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Our family is growing! We just welcomed a brand new four-legged member to our family: Colt!
He’s a Coonhound Labrador mix which means he’s stubborn, nose driven, incredibly intelligent, super sweet, and the best pet our family could have! We are all so happy to have him in our home and I’m sharing some things we did to prepare for his arrival and for our adapting phase. That first month is so important to help establish routines, and a good routine is executed by having a great plan beforehand.
Preparing for a new dog
If you adopt a pup from a local shelter or rescue like we did, you’ll probably be given as much info about the dog ahead of time. The listing or the foster parent will provide that to you. Try and figure out what they are used to at their foster home as far as food, routines, and comforts. For instance, it never occurred to me to get a puppy bed, but our dog was used to this at his foster home. While he could have become accustomed to not having one, we wanted to make sure the transition was smooth. We’re a busy family and were ready to take on a new pup, but we didn’t want to overwhelm any of us (dog included) by making the circumstances uncomfortable. You also need to scope out a local Veterinarian, Animal Hospital, and Pet Supply Store. On to things you need to welcome a new pup into your home
Items to get
A kennel serves as your dog’s safe place. In nature, dogs like finding caves and areas of the sort to feel safe and protected in. It’s important to give this option to your dog. A kennel is also a good place to keep your dog in when you leave the home. He’ll feel safe and you’ll know he won’t get into anything he’s not supposed to – which could endanger him and could give you unnecessary annoyance when you get back home. (be sure to pick up a kennel pillow so he’s comfy). Tip: Grab a kennel with a divider. These are great for when the pup is still small. You will essentially make the space smaller so he doesn’t go potty in there. If a dog has too much space he can go potty. Tip: Grab a kennel with a divider. These are great for when the pup is still small. You will essentially make the space smaller so he doesn’t go potty in there. If a dog has too much space he can go potty on one corner and sleep in another. For kennel training tips (getting pup used to it and such) check out this video. It’s a pretty funny and cute video. I’d suggest watching it with your kids too!
Make sure you pick one up that your dog can grow into. I suggest one that has a rim like ours. This way puppy can rest his head on there or tuck himself up against in and feel snuggled. See :)
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We’ve grabbed toys from just about every place we’ve gone. But our favorite are these yarn looking bones. He loves chewing on them and we have a fun time playing toss and catch with them.
Leash and Harness
Before we even got Colt we had decided to choose a harness + leash (vs the typical neck collar + leash). We felt it was going to be more comfortable for him and it made us feel like we had a better hold of him too. The adjustable kind is best because it can grow with him.
This is an area I was super picky about. We want to make sure that what we put into our dog is good for his body. We don’t want him to develop any health issues down the road and look forward to many years with him! Because of this we choose went with this for his puppy food. I love that the number one ingredient is U.S.-farm-raised Chicken! They carry an adult line too which we’ll switch to once he’s of age. We also picked up a food bowl stand for his food bowls. He’s going to be a big do, so might as well invest in that now.
Doggy treats are the best! They are great for rewarding your dog when they do something good, they help with training them, and they are also a good help when you need them to do something they aren’t particularly interested in doing (I may or may not have experienced this). I wanted to make sure we offered out pup high-quality treats and not artificial filler treats! Why mess it up just for a treat, right?
We’re loving our Nudges® Grillers or Sizzlers Wholesome Dog Treats. They are a new product and we were super excited to try them out! Nudges® Grillers number one ingredient is real meat from the USA-sourced protein and they are real-food inspired (no artificial flavors or fillers – all natural ingredients).
They were super easy to find at my local Walmart in the Pet Care center:
Nudges® come in many flavors: Grillers Chicken, Grillers Steak, Sizzlers Chicken Bacon, and Sizzlers Beef &Cheese! I can’t wait to check out their Jerky Cuts next time! The Nudges® brand is about rewarding the unconditional love your dog gives you with treats you can trust. It’s about celebrating the love you share, love that deserves to be rewarded. Connect with them on Facebook!
We love spoiling our pup, and he loves feeling spoiled! We’re so excited to have him as the newest member of our family!!