Puppy Introductory 101
Getting a puppy is a fun & exciting time!
But there are a few things I want to remind everyone about when starting this important time in your lives.
Our family just embarked on this adventure.
Ace joined our family and it has been a transition….
A transition for him, our older dog, our children, my husband and I (mostly me!)
Here are a few tips when looking to add a fur-baby to your family….
– Do your research on the type of breed that fits your family.
Not all dogs are same – some breeds require more exercise than others. Some are going to grow up and be big dogs & while others will stay small.
Research the breed and if they have any health issues, etc. All this information is very important when considering buying a pet.
– Be ready! Get the supplies you will need for your pet and have it ready before he arrives. A puppy shopping list can be found here.
– Get your home ready for a puppy. This is pretty much like baby-proofing your home. LOL! I literally get on my hands and knees and crawl to see what is on the ground that Ace can get into (and he still manages to outsmart me!)
– Think about your schedule. How will your puppy spend his day? and night? Some people do not like leaving their dogs all day while they are at work so you will want to check out Doggy DayCare. Here is a local, wonderful doggy daycare.
At night, think about where your puppy will sleep – sure, its fun to have your puppy sleep with you in your bed but consider that they may roll off the bed. Crate training at night is always an option or give him an area with his own bed. But do not forget that he may need to go out at night.
– When purchasing puppy, do your research… check out local shelters, humane societies, or breeders. You may even contact local veterinarians – some have animals up for adoption.
– Also find a veterinarian that is best for you and your pet. Call & check out their prices. Ask them about the breed you are thinking about getting – they may have some insight on the breed for you.
– Once you have your pet, it’s introduction time! My advice is take it slow. Get down on his level and let him get aquainted with everyone! And then when he is ready, introduce him to any animals in the home. Don’t worry if they do not get it on the first try. Here’s a tip: remove all food, treats, toys from this introduction area.
– House Training! Wow, this is a struggle for Ace right now! Some dogs are harder to train others. So be ready!
It may look a lot of information and well, it is but do not become overwhelmed. This is a fun time but definitely time you need to prepared for.
And the most important tip that I can give you…. Enjoy those sweet puppy breath kisses!
Do not forget… we are hosting Paws & Pics on 9/18. This is a great time to get a family photo (and a jump on Christmas cards!) that includes your beloved furry family member. Book your session now here.