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Preparing for a New Dog

January 24, 2012

If you are having a new dog join your family, there are a few things you want to prepare for. Being prepared means you are less likely to be caught off guard and you have an idea of what to expect. Preparing for a new dog includes getting supplies as well as puppy proofing your home and yard.

Pet Supplies
By preparing for a new dog, you will be making sure that you have the basic pet supplies on hand. Basic pet supplies include a dog collar, leash, dog bed, dog brush, pet toenail clippers, dog car harness for traveling in the car, pet food, dog toys, and perhaps even a dog house.

Dog Training
If you have never trained a dog before, you will want to sign up for a dog training class. Also, read up on crate training, potty training, and basic obedience training.

Finances
Preparing for a new dog also means making sure you have the finances to care for a dog. Your initial costs will include pet supplies, initial checkup and shots at the vet, a monthly supply of Heartgard, flea & tick preventative, and spaying/nuetering costs. Veterinary checkups and shots will be an annual expense. Heartgard and flea & tick preventative will be a monthly expense. Then, of course, you have the regular expense of pet food. And you will want to make sure you have funds available for any pet health emergencies.

Potty Training
Consider buying good cleaning agents so that you can clean up any accidents in the house. If you are paper training, try using puppy pads instead of newspaper. Crate training will help potty train your dog too. Make sure you or a member of your family is able to let your new dog out regularly in order to reduce any chances of a potty accident.

Chewing
If your new dog is under two years old, the chances are very good that he is going to chew on things. Crate training helps to keep your new dog from chewing things he is not supposed to when you are not home to watch him. When you are home, it also helps to restrict access to certain rooms. Consider baby locks for cabinets and keep things like shoes picked up. And buy your new dog lots of different kinds of chew toys.

Digging
Make sure your yard doesn’t have any holes under the fence. Watch your dog when he is outside and if digging, consider running chicken wire along the bottom edge of the fence.

Barking
If your dog will be outdoors a lot be sure to start correcting for barking as soon as possible. You do not want to disturb neighbors. For extreme barkers, you may use a bark shock collar or a collar that sprays an irritating smell.

Preparing for a new dog will help greatly in preventing inconveniences and behavior issues. By preparing for a new dog, you have a better idea of what to expect and won’t be surprised if something gets chewed or if your new dog has an accident in the house. You will also be better equipped to correct any issues and develop your new dog into a valued member of the family.

Update on Our Search for Getting a New Dog

January 6, 2012

We are still in the process of getting a new dog. We have looked at a few at the Lawrence Humane Society, with a Aussie/Border Collie rescue group, and online at PetFinder.com. While the Lawrence Humane Society was willing to adopt out the same day, we did not find a dog that was right for us. The Aussie/Border Collie rescue group had a great Border Collie named Nick but he was a bit bigger than what we wanted. And we have applied to a number of rescue groups on PetFinder but they are still reviewing our applications and so we are still waiting to hear back from them.

This process is taking longer than I thought. But in a way I am grateful. My husband related it to buying a new house. We have to look at several so that we can make sure we get the right one. And even though many of the rescue groups are taking a long time with their review process, I am glad that they are going through so much work in order to make sure their dogs get into the right family.

This weekend, we will be visiting other animal shelters in the Kansas City metro area. And hopefully we will have a chance to meet some of the dogs we put applications in for.

I will keep you posted on the progress and share lots of photos when we add a new member to our family.