You have a new puppy on the way – congratulations! We love puppies here at Charleston Dog Training, and know there is nothing quite like the snuggles you get from a tired and cuddly pup. Puppies can also be challenging, which means the more you can make your life a bit easier by preparing for the arrival of your new addition. Here are a few things to think about doing before you bring your new puppy home for the first time.
Buy the Essentials…
Your puppy needs certain essentials to make their transition to your home a bit easier on everyone. Have a crate, leash, collar, and food/water bowls ready to go before you go to pick up your puppy. If you aren’t sure about what size to buy, talk to your pet care professional or Charleston Dog Training professional trainer.
But Don’t Buy Too Much
Just like humans, each dog is different and has a different personality. Resist the urge to buy lots of toys, treats, or extras because you don’t know what your new dog likes quite yet. You can buy things after you get to know what he enjoys.
Set Up Training
It’s never too early to start your dog in an obedience program. Puppy preschool classes, for example, are crucial for your dog’s socialization and temperament. Potty training is also important for everyone’s sanity and your pup can get the hang of going to the bathroom outside when working with the team at Charleston Dog Training. You can have your first puppy preschool classes scheduled before your puppy comes home so that everyone is ready to go in your obedience goals.
A socialized dog is a happy dog, and you can start the process as soon as your puppy comes home. Invite friends and neighbors to see your new cuddly puppy, aiming to invite people of all ages (and their dogs). Your puppy will be more confident if they are socialized at an early age.
Do you have a new puppy coming home? Make Charleston Dog Training a part of your puppy plan. We would love to help you along during this fun (and sometimes challenging) time!