As a pet lover, there is nothing more exciting than bringing home a new dog or puppy. Starting this new relationship off right will lay the foundation for a lifetime of love and affection with your furry friend. The information below will help you get started, but it is also a good idea to consult with your veterinarian for personal and in-depth advice Aggressive dogs.
- SOCIALIZE YOUR PET TO MEET NEW DOGS AND PEOPLE
There are a number of things you can do to socialize your new puppy or dog, such as letting the animals get to know each other:
- Take him for a walk: Introduce the new dog to your other dogs and new people on neutral territory, an outdoor location is best.
- Be encouraging: Encourage him positively when he interacts well with others. Tell them how well they are doing.
- Offer rewards like treats: Reinforce positive interactions with treats.
- Go with the flow: Let dogs get to know other dogs or people at their own pace. They may want to keep their distance at first and that’s okay. Building relationships can take time.
- PUPPIES NEED A ROUTINE
Bringing home a new dog or puppy can be stressful, not only for you, but for him as well. There are some things you can do to help reduce your anxiety:
- Create a schedule: Give your new dog a predictable routine, meaning he eats, walks, and sleeps at the same time every day.
- Play with him: Playing with your dog is a great way to bond and is just plain fun, not to mention a good distraction from some of the more stressful moments.
- Pet your pup: Studies have shown that petting animals can reduce stress, and if your dog likes cuddles, this can be a good way to calm both of you.
- EXERCISE IS AN IMPORTANT PART OF A PLAYFUL PUP’S DAY.
Spending time outdoors with your pet strengthens your relationship and provides fresh air, exercise, and proven stress relief. All dogs have different exercise needs, but start with 20 or 30 minutes once or twice a day and see how it works.
You can also consider enrolling your new puppy in obedience training classes and remember to be patient : the puppy is still a baby, even if you have previous training experience, classes offer your new dog the opportunity to meet other dogs and people.
- DON’T FORGET TO TAKE YOUR PUPPY TO THE VET
The first visit to the vet is important. Your veterinarian will be your dog’s doctor and can help keep him healthy and happy. The veterinarian will establish a baseline for your canine companion’s health and can provide recommendations on vaccinations, food or diet, and flea and heartworm prevention.
If your new dog or puppy is experiencing anxiety, your veterinarian may recommend natural supplements to calm him or her, such as pheromones or medications.
Is your new dog a puppy? It is possible that the veterinarian will consider spaying or neutering, consult him if necessary.
By scheduling regular preventive exams with your puppy’s veterinarian, you can help keep him happy and healthy for years.
- DON’T FORGET TO STOCK UP
Before bringing the puppy home you will have to prepare a living space.
Do you already have your new dog? Don’t worry, it’s never too late to help a new canine companion get settled.