Bringing home a new puppy is truly one of life's joys. Thoughtful pre-puppy preparations and a well-planned first 24 hours can give your fuzzy bundle of promise a head start and make your dreams of the perfect family dog come true.
Before the Big Day
Even though a puppy is more fun than work (usually), there are a few things to research, and responsibility roles to establish.
Following are a few ideas:
Researching a local vet, establishing a puppy plan.
Researching and scheduling a reputable trainer.
Who will take the puppy potty and where?
Who will be in charge of feedings two to three times a day?
Also, take time to create a vocabulary list everyone will use, preferably with the instruction of your trainer. If Mom says "down" when Puppy climbs on the couch, Dad says "down" when he wants him to lie down, and Junior utters "sit down" when he expects the pup's rear to hit the floor the result will be one confused dog! Putting the schedule and vocabulary list in writing prevents confusion and will help dog walkers, nannies, and others involved in raising Puppy.
Puppy-proof the area where Puppy will spend most of his time the first few months.
Taping loose electrical cords to baseboards;
Storing household chemicals on high shelves
Removing plants, rugs, and breakables
Once you think you've completely Puppy-proofed, lie on the floor and look around once more to get a Puppy's-eye view.
We personally like to use the plastic or wire exercise pens; allowing the crate, food, water and toys to be in one area.
Don't overwhelm Puppy the first day. Don't fight over him or create mob scenes showing him to the neighborhood. However, we do recommend that Puppy meet many new faces and his new furry friends (that have been vaccinated). This is a very important element of socializing Puppy.
Now you're off to choose your Almond Blossom Doodle!