The First Week with Your New Puppy
- 11 August 2017
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- Pet Wants
Making the decision to bring a puppy into your home is a very exciting time. As a new puppy parent, you want to provide the best experience for your pet. The good news is once you know what your puppy needs, you shouldn’t have any trouble getting prepared.
You will want to get a crate, cage, or other type of bed where you puppy can feel comfortable sleeping. Having the right size of collar and leash will be helpful, along with a food and water bowl. In terms of what to feed your new pet, our puppy formula dog food will provide all the nutrients your little pooch needs.
Bringing Your Puppy Home
Prior to putting your puppy in the car to bring it home, see if it needs to go to the bathroom. Then you can either put your puppy in a travel crate or have someone who’s not driving hold it. Although your puppy may experience some separation anxiety upon leaving its mother and litter mates, this shouldn’t last for long. You and the rest of your family members will want to make it a priority to spend lots of time playing and bonding with the puppy during its first week in your home.
There’s no way to get around the fact that puppies don’t have a lot of bladder control. To keep accidents to a minimum, take your pet out every few hours for a bathroom break. By making this a family effort, you’ll be able to get your puppy in a consistent bathroom routine that benefits everyone.
Going to the Vet
Depending on your schedule, your puppy’s first trip to the vet may not happen during its first week home. While that’s generally fine, it is important to prioritize this visit and get there in a timely manner. A vet will be able to make sure that everything is on the right track with your puppy’s development. That includes keeping all necessary vaccinations up to date.
Adding a new puppy to your family is going to be a big change. But by knowing the basics of what you need for its first week, along with the right way to bring your puppy home, handle bathroom breaks and go the vet, everyone involved will be able to really enjoy this change.