We at Adog.co are so excited that you are bringing home a new puppy! Once you have decided where you are going to get your puppy from, as well as which breed, you will have taken the first steps to becoming a great pet owner. However, there is a lot more work that needs to be done in order to prepare for the new puppy:

Choosing Vocabulary

No, your dog won’t be able to speak English, but eventually, you will want it to be able to recognize commands and reprimanding. This means that you need to decide what words are going to have what significance when dealing with the puppy. For example, if you say “down” to get the dog off of the couch, someone else in your family shouts, “down!” to get the dog to lay down on the floor, and your kid says, “sit down” to get the puppy to sit, your dog is going to be confused! Decide which words mean what, and stick to it. Not only will this help your dog understand, but it will also help when you have dog walkers, nannies, and anyone else around.

Creating a Shopping List

We know you are probably aware of this already, but puppies can be high maintenance! Compile a list of pet products you need to keep your dog happy and healthy as it starts to grow. You are going to need:

  • Food and water dishes
  • Chew toys and other durable toys
  • Grooming supplies
  • Collar and leash for walking, as well as an ID tag
  • Bedding
  • Crate and gate

When it comes to buying pet supplies, we know how hard it can be to make a trip to the store. Feel free to shop some of the best pet products online for puppies by shopping with us at Adog.co!

Puppy-Proofing Your Home

Dogs get into things they shouldn’t and can start some real trouble! Act like you are securing your home for a toddler. Any loose electrical cords should be taped down, and store your household chemicals as high up as possible. Removing items like rugs, plants, and other breakables may make you feel more at ease as your puppy explores its new home. Install any gates in rooms where you don’t want the puppy to go unmonitored.

Keeping it Consistent

It can be a little bit of a shock if you just thrust your new puppy into its new life, so be sure to make small transitions! When you pick up the pup, remember to ask what it has been eating and when it was last fed. Try to continue this schedule for a little while in order to keep your puppy’s stomach feeling healthy and unstressed. If you want to switch to a different brand of food, do so slowly over a week by adding part of the new food to mostly old food. Slowly increase the amount of new food as the week goes on.

Teaching the Basics

The very first thing you want to do when the puppy gets home is show it where the bathroom area is. Puppies are easily excited and will make a mess just about anywhere if they don’t know where to go. Whether its bathroom space is indoors or outdoors, be sure to make that clear to the puppy. Your dog will also need to learn how to be alone. This can be frightening for some puppies, as they have never been alone before. Even if it starts to whimper or bark, it’s important to leave the pup alone. Otherwise, it will learn that crying out will give it attention. Instead, give your puppy attention for engaging in good behavior, like playing with a toy!

Shop Adog.co

It’s essential that you start out raising your puppy on the right foot, so be sure to plan ahead! The best way to make sure you have all the toys, bowls, and other equipment you need for your new dog is to shop Adog.co! We are your number one choice for pet products online, and we are certain that we have everything you need. We offer toys that are perfect for new puppies, as well as grown up dogs. Shop today for the best selection in pet products available!

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