Once you have laid down your eyes on a puppy so endearing it melts your heart, sometimes it becomes so difficult to resist the urge of bringing it home. Call it impulsive, but there are just adorable puppies on this world that can captivate any man’s or woman’s heart. But being a pet owner requires a great deal of responsibility and strong commitment to raise a healthy and happy pup. You know the saying: “A dog is for life, not just for Christmas.” Are you really in a position to provide everything needed by your pet for their entire lifetime?
One needs to do his or her homework first before picking up a dog. Although keeping a puppy in one’s household is exciting and delightful, there are times when it becomes challenging. Reading beforehand regarding various dog breeds, temperament and behavior, supplies, training, and common illnesses, among others, proves to be a helpful means of getting yourself primed for the dog that is soon to be yours.
More than anything, you should have already purchased all required items, food, and toys on your dog supply list before a dog can land its paws on your household. Your house or yard and especially your family should have been readied too. Remember that it can be very stressful for a pup to be in a new and quite different environment devoid of its littermates or mother. Sufficient preparation will ensure that your journey with your dog will be as fun, enjoyable, and productive as what you have imagined it to be.
Kathy Santo, a professional dog trainer, succinctly shares some pointers regarding bringing a puppy home through this video below by HowdiniGuru. She covers the basic stuff, from supplies, preparations, to steps on introducing the puppy to the family, keeping your home “puppy-proof,” and letting your pet adjust to its new home.
She also lists down the what-to-have items to prepare before your new dog’s arrival: premium puppy food, stainless steel food and water bowls, ID tags, collar and leash, dog grooming tools, toys, treats, and so on.
VIDEO: How to Take Care of a Puppy
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