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Bringing Home Fido

Bringing Home Fido

So, you are ready to welcome a new dog into your home - good for you! This is a big step for you; and it will require lots of time, patience, and love. Remember, bringing a puppy into homes is quite similar to that of a newborn baby. Like babies, puppies will need to learn their new surroundings and be potty-trained. They will make mistakes along the way; and you, as the new pet parent, will need to stay calm. Are we okay so far? If yes, then continue reading what you should do the first few weeks of pet ownership:

The ideal time to bring home a new puppy is when the house is quiet. Discourage friends from stopping by and don't allow overnight guests. You will also need to develop a routine and do the following:

Before bringing him in the house, take him to the designated potty area in your yard and spend a few minutes there. You will need to have a collar and leash ready for his/her arrival. This will help when training your dog and when your pup is exploring the backyard. This is a good time to invest in a dog fence so you can train your dog basic commands and allow pets to play safely in an enclosed area. 

You will need to bring home healthy dog foods and read the labels prior to giving him/her a feast. Do not overfeed Fido. Pet obesity is real and can lead to serious animal health complications such as diabetes, heart conditions and cardiovascular diseases.

Give your dog plenty of fresh water. In the summertime, water for dogs is vital to avoid heat stroke; and it is equally important in the cooler months. Just because they aren't visibly sweating doesn't mean that they aren't dehydrated.

Your dog will need toys. If you do not want to spend lots of money on pet toys, consider making your own DIY dog toys. My dog loves crunching on empty water bottles. Or, you can give your dog ice cubes to play with on the floor (helpful tip: avoid tile floors). 

With these steps in play, you are ready to take on dog ownership.

Dog Ownership Tips

Dog Ownership Tips

Now that you've found the perfect family dog, read these dog ownership tips from for #ResponsibleDogOwnership

1. Train them early-on

Most new pet owners would rather grow with a puppy; but puppies aren't potty-trained. Teach your puppy basic commands such as "sit." Pet owners can always take their new dogs to training facilities or teach pets themselves in the backyard. 

2. Did your dog pee on the carpet? 

Use baking soda to get rid of the pee spot. After applying, sweep or vacuum the spot. It'll disappear in no time and not leave a foul odor. 

3. Don't neglect dog health

Often, we will turn down a visit to the doctor's office; but for our dogs, we must take them for routine vet visits. Make sure your dog is up-to-date with shots and vaccines. Don't neglect brushing their teeth, as gum disease in dogs can be a concern. If you have trouble brushing your dog's teeth, then apply dog toothpaste to a rope toy or give them a minty chew toy to strengthen teeth. 

4. Is your dog sick?

Chicken soup is good for the soul. Add a little low-sodium chicken broth to your dog's water bowl. 

5. Kid Pool For Hot Summer Day

Inflate a kiddie pool for your dog to splash around and cool off. 

6. Invest in a dog fence

Outdoor dog enclosures allow dogs  the chance to get fresh air and have dog dates in the convenience of the backyard. Dog fencing also acts as a security system and reduces the risk of burglary. Avoid shock collars, electric fence for dogs and invisible dog fences, as these are inhumane. 

7. Never feed your dog these treats

Raisins/grapes, chocolate, alcohol, garlic, potatoes, sugar, peaches, onions and yeast. 

8. Tick prevention in dogs

After outdoor activity, check dogs for ticks. A tick bite can lead to tick-borne illnesses such as Lyme Disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever.

9. File your dog's nails

Clip your dog's nails regularly. Find a piece of sandpaper and/or wood and allow them to file their own nails. 

10. Simple, Healthy dog treat

Cut up small chunks of apple, add water, and freeze. This will keep your dog entertained and is healthy!

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