How to Prepare to Add a Dog to Your Family
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How to Prepare to Add a Dog to Your Family

Tue, 02 Jun 2015 by Linda Rosado

Adding a New Dog to the Family

They’re not called man’s best friend without reason—dogs are a great addition to families of all shapes and sizes. While bringing a new dog into your home seems like an exciting adventure you just can’t wait to take on, it’s important to set some time aside to ensure you’re prepared and equipped for the journey ahead. Check out these tips on how to do just that.

Devise a Plan of Action

If you live alone, bringing a pup into your home not only means you’ll get a new companion, but you can also hold yourself responsible for everything you need to take care of in order to be a good pet parent. For families looking to bring a dog into their home, there are a few more moving parts. Take the time to talk through what adopting a new furry family member will mean for each member of your household. Who will walk the dog in the mornings? Who will be in charge of meals? What about training? Make sure every person has a job and they know exactly what it is to help your new pup’s transition a walk in the park.

Gather Supplies

Your new dog is going to need a few key things as soon as they arrive at your place, so get out your pen and paper and draft up your shopping list. Your pup is going to need somewhere to sleep and bowls to eat and drink from, as well as a crate (if you plan to crate train) and maybe even a dog gate if you need to keep them in a certain area of your house while you’re away. You might also want to pick up some carpet cleaner—accidents happen—as well as some dog waste bags for your walks with Fido. Be sure you’re picking bags that are sturdy enough to get the job done, like DOGIPOT’s Litter Pick Up Bags. Finally, a collar, leash and tag are essential for any new pet parents, though these items should be purchased once you already know the breed, size and requirements of the particular pup you’ll be bringing home.

Set the Scene

Puppy-proofing your home is not only necessary when you’re bringing in a young dog; pups of any age get into all sorts of trouble. Work to predict and prevent messy situations before they even have a chance to occur by getting your home ready for its newest inhabitant. This might mean removing any plants from the floor or low tables (especially ones that are poisonous to dogs), moving delicate, glass items to sturdy, high surfaces and storing household chemicals and cleaning products on high shelves.

Take it One Paw at a Time

Whether you’re bringing home a puppy or adopting an adult dog, life with a new dog may take some getting used to. For all the cuteness and excitement, there will be equal amounts of frustration and confusion. Prepare as best as you can, however adding a canine to your family is all about making the best of situations and staying calm throughout the “ruff” patches. Are you thinking of bringing a new pup into your home? Do you have any tips for new pet parents? Be sure to share your experiences with us on Facebook and Twitter.

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