After weeks of preparing and buying everything your new puppy could ever need, it’s finally time to bring your new fuzzball home! You will have to give him or her time to settle into the new environment, but once they are completely comfortable, you might start to notice some bad behaviors start to emerge. If that’s the case, ACDT has got your back. We offer a variety of professional dog training classes, including puppy training classes! Our team of expert trainers can guide you in training your new pup to be a well-mannered member of the family. Check out our list of classes and contact us today to sign up! We look forward to working with you and your dog soon.

In our previous blog, we talked about how to prepare your home for the arrival of a new dog. Today, we will discuss a few thing you need to keep in mind the day you bring your new fur-baby home.

Collect His or Her Papers

Whether you’re adopting your new dog from a shelter, foster home, or the pet store, you need to get a copy of Fido’s vet records before you leave. It’s not only good to know if your pup has been vaccinated, fixed, etc., but when you take him or her to your new vet for the first time, they will need to know the medical history.

If you are adopting your dog from a shelter or a foster family, ask them about the dog’s personality. Those who have spent time around your new furry friend will be able to give you tips on your dog’s personality, as well as tell you if there are any bad behaviors you should be aware of right off the bat. It’s best to try and collect as much information as possible, medical or otherwise, so you aren’t blindsided by something unexpected.

Make Sure He or She is Comfortable

Transitioning your dog into his or her new home can take some time, which is why you should try to bring him or her home either at the beginning of a weekend or at a time where you will have a couple days to spend with him or her.

When you arrive home with your new pup, he or she will probably be nervous and a little scared. After all, your home is a completely new environment and you dog will need time to adjust. Let your new puppy sniff around and explore so he or she can get acclimated with his or her new environment.

Show Your Dog Where His or Her Potty Place is

It’s important to show your dog where they will be using the bathroom almost immediately. Take Fido outside to wherever he or she will be using the bathroom, whether that be out in the backyard or on walks. Let your pooch sniff around for awhile so he or she has time to go to the bathroom. By doing this right off the bat, your pooch will have it in his or her head where his or her potty place is. It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is key. Give your furry friend praise if he or she uses the bathroom outside right away.

Balance Love with Space

Chances are when you bring your new baby home, you will want to give them all the love and attention that you can. While it may be hard to resist spending every moment with your new fur ball, you will have to balance all the love and attention with a little bit of space. If you give your pup too much love, he or she can become overwhelmed. Remember, your home is a new place, and your dog needs a chance to get used to it.

Obedience Training

Once your dog has had time to get used to his or her new home and family, he or she may develop some bad habits. If that’s the case, ACDT is here to help! We offer professional dog training classes at a variety of levels, including puppy obedience training. Our experts can help you train your dog to be the most well-behaved member of the family. View our list of classes, and give us a call to sign up! We look forward to working with you soon.