Do you have a new puppy coming home this holiday season? In our area of Little Egg Harbor, Tuckerton, Manahawkin and LBI region we have many families that get a new puppy for the holidays. Our area is friendly for your pets to stretch out and explore the beaches, bay and Pine Barrens. The following tips will help you and your family with your new puppy.
Adding a new furry family member to your home is exciting, but can also be challenging at times. Here are a few tips for keeping everyone safe, happy, and healthy when you adopt a puppy.
- Puppy-Proof Your Home
This will not only keep your new pet safe, but also save you a lot of frustration! Much like bringing home a new baby, there are some precautions you should take regarding your home when you adopt a dog.
- Install baby gates to keep the puppy to one major area of the house
- Secure any loose wires
- Store chemicals and dangerous cleaning products out of reach
- Train, Train, Train
Whether you hire a professional or decide to train your pup yourself, there are a few basic concepts he needs to understand in order for the whole family to have a positive experience.
- Crate training
- Potty training
- Basic commands, such as “sit, stay, down”
Don’t forget to reward your puppy’s positive behavior with a treat or some play time!
- Stick To A Schedule
Entering a new home can be nerve wracking and confusing for an animal, which is why adhering to a schedule each day is beneficial. This provides structure for your puppy so he knows what to expect each day!
- Keep feedings to similar times each day
- Find a bed time that works best for your family and puppy
- Keep frequency of walks and play time consistent
When Should We Head To The Vet?
Ideally, bring your new pup for a visit within the first few days of adoption. This way, he has some time to adapt to his new family and environment, and you have an opportunity to get a feel for his personality.
Bringing a new pet to a veterinarian early is important. At this first visit, we will:
- Check for any abnormalities or health conditions
- Review immunization history
- Answer any questions your family may have
Ensuring that your puppy is healthy will also keep you, your children, and any other pets safe. Let us help you welcome your new family member home in a safe, healthy way!
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