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Bringing Home A New Dog – Part 1

ni_newsl_dogandcat-optI have noticed a lot of customers bringing in puppies. (Please forgive me if I spend more time with them than I should!) Many new puppy parents are overwhelmed and I find myself repeating the same things over and over. I found this great blog to share from Cesar’s Way. Even if you have already brought your dog home, it’s never too late to apply these tips. And, if you need help training, we offer classes 3 days a week and one on one in your home. We also offer doggy daycare to socialize your pet and get some of their energy out before going home to learn more from you. Enjoy reading! (The following article is directly quote from Cesar’s Way CLICK HERE for the full article)

Bringing a new dog into your pack requires planning.

Luckily, this is something that most people do—except maybe in the case of bringing in a stray off the street. Before you adopt the dog, you probably have at least a food and treats, bowls for food and water, a dog bed, a leash and collar, and maybe some toys.

If you’ve been very conscientious, you’ve probably already arranged for the first vet appointment, and maybe you’ve even talked to the entire household to establish rules about the dog like who does the feeding and walking, where the dog is and isn’t allowed, and so on.

The big day comes when you pick up the dog. Everybody is excited and happy as you drive home, and you all come bounding up the walk, throw open the front door and let the dog off-leash and inside…

And you’ve just planted the seed for a lot of future issues. In human terms, you’ve unleashed a juvenile delinquent.

Home sweet home

In order to have a well-balanced dog, we have to teach her the house rules, and set boundaries and limitations from the get-go. The message you send your dog the moment she enters your home for the first time is critical, because it immediately establishes the ground rules in your dog’s mind. If you just let her run in the door, the message is, “Here! Everything is yours, and you can do whatever you want.”

By opening that door, you have told your dog, “There are no rules, boundaries or limitations.” You know where that goes: She eats shoes, won’t be housebroken, constantly begs, climbs on the furniture, jumps on people… And then you visit my website, trying to find out what is “wrong” with your new dog!

Stay tuned for PART 2 we will share next week, 8 Essential Tips For Bringing Home A New Dog