Adding a new puppy to the family can be both an exciting and a stressful experience. Your new furry friend will need time to adjust, and so will you. But you can smooth out the process by following some of these tips.

Stick to a Schedule

Your new puppy needs a routine. So set a schedule from the very first days, and stick to it. Get your puppy used to regular meal times, nap times, and play times. Even use a consistent puppy feeding schedule so that your little critter will know when it’s time to eat and when it isn’t. Be sure, too, that your puppy knows when it’s time to go outside. This will take some extra work, but you’ll end up with a lot fewer messes.

Provide a Safe Place

It’s hard work being a puppy! There are so many new things to sniff and explore. Sometimes the world can seem like a pretty overwhelming place. So your puppy needs a safe space to snuggle up in a warm bed with a cozy blanket. Your pup will be able to have some much-needed downtime, and you’ll get the same. So you’ll both be able to renew your energy for the next round of excitement.

Train Early 

If you want a well-trained dog, then start training your puppy early. You can begin with a few basic commands and plenty of treats. Consult dog training sites online for more ideas, and consider taking your puppy to obedience classes as it gets a little older. Of course, potty training is especially important, so start with puppy pads and crate training, and offer rewards for proper behavior.

Get Active

You’ve probably already noticed that puppies have tons of energy. So get active right alongside your pup. Offer consistent exercise outdoors so that your little dog can run and jump and get tired. Then you’ll both enjoy nap time. Provide your puppy with toys, too. Puppies love to chew, so make sure your little one has an alternative to your shoes.

Puppy Proof

Of course, you should also make a strong effort to keep your shoes and whatever else you don’t want to destroy out of your puppy’s reach. Puppy proof your house so that both your puppy and your possessions are safe. Put valuables away in closets or on high shelves. Pick up clothing, books, and your kids’ toys. Also, make sure electrical cords and outlets are tucked away and secure as well as any cleaning products or other items that could prove dangerous to a curious little dog.

Do Your Research

As you get used to having a puppy, you’ll probably find that you have any questions about puppy care. Research each one online using reputable websites. Read pet care books, too, and talk to friends and relatives who have successfully made it through the puppy stage. You’ll get plenty of good advice, but of course, you’re going to have to make that advice work for your individual situation. No two dogs are exactly alike.

But if you research well, you’ll find an abundance of solutions to problems, tricks for training, ideas for play, and other helpful doggy hints. Keep trying options until you find what works for you. You may have to get a little creative at times, but it’s all part of the process of settling your puppy into your home.

Rely on Your Vet

Finally, rely on your vet for any health concerns you have with regard to your puppy. Follow the schedule your vet sets for checkups and vaccinations, and call your vet if you notice strange behaviors or symptoms of illness. Your vet will also be able to offer further tips on training, diet, and play.

Getting a new puppy can be fun and exciting. It can also be stressful and a lot of work. But you can balance the two sides as you train your puppy and adapt to life with your furry friend.

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