter/exit your home!  Yanko Design

7 Tips and Tricks for RVing Safely with Pets - MotorBiscuit
7 Tips and Tricks for RVing Safely with Pets  MotorBiscuit

Black Desert: Pets Now Trainable for Tier 5 and Appointable as Alpha Pets - Player.One
Black Desert: Pets Now Trainable for Tier 5 and Appointable as Alpha Pets  Player.One

Fireworks often stressful for pets; vet suggests ways to keep them safe - KTVB.com
Fireworks often stressful for pets; vet suggests ways to keep them safe  KTVB.com

Letters: We took care of your pets throughout the pandemic, but we’re left out of ‘hero pay’ - St. Paul Pioneer Press
Letters: We took care of your pets throughout the pandemic, but we’re left out of ‘hero pay’  St. Paul Pioneer Press

It's important to microchip your pet. Here's why. - The Chatham News + Record
It's important to microchip your pet. Here's why.  The Chatham News + Record

How to keep your pet safe during 4th of July celebrations - Times-News
How to keep your pet safe during 4th of July celebrations  Times-News

Advocates help homeless people's pets stay cool during heat waves - KING5.com
Advocates help homeless people's pets stay cool during heat waves  KING5.com

Tips to avoid leaving children, pets in hot vehicles - Picayune Item - Picayune Item
Tips to avoid leaving children, pets in hot vehicles - Picayune Item  Picayune Item

Looking for a home: Adoptable pets in Lane County - The Register-Guard
Looking for a home: Adoptable pets in Lane County  The Register-Guard

Safety tips to protect pets this Fourth of July – Shawnee News-Star - Shawnee News-Star
Safety tips to protect pets this Fourth of July – Shawnee News-Star  Shawnee News-Star

Listen: How exotic pets are rescued | Wisconsin Public Radio - Wisconsin Public Radio
Listen: How exotic pets are rescued | Wisconsin Public Radio  Wisconsin Public Radio

Boomers should have pets | Subscriber - Ashland Daily Press
Boomers should have pets | Subscriber  Ashland Daily Press

Cincinnati animal rescue hosting pet photo calendar contest - WLWT Cincinnati
Cincinnati animal rescue hosting pet photo calendar contest  WLWT Cincinnati

Litchfield Pet Parade set for July 4 - Torrington Register Citizen
Litchfield Pet Parade set for July 4  Torrington Register Citizen

Tampa Bay area pets available for adoption - Tampa Bay Times
Tampa Bay area pets available for adoption  Tampa Bay Times

PG&E shares video on home hardening projects, emergency plan for pets - Plumas County Newspapers
PG&E shares video on home hardening projects, emergency plan for pets  Plumas County Newspapers

Idaho Humane Society warns against leaving pets in hot cars - Idaho News
Idaho Humane Society warns against leaving pets in hot cars  Idaho News

Dirt Devil's Pet Vacuum Is Less Than $100 Before Prime Day - Better Homes & Gardens
Dirt Devil's Pet Vacuum Is Less Than $100 Before Prime Day  Better Homes & Gardens

Animal advocates urge families to consider pet fostering - C&G Newspapers
Animal advocates urge families to consider pet fostering  C&G Newspapers

Protect your pets this Fourth of July, and adopt your new best friend - NBC 15 WPMI
Protect your pets this Fourth of July, and adopt your new best friend  NBC 15 WPMI

Keeping pets calm during fireworks - FOX 9 Minneapolis-St. Paul
Keeping pets calm during fireworks  FOX 9 Minneapolis-St. Paul

WoW pets turned into mounts by community member's toy design - PCGamesN
WoW pets turned into mounts by community member's toy design  PCGamesN

New Shelter and Fresh Approaches Usher in Better Days for Fresno Pets - gvwire.com
New Shelter and Fresh Approaches Usher in Better Days for Fresno Pets  gvwire.com

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Pet of the Week: Meet Cloud & Storm!  WMTV – NBC15

Pet Tips 'n' Tales: Kat's House Fire - Cottage Grove Sentinel
Pet Tips 'n' Tales: Kat's House Fire  Cottage Grove Sentinel

Pet stores, animal rescue advocates debate sales of popular pets in Clark County - Fox 5 Las Vegas
Pet stores, animal rescue advocates debate sales of popular pets in Clark County  Fox 5 Las Vegas

Pet Connection: How do I help my pet have a nail trimming without being terrified? - South Bend Tribune
Pet Connection: How do I help my pet have a nail trimming without being terrified?  South Bend Tribune

Adoptable pets from Arizona Humane, Maricopa County and Arizona Small Dog Rescue (6/29/22) - ABC15 Arizona in Phoenix
Adoptable pets from Arizona Humane, Maricopa County and Arizona Small Dog Rescue (6/29/22)  ABC15 Arizona in Phoenix

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Swansea Girl Scout held Pet CPR first aid classes for first responders  Fall River Herald News

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‘Fido Fixers' Van to Help Spay/Neuter Pets on-the-Go  NBC 10 Philadelphia

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How to Help Your Kids Prepare for a New Pet  RisMedia.com

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Irresist-A-Bowls For Pets  WholeFoods Magazine

Record number of toxic bufo toads posing threat to Florida pets - ABC Action News Tampa Bay
Record number of toxic bufo toads posing threat to Florida pets  ABC Action News Tampa Bay

How exotic pets are rescued | Wisconsin Public Radio - Wisconsin Public Radio
How exotic pets are rescued | Wisconsin Public Radio  Wisconsin Public Radio

Puppyland rummage sale raises funds for prospective pets - Greater Milwaukee Today | GMToday.com
Puppyland rummage sale raises funds for prospective pets  Greater Milwaukee Today | GMToday.com

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FTC Takes Second Action Against JAB Consumer Partners to Protect Pet Owners from Private Equity Firm's Rollup of Veterinary Services Clinics  Federal Trade Commission News

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An Airbnb for your four-legged friends? Sniffspot lets pet parents rent private play spaces  WCVB Boston

Tybee Island police warn of leaving pets in hot cars - WTOC
Tybee Island police warn of leaving pets in hot cars  WTOC

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6 Best Outdoor Cat Houses 2022 - Shelter for Pets and Feral Cats  Woman's Day

Rabid skunks approach pets in Boulder County - 9News.com KUSA
Rabid skunks approach pets in Boulder County  9News.com KUSA

Mississippi has one of the worst pet shelter save rates: study - SuperTalk Mississippi
Mississippi has one of the worst pet shelter save rates: study  SuperTalk Mississippi

Bring pets to West Monroe for rabies vaccination clinic - NNY360
Bring pets to West Monroe for rabies vaccination clinic  NNY360

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🌱NASCAR Money + Mooresville Website Revamp + Pets In Need!  Patch

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10 Best Chewy Blue Box Event Pet Deals (2022): Cat and Dog Supplies  WIRED

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Petco adds CLIF PET, Earth Animal products to its roster  Pet Food Processing

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Pet Hair Care: Market 2022 Is Booming Worldwide | GNC Pets, Burt's Bee, Petkin, Furminator – Designer Women  Designer Women

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Rift Brings Back Summerfest With Scavenger Hunts, Activities, Cute Pets, and More  MMORPG.com

Majority of Hilton's hotels are now pet friendly - WTOP
Majority of Hilton's hotels are now pet friendly  WTOP

Pay It 4ward: Volunteer thanked for helping pets around Albuquerque - KOB 4
Pay It 4ward: Volunteer thanked for helping pets around Albuquerque  KOB 4

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Can Pets Monkeypox? Experts Explain Risk to Dogs, Cats and Other Animals  TODAY

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In My Opinion: PET recycling lessons can transform industry  Plastics Recycling Update

Do You Know How to Keep Your Pets Safe During a Disaster? - FEMA
Do You Know How to Keep Your Pets Safe During a Disaster?  FEMA

Why Should Kids Have Pets: 8 Evidence-Based Reasons - PsychCentral.com
Why Should Kids Have Pets: 8 Evidence-Based Reasons  PsychCentral.com

Adoptable Pets in St. Petersburg - The Gabber Newspaper
Adoptable Pets in St. Petersburg  The Gabber Newspaper

How pets give your kids a brain boost - BBC
How pets give your kids a brain boost  BBC

Tulsa Humane Society Giving Away Free Pet Supplies - News On 6
Tulsa Humane Society Giving Away Free Pet Supplies  News On 6

Animal shelter to NRA and gun restriction foes: No pets for you - NBC News
Animal shelter to NRA and gun restriction foes: No pets for you  NBC News

Pets of the Week - Meet Bruno & Charles - City of Arlington
Pets of the Week - Meet Bruno & Charles  City of Arlington

LIST: Adoptable pets at the Houston Humane Society - KPRC Click2Houston
LIST: Adoptable pets at the Houston Humane Society  KPRC Click2Houston

Creative dog names that animal shelters use to help pets get adopted - TODAY
Creative dog names that animal shelters use to help pets get adopted  TODAY

Peachy and more pets up for adoption in Phoenix-area shelters this week - The Arizona Republic
Peachy and more pets up for adoption in Phoenix-area shelters this week  The Arizona Republic

Pets of the Week at Pasadena Humane - Pasadena Now
Pets of the Week at Pasadena Humane  Pasadena Now

Dogs, cats, and other pets play a meaningful role in the lives of many Americans - YouGov US
Dogs, cats, and other pets play a meaningful role in the lives of many Americans  YouGov US

Pets for adoption from local rescues | Home + Life + Health - Arizona Daily Star
Pets for adoption from local rescues | Home + Life + Health  Arizona Daily Star

What do veterinarians do for their own pets + best care tips - Insider
What do veterinarians do for their own pets + best care tips  Insider

Veterinarians Best Tips For Pet-Owners - BuzzFeed
Veterinarians Best Tips For Pet-Owners  BuzzFeed

Pets available for adoption - week of 06/06/22 | PHOTOS - Capital Gazette
Pets available for adoption - week of 06/06/22 | PHOTOS  Capital Gazette

Pets Plus Us Pet Insurance Review 2022 - Investopedia
Pets Plus Us Pet Insurance Review 2022  Investopedia

As people surrender pets they can't always afford, Alaska's shelters struggle to house them - Anchorage Daily News
As people surrender pets they can't always afford, Alaska's shelters struggle to house them  Anchorage Daily News

NY pet stores fear bill banning animal sales would put them out of business - Spectrum News
NY pet stores fear bill banning animal sales would put them out of business  Spectrum News

Seattle Has the Cutest Shop Pets—Here's Proof - Seattle Met
Seattle Has the Cutest Shop Pets—Here's Proof  Seattle Met

A luxurious new pet resort and market, Royal Pets, is opening in Midtown Tampa - thatssotampa.com
A luxurious new pet resort and market, Royal Pets, is opening in Midtown Tampa  thatssotampa.com

Animal Control Overcrowded, Adopt Now To Prevent Pets From Being Killed - BocaNewsNow.com
Animal Control Overcrowded, Adopt Now To Prevent Pets From Being Killed  BocaNewsNow.com

(Guest editorial) Adopting pets makes most sense | Opinion | cullmantimes.com - Cullman Times Online
(Guest editorial) Adopting pets makes most sense | Opinion | cullmantimes.com  Cullman Times Online

‘We’re scared’: Orange County shelter overcrowded with surrendered pets as rent rises - WESH 2 Orlando
‘We’re scared’: Orange County shelter overcrowded with surrendered pets as rent rises  WESH 2 Orlando

San Antonio animal shelter issues 'Code Red' due to urgent need of fostering, adoptions - KSAT San Antonio
San Antonio animal shelter issues 'Code Red' due to urgent need of fostering, adoptions  KSAT San Antonio

Perseverance Has a Pet Rock! - NASA Mars - NASA Mars Exploration
Perseverance Has a Pet Rock! - NASA Mars  NASA Mars Exploration

How to prepare for a smooth PCS with your pets - United States Army
How to prepare for a smooth PCS with your pets  United States Army

Pets can boost your brain power, study says - CNN
Pets can boost your brain power, study says  CNN

Clarksville Area Pets of the Week for April 18th, 2022 - Clarksville Online
Clarksville Area Pets of the Week for April 18th, 2022  Clarksville Online

Pet-friendly recreation - Michigan (.gov)
Pet-friendly recreation  Michigan (.gov)

Research on the pet-human bond has boomed in the pandemic. Here's what studies found - CNN
Research on the pet-human bond has boomed in the pandemic. Here's what studies found  CNN

Playing for Pets is Thursday and Friday - SIU News
Playing for Pets is Thursday and Friday  SIU News

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20 Chewy pet items our readers can’t get enough of  CNN Underscored

Clarksville Area Pets of the Week for May 9th, 2022 - Clarksville Online
Clarksville Area Pets of the Week for May 9th, 2022  Clarksville Online

Editors’ picks: 27 pet products we’ve tried and absolutely love - CNN Underscored
Editors’ picks: 27 pet products we’ve tried and absolutely love  CNN Underscored

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Best Air Purifiers for Pets of 2022 | US News  U.S. News & World Report

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