Bringing Home a New Dog or Puppy
You can read all the books and blogs, listen to all the podcasts and watch all the TV shows – but you’ll probably still feel a little overwhelmed when you bring home that new dog or puppy.
And that’s a good thing.
Because you’re embarking on the adventure of a lifetime. A bonding experience that will change you and that little (or big) furry four-legged friend forever. One that’s full of warm nuances and beautiful memories.
And truthfully, that experience will probably include a chewed-up rug or two, you over-analyzing a gift they left in the backyard due to eating something they shouldn’t have, and depending on the dog – a very noisy hello to the mailman.
As you work to prepare (or frantically search the Internet for practical advice) for what’s next, check out these 6 top tips for bringing home a new dog.
- Take stock and grab supplies. You’ll need the appropriate food, water, and bowls for each, and a collar. Shop Black Gold Explorer Puppy Formula, crafted to give puppies everything they need to explore the outdoors with you. You will also want to grab a dog bed, crate or carrier, grooming supplies, and training treats! Oh, and don’t forget the toys!
- Get in touch with your go-to vet. Make sure you’re armed with an appointment at your favorite veterinary clinic. Most vets recommend an exam within the first week of bringing home that adorable new furball. It would be wise to block out about an hour for this appointment. You’ll discuss nutrition, vaccinations, preventative medications for fleas, ticks, and heartworms – to name a few. Come prepared with a list of questions, too. It’s always easy to forget in the moment.
- Know the rules. Before you bring that cuddly canine home, know what you expect. Will they be allowed to lay on the couch? Are there any rooms that will be off-limits? When and where will they eat? Another important question: how will you train your new dog to do their business? This part can be overwhelming, so be ready with a housebreaking or potty-training plan. Know the rules before you look into those big, sweet eyes and change your mind about everything.
- Give a “welcome home” tour. This is when you get to introduce the puppy or new dog to its new digs. Show him or her where the food is, where they’ll sleep, where they’ll do their business, and, if you have a backyard, show them around outside!
- Stay active. Pets (and people, really) need adventure and physical activity. Take your new dog out to explore and #UnleashAdventure. If you have a new puppy, start slowly with short walks or play time. This will help build stamina as the puppy matures. Make sure they’ve had their vaccinations before bringing them around other canines.
- Be patient. Whether you’re bringing home a puppy, or an older dog, practice patience with both yourself and your new friend. This is a brand-new process for both of you. You’re getting to know each other and you’ll both make mistakes along the way. But you’re in it together, and that’s what matters.
Bonus tip: Charge your phone, because you’re going to take an embarrassing number of selfies with your new friend. And don’t hold back, because if there’s anything this world needs right now – it’s more pictures of puppies and cute dogs!
Oh, and when you post them on Instagram, be sure to tag us @blackgolddogfood.