Caring for your dog
Home, Sweet, Home
Introducing your puppy or dog to his or her new
home can be an exciting and important time for this newest member
of your family. Get off to a good start by having everything ready
for its arrival.
Items that should arrive before your new companion
include food, a bone to chew on, a couple of toys, one bowl for
water and one for food, a leash and a buckle collar, and a bed.
Your puppy or dog will spend the first few weeks
in your home getting to know its new family and surroundings. This
will also be a time for you and your family to begin to learn about
Make sure to find out what food the puppy or dog
was on before you bring it home and have a supply handy. You do
not have to continue to feed this, but it is important to introduce
any new diet gradually.
It is important to structure its time, establish
rules and a routine for your new companion. It should spend time
with members of the family, but should also be given ample time
alone to rest and sleep in its bed.
Now is also an excellent time to begin teaching
your dog or puppy to respond to simple commands such as come, sit,
wait at doors and lay down. Training will not only help your family
gain control, but will enhance the relationship with their new companion.
Enrolling in classes at an obedience school is a great way to learn
how to effectively train and communicate with your dog or puppy.
In addition, make sure to take the time to visit
your veterinarian for such things as health checks, immunisations
and spaying or neutering options. Your vet will also be able to
answer any other questions or concerns you have regarding your pet’s
By carefully preparing your family, home and lifestyle
for the addition of a dog or puppy, you will have created a wonderful
new beginning for a lifetime of joy and companionship.