To bring home a new puppy or even an adopted dog is one of life’s great joys. Pre-preparations and a well planned first 24 hours can give you a head start in making your dreams come true for having the perfect family dog. And the perfect family dog’s dreams of a perfectly loving family will also be complete!
Preparations to finish before the Big Happy Day
Everyone needs to feel, and be, involved. A schedule should be drawn up that includes all the necessary tasks that need to be done. All family members could be assigned a task that they can manage.
Take time to create a universal family vocabulary to use when dealing with your new dog. You decided on a name and can also decide on words that you will use as commands. For example, always use the command “sit”, when he needs to sit, and not “sit down”. When everybody uses the same command word it will not confuse the dog.
Make a list of everything that needs to be bought. You will need food and water bowls, the correct dog food, grooming supplies, collar and leash and toys. You will also need to buy bedding and a sleeping crate.
Establish Rules and stick to the rules. Decide beforehand where the dog can go and where it would not be allowed. Keep to these decisions.
Puppy or Dog Proof the area the dog is going to reside in. Taping loose electrical wiring to baseboards, store all household items and cleaning supplies, and remove loose rugs. If needed, install gates to contain your dog to a certain area.
Remember to have everything in place before you leave to fetch your new dog. Take the dog immediately to his readied living space. He should start by inspecting this area first in order to know where to go for eating, drinking water and sleeping. He then can inspect the rest of his new home.