Today (March 23rd) is National Puppy Day! While we can’t all celebrate by bringing an adorable four-legged friend home, if you’re thinking of adopting a new pup, you’ll want to be prepared. Eric Wiese, animal behavior specialist and host of the series “Lucky Dog” shares expert tips for adding a fur baby to the family.
- Make your pet feel at home - Step one is having the proper environmental setup for your new puppy. Wiese explains that a crate should be your puppy’s “safe space,” so the place you keep the crate should also be a safe space. Make sure it’s big enough for them to stand up, turn around, stretch and lie down comfortably, but not so big they can potty in one corner and sleep in another.
- Get them to the vet - As soon as possible, get your pup to the veterinarian so they can be up to date on all vaccines and get to know their doctor.
- Schedule your plans accordingly - New puppies can take a lot of time and attention, so you’ll want to be prepared when you welcome them to your home. The more you can be there for them when they’re young and impressionable, the stronger your bond will be.
- Expect some teething - Puppies are babies, and they’re going to want to chew on things when they’re teething. Having the appropriate toys for them can help keep them from chewing on everything else, like your favorite sneakers.
- Have the proper traveling method - From the first time you pick up your new puppy you’ll want to have the ideal travel system to keep them safe on the road. Depending on their size, you may want a travel case designed to work with your car’s seat belt system, or a crate that can anchor to the latches or luggage anchors in the back of the vehicle.
Source: Country Living