Settling in your new puppy or dog

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Here’s a quick checklist to help you settle in your new best friend.

  • Give them access to only a small area at first until you are confident that your puppy or dog knows the house rules. These include toilet training.
  • Spend quality time with your new pet, introducing them slowly to the rest of the household, both people and existing animals.
  • Use crate training as a safe haven for your puppy or dog.
  • Enroll your dog or puppy in training classes that promote positive reinforcement.
  • Purchase appropriate toys and supplies, including walking equipment such as head collars or front-attached harnesses.
  • Have realistic expectations of your new dog or puppy – they won’t know the rules immediately and will need your patience, love and guidance.
  • Enjoy your new family member