Bringing Your New Puppy Home


Introducing your Puppy To other Animals

Introduce your puppy other animals. And although the way dogs establish dominance may seem violent, it’s important to be there to firmly establish yourself as the alpha dog of your household.

When your puppy is the only animal you have, you won’t have to worry about him not getting along with any other pets. However, if you have any additional dogs, cats, birds or other pets, there may be an adjustment period while all your pets get to know one another. Don’t be alarmed if your new puppy doesn’t immediate take to the other animals – it can take several weeks for your pets to establish a new pecking order.
The first thing you should do when you get your new puppy home is let it and your other pets meet each other. You may encounter some displays of dominance in this situation, especially if the other animal is older. Once the two meet each other, try to leave it up to the animals to decide what happens.

For the first few days – and especially if your pets are clashing a lot – it might be helpful to lock the puppy up at night and any other time the house will be empty. Simply shut him in a bathroom or bedroom where there’s nothing he can really destroy. This prevents any major animal battles from occurring while you aren’t home to play referee. This is an especially good idea if your puppy is much smaller than your other animals since he could easily be hurt.

If you’re introducing your puppy to another dog, be ready for the two to fight for dominance. This process should be relatively violence-free, although it may not look like it to you! Be sure to step in if the fighting gets too aggressive and make certain your dogs know that bad behavior is not acceptable. If you have more than one dog, you may need to help your puppy get established in the pack – or dominance order – that your current dogs have already established.

The best way to do this is to use a dog crate. Put your puppy in the crate and let the other dogs approach and sniff the puppy. This lets them get used to each other without being able to attack one another. If one of your current dogs makes any aggressive sounds or motions, step in and correct them. This lets all of your dogs know that being aggressive towards each other is not acceptable, and in the pack mentality, it establishes you as the top “dog.”

If you’re introducing your puppy to other animals, the process will be a bit different. If your other pet is a cat, you’ll hear some truly tremendous hissing and growling from you feline if she’s never been around dogs before. After several weeks, though, she’ll generally begin to accept your puppy – or at least tolerate him. Sometimes, in fact, your younger cats will actually enjoy playing with your new puppy and the two will become very good friends.

With caged animals, puppies will often sniff and bark at them a few times, but otherwise, they’ll generally ignore rats, ferrets, guinea pigs, and the like. However, if you let any of these rodents out of their cages, keep an eye on the two to make certain your puppy doesn’t try to play too roughly with them.

Puppy-proof your home

Raising a puppy is a lot like raising small children — they get into everything! Some of what they get into can be hazardous to their health or to your possessions. You can make life safer for the puppy and your furniture by getting rid of hazards and temptations ahead of time.

To a puppy, the world is brand new and fascinating! He’s seeing it all for the very first time and absolutely everything must be thoroughly investigated. Puppies do most of their investigating with their mouths — “Look at this! What is it? Something to eat? Something to play with?” Murphy’s Law says that a puppy will be most attracted to the things he should least have — electrical cords, the fringe on your expensive oriental rug, your brand new running shoes, etc.

Preventing destructive and dangerous chewing is easier than trying to correct the puppy every second. Look around your home. What objects could be put up out of the way of a curious puppy? Bitter Apple spray can be applied to furniture legs, woodwork and other immovable items. Are there rooms your puppy should be restricted from entering until he’s better trained and more reliable? Install a baby gate or keep the doors to those rooms closed.

Take a walk around your yard looking for potential hazards. If your yard is fenced, check the boundaries and gates for openings that could be potential escape routes. Puppies can get through smaller places than an adult dog. If your yard’s not fenced, make a resolution right now that your puppy will never be allowed to run off lead without close supervision. He won’t ever know enough to look both ways before crossing the street to chase a squirrel. Keep him safe by keeping him on leash!

Visit your vet

Make an appointment with your veterinarian to give the puppy a complete checkup within 48 hours of you receiving your puppy. If you don’t have a vet yet, ask the breeder or local kennel club for a recommendation if you’re buying locally. If you are buying from a city not close to you, research a vet in advance. Although the puppy has most likely been health-checked by the breeder (or should’ve been!), an exam is additional security against health defects, problems that weren’t apparent the first time. If your vet offers microchip ID implants, this an excellent time to get one!


WARNING!!! Do NOT take your puppy outside of it’s kennel while at the vet until it’s time for the vet to examine him/her. Do NOT risk your puppy’s health just because someone wants to pet them. Viruses such as Parvo can hit fast and your baby can crash within 7-10days, dieing only a couple days later if they are tiny. Please don’t risk it!!!

How to Choose a Vet

Your pet is like a furry little family member, and his health is important to you. So when it comes time to find a vet, how do you know which one is the best? Here are some ideas to help you choose the very best veterinarian for your pet.

  1. Ask your friends and family if they can recommend a vet, or if they have had any bad experiences with a vet.
  2. Look for a vet who specializes in your type of pet, particularly if you own an exotic pet.
  3. Meet a potential vet and the office staff prior to your first appointment. Ask to take a tour. This way you will know if your personalities mesh well and if you feel good about the vet’s office.
  4. Find out about what a potential vet charges, as well as payment methods available to make sure this works for you.
  5. Ask a potential vet how he or she feels about things that are important to you, such as feeding and health risks, to make sure you are on the same page.

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