Monday, May 2, 2016
Bringing Your New Puppy Home
An accomplished business owner with a diverse professional background, Dave Chupp has been running a dog breeding company in Nappanee, Indiana for more than a decade. Working together with his family, Dave Chupp breeds and raises a wide range of dog breeds, from Akitas and Siberian Huskies to French Bulldogs and Westies.
Bringing home a new puppy is an exciting experience, but it requires a bit of preparation. Prior to picking up your new puppy, make sure you have all the necessary supplies for its care, including water and food bowls, some toys, a collar, and a leash. You will also need newspapers or training pads to housetrain your new family member. Beyond that, it’s important to create a clear game plan with all human members living in your household. Figure out which terms you will use for different commands, along with who will feed the puppy and where it is, and is not, allowed to go.
For the puppy’s first three to four days at home, make sure there will be someone around to give it company. The process of leaving its mother and littermates can be very stressful for a young dog, and spending as much time as possible with humans helps reduce their anxiety and facilitate bonding. Schedule an initial examination with your veterinarian right away to check for any health problems or congenital traits. If you have any other animals in the house, make sure they are in good health as well.