First and foremost make sure you have all the basic supplies you’ll need, to name a few: collar, leash, food/water bowls, dog food, treats, a bed, and toys.
It's a good idea to make sure your house is safe for a new dog, especially a puppy. Much like small children, it's important to ensure that no items are left in reach that could potentially be dangerous to them if picked up or eaten.
Particularly with cats in the home, you should choose a designated space for the dog so that they can have a comfortable, safe space to themselves while they get acclimated. Some suggestions include using a crate, a den, or simply using a pet gate to block off an area.
The Trip Home
It's best to bring your dog home when you have free time either on a weekend or if you’re able to take some time off from work. It's recommended that two people go to pick the dog up, so one can sit with them to provide comfort. Be sure to take the dog home right away afterwards.
Inside the House
When you first bring your dog home, put them on the leash. Give them the opportunity to sniff and explore as they please while showing them their food, bed and toys. If they happen to get into something that’s prohibited, it's recommended to use firm commands such as “no.”
Outside the House
It's important for dogs to have plenty of space outside to exercise and go to the bathroom. However, if living in an urban area, some houses or apartments may not have much yard space. In this case, it's important to ensure that your dog is taken for regular walks.
After they’ve had a chance to explore inside, allow them to check out their outside space or walking area and sniff around.
If there are other animals in the house, it's important to ensure that their vaccines are current.
It is advised that each person and animal meet the new family member one at a time. When introducing other dogs, leash them and keep the interactions brief to start.
For people, it's recommended to refrain from touching e.g. kissing and hugging at first to help the new dog feel comfortable and at ease while adjusting to their new home.
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