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How to Make Your New Puppy Feel Right at Home

Posted Feb 19, 2016 in Tips

Welcoming a new fur baby into your home is an exciting time for the whole family. In the middle of all the joy it’s easy to forget that transitioning into a new environment can be stressful on your pet. Your tail-wagging family member will be getting use to their new lifestyle and will be trying to establish relationships with people they just met. It’s normal for your little one to feel uncomfortable, shy, or nervous in the beginning but there are certain precautions you can take to make sure they feel right at home. Check out our list of tips below!

A Puppy Sanctuary

Set up a secluded spot for him to escape too. All that attention can cause anxiety and he might need a break from the cuddles. It needs to be a confined space where he can feel relaxed and safe. This will especially help you when teaching him his sleep schedule and in potty training. You will need the following supplies in his room:

  • Crate
  • Doggie bedding
  • Water
  • Pee Pads
  • Doggie gate
  • A familiar scent to calm him

Shopping List

Because there is so much out there for dogs, it can be difficult to choose the right food, toys, bowls, beds etc., for your pooch. Click the links provided below to see what products we recommend!

  • Toys: he will most likely be in the teething stage so find chew toys for puppies. Also look for toys that roll so they can chase them around.
  • Bedding: purchase a cozy dog bed with waterproof liners.
  • Bowls: puppies need their very own food and water bowls. Even if you have other pets you need to purchase separate dishes for your puppy. Try to find non-plastic bowls that don’t slide around very easily.
  • Food: dog food varies between ages, sizes, and breeds. You want to find a dog food that is specifically made for growing puppies.
  • Collar & Leash: once you find the collar and leash of your choice, have identification tags made with all of your contact information listed on it.
  • Crates: make sure the crate is large enough for your puppy to be able to stand up, lie down, and turn all the way around.
  • Grooming supplies: he will need to be brushed and washed regularly. He will also need his teeth brushed and toenails trimmed frequently.


Once you have purchased all the necessary items, you will want to create a routine for your pup. Dogs need to have a schedule, especially during the training period. It helps them stay on track with what they are learning and it makes them feel more confident in their new lifestyle. Potty breaks, meals, walks, and bedtimes need to be consistent. Not only does this establish the rules but also it helps them realize that you are their master. This important leadership role will help you immensely during training.

We hope these tips help you welcome your new family member. If you’re struggling with your pup be sure to look through the services we offer here at Canine Country from daycare, grooming, and unique training courses our professionals will love to help your pup excel! Give us a call today at (215) 641-9663.

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