In our previous article, we gave you some tips on how to prepare for shelter visits and adoption. But it's more special when the newcomer is a puppy. They have no experience of the world yet, so you will have to show them.
In the worst case, some relatives will even whisper to you that the little one will pee everywhere and will chew everything. Of course, the first week isn't really easy, but not set in stone that a puppy to tear up the whole apartment. With a little consistency and careful attention, most accidents can be avoided.
There will be a lot of expense
This is something most people do not talk about when it comes to puppy arrival, though it is very important. You should expect to spend more in the initial period. The reason for this is very simple. The little one has yet to receive the first vaccination program, has to go through worm treatment and have to get microchipped.
In order not to be surprised, choose a veterinarian who will take care of your puppy. You can check the prices on the vet's website or even by phone so you can calculate beforehand.
Get all necessary shopping out of the way beforehand. A new puppy shopping list will include: bedding, a collar, harness and leash, food and water bowls, non-toxic chew toys. You'll also need a supply of the food your puppy is currently eating, as well as the diet you plan to transition him to once he's settled in. It's very important to keep him on his regular food while he adjusts to his new home, family, and daily routine.
It's also important to puppy-proof your home before your pet arrives. For example, move cords and houseplants out of reach. Pick up anything that has dropped on the floor like rubber bands or paper clips.
What about house training?
You can't expect from a few weeks old puppy to know what you expect from them. Most dogs prefer to do it outside, but their urine and stool management is not as advanced as of adult dogs.
A dog training pad can help a lot in this situation. Until the puppy has been received all the vaccination, it is not advisable to walk with him anyway, as he does not have sufficient protection.
The easiest way to get him using a training pad is to soak a little urine in the fabric. He will smell it and makes him to pee in there. Of course, if he pees in the right place, don't forget to praise it!
What can I do to prevent furniture damage?
Puppies, like babies, are just getting to know the world. They try to look at things from every angle: they look, smell and taste. When they are chewing on something that they shouldn't, you should prohibit it with a firm "NO!" command and give something else to play with.
It takes time him to understand what you want, so be sure to be patient with it. In many cases he simply wants to play not to damage, but has not yet learned what is entitled and what is not. In time, he will understand that can only chew on his own things and will look for them if wants to play.
The fact is that a puppy requires a lot of patience and work. However, experience shows that we still cry for this period later, when he was small and fluffy. So, do not be frightened of the tasks, because the energy invested in the dog always pays off.
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