A must read for all those first pawrents!
Updated: Jun 29, 2021
The day is finally here, you are bringing your new fur baby home, hurray! Now, what next?
Whether your new dog is a puppy or an adult, there will be some kind of adjustment period after your new dog comes home, for you and for anyone else living in your home. It's really important to be well prepared and to understand that things might not always go to plan, a lot of understanding and patience will be needed. Your new dog or puppy may be scared or overwhelmed when he arrives, he may hide or show signs of fear, especially if you are bringing home a rescue or a little teeny tiny puppy into a house full of kids. Others may appear aloof and relaxed until they settle into their new home, they may become hyperactive once they feel confident. Some will quickly fit in and feel right at home, while others may take several months to adjust, you just don't know.
Have everything set up and ready to go before you bring your new dog home, we have a few more tips for you so you and your new family member can get off to a good start!
Are you bringing home a puppy? #luckyyou!!!
Puppies are amazing, but nobody said they were easy! There's a lot to learn about raising puppies, they will need to be house trained, socialised, trained, and receive their vaccinations, so there is a bit to research before you finally bring your beautiful bundle of puppy love home!
Caring for a puppy can sometimes feel like a full-time job (I'll let you in on a little secret, IT IS, well, for a little while anyway), especially if the puppy is very young. This is where that extra patience and understanding comes in.
Meeting your dogs basic needs
It's really important you have an understanding of your dog's basic needs, things like diet, exercise, shelter, physical care, interacting with other dogs, grooming and proper training are all important elements of being a responsible dog owner. All of these things are so important and will ensure your dog has an amazing life! Learning all of these things and again being prepared well in advance will make the transition easier for everyone.
Find a vet you love
All dogs need a great vet and a visit to the vet may be the first place you take your new dog. Your vet will help manage your dog's health, help educate you on your dog and provide you with guidance throughout your pet ownership journey.
As much as we love our vets and the great work they do, looking after your dog can be very expensive, especially those unexpected vet bills, so we highly recommend you investigate pet insurance as an option.
Buying your dogs bits and pieces
It's important to really decide what your dog actually needs and what you want? So maybe you could find your in-between? There is an overwhelming amount of toys, bowls, beds, collars, leashes, accessories even clothing if that's your thing. You can head to your local pet store or obviously online where you will be overwhelmed with choice.
Feeding your dog
Like us humans, good nutrition is the foundation of your dogs overall health. There are a lot of dog food options out there and like most things, not all are equal. Learn the basics of dog nutrition, otherwise you might feel a little overwhelmed. You could also talk to your vet or consider making your own healthy balanced food. The key take away here is do your research and be prepared. (To help give you some homemade recipe ideas, check out our healthy dog cookie blog post)
Training your dog, a must!
ALL dogs need to be trained. If you don't train your dog, then guess what? He will continue to chew your favourite slippers and jump up on all your visitors, no good! Dog training helps you control your dog and gives your dog a sense of structure. In the long run, proper training can make both you and your dog happier. There are lots of resources online to help you and many vets offer puppy training classes. Make sure you take the time each day to train and reinforce your dog's training, it really is important.
More serious behaviour issues
No dog is perfect. You will most likely have to deal with some kind of behavioural issues at some stage. It may be something as simple as barking when you aren't home or chewing on things she shouldn't. Or, it could be something more serious like separation anxiety or aggression. Either way, it's always a good idea to be well-informed about canine behaviour problems before they become a big issue.
Being a responsible dog owner is a must
This really is one of the most important things about being a dog owner. Being a responsible dog owner is about committing to your dog for life and accepting responsibility for your dogs actions. Taking proper care of your own dog while respecting other dog owners and the community around you.
Bringing your new dog or puppy home is a really exciting time, enjoy every minute! We hope some of our tips help you on this special journey. If you find yourself feeling overwhelmed at any stage, remember there are loads of resources available to help you, and the dog community at large is very loving and supportive. Enjoy xx