​New Dog for Christmas? 8 Things You Need to Know From a Pro! by Donna John

Pets Parenting
3 years ago
​New Dog for Christmas? 8 Things You Need to Know From a Pro!

Did Santa surprise your kids with a dog? Diane Rose-Solomon, a Certified Humane Education Specialist and author of "What to Expect When Adopting a Dog," has these tips for new dog owners that can remove potential problems while everyone adjusts to the new member of the household.

  • Get down on hands and knees and look at your surroundings from dog eye level. Consider whether your dog can chew or choke on, knock over or ingest anything you see.
  • Spend as much time with your new pup as possible as he transitions into your family. Take lots of walks together.
  • Potty training a pup? Consistency and a gentle tone work wonders. Be sure to set him up for success by taking him out frequently, especially if he’s just awakened, eaten or been playing.
  • Teach children how to act safely around dogs. Meanwhile, since your dog is new to your family, be sure to supervise at all times while everyone is getting acquainted.
  • When you leave the house, your new dog should be confined to a crate or a room where he can’t do any damage or get into any trouble.
  • Check the perimeter of your yard for holes. This is a good time to make sure your fences are secure, too.
  • Schedule a checkup with your veterinarian. If your dog is from a shelter or rescue organization he or she is likely neutered or spayed already.
  • Contact a recommended trainer to get your new dog learning what you expect of him in your home, socialized with other dogs, and bonding with you and your family.

Muster up all the patience you can, especially in the first few weeks. You are getting to know one another and it can be trying. But the unconditional love is well worth it!

Related Products on Amazon We Think You May Like:

Retractable Dog Leash
Retractable Dog Leash $15
The reliable lock button gives you capability to adjust the leash's length when needed, allows the leash to stay at a constant length
Engraving Aluminum Pet ID Tags for Cats & Dogs
Engraving Aluminum Pet ID Tags for Cats & Dogs $4
Don't waste your time driving to the pet store to pay twice the price! Our pet id tags are perfect for your furry friend and delivered right to your door.
Classic Solid Color Nylon Dog Collar
Classic Solid Color Nylon Dog Collar $9
Nylon fabric with high-density webbing to add durability.
Orthopedic Mattress Pet Bed
Orthopedic Mattress Pet Bed $31
Plush faux fur fabric sleep surface is soft on paws and noses.
Our Pets Smarter Interactive IQ Treat Ball Dog Toy
Our Pets Smarter Interactive IQ Treat Ball Dog Toy $10
What better way to keep your dog mentally stimulated, physically active, happy and healthy than with a toy that dispenses his favorite treats?
Metal Folding Pet Crate
Metal Folding Pet Crate $28
Versatile design allows for extremely easy set up and take down to fold and store it away. No tools required!

30Second Mobile, Inc. is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.

Raw Pet Food: Healthier Pet Food Is Easier Than You Think & What Dogs Want!

Family Pets: 7 Healthy Reasons You Should Consider a Furry Friend!

Family Pets: 5 Paw-some Ways Dogs Make You Happier & Healthier

On the Fence About Getting Your Kids a Dog? Think About This...

join discussion

Please login to comment.

recommended tips

Protect Your Child From Dog Bites: 4 Things Kids Need to Know ASAP!

Teen Entrepreneurship & Mental Health: How My Teen Son & I Found a Purpose During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Why You Need to Stop Multitasking & Really Listen to Your Kids!

Tell Your Kids How Special They Are: Here Are 3 Fun Ways to Do It!

Got 30 seconds? Sign up for 30Seconds.com and get the best of our tips each week!