Congratulations… You’re getting a new dog!
That’s a big decision. And It’s gonna be one of the best things that ever happened to you… But like all good things they come with price. And that price is going to be a lot of your time, effort, money and parts of your sanity! ?
I feel like I keep saying this every time, but it’s really crucial that I kinda have to keep repeating myself..
The first couple of days are very stressful on our pets, and as a responsible dog companion, you should do your best to make sure you ease this transitional phase as much as you can on your new friend. And to do that, we have to do a lot of research and preparations beforehand.
Dogs are like toddlers… Except they never grow up!
The Ride Home: ?
Puppies who are not used to riding in cars can get anxious, and may get sick if the ride home is long. So take care and try to make it as stress free as you can.
Don’t bring the whole family. Too many people in the car will increase the dog’s stress level specially if you have excited toddlers with you. However, it’s always better to have someone calm with you in the car to help sooth the dog while you’re driving, and drive steady.
Preparing your home for your new dog is very important. Specially with puppies. Because puppies are toothing and it hurts, so they can be really destructive if you don’t plan your safety measurements ahead…
1. Dog-Proof your home:
- Get on the floor,
Checkout if there’s anything your dog may chew, swallow, pee or poop on, and put them away.
Dogs and specially puppies, LOVE chewing on things like; shoes, cloths, paper, electrical wires. Basically they chew on everything. But on the positive side, you can always replace these things with chew toys.
- Remove any electrical wires,
and buy those small outlet protectors, to protect your dog from electrocuting himself.
- Remove anything that could be toxic to your dogs like;
cleaners, detergents, pesticides, herbicides and all those chemical stuff. Put them away somewhere your dog can’t reach. And NEVER use them around your dogs.
- Careful when cleaning your floors;
some dogs enjoy licking the floor for different reasons, like finishing off food crumbs from the floor. And Harmful chemical residues from hard floor cleaners are toxic to dogs.
Sometimes the effect is instant and sometimes it could hurt them over time. So try switching to Non-Toxic, all natural cleaners, look at the ingredients before buying them, and be careful.
- Some plants are toxic to dogs;
so make sure you do your research and remove any dogs toxic plants, and make sure all your plants are pet friendly.
- Remove any sharp objects;
I know this may sound obvious, but honestly we all need little reminders for those little things.
- Close your windows;
Remember when we said that; dogs are like toddlers! Curiosity and over excitement can cause accidents.
- Ask about your dog’s current diet;
It’s very important to ask the previous owner what kind of food was he feeding your dog?
Because a sudden change in diet could upset his/her stomach.
If you want to work on changing his diet; go slowly, and make small changes daily on a period of 2 weeks. Depending on your dog’s breed, age, and your budget. Make sure to do a lot of research, read and ask your vet to make sure you can give him the best nutritional value, and to know what to avoid, so he can be happy and healthy.
- Have some Yummy treats
⚠️ Don’t depend on myths and word of mouth from inexperienced dog owners, or show-offs. Ask the right person, or better ask your trusted vet.
- Food and water bowls;
The best bowls material are; stainless steel ones. They’re durable, easy to clean, and safe for your dogs.
And avoid plastic bowls;
Because, your dog may end up chewing his bowl, and it’s very dangerous if he swallows the little pieces.
And plastic can accumulate harmful bacteria, which consequently hurts your dog.
- Keep it clean;
“If you don’t like eating in a dirty bowl… Then why should he?!”
Dirty plates accumulate germs and bacteria which can make your dog sick. So clean up the bowls, and give it a quick rinse after every meal, just as we would with our own plates.
Make sure to wash their water bowls and change their water regularly.
To avoid any house-training accidents, It’s very advisable to block a certain area in your home at the beginning, rather than letting him roam across the house, specially when you’re not around. And then gradually start giving him more and more space.
4. Stain Remover
Get a dog’s stain remover and keep it handy, or you can make your own natural recipe at home because, accidents may happen, and you’ll need to get that as quickly as possible.
Personally, I prefer going for the natural home recipe, because the less chemicals you use the healthier you and your dog will be. Needless to say, that it is defiantly the cheaper choice.
How to Create your own Home-made stain remover:
You will need:
Vinegar, Baking Soda, and Water.
Mix Up 50% Water with 50% Vinegar in a spray bottle. and follow these steps;
Step 1: If he did a “No.2”, Get a plastic bag or scoop and instantly remove it. If he did a “No.1”, Get a paper towel, and leave it to soak…
Don’t Rub it or you’ll spread it, just leave it to soak for a couple of seconds.
Step 2: Now, Spray the area with the water and vinegar spray, that you prepared earlier, and leave it for a few minutes.
Step 3: While the area is still wet, spread some baking soda on it. And that helps absorbing any bad odor.
Step 4: Finally, after its dry, vacuum the area, and you have a clean, fresh smelling floor, carpet, or whatever surface area you are on.
Important Note: Don’t use this mixture if you have marble floors, because marble may react to the acidity in the vinegar, and cause some sort of discoloration in the area.
5. Give Him Toys… Or he’ll Claim your shoes!
Because puppies are teething, their teeth hurts and they really need to chew. So if you don’t want your walls, magazines, cables, remote control and your favorite shoes chewed on, you have to get them chewing-toys.
Look for high quality but cheaper versions, because they will get destructed and you will have to repurchase them again and again. However, if you want to save money and have some fun, then you can always go for the Home-Made versions. But make sure they are safe for your dog, that they don’t have any harmful chemicals, colors, small particles that your dog can swallow and the right safety measurements for your dog breed.
You will need:
Gentle dog shampoo, Nail clipper, the right brush for your dog’s coat, and hair trimmer
Or you can always go to a vet or a dog groomers to do it for you. But doing it at home, is much cheaper. But, if you are new with dogs, I advice you go to groomers at least the first couple of times, ask them all you need to ask, and then do it yourself when you think you are ready to do it without hurting your little guy.
Your dog needs a place to sleep. So you need to get him a comfortable bed, with the right material. Depending on the weather where you live, the breed and the size of your dog. Make sure you pick up the right size and material, so that your dog ends up actually using his bed.
8. Collar, Identification tag, and leash:
I guess you already know that, but dog collars and very important. Because they will allow you to have more control on your dog in
emergency situations, and If God forbids your dog ever runs away or gets lost, you are more likely to find him if he does have his collar and his ID on, with his name and your phone number printed on it.
And make sure you get the appropriate, comfortable Collar, leash’s size and material, for your specific dog.
Microchipping your dog will also help you find him in case you lost him or if he got stolen.
- Put in mind that he needs some time and space to get used to his new environment, new people, new sounds, new smells and getting over his separation anxiety from his old life. So make sure that the house is calm, and that you have no guests coming for the first couple of days. And If you have kids, sit and talk to them on how to properly interact with the dog, to make sure everything goes right, to help your new dog settle in his new home.
- Keep constant supervision on your dog, and give extra time and attention. Involve him and get him accustomed to your daily routine.
- Make sure you establish your house rules and routines from day one. Take him out for potty, going for walks, and watch for the signs, and give him praise every time he goes potty in the right place.
- If you have other pets, make sure to properly introduce them, so no accidents may occur.
- Make sure to involve him in your daily routine, so he can get used to it.
Remember to; walk your dog everyday, give him lots of toys, love and attention. And try to keep him stimulated. The more you exercise your dog, the less he will embrace destructive habits.
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