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Bringing a new puppy home

Bringing a puppy home is a big commitment, so before you make that decision it is wise to do a little planning. But before you pick your new pup up, you’ll need to ensure your family is ready for this addition. Prepare your house for his arrival. With a little planning you can ensure your new puppy arrives home safe and sound, ready to join his new pack. This will be an exhilarating time for everyone but it could also be unnerving so do a little planning as to the house rules, for example any areas that may be off limits for the new pup, is it going to be allowed on the bed, furniture, etc.

Bringing home a puppy can be a stressful time for your pup. He’ll be in a strange environment away from his litter mates and mother for the first time. There’ll be new people and new expectations. That’s why it’s important to take some time to prepare for your puppy. You’ll need to make your house and yard if any safe. You’ll also need to pick up any last-minute items on your puppy supply list. The more structured you can make this transition, the easier it will be for your puppy to adapt.

How to name a new puppy or dog

Choosing a name for a puppy can

be difficult. Because people have a strong attachment to their own names, there’s a desire to come up with a name that means something special. For dogs, however, things are a little different. Puppies don’t identify themselves with their names like humans do. They only recognize it as us asking for their attention. When they hear the sound of their name, they know it’s time to listen up because we want something.

A good puppy name is a call to action. With this in mind, here are a few guidelines to help you choose the perfect name for your new puppy:

Keep it simple
One or two syllable names are usually best, three syllables at the most.
Avoid names that rhyme with or sound like obedience commands

The basic dog obedience commands include sit, stay, down, come, and heel.

For example, if you plan on teaching your dog to shake, you don’t want to name him Blake.

Short names with ending vowels are easier for a dog to learn.

Consider not using traditional human names

A good puppy name should be just that, a puppy’s name. By naming your puppy or dog like a person, you might forget that he’s, in fact, a dog. This only increases the tendency to treat our pets like people while forgetting that they see the world very differently than we do.

Don’t use dog names that demean or poke fun at your dog. Dogs are very perceptive and they know when you’re being insincere. You want people to respect your dog as much as you do. A name that’s overly sweet or dopey makes that impossible.
For more than 300 names go to: › Dogs › Dog Names
Tips on items that you may need
  • crate

  • food and water bowls

  • food and maybe some treats for training. Try to get the same food your dog’s been easy since a sudden switch in diet can upset his stomach.

  • collar and leash

  • bed

  • toys, especially chew toys

  • stain- and odor-removing cleaners

  • possibly some baby gates to block off sections of your house

  • doggie daycare

It’s especially important for a puppy’s first vet visit to be a pleasant experience so that your dog learns to take trips to the vet. Your dog will need a check-up and possibly some vaccinations. Set up a routine for your dog immediately, it will be easier for all involved and most specially for your pup.
Enjoy your pup he will always give you unconditional love!
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