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A first time owner’s guide to bringing home a new puppy

Are you looking forward to welcoming a furry four-legged canine member into your house? Congrats! Dogs can bring loads of fun and happiness into your life and home. But being a first-time pet-owner, there are certain pre-requisites and to-dos for providing the best possible care.
Here is a 101 guide, starting from the pre-requisites to the final arrangements.
Preparing yourself

If you’re a first-time dog owner, you might suddenly come face-to-face with some obnoxious puppy behaviour. Seeing the new puppy Whining, biting, scratching, and jumping on the furniture might make you ask yourselves, “what the hell have I gotten myself into?”

Before bringing home a new puppy dog, it is crucial to understand what it means for you. It is as real as welcoming a new human and demands as much responsibility. If you decide on getting a new puppy, you might encounter excessive biting, scratching, or anxious behaviour due to no training. A senior dog has its own medical and physical requirements. Make sure with all members of your family that everyone is on-board with the idea of investing time and resources, possibly causing a turn in life.

Choosing a breed
Consider what kind of dog will be best suitable for your lifestyle. Determining factors include your working hours, family circumstances, etc. How much space does your place permit? List out what your dogs’ ideal characteristics should be. Remember to adopt, don’t shop!

Register with a vet
Look for a good and local vet clinic and register your new pooch there as soon as you can. Seek a vet that has the latest facilities and updated medical treatment. Be out-and-out on vaccinations and issue the medical record sheet. Make sure you trust your vet.

Puppy Checklist
These are some of the basic and necessary things that your puppy will require on a day-to-day basis.

Food
Feed your new pup about 3-4 times a day (be sure to check with the vet). Try to provide the same food that the puppy had been eating (ask the foster parent or breeder). Make sure you have researched food options that are suited to your puppy’s dietary needs and provide good nutrition.

Treats
There are a variety of treat options available out there. These are a great way to reinforce good behaviour and reward your pup. Though, make sure that the treats you’re buying aren’t too small in size as they may cause the pup to choke while eating.

Collar and Leash
Get your puppy used to wearing these early-on in the training. Make sure that the collar fits comfortably on your pup. A good indicator is that you’re able to slip two fingers underneath the collar. You can get creative with the design, colour, and style that best suits the coat of your soon to be best friend!

Crate
Crates can make house training much easier for your dog. It also helps in potty-training the pup if it isn’t already trained.

Toys
All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. Well, it applies to your fluffy friend too! There are a plethora of options for buying the ideal toy for your dog. Decide what will be most suitable for your pup- soft toys, or bones? Ropes or puzzle boxes? It depends on your dog’s destructive ability!

Other tips
Here are some small pointers that could help you get through the first few months of owning a new puppy.

Have your puppy sleep with you for the first initial days. A small, new puppy could be already anxious staring at all these new faces and places. Help ease them by ensuring your company and share some space. No one can resist those puppy eyes!
Use baby gates to keep your puppy far away from places you don’t want her to be. Ensure that your puppy doesn’t touch sharp, pointed objects or doesn’t go to places from where she could fall.
Pick a potty spot. Start training your pooch early on in this matter. Pick one definite small area and take him directly there every time.

Starting on puppy training early-on could be a good way of ensuring regulated and disciplined behaviour. Remember, you have to foster curiosity and not anxiety. Be sure to take time to bond with your new puppy slowly. After all, it is meant to be a joyful and happy change in your life. Happy dog-owning!

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