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Introducing the New Dog

Bringing a new dog into the family can be a lot of work. It is important to take into account the time it will require training and socializing, along with specialized puppy care the first year. An adult dog will already have gone through his own socialization process, leaving more time to focus on manners and other skills. If the human family has small children, or children that may be frightened, a smaller breed or a mellow larger breed would be a good choice. However, any breed can be a wonderful family companion if given the right upbringing and training. Here are a few tips to get started.


Purchase all the necessary supplies such as food, crate, toys, beds, towels prior to picking up the new dog(s).


Walk the new dog outside the house, and take him to his new potty area. Allow him to sniff the yard and provide plenty of praise and encouragement.


If you have a resident dog, introduce the dogs on neutral territory, on walk. Don't force the interaction, go slow.


Keep the dog on his leash and walk him inside the house. Walk him around, and allow him to sniff and investigate his surroundings. Show him his water dish, toys, crate and bed. If he seems unsure, do not overwhelm him, keep it to a few rooms.


Chill out the first day and provide plenty of love, praise, and play. Go slowly if he feels insecure.


Schedule a veterinary appointment for a meet-and-greet.


Tonya Wilhelm, a full-time dog training specialist, author and public speaker, has traveled the USA presenting seminars and promoting positive dog training with a holistic approach. One of the top ten trainers in the US, she has authored several books and is a frequent blogger, magazine contributor, and speaker. For more information, visit GlobalDogTraining.com.

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