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Your New Dogs First Day Home

Wednesday, December 19, 2012
posted by Jim Murphy

Congratulations, you just adopted a new puppy and are bringing him home. Here are some tips to get you started.

  • Give your dog some boiled potatoes with his new food to avoid giving him diarrhea due to a change of diet.
  • Keep him on a leash at first until he gets used to his new surroundings.
  • Show him where his food and water are located.
  • Show him where he will be sleeping. If it’s in his crate, get him familiar with it but don’t lock him in right away.
  • When he’s inside, keep him near you and take him out for frequent walks. Take him to the same spot each time and praise him when he goes.
  • Watch him closely until he learns his routine. If he goes in the house, don’t assume that he’s not housebroken. He just has to get used to his new surroundings. Loudly say “NO.” Never hit him. You must catch the dog in the act if the correction is to be effective. Take him outside and praise him when he goes where he’s supposed to.   Praise, not punishment, is the key to a well behaved pet.

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