The first few days of having a new dog in your home are critical for both you, your family and your pet. Ensuring that the dog quickly becomes comfortable with unfamiliar surroundings, while learning the new rules depends upon immediately setting up a clear structure for your family and dog.
Do your research. Make sure that you and your family want a pet. Discuss the conditions and responsibilities of each member of your household. Explore different dog breeds and try to identify which breed and age would be the best fit for your home and lifestyle.
Prepare your home. New dogs, especially puppies, can get themselves into all kinds of trouble around the house. Before bringing your new pet home, dog-proof or puppy-proof your house. Check out the American Kennel Club’s checklist for puppy-proofing your home and yard https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/puppy-information/puppy-proofing-tips-for-your-home-and-yard/.
Start a schedule and stick to it. Feed your dog, take them on walks, play with them outside all at the same time each day so the dog can become accustomed to a routine. If you plan on crate-training your dog, begin that training immediately, and always leave the crate open so they can go inside whenever they want to.
These tips will help start you and your new furry family member on a fun, well-adjusted path.