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If you are brining a new puppy home, these tips can help you to prepare your home for the puppy’s arrival and get the puppy off to a good start with diet, potty training and good puppy behavior.

When Your New Puppy First Comes Home

1. Puppy proof the home before the puppy arrives. Make sure that all medications, household cleaners and any toxic substances are securely stored, and pick up any objects lying around the home that should not be used as puppy toys.

2. If you have any other pets in the home, they should be introduced to the puppy slowly. It is best for dogs to meet the new puppy outside in neutral territory before going into the home together, and cats need to get used to the puppy on their own terms – never force an introduction, and if the puppy becomes too hyper during introductions take the puppy outside.

3. Rushing the puppy with human introductions, or too much excitement upon the puppy’s arrival, can cause the new puppy to become anxious or afraid – adults will need to help children stay calm and wait for the puppy to approach them first.

New Puppy Diet

Puppy stomach upset caused by excitement and stress associated with the new move can be reduced if you are able to maintain the puppy’s original diet. Over a period of approximately 2 weeks, gradually shift the puppy’s diet to a high quality puppy food by adding just a few teaspoons at a time to the original diet.

If you do not have access to the food the puppy was weaned on, you can still help to reduce stomach upset by feeding the puppy small meals of a quality puppy food 3 to 4 times a day and strictly avoiding treats for the first few weeks.

New Puppy Potty Training

It is best to adopt a new puppy when you will have a vacation from work for at least a few days. Then you can devote your time to laying the foundation for puppy potty training. If you are able to take the puppy out frequently throughout the day, you can teach the puppy to go to the bathroom outside while avoiding any indoor accidents.

Positive Reinforcement

Puppies learn best through positive reinforcement. Whether you are teaching your puppy how to behave in the home, or working on potty training lessons, it is best to always reward good behavior and ignore bad behavior. Punishing the new puppy with a raised voice, or even physical punishment, can harm the puppy’s learning process, promote insecurity, fear, aggression and confusion and may damage the growing bond between you and your puppy.

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