YOUR NEW ADDITION

DO'S

&

DON'TS

TIPS & IDEAS ON THE HOW TO'S & WHAT TO EXPECT
WHEN YOU ADD A NEW PET TO YOUR FAMILY
  1. WHAT DO I PLAN FOR?
    When you bring home a new pet, make sure you are ready for everything that can be involved. From the cost of food and vet care, to accidents, emergencies, toys, training and more. Do you have somewhere for the dog to run and play that will keep him/her secure? Where will they sleep? Do you need a crate?
  2. THE 1st DAY
    The 1st day you bring home your new fur-member, many times you are ready to show them off to family and friends or make the fun visit to the pet store. While this is fun for you, it may not be for your new addition. Please remember, you are new to the dog just like they are new to you. New people, new surroundings..... this can be frightening for a pet and need to wait until you both are comfortable
  3. OTHER PETS?
    If you have other pets, it is best, and recommended, that you bring your pets to meet your new potential addition. Keep in mind, this isn't 100% perfect; however, you can get a general idea of how they each feel. Don't be shy to ask if they can also bring the new pet to your home to meet everyone. Remember, this is your current pet's home and may need a little time to adjust just like the new addition. As always, let your new found friends sniff one another and do not let them have direct face to face contact
  4. CHILDREN?
    If you have children, they need to be with you to ensure that they like the new potential addition; but, to ensure the new addition is comfortable with kids. With any dog AND with any person (young or old) you ALWAYS want to ensure proper greetings between humans and pets. Always ask to pet the dog first, do not lean over the dog and never let a child jump on, pull on, stand or ride on any dog. It is not safe for them or the pet. Either one could fall, trip or worse.
  5. EXERCISE?
    As you introduce your new fur-family addition to your household, are you ready to help exercise your new friend? Depending on age and breed, exercise Is vital to healthy and happy pet. When dogs have a lot of pent up energy, they can become easily excitable and want to explore and get into things. Talk with your rescue or trainer on how to make sure your new friend gets the proper exercise. Pack Walks, Training Classes and Doggie Daycares are great ways to help get out a lot of their energy!
  6. TRAINING?
    Training is a 365 day a year exercise for your new addition. Not only does this help get rid of unwanted energy, it helps you and your pet build a stronger bond and level of trust and teaches obedience to you and your pet. As you grow with your dog, you want to expand your training outside of the home. Many times they are great at home but unruly when venturing out. When you and your pooch are out on the town, be sure to keep treats on hand and work on commands you do at home

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