Moving to a new home with a new family can cause stress for dogs, and it can certainly cause stress for you, too. You can make the transition easier on both of you by doing a little advanced planning. Here are a few steps you can take when bringing home a new dog.
Bringing home your dog
Bringing a new dog home can be challenging, especially for first time dog parents. But whatever problems you’re facing, know that you’re not alone. Here are suggestions for coping with a few of the challenges most common to new dog adopters.
Picking a name for your dog might come easy for some, but it can be a daunting task if you haven’t already thought about it yet. Here are a few things to consider as you decide on the perfect dog name for your pooch.
How do I treat my dog’s occasional diarrhea?
Your veterinarian is nearly as important in your dog’s life as you are.
Is there anything we can do to make sure my two dogs share toys and reduce the chance of potential squabbles?
Congratulations. You have a new member of the family and you’re taking her home. Now what?
Question: How can I train my dog to use a litter box? Answer: Litter boxes are a great option for apartment dwellers, those who are unable to walk their dogs (or who worry about leaving them unattended in the yard), or simply small-dog owners who prefer this neat, convenient method. Choose a litter box that […]
Getting ready to bring home a puppy
How can I stop my puppy from chewing everything in sight?
Question:My dog seems to enjoy having "tasks" to complete — is there a way to keep smart dogs entertained?Answer:Dogs don’t need to be “entertained” generally. They do need stimulation and activity, as do almost all living things. They don’t necessarily need play groups, expensive toys, or gourmet bakery treats. Nor do they need human food, […]
Master trainer Ian Dunbar answers common housetraining questions
Master trainer Ian Dunbar on raising a touch-safe dog
Master trainer Ian Dunbar on channeling your puppy’s chewing
Question:My dog whines whenever I sit down to eat — what can I do?Answer:This is a common problem. Your dog wants attention and gets it by whining. (It may not be positive attention, but it’s attention nonetheless.)Promise yourself that you are going to spend two weeks actively working on this problem. It will probably get […]
Question: What’s the first command to teach my puppy? Answer: The first thing your dog or puppy should learn is his name; by that, I mean he should look into your eyes when you say it. The easiest way to teach him his name is to give him a treat each time he looks into […]
How many times a day should I give my dog a bathroom break?
Today my father is bringing home a dog.We talk occasionally, my dad and I, about volunteering or about my own pups, Uno and Maybe. Sometimes we discuss Pit Bulls and their bad rap. And he’s a regular Save a Dog user, virtually fostering animals through the DogTime Facebook application. But I had no idea his interest was anything more […]
Master trainer Ian Dunbar on the importance of puppy kindergarten
Master trainer Ian Dunbar explains puppy socialization
Question:Can dogs and kids live together in harmony?Answer:Dog and kids can live together in harmony and share many happy years together. Start the training…for both child and dog… very early.Set BoundariesIt is important to establish the boundaries with both the dog and your child. That means showing your child the dog’s things belong to the […]