This is a Guide to help you to navigate the path to a HAPPY and SUCCESSFUL first year with your New Pup (regardless of their age)...with LESS frustration and anxiety! Remember to avoid rushing a pup, trust is not built in a day, positive experiences matter more than speed & patience is key! We also recommend taking a look at the HEALTHY and FIT for LIFE page to learn about proper weight management, routine Dalmatian grooming, putting together a Puppy First Aid Kit to keep on hand, and more!
At minimum have:
To help a new pup travel easier:
To help them adjust to your home we recommend:
I always tell folks "Start as you mean to go on..." this means if you don't want the DOG on the couch...don't put the new puppy on the couch in the beginning days thinking you will just "teach them NOT to" in future...this sends a confusing message to a pup that doesn't understand why the rules changed.
After the first month, when they are in a routine at home, you are past the initial HOUSEBREAKING stage, they are more comfortable with you and their new home, and you have started working on basic and intermediate training...NOW it's time to explore outside of your normal boundaries. Remember to:
Once you have a trusting relationship and the world isn't so BIG and scary...it's really time to FLY!
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