How To Prepare Your New Dog For The First Few Weeks Of Your New Life With Him Or Her: National Dog Owners Association (N

You should know what to expect for the first few weeks after your newly adopted dog arrives in your home. The more prepared you are, the more smoothly the transition will go. If your new dog has a special item from its foster home, find out if you can take it home. You will need a few basic dog supplies ahead of time so you don't have to run to the store at the last minute. Make a collar and ID tag with your phone number in advance. Be extra careful to keep it on a lead or in a tightly fenced area. Both stress and diet changes can cause stomach upset and diarrhea. You still need to establish a routine and set down "house rules" for your dog. The new dog will be taken to the veterinary office within a few days after it comes home. It's a good idea to establish an emotional relationship with your vet and open the lines of communication early on. It could take weeks or even months for your pet to show its true personality. If you have children, try to have them meet the dog before you bring it home and make sure the dog recognizes their scent. Be sure to keep the dog on a loose lead and don't leave children alone with the dog. Do not plan any major trips, changes, or changes within the next few weeks. . . .

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